Episode 312 – Obama: A Legacy of Ashes

by | Jan 21, 2017 | Podcasts | 49 comments

Obama’s legacy is measured in ashes. From wars of aggression to a police state on steroids, banking bailouts and Obamacare, Obama has been the perfect captain to carry the New World Order football further down the field. But as Americans prepare for a new liner to be placed in their gilded bird cage, today we remember how the Deep State tricked the public in 2008 by giving them what they thought they wanted.

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Speaking with the hubris and complete inversion of reality that has defined his entire political career, Obama ends his time in office exactly as he started it: lying through his teeth.

OBAMA: I am very proud of the fact that we will, knock on wood, leave this administration without significant scandal.

SOURCE: Obama Praises ‘Scandal-Free’ Administration

But this lie about a “scandal-free presidency” is especially galling because it encapsulates all of the lies of the past 8 years.

In reality, as even a cursory examination of the record demonstrates, the administration of President Barack Obama has been nothing but 8 years of unrelenting lies and scandals.

There were the big lies:

OBAMA: I’ve taught the constitution for 10 years. I believe in the constitution, and I will obey the constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress, alright?

SOUCE: Obama vs Obama on Signing Statements

NEIL CAVUTO: Well that was candidate Obama, this is President Obama now. He just issued a signing statement on Friday, attaching it to the 2011 budget bill. In fact, he has issued nearly 20 such signing statements since taking office.

SOURCE: Obama Signing Statement His Way to “Have His Cake and Eat it, too”?

There were the bigger lies:

OBAMA: When there’s a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it. (Crowd cheers). So that you know what your government’s doing.

LOUIE GOHMERT: Madame Speaker, in order to figure out what we’re doing, how much damage to the country, I tried to get a copy of the bill. We have out here on the table 2454 that has 1,090 pages in it, but I’ve understood since debating here that there’s another 300 pages that were added in the middle of the night. My inquiry is: How do I get a copy of the other 300 pages that people out here on the floor haven’t had a chance to hear or see?

SOUCE: Obama vs Obama on Signing Statements

NANCY PELOSI: But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy.

SOURCE: Pelosi: We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it

There were the brazen lies:

OBAMA: You can keep your plan if you are satisfied with it.

OBAMA: If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.

OBAMA: If you like your plan, and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do a thing. You keep your plan.

OBAMA: If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.

OBAMA: If you’ve got health insurance, you can keep it.

SOURCE: A Montage of Obama’s “If You Like Your Plan Keep It” Lies

OBAMA: But for the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors.

SOURCE: WebMD Interviews President Obama: Health Care Reform

The lies from his first months in office:

OBAMA: But if you are ready for change then we can go ahead and tell the lobbyists their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I’m president of the United States of America.

SOURCE: CNN Discusses Obama’s Hypocrisy on Lobbyists

CAMPBELL BROWN: Just this weekend the New York Times published a list of names. A rather long list of names of people who are working on Obama’s transition team or who have accepted jobs in his White House who are either former lobbyists or who have close ties to lobbyists.

SOURCE: Obama Promised Lobbyists Won’t Run the White House!

The lies from his first day in office:

OBAMA: Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.

OBAMA: This is the most transparent administration in history.

SOURCE: Barack Obama said he’d have “the most transparent administration in history”

JAMES CORBETT: Originally scheduled to be bestowed on the President in a publicly scheduled ceremony at the White House during Sunshine Week, that ceremony was cancelled at the last moment and the award, supposedly a token of praise for Obama’s stated commitment to government openness, was itself bestowed on the president in a secret, off-the-record meeting, to which the press was not invited.

SOURCE: Obama’s Hypocrisy

JAMES EVAN PILATO: James, one of the other things we discovered on this “Sunshine Week” in addition to not only are they exempting themselves from FOIA requests, but the Obama administration sets even a new record for denying and censoring government files. James, change you can classify.

SOURCE: Obama Administration Breaks Record!…For Secrecy. – #NewWorldNextWeek

And the lies from before he was even in office:

REPORTER: Mr. President, could you please react to the reports of secret government surveillance of phone and internet, and can you also assure Americans that your government doesn’t have some massive secret database of all their personal online information and activities.

OBAMA: When I came into this office I made two commitments that are more important than any commitment I make. Number one: To keep the American people safe. And number two: To uphold the constitution.

SOURCE: Obama Defends NSA Programs

OBAMA (2007): I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our constitution and our freedom.

OBAMA (2013): The programs that have been discussed over the last couple of days in the press are secret in the sense that they’re classified, but they’re not secret in the sense that when it comes to telephone calls every member of congress has been briefed on this program.

OBAMA (2007): That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens.

OBAMA (2013): What the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls.

OBAMA (2007): No more National Security Letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war.

OBAMA (2013): What the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls.

OBAMA (2007): No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient.

OBAMA (2013): But by sifting through this so-called metadata, they may identify potential leads with respect to folks who might engage in terrorism.

SOURCE: Obama 2007 vs Obama 2013

But despite the endless litany of broken promises that Obama has left in his wake, his most striking betrayals of the public’s trust weren’t lies at all. Instead, the strange mass hysteria that surrounded his ascent to the Oval Office–that “hope and change” delirium that swept up untold millions–caused others to project their ideas and ideals on to him. Suddenly he was being anointed as a man of peace before making a single substantive decision:

THORBJORN LAGLAND: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to engage in international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

SOURCE: Obama Winning The Nobel Peace Prize Too Premature

As farcical as that announcement seemed at the time, how much more galling does it seem now, after Peace Prize Obama has gone down in the history books as the first and only president in U.S. history to be at war every single day of his eight-year administration?

Indeed, for people around the world, Obama will be defined by the wars of imperial aggression that he waged across 7 different theaters during his time in office. There was the war in Afghanistan, now the longest ever military engagement in the history of the United States:

JAMES CORBETT: October 7, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan by US-led NATO forces. 15 years since the bombs began raining down on the country. 15 years of drone strikes and civilian massacres, detainees and prison torture, insurgency and bombings, warlords and druglords and CIA kickbacks. 15 years of death. 15 years of destruction. And still, like a decades-long nightmare, it continues.

OBAMA: I’m announcing an additional adjustment to our posture. Instead of going down to 5,500 troops by the end of this year, the United States will maintain approximately 8,400 troops in Afghanistan into next year through the end of my administration. The narrow missions assigned to our forces will not change. They remain focused on supporting Afghan forces and going after terrorists. But maintaining our forces at this specific level, based on our assessment of the security conditions and the strength of Afghan forces, will allow us to continue to provide tailored support to help Afghan forces continue to improve.

SOURCE: What You Are Not Being Told About the Afghanistan War

The war against Libya, undertaken without even Congressional approval and waged under false pretenses:

K. CAMERON LAU: Fox News has revealed today that a bipartisan group of lawmakers headed by Representatives Dennis Kucinich and Walter Jones will be filing a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration addressing the constitutional and legal justifications for military action in Libya. The announcement comes the day after the release of House Speaker John Boehner’s publicized warnings to the president in the form of a letter urging Mr. Obama to provide an explanation for the continued engagement in the region and refusal to acknowledge the congressional role in military operations.

SOURCE: Bipartisan Lawmakers File Lawsuit Against Obama Administration on Libya Military Mission

We are staring not only into the maelstrom of war in Libya; the code of behavior we are establishing sets a precedent for the potential of evermore violent conflicts in Syria, Iran, and the specter of the horrifying chaos of generalized war throughout the Middle East. Our continued occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan makes us more vulnerable, not less vulnerable, to being engulfed in this generalized war.

SOURCE: Congressman Kucinich’s Address to Congress on the War in Libya

OBAMA: The Libyan opposition and the Arab League appealed to the world to save lives in Libya. And so at my direction America led an effort with our allies at the United Nations Security Council to pass an historic resolution that authorized a no-fly zone to stop the regime’s attacks from the air and further authorized all necessary measures to protect the Libyan people.

JAMES CORBETT: If this compassion for the plight of men and women in Libya was so heartfelt, why is it that you have heard nothing whatsoever about Libya in the last two years from the same politicians and talking heads who persuaded you that dropping bombs on the country was the only way to save it? Is it because the situation was resolved with the death of Gaddafi and the virtuous western-backed freedom fighters have established a happy, prosperous, functioning society of peace and happiness? Of course not.

RORY SUCHET: Libya is on the way to becoming a terrorist outpost for possible future attacks on Europe. The prospect has been raised by Libya’s former Prime Minister who came to power following the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime. He recently fled the country where rival militias run rampant and are in de facto control of the state.

