1140.jpgU.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe today, initiating a search for alternate routes. 

"We celebrate Army Corps decision but will stay vigilant: THERE IS NO SAFE ROUTE FOR #DAPL," posts RoseAnn DeMoro. "There is no such thing as a safe pipeline."
Fox News analyst Ralph Peters advocates for military assassination of unsubmissive American journalists, "the neo-pagans who serve as lackeys at the terrorists' bloody altar." The Committee to Protect Journalists warned us of the unprecedented threat such sentiments represent:

Press freedom in the U.S. has already suffered under President Barack Obama, as whistleblowers face prosecution and freedom of information requests go unanswered . . . A president Trump who maligns [unfavorable] press and expresses no concern for the wellbeing of journalists attacked by his supporters is not likely to improve this record, and, if international examples provide any warning, such a president could well make it worse. 

Not that Trump finds all press bad. He's been plucking FOX 'analysts' out of the 'swamp' of special interests he decries, to sponsor an agenda of hate and recrimination, where 'fake news' provides cover for political misinformation and for-profit conspiracy

"I believe in being truthful, not neutral," writes CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, "And I believe we must stop banalizing the truth. We have to be prepared to fight especially hard right now for the truth." VIDEO
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One week after the election of Donald Trump all but ensured the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project's eventual completion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that "additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation's dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property."


"The delays and noncommittal statements from the Obama administration are disappointing to say the least," said Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. "We want answers. Conduct an Environmental Impact Statement. Halt the construction of  this destructive project."


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Hundreds of people took to Market Street to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline last Tuesday. The San Francisco protest was part of a nationwide day of action, in which more than 200 demonstrations took place across the country, reported SFGATE. 


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the Army Corps, saying the project "threatens the Tribe's environmental and economic well-being and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious and cultural significance."


Hartman Deetz, one of the organizers of the protest, vowed "This is just the beginning of the fight." The struggle to stop the DAPL is a battle against modern-day genocide of Native Americans and environmental destruction. Revolution newspaper correspondents at Standing Rock report that more people continue to arrive at the encampment every day. "What takes place at Standing Rock can contribute to fueling a more defiant and determined spirit of resistance against all this system's crimes -- including the election of Trump. . .


"This is a crucial juncture. Everyone needs to express clear, unequivocal, and public support for the fighters at Standing Rock."

An Epidemic of "Rhinoceritis"

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Teju Cole is not capitulating to a horrible new normalcy.

"Evil settles into everyday life when people are unable or unwilling to recognize it. It makes its home among us when we are keen to minimize it or describe it as something else. This is not a process that began a week or month or year ago. It did not begin with drone assassinations, or with the war on Iraq. Evil has always been here. But now it has taken on a totalitarian tone."

Lipstick on a Pig

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Donald Trump's selection to lead the EPA will do anything but protect the environment. 

"Mr. Ebell leads the Cooler Heads Coalition, a loose-knit group that says it is 'focused on dispelling the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis'," writes Henry Fountain at the New York Times. 

"He has been one of the nation's most visible climate contrarians, known for dispensing memorable sound bites on cable news shows and at events like the annual conferences sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based group that rejects the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change."

"I would like to have more funding," Mr. Ebell said, "so that I could combat the nonsense put out by the environmental movement."
Unite With People Everywhere to Build Up Resistance in Every Way You Can

A significant minority of white people did oppose Trump, but we have to confront how deep the racism, the national chauvinism, and the hatred of women is woven into this society and fiercely oppose it.

"To combat Trump's hate, we need to support survivors of sexual violence. To combat Trump's hate, we need to rally behind undocumented immigrants. To combat Trump's hate, we need to empower women and people of color," reads a Daily Californian editorial. "It means being everything he's not." 

The reconciliation and collaboration urged by powerful forces in this society would be nothing less than criminal and deadly. Literally. Come together... resist... and let the whole world know that we will not allow this to stand! concludes a statement in Revolution Newspaper. More here

No Trump Lite

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The parties that enable a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance ask you to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics: "We are all now rooting for his success," said President Obama, who planned to meet with Mr. Trump at the White House today.

"Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this," reads the original Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime.

