Friday, October 14, 2016


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.  
(#1 December 27, 2012; #2 May 25, 2014)

What’s at stake:  An American Nuremberg might remind us that we are not only consumers but citizens—of this country and of the world.  Owning up to our own and our government’s failures and crimes in the war on terror might restore our hope that we run our country.  Gordon, American Nuremberg

#1 and #2 are at the end.

Contents of US Lawlessness Newsletter #3
US War Crimes (see related OMNI newsletters listed at end)
Rebecca Gordon, American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should
     Stand Trial for Post-9-11 War Crimes.
Blum:  US War Crimes against Iraq
Swanson, World Beyond War:  Pledge to Oppose US Aggression and Other War
Dick:  Andrew Bacevich,  America’s War for the Greater Middle East (for = to control their oil)

US Surveillance vs. Bill of Rights, 4th Amendment, Privacy, International
Snowden’s NSA Files (also see Assange, Wikipedia, Manning newsletters)
    Glenn Greenwald, No Place to Hide
    Luke Harding, The Snowden Files
    Prupis, NSA’s Own Google

What Can We Do? 
Contact Our Representatives from House to White House
OMNI Newsletters and Reports on US Lawlessness and How to Find Them
Continue and Expand These Lawlessness Newsletters (combined, the 3 already published make a book)

Anyone ignorant of US lawlessness (thinks US a nation of exceptional virtue) has chosen not to read, listen, watch, think.

American Nuremberg:  The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes by Rebecca Gordon (2016)

No subject is more hotly debated than the extreme measures that our government has taken after 9/11 in the name of national security. Torture, extraordinary rendition, drone assassinations, secret detention centers (or “black sites”), massive surveillance of citizens. But while the press occasionally exposes the dark side of the war on terror and congressional investigators sometimes raise alarms about the abuses committed by U.S. intelligence agencies and armed forces, no high U.S. official has been prosecuted for these violations – which many legal observers around the world consider war crimes.

The United States helped establish the international principles guiding the prosecution of war crimes – starting with the Nuremberg tribunal following World War II, when Nazi officials were held accountable for their crimes against humanity. But the American government and legal system have consistently refused to apply these same principles to our own officials. Now Rebecca Gordon takes on the explosive task of “indicting” the officials who – in a just society – should be put on trial for war crimes. Some might dismiss this as a symbolic exercise. But what is at stake here is the very soul of the nation.

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The Anti-Empire Report #143
By William Blum, February 5th, 2016

William Blum, “We should never forget”
The modern, educated, advanced nation of Iraq was reduced to a virtual failed state … the United States, beginning in 1991, bombed for much of the following 12 years, with one dubious excuse after another; then, in 2003, invaded, then occupied, overthrew the government, tortured without inhibition, killed wantonly … the people of that unhappy land lost everything – their homes, their schools, their electricity, their clean water, their environment, their neighborhoods, their mosques, their archaeology, their jobs, their careers, their professionals, their state-run enterprises, their physical health, their mental health, their health care, their welfare state, their women’s rights, their religious tolerance, their safety, their security, their children, their parents, their past, their present, their future, their lives … More than half the population either dead, wounded, traumatized, in prison, internally displaced, or in foreign exile … The air, soil, water, blood, and genes drenched with depleted uranium … the most awful birth defects … unexploded cluster bombs lying in wait for children to pick them up … a river of blood running alongside the Euphrates and Tigris … through a country that may never be put back together again … “It is a common refrain among war-weary Iraqis,” reported theWashington Post in 2007, that things were better before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.”
The United States has not paid any compensation to Iraq.
The United States has not made any apology to Iraq.
Foreign policy is even more sensitive a subject in the United States than slavery of the black people and genocide of the Native Americans. The US has apologized for these many times, but virtually never for the crimes of American foreign policy. 
In 2014, George W. Bush, the man most responsible for this holocaust, was living a quiet life in Texas, with a focus on his paintings. “I’m trying to leave something behind”, he said. 
Yes, he has certainly done that – mountains of rubble for one thing; rubble that once was cities and towns. His legacy also includes the charming Islamic State. Ah, but Georgie Boy is an artiste.
We need a trial to judge all those who bear significant responsibility for the past century - the most murderous and ecologically destructive in human history. We could call it the war, air and fiscal crimes tribunal and we could put politicians and CEOs and major media owners in the dock with earphones like Eichmann and make them listen to the evidence of how they killed millions of people and almost murdered the planet and made most of us far more miserable than we needed to be. Of course, we wouldn’t have time to go after them one by one. We’d have to lump Wall Street investment bankers in one trial, the Council on Foreign Relations in another, and any remaining Harvard Business School or Yale Law graduates in a third. We don’t need this for retribution, only for edification. So there would be no capital punishment, but rather banishment to an overseas Nike factory with a vow of perpetual silence. – Sam Smith 
On March 2, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia’s “incredible act of aggression” in Ukraine. “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.”
Iraq 2003 was in the 21st century. The pretext was completely trumped up. Senator John Kerry voted for it. Nice moral authority you have there, John.
On the same occasion, concerning Ukraine, President Obama spoke of “the principle that no country has the right to send in troops to another country unprovoked”.  Do our leaders have no memory or do they think we’ve all lost ours?
Does Obama avoid prosecuting the Bush-Cheney gang because he wants to have the same rights to commit war crimes? The excuse he gives for his inaction is so lame that if George W. had used it people would not hesitate to laugh. On about five occasions, in reply to questions about why his administration has not prosecuted the like of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, et al. for mass murder, torture and other war crimes, former law professor Obama has stated: “I prefer to look forward rather than backwards.” Picture a defendant before a judge asking to be found innocent on such grounds. It simply makes laws, law enforcement, crime, justice, and facts irrelevant. Picture Chelsea Manning and other whistleblowers using this argument. Picture the reaction to this by Barack Obama, who has become the leading persecutor of whistleblowers in American history.
Noam Chomsky has observed: “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.”
It appears that the German and Japanese people only relinquished their imperial culture and mindset when they were bombed back to the stone age during World War II. Something similar may be the only cure for the same pathology that is embedded into the very social fabric of the United States. The US is now a full-blown pathological society. There is no other wonder drug to deal with American-exceptionalism-itis.

