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Washington DC: Find That Elusive Moral Compass and Give The World The TRUTH about 9/11
Wikileaks Video Release of Collateral Murder and Other Insights Into The Psychopathic M.I.C.
Slaying Of The Gmork
Israel: Developing Pressure on the Bully in the Bloc
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Chronicle of Neil Keenan’s Trillion Dollar Bonds Lawsuit: The BIS, Bretton Woods, Black Gold and Maklumat Codes
This is blow-out news. Hang on to your hats as you read through it.
IVAW: Veterans to March in Chicago to return NATO medals on May 20 2012
“We, Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, from around the country will converge in Chicago on May 20th to march to the NATO summit and ceremoniously return our medals to NATO generals.”
“We were awarded these medals for serving in the Global War on Terror, a war based on lies and failed polices. “
War & Peace Through My Father’s Eyes
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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies a theft from those who hunger and are not fed; those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.
Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” -
Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
“Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?”
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The road to dramatic change, even when positive, can, in its initial stages create a schizophrenic split within the Conscious Self that then ripples through the Collective Consciousness. No culture or social structure is immune. It is that internal phase that says This does not compute. We are in the very midst of planetary intellectual revolution and while knowledge is power, the range of negative vibration [despair] is a natural byproduct of knowledge that cannot find a constructive outlet.
The entire concept of war and conflict inherently leads to dysfunctional tragedy. By it’s very nature, it kills and destroys life and environments. And war does not necessarily have to involve state-of-the-art killing machines—bankster wars are devastating us and the war for our minds is waging fiercely now, and if we are to ward it off, we must use our own Collective ability to practice mind control; mind control is certainly not the exclusive domain of the dark forces on this planet. Catherine Austin Fitts has written an excellent blog called The Layman’s Guide to Mind Control :
“Mind control is one of those topics often excluded from polite conversation. It requires us to face the fact that we and the people we love are being manipulated by something that our current education and social status – and even local law enforcement – may not be able to protect us from. It is a topic that can be overwhelming, even terrifying.”“The good news is that learning about mind control also involves discovering your mind’s extraordinary power – a positive step towards using your mental powers to serve your purpose and act in the highest and best interest of all concerned.”
Although I write below about my personal experience of having a father who experienced the horrors of war and how it affected our relationship—reaching across generations—I am posting some recent events that illustrate the times were are in that can produce a natural schizophrenic split, occasionally manifesting in extreme behavior. We will move through this crashing of waves but in the meantime, it is important that we take a deep breath, let go, and summon the best in our nature in these times.
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Years before my birth, my future father was awarded The Purple Heart after he was severely wounded on Peleliu Island near Bloody Nose Ridge. The psychological wounds were not as apparent in his history shortly after his Honorable Discharge, but after my birth into his world years later, I often felt growing up as though I had been denied a part of my father that was lost at that battle in 1944. My mom would tell me how he was continually obsessed with cleaning even the top sills of doorways in our home, which she knew was his way of trying to “scrub” the memories of blood and death from his mind. She told me he had horrendous nightmares for years after he was discharged. My father was a very engaging man and possessed a great sense of child-like humor but when it came to dealing with serious issues, he would appear to go into denial and say it was time to go visit Disneyland and “forget”. Seriously. The first time he and I really shared deep thoughts and feelings occurred just in the months before he passed on. It highlighted my understanding later that his participation and heroism in WWII ironically closed up a part of him I could not share in our earlier lives. Today, I see that globalists not only gave my father a Purple Heart but a broken heart as well.
Warring has become so much a part of human culture on earth, our governments continually seek to build the better bomb, the better weapon of destruction, the better psychological technique for ruining a once-healthy mind. Our governments expect the next war as though it is to occur as surely as the sun rises from the east….in perpetuity.
A war does not have a start and end, really. One war is like throwing one rock into the stream and creating the epicenter, but the echo of the rippling waves spreads collateral damage through families and through generations even as the next rock is being thrown. Who is continually throwing these rocks into the stream? It is not the ordinary people of America, Iraq, Pakistan, Japan, Australia, Somalia, or any other country. There is an Elite War (yes, with a capital “W”) being waged and raging over our heads, and our very honorable, courageous, but ill-advised military men and women around the world are but the swords and sacrifices (yes, blood sacrifices for the Elite) recruited for this Evil cause, which disguises itself as some so-called collective Prince of Peace. These are black-hearted globalists and they have escalated their Elite War greatly since 2001. In great part, this has been made possible by radicalizing our world youth population through horrific physical and psychological trauma with almost no generation of people escaping it. Witness Hiroshima, witness Vietnam, witness Korea, witness Argentina, witness Panama, witness Columbia, witness Palestine, witness Iraq, witness Bosnia…it goes on and on, all for the sake of Elitist geopolitical power and population attrition. They started their war off planet and brought it onto the stage of what once was a peaceful paradise…Earth. It’s time to reset the stage.
There is only one way this War treadmill can be put to a stop. Every person on the planet wanting peace must HOLD THE THOUGHT that War Does Not Exist In Our World So We Therefore Cannot Participate. THAT WAR…..DOES NOT EXIST. As long as we hold in our hearts and minds the fear and forgone conclusion that another war is going to break out somewhere in the world, we will perpetuate war on a subconscious level. It’s that simple. And this is not an attempt at denial. Far from it. It is a confrontation between the consciousness of Light and the consciousness of Dark. Mind control is not just the domain of the Dark Forces on and off this planet. Collectively, our entry into a higher consciousness will depend immensely on our own ability to use Mind to stop the manifestation of these Wars OF Terror being brought about by these Dark Elite-War Globalists by refusing to accept their war for domination as something to be manifested in this world.
While we are internally setting our collective thought that War Does Not Exist In Our World So We Therefore Cannot Participate, we must simultaneously take a proactive approach by supporting all the Light workers already in our world who work for peace and humanitarian rights each and every day, and we must take a long, hard look at the leaders in this world who persist in promoting war and remove them from power. How? Leadership may be a quality of innate personality, but political and economic power and its abuses are only acquired by those in high positions because We The People relinquish our own power to them. When we stop giving our power over to the Elite—the so-called powerful politicians, financiers, Famous Ones—stop feeding them our dollars, our youth, and our energy—and reclaim our empowerment, Enlightenment will prevail. Indeed, it is already beginning to manifest on our planet, as many have arrived on the scene (so to speak) to bring it about. But it needs the willingness of all humanity to turn from hatred to self-examination of the condition of our collective Heart. We owe no greater allegiance than to our souls by releasing our inner slave and working within toward manifesting our True Destiny as a free, peaceful, and inspiring humanity.
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Dubai Boat Fired On By U.S. Navy Ship, 1 Dead
“DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An American vessel fired on a boat Monday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, killing one person and injuring three, according to a U.S. consular official in Dubai.”
“The official gave no other details, but it appeared the boat could have been mistaken as a threat in Gulf waters not far from Iran’s maritime boundaries.”
TPTB would like nothing more than to create yet another act of “infamy” – wouldn’t matter to them who acted and who got acted upon, as long as it gives them ultimate control and access to Iran’s wealth of resources as in gold and oil.
Military Rolls Tanks Onto St. Louis Streets…But Why?
” I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops? Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in? And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri? At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.”
Good question. Why isn’t this all over mainstream news?
Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur
“Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, told a conference in Geneva that President Obama’s attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, carried out by the CIA, would encourage other states to flout long-established human rights standards.”
“In his strongest critique so far of drone strikes, Heyns suggested some may even constitute “war crimes”. His comments come amid rising international unease over the surge in killings by remotely piloted unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).”
The global bankster thugs and their minions in government are trying real hard to get a war going, of course. Need to get those military contracts up and profitable again, right? It is unconscionable that the U.S. would even consider drone attacks into poorer countries as a “tactic.” Those countries have no significant military means to protect their sovereignty. U.S./Isreal would never think of tracking and killing who they consider “terrorists” with drones within the borders of, let’s say, Australia. They are just begging for a retaliatory strike here in the U.S. – I mean, really. If we are to believe the “official” 9/11 story, we apparently are impotent when it comes to protecting our borders, right?
WH rejects requests for ‘targeted killing’ papers
“The administration said the information requested is ‘highly classified,’ even though details of such operations have been leaked to the media.”
” ‘For example, whether or not the United States government conducted the particular operations that led to the deaths of Anwar al-Awlaki and the other individuals named in the FOIA requests remains classified,’ the government wrote. The U.S.-born al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in September.”
My suggestion: Investigate AIPAC thoroughly. In the meantime, Iceland MP Ms. Jónsdóttir offers a healthy antidote to this darkness:
Pakistani court dismisses PM Gilani from office
“The Supreme Court ruling was a major escalation in a long-running confrontation between the judges and the government, and appeared to be a knockout blow against Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani, effectively dismissing his Cabinet as well.”
All I can say is that, if the NATO supply lines just suddenly get reopened after months of popular protest against it, we’ll know from where the pressure really came down hard.
AP IMPACT: Suicides are surging among US troops
“The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 percent more — according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.”
“The numbers reflect a military burdened with wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken a greater toll than foreseen a decade ago. The military also is struggling with increased sexual assaults, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and other misbehavior.”
WHEN (NOT IF) the collective consciousness in this country reaches the optimal critical mass to move from “seething” to “ballistic” as pertains to the We-All-Know-Who-They-Are WAR CRIMINALS, these suicides must be added to all those that elements in government/military/corp have effectively murdered.
Veterans Say No to NATO
“While the president and the Pentagon are handing out posthumous medals, a number of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will be marching, in military formation, to McCormick Place in Chicago to hand their service medals back. Aaron Hughes left the University of Illinois in 2003 to join the military, and was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. He served in the Illinois National Guard from 2000 to 2006. Since leaving active duty, Hughes has become a field organizer with the group Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). He explained why he is returning his medals: ‘Because every day in this country, 18 veterans are committing suicide. Seventeen percent of the individuals that are in combat in Afghanistan, my brothers and sisters, are on psychotropic medication. Twenty to 50 percent of the individuals that are getting deployed to Afghanistan are already diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma or a traumatic brain injury. Currently one-third of the women in the military are sexually assaulted.’ “
Military veterans are reaching out. They fought for us, now we must stand with them. Period, point.
Afghanistan bedeviled by ‘Mystical Imperialism’
“Mystical imperialism can be traced back about 400 years to the British East India Company’s draconian pursuit of profits at any cost, as the Russians were demonized to protect the Raj’s interests in Central Asia and India. [...]“
“An underreported historical fact is how the U.S. began funding terrorists in Pakistan before the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Years later Brzezinski admitted as much and saw the rise of the Taliban as an acceptable side effect of the CIA’s shadowy program because, in his mind, it led to the fall of communism.”
Sick, twisted minds have infiltrated the halls of governance and sent humanity into phony wars long enough! The times, they are a’changin’ BIG TIME.
US citizen held hostage by al-Quaida in plea to Barack Obama
“An American hostage being held by al-Qaida has said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to his captors’ demands.”
“Weinstein was abducted in August 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan after gunmen tricked his guards and broke into his home. The 70-year-old from Rockville, Maryland is the country director in Pakistan for JE Austin Associates, a Virginia-based firm that advises Pakistani business and government.”
So, TPTW are using this man to make a desperate “blind threat” to the forces that are close to bringing down the global bankster apparatus? Feels that way to me so far. IMHO, the “demands” stated in this article are a cover for a much deeper extortion attempt.
Pakistan To Launch Missile, India Alerted: An Answer To Agni-V?
