• Meanwhile, “Ten Things You Should Know About the State Department”

    January 30, 2013

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State

    Your Department of State, right on the cusp of budget time, has released a self-pleasuring “fact sheet” of what it thinks it does with your tax money, helpfully titled “Ten Things You Should Know About the State Department.”

    Some of it is over-the-top performance art hilarious, like the unsupported statement that “We directly support 20 million U.S. jobs (No. 1)” and “In South Sudan, Libya and many other countries we worked through various means to foster democracy and peace (No. 3)” But in light og recent personnel moves at State, let’s look at Number 8 in full:

    8. We promote the rule of law and protect human dignity. We help people in other countries find freedom and shape their own destinies. Reflecting U.S. values, we advocate for the release of prisoners of conscience, prevent political activists from suffering abuse, train police officers to combat sex trafficking and equip journalists to hold their governments accountable.


    Meanwhile, over in reality, the same State Department reassigned its special envoy for closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, in another step away from one of Obama’s first campaign promises. Ambassador Daniel Fried (hah hah, his name is really “Fried”) is starting this week as the Department’s sanctions coordinator, according to an internal notice, focusing on governments like Iran and Syria. No one is replacing Fried to persuade countries to resettle Guantanamo inmates approved for release. Instead, those responsibilities will now transfer to the Department’s legal office where the tired Washington-bound lawyers will no doubt welcome the additional workload.

    The reduced diplomatic effort comes as a military tribunal holds more hearings into the case of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other defendants who face almost 3,000 counts of murder. They could get the death penalty if convicted.

    And as for the last line in Number 8, “equip journalists to hold their governments accountable,” it is fun to note that the military judge presiding over the trial of the five men accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks declined to explain a mysterious episode in which the audio and video feeds to the proceedings were severed, cutting journalists off from covering the trial. All details of CIA secret prisons and torture are considered classified and are censored from what journalists may hear.

    A Justice Department lawyer on the prosecution team, said the “original classification authority” reviews the feeds. The authority referred to almost certainly is the CIA in the case of material related to secret overseas prisons. Agency personnel apparently monitor and have a previously undisclosed ability to cut the feed, for freedom.



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  • Recent Comments

    • pitchfork said...

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      The Parallel Universe
      1. We create
      2. We support
      3. We promote
      4. We help
      5. We save
      10. We are

      Reality
      1. We create waste
      2. We support war
      3. We promote nation state corruption
      4. We help Corporate theft
      5. We save our ass
      10. We are liars

      01/30/13 3:56 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps..
      Know About the State Department
      Ten Things You Should Know About the State Department

      Fact Sheet
      Bureau of Public Affairs

      oh, we know all ’bout those “Public Affairs”

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      But what I DIDN’T know is they even have a “Bureau”
      to document them. Priceless

      01/30/13 4:06 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”All details of CIA secret prisons and torture are considered classified and are censored from what journalists may hear.” quote

      Meanwhile… we have our good ole DoS…
      quote
      “8. We promote the RULE OF LAW and protect human dignity. We help people in other countries find freedom and shape their own destinies. Reflecting U.S. values, we advocate for the release of prisoners of conscience, prevent political activists from suffering abuse, train police officers to combat sex trafficking and equip journalists to hold their governments accountable.”unquote

      Reflecting U.S values and ” equip”journalists to hold their governments accountable.

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!…yer killen me.

      Priceless. On a scale of 1-10, I’ll give them a +10 on the ARROGANCE-METER.
      ya know… who do these dumb fucks think they are fooling?

      01/30/13 8:37 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      At this rate I’ll laugh myself to death in one week.

      01/30/13 8:38 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

      5

      Listen up all you moronic DoS trolls…

      Here is the REAL truth.

      Department of State is nothing but a mouthpiece for Brutality and Sadism as National Policy of the Torture State and the Monsters of Our Time. Torture has become a central and systematic element of the Bush/Obama administration’s policies in the prosecution of its erroneously conceived “War on Terror,” and why these administrations have unforgivably and perhaps fatally branded the United States as a barbarian nation.

      You got that Hillary? Your nothing but a mouthpiece for a barbarian nation. P E R I O D

      So suck on that with your diplomatic pipe.

      01/30/13 8:49 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      OK, I volunteer to break Pitch’s monopoly on this subject with another bleak American “exceptionalism” breaking comment.
      It was quite vain of any to think that America was an exception to the rule of empire. Lame beliefs such as a free press being a sure way to stave off totalitarian leanings or the pen is mightier than the sword should have been put away decades ago. Why would anyone think the sword guys wouldn’t easily be able to hire the mightiest of pens to do their bidding? Let’s all grow up now. We’ll learn to try and enjoy this last stage of empire implosion.

