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Fact checking the 2014 State of the Union address

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© Charles Dharapak / APPresident Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen.
A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact-check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are relatively rare. But State of the Union addresses often are very political speeches, an argument for the president's policies, so context is sometimes missing.

Here is a guide through some of President Obama's more fact-challenged claims, in the order in which he made them. At the end, we also examine one fishy fact in the Republican response. As is our practice with live events, we do not award Pinocchio rankings, which are reserved for complete columns.

Comment: Also see: The real State of the Union


Mr. Potato

Best of the Web: The real State of the Union

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© Getty ImagesAnd the circus continues. Another state of the union address, another set of lies to camouflage the fascist takeover of America.
US President Barack Obama's State of the Union (SOTU) address was a somewhat surrealist spectacle. Way beyond avalanches of PR spin, the US government for a long time has not exactly done wonders for the public good. So as it advertises itself in front of a dysfunctional US Congress dismissed as repellent by an overwhelming majority of Americans - including, and expanding, on those 76% who are living paycheck to paycheck - what's left is a grand, old Hollywood production.

And Obama, of course, is a decent actor who can deliver a decent speech - certainly better than Ronnie Reagan, whom Gore Vidal used to describe as "the acting president".

The key theme of SOTU 2014 was the appalling income inequality in the US. Call it an appendix of this past week at the World Economic Forum in Davos - that snowy Vegas for the 0.00001% - in which the Masters of the Universe finally "discovered" inequality. So much inequality, in fact, that 2014 was instantly tagged by the Masters - and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - as the new 1914, all that furiously tweeted to all corporate boardrooms of the liquid modernity elite.

Comment: All just a show. The psychopaths in charge don't care one bit about the people. They are simply unable to, but they are good at pretending with lies and lies and lies with nicely choreographed Hollywood flair. Are you fed up of being lied to?


Horse

Purge continues: More US nuclear missile officers involved in cheating scandal

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© UnknownEarlier this month, the 34 officers, who were in charge of launching nuclear missiles, were suspended.

The number of nuclear missile officers under investigation by the US Air Force over allegations of cheating has doubled from 34 initially to several dozen, officials said.


An Air Force spokesman confirmed the increase Tuesday but refused to mention a precise number in order "to protect the integrity of the investigation."

Earlier this month, the 34 officers, who were in charge of launching nuclear missiles, were suspended either for cheating on a key monthly proficiency test last year or for knowing about the cheating but failing to report it.

On January 15, the Air Force said it discovered that one missile officer at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana had shared test questions with 16 other officers. Another 17 confessed to knowing about the misconduct but did not report it.

Comment: There has been a lot of house cleaning among those operating and in charge of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The question is why now? Is there more to this than meets the eyes?

Obama purging military commanders
Why are dozens of high ranking officers being purged from the U.S. military?
Asleep on the job: US nuclear missile launch officers repeatedly compromised bunker safety


Shopping Bag

Head of British spy agency GCHQ, Iain Lobban relieved from job

Iain Lobban, the head of British spy agency GCHQ
© UnknownIain Lobban, the head of British spy agency GCHQ

The head of British spy agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has been relieved from his job.


A Foreign Office spokesman said on Tuesday that Iain Lobban, 53, will step down at the end of the year after serving six years in one of the most sensitive jobs in Whitehall.

"Today is simply about starting the process of ensuring we have a suitable successor in place before he moves on as planned at the end of the year," the spokesman said.

London calls the departure a long planned move and has rejected speculations that it is linked to recent controversy relating to the leak of classified documents by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, involving the GCHQ and its US counterpart the National Security Agency (NSA).

In November, Lobban along with the heads of MI5 and MI6, made a rare public appearance before a parliamentary committee.

This came after Snowden disclosed that British and US spy agencies had been intruding into the private communications of millions of ordinary citizens.

Why is it necessary to "collect information on the majority of the public in order to protect us from a minority of evildoers?" the MPs asked him.

Iain, who worked as GCHQ director for six years, first joined the agency in 1983.

Megaphone

You think the U.S. is any more democratic than Syria? CNN interview with Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, advisor to Bashar Assad

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© ReutersDr. Bouthaina Shaaban, media and political advisor to the Syrian presidency.
In the current international negotiations over the Syrian conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not have a role in any new transitional government. President Assad's media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban appeared on CNN and asked where John Kerry gets the right to tell the Syrian people who can and cannot be their leader.

She suggested the shoe would never be on the other foot, called the U.S.' stance "colonial," and asked, "Do you think there's real democracy in the United States when they deal with countries like this?"