“Close on the heels of India‘s successful test of Agni-V, its first long-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Pakistan has alerted India of its plans to conduct a similar launch very soon.”
The testosterone-pumping phallic symbolism lately is theatrical to a fault. Of course, when it comes to any phallic performance, what goes up must come down. Megalomaniacal Patriarchy is in its last throes, as can be seen by these last-ditch attempts to throw their phallic missiles around.
04/19/12 BBC: India test launches Agni-V long-range missile “The Agni-V was launched from a site off India’s east coast and took about 20 minutes to hit its target somewhere near Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.”
04/13/12 The Age AU: North Korea long-range rocket launch fails after one minute “North Korea has launched a long-range rocket that disintegrated shortly after blast-off, South Korean authorities say.”
First the drones and now missiles. Another one bites the dust…heh, heh.
Jack Straw faces legal action over Libya rendition claims
“A former Libyan dissident who was abducted and flown to one of Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons in a so-called rendition operation mounted with the help of MI6 has started legal proceedings against Jack Straw, who was British foreign secretary at the time.”
“Straw is already facing the prospect of being questioned by Scotland Yard detectives after an announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service earlier this year that a criminal investigation was being launched into the rendition operation.”
Military Services End Annual Ritual of ‘Wish Lists’ for Unfunded Programs
“The dollar value of the lists has shrunk considerably in recent years, going from scores of billions of dollars in some cases to a few billion. But the chiefs’ decision to terminate them entirely for the first time is a clear sign of tighter fiscal times. “
“Aides said only once before has a chief declined to submit a list: Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey once during the George W. Bush administration. “
04/01/12 Boston Com: Rep. Ryan: I misspoke on military generals
“WASHINGTON—Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s apologized in a telephone call to the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman for accusing the military of not giving its ‘true advice’ on President Barack Obama’s budget plan.”
Boy, did he step way over the line, or what?
Accused Afghan shooter’s lawyer wants military counsel fired
” ‘You are fired, sorry, but we have much more experience than you,’ Seattle-based John Henry Browne, the outspoken lawyer who has been the public face of the defense of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, said in an email to military lawyer Major Thomas Hurley.”
Child witnesses to Afghan massacre say Robert Bales was not alone
“First, the Army version: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, troubled by marriage woes, drunkenly left Camp Belambai, 12 miles from Kandahar, with a pistol and an automatic rifle and killed six people as they slept. Bales then returned to the base and left again for another village, this time killing 11. He acted alone and he admitted to the killings, according to the Army.”
“Then there is the account that child witnesses provided Yalda Hakim, a journalist for SBS Dateline in Australia. Hakim, who was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to Australia as a child, is the first international journalist to interview the surviving witnesses. She said American investigators tried to prevent her from interviewing the children, saying her questions could traumatize them. She said she appealed to village leaders, who arranged for her to interview the witnesses.”
The days of pulling the wool over American eyes are rapidly coming to an end. Politicocorporate “mischief makers” would be wise to get with the program now, or they will be very publicly, unpleasantly surprised.
03/28/12 Boiling Frogs Post: The Massacre of the Afghan 17 & the Obama Cover-Up
“Clearly prolonged colonial wars cannot be sustained through the consent of the citizens and such wars cannot be prosecuted according to military manuals and the Geneva Conventions. At this point, only Presidential ‘rule by decree’ can secure compliance of the citizens at home and only massacres and cover-ups can sustain the colonial occupations abroad. But these are desperate and temporary: When the extreme measures have run their course there will be nothing to fall back on and nothing can save the president of a collapsing empire from the revolt of its citizens and soldiers.” [bold added by me]
“The military will charge Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of murder stemming from a massacre of Afghan villagers, a U.S. official said Thursday.”
“The murder charges indicate that Army prosecutors have concluded that the slayings were premeditated and that Bales was fully aware of his actions, but Bales’s civilian attorney has said that his client does not remember much about what happened in the pre-dawn hours of March 11. “
03/21/12 RTT News: Lawyer: No Evidence Against US Soldier Accused Of Massacring Afghan Civilians
“The lawyer representing the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree said on Tuesday that there was no forensic evidence to link his client with the massacre.”
“Despite the demand for trying the accused publicly in Afghanistan, the U.S. military flew him to Kuwait on March 14 and later ferried him to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where he is being held in pre-trial confinement.”
This tragedy gets stranger and stranger. I sense though that whatever is being covered up here will see the light soon.
03/16/12 AP: Afghan leader blasts US over probe into shootings
“Karzai said the delegation he sent to Kandahar province to investigate the shootings did not receive the expected cooperation from the United States. He said many questions remained about what occurred, and he would be raising the questions with the U.S. military ‘very loudly.’ “”The Afghan leader stressed that he wants a good relationship with the international community, but that it was becoming increasingly difficult in light of airstrikes that miss their targets, leaving civilians dead and raising opposition to night operations where troops raid homes looking for insurgents.”
The Bush Admin. illegally and viciously led us into these “wars” to further their sick global ideologies, and the Obama Admin has furthered this to the point that it has become completely intolerable. Get to the truth about 9/11 and BRING OUR TROOPS HOME so we can begin to mend horrendous damage caused by these military psychopaths.
03/16/12 RT: Up to 20 US troops behind Kandahar bloodbath – Afghan probe
“An Afghan parliamentary investigation team has implicated up to 20 US troops in the massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar early on Sunday morning. It contradicts NATO’s account that insists one rogue soldier was behind the slaughter. “
03/15/12 NPR:Taliban Talks Off; Karzai Tells NATO To Pull Back
“Asked if Karzai’s request was a response to the shooting spree, Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said that Karzai had long asked that military operations cease in rural areas because that’s not where terrorism is rooted. But he added: ‘The shootings were an unforgivable act of murder in Kandahar. It’s just one other argument for why Afghan soldiers should increasingly lead when it comes to Afghan people in the villages.’ “Afghan security forces know ‘a thousand times better than any foreign troops the culturally sensitive ways of dealing with their own people,’ the spokesman said.”
03/14/12 CBS Evening News on YouTube:
03/14/12 MSNBC: Reports: Video shows US soldier wearing shawl, surrendering after Afghanistan
“The video reportedly was shot from a blimp and showed the soldier walking up to his base covered in a traditional Afghan shawl. The soldier removed the shawl and put his weapon on the ground, then raised his arms in surrender, unidentified Afghan officials told Reuters and The Associated Press.”
03/11/12 Denver Post; US Army sergeant kills 16 in Afghan villages
“BALANDI, Afghanistan—Moving from house to house, a U.S. Army sergeant opened fire Sunday on Afghan villagers as they slept, killing 16 people—mostly women and children—in an attack that reignited fury at the U.S. presence following a wave of deadly protests over Americans burning Qurans.”
“The attack threatened the deepest breach yet in U.S.-Afghan relations, raising questions both in Washington and Kabul about why American troops are still fighting in Afghanistan after 10 years of conflict and the killing of Osama bin Laden.”
Oh S#%t, not again. Bring them all home!
Close Guantánamo: Abdul Ghani, An Insignificant Afghan Villager Held for Nine Years
“As it is, the charges against him were dropped before George W. Bush left office, and have not been reinstated, but he remains held, with no end to his detention in sight. The following profile was written by his military defense attorney, Lt. Col. Barry Wingard. ”
Read Lt. Col. Barry Wingard’s profile of Abdul Ghani HERE
04/01/12 Jurist: Human rights court agrees to hear Guantanamo detainee case
“This is the first time that the IACHR has agreed to accept jurisdiction over a Guantanamo detainee. J Wells Dixon, Senior Staff Attorney at CCR, stated:”
‘Indefinite detention is not an option. Detained men must be afforded fair trials or released. It is long past the time for impunity at Guantanamo to end, and for the closure of Guantanamo to be addressed. Today’s IACHR decision is a step in that direction.’
“The IACHR will investigate whether the US’s failure to transfer Ameziane is in compliance with international human rights law.”
Why Is It Hard to Believe President Obama Would Want a Journalist in Prison? [On the imprisonment of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye by Obama Admin]: “But there’s a third option: Perhaps Obama is not a sociopath, but the president of a government that believes that journalists who report the views of its military enemies, and uncover facts about its wars it would prefer to keep secret, are a threat to its military objectives and should themselves be treated as enemies. Sami al-Hajj was a camera operator for Al Jazeera; he spent more than six years in Guantanamo as a result, based–as a WikiLeaks release would later document–on the fact that as a journalist he had contact with Al-Qaeda as a news subject he was covering.”
Absolutely. “Military objectives” that We The People were not consulted on, that we did not vote on, and that the vast majority of our population opposes. These “military objectives” have produced grave war crimes and TPTW most certainly know this.
03/10/12 Chicago Tribune:
Afghan officials visit Guantanamo in peace bid
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Afghan government delegation visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison this week to secure approval from five Taliban detainees who may soon be moved to Qatar, a sign that the Obama administration is inching closer to establishing peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.”
“The Taliban detainees are seen by some U.S. officials as among the most threatening inmates remaining at Guantanamo. Their possible transfer has become a lightning rod for attack – or at least anxiety – from U.S. politicians from both parties even before the administration formally begins a required congressional notification process.”
Very likely, this perceived “threat” certain “officials” are anxious about has little to do with a potential threat to American citizens, and alot to do with them talking Truth and exposing exposing war crimes surrounding 9/11.
09/01/11 Miami Herald:
Court case lifts lid on secret post 9/11 flights
“The secret airlift of terrorism suspects and American intelligence officials to CIA-operated overseas prisons via luxury jets was mounted by a hidden network of U.S. companies and coordinated by a prominent defense contractor, newly disclosed documents show.”
“More than 1,700 pages of court files in a business dispute between two aviation companies reveal how integral private contractors were in the government’s covert “extraordinary rendition” flights. They shuttled between Washington, foreign capitals, the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and, at times, landing points near once-secret, CIA-run overseas prisons.”
11/18/10 NY Daily News:
Alleged Al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ghailani acquitted of all but one charge in embassy bombing trial “The first civilian trial of a Guantanamo prisoner ended Wednesday with the stunning acquittal of an accused Al Qaeda operative on all but a single count. A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani, 36, of conspiring to destroy U.S. buildings and property in the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.”
“This verdict is a reaffirmation that this nation’s judicial system is the greatest ever devised,’ said defense lawyer Peter Quijano. ‘It is truly a system of laws and not men.’ “
No matter how one feels about the outcome of this case, this country was based on “laws and not men”, as Mr. Qijano echoes. The American people are the ones to hear these cases because it is the American people who are affected daily. Political posturing and military hubris take a second seat, IMHO.
Case in point. Mary Jenkins Surratt, who was the first woman hanged in America after a Military Tribunal found her an accessory to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Had I lived during that era, I would have been firmly on the Northern side, but here’s the caveat:“Ironically, at the time of her death, a case was pending before the Supreme Court, questioning the jurisdiction of military courts in cases involving civilians. In 1866, less than a year after Mary Surratt was hanged, the Supreme Court ruled that a military court had no jurisdiction in civilian cases, if the civil courts were open. When the assassination conspiracy trial was conducted by a military court in 1865, the civil courts in the District of Columbia were open. [Note: It should be clarified that the Court held open the question when dealing with the laws of war. Since Lincoln was assassinated while the Civil War was still going on, a military court might still have been justified.] Some historians believe that, had the Supreme Court ruling come a year earlier, Mary Surratt might never have been executed.”
“The judge in the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo Bay detainee barred the prosecution’s star witness Wednesday from testifying, dealing a major setback to the government’s effort to build criminal cases with evidence obtained through harsh CIA interrogations overseas.”
