“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer, a former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bestselling author. He was recently released from prison after serving 23 months of a 30 month sentence for exposing the CIA's illegal torture program.


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    WASHINGTON — The embattled director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, announced her retirement Tuesday in the wake of a furor over agents' misconduct including their participation in sex parties with prostitutes supplied by drug cartels in Colombia.


    1. Think I saw something about her on Fox. Said she couldn't fire them or something, something about she didn't have the 'authority'.........the Congressional panel looked pissed, whether they were just acting or not I don't know...

  2. Course the CIA says the 'torture' program wasn't illegal and everyone on The Hill knew all about it anyway.

  3. The reports are murky, but I am receiving reports (FN) that the Iraqi forces are making, in the last 24 hours or so, some progress against ISIS in Ramadi.......

    Quirk is still embedded as Intelligence Officer with the Pesh Merga to the north and has gone, hopefully only temporarily, silent..........

  4. Deuce ☂Wed Apr 22, 03:04:00 AM EDT
    Hamas rebuilding a “war machine” is no different from Washington rebuilding his army after disastrous defeats from the British.

    Hamas exists because of Zionism invasion, expansion and the setting up of an expanding Jewish colony in Palestine. Blaming the victims in the ghetto for retaliating against their racist and fascist tormenters is par for the course in apartheid states.

    Your view of Israel is amazing. Only Jews have no right to nationhood? Only Jews are a colony? Gaza is the shithole because the Palestinians created it. Your embracement of perpetual victimhood for the Palestinians is telling.

    Israel IS.

    It has every right to be a Jewish Nation that sits on 1/900th of the middle east. The Arabs sit on the other 899/900th.

    The Arabs STOLE and conquered their way across the middle east and have murdered and ethnically cleansed most all of the other peoples that lived there BEFORE they came...

    But who needs reality or truth?

    Egypt and Gaza USED to be one. Egypt still splits a city, Rafah between Egypt and Gaza. ANY supplies that Gaza NEEDS should go thru Egypt.

    To blame Syria's treatment of Palestinians on Israel? Typical.
    To call Israel an "expanding" colony? Nonsense.

    If you look at a map, which one would think a successful 1%er like you Deuce has access to, you would see that Israel has returned the Sinai, Southern Lebanon and the overwhelming amount of disputed lands to your pals the Palestinians for peace.

    Israel's settlements in the west bank are not expanding outward at all, nor have they for over 15 years, but they are intact becoming thicker and real cities of peoples....

    Sorry if Israel chooses to BE, LIVE and Grow as a nation while the palestinains embrace ISIS mentality by building terror tunnels and rockets to bomb civilians....

    That's the reality.

    You can't stand the CONCEPT of Israel.

    Too bad deuce, it's here to stay, BACK in it's historic homeland where Jews have been for thousands of years BEFORE arabs ever came to the party...

    It's amazing your hatred, you who live in America, who took lands from others by force, applaud the terrorism of the palestinians against Israel all because Israel sits on land that you feel should be all arab owned.


    There once were two sons, from two different moms, one son? Born to the wife, the other? Born to the maid.

    The Maid's son? took over 899/900th of the middle east, the other? Has been tortured and beaten up by the bastard's son for 3000 years. Finally the son of the wife got to get the son of the maid off their backs and live free....

    and that pisses you off...


    Israel is an amazing nation, not just for it's Jews, but for the Arabs that live there.

    They understand the reality, the arabs of the 899/900th? Are insane.

    They really want nothing to do with them....

    So pick on Israel, deny it's right to be a nation, advocate it's destruction....

    Very telling...