Four drone resisters, James Ricks, Daniel Burns, Brian Hynes, and Ed Kinane, from the 2015 big books action were found innocent of all charges at 11pm at the Dewitt Town Court. After deliberating for only about a half hour, the jury returned with a verdict of not guilty on all charges. Applause erupted in the courtroom upon the jurors' announcement of the verdict. The four were charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct, and trespass and faced a year in jail. Following the rendering of the verdict, a juror approached Brian Hynes and said "I really support what you are doing. Keep doing it."
Will U.S. drone killings increase under Donald Trump? The evidence says “Yes,” in part because expansion of the killer drone program was baked into cake by Barack Obama.
Last year, the USAF was reported to have plans to increase daily drone combat patrols from 60 per day now to 90 per day in 2019.
Author and journalist Naomi Wolf's eighth step to fascism was invoked by a Trump administration spokesperson Friday, in an unprecedented government attack on press freedom. Reporters from a bevy of distinguished news organizations -- the New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, and the Guardian among them -- were denied access to a scheduled White House briefing by press secretary Sean Spicer. Donald Trump has repeatedly labelled the media an "enemy of the people" and threatens retaliation on reporters who use anonymous sources.
It Takes Millions of Protesters In the Streets to Drive Out a Fascist State -- We've Demonstrated the Ability to Do Just That
Donald Trump is considering a 'brand new' immigration order after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld suspension of his travel ban Thursday. "You'll see something next week," said the President. His January 27 executive order barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering for 90 days and barred all refugees for 120 days. Refugees from Syria were banned indefinitely. The action triggered widespread condemnation.
Why is the media pandering to the opinions of a war criminal? Does it really matter what John Yoo* thinks?
An attack on a village in Yemen ordered by President Trump on Sunday caused the death of a newborn baby, alongside as many as 23 civilians, human rights organization Reprieve has discovered.
The Trump cabal of religious extremists, privatization advocates and racists, as described by Jeremy Scahill, suppresses the science that doesn't fit its agenda, "and that should terrify you," reports Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik. "Nearly every day brings a new report of a federal agency told to shut down communications with the public or even members of Congress; tweets about important topics such as climate change removed from the public record; bans on talking to the press."
World Cant' Wait | Febuary 1, 2017
The Opinion of Deputy Assistant Attorney General (a position previously held by torture advocate John Yoo) Daniel L. Koffsky came in handy to contravene the anti-nepotism statute hindering appointment of the President's son-in-law Jared Kushnerclear as senior White House adviser. But Deporter-in-Chief Donald Trump didn't bother to consult his Office of Legal Counsel for approval to conspire to deny the civil rights of members of the Muslim faith.
The use of coercion, including the inflicting of pain and extreme discomfort, to extract information has been attractive to those charged with protecting the public - as well as to criminals, psychopaths, warlords, dictators and sadists, for as long as any have existed," writes Jason Burke at The Guardian. But anything said under duress is inherently unreliable. Even "tactically, let alone morally, this is a problem." If torture 'worked' would it be OK?
January 24's gag order on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its 2,000 scientists "suppresses the science that doesn't fit [your government's] religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price." The original World Can't Wait Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime proves to be a prescient warning for the environmental destruction and climate change denial we face today. It deserves a fresh read.
World Can't Wait | January 24, 2017
Obama's policy of unprovoked attacks on sovereign nations continues.
"The reliability of the determinations on who was slain in any given strike has been in substantial doubt during the Saudi war in Yemen," posts Jason Ditz at antiwar.com, "as most of the US special forces who had been spotting targets were withdrawn in the lead-up to the war, and it's not clear how they get intelligence on who they're aiming at."
There is no better time to stop the crimes of your government.