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14.10.2018 - 10:02 [ New York Times ]

You Are a Suspect

(14. November 2002) Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as “a virtual, centralized grand database.“

To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you — passport application, driver’s license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance — and you have the supersnoop’s dream: a “Total Information Awareness“ about every U.S. citizen.

14.10.2018 - 10:00 [ Wired.com ]

How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

(29.5.2018) The William Safire column, „You Are a Suspect,” was published in the Times in 2002—two years before Facebook was created. And Safire isn’t talking about social networks or digital advertising—he’s discussing Total Information Awareness, a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) program that proposed mining vast amounts of Americans’ data to identify potential national security threats. The virtual grand database was to belong to the Department of Defense, which would use it to identify behavior patterns that would help to predict emerging terrorist threats.

14.10.2018 - 08:34 [ Buzzfeednews.com ]

The Sentence That Enabled Our Endless War Turns 17 Today

(14.9.2018) Seventeen years ago the US went to war on the strength of a single sentence: 60 words that were written, debated, and voted upon before the US even knew for certain who was behind the 9/11 attacks. In those panic-stricken early days, action mattered more than knowledge. And on Sept. 14, 2001, three days after the attacks and with the rubble in New York and Washington still smoking, Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, by an overwhelming margin: 98–0 in the Senate, and 420–1 in the House.

11.10.2018 - 05:49 [ Common Dreams ]

The US-Led Global War on Terrorism Has Succeeded… In Creating More Global Terrorism

(17.9.2018) The focus of the report—titled Beyond the Homeland: Protecting America from Extremism in Fragile States—maintains a very U.S.-centric worldview. And while it does little or nothing to critically challenge the widely criticized policies pursued by the Bush, Obama, or Trump presidencies, its tabulation of the dramatic rise in destablized states and growing terrorist violence throughout the regions where the U.S. military has been most active since 2001—namely, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa—is nonetheless revealing.

11.09.2018 - 07:55 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER TERRORKRIEG: Das Paradoxon vom ungewinnbaren, endlosen Krieg gegen den Krieg

(24.1.2016) Der 2001 durch die Führung der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ausgerufene weltweite „Krieg gegen den Terror“ kann nicht gewonnen werden und kann nie enden.

24.08.2018 - 17:40 [ tampabay.com ]

CentCom’s Votel: U.S. will stay in Syria to fight ISIS and keep an eye on Iran

(22.5.2018) In March, President Donald Trump said he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria „very soon.“ But they’re still there, and will stay there, to defeat what’s left of the so-called Islamic State, says the man in charge of military efforts in the region.

Despite the commander-in-chief’s comments, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said it didn’t require much pushback to convince Trump to stay the course.

24.08.2018 - 17:29 [ cbn.com ]

ISIS 2.0: Islamic State Launches Massive Attack in Syria, Resurging in Iraq

(24.7.2018) Seven months after routing ISIS from large swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Department of Defense says a coalition of 77 nations and numerous international organizations remains determined to keep the terror group from resurfacing.

24.08.2018 - 17:22 [ Charles Bybelezer, The Media Line / Jerusalem Post ]

Analysis: The Islamic State’s push for a new caliphate

(16.8.2018) According to findings by the Lead Inspector General of Operation Inherent Resolve, the United States-led military coalition against the Islamic State, the terror group is much larger than previously thought and still poses a significant threat.

28.07.2018 - 23:27 [ NJ.com ]

My whole life, we’ve been at war. Let’s stop it now

(11.7.2018) Three days after the attacks, the United States Congress passed the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force that set the stage for the invasion of Afghanistan. I didn’t understand what war really was or what it would mean for the future of our nation.

As it turns out, neither did Congress. Instead of a limited campaign against al-Qaida and the Taliban, the 2001 war authorization became the legal justification used by three very different presidents for U.S. military action across the world. The U.S. Congress, which has been vested by the Constitution with the authority to decide when our nation goes to war, has not voted to authorize any of these military actions.

