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The Spy Factory

Posted by Jesse on February 5, 2009

PBS Link to the NOVA program “The Spy Factory” aired on Feb 3, 2009

Liten to James Bamford interviewed by Scott Horton:

[from antiwar.com] James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, A Pretext for War and now, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses what the NSA knew about the 9/11 hijackers before the attack, the infighting between the CIA, NSA and FBI, the 9/11 hijackers proximity to NSA headquarters in Maryland prior to the attacks, the abandonment of law and limits on their domestic spying after 9/11, the complicity of major telecoms in helping the state tap the entire internet, the enormous new date storage and mining facility in San Antonio, Texas and the Israeli companies who make the software that runs the Big Brother database.

——————-Quote of the Day:

Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man has a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has quarrel with mine, although I have none with him? – Blaise Pascal

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Campaign for Liberty Update on Gaza

Posted by Jesse on January 5, 2009

aptopix MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS

Eric Margolis expounds upon What’s Happening in Gaza

·North American politicians and the media say Israel “has the right to defend itself.”

·Civilians suffer, says Israel, because the cowardly Hamas hide among them.

·While firing rockets at civilians is a crime so, too, is the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which is an egregious violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions.

·Gaza is one of the world’s most-densely populated places, a vast outdoor prison camp filled with desperate people. In the past, they threw stones at their Israeli occupiers; now they launch homemade rockets.

·Israel’s elections are only six weeks away, and Likud was leading until the air raids on Gaza began. Kadima and Labour are now up in the polls.

·Obama inherits this mess in a few weeks. During the elections, Obama bowed to the Israel lobby, offering a new US carte blanche to Israel and even accepting Israel’s permanent monopoly of all of Jerusalem.

·As he concludes forming his cabinet, his Middle East team looks like it may be top-heavy with friends of Israel’s Labour party.

·Obama will take office facing a Middle East up in arms over Gaza and the entire Muslim world blaming the US for the carnage in Gaza.

·Those Americans who still do not understand why their nation was attacked on 9/11 need only look to Gaza, for which the US is now being blamed as much as Israel.


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Campaign for Liberty’s Foreign Policy Reading List

Posted by Jesse on November 18, 2008

An Overview

Core:
The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul, ch. 2 (audiobook)
A Foreign Policy of Freedom: ‘Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship’ by Ron Paul
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson
Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer
The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War by Andrew J. Bacevich
The Old Right and War:
Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism by Bill Kauffman
Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement by Justin Raimondo
The Betrayal of the American Right by Murray N. Rothbard; online here
Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism by Ronald Radosh
Other Important Books:
Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert A. Pape
American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy by Andrew J. Bacevich
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich
War Is a Racket by Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler; online here
The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War and the Rise of the Messianic Nation by Richard Gamble
The Costs of War: America’s Pyrrhic Victories, ed. John V. Denson
We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing From 1812 to Now by Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy by Murray N. Rothbard; online here
Articles:
“Our Own Strength Against Us: The War on Terror as a Self-Inflicted Disaster” (.pdf) by Ian S. Lustick
“What Do the Terrorists Want?” (.pdf) by James L. Payne
Audio:
Scott Horton’s Antiwar Radio has featured some of the most important intellectuals, journalists, and political figures of our day, and its archive is a treasure trove of knowledge. Scott suggests the following as some of his best and most informative interviews. Access his full archive, subscribe to his podcast, and listen live from 12:00pm-2:00pm Eastern.

Michael Scheuer, 22-year CIA veteran, former head of the agency’s Osama bin Laden unit,
and author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
Robert Pape, author, Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Chalmers Johnson, author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego
Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer and columnist, The American Conservative
Ron Paul on Terrorism and more
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent
John Cusack, actor, on his film War, Inc.
Jim Powell, author, Wilson’s War
Ron Paul on Iraq and Afghanistan
Chris Hedges, author, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
Carah Ong, Iran Policy Analyst, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector
Larry Velvel, dean, Massachusetts School of Law
Gareth Porter, reporter, IPS News

The Economics of Foreign Policy

Articles:
“We Spend $1 Trillion a Year in Defense” by Robert Higgs
“The Neglected Costs of the Warfare State” (.pdf) by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
“Military Spending / Gross Domestic Product = Nonsense for Budget Policymaking” (.pdf) by Robert Higgs
“Military-Economic Fascism: How Business Corrupts Government, and Vice Versa” by Robert Higgs
“Do We Need to go to War for Oil?” (.pdf) by David R. Henderson
Audio and Video:
“The Myth of War Prosperity” by Robert Higgs
“Taxation, Inflation, and War” by Joseph T. Salerno (video here)
“War and Inflation: The Monetary Process and Implications” by Joseph T. Salerno
“War and the Money Machine” by Joseph T. Salerno
Books:
Depression, War, and Cold War by Robert Higgs
Pentagon Capitalism by Seymour Melman

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Chalmers Johnson: “Blowback” “covert activity” and US liabilities

Posted by Jesse on January 18, 2008

Blowback is a term that refers to unintended consequences through covert actions by governments.
Listen to a great interview here.

Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley. He first visited Japan in 1953 as a U.S. Navy officer and has lived and worked there with his wife, the anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson, every year between 1961 and 1998.

Johnson has been honored with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation; and in 1976 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written numerous articles and reviews and some sixteen books, including Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power on the Chinese revolution, An Instance of Treason on Japan’s most famous spy, Revolutionary Change on the theory of violent protest movements, and MITI and the Japanese Miracle on Japanese economic development. This last-named book laid the foundation for the “revisionist” school of writers on Japan, and because of it the Japanese press dubbed him the “Godfather of revisionism.”

He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series “The Pacific Century,” and he played a prominent role in the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Losing the War with Japan.” Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000) and The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, which was published by Metropolitan in January 2004. Blowback won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation.

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