Et In Arcadia Ego
Statement from Edward Snowden. 01/07/2013.

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

http://wikileaks.org/Statement-from-Edward-Snowden-in.html?snow

bucksoverducks:

Sonic bloom 2013.

Welcome to the United States of America

Questions to be raised:

  • Why no badge numbers?
  • Why continued tasing?
  • What threat is being posed by a naked man lying on the ground?
  • Why does he punch the woman?
  • Why does anyone still live in the U.S?

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Time Square, circa 1943.

Time Square, circa 1943.

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"Just JFK, chilling like a boss."

"Just JFK, chilling like a boss."

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» alexandra lee's finest hour: Tell me why you voted for Obama that doesn't include...

mrshowardhughes:

communismkills:

  • “Free”/”Affordable” XYZ
  • Abortion/forcing insurance companies to cover birth control, against their will
  • Gay marriage (which he is against)
  • His race

well, he’s not against gay marriage, but i’ll play this game.

he’s trusted more by most leaders…

While I don’t claim to know Obama’s most intimate thoughts and opinions, I’ve read his books, many of his speeches from before and after his election as President, and numerous interviews. He’s made mistakes, been forced into corners he should’ve fought his way out of, and supports a number of policies I profoundly object to. However, here is a small selection of the myriad of reasons I support him:

- He appears to approach politics with a well rounded, intellectual and internationalist approach. Which is a rare trait to find in a politician anywhere, let alone the USA.

- He seems to generally tackle issues from (at least as close as one may achieve) an objective viewpoint; considering all sides to an issue and pushing aside inherent prejudices (which we all have) when considering policy - particularly policy he disagrees with.

- He actually understands the concept of “American Exceptionalism”, viewing “exceptionalism” as a feature of all nations (which are all exceptional in their foundations, history and current status) and not as a moral “get out of jail free card” for the U.S. on all issues.

But most of all:

- He hasn’t pandered to Netanyahu’s bullshit.

And for that, he deserves a fucking medal.

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"Maybe I’ll Just Buy America."

"Maybe I’ll Just Buy America."

AMERICA HAS ONCE AGAIN PROVEN TRUE THE AGE OLD PROVERB: ONCE YOU GO BLACK, YOU NEVER GO BACK.

(Source: eveninarcadia)

Have now moved on to watching Fox News just for laughs.
U.S. Election Guide 2012.

U.S. Election Guide 2012.

As part of my “election night extravaganza” we’re chilling and watching the South Park episode “About last night…” (S12,EP12) 

Which is equal parts hilarious and depressing.

As part of my “election night extravaganza” we’re chilling and watching the South Park episode “About last night…” (S12,EP12)

Which is equal parts hilarious and depressing.

Chronicle of a death foretold: Guantanamo Bay prisoner Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif died without having ever been charged with a crime.

I am happy to express from this darkness and draw a true picture of the condition in which I exist. I am moving towards a dark cave and a dark life in the shadow of a dark prison. This is a prison that does not know humanity, and does not know anything except the language of power, oppression and humiliation for whoever enters it. It does not differentiate between a criminal and the innocent.”

-Guantanamo inmate Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif in a letter to his lawyer, dated December 26th, 2010
 

Two weeks ago, the Pentagon quietly released a statement that another Guantanamo detainee had died in custody, the ninth since the prison was opened in 2001. Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a 32-year-old man from Yemen who had spent eleven years incarcerated, was found dead in his cell on September 8.

The cause of his death has been recorded as unknown and may never truly be known, but Latif had long suffered from feelings of extreme depression during his time in jail, having made several suicide attempts in the previous years.

Latif had long complained of abuse by prison staff and of his deteriorating physical and mental condition during his imprisonment. Two years earlier, he had written that guards “entered my cell on a regular basis. They throw me and drag me on the floor… they strangle me and press hard behind my ears until I lose consciousness”. In 2009 he slit his wrists in an attempt to end his life, writing about the incident later to his lawyer to say that his circumstances in Guantanamo “make death more desirable than living”.

Latif was initially captured by Pakistani bounty hunters in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks when a mixture of confusion and desire for vengeance resulted in the effective labelling of any military age Arab males found in Afghanistan and Pakistan as potential terrorists.

He had been receiving medical care in Amman, Jordan for chronic injuries he had received from a car crash in Yemen that had fractured his skull and caused permanent damage to his hearing. Lured to Pakistan by the promise of cheap healthcare, once the war started he ended up caught in the dragnet of opportunistic bounty hunters who detained him, proclaimed him a terrorist and handed him over to the US military in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Later it would come out that such bounty hunters had been unscrupulous, detaining individuals and labelling them as terrorists baselessly in order to collect large cash incentives from the US military for their handover. No evidence was ever found connecting him to terrorism or violent militancy of any kind, and later medical examinations taken of him upon intake into military custody would corroborate his story regarding the nature of the head injuries he had come to Pakistan to treat. Indeed, when he was apprehended he was found not to be in possession of weapons or extremist literature of any kind - what he had with him were copies of his medical records.