14.06.2018 - 05:08 [ UPI ]

House committee approves $674.6B Pentagon spending bill

„Funding is targeted to programs that will help boost economic growth and opportunity. This includes providing stability for our financial system and ensuring consumers and investors are protected, while also stopping burdensome regulations,“ committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., said.(…)
Defense Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger, R-Texas, said. „This bill does what General Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff has asked, it ‚ensures the joint force has the depth, flexibility, readiness and responsiveness that ensures our men and women will never face a fair fight.'“

20.05.2018 - 16:33 [ Paul Craig Roberts ]

Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World — Paul Craig Roberts

(10.7.2015) The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015,” June 2015.
The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to “state actors” that “are challenging international norms.” It is important to understand what these words mean. Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington’s policies. These “revisionist states” are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent. In other words, the norm is dependence on Washington.

20.05.2018 - 16:29 [ GlobalResearch.ca ]

Global Warfare: “We’re Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

(14.5.2018) Originally published in March 2007.

GR Editor’s Note:

This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America’s hegemonic project.

It is worth noting that 6 out of these 7 countries (with the exception of Lebanon) identified by General Wesley Clark “to be taken out” are now the object of President Trump’s ban on Muslims’ entry to the US: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iran and Yemen.

All of these countries are on the Pentagon’s drawing board. These countries have been directly or indirectly been the object of US aggression.

20.05.2018 - 16:01 [ Radio Utopie ]

13-jähriger Terrorkrieg: Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29.8.2014) Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

20.05.2018 - 15:57 [ Washington Post ]

As Senate plans war powers debate, one liberal Democrat seeks stronger constraints on White House

Merkley’s proposal, detailed to The Washington Post in advance of its release, has several key differences from the Corker-Kaine measure unveiled last month that helped break a deadlock in the debate over war powers on Capitol Hill.

One is that Merkley explicitly writes in a three-year time limit, or a “sunset,” until the war authorization expires and lawmakers are forced to revisit the issue.

28.04.2018 - 16:02 [ American Civil Liberties Union ]

Constitutional and Global War Concerns with Draft Corker AUMF Resolution

(12.4.2018) It would be hard to overstate the depth and breadth of our concern about reports of the new AUMF. Not only would the Corker AUMF almost irretrievably cede to the Executive Branch the most fundamental power that Congress has under
Article I of the Constitution—the power to declare war—but it also would give this president and all future presidents authority to engage in worldwide war, sending American troops to countries where we are not now at war and against groups that the President alone decides are enemies.

17.04.2018 - 09:29 [ CNN ]

New war authorization from Congress unveiled following Syria strikes

„For too long, Congress has given presidents a blank check to wage war. We’ve let the 9/11 and Iraq War authorizations get stretched to justify wars against multiple terrorist groups in over a dozen countries, from Niger to the Philippines,“ Kaine said. „Our proposal finally repeals those authorizations and makes Congress do its job by weighing in on where, when and with who we are at war.“

17.04.2018 - 08:34 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER TERRORKRIEG: Strategie der Transformation

(7.2.2016) Da somit ein Sieg logischerweise nicht Ziel, ja nicht einmal Teil der Strategie des nunmehr vierzehneinhalbjährigen „global war on terror“ sein kann, umschreibt Radio Utopie nun dessen tatsächliche Strategie. Wir tun dies nach eigener subjektiver Einschätzung und bestem Wissen und Gewissen.

Zusammengefasst und einfach erklärt, ist die Strategie des Terrorkrieges diejenigen zu verändern, zu transformieren, die ihn führen.

Folgende Prozesse bzw Programme sind unserer Einschätzung nach Teil dieser Kriegsstrategie seit 2001. Teilweise bauen sie aufeinander auf. Ebenso ist von unterschiedlichen Phasen auszugehen, in denen von entsprechenden Autoritäten und / oder Institutionen die jeweiligen Programme gestartet, regional / im geostrategischen Kontext gestoppt bzw nach eigenem Ermessen beschleunigt, verlangsamt oder angepasst werden.

11.04.2018 - 12:49 [ ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014) Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

04.04.2018 - 10:35 [ Tass ]

Putin seeks to pave new ways for global cooperation in war on terror

The Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) retains its potential, so there is a need to work out new ways of global cooperation to reinforce the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a welcome address to the participants and guests of the Seventh Moscow Conference on Global Security, which was read out by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.