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It's Official: You're a Terrorist If the Gov't Says You're a Terrorist

It's Official: You're a Terrorist If the Gov't Says You're a Terrorist

By Dennis Loo (7/24/14)

In an article posted yesterday at The Intercept, "Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist," Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux write:

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted (Emphasis added).

In other words, contrary to Obama et al's public statements assuring everyone that they are carefully scrutinizing who makes it onto their terrorist watchlists based on reasonable suspicion so that innocent individuals and groups are not unfairly being targeted, the government's until now secret guidelines for designating someone as a suspected terrorist make it clear that they do not need any evidence to place you onto their terrorist list.

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UC Berkeley Honors Terrorist John Yoo

UC Berkeley honors terrorist

From Fire John Yoo! (firejohnyoo.com):

July 5, 2014 2:09 PM | Permalink | TrackBacks (0)
 
The selection of John Yoo to fill an endowed faculty chair at Boalt Hall has raised righteous indignation across the board, from academics to un-credentialed people of conscience. The appointment represents a huge leap in institutional complicity in war crimes. Where neglect in enforcement of ethical conduct was excused by platitudes of powerlessness from the former dean, the current administration (new Dean, new Chancellor) appears to embrace the politics of exceptionalism: that international law may be selectively employed. Indeed, promotion of John Yoo's hyperbole has helped to normalize illegal government policy on what might be better labelled a "war of terror."
 
"..knowingly targeting civilians because they happen to be in the vicinity of an often unidentified suspect presumed to commit some future harm comes dangerously close to the strategy employed by al-Qaeda." -- John Glaser
 
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Afternote
 
By Dennis Loo (7/5/14)
 
For those who have any familiarity with John Yoo's legal memos, frequent OpEds at major newspapers such as the NYT, and public comments, it must come as a shock that this exceedingly shoddy legal mind and what is even more important, open advocate of torture, a war crime of the first order, should be not only not prosecuted or at the very least, fired as a law professor (since law professors are mentors to other incipient lawyers), but that he should be promoted and honored. The endowed faculty chair that he has been given is Boalt Hall's oldest chair.
 

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Iraq: the Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost

Iraq: the Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost

By Dennis Loo (6/28/14)

Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV, interviewed me recently about the situation in Iraq. See this link that posted today:

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Elaine Brower 2

Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12