SOURCE: Libya War: What They Don’t Want You to Know

PEPE ESCOBAR: The way R2P was manipulated to legitimize the invasion, bombing and fragmentation of Libya because this is what’s happening nowadays. Look at what Libya is post-NATO intervention. It’s a totally failed state run by militias. And nobody cares about what’s going in Libya. Proof #1: It disappeared from the news cycle completely. Proof #2: What only matters to the so-called “international community”–which as we know is comprised of the US, Britain, France, Tel Aviv and the Persian Gulf monarchies and nobody else (maybe Turkey sometimes, or Japan or South Korea), this is the “international community”–the only thing that mattered for them was the oil, gas, and further on, the water, of course. This is in terms of the three major French water companies. And nobody cares what’s going to happen to Libya. Libya’s going to be mired in civil war for years and probably decades from now on, but nobody cares.

SOURCE: R2P: Imperial Conquest by Another Name

The war in Pakistan, waged with drone strikes on civilians:

RAJA PRADAHN: A United Nations team says more than 400 civilians have fallen victim to military drone strikes against Islamic militants. Members of the team urged US leaders to release data on casualties in the interest of transparency. The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights asked the team to compile a report on the US drone program in countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emerson says at least 400 civilians have been killed in Pakistan since 2004.

SOURCE: At Least 400 Civilians Have Been Killed In Drone Strikes In Pakistan

KAMRAN YOUSAF: Anger on the streets of Pakistan against the US drone campaign. Human rights activists and representatives from religious parties have demonstrated in Pakistani cities including the capital, Islamabad, to condemn what they see as the violation of their country’s sovereignty. Numerous protests have been held in the past since the US began its drone strikes in 2004 under the so-called “war on terror.” Pakistanis are also angry at the US drone campaign and the civilian casualties that they have caused. Demonstrators say that the attacks by the unmanned aircraft must end in Pakistan, and that the mere condemnation by the government is not enough.

DEMONSTRATOR: We want our government to take action to stop the violation of our country’s sovereignty because it was the government that allowed the US to launch its drone strikes. Authorities should inform us about the steps needed to stop these attacks.

SOURCE: Pakistanis protest US drone strikes

OBAMA: The Jonas Brothers are here. They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But boys, don’t get any ideas. I have two words for you: Predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking.

SOURCE: Obama Jokes About Killing Jonas Brothers With Predator Drones

The war against Syria, a war waged in conjunction with the ongoing war in Iraq and fought via Al Qaeda-linked proxy forces and an Islamic State militia trained by American forces:

RAND PAUL: There is a great irony here in the sense that if you wanted to believe in an expansive definition of the 2001 AUMF. It says go after Al Qaeda and associated forces. Well, Al Qaeda and associated forces are opposing Assad. So if you want to believe in an expansive definition of the 2001 AUMF, you might believe that you could actually support Assad with arms. That the original use of authorization of force actually would justify giving arms to Assad. And I’m not proposing that, but I am proposing that you will be giving arms to the side that is fighting against Assad that has elements of Al Qaeda.

SOURCE: The United States is Arming, Funding Al-Qaeda, Syrian Rebels

BEN SWANN: So if Al Qaeda is our sworn enemy, why is the United States supporting Al Qaeda fighters as part of the Syrian opposition, just as we did Al Qaeda fighters in the Libya uprising. Well that was the question I posed to President Obama during my one-on-one interview with him.

BEN SWANN: You mentioned about Al Qaeda during your speech. Going after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, certainly going after them in Yemen as well. And yet there’s some concern about the US funding the Syrian opposition when there are a lot of reports that Al Qaeda is kind of heading up that opposition. How do you justify the two?

OBAMA: Well, I share that concern. And so what we’ve done is to say, “We will provide non-lethal insurance to Syrian opposition leadership that are committed to a political transition, committed to an observance of human rights.”

SOURCE: Why Is The U.S. Supporting Al Qaeda In Syria?

ARYN BAKER: Well in the video the commander, he goes by the name of Abu Sakkar, he has found a man, a soldier from the Syrian army, dead, by bullet I’ve been told. He took a knife and he cut out a hole in the chest and pulled out the lungs and the heart, and while being videotaped he held up the lung and said, “You dogs of Bashar, this is how we will treat you. I’ll eat your hearts and your livers.” And he took a bite in the video, and uhhh…it was meant as a message to the regime.

SOURCE: Syrian rebel eats heart, threatens regime (0m31s – 1m05s)

LT. GENERAL MCINERNEY: “Syria we backed, I believe in some cases, some of the wrong people, and not in the right part of the Free Syrian Army and that’s a little confusing to people, so I’ve always maintained and go back quite some time that we were backing the wrong types.

I think it’s gonna turn out maybe this weekend, in a new special that Brett Baer’s gonna have Friday, it’s gonna show some of those weapons from Benghazi ended up in the hands of ISIS.

So we helped build ISIS. Now there’s a danger there and I’m with you.”

SOURCE: Lt. General McInerney says Obama helped build ISIS

ANYA PARAMPIL: Several weeks ago former director of the Defence Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn made waves in the media when he told Al Jazeera the Obama administration turned a blind eye to warnings that the self-proclaimed Islamic State was on the rise. Speaking about a declassified DIA memo which predicted the Islamic State’s rise as a result of the west’s policy of backing Syrian rebels, Flynn told Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan that the administration ignored his analysis, saying: “I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.”

SOURCE: Former DIA Chief Michael Flynn Says Rise Of ISIS Was A “Willful Decision” Of US Government

Narrator: WikiLeaks released audio from a September 22, 2016 meeting in which John Kerry admitted to allowing the growth of ISIS.

JOHN KERRY: The reason Russia came in is because ISIL was getting stronger. Daesh was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus at some point and that’s why Russia came in. Because they didn’t want a Daesh government and they supported Assad. And we knew that this was growing, we were watching. We saw that Daesh was growing in strength and we thought Assad was [indecipherable]. We thought however, that we could probably manage that Assad might then negotiate. Instead of negotiating, he got Putin to support him.

SOURCE: John Kerry In Leaked Audio Admits U.S. Allowed Rise Of ISIS To Force Assad Out Of Power

The war in Somalia, a military action justified by the President in a move that is as utterly ridiculous as it is insulting to the intelligence, as “self-defense.”

DANIEL RYNTJES: September 11th, 2001, the world changed when members of Al Qaeda hijacked passenger planes, slamming them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Now a few days later the US Congress passed a sweeping new law called the “Authorization for Use of Military Force,” the AUMF. It provides the president with broad authority to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against those nations, organizations or persons he determines “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or “harbored such organizations or persons” in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States.

Now, it’s important for you to hear the actual language of that law because it shows just how you can justify certain US military and intelligence activities around the world if there is a connection somehow with Al Qaeda.

Now to Somalia. We know the US has recently increased its on-the-ground military activity against Al-Shabaab forces in support of Somalian African Union forces, but up until now those activities has mostly been justified as being in “self-defense.” Some analysts have pointed out that it’s now a pretty thin legal justification given that the US appears to be actively involved in battlefield situations. So now the New York Times, citing unnamed US officials, says that as part of the president’s regular letter to congress listing updates to current US military operations abroad, he will include Al Shebab as part of the groups defined under the AUMF law. If that happens it will provide US forces soon to be under a Trump administration more power to actively pursue Al-Shabaab using “all necessary and appropriate force.”

SOURCE: Obama administration seeks legal backing for Somalia offensive

And the war in Yemen, yet another military involvement that the average American doesn’t even know about, let alone understand the reasoning for, and that has, inevitably, embroiled the American military in yet more war crimes.

KYLE KULINSKI: At least 13 people were killed in a US drone strike in Yemen. There was a convoy of vehicles traveling in Rada’a, which is the capital of Al Bayda province, and where were they going? A wedding. There was a group of vehicles that was driving to a wedding, the US thought that it was Al Qaeda but it was a party. The strike “left charred bodies and burnt-out cars on the road.”

SOURCE: Drone Strike On Wedding Party Kills 13+ Civilians

AMY GOODMAN: Documents obtained by Reuters show the U.S. government is concerned it could be implicated in potential war crimes in Yemen because of its support for a Saudi-led coalition air campaign. The Obama administration has continued to authorize weapons sales to Saudi Arabia despite warnings last year from government lawyers that it might be considered a co-belligerent under international law. This comes as a Saudi airstrike on a funeral hall in Sana’a on Saturday killed at least 140 mourners and wounded more than 500 others. Survivors spoke of back-to-back bombings during a funeral service for the father of an official with the rebel Houthi government, which controls Sana’a.

WAHEEB AL-SARARI: [translated] This is a heinous crime one can barely imagine. No one ever thought they would strike a mourning hall. Can anyone imagine hitting people mourning to death? The battle is taking place on the borders and several other places, yet they bomb a hall. And now they deny it was their missiles. We are all here. Our homes are nearby. We heard the missiles and the planes. There were two planes and four airstrikes, not just two.

AMY GOODMAN: Thousands of Yemenis gathered at the United Nations building in Sana’a on Sunday calling for an international investigation into the assault. The attack was carried out with warplanes and munitions sold to the Saudi-led coalition by the United States. The U.S. Air Force continues to provide midair refueling to Saudi warplanes.