“U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said the witness could not take the stand because investigators learned of his existence through coercive questioning of the defendant, terrorism suspect Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, at a secret CIA camp. ”The court has not reached this conclusion lightly,’ Kaplan wrote. ‘It is acutely aware of the perilous nature of the world in which we live. But the Constitution is the rock upon which our nation rests. We must follow it not when it is convenient, but when fear and danger beckon in a different direction.’ “
This Judge should be sitting on the Supreme Court!
08/13/10Gitmo Trial Offers ‘Test of the System Itself’ “The trial began for Canadian citizen, Omar Khadr, who is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. service member. Khadr was 15 -years-old at the time of his arrest in 2002. This is the first trial in Guantanamo Bay under new rules from the Obama administration. Margaret Warner talks to Michelle Shephard of the ‘Toronto Sun’ about the opening arguments.”
Poles talk about CIA prison, breaking silence
“Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Thursday that Poland has become the ‘political victim’ of leaks from U.S. officials that brought to light aspects of the secret rendition program.”
“To some, it sounded like a long-delayed admission that Poland allowed the U.S. to run the secret site, where terror suspects were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics that human rights groups consider torture. ‘This statement is quite different from any others,’ said Adam Bodnar, a human rights lawyer with the Helsinki Foundation in Warsaw. ‘From the general context, he’s kind of admitting that something is in the air. You can feel that this is an indirect confirmation.’ ”
Yep. For sure, “something is in the air.” Flashlights around the globe are shining Light into darkness.
Related Post: Poland’s Tragic Loss: A Devastating 911 In Reverse
AJE Listening Post:
The dangers of reporting the ‘war on terror’: We look at Obama’s role in the continued imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist and the issues behind it
“Rarely does the Listening Post dedicate a whole show to the story of a single journalist. But when that story speaks so eloquently of how world history is being written, or erased, we decided it was something we just could not ignore.”
“In this week’s Listening Post, we take an in-depth look at the case of Abdulelah Shaye: what it reveals about the politics and the dangers of reporting the so-called war on terror – and what the world stands to lose when the work of independent journalists is put on the line.”
UK government sued for helping US drone strikes
“London-based charity Reprieve and law firm Leigh Day & Co. are filing papers to the High Court Monday that say civilian staff at Britain’s electronic listening agency, GCHQ, could be liable as ‘secondary parties to murder’ for helping the CIA in directing its drone attack program.”
Obama Administration Justifies Killing Citizens as ACLU’s Jaw Drops
“Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech to law students at Northwestern University today in which he defended the administration’s right to legally kill American citizens abroad ‘in full accordance with the Constitution.’ Holder said strikes such as the one that targeted American-born Anwar Awlaki in Yemen last year are legal because, “Due process” and “judicial process” are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security‘ According to Holder, ‘The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.’ The enemy, he said, must pose an ‘imminent threat of violent attack,’ but that can be broadly interpreted. ‘In this hour of danger, we simply cannot afford to wait until deadly plans are carried out,’ Holder said. ‘And we will not.’ “
The latest in a string of “tweaking” our Constitution in unimaginable lunacy in order to protect their global, bankster handlers.
More from: Courthouse News Service: Justice, CIA Parse Words on Targeted Killing” ‘If the attorney general can discuss the targeted killing program at a law school, then the administration can surely release the legal memos it uses to justify its claimed killing authority, and also defend its legal justifications in court,‘ Shamsi said in the statement. ‘The targeted killing program raises profound legal and moral questions that should be subjected to public debate, and constitutional questions that should be considered by the judiciary.’ “
A sane voice speaks.
McManus: Who reviews the U.S. ‘kill list’?
” ‘Right now, there isn’t a government on the planet that agrees with our legal rationale for these operations, except for Afghanistan and maybe Israel,‘ [former CIA director Michael V.] Hayden told me recently.”
“The administration says it has the authority to kill U.S. citizens who are active in Al Qaeda, but it’s never explained how that squares with the Constitution’s guarantee of due process. It’s past time that it did so.”
12/28/11 WaPo:Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing
“The convergence of military and intelligence resources has created blind spots in congressional oversight. Intelligence committees are briefed on CIA operations, and JSOC reports to armed services panels. As a result, no committee has a complete, unobstructed view.”
This monstrosity of war, too, shall pass. Imagine that.
U.S. drone crashes in Seychelles – embassy
“VICTORIA, Dec 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. drone aircraft crashed at Seychelles International Airport on Tuesday, the U.S. embassy in Mauritius said.”
President Obama, give up on these secret, dangerous, ill-conceived drones, already!
12/11/11 Pakistan: CIA leaves Pakistan base:
American Version via NYT: C.I.A. Leaves Pakistan Base Used for Drone Strikes “Pentagon and Obama administration officials declined to comment publicly on the departure from the Shamsi air base.”
“But a senior American counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the drone operations at Shamsi were classified, said that vacating the base would not end American counterterrorism operations in Pakistan. ‘The United States retains robust capabilities to fight Al Qaeda and its militant allies,’ the official said. ‘Our operations will continue.’ ” [emphasis mine]
Pakistani version via PKKH: Video: How CIA Was Expelled From Pakistan’s Shamsi Airbase “The events of the weekend of 10 and 11 December show how a reluctant and arrogant CIA was forced to leave a base in southwestern Pakistan amid fears that Pakistani military might seize sophisticated equipment on the base used to operate drones. The American intelligence agency was also let down by the waning resolve of the US government and the military, both of whom conveyed to the agency they would not contest a Pakistani move to seize the base and all of the equipment on it if the facility was not vacated by the midnight of Sunday, December 11, Pakistan standard time.” [emphasis mine]
Ironically – 12/10/11 Pakistan president ‘probably had mini stroke’ “The unpopular 56-year-old president has a long-standing heart condition and his admittance to hospital sparked fevered speculation on microblogging site Twitter that he may step down.
He is facing a major scandal over the extent to which he was involved in attempts to seek US help to limit the power of Pakistan’s military.” [emphasis mine]
12/09/11 TBIJ:US ambassador to Pakistan threatened with lawsuit over drone deaths “Cameron Munter, the US ambassador to Pakistan, faces a potential lawsuit in Pakistani courts for the killing of Tariq Aziz, aged 16, and Waheed Khan, aged 12, in late October in an alleged drone strike in North Waziristan launched by the Central Intelligence Agency.”
Akbar says that if the ambassador was signing off on the strikes, his actions would be a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963: ‘It seems clear to me that if an Ambassador is engaged in an illegal, undeclared war in the country where he is stationed, then he would not enjoy immunity, and would at a minimum expect to be expelled forthwith,’ he wrote.”
AJE: Pakistan tells NATO to leave air base ‘ ‘The foreign secretary conveyed to the US ambassador that the unprovoked attack by NATO/ISAF aircrafts on border posts in which 25 Pakistani troops lost their lives and another 13 were injured had deeply incensed the government and the people of Pakistan,’ the ministry said in a statement.”
Military drones are unconscionable; they are just another way to feed the military contractor business; otherwise, they kill innocent people and it needs to stop.
11/26/11 Dawn:Pakistan stops NATO supplies after raid kills 28 troops
“YAKKAGHUND: Nato helicopters attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing up to 28 troops and prompting Pakistan to shut the vital supply route for Nato troops fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said.”
NATO obviously is doing FAR more harm than good and should be dismantled immediately. Two days ago, they killed 6 Afghan children (see below). Look at the atrocious civilian deaths in Libya due to their so-call “mistakes.”
07/30/11 Wired via Anti-War Com Former Intel Chief: Call Off The Drone War (And Maybe the Whole War on Terror)
“Ground the U.S. drone war in Pakistan. Rethink the idea of spending billions of dollars to pursue al-Qaida. Forget chasing terrorists in Yemen and Somalia, unless the local governments are willing to join in the hunt.”
“Those aren’t the words of some human rights activist, or some far-left Congressman. They’re from retired admiral and former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair — the man who was, until recently, nominally in charge of the entire American effort to find, track, and take out terrorists. Now, he’s calling for that campaign to be reconsidered, and possibly even junked.
“The reconsideration of our relationship with these countries is only the start of the overhaul Blair has in mind, however. He noted that the U.S. intelligence and homeland security communities are spending about $80 billion a year, outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet al-Qaida and its affiliates only have about 4,000 members worldwide. That’s $20 million per terrorist per year, Blair pointed out.”
$80 BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR! $80 billion dollars invested in small business (particularly local farming and into local banks around the country that invest in their own communities) every year would have our economy, which has been nearly destroyed by Fed Res/Corporate thugs, more robust as ever. The government should reduce the Pentagon to a triangle.
Guardian UK Campaigners seek arrest of former CIA legal chief over Pakistan drone attacks
“Amid growing concern around the world over the use of drones, lawyers and relatives of some of those killed are seeking an international arrest warrant for John Rizzo, until recently acting general counsel for the American intelligence agency.”
“Opponents of drones say the unmanned aircraft are responsible for the deaths of up to 2,500 Pakistanis in 260 attacks since 2004. US officials say the vast majority of those killed are “militants”. Earlier this week 48 people were killed in two strikes on tribal regions of Pakistan. The American definition of “militant” has been disputed by relatives and campaigners.”
“Now retired, Rizzo, 63, is being pursued after admitting in an interview with the magazine Newsweek that since 2004 he had approved one drone attack order a month on targets in Pakistan, even though the US is not at war with the country. Rizzo, who was by his own admission ‘up to my eyeballs’ in approving CIA use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’, said in the interview that the CIA operated ‘a hit list’. He also asked: ‘How many law professors have signed off on a death warrant?’ “
This must reach the courts. The public should be told exactly, precisely, what our government defines as a “militant.” We also need to know exactly why our government somehow believes that a one-way attack on foreign populations and use of killing drones does not constitute an act of war just because we don’t have “boots on the ground.” (But of course, there are boots on the ground—CIA boots).
03/17/11Pakistan army chief Kayani in US drone outburst “Pakistan’s army chief has condemned the latest raid by US unmanned drones as ‘intolerable and unjustified’. In a strongly worded statement, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said the attack, which killed about 40 people, was ‘in complete violation of human rights’.”
“The US drone attacks are a long-running source of bad feeling, but the acquittal of CIA contractor Raymond Davis of murder has sparked protests across Pakistan.”
05/29/10 Denver Post: Drone crew blamed in Afghan civilian deaths “Inexperienced operators of a U.S. drone aircraft ignored or downplayed signs that Afghan civilians were in a convoy blasted in a deadly American missile attack earlier this year, a military report released Saturday said.”
“At least 23 people were killed in the Feb. 21 attack in Uruzgan province. It was the deadliest missile strike for Afghan civilians in six months and occurred as NATO forces were redoubling efforts to avoid killing innocents.”
Italian president condemns botched British raid in Nigeria
“President Giorgio Napolitano led a chorus of condemnation on Friday of Britain’s failure to inform the Italian government before launching a botched rescue mission with Nigerian forces that led to the deaths of British and Italian hostages held by a militant Islamist group.”
“In the strongest Italian condemnation, Napolitano told reporters: ‘The behavior of the British government in not informing Italy is inexplicable.’ “
I can hear the sound…chomp, chomp, chomp, as the Oligarchs begin eating their own.
AP Sources: CIA-led force may speed Afghan exit
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.”
“But a CIA-run war would mean that the U.S. public would not be informed about funding or operations, as they are in a traditional war. Oversight would fall to the White House, top intelligence officials, and a few congressional committees. Embedding journalists would be out of the question.”
