Stephen Lendman

BFP Contributing Author & Analyst

Stephen Lendman received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960, and has been writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues.
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Obama’s Rogue Agenda

On Wednesday, Obama addressed income inequality. He called it “the defining challenge of our time.” He did so disingenuously. Throughout his tenure, he’s transferred America’s wealth to corporate interests and super-rich elites. He stole it from ordinary people doing so. Even Wall Street Journal editors said “few presidents have done more to increase inequality than […]

America’s Intelligence Budget Black Hole

CIA: The President’s Pretorian Guard & Private Army On August 29, the Washington Post headlined “US spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary,” saying: Post-9/11, US spy agencies “built an intelligence-gathering colossus. (It) remain(s) unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to […]

America: Government by Terror, Torture & Tyranny

Coming Forward Threatens America’s Imperial Ambitions America governs lawlessly. Out-of-control rogues run things. Conditions go from bad to worse. Tyranny threatens everyone. So does possible global war. Fear-mongering, saber rattling, hot wars, proxy ones, drone ones, geopolitical ones, financial ones, anti-populist ones, mass incarceration, censorship, lawless sanctions, subversion, sabotage, targeted assassinations, mass murder, cyberwar, and […]

America: Police State Ruthlessness Writ Large

Washington Prioritizes State Terrorism Cold-blooded barbarity reflects US policy. Democracy’s more illusion than reality. Rule of law principles don’t matter. They’re systematically spurned. Dissent’s increasingly targeted. Freedom’s imperiled. Obama’s ruthless. He exceeds the worst of George Bush. He’s waging war on truth-tellers. He targeted more whistleblowers than all his predecessors combined.

Obama: Defending the Indefensible

Obama Reflects the Worst of Rogue Leadership His doublespeak duplicity reflects the last refuge of a scoundrel. He’s the worst in recent memory. Perhaps the worst ever. Forked tongue rhetoric can’t disguise it. Throughout his tenure, he governed lawlessly. He’s done so at home and abroad. He spurns rule of law principles and other democratic […]

Expanding Guantanamo

Obama Exceeds the Worst of Bush Administration Crimes In 2008, candidate Obama promised to close Guantanamo. Straightaway as president, he issued Executive Order titled “Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities.” Sec. 3 states: “Closure of Detention Facilities at Guantanamo. The detention facilities at Guantanamo […]

Obama Authorizes Killing Americans Domestically

Tyranny in America is Hardwired! Rogue leaders overstep. They never quit. Tyranny in America is hardwired. Bush authorized it for eight years. Obama exceeds his worst policies. He masquerades as people friendly. He does so fraudulently. American freedom is vanishing. It’s doing so in plain sight. Obama usurped diktat power. His word alone is policy. […]

More Controversial Obama Appointments

“What corporate America wants, it gets” Throughout his tenure, he ignored the best, brightest, most honorable and well qualified. He chose cabinet and other top picks he should have spurned. He did again. He addressed reporters in the White House East Room. He “announc(ed nominations for) three outstanding individuals to help us tackle some of […]

Hollywood-Style History

The Art of Reinventing History Shamelessly & Duplicitously Hollywood’s complicity with Washington is longstanding. Movie moguls are duplicitous. The only thing they like better than good films are good deals. Washington’s requests are prioritized. Scripts feature pro-Western propaganda. “Operation Hollywood” explains. Daily Variety/Hollywood Reporter David Robb’s book discussed Hollywood’s longstanding relationship with the Pentagon. It […]

Whitewashing Extrajudicial Killing

Brennan’s a War Criminal Multiple Times Over Extrajudicial killing is official US policy. Doing so violates fundamental international, constitutional, and US statute laws. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights […]

Obama Prioritizes Targeted Killings

Brennan Belongs in Prison, Not High Office A previous article said Obama decided who lives or dies. His kill list chooses targets. He designated himself judge, jury and executioner. He chose John Brennan as new CIA director. He’s currently Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. He’s Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor. He heads […]

Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

Obama Heads the Worst of Rogue Governance At perhaps the most perilous time in world history, exposing vital truths takes on greater urgency than ever. Freedom in America is endangered. Truth telling and dissent increasingly aren’t tolerate. Whistleblowers are called threats to national security. The ACLU says “leak detection, prevention, and punishment is cause for […]

Four More Years: Obama Menaces Humanity- It May Not Survive Another Four Years.

Inaugurating US presidents quadrennially reflects institutionalized hypocrisy. On January 20, Obama began term two. After all the harm he caused so many, imagine how much more he plans. He broke every major campaign promise made. He mocks legitimate governance. He lawlessly serves powerful monied interests. They own him. He spurns peace. He’s waging multiple direct […]

Targeting Mali

Another Quagmire Looms-Where It Ends Who Knows At issue is scrambling for Africa’s resources. They’re vast. They’re some of the world’s largest and richest. They include oil, gas, gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, iron, copper, tin, lead, nickel, coal, cobalt, bauxite, wood, coltan, manganese, chromium, vanadium-bearing titanium, agricultural lands, and offshore fishing. AFRICOM was established to […]

Aaron Swartz’s Suspicious Death

“Does Aaron’s manifesto sound like someone planning suicide?” Media scoundrels stopped short of truth and full disclosure. The Wall Street Journal headlined “An Internet Activist Commits Suicide.” New York’s medical examiner announced death by “hang(ing) himself in his Brooklyn apartment.” Lingering suspicions remain. Why would someone with so much to give end it all this […]