SOURCE: U.S.-Backed Saudi Forces Bomb Yemeni Funeral

At home, meanwhile, Obama will be known for aggressively expanding the militarized police state that Bush brought in after the false flag events of September 11, 2001.

CENK UYGUR: Well that’s not who we’re supposed to be but that’s exactly who Barack Obama is. That’s who he is. Change? Look, people sometimes say “Oh no, no, no he never promised not to spying on you.” Yes he did, he promised it right there in the ’08 campaign. So this is like a big faux pas like “Oh no, don’t do it.” He lied. It’s not subtle. He said, “there will be no spying on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” He lied. There is spying on all of us and we’re not suspected of a crime. Barack Obama is a liar. Can I make it clearer? That’s like a big thing to call a politician a liar. Yes, Obama’s a politician. He’s Big Brother and he’s a liar. ”

TERROJA KINCAID: Wow, Obama’s seems like he’s really against this wiretapping thing huh? Man, when he gets into office he’s gonna fix it. Yeah, it’s gonna be a bright new day for America once we get Bush out and put Obama in. He ******** sounds like just as pissed-off about this illegal wiretapping as we are. Well guess what? We voted him in, twice, and he didn’t do jack **** about the illegal wiretapping. Oh, I’m sorry, he did do something about it, he expanded it!

SOURCE: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers  – The Eyeopner

JAMES CORBETT: Each year the United States Department of Defenses Budget and Expenditures are approved by Congress which must pass a National Defense Authorization Act in order to fund the DoD. The most recent bill however, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012, shocked many by containing an extraordinary provision allowing for the indefinite detention without trial of anyone even suspected of providing support to individuals or groups identified as terrorists. Although this represents little change for the U.S. government’s modus operandi in waging the so-called “Global War on Terror”, many were amazed to discover that this provision specifically applies to American citizens, who can now be detained by American military personnel anywhere in the world including on U.S. soil and held indefinitely without trial.

Perhaps it is not surprising that President Obama chose New Years Eve as the date to sign the NDAA, as the revelry of the holiday predictably distracted Americans from the event. Particularly remarkable is the fact that this legislation has been almost universally identified as as an overt act of tyranny by commentators of all political stripes, perhaps most importantly from sources that traditionally defended the actions of Obama and his administration.

FOX NEWS REPORTER: The ACLU said that Mr. Obama’s decision to sign the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA, including the controversial detainee provisions, would tarnish his Presidency.

President Obama’s action is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the President who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.

CENK UYGUR: I will choose in my administration not indefinitely detain U.S. citizens, meaning another administration can choose to do so, meaning that the bill says “Yes, the President has the authority and the option of detaining U.S. citizens without a trial indefinitely.” This is definitive. It is not just my interpretation, it is not just Glenn Greenwald’s interpretation. As we told you yesterday, the team of lawyers at the ACLU who’s job it is to protect our civil liberties says that it is definitely the correct interpretation and it is hideous. Now today more people are piling on.

LAWRENCE WILKERSON: My understanding is that when Carl Levin thought that the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee thought in the Senate that the provisions for it being applicable to American citizens on American soil was striped out, the White House had it put back in which is just dumber than mud. I can’t understand how we’d want to go back to re-construction days. I mean that’s the last time we destroyed Posse Comitatus.

RT REPORTER: But this the White House that thinks that it’s OK to assassinate U.S. citizens abroad without due process as in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

LAWRENCE WILKERSON: That’s very true.

RT REPORTER: So why wouldn’t they want that in because this is codifying powers that they already determined that they have.

LAWRENCE WILKERSON: That’s very true.

SOURCE: The NDAA – Just One More Link in the Chain of Tyranny

DEMOCRACY NOW REPORTER: On Tuesday the New York times published a major expose about how President Obama personally oversees a “Secret Kill List” containing the names and photos of individuals targeted for assassination in the U.S. drone war. According to the Times, Obama signs-off on every targeted killing in Yemen, Somalia and the more complex or risky strikes in Pakistan. Individuals on the list include U.S. citizens as well as teenage girls as young as 17 years old. Glenn can you comment on that?

GLENN GREENWALD: Well we of course have known for a long time that the President of United States believes that he has the power to order people killed, assassinated. In total secrecy without any due process, without transparency or oversight of any kind. I really do believe it’s literally the most radical power that a government and a President can seize and yet the Obama administration has seized this power and exercised it aggressively with very little controversy.

SOURCE:  Obama’s Secret Kill List “The Most Radical Power a Government Can Seize”

Surveying the flaming wreckage of the last eight years, Obama’s duped supporters will now be the first to tell you that you can’t blame everything that happens on the president. The same people who voted Obama into office in the earnest belief that he would change the system now solemnly intone that he was just one man, up against an entire system.

But if a leader is defined by those they appoint, Obama failed with flying colors there, too. Just look at the warmongers and criminals that he and his financial and corporate string pullers stuffed into his administration:

OBAMA: When I first started assembling this administration, I knew we were about to face some of the most difficult years this country has seen in generations. The challenges were big and the margin for error was small. Two wars, an economy on the brinks of collapse and a set of tough choices about issues that we had put-off for decades. Choices about healthcare and energy and education and how to rebuild a middle-class that had been struggling for far too long. And I knew that I needed somebody at my side, who I could count on, day and night to help get the job done. In my mind there was no candidate for the job of Chief-of-Staff who would meet the bill as well as Rahm Emanuel.

SOURCE: Rahm Emanuel’s Goodbye to Obama White House

In this case the mainstream press hasn’t failed. They’ve mentioned the fact that Rahm Emanuel is a principal node in the Israel lobby campaign contribution network. That he wasn’t necessarily really behind Obama until he switched sides in June, away from Hillary Clinton, probably because it looked like she wasn’t going to be viable. (He) then introduced Obama to the power-elite of AIPAC at their annual conference and ever since then and this is why I say that it’s a remarkable mirror of the Kennedy administration. Of course he’s been named Chief-of-Staff, we know all about his father’s illustrious past as–the press calls it gun-running I would call it something different, with the Irgun—and his own participation in Israel’s war efforts back in the ’91 Gulf War etc etc. But what people don’t understand is the following: Obama’s made some pretty implicit promises about winding-down the confrontational approach to the Middle East as well as getting troops out of Iran but yet he’s appointed Rahm Emmanuel as his Chief-of-Staff.

SOURCE: The Israel Lobby in the Cabinet: Rahm Emanuel Becomes Chief of Staff

RAHM EMMANUEL: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste and what I mean by that  it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

SOURCE: Rahm Emmanuel on the Opportunities of Crisis

OBAMA: “Today though, I’m looking ahead to my second term and I’m very proud to announce my choice for America’s next Secretary-of-State, John Kerry. In a sense John’s entire life has prepared him for this role.”

SOURCE: President Obama Nominates John Kerry for Secretary of State

TIM RUSSERT: “You both [Kerry & Bush] were members of Skull and Bones, a secret society?”


TIM RUSSERT: “What does that tell us?”

JOHN KERRY: “Ah not much because it’s a secret.”

SOURCE: John Kerry Admits Skull & Bones Membership

ANDREW MEYER: So amidst all these reports of phony bogus stuff going on, how could you concede the election on the day? How could concede the 2004 election on the day? In this book it’s says there was 5 million votes, that there were suppressed, that you won the election. Didn’t you want to be President? I’m not even done yet, I have 2 more questions. If you were so against Iran how come you were not saying “Impeach Bush Now, Impeach Bush Now” before he can invade Iran? Why don’t we impeach him? Impeach Bush. Clinton was impeached for what a blowjob? Why don’t we impeach Bush? Also, were you a member of Skull and Bones in college with Bush? Are you in the same secret society ….

SOURCE: UF Student tasered at John Kerry Speech

OBAMA: So, Joe, for your faith in your fellow Americans. For your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, I’d like to ask the military aide to join us on stage. For the final time as President, I am pleased to award the nations highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

SOURCE: VP Joe Biden receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama

GLENN BECK: I don’t remember what I said to my on-air partner Pat, we were talking about it and I said ‘You know what? How fast was the PATRIOT Act? How did they write that? How many pages was that?’. I hadn’t even thought, this was in the innocent days. Who wrote the PATRIOT Act? Because we know who wrote the Stimulus Act and that was the Apollo Alliance. We looked it up. Does anybody here in audience know wrote the PATRIOT Act or when it was written? This will blow your mind. It was written in 1995. 1995, including the wiretapping and everything else. America, you know who wrote it? One of the biggest union guys of them all, Joe Biden.

SOURCE: Glenn Beck – Who Wrote The PATRIOT Act? You’ll Never Guess Who

But in a nutshell Joe Biden in 1995 wrote this legislation, which basically is in a nutshell the PATRIOT Act. They re-arranged some of the paragraphs but it’s pretty much almost verbatim the language that is in the PATRIOT Act. So it existed some 7 years before 9/11.