The Pentagon seems to have nothing better to do than think up more ways to covertly invade countries and kill people—without accountability and without conscience. Such perverted thinking is going to have officials falling on their own sword as the masses continue to Awaken around the globe.
The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn’t Want You to Read
“Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Scott Shane published a bombshell piece about Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan.”
“Davis concludes: ‘It is my recommendation that the United States Congress – the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in particular – should conduct a bi-partisan investigation into the various charges of deception or dishonesty in this report and hold broad hearings as well,’ he writes. ‘These hearings need to include the very senior generals and former generals whom I refer to in this report so they can be given every chance to publicly give their version of events.’ In other words, put the generals under oath, and then see what story they tell.” [emphasis mine]
And while they are at it, they need to fetch that moral compass and re-open an independent, full-subpoena investigation into 911.
Exclusive: Marines Nazi-Flag Whistleblower Comes Forward
” Dr. Beorn’s research on Nazis and genocide is informed by his military background: He is a West Point graduate and former officer who served as a scout platoon leader in Iraq from 2003-2004. Through his work he seeks to teach ‘ethical decision-making in a military context using the Holocaust as a vehicle.’ “Interview excerpt: “The idea, in a nutshell, is that when a unit orders, condones, or allows dysfunctional behavior (particularly racist, overly brutal, etc.) in the small things, this can metastasize into much larger violence including war crimes. See the Army ‘kill team” in Afghanistan.’ “
09/09/11 Independent UK: Leading article: The military must not be allowed to set its own rules
“That Sir William Gage’s inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa at the hands of British soldiers did not flinch in apportioning blame is to be applauded. The Iraqi hotel receptionist was left with 93 separate injuries after two days of abuse described as “serious, gratuitous violence” that leaves ‘a very great stain on the reputation of the Army’. Sir William is right.”
“But more important than the widespread condemnations of brutality that swiftly followed the publication of the Gage report – perhaps more important, even, than the apology from General Sir Peter Wall, the head of the Army – is the light that the whole sickening episode has shone on to the closed culture of the military.”
Perhaps we can attribute at least some of these sadistic behaviors by military members to this bit of information I originally posted on this page in 2010?
06/17/10 RT YouTube ‘US Army sent ‘hardcore’ neo-Nazi troops to Iraq and Afghanistan’ “ Under the Bush administration, the U.S. military allegedly started to recruit neo-Nazis and gang members to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. Investigative journalist Matt Kennard talks to RT about his researh into these allegations and other problems in the US military.”
Urination Video ‘Causes More Damage than Taliban Attacks’
“US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a news conference Thursday in Washington that the videotaped act left her in ‘total dismay.’ ‘It is absolutely inconsistent with American values, with the standards of behaviour that we expect from our military personnel and (which) the vast, vast majority of our military personnel, particularly our Marines, hold themselves to,’ she said.
“Officials in Washington acted quickly out of fear that new images of abuses by US soldiers overseas could derail attempts at peace talks involving the Taliban, ahead of a planned withdrawal of the US and its allies from Afghanistan in 2014. “
Where was Sec. Clinton’s “total dismay” when she saw the horrendous conduct of pilots and ground troops in the “Collateral Murder” video? Where was US Def. Sec. Panetta’s description of “utterly deplorable” when he watched those innocent, unarmed people being massacred? Why haven’t the personnel involved in that video not being openly investigated?! Disgustingly shallow politicking.
Marines Are Investigating a Video of Soldiers Desecrating Taliban Corpses
“The U.S. Marine Corps said it’s investigating a horrible video that shows Marines urinating on dead bodies. The video was uploaded anonymously to Liveleak.com…” .
Utterly disgusting. Now, it’s time to openly and publicly investigate and charge those involved in the “Collateral Murder” video released in 2010 and to immediately drop the charges the US government has disgracefully brought against Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, two other heroes who brought Truth to Humanity about such psychopathic, abhorrent behavior. In the meantime, whoever leaked this video must be kept protected from any sort of retaliation secretly by those in gov/mil who will probably try to go after him/her instead.
Obama Unveils New Strategy for US Military: Leaner, More Asian Focus
“As part of the new plan unveiled at an event at the Pentagon, Obama is vowing to strengthen the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, despite the fiscal constraints he’s imposing on the US military.”
” ‘We will be strengthening our presence in the Asia Pacific, and budget reductions will not come at the at the expense of that critical region.’ “
Is it just a coincidence that this sudden shift in Pentagon focus aims at Asia on the heels of the Trillion-Dollar lawsuit filed on Nov 23 2011 in New York filed against, among other PTB, the Federal Reserve, on behalf of “several wealthy and secretive Asian families.“? [excellent history of this lawsuit HERE]
Couple this with a recent, sudden barrage of very public character attacks on NATO and its leader, Gen Sec. Rasmussen; a sudden surge of confidence by Pakistan and Afghanistan leaders to kick the US out of their countries; what appear to be an increasingly radical change in the “discussion” by EU spokespersons, as though someone had thrown a very damaging wrench into the works of TPTB; and China’s new-found dash to a new sovereign wealth fund.
“A scandal unfolding in Denmark over the transfer of Iraqi prisoners by Danish forces to Iraq authorities, even as they knew they would be tortured, threatens to implicate the current Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, formerly prime minister of Denmark from 2001-2009.”
“NATO headquarters did not return a request for comment as of press time. In addition, attempts to verify details of ‘Iraq War Logs’ information were stymied by what appears to be an Internet-wide suppression of the formerly available documents.”
2012 would be a good year for people “in the know” on 9/11, the global financial bankster terror, etc. to get on the right side of history – because Truth is going to emerge anywhere and everywhere that lies and darkness have lain.
Also from Truthout:
Rebuilding the Pentagon Without Fixing Its Crumbling Foundation: Obama’s Plan for the US Military
Excellent article. It still considers that wars are inevitable on this planet. Humanity has had enough of war for the benefit of megalomaniacs, resource pillagers, and psychopathic mercenaries/private military contractors! We must get it together, put away the war toys and wage PEACE on this planet, and real soon. Not so many generations away, those who agitate and wage war on another will be rounded up and shipped off in a shuttle to Mars.
RT: Thousands of US troops deploying to Israel “With America previously equipping Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with weaponry to wreck any chance of an Iranian nuclear weapon program from close by, the US will now have added forces on the ready in Israel and Germany under what Tehran fears is a guise being merely perpetrated as a test-run. RT reported last week that the US is equipping Saudi Arabia with nearly $30 billion F-15 war planes, a deal that comes shortly after Washington worked out a contract with Dubai to give the UAE advanced “bunker buster” bombs that could decimate underground nuclear operations in neighboring Iran.”
This is what phallic posturing looks like. In the meantime, more Enlightened forces are quietly working (for now) to remove the psychopaths in leadership positions and keep them from destroying the planet.
Karzai demands US hand over Bagram prison
“KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai demanded Thursday that the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base be handed over to Afghan control within a month, along with all Afghan citizens held by the coalition troops across the nation.”
“Also Thursday, Afghan police said they arrested two British private security contractors and two Afghan colleagues after finding a cache of weapons in their vehicle. They are being held for investigation into illegal arms transport.”
The Majority of U.S. Foreign Aid is Now Military Aid
“The $17 billion Pentagon aid budget for the 2012 fiscal year is the second in a row to exceed the State Department’s by $10 billion, a disparity that has begun to provoke debate among foreign policy experts in Washington. Seven years ago, circumstances were reversed, with the State Department spending triple the amount the Pentagon spent on such aid.”
Courthouse News Service:
Money Saved at Misdiagnosed Vets’ Expense
“The veterans say the Pentagon and Homeland Security have blown off their requests for ‘records relating to the use by branches of the United States armed forces and the National Guard of PD discharges and adjustment disorder or readjustment disorder discharges to discharge service members since October 1, 2001.’ “
“The lead plaintiff, the Vietnam Veterans of America Connecticut Greater Hartford Chapter 120, says: ‘Veterans’ advocates such as Vietnam Veterans of America, a nonprofit organization whose founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,’” pushed Congress to investigate DoD’s mistreatment of service members in 2007. ‘ “
2012 will see a massive Awakening within the military ranks.
Afghanistan Warns NATO to Disband Local Militias
“The Afghan government has ordered NATO to disband its local militias and end the “Critical Infrastructure Protection” CIP program, with the Interior Ministry saying it was creating parallel structures that undermine the central government’s authority.”
Azerbaijan doesn’t allow NATO’s AWACS planes to use its airspace – EXCLUSIVE
” ‘Azerbaijan allowed the cargo flights to Afghanistan through its air space. But it is impossible to grant such permission because the AWACS aircrafts are the military intelligence aircrafts’ [sic], the source underlined. “
Sibel Edmonds – Boiling Frogs Post:
Pakistan US Relations Determinant: Money, Money, Money …
“A bunch of Washington-Approved atrocious dictators being placed in charge of checking, determining, judging, and reporting on a Washington-Disapproved dictator’s atrocious deeds. I referred to them as dictators because that’s what they are, and have been. Come on, Bahrain?! Jordan?! Saudi Arabia?! And I said Washington-Approved because they’ve been placed in power, maintained-supported-sustained by the United States of America….. (A)nd then, think about this atrocious dictator bunch holding hands and going over to a not-US-Backed dictator nation to issue a report on its abuses per their boss’ request. Thou shall not bite the hand that feeds you, ey?!”
Humanity is waking up all over the world to the deceitful, dark parlor games, for which TPTB have used Mankind as pawns. Game over!
Mexico disbands entire police force in top port
“”The Veracruz state government said the decision is part of an effort to root out police corruption and start from zero in the state’s largest city.”
Mexico’s army has taken over police operations several times before, notably in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and the border state of Tamaulipas. But Veracruz becomes the first state to completely disband a large police department and use marines as law enforcers. There are about 2,400 marines in the state of Veracruz.
Finland ‘finds Patriot missiles’ on China-bound ship
“The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week.”
“Dock workers became suspicious after finding explosives poorly stored on open pallets, and the missiles were then found in containers marked ‘fireworks’.”
“Patriot missiles, designed by the US company Raytheon, are supplied to ‘US and allied forces’, according to the company’s website. South Korea is among states which deploy them.”
There is a whole lot more to this than meets the eye. I keep hearing “third-part intervention’ here for some reason. Time will tell.
Now That You Have Destroyed Our Country, Withdrawing Is Not Enough
“I post this letter by Fallah Alwan, President of the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq, as I trying to understand what the withdraw of troops means. I returned from the war in 2004 and it still sits with me daily. I can not imagine how the war must sit with most Iraqi people today. I can only hope to contribute to the healling and reconcilation.” READ LETTER “To the American President Barak (sic) Obama“
Iraq War [ and its legal implications] “The legitimacy of the initial invasion, the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, the myriad of problems associated with facilitating democratic elections and a stable government, accusations of war crimes against all sides in the conflict and continuing unrest in the region have all played a role in the legal implications of the Iraq War.”
Last U.S. Troops leave Iraq, ending war
“KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) – The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy’s exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered and struggling to recover.”
Armed U.S. Police Officers Will Be Allowed To Operate In Canada
“Armed U.S. police officers will for the first time be allowed to operate in Canada along with the RCMP as part of far-reaching changes in Canadian-American border operations to be unveiled next week by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama.”
“The joint action plan to be announced at the White House will also break new ground by introducing exit-entry records that will track the movements of everyone who leaves the United States or Canada, with the information available to authorities in both countries.”
This better be about catching fleeing Fed Reserve/global banksters and corrupt politicians, who are the real terrorists. They have done far, far more damage to our beautiful country and to the world’s citizens than any other entity on this planet.
