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“Troublemakers” gather at the Ford Foundation

 

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many troublemakers in one place.” (Samantha Power remarks at the Ford Foundation 1/24/14)

Samantha Power visited the Ford Foundation yesterday to speak on foreign governments’ recent trends in repression. Actually it went beyond just speaking about that repression. She also tasked those in the room to rise to the newest challenges facing activists. She also brought the President’s blessing telling the group that he is “squarely behind” their objectives. Since the Ford Foundation is known to be so wildly partisan, the first question asked should be why a prominent appointee of the administration is making it a priority to have such an intimate engagement with them.

Secondly, Power is shocked that allied countries are becoming skeptical of the U.S. and NGO’s. But why is she shocked? How can she even be critical of their response? Samantha Power is one of the key players responsible for the overthrow (and execution by rebels) of Moammar Gaddaffi…who had done everything we asked of him over the past decade or so. In addition to the mess in Libya, we can quite literally point to any spot on the globe that is either currently in revolution or has had recent bouts of it and see Power and her ilk pulling the strings of all of the activist puppets. What is actually happening is that the current administration took no interest in diplomacy and decided to go an entirely different route. They decided to do “on-the-ground” diplomacy. This means that instead of talking to a country’s leadership, they instead foment anger amongst the activist groups. After seeing what happened with Mubarak, other leaders realized just real the threat was from activists working with foreign NGOs. This made them suspicious of everyone and in an attemtpt to prevent civil war, started doing what they do best…repressing every freedom and making every individual a potential traitor and saboteur. I’m not surprised in the least bit. Why is Samantha Power?

The State Department and NGO’s have been central to every revolt over the past 6 years; some had even been orchestrated through the State Department courtesy of the Bush administration. And here she is, with the group of “troublemakers”, wondering why foreign governments are now being repressive to NGO’s and activists. In a less serious world this would be comical. But in the real world where people die, the ends that activists and the State Dept are shooting for make all means justifiable. Power, and those who share her ideology, use diplomacy as either a last resort or as a crutch. They have chosen to lead their fight with the dirty, sneaky tricks first. Then when they are caught and pushed back, their response is that the opposition is refusing to engage in diplomacy. Power and the State Department have developed and nourished revolutionaries – even going as far as training them – and then pretend nothing has happened when the local government finds out what they are trying to do.

Instead, they claim that the governments they are trying to overthrow are not helping them along. And they are not awfully creative about masking it either. Think about Hilary’s “we got’em” remark regarding Gaddaffi; her excitement was barely contained. Regular spectators across America were totally confused by this. But not those at the State Dept. Even though they claimed that the Colonel was now a reformed and responsible world leader – cooperating on every level – Power and [Anne Marie] Slaughter knew full well that the goal was to depose him. If that meant running him out of his house so that thugs could execute him in the street, so be it. This is what they do to their friends. Those under Hilary are really just following her lead. For a better insight into how the Clinton’s treat their friends read Christopher Hitchens’ “No One Left to Lie to”.

It is impossible to do justice to the Ford Foundation in the space provided here. Anyone who does not know about this organization really needs to quickly go over the bullet points from either Horowitz’s Discover the Networks or our Kiwi friend Trevor Loudin. His site’s Key Wiki entry on the Ford Foundation can be found here or the main page in the side bar.

Power identifies bad behavior, indicts current Administration & Media

I think the irony becomes thick and stinky when it comes to Power’s bullet points on the core of their challenges. Since they are meeting to advance civil society, they must overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them. And, the irony comes fast. All of the things she lists as obstacles of progress to their definition of “civil society”, are things that our government has done to dissenters like the Tea-party, pro-life groups, and even non-profit nuns. So, here is the list of problematic behaviors of the government; things that Power says need to be changed in order to protect then rights of everyone and also to make progress towards a more democratic society. Trust me, if you follow the news, you are going to love the irony of her making this list!!

From her remarks:

“As we meet, democratic growth has stagnated and we are seeing a sophisticated, well-resourced effort to inhibit civil society’s right to organize, to speak freely, and to advocate peacefully for change. Many governments feel insecure, and so they’re emulating one another in the art of repression. Instead of best practices, these regimes are demonstrating – and sharing – the worst.

Some demand that NGOs be registered and then they delay acting on the applications.

Some impose overly burdensome reporting requirements.

Some use Soviet-style euphemisms to equate legitimate dissent with subversion or treason.

Some ban foreign NGOs from operating and then criminalize contact between a domestic NGO and a foreign funder.

Some use government-controlled media to vilify a whole sector of NGOs, such as those working on behalf of democracy, LGBT rights, women’s empowerment, or a marginalized religious or ethnic group.

Some see civil society as a convenient scapegoat, to be blamed when official policies fail to deliver.

And some governments simply arrest civil society leaders, fabricate evidence, rig the trials, and send innocent people to jail.