SOURCE: Origins of PATRIOT Act

OBAMA: So here’s the thing, Hillary Clinton, she’s been a First Lady. She’s been a Senator. She’s been my Secretary-of-State. She’s been in the room when tough decisions were made. She’s knows how those decisions can affect a veteran or a soldier or a kid who needs a great education or a worker who’s fighting for a good job or a raise or a decent retirement. And I will tell you that even in the middle of a crisis she is calm, cool and collected.

SOURCE: President Obama stumps for Hillary in Miami

CBS REPORTER: I mean so that is the land of unconfirmed videos …

HILLARY CLINTON: Yes we came, we saw, he died!

SOURCE: Hillary Clinton: “We Came, We Saw, He Died!” (Gaddafi)

This record of crime, deceit, and aggression is enough to make all but the most psychopathic recoil in disgust. But none of Obama’s shameful actions as “commander-in-chief” should be remotely surprising to those who were willing to look beyond the hype and look squarely at the facts.

His supporters on the left imagined him to be an answer to the outrageous criminality of the banksters on Wall Street, even as those very same banksters were his top campaign contributors. He even took time out of his 2008 campaign to show his complete support for the disastrous banker bailout that was snaking its way through Congress:

REUTERS REPORTER: As Republican John McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama head to Washington to help broker a deal on a Wall Street rescue plan, McCain speaking in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative said a deal must be achieved by the time financial markets open on Monday.

JOHN McCAIN: The debate that matters most right now is taking place in the United States capital and I intend to join them. Senator Obama is doing the same. America should be proud of the bi-partisanship that we’re seeing.

REUTERS REPORTER: Speaking to the same group via satellite in Florida, Barack Obama agreed with McCain that the $700 billion bailout for the troubled financial industry needs some modifications but eluding to the White House meetings taking place later in the afternoon Obama said now is not the time for partisanship.

OBAMA: This goes beyond traditional election-time politics. Now’s the time to come together. Democrats and Republicans. In a spirit of cooperation on behalf of the American people.

SOURCE: McCain/Obama talk bailout

HOUSE SPEAKER: On this vote the yays are 263. The nays are 171. The motion is adopted. Without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.

SOURCE: U.S. House of Representatives Passes the “Bailout Bill”

OBAMA: Now, while there is plenty of blame to go around and there are many in Washington and Wall Street who deserve it. All of us, all of us have a responsibility to solve this crisis because it affects the financial well-being of every single American. There will be time punish those who set this fire but now is not the time to argue about how it got set or did the neighbor sleep in his bed or leave the stove on, right now we want to put out  that fire and now is the time for us to come together and do that.

SOURCE: OBAMA – Senate Must Pass Bailout, “Do What’s Right For The Country”

And then his supporters acted surprised when his administration failed to prosecute anyone at all for the largest swindle in the history of the planet.

NARRATOR: So far in civil proceedings the government has levied several billion dollars in penalties for misconduct in a crisis that caused investors and home-owners many hundreds of billions of dollars. But to date, not one senior Wall Street executive has been held criminally liable by the Department of Justice for activities related to the financial crisis.

SOURCE: Obama Admin: Fails to Prosecute Banking Fraud System to “Save The System”

CENK UYGUR: So, Eric Holder went in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday and they asked him about that. The same Eric Holder who was saying earlier ‘Yeah I can drop a drone on you if you’re a regular citizen. I don’t need a trial…stinking trials I don’t need ’em right? I’m mean just execute ’em.” But when it comes to bankers this is what he said instead.

ERIC HOLDER: I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge it will have a negative impact on the national economy perhaps even the world economy. And I think that is a function of the fact that some these institutions have become too large.

CENK UYGUR: Amazing! In actual Senate testimony he says, ‘Well yeah OK they’re too large but what can you do? So it’ll hurt the global economy so we’re not going to do our job. Get out of jail free card, here you go, use it anytime you like. Not only did we not prosecute you for past-crimes we’re telling you right here in public we’re not going to prosecute you for future crimes. Have at it, Hoss!’

SOURCE: Banks Too Big To Big to Jail, Hackitivists &  Citizens Not

But just in case there was any doubt as to who put Obama in power and whose interests he was working for, the Podesta email leak confirmed that not just Attorney General Holder, but almost the entirety of Obama’s cabinet was hand-selected for him by CitiGroup:

LEE CAMP: So this particular Wikileaks email is from a month before Obama first became President and it’s between John Podesta, who was then head of Obama’s transition team for President, and Michael Froman who was at the time an executive of CitiGroup, CitiBank’s parent company. Froman emailed Podesta a list of people who would be good choices for Obama’s cabinet. Keep in mind this is a month before he won the election. As writer David Dayen put it:

“The cabinet list ended up being almost entirely on the money. It correctly identified Eric Holder for the Justice Department, Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security, Robert Gates for Defense, Rahm Emanuel for Chief-of-Staff, Peter Orszag for the Office of Management and Budget, Arne Duncan” …

Alright let’s skip ahead, no one gives a **** about Arne Duncan. Arne Duncan doesn’t care about Arnie Duncan.

For the Treasury, three possibilities were on the list: Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, and Timothy Geithner.

Tim Geithner ended up being Treasury Secretary and the other two played prominent roles. So think about that. An executive at CitiBank’s parent company, one of the most powerful banks in the world gave Obama nearly his entire cabinet, including his economic team, immediately following the 2008 collapse cause by the greed of the big banks. Obama then went on to let Wall Street entirely off the hook for destroying the lives of millions of Americans or to put that in a more polite way:

“Geithner and friends dictated the Obama administration’s light-touch policy on bank misconduct (which resulted in no serious legal or fiduciary consequences for the major players).”

Do you see what this leaked email says? The big banks literally decide who runs our economy and our country at least a month before the election even happens.

SOURCE: Leak Proves Big Banks Completely Control Our Government

Why should it come as any surprise at all, then, to learn that Obama’s signal “accomplishment” during his time in office, Obamacare, was written by the insurance companies themselves?

SEN. MAX BAUCUS: I want to single out one person and that one person is sitting next to me. Her name is Liz Fowler. Liz Fowler is my chief health council. Liz Fowler has put my team together, the healthcare team. Liz Fowler worked for me many years ago in the private sector and came back when she realized that she could be there in the creation of healthcare reform. She wanted to,  in a certain sense that been her professional lifetime goal. She put together a white-paper of last November 2008, an 87 page document which became the basis, the foundation, the blueprint from which almost all healthcare measures and all bills both sides of the isle came from. She’s an amazing person, she’s a lawyer, she’s a PHD, she’s just so decent, she’s always smiling, she’s always working, she’s always available to help any Senator, any staff and I just thank Liz from the bottom of my heart and in many ways she typifies, she represents all of the people have worked so hard to make this bill such an accomplishment.

JAMES CORBETT: “So what?” you’re thinking. “So who is this Liz Fowler anyway and why is it so important to be bringing up this, well, gushing and rather embarrassing phrase from Senator Baucus on the House floor?” Well, it’s because Liz Fowler is not just someone who was formerly in private industry, as he tangentially made mention of in that speech, but someone who had a very interesting history and one that we can even pick up from mainstream sources like NBCNews.com which had a post back a few years ago Fact or Fiction? Senate chairman has ties to big insurer:

Elizabeth Fowler, now serving as counsel to Baucus on the Finance Committee, worked as an executive, not a lobbyist, for WellPoint, the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, she’d worked for Baucus. Committee spokeswoman Erin Shields called Fowler “one of the brightest health care minds in the Senate and she and the Finance Committee staff have been working day and night” to reach the goal of reform that “lowers costs and ensures quality affordable health care coverage,” which is Baucus’s priority. Shields added that “the only factor that influences his decisions and the decisions of his staff is whether a policy is right for his state and for the American people.” According to Senate records, Michelle Easton, former chief health counsel to the Finance Committee under Baucus, is lobbying for WellPoint for her firm Tarplin, Downs & Young.

Well, of course that MSM post obviously downplays the important aspects of this. The fact that Liz Fowler, the person who Baucus was gushing about and who was absolutely essential in bringing the Affordable-Care Act to the American public, was not just a lobbyist for America’s and the world’s largest publicly-traded heath benefits company but was in fact an executive for them and if we wanted to be even more specific, which, oddly, NBCNews.com decided  not to be, she was a former Vice-President of WellPoint. So here we have someone in the very heart of the private insurance world coming into write the very Affordable-Care Act which is supposed to provide all of this wonderful mana from heaven free healthcare to the public. Except for the fact that it’s going to cost the average American much, much, much more to get insured under this new regime.”

SOURCE: Rockefeller Medicine

JONATHAN GRUBER: John Kerry said “no, no we’re not going to tax your health insurance, we’re going to tax those evil insurance companies. We’re going to impose a tax that if they sell health insurance that’s too expensive we’re going to tax them and conveniently the tax rate happened to be the marginal tax rate under the income tax bill. So basically it’s the same thing. We tax the insurance companies they pass on the higher prices which offsets the tax-break that we get and it’s ends up being the same thing. It’s a very clever base-exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”

SOURCE: Jonathan Gruber Videos: Americans “Too Stupid to Understand” Obamacare

And why should it be a surprise that the military-industrial complex has benefited from yet another Obama “accomplishment?”