11/25/11 Anti-War Com: US Bid to Destroy Cluster Bomb Ban Fails “President Obama’s effort to effective emasculate the international ban on cluster bombs failed today, when at least 50 nations including Britain filed objections. Human rights campaigners had been condemning the US effort, saying that it would be a major back-track from the formal ban.”
Six Afghan Children Are Killed in NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan
“Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar, said that a NATO reconnaissance aircraft spotted five militants planting mines in the village of Siacha, in the Zhare district, on Wednesday. The plane targeted the insurgents, killing two and wounding a third, and then pursued the other two suspects as they carried their wounded comrade away.”
“The plane chased them, the insurgents entered a street where children were playing and, as a result of its shooting, seven people have been killed, including six children, and two girls also have been injured,” Mr. Ayoubi said. The victims were members of two families.”
The people who organize and those who operate these weapons effectively forfeit their own sense of decency and ethics. They should be ashamed and they must know that when they participate in killing people without so much as granting them a trial or an admittance of guilt, they have disconnected their Soul from Humanity. I urge all who derive their income by operating drones and such to start doing some serious soul searching.
11/22/11 Guardian UK: US pushing UN to lift ban on cluster bombs, say campaigners “The bombs are banned under the 2008 convention on cluster munitions, which was adopted by the UK and more than 100 other countries. But the US refused to sign and is pressing for a protocol to be added to the UN convention on certain conventional weapons (CCW) to provide legal cover for the use of cluster munitions.”
We must STOP our govt/mil/banksters from demanding “legal cover” for using the most abominable types of weaponry. I care not what “laws” they want to “impose”, if it is not ethical and just, it is no “law” at all – no legal standing should be afforded. Private military contractors must be prevented from lobbying our White House to push these thoroughly stupid, insane stances so they can profit.
UK appeals court court rules Iraq abuse probe lacks independence
“The Court of Appeals ordered Defence Secretary Liam Fox [official website] to reconsider his refusal to open a single public inquiry into allegations of UK military abuse. The Court of Appeals also found that the existing inquiries into the abuse allegations fail to meet the requirements of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text] which protects against inhumane treatment. This decision reverses a UK High Court decision from December 2010 denying the appeal [JURIST report] of more than 100 Iraqi citizens to open a single public inquiry into allegations of abuse by members of the British Armed Forces. The High Court previously held that the inquiries initiated by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) were sufficient and that further public inquiry would be unnecessary in this case. Lead claimant Ali Zaki Mousa said [press release] that the decision “has restored our confidence in the British people.”
Senate committee votes to grant complete military control over al Queda suspects
“The Armed Services Committee’s decision, which still must survive the Senate floor and the veto power of President Barack Obama, comes on the heels of an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] claiming that the US is diminishing its “core values” [JURIST report] with regard to various counterterrorism measures put in place during the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounder]. To support this contention, the report cites to US policies regarding indefinite military detention for terrorism suspects, the use of torture on terrorism suspects and enemy combatants, racial and religious profiling, and domestic surveillance and wiretapping. The report posits that these policies run deeper than what is known by the American people.”
Exclusive: Secret Pakistani-U.S. memo offering overthrow of military leadership revealed
” ‘Should you be willing to do so, Washington’s political/military backing would result in a revamp of the civilian government that, while weak at the top echelon in terms of strategic direction and implementation (even though mandated by domestic political forces), in a wholesale manner replaces the national security adviser and other national security officials with trusted advisers that include ex-military and civilian leaders favorably viewed by Washington, each of whom have long and historical ties to the US military, political and intelligence communities,’ the memo states.”
Remains of war dead were dumped in landfill “The Dover Air Force Base mortuary engaged in the practice from 2003 until 2008, according to Air Force officials. The manner of disposal was typically withheld from the relatives of fallen service members.”
Disgusting and yet another incredible reason to get our MORAL house in order here in America!
On War and Redemption – By Timothy Kudo
“When I returned from Afghanistan this past spring, a civilian friend asked, “Is it good to be back?” It was the first time someone had asked, and I answered honestly. But I won’t do that again. We weren’t ready for that conversation. Instead, when people ask, I make it easy for everyone by responding, “It’s fine.” That’s a lie, though. It’s not fine.” read full essay
New Bombs and War Crimes in Fallujah
“It has become apparent from Busby’s research that a new kind of bomb–which seems to be a neutron bomb–has been used in Fallujah, but also in other areas, including Lebanon. “
McChrystal: Ten years in, goals in Afghanistan only ’50 percent’ met: ” ‘We didn’t know enough and we still don’t know enough,’ McChrystal said, the Guardian’s Declan Walsh reported. ‘Most of us, me included, had a very superficial understanding of the situation and history, and we had a frighteningly simplistic view of recent history, the last 50 years.‘ ” [emphasis mine]
What an incredible understatement.
Not 1 More Acre!
“Following defeat in Federal Court of its plans to expand training at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), Colorado, the Pentagon and its contractors, have ignored court orders, maintained plans for land expansion on the most threatened ecosystem on Earth, conducted unprecedented destructive maneuvers at the site, and joined with the Air Force to propose a massive expansion of military activity throughout the entire region of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.” [emphasis mine]
VIEW MAP OF THIS REGION HERE
While the world is joining together to end wars and uphold human rights, this is absolutely outrageous. The hubris here is stunning.
NYPD has ‘means to take down a plane’ “In an interview that aired Sunday, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly shocked CBS’ Scott Pelley by telling him that the NYPD has the capability to shoot down a plane if needed.”
“While some may find the NYPD’s firepower comforting, others may question whether a department accused of wrongly pepper-spraying protesters can be trusted not to overreact.”
I don’t trust NYPD or this entire fear-mongering Big Brother business. Today (09/28/11) during an OWS general assembly, I watched as a man allegedly shouted from the street a”bomb threat” to those people in Zuchotti (now Liberty) Plaza. I don’t discount for a moment that he was a plant to either scare the protesters away or to set up another false flag to intimidate The People back into a mode of fear. Sorry, but the fear barrier in America is finally breaking.
…and then there is this 2003 BBC video clip showing a U.S. F15 jet fighter bombing allies and journalists in Iraq!
Tomgram: Chris Hellman, The Pentagon’s Spending Spree
“As with all addictions, once you’re hooked on massive military spending, it’s hard to think realistically or ask the obvious questions. So, at a moment when discussion about cutting military spending is actually on the rise for the first time in years, let me offer some little known basics about the spending spree this country has been on since September 11, 2001, and raise just a few simple questions about what all that money has actually bought Americans.” [..read more]
I say again…the Pentagon needs to be reduced to a triangle. Our country is less safe than before 9/11 and military contractors have been on a looting binge. Period, point.
NATO copter shot down; dozens of U.S. troops killed
“KABUL — A NATO helicopter was shot down during an overnight operation against the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said. The crash appeared to be the deadliest incident for the coalition in the nearly 10-year-old war, killing 31 U.S. service members and eight Afghan troops, according to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.“
“The U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said the aircraft was most likely brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade and that many of the dead were Navy SEALs. The Taliban asserted responsibility for the crash, which occurred in Wardak province, just west of the capital, Kabul.” (emphasis mine)
Bring our military men and women home! They may believe they are fighting for “our freedoms” but they are being used as pawns in a global war among megalomaniacal global banksers/politicocorporate elitists and delusional Christian/Zionist/Islamic “religious” extremists for “supreme” control of the planet Bring them home!
“A judge is allowing an Army veteran who says he was imprisoned unjustly and tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq to sue former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld personally for damages.”
“Court papers filed on his behalf say he was repeatedly abused, then suddenly released without explanation in August 2006. Two years later, he filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington arguing that Rumsfeld personally approved torturous interrogation techniques on a case-by-case basis and controlled his detention without access to courts in violation of his constitutional rights.”
The Obama administration has no wiggle room left to keep suppressing Justice and Truth about criminal covert activities that have gone on over the last 50+ years and culminated in a stealth political coup d’etat in Wash DC in Sept 2001. Rumsfeld, the Bush 6, and an array of others behind the scenes must be held to account so the smokescreens can be removed and we can begin making wiser decisions based on unfettered Truth .
27 rifles stolen from California military base
“Twenty-six AK-74 assault rifles and one Dragunov sniper rifle were stolen from a supply warehouse at Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County on July 15, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says in a statement.”
“Some arrests have been made and one rifle has been recovered, but the agency is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to further arrests, the statement said. ‘Community participation is necessary to improve the likelihood that ATF and our law enforcement partners will track down the firearms as well as the criminals who have sought to destabilize our community through illegal activity,’ ATF Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres said in the statement.”
My antennae perked up with this story. I’m really bothered by the phrase “criminals who have sought to destabilize our community.” Waiting two weeks to inform the pubic? That means that for two weeks, the public has been left vulnerable . The words “contractor” and ”setup” run though the Stream of Consciousness. The answers given by the ATF spokesman are just too pat. Time will tell.
Voice of America:
Obama Orders Cuts in ‘Surge’ Troops in Afghanistan
“U.S. President Barack Obama announced he is withdrawing 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by the middle of next year.”
“President Obama says al-Qaida is under more pressure than at any time since the September 11 terrorist attacks. In his speech, Mr. Obama calls Osama bin Laden’s death a victory for all who have served since the attacks. He says information recovered from the al-Qaida leader’s compound show the terror group under “enormous strain” and on a ‘path to defeat.’ “
It’s great news that our troops will begin returning. My problem with this speech and all the speeches, statements, decisions, actions, and biases taken since 09/11/01 have been based on a little bit of Truth mashed in with a whole bunch of non-Truths about that tragic day; therefore, they have been based on flawed mis- and dis-information . As though looking through a keyhole and being presented only with the testimony that the observer saw three people in blue robes in the room when in fact, there were 20 people in all shades of robes who simply were silent/unseen, we have acted and reacted on a false witness without investigating the other 17 people. Demand a new, fully independent investigation of 9/11. If we do not tease the whole Truth about that lead-up to that event, we will continue making very bad and dangerous decisions.
Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance
“BRUSSELS—America’s military alliance with Europe—the cornerstone of U.S. security policy for six decades—faces a “dim, if not dismal” future, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in a blunt valedictory address. In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members’ penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of U.S. support. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in 1949 as a U.S.-led bulwark against Soviet aggression, but in the post-Cold War era it has struggled to find a purpose.”
“Gates has made no secret of his frustration with NATO bureaucracy and the huge restrictions many European governments placed on their military participation in the Afghanistan war. He ruffled NATO feathers early in his tenure with a direct challenge to contribute more front-line troops that yielded few contributions.”
IMHO, what Mr. Gates essentially is outlining is what is obvious—while the U.S./Pentagon/Israel struggle to hold onto the ”might is right” mentality whenever they want to bolster the military war machine, most of the rest of the world is moving on to an era of constructing a world that finds way to set people free and celebrate our diversity of cultures and ideas, not annihilate them. The corruption in the extreme sports, i.e. FIFA and FIA, has reached its apex, too, because extremes of greed, hubris, and mafia-like activities (Plutonian forces) are in its death throes, though kicking and screaming to survive. Extremism, whether religious or secular, exists because war, hubris, and prejudice promote it. We will end the wars in our world when we end them in our minds….
Gates in February 2011:
” ‘In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined…’ .”