Within the past five years, literally dozens of countries have enacted new laws or regulations aimed at restricting the activities of civil society; just last week, the government of Turkey announced a plan to tighten controls on the Internet.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s parliament approved legislation that would restrict freedom of speech and assembly, constrain independent media, broaden the definitions of libel, and hinder NGOs that receive foreign assistance.”

Any of this sound familiar? And if these are generally a problem for equal rights, democracy, and prevent the civil society from operating correctly, shouldnt they also be targeted at home as well as abroad? After all, how can we bring the message forward into the world if we have not perfected it ourselves first?

**End Note**

Pat Read and myself have a nice background/add-on to the Power relationship to Libya, Egypt, and all things concerning propaganda and good old post-American leftism present in the administration. There are things that will blow your mind in that article. Like the “power of leadership” of the 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta. You would think that a prominent position in the administration would not use that terrorist as an example of leadership. But you would be wrong. Especially if you are talking to Anti and Post-American leftists.

One day I will actually take the time to finish writing the analysis on the entire situation in North Africa; start to finish, the interference of foreign governments and NGO’s. But if I had to summarize the entire cluster-fuck that it has become in a few words, I think I would have to focus on the ever-changing rules and goals of the key actors. After all, it is the only way that they can project success in this situation. While they stumble along and make mistakes, they casually throw out one bogus distraction after another. If they cross the line as far as their military operations they say “Well, we had to prevent the War Powers Act from kicking in”. bingo, any action justified. But before that, when they became repressive of sovereignty, they haul out academics who speak on the changing definition of sovereignty; how our digital age blurs the once definitive markers and boundaries. Its a mess. But for sophists, it is a dream come true.

Benghazi photos shows American likely killed in embassy van

This post has been removed. Pictures were from prior attack in Benghazi. Source that sent them either accidentally sent the wrong ones or did it intentionally. Upon receiving them exif data was extracted and confirmed to GPS location as well as time and date. However, it appears now that that has been altered. I shouldve taken the time to check all the photos currently published before posting them here. Special thanks to Twitter user Erik Gumbel for pointing this out to me and showing me the originals. I am eternally grateful and owe him big time!

 

 

Benghazi Emails from embassy attack on September 11

Reuters first reported that they had obtained emails that clearly showed that the State Department was in fact aware that their embassy in Benghazi was under attack on September 11 of this year. If you have been following this closely (and if you are here you probably have) then you dont need no stinking news commentary; you just want the emails. Well here they are. More will be released tomorrow and Friday. (Clicking link or pic brings you to the emails)

“…the diplomatic mission is under attack.” (emphasis mine)

Stephanie Cutter: Embassy attack only an issue because Romney & Ryan politicized it

How does anyone interview Stephanie Cutter in a serious capacity? She has proven to be one of the most dishonest political operatives in a town full of liars. (Here, Here, Here, and just google “stephanie cutter lie” to have your mind blown) Today’s Cutter incident isn’t really a lie but a rather disgustingly pitiful statement regarding the fate of Americans who were hunted down inside our embassy in Benghazi. According to Cutter, this is only an important issue because it is a “large part” of Romney and Ryan’s stump speeches. The problem with leftists is that because they could care less about the fate of Americans in service to the country, and because they only use those people as political pawns, it leads them to believe any genuine concern from their opponents is done for political gain as well. The story comes to us courtesy of Washington Free Beacon (click picture for story)

 

Outstanding right? Last night on Conservative Report Radio we featured the audio from the House Intelligence Committee, specifically from Trey Gowdy. (Today Rush Limbaugh had featured a piece of that audio as well). His impassioned questioning and statements were not the result of Romney and Ryan’s stump speeches. The administration dropped the ball. Libyan officials as well as Embassy staff had warned of the increasing likelihood of some sort of targeted attack. Obama denied, Americans died.

Take a listen to “Blowout in Benghazi” with Conservative Report Radio from last night that focused almost exclusively on this topic.

 

 

Having it both ways

What a mixed message! In one breath the Honorable James Steinberg says about Qadhafi (and his family) that they “must go so that the Libyan people can determine their own future.” Towards the end he says “Qadhafi knows what he needs to do. The violence must end and the threats must stop. His troops must withdraw from the cities they have entered“. That is flimsy at best and offers no clear result oriented goal.

So should Qadhafi first command the decline of the assault and then step down? Just because the defections have been numerous there is no reason to believe the assaults on civilians wont continue in his absence. What are you advocating for sir? If Qadhafi goes there is no guarantee the assaults will stop. However, only if he stays can he actually command the forces to stop striking civilians. You can’t have it both ways. And I humbly beg your pardon my dear sir. TRANSCRIPT HERE (read it if youre lost) and the video is below. Also can we finally agree on a proper spelling of his name?

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