There must be no reconciliation with the program for a Donald Trump presidency. ESTABLISHMENT IS SHAKEN AFTER TRUMP VICTORY headlines the New York Times... and that's a good thing. 

So Much for Voting to End Wars

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Nine years ago, people were so over George Bush, and so ready for an end to the Bush regime's wars, that they began hoping Barack Obama would follow through on early promises to stop them. Today's president-elect promised to "bomb the shit out of" Middle East countries and will soon be in control of a terrifying nuclear arsenal, which he alone can activate.

It's no secret that government leaders conspired to advance U.S. hegemony in the Middle East with their illicit 'war on terror' response to the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City. That horrific event advanced the criminal program of our government, sacrificing liberty to a false promise of security. But it provides no justification for wars of aggression on people in at least 7 countries today, none of which attacked the United States. As many as 2 million people have been killed, and many millions displaced by U.S. military interventions, occupations, bombings and targeted killing.

The Obama administration failed to outlaw the national security policies of its predecessor: warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, and drone strikes. It is on us, the millions of people living in this country, acting in concert with people around the world, to stand up, tell the truth, and say NO to crimes against humanity. We draw inspiration from veterans of U.S. wars for empire, the hunger strikers at Guantanamo and domestic prisons, and other courageous resisters who have illuminated the truth about what this government does.

There's More to Life than Voting

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"Even with Trump or Clinton in the White House, there will still be reasons to go on living," writes Steve Chapman for the Chicago Tribune. Indeed. The palpable panic in many voters' voices is understandable, but really people, let's get a grip. There will be a new president, and we will be protesting her/his agenda in the streets shortly after, no matter who wins the election. 

Stopping the crimes of your government is not a spectator sport!

Get involved with the World Can't Wait!

Accounting for Terror

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"America suffers from 'imperial overreach' posits Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute. And yes, U.S. investment in the military-industrial complex straps funding for domestic programs at home. 

But the real cost of U.S. supremacy is paid in blood, writes International Forecaster James Corbett. "The blood of a million dead Iraqis. The blood of the hundreds of thousands murdered men, women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The blood that is being shed right now in Syria, in Libya, in Yemen, and in all of the countries that have crossed through the crosshairs of the NATO, American and Israeli terrorists...

"It's measured in the devastation of towns and cities that once bustled with life. In the families torn apart by drone bombings. In the havoc of the hundreds of thousands forced to flee their homes, leave their families and their homeland and their former life behind as everything they knew is torn to shreds."

U.S. wars of regime change don't serve America's security needs, let alone the interests of humanity. Reject complicity in the crimes of your government. Don't rubber-stamp endless wars for empire with a vote for Hillary Clinton. Or Donald Trump.

Stand With Standing Rock

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Funds raised will help provide supplies, legal assistance and other necessities to the "water protectors" - the protesters who are currently at the frontlines of the tribe's fight. Hundreds of water protectors have occupied an area adjacent to the pipeline's path since April. The pipeline will cut through land that belongs to the tribe based on the terms of a 19th century treaty and will go under the Missouri River, threatening the Reservation's water source. Following the concert, grassroots efforts will take place throughout the day in Washington, DC on Monday, November 28.
The might-as-well-be-a-Republican-candidate has just opened a "No Fly Zone" office in the East Bay:

1224 Solano Avenue, Albany 

"This is GREAT news! Now we have a place to hold protests of Killary's disastrous war policies!" says Oakland activist Susan Harman. "When should the first one be?" 

Ideas? 

Or will the body politic lose heart for the lesser evil she promises to advance? The reported endorsement of Hillary Clinton by George W. and his admirers is particularly troubling to anyone experienced in the lawlessness practices of the Bush Regime. 

As the Trump campaign hangs on by a thread, attention increasingly turns to the criminal platform of the presumptive winner. How 'bad' is bad? What new horrors will bellicose displays of imperial bravado unleash?

When voting fails to deliver the change we desperately need, we find common cause in resistance to the crimes of our government.
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Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump at the Al Smith charity dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on Thursday. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Which is why his endorsement of a Clinton presidency is wrong-headed and dangerous. The strategy of voting for the 'lesser evil' of our winner-take-all democracy takes us to the brink of nuclear war. 

