Category: War On Terror

Open Data Projects Are Fueling the Fight Against Police Misconduct – by Alice Speri

This is the final section of Alice Speri’s article for The Intercept, focused on my Open Police Complaints project, re-posted from here: https://theintercept.com/2016/10/25/open-data-projects-are-fueling-the-fight-against-police-misconduct/ … A National Clearinghouse for Police Complaints So far, efforts to use open data to track officer misconduct and hold police departments accountable are few and limited. But with 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country, each ruled by different sets of local regulations, there is no uniformity in how police misconduct […]

Profile Picture (if facebook existed on 9/12)

Profile Picture (if facebook existed on 9/12) #ReactionaryNationalism #FlagsAreDivisiveByDefinition My apologies for this perhaps tough observation. I don’t mean to judge anyone, just finally sharing my strong internal reaction to others’ external reactions to the tragedy in Paris a couple months ago. For me, seeing French flags all over facebook echoed the ubiquitous American flags leading up to the current wars [which created this tragedy]. I did feel this round was a bit more based […]

Perspectives On Terrorism

      “Govenment agents ‘directly involved’ inmost high-profile US terror plots” -London Guardian theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/government-agents-directly-involved-us-terror-plots-report “Of the more than 150 defendants [since 9/11], an FBI informant not only led one of every three terrorist plots, but also provided all the necessary weapons, money, and transportation.” -Mother Jones: Inside the Terror Factory motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/terror-factory-fbi-trevor-aaronson-book “In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on […]

Kickstarting Syrian Refugees – Thought Experiment

The United Nations and Obama ask for voluntary donations to help Syrian refugees on Kickstarter. Consider the ongoing wars which have fostered this situation, and how much they have cost. Would coalitions have waged these wars if they also required crowd-funding? Voluntary, direct dollar votes? #VoluntaryWorldPeace * This logic also applies to arming and training “moderates.”   Thought Experiment: What if governments did not exist tomorrow?…   What programs, roads, pipelines, or watchdogs would you […]

Oath Keeping Thoughts

A thoughtful response to a March 2010 Mother Jones article, “Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason,” which has re-circulated as Oath Keepers appear in Ferguson. Key Personal Perspective/Bias, and Background… I remember vividly when a big 2010 Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report titled “Rage on the Right” came out along side this Mother Jones (MJ) article. It was given great attention by all my regular media outlets of all stripes, mostly feeding fear […]

“Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Despite all the depressing reality made tangible by his account, this man, his words, humor, and perspective are truly inspiring.   We spent almost two months of argumentation. “Bring me to the court, and I’ll answer all your questions,” I would tell the team. “There will be no court!” they would answer. “Are you a Mafia? You kidnap people, lock them up, and blackmail them,” I said. “You guys are a law enforcement problem,” said […]

Reagan: We’re In The Gulf For Oil

Reagan @UN, 1987: "For 40 years the United States has made it clear, its vital interest in the security of the Persian Gulf and the countries that border it. The oil reserves there are of strategic importance to the economies of the free world. We're committed to maintaining the free flow of this oil and to preventing the domination of the region by any hostile power. ... When the tension diminishes, so will our presence."

Times Which Were Perhaps More Honest Reagan at the United Nations, 1987: “For 40 years the United States has made it clear, its vital interest in the security of the Persian Gulf and the countries that border it. The oil reserves there are of strategic importance to the economies of the free world. We’re committed to maintaining the free flow of this oil and to preventing the domination of the region by any hostile power. […]

Presidents’ U.N.Speak (a doublespeak remix by WWO)

Presidents' U.N.Speak

Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, as history keeps repeating. This is a history lesson on the last century of terror, empire, and doublespeak via the United Nations. A video puzzle and thought experiment. Full-Length Remix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v_fffyFBtU 5 Minute Teaser With Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttJ_zwLo_UQ Teaser Without Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J1t89eMpQY 5 Minute Teaser With Music: U.N. Speeches In Full (videos & transcripts) === Obama at UN, Sept 24 2014 === https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baFRDARz29s http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/24/remarks-president-obama-address-united-nations-general-assembly === Obama at UN, Sept 23 2009 === […]

Never Forget, It Wasn’t… (Facebook Cover Image)

Never Forget, It Wasn’t Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Pakistan, or Libya, or Syria, or Iran,… #WhenInOceania, do as the Oceanians do. “You know, we don’t do body counts,” Gen. Tommy R. Franks ~3,000 Initial Victims ~1,400 First Responders ~6,700 U.S. Troops ~3,000 Contractors ~90,000 Veteran Suicides since ’03 ~U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights ~?,!00,000 Middle Easterners Because it is not a war ON terror, but a war OF terror. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nations_of_Nineteen_Eighty-Four#Oceania https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_September_11_attacks http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/foundation-founder-john-feal/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/suicide-data-report-2012-final.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_private_contractor_deaths_in_Iraq https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_private_contractor_deaths_in_Afghanistan […]

Boston Reaction Solution

Real-life Friend’s Status Update: I’m NOT necessarily criticizing the police — since I don’t know what they know — and I honestly don’t know what level of response is proportionate to the threat being faced right now, but I have to be honest in saying that I can’t help but feel at least somewhat uncomfortable about the scenes coming out of Watertown. Door to door home searches. Forcing people to completely strip their clothes in […]

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