Wolf Blitzer brought up some graphic pictures that appear to depict victims of the Syrain Government, pictures obtained by CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Shaaban fired back that "you really have to be in Syria to know who's doing what," not judging from a distance like, she said, Amanpour was doing. She called the accusations a huge lie meant to create conflict and undermine the Syrian government.

Shaaban called out "one man in the United States who's misleading" about Syria, but when pressed by Blitzer, she said, "I'm not going to name him, everybody knows him."

She encouraged the media to come to Syria so "you will find out for yourself who is the criminal; who is kidnapping people, who is raping people." She said that "most of what's circulated in the media has nothing to do with what's in Syria."


Bad Guys

Hillary Clinton aides joked about Ted Kennedy's death

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Years after Hillary Clinton's failed 2008 presidential primary campaign against then-Senator Barack Obama, unnamed former Clinton aides joked to one another about what happened to various Democrats who they "felt had betrayed them" in the primary, according to The Hill:

"'Bill Richardson: investigated; John Edwards: disgraced by scandal; Chris Dodd: stepped down,' one said to another. 'Ted Kennedy,' the aide continued, lowering his voice to a whisper for the punch line, 'dead.'"

Bill Clinton desperately pleaded with Sen. Kennedy over the phone in 2008 to not endorse Obama, even reminding the senior senator that Clinton as president in 1999 kept the Coast Guard looking for John F. Kennedy Jr.'s missing plane days longer than usual, according to the 2008 campaign tell-all book "Game Change."

Stormtrooper

French police raid comedian's home and offices, arrest owner of alternative media website

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RAID officers stormed the comedian's offices at his Paris theater today
Police in France have raided properties linked to controversial comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala as part of a fraud inquiry, French media report.

They swooped on several properties owned by Dieudonne as well as the Main d'Or theatre in Paris, where he has staged some of his shows.

He is suspected of a fraudulent declaration of bankruptcy, money-laundering and abuse of company assets.

The government has vowed to make him pay fines for hate speech.

According to French media, he has transferred 400,000 euros (£331,000; $547,000) to Cameroon since 2009 while failing to pay fines totalling 65,000 euros.

Dieudonne has been convicted six times of hate speech against Jews and popularised a gesture called the "quenelle", widely regarded as an inverted Nazi salute.

Stormtrooper

Death toll in northeast Nigeria attack rises to 85

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A security offensive to combat Boko Haram's insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria has been unable to put a stop to the violence
An attack by suspected Islamist Boko Haram insurgents on a northeast Nigerian village on Monday killed 85 people, up from 40 previously reported, officials said on Tuesday.

Boko Haram wants to impose sharia (Islamic law) on a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims. It has killed thousands over the past four and a half years and is considered the biggest security risk in Africa's top oil exporting state and second largest economy after South Africa.

Comment: Would you be shocked to know that the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is linked to Mossad and the CIA?


War Whore

Behind the Headlines: Manufacturing Civil War in Syria

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The London-based NGO, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, claimed recently that the number of dead from the civil war in Syria will soon hit the 200,000 mark. At the time we did the following radio show about what's really going on in Syria, the mainstream media was reporting that the Obama administration was "considering sending" military aid to the 'rebels'.

What SOTT.net has been reporting since they launched this dirty war in 2011 - that foreign terrorists have been fully supported by Western governments since the very beginning - has since been confirmed in the mainstream media. In the meantime, they've also tried to pin false-flag chemical weapons attacks on Bashar al-Assad and, most recently, just as peace talks get underway in Geneva, claim that "thousands" have been tortured to death by the Syrian 'regime'.

Have a listen as SOTT.net editors took a look behind-the-scenes at the real actors in the Syrian conflict and how the massive bloodshed there fits into the ever-changing narrative of the West's bogus 'war on terror'. As part of examining the Western government's real objectives in Syria, we also considered the history of "al-Qaeda" and the role of religion as it is used by psychopathic politicians to justify imperial expansion and domination of other nations.

Running Time: 02:20:00

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Dollar

Behind the Headlines: Interview with 'Web of Debt' author Ellen Brown - How the banking system controls the world

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On September 15th, 2013, we interviewed lawyer and author Ellen Brown, who has published a dozen books on finances and health. Ellen developed her research skills as an attorney practising civil litigation in Los Angeles. In her bestselling book, Web of Debt, as well as a follow-up book, The Public Bank Solution, Ellen turned her investigative skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and the money trust', exposing how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from what was once a publicly controlled function.

Running Time: 02:06:00

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