Conservatives seek to ‘muzzle’ commission’s Afghan detainee report
“The Conservative government is looking to limit the findings of an independent report into whether the Canadian military police knew that detainees transferred to Afghan custody faced a substantial risk of torture. “
“The Justice Department went to court last week in a bid to curtail what the Military Police Complaints Commission can include in its final report, requesting the exclusion of evidence gleaned from key witnesses such as former Afghanistan-based diplomat Richard Colvin, who alleged last fall the government turned a blind eye to warnings that detainees were routinely tortured in Afghan facilities.”
” ‘The fact that they’re going to court shows either that they’re nervous or that they’re not wanting to be accountable to the public,’ said Bryon Wilfert, a Liberal MP seeking re-election in Toronto and a member of the defence committee conducting its own probe into detainee abuse.” [emphasis mine)
US missiles hit Pakistan borderlands killing 18
"Suspected U.S. missiles struck two vehicles in a Taliban stronghold on Pakistan's side of the border with Afghanistan on Monday, killing 18 alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said."
"At least 110 such missile strikes have been launched this year — more than doubling last year's total. Nearly all have landed in North Waziristan, a region that hosts several militant groups battling U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, including the feared Haqqani network." [emphasis mine]
US/NATO; ah, yes, they are “fighting for our freedom”….NOT! They are fighting and killing for THEIR freedom to invade countries and capture resources for profit. Be The Change.
Empire: Hollywood and the war machine:
“What does Hollywood get out of this ‘deal with the devil’? Access to billions of dollars worth of military kit, from helicopters to aircraft carriers, enabling filmmakers to make bigger and more spectacular battle scenes, which in turn generate more box office revenue. Providing they accept the Pentagon’s advice, even toe the party line and show the US military in a positive light.”
“Pakistan has indefinitely delayed an offensive against insurgents along the Afghan border in protest at American backing for India to win a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, military officials said.”
“Relations between the US and Pakistan have soured in recent weeks with a series of diplomatic wrangles over cross-border raids by US forces, drone strikes and President Obama’s focus on India. Pakistan has also rejected an American request to allow drone strikes around the city of Quetta, thought to be home to the Afghan Taliban’s senior leadership.”
Senior Taliban leader was a fake, officials say
“If it sounded too good to be true, that’s because it apparently was. Afghan officials and Western diplomats acknowledged Tuesday that a man claiming to
be a senior Taliban leader, who was flown to the Afghan capital in a NATO aircraft for talks this year, was almost certainly an impostor.”
“The Karzai government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have signaled that after nine years of war, some form of political settlement is probably the only real chance for a durable peace. This year’s increase in the number of American troops has been aimed in large measure at reversing Taliban battlefield momentum, in hopes of luring the insurgency’s leadership to the bargaining table and its foot soldiers away from the fight.
The Taliban movement all along has issued strenuous public denials that meetings between emissaries of the movement and the Karzai government have been taking place.”
The accompanying PR photo is offensive to me, showing all these smiling faces in the midst of illegal wars that have killed thousands and thousands and so-called “civilized” countries allowing torture and mayhem to take place. Enough! Sickening.
Iraq Court Sentences Tareq Aziz to Death
“Iraq’s supreme criminal court sentenced former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz to death on Tuesday, state television reported, the first death sentence handed
down against the longtime international face of the Saddam Hussein regime.”
“In 2009, Aziz was jailed for 15 years for the 1992 execution of 42 Baghdad wholesalers and separately given a seven-year term for his role in expelling Kurds from Iraq’s north. He pleaded not guilty on all counts.”
“Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources.”
“Reports of the talks come amid what Afghan, Arab and European sources said they see as a distinct change of heart by the Obama administration toward full backing of negotiations. Although President Obama and his national security team have long said the war would not be won by military means alone, sources said the administration only recently appeared open to talks rather than resisting them.”
Are You Afraid of the Digital Taleban?
“In the latest in militainment news, Electronic Arts has bowed to pressure from military officials in the U.S. and UK–not that it wasn’t already predisposed to their sentiments–and to the overreaching complaints of family members of those who died killing Afghans, and removed mention of the Taleban from the upcoming release of “Medal of Honor.” Players can now play as part of “Opposing Force” rather than “Taliban.” Had EA not made the change, the game faced outright banning: British Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox called for retail stores to ban the game, and it was to be banned on U.S. bases, even though U.S. military personnel participated as consultants and testers to make it “more respectful” of their side, and of course, “accurate.” The only accuracy achieved is that, as in our mainstream media, the other is suppressed, and colonial disrespect is officially permitted and encouraged.”
“Apparently listening to these voices is required of all us, but more than that, strict obedience to those voices, so that no competing images can be seen. The assumption seems to be that where there are competing images and labels, there are competing sentiments, and that needs to be shut down.”
There are some very, VERY sick puppies behind such a video game. For goodness sake, give our young people hope for a bright future , not a sick, life-degrading portrayal of this world.
“Nato said its aircraft killed ‘several armed individuals’ as the crew believed they were being fired on. Pakistan says the helicopter attacked a military checkpoint, and that it ‘strongly disapproves’ of violation of its sovereignty.”
“A Nato spokesman said US Gen David Petraeus, commander of the foreign forces in Afghanistan, had contacted Pakistani government officials to explain what had happened during the attack, why it happened and to pass on his condolences.”
I do believe that Petraeus has sent just one-too-many ”condolences” overseas. It is time to stop this MIC machine before Mother Earth self-destructs in Her sadness and mourning.
U.S. urges judge to toss lawsuit over target killings
“The Obama administration on Saturday urged a federal judge to reject a challenge to a program that targets for killing U.S. citizens like Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who have joined militant groups and have been tied to terrorism plots.”
“The Justice Department, while refusing to confirm that the targeted kill program existed, said in a court filing that the father has no legal standing to sue and that U.S. courts should not interfere with how the government protects the country.”
” “The idea that courts should have no role whatsoever in determining the criteria by which the executive branch can kill its own citizens is unacceptable in a democracy,’ the ACLU and CCR organizations said in a statement. ‘In matters of life and death, no executive should have a blank check.’ “
We absolutely need our court systems in America to participate here because if we do not, we can never know if what this government is claiming is true. We have been lied to shamelessly many times already. Somehow, some way, People Power must stop the dictatorship that is arising in Wash. D.C!
Santa Fe Reporter:
Money Machine: For Some Santa Fe Companies, War is Good for Something
“War can be good for business—not only for those who build fighter jets or sell bullets, but also for the sprawling network of civilian companies whose chief customer is the US military and for the security agencies. This is especially true in a state with as many federal outposts as New Mexico.”
“To identify the local companies that have profited during this time of war and terror, SFR trolled federal spending records for clues. The results? More than 50 local companies have done business with the departments of Defense or Homeland Security in just the past two fiscal years, winning a combined $441 million in contracts.”
For the complete list of companies, visit SFReporter.com and warisbusiness.com, a new investigative website by the author.
“President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.”
“But most of the book centers on the strategy review, and the dissension, distrust and infighting that consumed Obama’s national security team as it was locked in a fierce and emotional struggle over the direction, goals, timetable, troop levels and the chances of success for a war that is almost certain to be one of the defining events of this presidency.”
Las Cruces Sun News:
Former New Mexico nuclear lab couple charged with dealing weapons secrets to Venezuela
“A scientist and his wife who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and charged with conspiring to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela. “After their arrest, the two appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M. They were accused of dealing with an FBI undercover agent posing as a Venezuelan agent. The government did not allege that Venezuela or anyone working for it sought U.S. secrets.”
According to the charge, it was NOT alleged that “Venezuela or anyone working for it sought U.S. secrets” was involved. If theVenezuelan government wasn’t involved, who was? A corporation? Maybe not even that; it appears from the scarity of info in this item, the covert FBI ops approached them first and “inticed” them into a deal they couldn’t refused (?).
Of course, if the Intl. M.I.C. had not pursued nuclear weaponry back in the ’50 for the purposes of WAR in the first place, stories like this would never have entered the mind.
Please note as well in the subsequent video report below that although nobody in the Venezuelan government has been accused of involvement, the pictures of Chavez flashing on the screen is misleading that fact—I call it sensationalist. It will be interesting to find out exactly what induced the FBI to initiate this sting operation, though. Perhaps this?:
KTNV ABC Las Vegas:
Chavez insists Venezuela won’t accept US diplomat
“Chavez responded to the U.S. criticism on drugs while addressing leaders of his socialist party at a campaign event ahead of Sept. 26 congressional elections.”
He said he believes the timing of the drugs announcement ‘has to do with the elections’ and accused his opponents of being in cahoots with the United States.”
Karzai marks 9/11 with appeal over civilian deaths “President Hamid Karzai marked the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the U.S. by insisting the origins of the continued Taliban insurgency are not in Afghanistan. Civilian deaths are a flashpoint issue in Afghanistan and seriously undermine support for the war. Karzai has repeatedly urged NATO to take all necessary measures to protect civilians. NATO says it is doing all it can to avoid innocent casualties but says insurgents often use civilians as human shields during attacks.”
“The Taliban said the insurgency would continue, warning that foreign forces were facing defeat in an “illegitimate war which will eventually usher the downfall of the American empire.”
Top US commander: Burning Quran endangers troops “The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Tuesday that an American church’s threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book the Quran could endanger U.S. troops in the country and Americans worldwide.”
“The U.S. Embassy in Kabul also issued a statement condemning the church’s plans, saying Washington was “deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups.”
“Dove World Outreach Center, which made headlines last year after distributing T-shirts that said ‘Islam is of the Devil,’ has been denied a permit to set a bonfire but has vowed to proceed with the burning.”
“Christian” extremists have a huge downfall coming, and religious and idealogical extremism in general. I feel it in my bones. One can only stretch a rope so far before it begins to fray at its weakest point. This story reminded me of another historical event:
“People set us down as enemies of intelligence”, claims Hitler. “We are..” says Hitler.
How useful are our intelligence agencies? To what degree are they blinded by prejudice and institutional needs? “Much has been made since 2003 of the politicization of analysis, and the collateral mistake of policymakers in ‘cherry picking’ analysis. First and foremost, politicization, that is, the distortion of analysis to fit a desired policy or political outcome, must be considered the cardinal sin of analysis. To a great degree, politicization can only be done within the intelligence agencies. Once the intelligence reaches policymakers, they will read, react to, and interpret the intelligence within the framework of policy preferences, prior experience, and personal intellectual (or ideological) preconceptions, reform efforts notwithstanding. It is at least possible that intelligence analysis can change the mind of a policymaker.”
Afghan president says airstrike killed civilians “NATO said an airstrike in northern Afghanistan on Thursday killed about a dozen insurgents, but President Hamid Karzai said the victims were campaign workers seeking votes in this month’s parliamentary elections.”
“Earlier, Takhar Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa said the car in which candidate Abdul Wahid Khorasani had been riding was fired on by helicopters following an initial pass by fighter jets. He called the incident an obvious mistake, saying there were no Uzbek militants, foreigners or members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the convoy. There aren’t even any Taliban in this area,” Taqwa said. “They were all working on Mr. Khorasani’s campaign.”
I think where this war went wrong was starting it in the first place. That’s obvious. But, WHY it was started and why it has taken on a half-baked life of its own is because the leaders are not fighting like leaders in a truly Just war would. They went in with the mind-set to remake the Middle East nations in their own image (uh, perhaps I should say Israel’s image?) and it has all degraded to leaders fighting leaders, innocent people caught in the middle, and everyone neglecting why we were supposed to be there: Ostensibly to get OBL. He’s not even on the FIB (whoops. Was that a freudian slip? I meant FBI ) Most Wanted list! Ends these wars!
Pakistan army cancels US trip amid search dispute “Pakistan’s military canceled a trip by officers to an annual meeting at U.S. Central Command after they were taken off a plane and subjected to “unwarranted security checks” at Dulles International Airport in Washington, a spokesman said Wednesday.”
