USA: domestic politics
To the outside world, the United States pretends to be a model of democracy. But that is not the case. Fiercely opposed to the notion of "popular sovereignty", the Founding Fathers contrived an ingenious system whereby the people are regularly consulted only to legitimize institutions that deposit power with the oligarchy. Domestically, this system thrives thanks to a series of legal barriers that preclude the emergence of other alternatives and, if need be, through fraud including the use of unverifiable electronic voting machines. Externally, propaganda has served to obscure the incongruity of the institutions. The latter, for instance, prescribe that the president should be elected by a college appointed by State Governors (and not by national popular count, as illustrated by the Supreme Court in 2000 when it overruled the Florida people vote). Nor are we dealing with a republican system of government since it discards the concept of "general interest" as being totalitarian, favouring instead the preponderance of the lobby coalition. A philosophy that has led to the institutionalization of pressure groups, going so far as to legalize and systematize corruption practices in Congress.
Outside the limits of the twin Democratic and Republican parties, a protest movement has been brewing for some time. It picked up considerable momentum during the two presidencies of George W. Bush, whose swaggering style brought to the fore the police control over the population and the rising social injustices. While such opposition had formerly been labeled as "un-american", it acquired legitimacy by highlighting the violations of U.S. ideals at the hands of the U.S. Government itself, ranging from its colonial adventures to its torture policies. As a result of President Obama’s charm offensive, internal opposition was again relegated to the sidelines, despite not having obtained a response to any of their major challenges. In the midst of the economic crisis, deep social fissures dating back to the Secession War have started to reappear. They take the form of a tax revolt, a populist anti-Wall Street movement, or emerge under the guise of separatist tendencies and, last but not least, ethnic hostility. The potential of the United States to either reform or dislocate hinges on these contradictory movements and the balance of power they will generate.
US Attorney General William Barr has decided not to open a judicial inquiry into Obamagate during this electoral period.
On his part, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham has requested that the names should be made public of those senior officials and secretaries involved in the spying of General Michael Flynn before the 2016 election of Donald Trump.
Similarly, a parliamentary investigation is expected to be launched into the activities of Joe Biden’s son in (...)
Letter from President Donald J. Trump to
the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
Dear Madam Speaker:
I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.
The Articles of (...)
The drama of the removal of President Donald Trump continues. After the first series "The Russian Affair", the second "The Ukrainian Affair" does not seem better written. Above all, it shows the inability of the Democrats to criticize the president for his policies and could turn against them.
We have taken note of the summary of the main conclusions from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the “purity” of the 2016 US presidential election, submitted by the US Department of Justice. The main conclusion, which is that Donald Trump’s election staff did not conspire with Russia – was to be expected. It is surprising, though, that it took 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of 40 FBI agents, intelligence forensic accountants, and other professional staff, issued more (...)
Admiral William H. McRaven has handed in his resignation from the Advisory Council of Innovation to the Defence Secretary.
It was the US Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, that set up this council in 1996. The motive was to pull the best talent in Silicon Valley’s innovation industries. The Council brings together those with expertise in the intricacies of the Internet and high rank military officials.
Admiral McRaven entered into a head-on conflict with President Trump when Trump withdrew the (...)
President Obama: Hey! Hello, Illinois! I-L-L!
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I-L-L!
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Okay, okay. Just checking to see if you’re awake. Please have a seat, everybody. It is good to be home. It’s good to see corn.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Beans. I was trying to explain to somebody as we were flying in, that’s corn. That’s beans. And they were very impressed at my agricultural knowledge. Please give it up for Amaury once (...)
The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.
I work for the president but like-minded (...)
President Donald Trump has revoked the Secret Defense clearance of former CIA director John Brennan (photo).
Former CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia and then cabinet director of George Tenet (under presidents Clinton and Bush Jr.), he became the first director of the National Anti-Terrorism Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Favorable to the use of torture, he was appointed by Barack Obama director of the CIA. Since the Trump-Putin agreement in Helsinki (July 16), he has (...)
As former senior intelligence officials, we feel compelled to respond in the wake of the ill-considered and unprecedented remarks and actions by the White House regarding the removal of John Brennan’s security clearances. We know John to be an enormously talented, capable, and patriotic individual who devoted his adult life to the service of this nation. Insinuations and allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Brennan while in office are baseless. Since leaving government (...)
Dear Mr. President:
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and (...)
“A Free Press Needs You”
In 1787, the year the Constitution was born, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to a friend, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
That’s how he felt before he became president, anyway. Twenty years later, after enduring the oversight of the press from inside the White House, he was less sure of its value. “Nothing can now be believed (...)
A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words.
Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of (...)
In less than 12 hours, Internet giants have closed down all internet accounts belonging to the Group Infowars and the US journalist Alex Jones (see photo), both pro-Trump.
This purge follows a US House of Representatives Hearing of the Justice Committee on Censorship of the Internet and was coordinated by Apple, Facebook, Google, Spotify and You Tube (but not Twitter).
Every video Alex Jones had made has been deleted from the Internet.
This decision was taken in the name of ideological (...)
While the international Press distorted the content of the NATO Summit, the US establishment pefectly understood the unique issue – the end of enmity with Russia. Thus disturbing the bilateral summit in Helsinki between the USA and Russia became its priority. By all means possible, it had to prevent any rapprochement with Moscow.
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Privatization of brutality (Video)