ANYA PARAMPIL: A report released recently by the Center for International Policy found that the Obama administration has shattered existing records when it comes to international weapons sales. The report outlines how in President Obama’s first 5 years in office, new agreements under the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program, the largest channel for U.S. arms, exported totaled over $169 billion. So even after adjusting that for inflation that number pales in comparison to only $30 billion in deals cut by the Bush administration in it’s entire 2 terms in office. Meaning that Obama administration bares the honor of having approved more weapons sales than any other since World War II.

SOURCE: Obama approved more arms sales than any other Pres. since WWII – Report

JAMES EVAN PILATO: As U.S. National Security Susan Rice said the proposed military aid package to Israel is larger than any the United States has ever offered to any country. Under the headline ‘America’s $40 Billion Aid Package to Israel is Largest Ever’ . The 10 year aid program would give Israel up to $40 billion to upgrade it’s military aircraft and missile defense systems to defend against rocks … I mean militants in Lebanon and the Gaza strip and Al-Qaeda and Islamic State and it’s affiliates in Syria and Egypt.

SOURCE: New World Next Week – The Government of Mars Is Already Being Planned

GARY FRANCHI: The Saudis, an arms deal with them worth $1.29 billion has been approved. The United States has approved a $1.2 billion deal to replenish the Saudi air-force’s arsenal depleted by it’s controversial bombing campaign against rebels in Yemen. Congress has 30 days to block the sale but is unlikely to do so and shipment of more than 19,000 smart-bombs is urgent with strikes continuing daily.

SOURCE: Saudi Arms Deal Worth $1.2b Approved

The simple fact is that the real power in the American oligarchy isn’t wielded by the president. Obama was just a smiling, affable teleprompter reader for the powers behind the throne: the Deep State.

And thanks to NSA whistleblower Russell Tice we now know that Obama was wiretapped and, presumably, blackmailed, not by the Russian government, but by the NSA itself:

OBAMA: And by the way with respect to my concerns about privacy issues. I will leave this office at some point, sometime in the next 3 and half years and after that I will be a private citizen. I suspect that on a list of people who might be targeted so that somebody could read their emails or listen to their phone calls, I’d probably be pretty high on that list. But it’s not as if I don’t have a personal interest in making sure my privacy is protected.

SOURCE: Obama Defends NSA Spying

JAMES CORBETT: Last week NSA whistle-blower Russell Tice conducted interviews on Boiling Frogs Post and The Corbett Report where he revealed shocking new details of the NSA spying scandal.  In addition to detailing how the NSA is collecting and storing the contents of all electronic communications passing through the United States, he also revealed for the first some of the specific targets of past NSA wiretapping operations, including senior Congressional leaders, the former White House press-secretary, high-ranking military generals, the entire Supreme Court and even then Senator from Illinois and future President, Barack Obama.

RUSSELL TICE: Yeah it was journalists, it was members of Congress both houses, Senate and the House, especially on the Intelligence Committees, in the Armed Services Committees and on Judiciary Committees and as well as the senior leadership in both the House and the Senate. It was judges, federal judges and every member of the Supreme Court, all 9, of which I held the initial targeting of Judge Alito in my hand when Judge Alito was being put up for his position on the Supreme Court. So I saw the Alito paperwork in my hand, physically. It was a few members of Bush’s own staff in the White House. They went after lots of lawyers and law firms I noticed.

JAMES CORBETT: In your interview on Boiling Frogs Post you mentioned specifically General Petraeus?

RUSSELS TICE: Yes. They went after senior military leaders. With my satellite stuff I saw how they went after the State Department and they went after Colin Powell, Secretary of State. They went after General Shinseki and then on the terrestrial side I saw that paperwork as they were going after General Petraeus.

JAMES CORBETT: Was Barack Obama targeted by this?

RUSSELL TICE: Yes he was as a matter of fact. That was in 2004, probably late-summer time frame and he was a candidate for Senator. He’s already won his primary in Illinois and that’s when I saw Barack Obama’s name.

SOURCE: Whitstleblower: NSA Wiretapping Obama, Patraeus, Altio, others

In the end, Obama’s personal failings and foibles are secondary to his main attribute: his willingness to enact the agenda of those who pulled his strings. It is ever so.

But the real question is: what have people learned from the disaster of the Obama years? Do they understand the true nature of deep state power? The true continuity of agenda that takes place even as the pendulum swings from left to right? Or are they simply going to fall for the same trick, again and again, until the final nail is placed in the coffin of human freedom?

JOHN WHITEHEAD: Well I’ve come out of the Bush era where he signed into law the USPATRIOT Act, which allowed the government to listen in on your phone calls, download your emails, come in your home while you’re not there and snoop in your home and leave, and all kinds of egregious things which I opposed vocally. So when Obama came around I thought, “Wow. This can be a new era.” And he actually talked about limiting government power and stopping war and all those things, so I said, “Hey, maybe this is the chance we need.”

He got the Nobel Peace Prize, but he was the first president, actually, to conduct eight years of war, believe it or not. Last year alone he dropped 26,000 bombs in the Middle East. Now this is a guy that early on — The early analysts from the left wing who dealt with what they call the military-industrial complex said, “Hey, he’s working with the military-industrial complex. We’re really surprised.”

So what I would say is a lot of times with candidates you have to wait and see what they do before you heap all this praise on them because it builds an expectation and then people buy into a myth. I mean people are still talking about “greatest president ever” but when I look at his record, under the most recent National Defense Authorisation Act that he re-upped, he added an anti-propaganda centre. Now they’re going to be watching what we say, what we do, if we’re so-called going against the interest of America. Well, anybody out there who’s a peace activist that’s against war and stuff like that is going to be watched even closer now.

And the Justice Department just a few days ago under Obama signed a provision allowing the NSA to share all of our information with 16 federal agencies. That’s amazing. Remember with Snowden it wasn’t Bush’s NSA that he was opposing it was Obama’s NSA.

So if you add up at the end of the day all of the things that we see happening — The militarised police grew exponentially under Obama. All of this military equipment flowing to local police in this country, tanks…

So this all happened under Obama, it all built up under Obama, but I’ll say this: Bush started the ball rolling, Obama pushed it faster and bigger, and now we’ve got Donald Trump. He hasn’t stepped into the presidency yet but do I think he’s going to pull back on this power that he has now? Obama’s sending troops into Poland now as the final act of his presidency without congressional approval. That violates the constitution.

So what we’re facing, in my opinion–and I’ve said it over and over–we’re facing a government that’s out of control. It started under Obama. If we really believe in freedom it’s time to step up and act now, America, I’m telling you.

SOURCE: John Whitehead Dissects Obama’s Legacy

LARRY PINKNEY: So the color card was played very insidiously and effectively by Barack Obama and his handlers, whether it was Lockheed Corporation, Goldman Sachs, I mean it’s an endless list that won’t be missed, alright? But we have to understand that they have–when I say “they” I’m talking about the national and global, what I call “power elite,” that 1% or 1.5%, whatever. They keep us corralled, if you will, James, on a plantation. Democrat/Republican plantation. As if that’s left and right, it’s not. What it is, simply, is evil. It’s a plantation of blood-suckers, and I don’t care what they call themselves. There are now people talking about “We should have Elizabeth Warren!” No we should not have Elizabeth Warren. No, we should not! We don’t need Democrats or Republicans. We need each other. And how long will it take the people in this country, in the United States, to understand that what it’s about is divide and conquer? Play each other off against each other, use each other, manipulate through fear, through disinformation–I reapeat, disinformation!–and that way control us.

SOURCE: How to Avoid the Next Obama – Larry Pinkney on The Eyeopener 

Eight years on from that day of infamy, we are left to sort through the ashes of the Obama administration. They are the ashes of the lives destroyed, the families torn apart, the countries ruined by yet another willing servant of the American imperial project.

But if there is any ray of hope it is that we have here an opportunity to learn a lesson once and for all.

Until people stop falling for the lie and refuse to participate in the deep state approved spectacle of the elections, voting for smiling figureheads on the back of trite toothpaste advertisement slogans like “Hope And Change” or “Make America Great Again,” the people of the United States, and the people of the world will get exactly what they ask for.


  1. I have not always appreciated your point of view, James Corbett. But you have taught me to – much praise for this Legacy of Ashes video. It deserves a million views on YouTube, by Trump supporters alone. Brock West did an excellent job and you two are a prime-quality team.

  2. Interesting James…but more interesting was your video went private while I was watching it. all the best
    ps picked up the rest via autio

  3. Video on YouTube now smooth. Thanks for the great work James and Brock.

    Reality should be based on facts and your efforts help people see the facts, even if they are horrible in nature.