Hillary Clinton's no fly zone policy for Syria virtually guarantees an air war with Russia. "Right now, Senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia," responded General Joseph Dunford to a question from Senator Roger Wicker during testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. "That is a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I'm not going to make." 

"To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of the air defenses, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we're not putting our pilots at risk - you're going to kill a lot of Syrians," Clinton admitted.

The head of Russia's news agency has warned the United States that any "impudent behaviour" towards Moscow could have "nuclear" implications.

Deny the Tools of Empire

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"American presidents have anointed themselves with the power to wage war, unilaterally kill Americans, torture prisoners, strip citizens of their rights, arrest and detain citizens indefinitely, carry out warrantless spying on Americans, and erect their own secretive, shadow government...

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Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead lists the powers that will be inherited by the next CEO of U.S. imperialism.

Trump or Clinton? Your vote for either of these candidates won't stop the abuse of presidential power amassed by each successive president, concludes Whitehead. "Presidents don't give up power. Executive orders don't expire at the end of each presidential term." 

Restoration of the rule of law Whitehead calls for will require "an end to the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements as a means of getting around Congress and the courts." 

And the collective determination of masses of people to stop the crimes of this government.
bunch.JPG"[Will] Bunch hit on one of the main reasons why I find tasering to be such an important issue," wrote digby about the tasering of Phillies fan Steve Consalvi in 2010. "It's not just the use of the device itself which is awful enough. It's what it symbolizes -- the unraveling of 200 years of accumulated progress toward civil liberties and human rights. This instrument of pain is being used on everything from kids to bed-ridden grandmothers without regard to guilt or innocence or danger to the populace and the police... legalization of torture and indefinite detention normalizes behaviors that our leaders would have been much too afraid to admit to doing in the past (think Obama's powers to kill with impunity)."

The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services report released today recommends 272 changes for a police force (SFPD) that murders unarmed civilians, including distribution of electronic stun guns (Tasers) to officers. 

How many times must we say NO to Tasers? The last thing we need are additional weapons for police to employ against the people they are supposed to protect. 
Culpability for the legacy of damaged minds at the hands of interrogators at Guantanamo extends to sponsors of what a California Law Review calls "a flawed and eccentric historical theory [that] came to underpin the government's conduct of war and foreign policy," including and particularly Berkeley Law. 

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Not only is the professor still walking around free, the University of California fawns over law school employee John Yoo, criminal proponent for lawless detention policy that resulted in the torture and death of scores of illegally held prisoners of U.S. war of terror on the Middle East.

"The acts of torture that John Yoo and other Bush administration officials so proudly defend are nothing less than war crimes that, in the absence of accountability, continue to undermine the United States' claim to respect the rule of law," Physicians for Human Rights adviser Vincent Iacopino commented, in response to Yoo's continued defense of the indefensible.

Universities, think-tanks, lobbying firms and corporations provide safe-harbor for Yoo and his ilk. U.S. leaders look after their own.  

But they also face resistance from students and parents, alumni and a few faculty members disparage, and communities at large attempt to legislate remedy. It is our responsibility to call out criminals and enablers alike.  

Our mission, in concert with people of conscience across the country, is to prosecute key officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Indict John Yoo and his sponsors:

Saturday, October 29
1:00 pm
Boalt Hall, Room 105
215 Bancroft Way
Berkeley

"Torture Memos" author John Yoo Belongs in Prison, Not Mentoring the Next Generation of Lawyers and Judges. Please contact World Can't Wait to tell us how you want to help: sf@worldcantwait.net 
Alarming changes that Barack Obama sees over the horizon are already here, report 
Ryan Devereaux and Alex Emmons for The Intercept. An early draft of Obama's memoirs wrestles with the legacy of an imperial presidency -- and places the blame for executive overreach squarely on Congress. 

'Troubled' that future presidents will
 run with his criminal drone program (both candidates for the White House promise to intensify the use of military force abroad), "Obama acknowledges this problem, that future presidents will be empowered to kill globally, and in secret. What he doesn't acknowledge is how much of a role his administration had in making that a bizarre normal," says Naureen Shah, director of national security and human rights at Amnesty International.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," wrote philosopher George Santayana. We urge former Obama supporters to keep that in mind while making plans to protest the January inauguration of another monster-in-chief.

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