US Appeal to World: Help Us Resist U.S. Crimes

World Beyond War  5-18-16 (WBW was founded by David Swanson, check out his books))

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States of America has systematically violated the prohibition against the threat or use of force contained in the UN Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact. It has carved out a regime of impunity for its crimes based on its UN Security Council veto, non-recognition of international courts and sophisticated "information warfare" that undermines the rule of law with political justifications for otherwise illegal threats and uses of force.

Former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz has compared current U.S. policy to the illegal German "preemptive first strike" policy for which senior German officials were convicted of aggression at Nuremberg and sentenced to death by hanging.

In 2002, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy described post-September 11th U.S. doctrine as "a call for 21st century American imperialism that no other nation can or should accept." And yet the U.S. government has succeeded in assembling alliances and ad hoc "coalitions" to support threats and attacks on a series of targeted countries, while other countries have stood by silently or vacillated in their efforts to uphold international law. In effect, the U.S. has pursued a successful diplomatic policy of "divide and conquer" to neutralize global opposition to wars that have killed about 2 million people and plunged country after country into intractable chaos.

As representatives of civil society in the United States, the undersigned U.S. citizens and advocacy groups are sending this emergency appeal to our neighbors in our increasingly interconnected but threatened world. 
We ask you to stop providing military, diplomatic or political support for U.S. threats or uses of force; and to support new initiatives for multilateral cooperation and leadership, not dominated by the United States, to respond to aggression and settle international disputes peacefully as required by the UN Charter.

We pledge to support and cooperate with international efforts to stand up to and stop our country's systematic aggression and other war crimes. We believe that a world united to uphold the UN Charter, the rule of international law and our common humanity can and must enforce U.S. compliance with the rule of law to bring lasting peace to the world we all share.

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US War of Aggression to Control Greater Middle East Oil

"To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."
- Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Prosecutor, Nuremberg Military Tribunal 

Andrew Bacevich.  America’s War for the Greater Middle EastPresident Jimmy Carter provides the beginning of this comprehensive narrative of US lawlessness in the Middle East.  “However unwittingly, Carter…inaugurated America’s War for the Greater Middle East, compounding rather than reversing the errors he had inherited.  With no end in sight and little prospect of achieving success, that war continues to the present day” (xxii). 
      Chapter One, “War of Choice,” tells the story.  Until the 1970s, not the Pentagon, the White House, or Congress planned to militarize US ME policy. The Cold War and Vietnam War had preoccupied those leaders.  The US had looked to ME proxy nations to ensure the flow of oil westward.   
     All that changed when Jimmy Carter became president.  Carter campaigned for freedom, peace, and human rights.  But OPEC’s increasing power was shifting alignments.  A group of hawks led by Robert W. Tucker and Edward Luttwak had been urging US “armed intervention in the Arab World” to take “our” oil (6-8).  And the Iranian revolution in 1979 overthrew the Shah, whom the US had imposed on that country after the CIA had arranged the overthrow of its elected leader.
     New advocates of making the Persian Gulf a high U.S. military priority (Paul Wolfowitz, Albert Wohlstetter) were becoming influential (16-17).  Carter’s national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, supported intervention.  Carter resisted, questioning whether the nation’s fate was bound to OPEC, including his 7-15-79 malaise speech arguing for peace and spiritual renewal, but he was not persuasive.  Wolfowitz’ argument that the US should use soldiers rather than diplomats to secure its interests prevailed; the nation chose access to oil; Iranian students captured the US embassy in Tehran and students burned embassies in Pakistan and Libya; and Carter “took his country to war.” 
      “So in January 1980, [the nation] embarked upon a war for oil, which was in its way a war to preserve the American way of life” (32).  The Truman Doctrine became the Carter Doctrine, encompassing all threats large and small and “generically referred to as “’terrorists.’”        

The files reveal violations of the Bill of Rights so extreme that the damage to our Bill of Rights and democracy seems irrevocable.  Glenn Greenwald writes:  “The government tried to justify the secret NSA program by invoking exactly the kind of extreme theory of executive power that had motivated me to begin writing:  the notion that the threat of terrorism vested the president with virtually unlimited authority to do anything to ‘keep the nation safe,’ including the authority to break the law” (pp. 1-2, No Place to Hide).  [--Dick]

 Snowden’s Story, Behind the Scenes

At the beginning of his book on Snowden, Glenn Greenwald accuses President Obama of having committed crimes, among others, of illegal wiretapping, issuing general warrants, and particularly permitting surveillance on the Internet, “subjecting virtually all forms of human interaction, planning, and even thought itself to comprehensive state examination,” and he “should be held accountable for them.” 