  4. Fantastic work JC & BW !!!

    I download everything before I watch it (tech tip). Very rarely do I bother to go back to give it a thumbs up. I wish I could give two for this documentary. I’m even going to share this one with my Mom-in-a-bubble who hates my political obsessions.


    I haven’t done much to the JC wiki since I was banned and broken hearted, but I am now rejuvenated and I NEED YOUR HELP: Please remind me of the “Documentaries” and “Comedies” that The Corbett Report has produced to list in that article. At present it lists these (I can’t recall the others):

    TCR Documentaries:
    – Century Of Enslavement
    – The Secret Life of Timothy McVeigh
    – 9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money
    – How Big Oil Conquered the World
    – Obama: A Legacy of Ashes
    TCR Comedies:
    – 9/11: A Conspiracy Theory

    Everyone is welcome to contribute to the wiki article about James Corbett on InfoGalactic:

    It was deleted from Wikipedia (as was David Seaman), as was Lionel’s page brutally censored, and I’m banned from editing “fringe” or “US politics” for one year. David Seaman (journalist) and Lionel are also fully restored on InfoGalactic:


    For what it’s worth, I think that the InfoGalactic James Corbett article’s “Discussion” page may potentially be a nice centralized interactive forum for Corbett Report projects, etc. (FYI: I have no stock in IG. I trust them thus far, until I have reason not to. Me: https://infogalactic.com/info/User:JasonCarswell )

    What projects?

    James Corbett & friends & members, if you would care to share thoughts on this project idea (one of many) – I would like to do a short film or commercial for The Corbett Report. Free of charge (donations accepted). Specifically, something short and powerful, perhaps like this decade old video by Knife Party called “What Barry Says”:

    After I first saw it in 2004 or 2005 I emailed my friend Mark Achbar and he included “What Barry Says” as a bonus extra on his feature film documentary “The Corporation” double DVD release. Obviously it doesn’t have to be in the same style, as I’ve animated in many styles.

    I worked at these studios and others:
    http://www.topixfx.com/ : http://click3x.com/ : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curious_Pictures (closed) : Pitch Animation Studio (closed) : http://www.gurustudio.com/ : http://www.chrlx.com/ : http://www.alchemyentertainment.com/

    I specifically worked on these spots:
    https://vimeo.com/33357707 : https://vimeo.com/33346475 : https://vimeo.com/33353527 : https://vimeo.com/33347255 : https://vimeo.com/33346754

    My old YouTube:
    (I don’t know why but there aren’t many YouTube videos there. I haven’t looked at it in 6 years, but it’s easy to see many are missing.)

    My old website:

    The Corporation (free download):
    (I had nothing to do with this brilliant production.)

    Bonus Related Videos:
    Master Plan – About the power of Google (2007, also in the “What Barry Says” style):
    KRS-One interviewed by Alex Jones (2009, not trusting the New World Obama):
    (I had nothing to do with these either.)

    • To any writers and/or content creators,

      I’d prefer to animate more serious and informative content, however, with really good content and premise I could be easily convinced to create a comedy or parody, not unlike…

      “Weird Al” Yankovic – Party In The CIA (Parody of “Party In The U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus):

  5. Either Cenk Uygur is 1) naive, 2) a useful idiot or 3) he works for the globalists. TYT were astonished and horrified when the evil Trump defeated their hero, Clinton. TYT support Bernie (Captain-Climate-Crisis) Sanders. Enough said.

    Noam Chomsky, Alex Jones, David Icke… they build up credibility only to later lead people down the garden path. Much to my disappointment, even Elaine Dewar backpedaled on her position during her interview with you. I’ve been keeping my eye on you, James; so far you haven’t disappointed. I appreciate that you need to interview others with an open mind and to be patient with those who have not assembled as many pieces of the puzzle as you have. I felt compelled, however, to air my suspicions regarding the motivation of Cenk Uygur and pals.

    It is important to make the distinction between passion and comprehension….deception?

    • TYT and Secular Talk are clearly drinking the Democrat koolade, whether intentional, ignorant, or a combination of both. Not only is it difficult to wake up, but there are so many topics and layers and levels in play in “the matrix” of deception that a person can be awake in one realm and asleep in another and working for “the man” or “the system” in others.

      I too wonder about James Corbett. Either he’s the most organized data collector, a sleepless workaholic, has an army of minions, is more prolific than Shakespeare, or a combination of the above. (Or JC is a deeply entrenched infiltrator collecting all our rants for Skynet.) I just don’t understand how he/they can produce so much top notch material. I’d LOVE to see/understand/apply his/their production process – from concept to script to source to editing to publishing. Also, do they pay for their video/images? I don’t mind if they do or don’t, I’m just curious. (I won’t on my ongoing project of a different feather – but that’s a whole other story.)

      I stumbled upon this very good lecture the other day, best I’ve seen like a “Conspiracies For Dummies” introduction:
      A Conspiracy History of the World, Andy Thomas (at the Open Mind conference 2013)

      • I wasn’t clear before. I, like Chomsky, am a social libertarian (small “L”, anarcho-Marxist, ideally free but realizing people are tribal so settling for Marxism). A left leaning anarchist. That’s why I was crapping on lefty TYT and Secular Talk, but also pointing out that only years ago I would have agreed with them, including Chomsky, before waking up in layers and stages. Except Chomsky denies 9-11 – but he works for “the man” and is a gatekeeper, and may have been threatened, or his grandchildren, to stay quiet.

        So too, bombast Alex Jones sold out somewhere along the way, for viewers or snake oil or under pressure. Before he would have crapped on Bush and Obama alike. Now he supports Trump. His past insight proves he knows the game, but his rhetoric now supports Trump.

        I suspect Icke was only allowed to live to expose the NWO if he added lizard people and hollow moons to his story. Otherwise I can’t explain it.

        Cenk claims to be independently funded. Is he?

      • I’ve considered the possibility that James may be playing the role, either deliberately or unwittingly, of the Pied Piper. Are those in the minority who are not tone deaf and may, therefore, be seduced by such music, to be identified and dealt with accordingly? It would certainly make the lives of our superiors less complicated if the rodents were led out of their cities and exterminated.

        James is remarkably prolific. When something appears too good to be true, more often than not, it is NOT true. Rarely, however, it IS true. I’ve been disappointed before but I find solace in the great and immortal, poetic wisdom of George Bush:

        “Fool me once, shame on…. shame on you…. uh…. You fool me I can’t get fooled again”

        Words to live by.

        • Are you suggesting that James Corbett is the tip of the long tail?

          The tail starts in the center with MSM like Rachel Maddow (I’ll go left because I lean left though don’t buy any of it or believe the left is The Left) then it pretends that blustery The Young Turks are independent thinkers, the tail tapers further and you find the limited hangouts like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange who won’t acknowledge something fishy about mysterious 9-11, the very source of the war on terror and root of all evils. Then the thinnest part of the long tail, James Corbett, with his giant dog-catcher’s net of truth, to identify the most radical and perceptive potential dissidents.

          I won’t believe it until Hollywood dramatizes it.

          • I’m writing the script at this very moment. If I can only persuade Bruce Willis to put on a pair of glasses…..

            • No way. Bruce Willis would only be good if he were playing John Q. Public in the same way he played crazy in 12 Monkeys. And he’s too old.

              Get real Canadian talent to play the James Corbett character with the authentic Canuck accent. There’s a lot to choose from – Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Mike Meyers…

              (When I lived in NYC, people commented on my Canuck accent but I didn’t hear it until I went home for Christmas – then I was blown away by it, and heard myself when I returned to NYC and finally knew what they were talking aboot.)

      • I never heard of him before this. I’ve downloaded some more yet to watch. Everywhere you look there’s always new people spreading the word.

        Sometimes I feel like the world is waking up. Sometimes I feel like the world is burning down. Mostly I figure it’s just getting more extreme.

  6. Just as this documentary is a great summary on Obama,
    the following is a great summary on the Clinton Foundation:

    “The Clinton Foundation: Largest Unprosecuted Criminal Global Charity Fraud and Conspiracy Ever” featuring a discussion between Lionel and Charles Ortel:

    Read the show notes too.

  7. Poetically well said.

    As I mentioned above, I’d like to fight back against the glitzy mainstream media (from where I used to work) and make high end “commercials” for truth. But I need help from Corbett, NewsBud, Lionel, etc and or TCR members to craft them into tight summaries of soundbyte packages to drill into the thick-skulled sheeple.

    Fight brainwash fire with fire.

    Sometimes I feel like there is a window of opportunity opening for the truth, other times I just think the Overton Window is just shifting right into fascism.

  8. About the burning building collapse:

    Naturally echochamber Wikipedia repeats what MSM says about it being similar to 9-11. Is it really? Or is it better disguised and with smaller level detonations for a smaller building with radically different physics? Or was it just a poorly designed and built building?

