The Alyona Show: Obama Loses to Military Brass
Bob Woodward's new book, "Obama's Wars", released today points out that Obama, during the review of the war in Afghanistan at the end of last year, wanted out. Politically, his advisors, wanted out but the military branch of his national security team wanted more and didn’t give the president any other option. Robert Dreyfuss, a contributing editor at The Nation explained that the problem lies with Obama being so inexperienced when it comes to the military that he didn’t know how to properly ask to end the war.
And the Obama Administration is planning to put forth a bill to allow the government to wiretap various elements of modern technology to make America safer. But is this just putting too much power into the government's hands? Essentially this means the government wants to have the ability to know everything you say and do at all times, if they deem necessary. Julian Sanchez, a journalist and research fellow at the CATO Institute explained that even if you trust the FBI there are still a lot of issues with this proposal.
Next, believe it or not, over 100 retired military officers came forward today to tell their stories about unexpected sightings of UFOs. The retired military personnel warn of "ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial flying objects” at Nuclear Weapons Sites. Former Air Force officers held a news conference today in Washington, DC. RT correspondent Cedric Moon explained that these former air force members are claiming aliens are watching us, but it’s nothing to be alarmed about, actually quite the opposite.
When it comes to gaining media and government attention, we could look to WikiLeaks, and its cofounder Julian Assange. But while officials try to paint him as an exception, as a single villain in the internet age, the truth is that hacking culture is vibrant. But should you think of these hackers as the heroes or villains? Peter Ludlow, a professor at Northwestern University and the editor of Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias, explained that Julian Assange is an exception to the rule and has become all hype. He also explained that hackers outnumber the efforts of the government to crackdown on them.
And, the media is often villainized for giving those that are extreme, on the fringes, airtime. But sometimes you just want to have some fun. And what better way to do it, than to go hang out with the crazies and ask them questions that help prove to everyone, just how crazy they are? Brick Stone is a journalist who is doing this on a daily basis. Stone joined us to talk about some of the ridiculous things people have told him. He explained the point behind his video is get the Westboro Baptists to think about issues they don’t want to think about.