No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald

The title of the journalist Glenn Greenwald’s impassioned new book, “No Place to Hide,” comes from a chilling observation made in 1975 by Senator Frank Church, then chairman of a select committee on intelligence. The United States government, he said, had perfected “a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air.” That capability, he added, could at any time “be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.”
That was nearly 40 years ago, and as the documents leaked last year by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed, the N.S.A.’s ability to spy on our daily lives has grown exponentially to Orwellian proportions. The documents provided by Mr. Snowden revealed that the agency has an ability to monitor or collect information from hundreds of millions of people around the globe, that it has broken into the communications links of major data centers across the world, that it has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption that protects sensitive data on the Internet, and that, according to its own records, it has broken privacy laws or exceeded its authority thousands of times a year. The first journalist Mr. Snowden approached by email was Glenn Greenwald, a columnist for The Guardian and former constitutional lawyer who had frequently written about civil liberties, the dangers of enhanced executive power, and surveillance abuses in post-Sept. 11 America. (Mr. Greenwald has since left The Guardian to work with Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, on building a new media venture, which includes the news site The Intercept, of which Mr. Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill are founding editors.)
In “No Place to Hide,” Mr. Greenwald recounts the story of how he and Ms. Poitras, a documentary filmmaker, traveled to Hong Kong to meet with Mr. Snowden and the race to publish articles based on the documents he provided, all the while fearful of authorities’ closing in. The outlines of this story will be familiar to readers who followed it in real time last year, and to readers of the recent book “The Snowden Files” (by the Guardian reporter Luke Harding), just as much of the material here about the N.S.A. will be familiar to readers of articles that have appeared in The Guardian (many with Mr. Greenwald’s byline), The Washington Post and The New York Times.
“No Place to Hide” is enlivened by reproductions of dozens of fascinating documents from the Snowden archive that help illustrate the N.S.A.’s methodology and that showcase its strange corporatelike boosterism (complete with sometimes corny graphics). And Mr. Greenwald fleshes out his portrait of Mr. Snowden with fresh observations from their exchanges. He amplifies our understanding of the N.S.A.’s sweeping ambitions, methods and global reach, and provides detailed insights into what he calls the agency’s “corporate partnerships,” which “extend beyond intelligence and defense contractors to include the world’s largest and most important Internet corporations and telecoms.”
For instance, the agency’s Stormbrew program, Mr. Greenwald writes, “gives the N.S.A. access to Internet and telephone traffic that enters the United States at various ‘choke points’ on U.S. soil. It exploits the fact that the vast majority of the world’s Internet traffic at some point flows through the U.S. communications infrastructure — a residual by-product of the central role that the United States had played in developing the network.” According to the N.S.A., he says, Stormbrew “is currently comprised of very sensitive relationships with two U.S. telecom providers (cover terms ARTIFICE and WOLFPOINT)”; the identity of such corporate partners, he adds, “is one of the most closely guarded secrets in the N.S.A.”
Mr. Greenwald portrays Mr. Snowden — regarded by some as a heroic whistle-blower, by others as a traitor — as a courageous idealist who felt he needed to act on his beliefs. That outlook, Mr. Greenwald suggests, was partly shaped by books Mr. Snowden read growing up — Greek mythology and “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell, which convinced Mr. Snowden that, in his own words, “it is we who infuse life with meaning through our actions and the stories we create with them.”
Mr. Snowden also confided “with a hint of embarrassment,” Mr. Greenwald writes, that video games had taught him certain lessons. As Mr. Snowden put it: “The protagonist is often an ordinary person, who finds himself faced with grave injustices from powerful forces and has the choice to flee in fear or to fight for his beliefs. And history also shows that seemingly ordinary people who are sufficiently resolute about justice can triumph over the most formidable adversaries.”
In the course of this book, Mr. Greenwald describes how he received his first communication from Mr. Snowden on Dec. 1, 2012, though he had no idea who it was from. The email came from someone calling himself Cincinnatus and urged Mr. Greenwald to begin using PGP encryption so that Cincinnatus could communicate with him securely. Busy with other projects, Mr. Greenwald procrastinated about installing the encryption program, and Mr. Snowden was only able to make contact with him months later, through Ms. Poitras.
According to Mr. Greenwald, Mr. Snowden would later describe his frustration: “Here am I ready to risk my liberty, perhaps even my life, to hand this guy thousands of Top Secret documents from the nation’s most secretive agency — a leak that will produce dozens if not hundreds of huge journalistic scoops. And he can’t even be bothered to install an encryption program.”
The most gripping sections of “No Place to Hide” recount Mr. Greenwald and Ms. Poitras’s 10-day trip to Hong Kong, where they and The Guardian’s veteran correspondent Ewen MacAskill met with Mr. Snowden in his hotel room. Mr. Greenwald describes the tradecraft they employed (removing batteries from their cellphones, or placing the phones in the minibar refrigerator) to avoid detection; his initial five-hour, litigatorlike grilling of Mr. Snowden; and the “giddy gallows humor” that later crept into their conversations (“I call the bottom bunk at Gitmo,” Mr. Snowden reportedly joked).
Mr. Greenwald writes that Mr. Snowden said one turning point in his decision to become a leaker came in 2010, when he was working as an N.S.A. contractor in J apan. “The stuff I saw really began to disturb me,” Mr. Snowden recalled. “I could watch drones in real time as they surveilled the people they might kill.” He added: “I watched N.S.A. tracking people’s Internet activities as they typed. I became aware of just how invasive U.S. surveillance capabilities had become. I realized the true breadth of this system. And almost nobody knew it was happening”
Substantial sections of this book deal not with Mr. Greenwald’s relationship with Mr. Snowden and the N.S.A., but with his combative view of “the establishment media,” which he has denounced for “glaring subservience to political power” and to which he condescends as inferior to his more activist kind of journalism.
In “No Place to Hide,” Mr. Greenwald is critical of the process by which publications like The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Guardian speak with government officials before publishing sensitive articles dealing with national security issues; he contends that this process allows the “government to control disclosures and minimize, even neuter, their impact.” He also makes self-dramatizing boasts about his own mission: “Only audacious journalism could give the story the power it needed to overcome the climate of fear the government had imposed on journalists and their sources.”
In one passage, Mr. Greenwald makes the demonstrably false assertion that one “unwritten rule designed to protect the government is that media outlets publish only a few such secret documents, and then stop,” that “they would report on an archive like Snowden’s so as to limit its impact — publish a handful of stories, revel in the accolades of a ‘big scoop,’ collect prizes, and then walk away, ensuring that nothing had really changed.” Many establishment media outlets obviously continue to pursue the Snowden story. Further, many of Mr. Greenwald’s gross generalizations about the establishment media do a terrible disservice to the many tenacious investigative reporters who have broken important stories on some of the very subjects like the war on terror and executive power that Mr. Greenwald feels so strongly about.
When Mr. Greenwald turns his fervor to the issue of surveillance and its implications for ordinary citizens’ civil liberties, he is far more credible. Sometimes eloquent. He places the N.S.A.’s current activities in historical perspective with the F.B.I.’s Cointelpro program to target political groups and individuals, begun in 1956 and ended in 1971. And he delivers a fierce argument in defense of the right of privacy, quoting the Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’s famous dissent in the 1928 case Olmstead v. United States, of the founding fathers’ efforts “to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations.”  The makers of our Constitution, Brandeis argued, conferred “the right to be let alone.”
Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
By Glenn Greenwald
Illustrated. 259 pages. Metropolitan Books. $27.