“The delegation was the Pakistani contingent of this year’s U.S.-Pakistan Military Consultative Committee meeting, an annual session where the two nation’s outline military-to-military programs for the following year, said Marine Maj. David Nevers, a Centcom spokesman in Tampa.”
Another fine mess brought to you by The Keystone Cops.
Inside Bay Area:
AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq “As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted—more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency. “
“Iraqis can see one of the most egregious examples of waste as they drive north from Baghdad to Khan Bani Saad. A prison rises from the desert, complete with more than two dozen guard towers and surrounded by high concrete walls. But the only signs of life during a recent visit were a guard shack on the entry road and two farmers tending a nearby field.”
The Neocon’s Empire of Dust…at the expense of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars.
Afghan capital removing its protective blast walls “Work crews this week began tackling the 10-foot (3-meter)-tall concrete barriers that ring government buildings, embassies, banks and other potential targets in the Afghan capital and sometimes block vehicle and even pedestrian traffic.”
“Removal of the walls carries major political significance for Karzai, who needs to show Afghanistan’s beleaguered people that he can bring about real improvements in security and quality of life. The campaign also comes amid increasing moves by the president to assert his authority over Afghanistan’s security situation, even with 120,000 foreign troops still in the country.”
According to a new study, dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Fallujah was bombarded by US Marines in 2004.”
More from Al Jazeera
So sad, so disturbing, and so inhumane. And the West wonders why survivors of this horrible M.I.C. assault on their lives and humanity are swiping back fiercely to cut off the head of the viscious Serpent of Death? As long as these weapons of mass destruction exist in our world, America itself will not be immunized from these killing machines. It is the nature of the beast.
Hundreds of PTSD soldiers likely misdiagnosed “At the height of the Iraq war, the Army routinely fired hundreds of soldiers for having a personality disorder when they were more likely suffering from the traumatic stresses of war, discharge data suggests.”
“The Army denies that any soldier was misdiagnosed before 2008, when it drastically cut the number of discharges due to personality disorders and diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorders skyrocketed.”
If the Army denied it, it is likely true.
Claims of Afghan Civilian Deaths Spark Protest “The gulf between the two accounts is a reminder of how sensitive every NATO operation in Afghanistan has become. In Taliban-heavy areas it is hard to distinguish villagers from insurgents and sometimes public opinion turns against coalition forces even when they say they are certain they targeted the correct people.”
“Elders from Zarin Khil village said American troops stormed into a family’s house and shot three brothers — all young men — and then took their father into custody, Abed said. Police are investigating the allegations but could not yet confirm or deny them, he said.”
The Afghan war’s real problem is India, Pakistan and Kashmir “The reason the Pakistani military continued to back jihadist groups, jointly set up with the CIA in the 1980s, after the Soviet Union was defeated in Afghanistan was that it believed the same tactics could be used in Kashmir against India. And the reason the Pakistani military remains obsessed with shaping events in Afghanistan is because that country is the site of a power struggle between Pakistan and India — what commentators in Pakistan go so far as to call a ‘proxy war.’ It is what Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistan army chief, means when he speaks of Pakistan’s desire for ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan.”
“Fighting terrorists or fighting the Taliban — or indeed, fighting in Afghanistan at all — addresses symptoms rather than the disease in South Asia: the horrific, wasteful, tragic and dangerous six-decade confrontation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.”
Odierno: Troops staying in Iraq to prevent foreign interference “U.S. forces are staying in Iraq to prevent foreign powers from meddling with the new government, Gen. Ray Odierno said Sunday.”
“‘A strong Iraq will defend itself against interference from outside countries, and I think as we build a strong Iraq and as we continue to build a strong security mechanism and as we continue to help them economically and diplomatically, that will make it less likely of others from the outside being able to interfere,’ he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour on ‘This Week.’ “
Hello? Earth to Odierno?!? Don’t look now but occupying US/NATO Forces ARE A MEDDLING FOREIGN POWER.
6 Americans on medical team killed in Afghanistan “Dirk Frans, director of the International Assistance Mission, said one German, one Briton and two Afghans also were part of the team that made the three-week trip to Nuristan province. They drove to the province, left their vehicles and hiked for hours with pack horses over mountainous terrain to reach the Parun valley in the province’s northwest.”
“Frans told The Associated Press that he was skeptical the Taliban were responsible and that the team had studied security conditions carefully before proceeding with the mission. The team trekked from village to village during the two weeks, treating about 400 people for eye disorders and other illnesses.”
If the spokesman for IAM itself was “was skeptical the Taliban were responsible”, then I would be most interested in hearing why.
UAE: Japanese tanker attacked in Persian Gulf “The United Arab Emirates said Friday that a Japanese oil tanker was hit by an explosives-laden dinghy in the Persian Gulf in what would be the first attack in the strategic waterway where millions of barrels of oil are transported each day. The report — which came days after an al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for attacking the vessel — raised fears about the vulnerability of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for many petroleum exporting countries.”
“Kamran Bokhari, an analyst with STRATFOR, a private security think tank in Austin, Texas, said he remained unconvinced that it was a terrorist attack, in part because of the cautious Japanese response. ‘It’s not clear at all this is an attack and thus far it is a mysterious event,’ he said.”
Is it just me, or has the terrorist buzz word “Al-Qaida” been ramped up to the Nth degree in the news in the last three months or so, just about the time most of the world raled (and still are raling) against Israel for its inexplicable war crimes and the rising up of People Power around the world finally “get it”? Al-CIAda? Time will tell.
Pakistan’s leader says world losing Afghan war “President Asif Ali Zardari told the French daily Le Monde online that the coalition had ‘underestimated the situation on the ground and was not conscious of the scale of the problem’ against the Taliban largely because ‘we have lost the battle to conquer the heart and soul’ of the Afghan people. Long-term help — not just military reinforcements — was needed.”
” ‘To win the support of the Afghan population, we must bring them economic development and show that we cannot only change their lives, but above all improve them,’ Zardari was quoted as saying.”
Oh my goodness and be still my heart! A sane approach from a politician.
Natl News Wire:
Military dog comes home from Iraq traumatized “Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq as a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the military, conducting door-to-door searches and witnessing all sorts of noisy explosions.
“She returned home to Colorado cowering and fearful. When her handlers tried to take her into a building, she would stiffen her legs and resist. Once inside, she would tuck her tail beneath her body and slink along the floor. She would hide under furniture or in a corner to avoid people.”
Las Vegas Sun:
Dutch become 1st NATO member to quit Afghanistan “The Netherlands became the first NATO country to end its combat mission in Afghanistan, drawing the curtain Sunday on a four-year operation that was deeply unpopular at home and even brought down a Dutch government.”
“Canada has announced it will withdraw its 2,700 troops in 2011 and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has promised to pull out his country’s 2,600 soldiers the year after. That is likely to put pressure on other European governments such as Germany and Britain to scale back their forces, adding to the burden shouldered by the United States, which expects to have 100,000 troops here by the end of next month.
07/24/10War News Updates:
Gen. Stanley A.McChrystal retires from Army “Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, retired from the military Friday evening at a ceremony that replaced the pomp of military honors with a certain informality long cultivated by the general.”
The loss of McChrystal to the Military just might be a jewel for Truth down the line. Do I detect the whisper of a budding Light bearer here? Time will tell.
Car bomb kills Mexican police “The introduction of car bombs marks an escalation in tactics from suspected drug gangs. ‘This is the first time that we have seen a car bomb used in this sort of effort to attack Mexican security officials,’ Franc Contreras, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Mexico City said. Mexico’s government is refusing to call the car bombing terrorism. “
“Walter McCay, a police trainer, told Al Jazeera that, ‘this whole war is occuring in Mexico … because of the social fabric, the break down in opportunity for the entire country, 95 per cent of the wealth is owned by five per cent of the people in Mexico, it just doesn’t trickle down anywhere else.‘ “
CIA exceeded interrogation limits, former Justice Dept. official says “The former Justice Department official who cowrote the so-called torture memos testified that the department did not sanction some of the harsh methods the CIA used against detainees during the George W. Bush administration, including the repeated waterboarding of two suspected terrorists.”
“CIA spokesman George Little said: “Opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel were the foundation for the CIA’s past detention and interrogation practices. That program, now over, has been — and continues to be — the subject of extensive review. As the attorney general has said, the focus is to see if anyone involved in the program may have gone beyond the legal guidance Justice provided.”
07/04/10World for 9/11 Truth:
Documentary: “No End In Sight “The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerrilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage,..”
Pakistanis blame US after shrine attack kills 42 “Pakistanis lashed out Friday at the U.S., blaming its alliance with their government and its presence in Afghanistan for spurring two suicide bombers to kill 42 people at the country’s most important Sufi shrine. The reactions showed the challenge facing Washington and the Pakistani government when it comes to rallying public support against the Islamist extremism that has scarred the South Asian nation, even after an audacious attack on the moderate, Sufi-influenced Islam most Pakistanis practice.”
(F)ew Pakistanis interviewed saw militants at the root of the problem. “America is killing Muslims in Afghanistan and in our tribal areas (with missile strikes), and militants are attacking Pakistan to express anger against the government for supporting America,” said Zahid Umar, 25, who frequently visits the shrine, where 180 people were also wounded.
Obviously, whatever secret agency is behind this attack completely underestimated the power of the Awakening taking place on this planet, and their plan has backfired magnificently. That is occurring alot lately on this planet, ummm?
USAID attacked in northern Afghanistan—Gen. Petraeus arrives in Kabul “Six suicide bombers stormed a USAID compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. At least two of the dead were foreigners.”
” ‘It was 3 o’clock in the morning, close to the morning prayer time, when a suicide bomber in a 4×4 vehicle exploded his vehicle,’ Yaqoubi said as Afghan national security forces were battling to kill the last surviving attacker. “There is no way for him to escape.”"
Update on site: “ NATO says Gen. David Petraeus has landed in the Afghan capital to take command of U.S. and international forces fighting the nearly 9-year-old war.”
The violence is deplorable. I have a few questions, though: 1) Karzai met with the Taliban leader just four days before this attack, which reportedly was set up by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI (suspicious all by itself), why don’t they simply arrest this leader? They know where he is. 2) As with the Israel attack on the Mavi Marmara/Gaza flotilla, this violence took place “close to the morning prayer…”. Why does that bother my intuition? Why would they blow up their own Mosques? 3) Was it really an attack against progress in Afghanistan or a warning to the UN in general about stepping up to the plate on human rights, finally?
George Ure’s Urban Survival:
No EMP Goes Unpunished? “A very (repeat: very) well-informed source who is in a position to know such things passed on some thoughts about an EMP attack on America [that] would signal and (sic) the American response that’s already ‘in the bag’:”
Exerpt from “well-informed source”
(M)y educated guess (based upon years of regional and global war gaming, regional history and associated trends) is that Israel will almost certainly strike first, and strike convincingly using high yield Earth penetrating conventional ‘bunker busters’ AND low yield Earth penetrating nukes. Using both provides the cover of plausibly deniability for the nukes, wherein a large conventional blast simultaneously occurring with small yield nuke masks the immediate detection of the nuke’s radiation release.
Recall that low yield Earth penetrating nukes vent only extremely small amounts of atmospheric radiation. Masked by huge conventional bunker busters, any radiation eventually detected could, as you postulated some months ago, be fingered on the Iranians (i.e., coming from the nuke reactor area targeted in the attack).
