Abby Martin interviewed Thomas Drake, a Whistleblower who outed NSA’s covert wiretapping program known as Trailblazer, on this weeks “Breaking the Set.” [Read more…]
We Are Change Sierra Adamson caught up with both Chris Hedges and Daniel Ellsberg outside the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last week after the Justices heard arguments in the Hedges v Obama NDAA appeal. Both Ellsberg and Hedges provide updates, next steps and what potential outcomes may be.
First up, Chris Hedges – [Read more…]
Editor’s Note – The following three columns and interviews are stunning and stand alone as voices from the left speaking their truth about Obama and his administration. Each speaks volumes starting with Obama’s personal betrayal of Dr. Cornel West and what light he now see’s Obama in; next the administrations chilling any negative coverage whatsoever of Obama and its affect on long time critic of all things political, Ted Rall, who has effectively been blacklisted by leftie news; and, finally what is becoming a weekly date w/Dr. Steve Pieczenik & Alex Jones who covers an array of national and geo political issues all related back to the Obama administration and its unwillingness to issue arrest warrants for the banksters – America’s greatest national security threat. The common thread that ties all three of these pieces together is the ever growing mantra – Country BEFORE Party! Enjoy.
Posted on May 16, 2011
By Chris Hedges
The moral philosopher Cornel West, if Barack Obama’s ascent to power was a morality play, would be the voice of conscience. Rahm Emanuel, a cynical product of the Chicago political machine, would be Satan. Emanuel in the first scene of the play would dangle power, privilege, fame and money before Obama. West would warn Obama that the quality of a life is defined by its moral commitment, that his legacy will be determined by his willingness to defy the cruel assault by the corporate state and the financial elite against the poor and working men and women, and that justice must never be sacrificed on the altar of power.
Perhaps there was never much of a struggle in Obama’s heart. Perhaps West only provided a moral veneer. Perhaps the dark heart of Emanuel was always the dark heart of Obama. Only Obama knows. But we know how the play ends. West is banished like honest Kent in “King Lear.” Emanuel and immoral mediocrities from Lawrence Summers to Timothy Geithner to Robert Gates—think of Goneril and Regan in the Shakespearean tragedy—take power. We lose. And Obama becomes an obedient servant of the corporate elite in exchange for the hollow trappings of authority. [Read more…]