    I have nothing to base my speculation on other than instinct and one peculiarity when watching the video shot from several blocks away – the sound (of chaos) was perfectly synced like a movie rather than the delayed sound from a distance.

    Just sayin.

  9. I live in Canada… whatever the hell that means. You live a two days drive to the south of me. The psychopaths that systematically wash the brains of our populations are entirely to blame for the horrific events that give us nightmares. No sane person, be they Canucklehead, ‘Merikan, whatever, wants to drop bombs on families like ours trying like us to eke out a living on the opposite side of the globe.

    Neither you nor the overwhelmingly vast majority of your peers deserves to get nuked to hell. What are you guilty of? Your crime is having endured a lifetime submerged in a festering swamp of propaganda. You are guilty of having a conscience, sincerely trying to do the right thing and having been conned since the day you were born by the best professionals in the business.

    Grieve but don’t give up on your fellow man. If you and I can figure this out, so too can they. The enemy is formidable but not indomitable.

    • I’m also Canadian, in Windsor Ontario, south of Detroit. Yes, south, it curves under. My window looks northward at Belle Isle and downtown Detroit, across the river.

      I fear if there ever were a nuclear war, “they” wouldn’t bother with the rusted burnt out wreck of Detroit. If they don’t bomb Detroit then I won’t get a quick painless death and I’d suffer the apocalyptic fallout. Make Detroit great again, and a target, so I can die quickly if needs be.

  10. Thanks Broc and James!
    “Obama: A Legacy of Ashes” is a classic.
    (1 hour video) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeDZIyGkGNM
    The myth and the reality are revealed, not only with Obama’s 8 years but with future administrations.

  11. I have only one criticism of this legacy documentary – it doesn’t touch on his crazy actions, laws passed, etc, that he squeezed in since the the election.

    Of many, one example on Redacted Tonight “Obama & Congress Secretly Create A Ministry Of Truth”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyPk5VMNYhA

    Perhaps you might do a “Part 2” or an “Addendum”?

    • I knew there was at least one more. Found it on The Jimmy Dore Show “Obama Buries Torture Report For Twelve Years”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knsFEpmiSfc

      Hell, in 12 years Dick Cheney will probably be in, well, hell.

      Lionel keeps saying he’s like the ancient Greek guy who keeps firing cheep shot flaming arrows as he’s retreating – to burn the city behind like a sore loser and a set up for fascist Dr. Evil-Trump.

      X22 Report and others keep saying the economy is artificially propped up to artificially prop up the Obama legacy, as they control demolish it.

      Prep now for the greatest depression debt slavery.

      Please do a follow up summary of the last few months of Obama setting us up to to make America desperate again.

  12. Here’s my take,

    I believe Obama had good intentions going in in 2008, however you don’t get elected President without owing people something that helped you get elected along the way, lets not be naive about that, it’s how the game is played. Also he began his Presidency during America’s worst recession since the Great Depression.

    Secondly, the Republicans controlled the House for most of Obama’s Presidency, and they are on the record saying that they would obstruct Obama every step of the way, therefore he had very little choice but to use executive orders.

    Third, Obamacare was a victory of sorts for low income people without health care insurance or with pre-existing conditions, which ironically enough is now being dismantled by Trump, via executive order! (btw he controls both the House and the Senate, so why executive order?)

    Fourth, regarding Libya, Obama and the U.N. were hoodwinked by Sarkozy. If anyone is to be blamed for Libya’s aftermath, the French, the Italians and the British deserve most of the blame.

    Fifth, regarding Syria, at least this time around he seek’d congressional approval, which the republican war hawk held congress chickened out to put to a vote.

    Obama’s legacy will be remembered first and foremost as being the first African American President, and having saved the US economy from the “Great Recession”. Other notable footnotes, for having no sex scandals, no impeachment, no Watergate etc…

    The real Obama failure is the continued NSA illegal spying and Patriot act, however you can expect this from other Presidents as well, for as long as there is a so called “war on terror” the spying will continue, since they don’t want the same people they support, like in Iraq and Syria to carry out their dirty deeds on American soil (blow-back).

    • Obamacare was only a _perceived_ victory of sorts, to some people. It had some pros and many less publicized cons, written by the insurance companies. It was more like an inescapable trap. And little to nothing was done about drug and medical prices, or that medical executives are the highest paid/rewarded type of executives.

      It reminds me of something from the Terry Gilliam movie “Time Bandits” – the game show called “Your Money Or Your Life!”.

      It’s a game. It’s a show. It’s not a game show. It’s your life.

      • I beg to differ,

        Most developed countries in the world have universal health care and of course the legislation was written with insurance companies in mind, unfortunately when the US constitution was written “health care” as we know it today didn’t exist, therefore it was understood that health was the responsibility of the individual and not the government.

        Roosevelt kinda changed that perception with the enactment of the Social Security Act of 1935 “new deal”, followed by the creation of Medicare during the 1960’s.

        The problem with ObamaCare is it uses only private insurance companies, and most of them, under pressure by Republicans no doubt, pulled out of ObamaCare a year after it was implemented, therefore increasing premiums and deductibles exponentially. (they created the problem!)

        Problem – Reaction – Solution … and here comes Trump…lol!

        What Obama should have done, is to allow for the creation of a government run insurance company to compete with the private sector in order for individuals to pool together in case the private sector ones decided to pull out, which they did.

    • Sorry, peace.frog, you lost me with your first sentence. Hopeless naivete. And obummer care is an obummernation that needs to be completely repealed.

      • That, makes no sense.

  13. Why even bother about his votes when he was a Senator!
    His 8 years as Prez are over.

    If anything, we should be focusing on Trump, the “here” and “now”, not the past.

  14. Excellent piece James !
    It remains to be seen which direction Trump will ultimately take !
    Being a Washington outsider gives me some level of hope but only time will tell ! Our one sided media that is effectively a Liberal Ministry of Propaganda only compounds this problem.

    • The so-called “liberal media” is anything but liberal.

      They do not answer to us. They only answer to the corporations that advertise and pay them. They only say the media is liberal in order to skew our perceptions through their right drifting Overton window.

      Welcome to the Corporatocracy.

      • Are you serious? Tell me more!!!

        The concept of royalty disgusts me. As a Canadian I’m offended that the Queen is still on our money. From colony to Dominion of Canada in 1980 or 1981, we’re still not “independent” and part of the Commonwealth, the wealth that is not so common.

        As a kid I got my Chief Scout award, like the USA Eagle Scout, the highest achievement possible. This isn’t to brag but to point out that, if I recall correctly, the “Chief” got its title from the governor general who is commander-in-chief of Canada (http://www.gg.ca/) who answers to and represents the Crown. The GG is supposed to give all the awards but I think I got mine from Bob Ray, the PM of Ontario. I honestly forget. I didn’t care much then and don’t now. It was just a fun social thing doing lots of stuff. Boy Scouts isn’t what it once was. Now we’ve all got devices instead.

        I have noticed that James Corbett doesn’t shit on faith and organized religion enough. I think he’s kind of agnostic. It’s easy to debate how neither Santa nor imaginary friends who ignore prayers don’t exist, but he prefers to expose more Machiavellian things with more proof. There’s more drama in it than arguing with a wall. Though there’s certainly enough proof that both the church and castles have a rich history to this day proving their evils.

        The Royal Coat Of Arms features a rampant lion on one side and a rampant unicorn on the other. One is fierce and one is fantasy. One is violent and the other is dreamy. Whether by military/police restraint or religious restraint – they’ve got you – mind and body.

  15. The new and… Not Fake…. news of the New Millennium ….must include Redacted Tonight:


    The A-Team know full well that two key ingredients of all powerful propaganda are 1) Emotion and 2) a generous helping of Truth.

    TRUTH: The pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clover marshmallows in Lucky Charms are truly in the package… and they are magically delicious…. but they distract you from questioning whether this sugar coated styrofoam should be considered an edible breakfast cereal. Lee Camp, Cenk Uygur, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher (etc. ad nauseum) are the cute little cartoon leprechauns selling their dangerous garbage to the kiddies.

    Their programs include many legitimate sugary marshmallows of truth in their cleverly crafted packaging.

    EMOTION: Raising ones voice to a shout lends credibility to an orator. The dropping of F-bombs and a few well-placed dick jokes implies the speaker passionately Believes what he is saying is true. If only we could convince James to shout and swear and, I don’t know, have you considered a sleeveless anarchy t-shirt, tattoos, nose ring, pierced nipple and, say, a spiky dog collar around your neck to sell the impression that you are passionate about your message?

    Lee Camp, recorded live in Washington D.C., is pointing out the flaws of both Left and Right politicians. I fear the Great Reset may be upon us:

    – Fiat currencies, banks, federal reserve…. the money system is about to fail.
    – The corrupt politicians (on both sides of the imaginary Left/Right wall) will soon be exposed and rejected.
    – The mainstream media is corrupt and will soon be replaced (by Lee, Cenk and pals)
    – The imaginary Climate Crisis must urgently be addressed
    – The threat of WW-III must urgently be addressed
    – The threat of civil war must urgently be addressed
    – The threat of terrorism must urgently be addressed

    What a mess. Clearly we are not capable of running the world ourselves. The UN will step in and solve each and every one of the problems listed above. Lee Camp, the magic snake oil leprechaun, will help pave the way.

