The Lies of Empire


The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

(Click the permalink above to read this excellent analysis in full.)

Washington was the Godfather of international jihadism, its sugar daddy since at least the early Eighties in Afghanistan.”

The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones?

The rulers would have you believe that the world is becoming more complex and dangerous all the time, compelling the United States to abandon previous (and largely fictional) norms of domestic and international legality in order to preserve civilization. In truth, what they are desperately seeking to maintain is the global dominance of U.S. and European finance capital and the racist world order from which it sprang.

The contradictions of centuries have ripened, overwhelming the capacity of the “West” to contain the new forces abroad in the world. Therefore, there must be endless, unconstrained war – endless, in the sense that it is a last ditch battle to fend off the end of imperialism, and unconstrained, in that the imperialists recognize no legal or moral boundaries to their use of military force, their only remaining advantage.

To mask these simple truths, the U.S. and its corporate propaganda services invent counter-realities, scenarios of impending doomsdays filled with super-villains and more armies of darkness than J.R.R. Tolkien could ever imagine. Indeed, nothing is left to the imagination, lest the people’s minds wander into the realm of truth or stumble upon a realization of their own self-interest…

The simple truth is, the U.S. is at war for continued hegemony over the planet, for the preservation of the imperial system and its finance capitalist rulers. In such a war, everyone, everywhere is a potential enemy, including the home population…

So, what are they looking for? Patterns. Patterns of thought and behavior that algorithmically reveal the existence of cohorts of people that might, as a group, or a living network, create problems for the State in the future. People who do not necessarily know each other, but whose patterns of life make them potentially problematic to the rulers, possibly in some future crisis, or some future manufactured crisis. A propensity to dissent, for example. The size of these suspect cohorts, these pattern-based groups, can be as large or small as the defining criteria inputted by the programmer. So, what kind of Americans would the programmers be interested in?

Ask Edward Snowden. He’s the only one talking.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at

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Defeat the TPP

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Green Shadow Cabinet joins critical struggle to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday, June 17, 2013
The Green Shadow Cabinet stands united in opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and is committed to defeating this Obama administration effort to enrich and empower global corporations at the expense of people and planet.

For three years, the Obama administration has engaged in 16 rounds of secret negotiations to develop the TPP. Those negotiations have included hundreds of representatives of global corporations. The TPP negotiations have excluded representatives of the vast majority of the American people. It is a fact that the TPP is global economic policy for the 1%, at the expense of the 99%.

Today, all five branches and 81 members of the Green Shadow Cabinet begin to act in concert to not only defeat the TPP, but to show America that another government with another global economic agenda is possible. There is an alternative to the corrupt political establishment that produces economic terrors like the TPP. Our Cabinet is proof of that alternative.

Who stands against the spying, corporate state? We do.

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   Who stands against the spying, corporate government in Washington D.C.? We do.

The Green Shadow Cabinet proves on a daily basis that another government is possible:

This Cabinet is ready to provide leadership in opposing the policies of Washington, D.C.. And that’s a good thing, because people are coming to us in ever greater numbers to ask for help in raising up their daily struggles.

Next week, our entire Cabinet will unite to pool our resources and networks to support a critical struggle that is just beginning, and that is important to all of us. When we do that, I hope you will read our call to action, and join us in our efforts. 

   Right now, I need your help. We must raise $10,000 by the end of June and $45,000 by the end of August in order to turn our media operations — our website, our social media, our media relations — into the kind of useful, independent political force our country so desperately needs. Right now we have a minimal part-time staff. We’ve done a great deal in just a few weeks with the personal networks and skills of our Cabinet members. We can do much, much more with good technology, support staff, and the popular power that those can unleash.

   Please make a generous donation right now.

I find it critical that we strengthen the Green Shadow Cabinet. We need this ongoing daily challenge to the political establishment. The Cabinet raises up all those voices — in independent politics, in social movements, and especially, in marginalized communities — that are shut out of the corporate government and the corporate media. Your immediate contribution will help break the sound barrier.

This past weekend, I had the honor of meeting dozens of members of my Cabinet in person at the Left Forum, a gathering of nearly 5000 progressive organizers, activists, and academics. I also had the opportunity to address the opening plenary as one of the Left Forum‘s keynote speakers (click here to see my speech – it’s about 40 minutes in). The message from the Forum is clear. People are looking to Greens for leadership. And I am looking to you.

   Here are three things you can do today and in the coming weeks:

1. Be the media. Distribute the statements that appear on our website, along with your own commentary, far and wide.

     2. Donate. Your immediate contribution will make the Green Shadow Cabinet the force it can be.

3. Organize. Build our movement and get your local parties, unions, and groups involved in the struggles to come. Next week we’ll put out a call for action. Take a look at it. I hope you will decide to participate.

For People, Peace, and the Planet,

   Dr. Jill Stein

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Information on CAUSA

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Visit for more detailed information on this vital city alliance.  Also visit their Facebook page

FYI:  Emergency meeting to be held tomorrow June 10th at 6 pm at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. ( event info on their FB page)

Topic: “The City Council vote on the ordinance updates is being pushed back and separate votes may be taken on one or more of the new protected classes. We need to meet to reassess our strategy!”

No Justice, No Peace

Immigration Reform should take into consideration Indigenous  Ethnicity and not just Nationality. The history  of this Continent did not begin with the arrival of Columbus nor of the Pilgrims from England, France or any other foreign Nation from across the Seas. These Nation States that exist on this Continent renamed the Americas by them are a product of occupation and apartheid policies instituted by them for their benefit. There will be no justice in any Immigration Reform Act that does not address  the History of Invasion and Occupation of Indigenous People`s Lands.


Antonio Diaz
Texas Indigenous Council
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Join the Green Shadow Cabinet & Friends at this Year’s Left Forum in New York City 


June 7, 2013 – 3:00pm to June 9, 2013 – 7:00pm


1 Pace Plaza
Pace University
New York  New York  10038

United States

See our schedule below for highlighted sessions featured by the Green Shadow Cabinet, including a meet and greet social event on Saturday night, panels and workshops featuring Cabinet members, as well as Dr. Jill Stein’s keynote panel on Friday evening. Left Forum provides a context for the critical dialogue that is essential for a stronger Left and a more just society. Each spring Left Forum convenes one of the largest gatherings in North America of the U.S. and international Left. Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960s, it brings together intellectuals and organizers to share perspectives, strategies, experience and vision.

BAR at Left Forum: Black Politics at the Tail End of Obama – and Beyond

Join the Black Agenda Report Team at the Left Forum

Sunday, June 9 – 10:00 to 11:50am (EDT)

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