Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

From WSWS:

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, against the backdrop of worldwide mass demonstrations in opposition to the impending invasion of Iraq, then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell argued before the United Nations that the government of Saddam Hussein was rapidly stockpiling “weapons of mass destruction,” which Iraq, together with Al Qaeda, was planning to use against the United States.

There was only one problem with Powell’s presentation: it was a lie from beginning to end.

Fifteen years later, the script has been pulled from the closet and dusted off. This time, instead of “weapons of mass destruction,” it is “Russian meddling in the US elections.” Once again, assertions by US intelligence agencies and operatives are treated as fact. Once again, the media is braying for war. Once again, the cynicism and hypocrisy of the American government—which intervenes in the domestic politics of every state on the planet and has been relentlessly expanding its operations in Eastern Europe—are ignored.

Read the full report on the WSWS

At the same time, the campaign is being used as a ready-made pretext for censorship and domestic repression that goes far beyond the extraordinary measures adopted under the framework of the “war on terror.” Russia, the American people are supposed to believe, uses domestic social opposition to weaken the United States, rendering political dissent effectively treasonous.

Already, this campaign has led the major US technology firms to implement far-reaching measures to censor political speech on the Internet. Google is manipulating its search results and Facebook is manipulating its news feeds, while seeking to turn the social media platform it has developed into an instrument of corporate-state surveillance.

The WSWS is organizing the working class around the world against war, inequality and dictatorship. It is holding a series of meetings throughout the US to build opposition to the corporations’ and governments’ attempt to censor the Internet. Details of initial meetings are below, with more to come. Contact us to help organize a meeting in your area.

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Meeting Information (more meetings being planned):
Syracuse, New York
Friday, March 2, 3:00 p.m.
Beauchamp Library
2111 S. Salina St.
Los Angeles, California
Saturday, March 3, 3:00 p.m.
Delancey Street Foundation, El Camino Room
400 N. Vermont Ave.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Union Ballroom West
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
San Diego State University
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Storm Hall West Room 011
San Diego, California

University of California - Berkeley
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Barrows Room 20
Berkeley, California
Eastern Michigan University
Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
EMU Student Center Room 330
Ypsilanti, Michigan
University of Florida
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Student Union Room G320
Gainesville, Florida
Wayne State University
Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Room 384
Detroit, Michigan
New York University
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center Room 905/907
New York City, New York
Western Michigan University
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Bernhard Center Room 212
Kalamazoo, Michigan
University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan League Hussey Room
Ann Arbor, Michigan
SUNY Geneseo
Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
Newton 209
Geneseo, New York
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