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    The FAA didn’t dare doing its job because corporate totalitarianism not democracy is ruling the US and the world through it. Boeing happened to be part of the military industrial congressional complex; the US airlines and their bankers are not far behind. They own the FAA that is supposed to police them.
    Tip of the iceberg...

    As Boeing faces scrutiny over the 737 Max 8, it can draw on high-flying influence campaign

    As Boeing faces scrutiny over the 737 Max 8, it can draw on high-flying influence campaign

    WASHINGTON –As lawmakers begin to scrutinize Boeing's grounded 737 Max 8, they will be probing one of the nation's most powerful corporate political players, backed with a multi-million-dollar lobbying budget and a direct line to the White House.

    Chicago-based Boeing, the second-largest U.S. government contractor, suffered a setback this week when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) followed its counterparts around the world in grounding the 737 Max 8 after two catastrophic crashes raised new questions about the plane's software.

    Now Boeing faces a test of its influence as congressional investigators look into how the plane was approved, what caused the crashes and why the FAA delayed its grounding order. The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduling a hearing and key House Democrats have vowed "rigorous oversight."

    Boeing influence
    Like other large U.S. employers, Boeing spends millions of dollars each year on lobbying the administration and making campaign contributions. The company spent $15 million lobbying in 2018, according to disclosure reports, more than household brands like Amazon and Facebook.


    Boeing ranked 11th in a Center for Responsive Politics list of the nation's top spenders on lobbying in 2018.

    The company contributed $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee, Federal Election Commission records show. Boeing's employees, meanwhile, pumped about $5 million into campaigns and political committees in last year's midterm election, according to a USA TODAY analysis of FEC data.

    "This does not bode well for Americans who fly," Walter Shaub, senior adviser to the Washington-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics wrote in a post on Twitter. "Boeing donates $1 million to Trump's sketchy inaugural fund and the U.S. breaks with other nations that have grounded the Boeing 737."
     
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    Richard Wolff Reveals How Empires End
     
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    The Collapse of the American Empire?
     
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    ‘State of Empire’ & Perpetual War will Bankrupt Us – Col. Wilkerson
     
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    There is probably not a single Nation on Earth that doesn't feel threatened by the US Empire...

    Putin Gets Serious: If Europe Accepts US Missiles, Russia Will Rearm and Retaliate!
     
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    There is probably not a single Nation on Earth that doesn't feel threatened by the US Empire...

    Putin Gets Serious: If Europe Accepts US Missiles, Russia Will Rearm and Retaliate!
    Actually very few do.
     
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    Some little fun doesn't hurt.

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    CrossTalk: Assange in Custody
    "Wikilikeas is publisher and has protection under the law" -

    First, if I understand situation correctly Wikileaks is not being prosecuted, but Assange.
    Second, if I understand correctly Assange is not being prosecuted for making publications, but for being and accomplice in theft of classified information.

    Granted, case looks too weak and chances are Assange might not even get deported to US and even if he will he might not get convicted.
    However, it does not exonerate the cluelessness of those experts that you've posted.
     
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    "Wikilikeas is publisher and has protection under the law" -

    First, if I understand situation correctly Wikileaks is not being prosecuted, but Assange.
    Second, if I understand correctly Assange is not being prosecuted for making publications, but for being and accomplice in theft of classified information.

    Granted, case looks too weak and chances are Assange might not even get deported to US and even if he will he might not get convicted.
    However, it does not exonerate the cluelessness of those experts that you've posted.
    The main point is not about which technicality is right or wrong, granted there are multiple facets that we can't explore simply because we do not have all the facts. The main point is mostly about the reached status of simple, automatic and clear complacency of the corporate media with the State position. There are now no more signs, that people can debate, but a clear non apologetic positioning. Next we might even have an outright statement.

    Orwellian signs for this era and Empire.
     
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    The main point is not about which technicality is right or wrong, granted there are multiple facets that we can't explore simply because we do not have all the facts. The main point is mostly about the reached status of simple, automatic and clear complacency of the corporate media with the State position. There are now no more signs, that people can debate, but a clear non apologetic positioning. Next we might even have an outright statement.

    Orwellian signs for this era and Empire.
    I have no idea about what you just said.
    Regarding Assange case - do you have specific charges of government infringing on our Freedoms and media refusing to protect us?
    If so, then make it and we will discuss it.
     
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    I have no idea about what you just said.
    Regarding Assange case - do you have specific charges of government infringing on our Freedoms and media refusing to protect us?
    If so, then make it and we will discuss it.
    That's another debate for another thread. What constitutes a red flag is the way corporate media is reacting. Rather alarming.
     
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    American values: Embassies are for chopping up journalists, not protecting them

    American values: Embassies are for chopping up journalists, not protecting them


    Fair-minded people across the world have rightly condemned the US-ordered arrest of Julian Assange. However, few have noted how it fits part of a pattern of American hypocrisy when it comes to the treatment of journalists.
    Only six months ago, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and hacked to pieces by Saudi agents at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. He was a columnist at the Washington Post and editor-in-chief of the Al-Arab News Channel, known for his sharp criticism of the illegal US-backed Saudi war on Yemen.
    Despite a CIA conclusion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the gruesome assassination, President Donald Trump stood by his ally and no meaningful sanctions or penalties were directed towards Riyadh.
    Turkey itself remains a NATO member, and close US partner, despite holding more journalists behind bars than any other nation on earth. This figure stood at 68, at the end of last year, around one-quarter of the global total of 251.
    Now we have the indictment of Assange, which seeks to criminalize basic functions of journalism. For instance, keeping sources anonymous or deleting records of conversations. Indeed, it also appears to be a breach of America’s own First Amendment.
    He has been targeted by Washington for exposing evidence of appalling atrocities, carried out by the US military, in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, as a result, Assange sought sanctuary in the small London embassy of Ecuador.
    What followed was relentless pressure on Quito to reverse the asylum it granted the Wikileaks founder and it culminated in his arrest.
    If this contempt for the press was confined to the White House, the US establishment could continue their present tactic of blaming everything nasty on Trump. But the opposition party is just as bad. Witness the most senior Democrat in Washington, Chuck Schumer, tweeting his delight at Assange’s detention.
    That said, the decline of moral standards and creeping dishonesty amongst the US leadership is broad. For instance, asked this week why Washington endorsed the Israeli seizure of the Golan Heights but sanctioned Russia for its reabsorption of Crimea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told senators there was an “international law doctrine,” which would be explained later. Of course, it turned out there was no such thing.
    Pompeo's boss also struggles with the truth. On Thursday, Trump said “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing.
    Yet, in 2016 called it “a treasure trove," saying "I love WikiLeaks.”

    The relentless US focus on Assange, and the determination to hunt him down, is part of a growing disrespect for journalism in a country which once prided itself on “values.” These days, you have the president labelling the press “enemies of the people” and elements of the same media rejoicing at the arrest of a fellow journalist.
    Nevertheless, why is the hatred of Assange so intense, crossing party, and ideological lines? Perhaps it's because he showed America for what it actually is, rather than how it likes to be perceived.
     
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