Colin Powell: “But the intelligence community, all 16 agencies, assured us that it was right.”

Colin Powell, Sep 6, 2015: “If we had known the intelligence was wrong, we would not have gone into Iraq. But the intelligence community, all 16 agencies, assured us that it was right. My speech at the UN was based Continue reading Colin Powell: “But the intelligence community, all 16 agencies, assured us that it was right.”

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

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 Continue reading Profile Picture (if facebook existed on 9/12)

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, Continue reading Perspectives On Terrorism

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 Continue reading Kickstarting Syrian Refugees – Thought Experiment

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 Continue reading Oath Keeping Thoughts

“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 Continue reading “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

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 Continue reading Reagan: We’re In The Gulf For Oil

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