Mikhail Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, recently had criminal charges filed against him for alleged abuses of office. This moment was a long time in coming, but many of his friends in the U.S. Senate, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and James Risch (R-Ida.) are still in denial. As an American who experienced the dark side of the Saakashvili regime first hand, I am ashamed that our senators continue to support him.
These four senators publicly criticized the Georgian government – a democratic U.S. ally whose troops serve shoulder to shoulder with our troops around the world – for investigating Saakashvili, despite calls from the State Department to let the investigation proceed.
via Why do US senators support a tyrant? | TheHill.
Hong Kong’s two-week-old democracy protests swelled Friday after the government called off talks with protest leaders and thousands joined what had been a dwindling occupation of a central city district.
via Hong Kong Protests Swell as Government Scraps Talks.
I absolutely believe what I wrote in the title of this article: apathetic citizens deserve to lose their freedoms. That’s right, I’m talking to you. Those of you who don’t know what is going on with your government, or to those of you who don’t care.
I don’t think they should lose their freedoms just because they are apathetic, nor do I want them to lose their freedoms because they are apathetic. IF we get to a point that our government takes away or limits our freedoms, those that sat around and did nothing while others warned them will deserve to have had their freedoms lost because they did nothing to prevent it. They are going to be responsible for their own oppression by the government.
via Apathetic Citizens Deserve To Lose Their Freedoms | Nillabyte.com.
Cambodia’s government launched a broad crackdown on the political opposition on Saturday, clearing its main protest site, banning its street demonstrations for the immediate future and having a court call in opposition party leaders for questioning on charges of inciting social unrest.
Police dispersed about 1,000 anti-government demonstrators from a park in the capital, Phnom Penh, a day after four people were killed in a crackdown on a labour protest. Stages and other structures erected by the protesters were demolished.
via Cambodia cracks down on opposition; protests banned | CTV News.
I have news for you. The Chinese and Russians already know. They learned about it before Snowden. Both the Chinese and Russians have been learned about NSA long ago. All Snowden did was make the information known to the American people:
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Russian and Chinese governments had already acquired classified American information allegedly taken by Edward Snowden while he was working as a government contractor for the National Security Agency.
“No, it wouldn’t surprise me, ” Dempsey told ABC’s Martha Raddatz during an interview for “This Week,” saying earlier that that amount of information in Snowden’s possession was “obviously significant.”
Why did I have to go to a right wing blog, The Daily Caller, and Reddit to read about this shocking statement? Otherwise, a Google search found nothing else on it. This is why we are rapidly becoming a fascist country. The mainstream press refuses to tell us the truth about what’s really going in America. They serve the corporate-ruled state. Truth that threatens that is ignored or distorted.
I realize it’s a Republican saying this. But it’s still significant. At the very least we have a major player in the GOP calling the surveillance illegal. His voice must be added to all those from different political stripes questioning the NSA spying program:
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., told Sean Hannity on Monday that what the Obama administration and the National Security Agency did with the Patriot Act was “clearly not within the law.” Referring to the dragnet collection of American citizens’ phone records and Internet information, Sensenbrenner said that “this is clearly beyond the law as I have outlined it, and it’s unfortunate that the Justice Department and the FISA court [which approves surveillance requests] did not follow the law in Justice’s petition to the court and the court approve it.”