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man.  Vintage, 2014.

by Luke Harding  
   108 customer reviews  [This review accompanies the Amazon advert. –Dick]
 What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.
In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. For the first time, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector—while also placing us in the room with Edward Snowden himself. The result is a gripping insider narrative—and a necessary and timely account of what is at stake for all of us in the new digital age.  [It is not accurate to call it an “insider narrative,” since he was not there.  Only Greenwald’s account is truly insider.  But Harding, The Guardian’s foreign correspondent, had access at The Guardian to Greenwald’s reports and those of The Guardian’s Washington correspondent,  Ewen MacAskill, who accompanied Greenwald and Poitras to Hong Kong.  --Dick]

Monday, August 25, 2014
Snowden Documents Reveal NSA's 'Own Secret Google'
Agency has been sharing more than 850 billion telecom records on foreigners and U.S. citizens with law enforcement, documents reveal

Documents reveal unprecedented level of NSA data record collection (Photo: Steve Rhodes)
The National Security Agency has for years been giving hundreds of billions of telecommunications records about foreigners and U.S. citizens to dozens of government bureaus, the Intercept reported on Monday.
Documents linked to Edward Snowden's leak last year, obtained by the Intercept, show the NSA shared and continues to share more than 850 billion records of emails, cell phone calls and locations, internet chats, and other metadata sent and received by people throughout the world — who have not been accused of any wrongdoing — by using a "Google-like" search engine called ICREACH, which was built specifically for the agency.
According to a 2010 CIA memo on the program, which agency colleagues "enthusiastically welcome[d]," over 1,000 analysts from 23 government agencies had access to the NSA’s cache of information, all of which was collected without a warrant. Records were regularly shared with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the  CIA, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, among other bureaus, the documents reveal.
"The ICREACH team delivered the first-ever wholesale sharing of communications metadata within the U.S. Intelligence Community," a 2007 top-secret memo said. "This team began over two years ago with a basic concept compelled by the IC’s increasing need for communications metadata and NSA’s ability to collect, process and store vast amounts of communications metadata related to worldwide intelligence targets."
ICREACH appears to be a separate entity from the NSA database previously reported to collect phone records of millions of Verizon customers every day under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the Intercept said. Rather, the search engine "grants access to a vast pool of data that can be mined by analysts from across the intelligence community for 'foreign intelligence'—a vague term that is far broader than counterterrorism."
Jeffrey Anchukaitis, a spokesperson for the Director of National Intelligence, defended the government's widespread spying, stating that sharing information has become "a pillar of the post-9/11 intelligence community."
The Intercept reports that ICREACH was built under the direction of former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander, and was created to "allow unprecedented volumes of communications metadata to be shared and analyzed," and give a "vast, rich source of information" to other agencies to exploit.
ICREACH evolved out of Project CRISSCROSS, a secret CIA-DEA joint initiative created in the early 1990s to identify and target narcotics suspects in Latin America. But by 1999, access to Project CRISSCROSS had expanded to include the NSA, the DIA, and the FBI, who also contributed to the database. Eventually, a supplemental system called PROTON was installed to support new information as analysts began to store more and more invasive data, including codes that could identify individual cell phones, passport and flight records, visa applications, and information from CIA intelligence reports. In July 2006, the NSA estimated that it was storing 149 billion phone records on PROTON, the Intercept says. Over time, even PROTON was not sufficiently advanced technology to store and cull all the data it held and gathered every day, leading to the creation of ICREACH.
But ICREACH may hold even more records than what is currently estimated. The Intercept writes:
While the NSA initially estimated making upwards of 850 billion records available on ICREACH, the documents indicate that target could have been surpassed, and that the number of personnel accessing the system may have increased since the 2010 reference to more than 1,000 analysts. The intelligence community’s top-secret “Black Budget” for 2013, also obtained by Snowden, shows that the NSA recently sought new funding to upgrade ICREACH to “provide IC analysts with access to a wider set of shareable data.”
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Rebecca Gordon in American Nuremberg makes the case for “a full accounting” of “the injustice of our country’s vicious war on terror,” the victims of the war on terrorism by the US, including “a full list of those who are responsible.”  Her book sets forth the concrete steps of redress.  But because these are unlikely at the present, she also urges citizens to take their own actions (183). 
   Empanel a tribunal, a citizens US Nuremberg, following these great precedents.  1. The Constitution Project in 2013 published an indictment of the nation’s most senior officials for torture of detainees.  A new panel could include “all the illegal war-making, the war crimes, and the human rights crimes committed in the war on terror.”  2.  Emulate the International War Crimes Tribunal (the Russell Tribunal) held in Denmark and Sweden in 1967, organized by Bertrand Russell and Jean Paul Sartre on US crimes committed in the Vietnam War.   --Dick

Contact your Representatives
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Wars of Aggression, Peace Movement vs. US Global Permanent War, Roman and US Empires.  Citizens of the World.