      01/31/13 1:18 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

      7

      01/31/13 7:46 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”OK, I volunteer to break Pitch’s monopoly on this subject” unquote

      Haha. Sorry John, just tryin to break the echo of silence.

      quote:”We’ll learn to try and enjoy this last stage of empire implosion.” unquote

      John, I don’t completely share your view. I personally don’t think it is imploding on any perceivable scale or rate..yet. Perhaps metaphorically, but I’ve become more and more cognizant of the lesson put forth in Revelations. In other words…we haven’t reached “living hell”… yet. However, given “The Rise of the Drones” is happening before our very eyes, and the Law of Unintended Consequences is being tested as I type by virtue of Feinsteins ultimate anti 2nd Amendment gun “attrition” bill, and various other “infringements”, I suspect the near future environment of Amerika will certainly make Orwell look like a walk through Disneyland. And it makes me sick to my stomach.

      What really bothers me though, is our children. The reality they are growing up in is running full speed ahead into Orwell “as normalized”. I’ve talked to young people who were born post 9/11, and they shrug. They don’t have a clue to what was, nor what is really happening to the past, and future. THAT is really the scary part. A TOTALITARIAN society who by virtue of growing up in a reality shaped by current step by step usurpation of civil rights, technology gone mad, and a ruling class of murdering psychopaths…yesireebob. They don’t have a clue.

      01/31/13 8:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Meanwhile, over in reality:”

      Chuck Hagel gets old man angry at him: Old man McCain pressed Chuck Hagel saying in 2007 that Chuck thought the surge was the “most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.”

      “Were you right?” McCain asked. “Were you correct in your assessment?”

      “Well, I would defer to the judgment of history to sort that out,” Hagel said.

      “This committee deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge,” McCain responded, adding, “I want to know if you were right or wrong. That’s a direct question. I expect a direct answer.”

      When Hagel continued to insist that the answer was more complicated than a yes or no answer, McCain grew frustrated.

      “Will you please answer the question?” McCain said. “Were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the ‘most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.’ Were you correct or incorrect, yes or no?”

      Hagel added that his comment about the “most dangerous foreign policy blunder” was not just about the surge, but about the overall decision to invade Iraq — a belief he stood by because it took the U.S. focus off Afghanistan.

      “Our war in Iraq I think was the most fundamentally bad, dangerous decision since Vietnam,” Hagel said.

      I have to disagree with Chuck; ol man McCain’s decision to pick the witless wonder Sarah as his running mate was the most dangerous decision since Vietnam.

      01/31/13 9:46 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Mr Bauer wrote: “Meanwhile, over in reality”…

      …which is inconsistent with the USA.

      (Disclaimer, I got out of the USA some years ago, and now I’m a citizen of another country.)

      The only way for Americans to experience reality will be the collapse of the American Empire. Let it crash and burn.

      01/31/13 11:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Mary said...

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      It burns me that Clinton is promoting herself as a defender of women and human rights, yet I continue to search for justice for Iraqi women employed by the U.S. government in Iraq.

      These woman were sexually harassed and abused by a predatory U.S. citizen masquerading as a Junior Intelligence Officer employed by the DOD.

      He committed fraud, falsified official documents, and denied these woman US visas. These woman continue to live under death threats due to their employment with the US government, yet Secretary Clinton refuses to give them justice despite massive documentation that proves Mr. Kirchmeier is guilty.

      Plus, the story making the front page of the Washington Post:

      “Iraqi interpreters seek punishment of contractor they say sexually harassed them”

      WASHINGTON POST:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraqi-interpreters-seek-punishment-of-contractor-they-say-sexually-harassed-them/2011/03/24/AFQOfSPE_story.html

      02/1/13 1:26 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Speaking of Clinton’s record on women’s rights, don’t miss today’s post– her State Department is two-thirds male.

      02/1/13 2:38 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote”The only way for Americans to experience reality will be the collapse of the American Empire. Let it crash and burn.”unquote

      It will. All it will take is a Coronal Mass Ejection vs our DIGITAL/ELECTRICAL grid. Up in smoke. Amerika won’t know what to do…no food, water, money, entertainment, travel, no internet and no electric grid, ,…nothing…zilch. Any person born post 1995 doesn’t have a clue what ANALOG meant, and while the powers that be decided to destroy Analog broadcasting in favor of Digital in hopes of having the power to control all broadcasting by virtue of a digital “on/of” satellite switch, they actually cut their own throat. All electrical systems, military networks, satellites, banking, broadcasting, computers, ..virtually EVERYTHING the world uses is over DIGITAL control systems.

      quote:” Without modern technology at our fingertips, we would collectively revert back to sub-standard survival living circa 5000 BC within a matter of weeks.” unquote
      http://www.mi2g.com/cgi/mi2g/frameset.php?pageid=http%3A//www.mi2g.com/cgi/mi2g/press/170610.php

      So, while the world keeps worshiping digital and expanding it’s use, I personally am laughing. Empire? Ha! Up in smoke in less than 8 minutes.
      And that’s EXACTLY why the Military of the world are expanding their base of ELECTROMAGNETIC weaponry. Unfortunately..our SUN has other ideas.
      The good news is the NSA won’t have a thing to do anymore. Neither will the military. They’ll be too busy trying to get water.

      We now return you to DoS minutia.

      02/1/13 5:55 PM | Comment Link

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