Yeah, probably not a good idea to say the words “No Apologies” when Obama is in the middle of kissing the ass of Turkey, an unapologetic genocidal state currently partnering with the CIA to destroy Syria - presumably because Turkey is so good at getting away with genocides?
Furthermore, “No Apologies” is an offensive choice of words considering Obama’s cowardly and very public flip-flop on the recognition of the 1915 genocide committed by Turks against Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and other Christian peoples. In case you didn’t hear - where would you have? - Obama supported the recognition of the Armenian Genocide right up until he took office as president, when he then backed Turkey’s refusal to apologize for their crimes against humanity.
The Turkish-American alliance should be a sign to everyone who the villains are as we enter a very interesting period of world history. Suggestion: Obama should keep the Turkish flag around for whenever he officially announces the domestic suspension of civil liberties that he’s already undertaken. It will be a very clear image at a time when words won’t really work.
“Obama has not only openly asserted powers that were the grounds for Nixon’s impeachment, but he has made many love him for it. More than any figure in history, Obama has been a disaster for the U.S. civil liberties movement. By coming out of the Democratic Party and assuming an iconic position, Obama has ripped the movement in half. Many Democrats and progressive activists find themselves unable to oppose Obama for the authoritarian powers he has assumed. It is not simply a case of personality trumping principle; it is a cult of personality.”
By Michael Isikoff National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
WASHINGTON — The Associated Press on Monday said the U.S. government seized records from phone lines assigned to AP offices and its reporters over a period of two months in 2012, which the news service described as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.”
AP CEO Gary Pruitt, in a letter posted on the agency’s website, said the AP was informed last Friday that the Justice Department gathered records for more than 20 lines assigned to the agency and its reporters.
Phone lines at AP bureaus in New York, Hartford and Washington were among those affected by the records seizure, as well as an AP phone at the U.S. House of Representatives, the AP said.
“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” Pruitt said in the letter, which was addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, which notified the AP of the seizure, issued a statement on Monday saying it was “careful and deliberative” when dealing with issues around freedom of the press.
“We take seriously our obligations to follow all applicable laws, federal regulations, and Department of Justice policies when issuing subpoenas for phone records of media organizations,” the office said.
The letter did not state a reason for the seizure, but the AP noted that prosecutors have previously said they are conducting a leaks investigation into how the news cooperative learned about an al Qaeda bomb plot in Yemen before it was made public last year.