An underlying theme of this newsletter and of all of the newsletters pertaining to war is the necessity of the US peace movement in all of its local organizations to be informed, to think, and to act globally.   Often the argument is made that peacemaking must begin with the individual search for inner equanimity, steadiness, and strength, and nobody can deny their importance, but our leaders’ reckless lawlessness, bombing and torturing, making the world more morally and socially violent and cruel, destabilizes each and every one of us locally and individually, and must be stopped.  Our local leaders and citizens work hard to make our homes and towns beautiful, rational, peaceful.  But simultaneously our national leaders operate from opposite values to disrupt, displace, and demolish in permanent war.  Already the financial and moral costs of that chaos are affecting our local lives and hopes (we see and feel it only partly because the money is borrowed—called national debt).   So we must be engaged in more than local beauty, order, and amity   And in order to act globally, we are not compelled to wait until we have fully matured, and anyway a lifetime is seldom enough time to enable that ideal condition.  –Dick

Oderint dum metuant –“Let them hate so long as they fear”—was a motto of the Roman Empire.”   “’…some nations are serial aggressors,’ observed The Black Commentator in the fourth year of the war in Iraq.”  Blum, America’s Deadliest Export (2, 3).

Citoyens du monde:  “I wonder how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own.”  Howard Zinn, Let us be citizens of the world.

Human Rights
ICC, 2 doc
Iraq Wars
Iraq, Books about, Blood on Our Hands
Torture War Crimes
Lawlessness US Leaders
War Crimes and Criminals
War Crimes
     Separate docs for 1, 4, 5, 6  (2 and 3?)
War on Terror of Terror #1-11
War on Terror #12
Related, Gordon, American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes (2016)
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Contents US Lawlessness Newsletter #1, Dec. 27, 2012
US Imperial History
Grandin, Preparation in Latin America, Documents
Myths Feeding US Imperialism
Rise of Imperial Presidency
US War Crimes
John Yoo Abusing Intellect, Justifying Crime for President Bush
Greenwald, With Liberty and Justice for Some
Monbiot: Obama and Drones

Contents Lawlessness Newsletter  #2
The Present
David Swanson, Daybreak, Yearning for Democracy and Peace
Mission of The War Crimes Times
Pierce on Gregory Johnsen, Authorization for the Use of Military Force 2001 and
      the  Permanent State of War  [read Dick on AUMF in Anti-War Newsletter #3]
Adams, McVeigh: Oppose the Drones, the War Criminals
Herman:  Support Our Troops, Wars, War Criminals
Lizza on Barron and the Kill-List
Boyle, US, Russia, Ukraine
Hedges, Violent, Homicidal Culture
The Past
James Lucas, Deaths Since WWII
Bombing Neutral Laos During Vietnam War


Thursday, October 6, 2016


VEGETARIAN ACTION NEWSLETTER #31, Sunday, October 9,  2016.
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
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Contents: OMNI Vegetarian Action Newsletter, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Health, Nutrition
Recalling an older book:  Christopher Cook.  Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis

Animal Rights and Protection, Compassion for Sentient Creatures
The Dead Pit:  Animal Deaths by Research
Farm/Food Animal Intelligence
Jainism/Ahimsa and Animal Rights
8 Million Other Animals
Alabaster, World Day for Farm Animals

Climate Change and Industrial Agriculture
Google Search
Population, Climate Change, and Meat
Google Search

Chicken Industry Price Fixing

Health, Nutrition

Diet for a Dead Planet:  Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis
By Christopher D. Cook.  The New Press, 2006.
A timely indictment of industrial agriculture’s threat to the future of food, health, and the environment
“Stands in the classic American tradition of muckraking journalism. Cook offers an extensive and frightening catalog of the perils in our food supply.” —San Diego Union-Tribune
If we are what we eat, then, as Christopher D. Cook contends in this powerful look at the food industry, we are not in good shape. The facts speak for themselves: more than 75 million Americans suffered from food poisoning last year, and 5,000 of them died; 67 percent of American males are overweight, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States and supersizing is just the tip of the iceberg: the way we make and eat food today is putting our environment and the very future of food at risk.
Diet for a Dead Planet takes us beyond Fast Food Nation to show how our entire food system is in crisis. Corporate control of farms and supermarkets, unsustainable drives to increase agribusiness productivity and profits, misplaced subsidies for exports, and anemic regulation have all combined to produce a grim harvest. Food, our most basic necessity, has become a force behind a staggering array of social, economic, and environmental epidemics.
Yet there is another way. Cook argues cogently for a whole new way of looking at what we eat—one that places healthy, sustainably produced food at the top of the menu for change. In the words of Jim Hightower, “If you eat, read this important book!”
“A far-reaching takedown of the American food industry . . . further explores the stomach-churning realm described by Eric Schlosser.”
Mother Jones
“Provides the big picture, along with fascinating details, to motivate change before it’s too late.”
—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet
“A book that forces you to look at things that you took for granted. Like breakfast.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Animal Rights and Protection, Compassion for Sentient Creatures
Animal Deaths by Research
Farm/Food Animal Intelligence
Jainism and Animal Rights
8 Million Other Animals
Alabaster, World Day for Farm Animals

“The Dead Pit: The True, Shocking Story of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center.”
·         Download Episode
This week, we speak to New York Times reporter Michael Moss about the Dead Pit, a USDA livestock research facility in Nebraska that has caused the deaths of thousands of animals in the name of higher profits. Originally aired March 19-26, 2015. Available for rerun September 22-28, 2016.
Interview of Moss on KUAF, Sept. 24, 2016 (instant response and assistance from KUAF’s Zeke Martin, thank you. –Dick). 