While during all his years in custody Latif has never been charged with nor convicted of any crime related to terrorism or any other offence, his death now is made even more tragic due to the fact that he had been recommended for release from Guantanamo by the Department of Defence since as early as 2004, and again in 2007, which said at the time that it had determined that he “is not known to have participated in any combatant/terrorist training”. In 2009 a special task force commissioned by the Obama administration also ruled that Latif should be released, a decision which its internal mandates specified could only be reached by the unanimous consensus of all US intelligence agencies. However despite being cleared for release he remained in military custody as a decision had been made not to repatriate any prisoners to Yemen due to ongoing political instability in the country, effectively leaving him and others like him in a state of indefinite detention.

Despite this, Latif fought his own long legal battle through the civilian court system, taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court in order to prove his innocence and win his release. Finally after years of legal challenges in 2010 an order for Latif’s immediate release was given by US District Judge Henry Kennedy, who called the allegations against him “unconvincing” and in a 32-page order ruled that the government had failed to provide evidence that Latif had been part of al-Qaeda or any other militant group and ordering it to “take all necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps to facilitate Latif’s release forthwith”.

Despite this, the Department of Justice successfully appealed the judges’ decision, and in a 2-1 ruling that Latif’s release order was rescinded; effectively on the grounds that the allegations against him must be taken as accurate if they are claimed to be so by the government. The dissenting opinion lambasted the ruling as rigging “the game in the governments favour”, with the ultimate result being to once more snatch away the prospect of freedom from Adnan Latif. Latif had placed his faith in the fairness and impartiality of the US legal system and it failed him utterly, inventing new grounds to keep him incarcerated and in the words of the dissenting judge, “moving the goalposts” in order to ensure that no matter what evidence existed regarding his innocence he would remain behind bars.

Throughout this time, almost a decade of his young life, Adnan Latif remained in Guantanamo Bay. He was interrogated hundreds of times and by his own account suffered frequent physical abuse and degradation at the hands of his captors. In a poem, he described the prison guards who were his warders as “artists of torture, pain, fatigue, insults and humiliation”. He joined other prisoners in a hunger strike in protest of their continued imprisonment, being forcibly tied to a special restraining chair and force-fed liquids through his nose twice a day for years. Despite describing the pain of the feeding as being like “having a dagger shoved down your throat”, Latif continued to remain on strike and continued his strike up to the time of his death. In the words of his lawyer David Remes, “This is a man who would not accept his situation… He would not accept his mistreatment. He would not go gently into that good night.”

As the years dragged on and the prospect of him ever being released began to grow more remote, Latif’s mental and physical condition continued to markedly deteriorate. During his incarceration, he wrote an abundance of letters and poetry which offer a window into the utter despair and hopeless into which his life had come; seemingly forever confined to a prison his writings described as ”a piece of hell that kills everything, the spirit, the body and kicks away all the symptoms of health from them”.

Locked for nearly 10 years in an island prison thousands of miles away from his home, away from his loved ones and from everything which one would find familiar and comforting in life, Latif sank deeper into depression and hopelessness as the futility of the legal efforts towards winning his freedom became clear. In one of his last letters to his lawyer he tells him: "Do whatever you wish to do, the issue [of my defence] is over", and includes with it a message of farewell written both to him personally as well to the world at large:

"With all my pains, I say goodbye to you and the cry of death should be enough for you. A world power failed to safeguard peace and human rights and from saving me. I will do whatever I am able to do to rid myself of the imposed death on me at any moment of this prison… the soul that insists to end it all and leave this life which is no longer anymore a life." 

Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif died on September 8, 2012. He was described by those who knew him at Guantanamo as a slightly built man with a sensitive demeanour who was tormented by the circumstances of his life and the inescapable nightmare he found himself trapped in.

The booking photograph taken of him by military officials in prison show a young man whose pain is not sublimated but clearly written on his face; a visceral expression of sadness and torment.

He died without ever having been charged with a crime, and while we may never know the exact circumstances of his death, whether he took his own life, whether he died as the result of physical abuse by his captors - as many other detainees are believed to have - or whether his body simply collapsed after years of stress, his attorney offered his own perspective: “He was so fragile, he was so tormented that it would not surprise me if he had committed suicide… However you look at it, it was Guantanamo that killed him.”

His own words paint the picture of a man who had lost faith in a society which had treated him with unrelenting malice and cruelty:

"I have seen death so many times… Everything is over, life is going to hell in my situation… America, what has happened to you?"


