On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns. More than 6,000 people in this, France’s largest refugee camp, hope for a chance to make the last, dangerous leg of their journey through the nearby channel tunnel to England.
Amy, This all began with the 'false flag' of 911 in your hometown. You have studiously avoided the anomalies in the govt conspiracy fairy tale. The 911 'Omission Committee' even effaced any mention of bldg 7. Our path to Imperialism and Militarism has been enabled by this insidious govt black op. IF, the truth ever surfaces about how innocents were sacrificed to the War machine for oil and hegemony, there might be a revolt of the masses. Your local 'paper of record' is a tool of the neocons to keep Americans in the dark.
Unravel 9/11 and number of other false flags will unravel.
For what it worth as we are bombarded with information and disinformation , the pictures of the alleged shooters at San Bernardino have been published all over the web and members of both the right and left claim a cover up with persons claiming to have witnessed the crimes indicating the shooters were three athletic white males.
We have no way of knowing the truth in this time of lies
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It may not be Amy's fault. I have no proof, but I think Democracy Now's! upper management and WBAI's broadcast license has somehow been threatened. Amy has probably been told not to go there. Case in point: over 2,000 Architects and building engineers with Ph.D.s and impeccable credentials say the official con-spiracy theory of the US government is a virtual impossibility because it has so many scientific anomalies. For instance: the reason given by the government, for the free fall of Building 7 ( it fell because of office fires ) according the law of physics is so asinine it is no wonder the Omission Committee did not want to mention it! And why has Democracy Now! failed to bring any of these scientists to interview unless there is some kind of covert threat?
Bravo Amy, you always have heart as you go for the heart of the matter.
To the psychopathic idiots who responded to this caring and very decent reporting by babbling about 9/11 conspiracies and other nonsense ... please see a psychotherapist because you have no empathy for these people and it is bizarre that you would display such psychopathic deficiency of empathy so easily.
The point of the piece was the humanity of the refugees and you clowns immediately ignored that humanity. Look at the title of the piece for sanity's sake! You've completely dismissed their humanity and never even mentioned it. No empathy. No sympathy. No humanity (yours).
What is it like to be stupid and not know it?
There's been refugee camps at Calias since the 1990's. Even before the war in Afghanistan. Google Sangatte refugee camp for more info. This article seems to attribute them all to 21st century wars which isn't the case. Though that's not to say war isn't creating a new wave of extra refugees.
If you can not be bothered to understand the forces at work that are creating this latest crop of refugees then contrary to your words you really do not care for them.
When people point out the role of NAFTA in creating 10s and thousands of poor migrants that try to flood into the USA or of the role of Canada the US and Brazil in Haiti when they helped back a coup in creating yet more refugees from that country , it because they are intelligent enough to recognize that people just do not pick up and flee a country on a whim something that is apparently beyond your ken. Most of these refugees would prefer NOT to have to flee family and homes.
Your post reminds me of the people who like to show their empathy for others by the charity they give who in the next breath claim people who point out there would be no need for charity if there a just distribution of wealth as "commies".
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D., Mass.) disclosed that a congressional investigation recently found that at least 72 people working at DHS also “were on the terrorist watch list.” [emph. added]
“Back in August, we did an investigation—the inspector general did—of the Department of Homeland Security, and they had 72 individuals that were on the terrorist watch list that were actually working at the Department of Homeland Security,” Lynch told Boston Public Radio. “The [former DHS] director had to resign because of that,” he said.
DHS continues to fail inspections aimed at determining the efficiency of its internal safety mechanisms, as well as its efforts to protect the nation.
Lynch referred to a recent report that found the Transportation Security Administration, which is overseen by DHS, failed to stop 95 percent of those who attempted to bring restricted items past airport security.
“We had staffers go into eight different airports to test the department of homeland security screening process at major airports. They had a 95 percent failure rate,” Lynch said. “We had folks—this was a testing exercise, so we had folks going in there with guns on their ankles, and other weapons on their persons, and there was a 95 percent failure rate.”
Lynch said he has “very low confidence” in DHS based on its many failures over the years. For this reason, he voted in favor of recent legislation that will tighten the vetting process for any Syrian refugees applying for asylum in the United States.
“I have very low confidence based on empirical data that we’ve got on the Department of Homeland Security. I think we desperately need another set of eyeballs looking at the vetting process,” he said. “That’s vetting that’s being done at major airports where we have a stationary person coming through a facility, and we’re failing 95 percent of the time.”
“I have even lower confidence that they can conduct the vetting process in places like Jordan, or Belize or on the Syrian border, or in Cairo, or Beirut in any better fashion, especially given the huge volume of applicants we’ve had seeking refugee status,” Lynch said.
The cruelty of these calamitous policies that ONLY feed the Beast--MIC is relayed succinctly in this important quote:
"The more the West bombs their countries, the more it shuts out those who flee its wars."
Based on the number of Left-leaning/Progressive writers, thinkers, journalists, & lecturers who REFUSE to shine a light on this subject, it's obvious that threats have been made.
I've argued this before. Suppose you could do a lot of good by talking about 30 important subjects (or issues) of our times; but if you mention that 31st one, you will lose your platform... if not your life?
Ray McGovern, Robert Parry, Glenn Greenwald, Tom Engelhardt, and so many of the C.D. stable of regulars do NOT openly question the 911 situation.
I agree that it would be powerful if Amy did cover this. However, if her absence of exposure on this one matter is used to belittle all of the good that she daily does, then I think that is a problematic stance. It's also unfair... unless you demand the same of every writer who pushes the 911 fantasy and its paving the path to wars of aggression, not to mention the idiocy known as the War On Terror.
Take a look at all the people who die suddenly or mysteriously for knowing and stating... "too much."