    • I just read your “Chaos out of Order” article. Damn. I wish I had read it before submitting this previous comment as, other than pointing a suspicious finger at Lee Camp, you did a much better job of making every point I attempted to make.

      What do you make of TYT and RT?

        • Hey, Jason,

          Yep, immediately after finishing my rant, I read Corbett’s “chaos-out-of-order” and realized I had said the same thing. I wondered… is this Corbett character getting inside my head? How do I know anything? What is brainwashing? Plato’s allegory-of-the-cave sort of thing.

          I continue to monitor an extensive variety of “alternative” media in the form of documentaries, “news”, books…. and all of them eventually disappoint in one way or another. For instance:

          – Noam Chomsky promotes the official 9/11 narrative
          – Lee Camp promotes the Climate Crisis fairy tale
          – Cenk Uygur backed Clinton
          – Alex Jones backed Trump
          – David Icke warns of lizard aliens
          – etc.

          Were I to distill my litmus tests to a handful of essentials they would include 1) 9/11, 2) Climate Crisis, 3) the Left / Right Divide & Conquer Distraction, and 4) science fiction / alien involvement.


          I realize that dismissing entirely those “alternatives” who fail to share every one of my perspectives is not unlike fragmenting Christianity into dozens of sects, each one promising they alone deliver the True Gospel. The result: divided and conquered.

          I fear for the safety of an individual who would rise to the occasion, clearly identify the enemy and unite these sects under one banner of resistance. I strongly suspect, however, it will be necessary.

          • I didn’t mean anything by it. I just included the link for convenience for anyone reading these comments. I probably should have said as such.

            I agree with you. But I wonder if all the gatekeepers know they are gatekeeping.

            Chomsky is great, but now that I’ve studied beyond it’s now clear and obvious he either won’t or can’t discuss JFK and 9-11. Maybe he was shown pictures of his grandchildren.

            Cenk is a wishy washy Democrat and all that that implies. He’ll lose his audience if he ever goes too far left. I really like Jimmy Dore though. He’s one of the few at TYT that consistently makes sense without a lot of drama, but also with great humour.

            Thom Hartmann often hit’s the correct “alternative extremes” the MSM doesn’t want to talk about, but always bounces back to the left side of the Democrats for some reason. Maybe he thinks the futility of the system, that without revolutions, resistance with the Democrats is the lesser of two evils and his only way though he clearly supports Jill Stein and likes the Pirate Party. He’s also Christian but not thumping.

            Secular Talk has potential to fully wake up but but his brainwashed ego is stuck skewed if he’d ever stop yelling long enough to read some alternatives.

            Bombastic Alex Jones sold out. He used to piss all over Bush and Obama, but now, oddly he won’t piss on Trump. Even when it turns out he likes it.

            Icke must be an infiltrator mixing truth with lunacy to discredit, maybe even inform, and back up the establishment’s imposing domination fear in his followers.

            Its taken me years of studying not just those above to understand the layers of Machiavellian establishment’s matrix of systems. James Corbett is the best of the best that I’ve seen at cutting through the nonsense and unfolding context for the clearest logical understanding.

            My last remaining big hold out was Climate Change. If it had been anyone other than Corbett, who has not failed me yet, I might not have given it as much weight. I am still not 100%. But I am very free to doubt. Especially when you look at all the good reasons you have to doubt science. The media doesn’t report on good science and bad science or where the money comes from or the interests behind it. They just call it “science” and you must believe. Yet the big pharma science is financially raping and poisoning many of us. Military science is being used against us and “them”. Political science and pols tell us what we already know we want, but then Hillary v Trump happens. Bad science also makes pollution. With that, and any tax, Climate Change is easy to question.

            I hope an individual doesn’t rise like a nail to get hammered (MLK etc).

            I hope it’s an entire movement that can smash the Overton window.

          • To Corbett, m.clare, and members,

            Has there been any effort anywhere to “quantify” Truthers?

            Whether on MSM or in the communities, I’d like to know if there are ways to measure and identify factions, trends, movements, popularity, etc. This information would be very useful, to the right people, the wrong people, and the sheeple.

            For example you could graph peoples beliefs about 9-11 from believe government 100% to 0% into -100% (100% inside job) and of course the theories that go from standard to fringe (detonation, mini-nukes, energy beams, and holograms).

            With a system of shorthand codes on various topics recent and past from mainstream (JFK) to fringe (lizard people) we’d be better able to navigate, for better or worse (confirmation bias) through much of the disinformation.

            There already exists a political spectrum:

            Why not a descriptive Truther spectrum?

            For example, “I like James Corbett because he’s a green Virgo with Jupiter descending but I don’t spend much time on David Icke because he’s a purple Sagitarius hollow bad Moon rising” – except substitute the horror-scopes with our own Truther-tropes.

            I’d also like there to be a Truther religion (of belief doubters and tax breaks) and a Truther political party, but we can’t get there until we can sort some things out first. Even though I despise labels and stereotypes, sometimes they’re useful.

            • “James is from canada and hence of the crown”
              Do you mean, a subject of the crown?

              I would agree that I am a subject of the crown. But I am not of, from, or under the crown because I may comprehend but I won’t “understand” or stand under.

              I’m unclear what you think his intentions are. I think James would like to tip the apple cart and burn it down then build a new cart for oranges. Or maybe let everyone get their own apples and oranges and whatever. Or maybe he just wants to take out the mob boss who gives protection to the apple cart guy. Now I’ve gone and confused myself…

  16. I’m quite sure James would take issue with your last line: “we deserve it”. You are accepting guilt for something done on your behalf (that you would be repulsed by). I think the overwhelming majority of the people who demonstrate for “more of this” have no clue what is actually going on.

    Propaganda is very powerful.

  17. I thought everyone knew fast food was bad for you.
    Turns out Wikipedia thinks it’s a conspiracy.

    To see what a Wikipedia tyrant is, read how Ian.thomson who was riding my ass and got me banned from editing “fringe” and “US politics”, he finally banned me ENTIRELY from editing on Wikipedia. I guess I asked for it, watching RT. This weekend I added to two documentary articles which will be deleted, “The Great NHS Heist” and “Eating You Alive”.

    Read the mini-drama over their rigged rules:

    I fucked up. Crossed the line. They were waiting. Whatev.

    • Ignore my drama, but James Corbett, like Thom Hartmann, may like to interview these documentary makers and/or pursue/promote their causes. That alone would be worth getting banned from Wikipedia. The article stubs are on InfoGalactic with links to the T.H. intverviews and their various websites and social media.

      “Eating You Alive” is an American documentary film about disease from the North American diet, health, plant-based nutrition, and veganism directed by Paul David Kennamer Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, James Cameron, Suzy Amis, Penn Jillette and others are featured in the documentary. It’s also about “Big Ag & The Politicians They Own Are Eating You Alive”.

      “The Great NHS Heist” is a British independent documentary film in production written and directed by Dr. Bob Gill. The documentary asserts that the plans were written in the 1980’s under Margaret Thatcher to sell of the public health industry to private insurance corporations in North America, by first underfunding and damaging the service, then claiming the solution is to sell it off to billionaires. Dr. Bob Gill expects the documentary to be completed and released for the spring of 2017.

      Feel free to edit and contribute to these article stubs.

    • I’ll reiterate, IMO wikipedia is a waste of your time. Gatekeepers will keep shaping the narrative there, now and always.

  18. panzer,
    Great article! Thanks.
    “… That plan was to use a number of different factors to create paranoia within the Syrian government; to push it to overreact, to make it fear there’s a coup …” … “In particular, to take rumors that are known to be false … or exaggerations and promote them….”

    A classic…
    2001 incident – Gen Wesley Clark tells of US Plan To Invade Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, And Iran.

    • Only Lebanon, Iran and Sudan to be invaded now then if Gen Clark’s prediction is anything to go by. Somalia is a failed state. Al-Shabab are Islamic fundamentalists backed by the west.
      Sudan has had the same dictator of a President since 1989. Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir used to be the top Army general in that country which has since lost a significant portion of its oil-rich southern territory so this has morphed into South Sudan.

  19. Hey Donny, Obama was a hawk on N. Korea too!

    Trump thinks he’s the big swinging dick huh? Well don’t forget Obama was a badass too. Hell, if it wasn’t for Big O’s pivot to Asia, Donny wouldn’t even have the balls to threaten old King Jamil or whatever his name is. Old Barry was militarizing everybody over there. Strategic patience is revisionist history! Obama had the military regularly run all kinds of military drills with S. Korea, including a nuclear pre-emptive first strike against the North…and that’s why Trump’s foreign policy is UNHINGED!

    This lady is too funny.

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