(Stanley Coren.  The Intelligence of Dogs.)
Intelligence of Farm Animals, Google Search, 9-28-16
Jan 30, 2015 - These farm animals pass up our dogs and cats in their intellectual ... One example of their amazing intelligence is that sheep are capable of ...
Animal Equality
6 Surprising Facts About Farm AnimalsIntelligence. Thu, 08/10/2015 - 01:52. International. We all know how smart our pets at home are, whether your dog is ...
These tidbits about farm animal intelligence — goats that do math, cows with social skills and chickens that play tic-tac-toe — may surprise you. ... Pig intelligence: Some folks claim pigs are among the smartest of all farm animals. ... Smart horses: Horse lovers will tell you that ...
The Huffington Post
Jul 28, 2015 - When we think about our most intelligent friends in the animal kingdom, ... an undergraduate student in Australia, suggests these farm animals may be ... maze, suggesting intelligence levels can vary widely between animals.
People also ask
Are cattle smart?
Are cows as intelligent as dogs?
What is the smartest animal in the world?
Are horses more intelligent than dogs? › Earth Matters › Animals
Jul 15, 2016 - Pigs may be the smartest domestic animals in the world. The New ... As National Geographic reports, swarm intelligence works when no single creature sees "the big picture." Rather .... I feel so bad for all the farm animals. › ... › Factory Farming Index › Farming
Studies showing the intelligence of farm animals fuel new campaign of reform and awareness. Written by The Associated Press Aug 9, 2013. There's extensive ... › Farm Animal Intelligence
Aug 12, 2013 - Animal behaviorist, Dr. Bekoff explains why intelligence is not a measure of whether pigs ... Farm Sanctuary's Bruce Friedrich notes this as well.
This is going to be somewhat subjective, but I've done a massive amount of research in this (it's ..... Also, evaluating intelligence by evaluating animals at their
May 22, 2005 - If you could talk to the animals, would they have anything to say? New research suggests ... If farm animals are intelligent creatures, should we all be vegetarians? "We should eat less ... +A New Take on Human Intelligence.
May 20, 2012 - These animals aren't that clever enough to be scientist but they aren't that ... incredible kind of instinctive ability and intelligence beyond your imaginations. ... I've lived on a farm for many years of my life, and they're one of the ...
Searches related to intelligence of farm animals

JAIN Religion: Protection of Animals
 “To kill any living being amounts to killing one’s self.
Compassion to others is compassion to one’s own self.
Therefore one should avoid violence like poison and thorn.”
It’s no secret that Jain philosophy is big on ahimsa (non-injury), however does that hold true outside of their relationship with their fellow man?
According to the Jain world view, Jiva, or the eternal essence of a living thing, is everywhere. From single-cell microbes to blue whales, all forms of life are sacred and precious because every jiva has the potential for moksha (liberation). For this reason, most Jains are strict vegetarians and even the treatment of the plants they consume is important. One of the Gunavrats (subsidiary vows), which is part of the 12 vows lay Jains take, is called Bhoga-Upbhoga vrata which is a commitment to only use resources according to one’s needs. This sort of thinking flies in the face of world infected by unchecked consumerism and greed.
With ahimsa in mind, all forms of life are viewed as equals and Jains afford every creature and even plants the same rights of life and liberty most of us limit to humanity. In this way, Jains have a long tradition of maintaining animal shelters called panjrapoles in India. diverse range of species are taken in at these shelters. In most cases, the animals are sick or injured and therefore cannot care for themselves. These animals are cared for by the entire Jain community, including monastics and the laity. A veterinarian typically stops by once a week for check-ups. Once the animals regain their health, they are returned to their environment.
Because Jains do not believe in harming animals, their position on ahimsa presents a difficult challenge for these institutions. Many animals who visit the panjrapoles are terminally ill or injured. Jain philosophy on ahimsa forbids followers from any act of euthanasia, therefore animals are treated and cared for, but left to die naturally.
For some, this creates a tough position. Which is better, alleviating suffering with euthanasia, or avoiding all violence against the animal?
This is the current debate going on within the Jain community regarding these shelters and the greater principles of ahimsa. At what point does ahimsa go too far? If compassion for life is the most important aspect of one’s faith, is not the alleviation of suffering also part of the package?
The Jain tradition of care for those who cannot care for themselves is a noble one. Indeed, the practice of non-injury might be easy when applied to our fellow man, but it takes humility and courage to extend that notion to our non-human brethren.