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READ THIS AND KNOW THAT IT IS OUR FEARFUL CIVIL OBEDIENCE AND COWARDLY FAILURE TO STRONGLY ENOUGH PROTEST AGAINST INSTITUTIONALISED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE - PERPETRATED BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENTS - WHICH LEAD TO THIS MAN’S DEATH.

THROUGH OUR INACTION, THE BLOOD IS ON ALL OF OUR HANDS.


(Source: eveninarcadia)

Speechless.

Speechless.

zydrateaddiction:

twistednerrve:

violatedlovee:

still-loving-tate:

eveninarcadia:

It has begun. 

5/16: McArthur High School HazMat Situation: Students, Teachers Decontaminated After Breaking Out In Rash http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/mcarthur-high-school-contamination_n_1521764.html5/19:  No confirmation on chemical at Fort Lauderdale International Airport http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/terminal-2-evacuated-at-fort-lauderdale-airport-in-hazmat-scare5/21:  Police: Man bites woman in Westchester http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westchester/newsnow/x639948018/Police-Man-bites-woman-in-Westchester5/23: I-285 reopens after hazmat incident http://www.wesh.com/r/31112110/detail.html5/23: Man Bites Cousin’s Nose Off http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Man-Bites-Cousins-Nose-Off-153100125.html5/24:  Second Broward school reports mystery rash http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/24/2815003/second-broward-school-reports.html5/25: Hazmat Called After Kids Exposed To Pesticide On Bus: Hazmat, EMS Respond To Lake County, FL School http://www.wesh.com/r/31112110/detail.html5/25: ‘Disoriented’ passenger subdued on flight in Miami http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/25/passenger-restrained-on-flight-to-miami-arrested/5/26: Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim’s Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/26/naked-man-eating-victims-face-killed-miami_n_1548359.html5/26: Florida Doctor Spits Blood at Highway Patrolmen After DUI Arrest http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-doctor-spits-blood-troopers-face-dui-arrest/story?id=16436402
Don’t believe the media coverups.
GET OUT OF FLORIDA WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

You guys are making me scared. Omg. 

Wtf :|

YOU GUYS GET ME OUT OF THIS STATE

WHY WOULD YOU BE SCARED.You guys… It’s finally happening. FINALLY.



Get your shotguns and machetes ready guys, Z-Day is approaching!!

zydrateaddiction:

twistednerrve:

violatedlovee:

still-loving-tate:

eveninarcadia:

It has begun.


5/16: McArthur High School HazMat Situation: Students, Teachers Decontaminated After Breaking Out In Rash http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/mcarthur-high-school-contamination_n_1521764.html

5/19: No confirmation on chemical at Fort Lauderdale International Airport http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/terminal-2-evacuated-at-fort-lauderdale-airport-in-hazmat-scare

5/21: Police: Man bites woman in Westchester http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westchester/newsnow/x639948018/Police-Man-bites-woman-in-Westchester

5/23: I-285 reopens after hazmat incident http://www.wesh.com/r/31112110/detail.html

5/23: Man Bites Cousin’s Nose Off http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Man-Bites-Cousins-Nose-Off-153100125.html

5/24: Second Broward school reports mystery rash http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/24/2815003/second-broward-school-reports.html

5/25: Hazmat Called After Kids Exposed To Pesticide On Bus: Hazmat, EMS Respond To Lake County, FL School http://www.wesh.com/r/31112110/detail.html

5/25: ‘Disoriented’ passenger subdued on flight in Miami http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/25/passenger-restrained-on-flight-to-miami-arrested/

5/26: Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim’s Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/26/naked-man-eating-victims-face-killed-miami_n_1548359.html

5/26: Florida Doctor Spits Blood at Highway Patrolmen After DUI Arrest http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-doctor-spits-blood-troopers-face-dui-arrest/story?id=16436402

Don’t believe the media coverups.

GET OUT OF FLORIDA WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

You guys are making me scared. Omg.

Wtf :|

YOU GUYS GET ME OUT OF THIS STATE

WHY WOULD YOU BE SCARED.
You guys… It’s finally happening. FINALLY.

Get your shotguns and machetes ready guys, Z-Day is approaching!!
"ZOMBIE ATTACK": PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE OF THE MIAMI ‘CANNIBAL INCIDENT’ WHICH LEFT THE VICTIM FACELESS

On the 28th May 2012 Miami Police rushed to the scene of a violent attack on an unidentified male by a naked man later named as Randy Eugene (31). Eugene reportedly “growled” at the officers when told several times to back away from the victim - who’s face he was in the process of eating.

After Eugene continued to eat the face of the victim, failing to respond to the officers repeated orders to move back, he was shot several times and killed.

Below are pictures of what remains of the victims face and the scene following the shooting of Eugene.

(Source: eveninarcadia)

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