I can't agree more with this piece. As many of us have realized, this whole process has been a public pillory, constructed by the ruling elites as a warning to anyone even considering defying the forever iron-shod boot of war, repression, inequality and hypocrisy.

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I'm sending "Christmas Presents" from here: https://wikileaks.shop

Hoping others will too.

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The US military budget is as high as the next 11 countries combined. I was listening to Jimmy Dore today riffing with another comedian (his name escapes me). The other comedian quipped something like, "Well you never know when the next 11 countries might gang up on you!" as a "defense" of our insanely high military budget.

When I read something like this post about Assange, and I think how the US is following a somewhat similar path to fascism like Germany in the 1930s (just much slower), I think, "Maybe it will come to it that the next 11 countries will be fighting the US Empire all at once.

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Both parties (DNC and GOP) are identical, fascist and utterly corrupt.

-- Trump and GOP are truly HORRIBLE.

-- DNC oligarchs (Biden, Pelosi, Schumer) are even WORSE (CORRUPTION, censorship, they concocted Russia-gate hoax, torture of Julian Assange, Daniel Hale’s persecution for Obama’s drone crimes, $16B Haiti-corruption under Hillary/Obama – Biden-family corruption pales in comparison)

The ONLY solution – vote THIRD party – now and forever.

ALWAYS vote – but VOTE for a Third (or fourth, fifth..) party – at ALL levels, especially at LOCAL levels (vote OUT each and every incumbent).

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A Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, decided not to attack the lamb, but to find some reason to justify to the Lamb why the Wolf had the right to eat him. So the Wolf said:

“Sir Lamb, last year you greatly insulted me.”

“But,” bleated the Lamb mournfully, “I was not born last year!”

Then the Wolf said, “You feed in my pasture.”

“No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.”

Again the Wolf said, “You drink water from my well.”

“No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.”

Upon which the Wolf seized the Lamb and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my accusations.”

Moral: The tyrant will always find a reason for his tyranny.

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You say it. Nothing to add. That's how it works. While people stare at pictures of yesterday they can't get aware of how it reappears, in different appearance. It is the idea that somebody must wear a short mustache and a uniform and bark commands, shaking a fist and stretching a right arm into the sky to identify it as fascism. The differences lie elsewhere, between the reality of a democracy and the propaganda identifying what is factual with the meaning of the principle. Be sober: There never has been a democracy in the USA.

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Great article Caitlin! Thank you so much. The real deal now the Biden puppet's are in charge. NOW they send Assange here to the Administrative State of America to be crucified. My hope is that some real Patriot warriors somehow intercept and save him (in transit), and that he becomes a new underground leader against the Leftist's world-wide fascist corporate State. I pray he doesn't die en-route as well. The good news? They are risking him becoming an inflection point again, in their 4th/5th Gen Warfare plans...we shall see. God Bless him for what he has done and exposed. Let US all rally again for him here again the fascist Administrative State. He may be another rally point to restore the Republic.

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It's now confirmed. I'm living in a fascist dictatorship.

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Amerika's speech police are now global. Freeeeeeeeeeeeeedommmmmmmmmmm.....NOT.

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The number of things of which an American can be proud of their country continues its diminishing spiral.

Obama, as bad as he is, at least didn't prosecute Assange; that bit of traitorous stupidity was left to Donald Trump (and now continues under Biden. Please don't speak to me of Trump as any kind of viable choice in 2024.) Both parties only champion rot.

There are a handful of issues that allow us to illuminate our principles clearly and without equivocation. America's prosecution of Julian Assange diminishes us all.

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Could that video of Blinken actually be authentic? The fact that he's lying in his teeth is a given, but his delivery! Clearly, his stable of handlers includes an acting coach. He's so eloquent, so polished, so handsome and stalwart--like Obama, but with better bloodlines. And his connections--sterling! From Wikipedia: In 2017, Blinken co-founded WestExec Advisors, a political strategy advising firm, with Michèle Flournoy, Sergio Aguirre, and Nitin Chadda...According to Flournoy, the firm's clientele includes "the defense industry, private equity firms, and hedge funds"...Blinken received almost $1.2 million in compensation from WestExec.[53].... And so on. We're doomed, I'm afraid.

In an interview with The Intercept, Flournoy described WestExec's role as facilitating relationships between Silicon Valley firms and the Department of Defense and law enforcement;[54] Flournoy and others compared WestExec to Kissinger Associates.[54]

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A free press does not "tell stories", as Blinken says, it tells the truth.

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Right on, Caitlin. The USG dropped its disguise on 9/11, but that wasn't enough to shut everybody up, so now we have it even more explicitly: Shut the fuck up, do not resist or we will destroy you with overwhelming power ("shock and awe").

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perfectly put, Caitlin.

on a tangently related note,

the comment section of AOL is always full of neo-con/neo-lib orgies. my latest glimpse -- to quickly check what they are up to -- has led me to believe that their psychopathic sociopathy is eating their tiny brain up like maggots. things are gonna get much worse before getting better, as the depraved are getting really desperate. somehow we need to help the neocons and the neolibs to form a circular firing squad.

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