We Are Not Alone: Listening to the 8.7 Million Other Animals Who
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout; Adapted: orangeacid, Reto Stöckli / NASA )
The real news is that we're up to our necks in a "deep field" of 8.7 million sentient life
forms right here on planet Earth. And we don't need an orbiting telescope to see:
Social spiders with personalities who sometimes selflessly share food with their
neighbors ... much to their own detriment.
Humpback whale vigilantes who go out of their way to stop orcas from attacking
other sea mammals ... despite the alluring presence of their own main food source
New Caledonian crows who make tools like finely feathered craftsmen and their
brilliant cousins in the Corvid class of birds who have greater neural density than
comparable mammals.
African elephants who shed tears, bury and mourn their dead and their Namibian
desert kin who pass down crucial knowledge of how to survive their harsh
Capuchin monkeys who reject "unequal pay" and chimpanzees who work together
to achieve a communal goal.
Pigs who can reason where food is by looking at its reflection in a mirror.
Baby chickens who acquire math skills and successfully play games based on
"object permanence" well before a proportionately-aged human baby.
There are even sharks who worry, goats who pleadingly stare at people and snakes who,
of course, deceptively act like "snakes in the grass."
That's right, folks. While the Search For Extraterrestrial Life (SETI) spent the last three
decades fruitlessly scanning the heavens in search of alien signals ... we've actually been
surrounded by a miraculous variety of intelligence on the only planet we know for a fact
sustains life.
It's not that space exploration isn't a good thing. Or that searching isn't fundamental to
being human. It might even be fundamental to being a primate. No, the problem is that
we've been living in self-imposed exile on a world made artificially barren by science's
three-centuries-long ban against anthropomorphism. Ironically, this ban has helped
validate the anthropocentric idea that humans are so unique that we are, in effect, an alien
intelligence stranded here on Earth.
Anthropocentrically Speaking
Merriam-Webster defines anthropomorphism as "an interpretation of what is not human
or personal in terms of human or personal characteristics." For scientists, it's long been a
"four-letter word," meaning bad science based on a faulty application of human
paradigms onto non-human subjects of research.
There are real scientific reasons to avoid unfounded inferences and personal biases
stemming from an uncritical anthropomorphism. And making humans the measure of all
things rarely, if ever, produces good results -- particularly for nonhumans. But this
methodological aversion to anthropomorphism meant science not only rejected the
implication that animals think, feel and suffer "like humans," but it also cut off inquiry into
whether or not animals think, feel and suffer at all.
The issue seems bigger than just the supposed scientific impossibility of measuring the
"inner life" of animals. Instead, it may be that acknowledging the existence of complex
animal intelligence undermines our unique place atop the natural order. A more "critical
anthropomorphism" that modulates human inference with testable data is producing
strong arguments for knowing animal consciousness, understanding their emotional lives
and for accepting the reality of animal suffering.
As comparative psychologist Jennifer Vonk told Discover magazine, "People want to be
special" and each time "a researcher finds that tool use or theory of mind or language-like
communication is not unique to humans, somebody comes up with new categories that
raise the bar."
It's a phenomenon leading primatologist Frans de Waal calls "anthropodenial." It's the
reflexive "rejection of humanlike traits in animals and of animal-like traits in humans" and it
still persists despite mounting evidence to the contrary. De Waal collected much of that
evidence himself during years studying primates like bonobos. They are 98 percent
genetically similar to humans, they exhibit many of the hallmarks of humanness and they
are famous for the ribald complexity of their culture.
And yes, it is a culture.
But many of de Waal's colleagues simply won't go there. Instead, they claim de Waal
erroneously anthropomorphizes our cousins. And they explain away a chimpanzee's
laughter as nothing more than "vocalized panting." Years of firsthand experience tickling
apes has convinced de Waal otherwise.
Frankly, for anyone who's seen the viral video of an orangutan laughing at a "missing ball"
magic trick, this stubbornness in the face of an observable truth is perplexing. It's
particularly odd given orangutans' amazing range of skills, including an ability to make
sounds that seem strikingly similar to those we make ourselves.
Yet, some remain unconvinced by Koko the gorilla's proficiency with sign language and
her unbridled love of kittens. Many initially criticized Jane Goodall for imputing
"individuality and emotion to nonhuman animals," in spite of the fact that chimps share an
amazing genetic similarity and a warlike disposition with humans. Even Charles Darwin
was ridiculed for claiming the lowly earthworm showed intelligence. Darwin pointed out
that humans are animals over a century ago, but today he'd still face the same
This outdated notion is based on a fundamental fallacy that assumes our unique form of
intelligence makes us this planet's only true beings. It's right there in the name we've
given ourselves and ourselves alone -- human beings.
Being Versus Doing
So, why don't we say "dolphin beings" or "raven beings" and "octopus beings"? Perhaps
because "being" implies consciousness. If animals are not conscious "beings," then they
are merely "doing" by mechanical instinct. But if animals are beings, that creates other
complications: As beings, they might have an existential right to "to be" beyond their
usefulness to us as a natural resource, a source of amusement or a subject of dissection.
We've conveniently squared that circle by believing only humans can truly make
conscious decisions. That's thanks in no small part to a 17th century philosopher named
Rene Descartes. He's often credited with building the foundation of the modern scientific
method. Even if you don't think you know Descartes ... you do. He famously said "I think,
therefore I am." He also claimed that animals don't think and therefore they really aren't.
How did he know it for certain? Because animals cannot talk, you silly goose.
In fact, Descartes refused to believe that even the smartest Myna bird could ever exhibit
anything close to the "real" intelligence of a human being. Sure, a Myna bird may be able
to make word-like sounds. But unlike even the "dumbest" human being, the brightest
Myna bird has no real grasp of the eternal concept that informs the word. Instead, the
Myna bird is just a soulless, instinct-driven automaton merely "parroting" something
uttered by a human. It's just a conditioned response to stimuli.
But imagine Descartes' surprise if he could've met Alex the Parrot, an amazing African
Grey who didn't seem to be parroting at all. Alex could add Arabic numerals, identify
shapes and colors and say "I love you" with the kind of heart-warming sincerity we all
crave. And, in an epic moment of self-consciousness, Alex even looked in the mirror and
asked, "What color am I?"
Science Is Anthropomorphing
Alex was obviously thinking. And he talked about what was on his mind. Therefore he was,
right? Not if you're an anachronistic anthropodenialist. Then you'd believe Alex was just
giving a conditioned response and that Dr. Irene Pepperberg made the cardinal error of
foolishly anthropomorphizing Alex's bird-brained behaviors.
But you'd also be increasingly behind the curve, because there is a new wave of scientists
at the leading edge of a polyphonic revolution that's finally listening to the life all around
us. So far, they've found:
Sperm whales who talk in regional dialects with distinct cultures and use specialized
sounds to delineate their own clans ... much like a human surname.
Black Sea bottlenose dolphins engaged in a "human-like conversation" recorded on
a specially calibrated microphone that captured their back and forth click-laden
Gorillas who "hum and sing" and Macaques who are learning to communicate with
computer touch screens.
Zebra finches who sing instructions to their young before they hatch like a nesting
hipster couple playing Bach to their gestating baby through a "babybump" sound
Highly social meerkats who recognize each other as individuals by their distinctive
calls that basically function like names.
Dogs that know when you really mean "That's a good boy!" versus when you're just
peddling the kind of half-hearted praise that comes after a hurried late night trip
around the block at the end of a long, long day.
At long last, science is finally proving something millions of humans who live with "pets"
have known for years -- that animals are "people," too.
A recent Fortune Magazine survey found that 76 percent of Americans viewed their dogs,
cats, parakeets, hamsters and other pets as "beloved members of the family." Just 19
percent of respondents said their pets were "well cared for, but still considered animals"
and less than 5 percent said "pets are work animals that have a specific job to do."
And a Gallup poll conducted in 2015 found that 32 percent of Americans "believe animals
should be given the same rights as people." That's up from 25 percent in 2008. Still, a
robust 62 percent say animals "deserve some protection but can still be used for the
benefit of humans." But only 3 percent believe they deserve no legal rights at all. The legal
revolution is moving slowly, but it is moving.
Four decades after Christopher Stone wrote his groundbreaking legal argument "Should
Trees Have Standing?" the push to expand rights has secured human protections for
orangutans in Argentina, classified dolphins as non-human persons in India,
acknowledged dogs and cats as non-human neighbors in a small Spanish town, won
personhood to an entire river in New Zealand and, most notably, the Nonhuman Rights
Project went into a New York courtroom and almost secured two chimpanzees the same
personhood rights enjoyed by corporations.
Yes, this is progress. Yes, the scale of nonhuman animal suffering (at the hands of
humans) is still beyond comprehension. Yes, people still buy and discard pets like so
much patio furniture while so many millions languish and die in pet shelters. And yes, the
progress feels too slow or, even worse, too late. But consider the fact that we are
overturning centuries of anthropodenialism.
This is a revolution in how we see animals.
More importantly, this is a much-needed evolution of the human condition. And it's not
just being driven by progressive scientists. It's also being driven by clickbait. Every day,
amazing animals fill our feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. And it's far
more than the millions of cat videos that may be the only thing actually holding the
interwebs together.
People eagerly share videos of humans and cows snuggling, crows seeking emergency
first aid and whales thanking humans for freeing them from callously abandoned fishing
nets. We've obsessively watched and re-watched that compelling conversation between
two chatty cats over 61 million times. And the laughing orangutan that anthropodenialists
would prefer to dismiss as "vocalized panting?" It was a big hit on dozens of mainstream
news sites and, as of today, it's heading toward 19 million views in just under a year. And
therein lies the rub.
The more we actively observe altruism and justice and pain and love and fear and play and
politics and romance and commitment all around us, the harder it is to maintain a
destructive distinction between us and them. And the more we click, the more clearly we
see the fundamental problems of the Anthropocene Era and its rising seas, poisoned
waters and mounting extinction.
The Other Final Frontier
Our growing recognition of the "inner life" of animals is a direct challenge to the idea that
they -- and the ecosystems they depend upon -- are merely a natural resource quite
literally at the disposal of human beings. Of course, if Descartes was right, then the
troubling aspects of suffering, habitat destruction and human-caused extinction are
completely absolved. It also means the problem of squandering or exhausting so-called
"resources" is solely a problem of human injustice to other humans.
But the animal-related cavalcade of consciousness we see every day -- like the viral video
of incredibly cute sea turtle babies scurrying to the sea -- forces us to consider the
possibility that sea turtles are not simply "resources" to be preserved so our grandkids
can have a sea turtle "experience" on some Costa Rican beach 20 years from now.
Instead we might accept that sea turtles shouldn't go extinct because sea turtles have an
inherent right to exist apart from whether or not future generations of human beings will
be able to "enjoy" the existence of sea turtles.
And if we finally start to listen to the other "twitter feed" here on Earth, we might actually
learn something about cohabitation from the amazing interspecies conversations
happening around us. Scientists are finding that various species learn to heed the calls,
track the cries and listen to the songs of the other species who share their habitat. They
actually learn from each other because they listen. They are not alone.
This is the final frontier we should all be exploring with ever greater urgency.
We'd better start soon because the messages filling our collective inbox tell us loudly and
clearly that we're all heading for a mass catastrophe. And migrating animals are telling us
with increasingly apparent non-verbal communication that we're warming the planet
faster than they can adapt to it and faster than our collective home can reasonably
And like the Zebra finches singing preparatory lessons about climate change to their still
incubating chicks, our cohabitants are telling us loudly and clearly that we're imperiling
the only truly habitable planet the universe has yet to offer to us. So, while SETI falsely
excites us with our own messages reverberating off our own satellites, we should be
paying ever closer attention to the good news that we are not alone after all ... at least, not

