Monday, September 24, 2012

U.S. casually expands it's secret war in Africa

In an interview with Richard Stallman about the new digital age of media on the Keiser Report. Stallman argues that (and I am paraphrasing here) when a new technology is introduced it provides an opportunity for freedoms regarding this technology to be taken, or laws to change because it is different.

I think this argument can be expanded to cover current war technologies as well.

U.S. expands its secret war in Africa

The candidness of this UPI article I think shows just how far we've fallen and how governments are using technology such as drones to completely change the moral rules of war right in front of our eyes.
"Ad hoc global 'counter-terrorism' efforts that began under President George W. Bush, and were encouraged by Obama, have now become institutionalized -- and the bureaucracy that wages U.S. 'secret wars' will continue to expand for the next couple of years, particularly in Africa," Oxford Analytica observed in a recent assessment.
I submit we rename the Nobel Peace Prize to the "Ad-Hoc global 'counter-terrorism' E-For-Effort Prize". I know many of Obama's supporters cheer his claim of a "bold" assassination of Osama Bin Laden even though had similar action been done under Bush there would have been cries of outrage. No, because it's Obama it's A'Ok.

However, this UPI article gets a lot more specific:
It's not hard to see why the Americans are suddenly so interested in Africa after virtually ignoring it for decades.

West Africa is emerging as a vital oil-producing zone, that's attracting China and India because of its mineral resources, including arable farmland, which they need to sustain their burgeoning economies.
Seriously folks, this is coming straight from UPI. Remember back when the Iraq war started and how taboo saying the war was about oil was back then? Yet, here we are today and mainstream news can simply publish aggressive intents, illegal intents, and no one even bats an eye. This is what 10 years of conditioning has brought us - a complete blind eye to admitted war crimes.

This mental adjustment has been aided by a change in tactics and technology. Instead of *boots on the ground*, it's "special forces" and "drones". This somehow disassociates the same actions of killing and violations of sovereignty from the idea at war. We're here at home, safe, watching celebrities pass out at the Emmy's, while unmanned drones and unaccountable intelligence agencies wage the wars.

Mike Ruppert in 2002 predicted this expansion into Africa:

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Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for CenturyLink

Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

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