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Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is “Scandalous” and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S


Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is “Scandalous” and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S.

Democracy Now!

Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.



The Facsist States of America are indeed far reaching.

It’s my belief that those who refuse to deny that their addiction to Duopoly politics, by supporting either of these two extremely corrupt political parties, has basically been the enabling force behind this march toward Facsism.



A personal comment:: Today is the 49th anniversary (April 13 1970) that our Fire Base (Nancy), was overrun by elements of three NVA battalions. We won the day, and received the Valorous Unit Citation, along with many individual awards.

This happened the same day Apollo 13 (April 13th 1970) had it’s accident in space that could have killed them as well. I should hit the casino today since 13 has ended up being very lucky for some of us. Roulette anyone?



Thank you for your bravery soldier.

Good luck on the wheel of fortune.

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The US should not have gone into Vietnam. Over 50,000 Americans and millions of Vietnamese were slaughtered in that US Government terrorist war of choice.
In the end, there was no “Domino Effect,” because the Vietnam Conflict was based on a lie, just like every war fought after WWII. Now Vietnam is our trading partner, which is what they wanted all along.
You risked your life for the fascist oligarchy, not for the Constitution and We the People. I find nothing valorous in that.

It’s like Chomsky said:

This is the kind of thing, the kind of scandal, that takes place, unfortunately, over and over.

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and The Pentagon Papers comes to mind.



That may have been the reality, but it wasn’t any soldiers intention.

And valor doesn’t happen in thought, it happens in actions. I feel sorry for those that don’t get that.



You have been gracious my friend. No need to thank me. After all it wasn’t a purposeful endeavor. Just survival with honor.

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The honor has been all of ours, here at Common Dreams, to learn from one who ascended into Hell, and survived. No thanks at all to the Military Industrial Complex that created the requirement of your service.

A little different, yet familiar tune from "The Main Squeeze."



Great guitar sound and guitar work.
The organ was a negative, at least in this song.



I always pay attention when Mr. Chomsky shares his perspective on an issue.

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“This is a threat to journalists,” Tulsi Gabbard told Chris Matthews, “but it’s also something that threatens every American, because the message that we are getting, that the American people are getting is: Be quiet, toe the line, otherwise there will be consequences.” Crickets from the rest of the Democratic candidates. Maybe they are off dancing with Hillary and Manchin.



Espionage and wrecking essential diplomatic channels and privacy rights and hacking into governments is not “free journalism” folks, this guy is an unprecedented, conscienceless criminal, like when he exposed the gay people who got extradited to Saudi Arabia where they have the death penalty come on folks, I’m even a liberal and can see the difference.

From Wikipedia “Espionage or spying is the act of obtaining secret or confidential information without the permission of the holder of the information. Spies help agencies uncover secret information.[1] Any individual or spy ring (a cooperating group of spies), in the service of a government, company or independent operation, can commit espionage. The practice is clandestine, as it is by definition unwelcome and in many cases illegal and punishable by law. Espionage is a method of intelligence gathering which includes information gathering from public sources. Espionage is often part of an institutional effort by a government or commercial concern. However, the term tends to be associated with state spying on potential or actual enemies for military purposes.”



Maybe we need more thought and less valor.

We were drafted in those days and found ourselves in situations we had no control. At My-Lai
some soldiers refused to participate but the heat of the moment and the war transcended it all without any thought.




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The battle fields would be lonely places if soldiers had the right to walk off the

And it is always lies that brings them there.



I love lonely places. There are no battlefields as such today, at least for America, better to send bombers and drones and make the process secret and destroy any entity that tries to spotlight the atrocities such as WIKI leaks.



Hope that we will have some news of Assange from lawyers whatever who
let’s hope have seen him.
And, of course, there is an absolute connection with the new attempt at what
could be torturing of Chelsea Manning again to try to get her to “admit” things
that aren’t true about Assange. Seems that’s what they have long been trying
to do to Chelsea. Chelsea survived it for I think 7 years/?



I sent a note to the Sanders campaign to let them know that there will be no more contributions from me and no support until he verbalizes his opinion on Manning and Assange. I don’t care if he becomes President or not if he is going to merely rubber stamp the secrecy by keeping silent.



Maybe he’s just being careful, walking that thin line. Bernie understands this…he’s a lot closer to it than we are

New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer

We aren’t living in a democracy you know



I understand your point but I think it would be better for the country and the world to have an open discussion of the immoral acts that are being perpetuated by the state and let whoever wins the election be damned.