Nick Alabaster.  “Is There Life Before Death?”  Free Weekly (September 29, 2016).  Alabaster judges widespread cruelty in the animal industry from the perspective of World Day for Farmed Animals, October 2, Gandhi’s birthday.

Global Warming, US Deregulated Capitalism, Industrial Agriculture,
      Population, Consumption, Growth
Google Search, October 6, 2016
Center for Ecoliteracy
Feb 11, 2015 - Today it is becoming more and more evident that the major problems of our time — energy, the environment, climate change, food security, ... University
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Deena Shanker (Bloomberg News), “Lawsuits Accuse Chicken Industry of Price Fixing.”  NADG (Oct. 2, 2016).

The following goes at end
Contents: OMNI Vegetarian Action Newsletter, September 14, 2016.
Vegetarian and Vegan Organizations
Health, Nutrition
Animal Rights and Protection, Compassion for Sentient Creatures
Global Warming, Industrial Agriculture, Population, Consumption, Growth


Looking Ahead to October 1, Vegetarian Day, October Vegetarian Month
      World Vegetarian Day - NAVS: North American Vegetarian Sociiety
Vegetarian Resource Group, Vegetarian Journal
Vegnews Magazine
Top Vegan Blogs

Health, Nutrition
3 Vegan Cookbooks
Mark Hawthorne’s Book vs. Industrial Food System
Oatman, Too Much Protein

Animal Rights and Protection, Compassion for Sentient Creatures
Dick: Truck Hauling Chickens Turns Over
Tyson Fires 10 Lowest Level Workers for Chicken Abuse
Green Party Has Animal Rights Committee
Two Books by Mark Hawthorne: A Vegan Ethic and Animal Suffering
Book from Humane Society
Center for Biological Diversity:  Meat Industry and USDA v. Wild Animals

Global Warming, Industrial Agriculture, Population, Consumption, Growth
Lolly Tindol and Jeanne Neath on Industrial Agriculture
Jeanne Neath on Small Scale Farming Cooling the Earth
Gary Gardner in There Is Still Time!
Scott McNall, Rapid Climate Change
Dauvergne, The Shadows of Consumption
Center for Biological Diversity: Wildlife, Population, Climate

OMNI Growth Newsletters #3 was published July 10, 2016.