Tell Congress It’s Time to End the Longest War in U.S. History “On Monday, June 7, the war in Afghanistan became the longest war in U.S. history. In response, Brave New Foundation and our partners at TrueMajority/USAction asked you to help us send a strong message that politicians would hear, calling for a withdrawal from that country to be completed no later than December 2011. Thanks to you, we hit our fundraising goal in just a few hours!“
<p style=”text-align: leftWashington Times:
McChrystal resigns Afghan command “President Obama said Wednesday he had accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, bringing to an ignominious end the storied but sometimes controversial career of one of the country’s top soldiers.”
McChrystal slipped badly. However, these were just words. President Obama should be demanding the resignations of Timothy Geithner, Rahm Emmanual, Bernanke, and all those around him who are maneuving this country into isolation by supporting the Zionist regime and financial fraudsters. That is a far bigger threat to the security of We The People than the loose lips of a general.
US general summoned to Washington “The White House recalled General Stanley McChrystal from Afghanistan on Tuesday to explain comments he made in a Rolling Stone magazine interview to be published on Friday, military officials said.”
“The article revisits the friction between the White House and the military last year as Obama debated whether to grant McChrystal’s request for tens of thousands of reinforcements. Al Jazeera’s James Bays, reporting from Kabul, said that McChrystal managed to offend every single one of his key bosses with the statements in the article.“
Huge Obstacles Seen in Exploiting Afghan Minerals “Impoverished Afghanistan is seen as having a bright economic future, that could help foreign governments persuade their war-fatigued publics that securing the country is worth the fight and loss of troops. It also could give Afghans hope, U.S. officials say.”
“Obama’s war just became more important and more complicated at the same time,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who helped advise the administration last year when it was rethinking its Afghanistan strategy.”
I just knew this news somehow was PR for keeping our troops in Afghanistan because they waited at least three years to release the information! Agh! HOWEVER, Paul Jay at Real News Network has written a piece on this and it parallels my perspective: U.S. KNEW ABOUT AFGHAN MINERAL BONANZA IN 2007
Afghan Mineral Find May Be Worth $1 Trillion
A great opportunity for Afghanistan to develop its infrastructure and provide well for its people, especially since it has been so brutally torn apart by war. I certainly hope that this find does not go the way of other countries whose natural resources have been plundered and human resources have been used for slave labor. The world will be watching.
Narcosphere on Media Mind Games:
The Real Crisis of our Times is What Crisis Does To Us “The bigger crisis of our time is, thus, Power’s need to create constant crises, generated first and foremost by the commercial media, all competing for our dwindling hours of free time and attention span, and exacerbated by every kind of interest group, advertiser, opportunist, politician, ‘activist,’ aspiring tyrant or con artist who know that a person who perceives himself or his community or his world in crisis can be sold all kinds of products and ideologies to serve the salesman. When we ‘lose our heads’ we are easy prey for the predators.”
PHR Report: Bush Administration Engaged in Illegal Human Experimentation on Torture “Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released today the results of a landmark investigation that, according to the organization’s press release, ‘uncovered evidence that indicates the Bush administration apparently conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody.’ PHR is asking President Obama to ‘order the attorney general to undertake an immediate criminal investigation of alleged illegal human experimentation and research on detainees conducted by the CIA and other government agencies following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.’ They are also seeking other investigations by Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice.”
Demand this investigation NOW! And demand a new investigation of 9/11 NOW!
Afghan interior, intel chiefs replaced over attack “Afghanistan’s intelligence chief and interior minister resigned Sunday to take responsibility for allowing militants to elude a massive security operation and launch an attack on last week’s national peace conference.”
06/06/10 AlJazeera Afghan officials resign over attack “Al Jazeera’s James Bays, reporting from Kabul, said the officials who have stepped down were seen as two of the four important figures in government’s war with the Taliban.
” ‘These two men were seen as key by the international community,’ he said. Mohammed [Hanif] Atmar, the interior minister, is widely seen as having done a good job in reforming the [interior ministry], which was in a pretty desperate state when he took over. And Amrullah Saleh is praised by the Americans. They believe he has been providing them with good intelligence on the Taliban.”
So did they resign or were they fired? I guess it depends on the side of the world one lives. Interesting that these two gentlement enjoyed the backing of the “international community” [U.S., GB, Israel, Canada...) and just completely missed the warning signs of this "terrorist attack"? Echoes of 9/11 emerge in my mind.
George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind "George Bush admitted yesterday that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was waterboarded by the US, and said he would do it again 'to save lives'.
"In his speech, Bush also defended the decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. He said ousting Saddam Hussein 'was the right thing to do and the world is a better place without him'."
Saddam Hussein was ruthless for sure. BUT to say the world is a "better place" without him is ludicrous. Did Saddam Hussein create the global financial crisis Mr. Bush? Did Saddam Hussein lead this country into horribly tragic and illegal wars Mr. Bush? Did Saddam Hussein make misery and pain in a open-air prison a daily event in Palestine? Mr. Bush, I suggest you look into the mirror and reexamine your reflection.
Israeli Commandos Attack International Gaza Aid Flotilla: See Israel: Developing Pressure on the Bully in the Bloc
Inside the Air Force’s Secret PsyOps Plane “Name a recent U.S. military operation, and you can pretty much guarantee that a specially modified Air Force plane was somewhere in the vicinity, trying to influencing the minds of the people below. It’s called the Commando Solo. Ordinarily, civilians are not allowed on board.”
The author puts a positive spin to this report and I’m sure his hosts were most gracious. However, from my perspective this is just another way to keep war spending going. Rather than “broadcasting” God-knows-what to foreign “vulnerable citizens”, this country should be doing what Americans do best–get to know and help our neighbors with honesty, compassion, and goodwill. Give all people on Earth the tools and encouragement to get a good language-, cultural-, and science–based education. Turn war machines into plowshares by investing in technology that helps poorer nations to help themselves. Encourage governments striving for self-determination. Do Onto Others As You Would Have Do Unto You.
Attackers strike sect mosques in Pakistan; 70 dead “Suspected Islamist militants attacked two mosques packed with hundreds of worshippers from a minority sect in eastern Pakistan on Friday, holding hostages and battling police, officials and witnesses said. More than 70 people died, and dozens were wounded.”
Is is just coincidence that this attack has taken place on the heels of what the Senate just “delivered” [below]? Be sure to read international perspectives and not just Amerocentric news reports.
Senate Approves Nearly $60 Billion for Wars“Senators delivered a bipartisan 67-to-28 vote for the war financing bill after rejecting a series of Republican proposals on border protection as well as a plan by Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, to require President Obama to produce a timetable for withdrawing from Afghanistan.”
“The Senate spending measure provides $33.5 billion for the Pentagon and fully pays for the additional 30,000 troops in the administration’s buildup in Afghanistan. It also sets aside $13 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat veterans disabled by Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. It shifts $5 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prevent it from running out of disaster relief. The bill would also give Haiti more than $1 billion for earthquake relief and recovery.”
05/28/10 Miami Herald
US toll reaches 1,000 deaths in Afghanistan war “The grim milestone was reached in a roadside bombing just before the Memorial Day weekend, when America honors the dead in all its wars.”
TRNN Exclusive: The man that “shoed” Bush [2 parts] “Muntadhar al-Zaidi (Arabic: Muntaẓar az-Zaydī) was an Iraqi broadcast journalist who served as a correspondent for Iraqi-owned, Egyptian-based Al-Baghdadia TV. Al-Zaidi’s reports often focused on the plight of widows, orphans, and children in the Iraq War.”
“On December 14, 2008, al-Zaidi shouted ‘this is for the widows and orphans’ and threw his shoes at then-US president George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference.”
Facing a rift, U.S. spy chief to step down“
Dennis Blair, whose often tumultuous tenure as director of national intelligence was marked by frequent clashes with White House officials and other spy chiefs in America’s still fractured intelligence apparatus, announced Thursday that he was resigning. “
“His exit after little more than a year comes as the White House is facing thorny decisions about Iran’s nuclear program, the future of Afghanistan and the spread of militancy from Pakistan’s tribal areas. It also fuels new doubts about the success, and wisdom, of the major intelligence overhaul in 2004 that created the spymaster position.
Intelligence Director to resign“National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said Thursday he is resigning, ending a tumultuous 16-month tenure marked by intelligence failures and turf wars among the country’s spy agencies.”
“His term in office was marked by turf battles with the CIA director and controversial public comments in the wake of the abortive Christmas Day jetliner bombing.”
Army veteran fatally shot at MacDill AFB in Tampa ” This individual who was shot, approached law enforcement officers, specifically looking at agent and threatening him with a knife,’ Coubertier said.”
MacDill/U.S. Central Command…Altercation not described…Officials wouldn’t name either…”Agent” shot more than once, killing the veteran… . This scant story is screaming for deep investigation. This was not a random anger-out-of-control altercation. What came to mind immediately was: ”threatened to blow a whistle.”
Col. Andrew J. Bacevich: No Reason To Be In Afghanistan!
Gates Says Urgent Need to Cut Defense Bureaucracy “Warring against waste, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday he is ordering a top-to-bottom paring of the military bureaucracy in search of at least $10 billion in annual savings needed to prevent an erosion of U.S. combat power.”
” ‘Eisenhower was wary of seeing his beloved republic turn into a muscle-bound, garrison state — militarily strong but economically stagnant and strategically insolvent,’ Gates said. He recalled Eisenhower’s impatience with a mindset within the military that often sought to add new weaponry without regard for cost or efficiency — ‘pile program on program,’ as he once put it.
To summarize, The Second Roman Empire is falling, too. When, oh when will they ever learn. Good to see that Mr. Gates is waking up to Eisenhower’s sage advice.
Investigators seek money courier in NYC bomb plot “Investigators of the failed car bombing in Times Square are looking for a money courier they say helped funnel cash from overseas to finance a Pakistani-American’s preparations to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb in the heart of New York, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.”
” In Karachi, Pakistan, both U.S. and Pakistani officials questioned four alleged members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, two Pakistani security officials told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The militant group is believed to have been established by Pakistani intelligence agencies, and has been linked to the al-Qaida terror network and the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporterDaniel Pearl.” D.C Transparency Promise Will be Tested By New 911 Evidence
There we have it. “The militant group is believed to have been established by Pakistani intelligence agencies. “ If you still doubt that 9/11 was not a State sponsored coalition involving Pakistani ISI, Mossad, CIA and who knows what other secret alphabet covert agents, you might want to peruse the collection of information at my post:
Faisal Shahzad’s $65,000 home equity piggy bank “Like many other homeowners across the U.S., he used his house as a piggy bank. Shahzad, who is accused of trying to detonate a Nissan Pathfinder in the center of Times Square last week, took out a second mortgage on the home just months before he left the country for what prosecutors say was a stretch of bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan.”
So, have police lost interest in the man on the video changing his shirt? Has he even been found and questioned? Somehow, these pieces just don’t fit.
05/05/10 Chron Pa. fireworks store has video of NYC bomb suspect “Each of the 36 M88 fireworks bought by the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, at the Matamoras showroom near the New York border has pyrotechnic powder equal in size to less than a sixth of an aspirin, according to officials of Ohio-based Phantom Fireworks.”
“U.S. officials in Washington said Wednesday they’ve been unable to verify statements that Shahzad trained at a Pakistani terror camp, according to the complaint against him, and haven’t linked him to any terror group.”
“The M88 he used wouldn’t damage a watermelon,” Zoldan said. “Thank goodness he used that.”
It makes no sense to me. He allegedly used legally bought fireworks that “wouldn’t damage a watermelon,” used a fertilizer that “would not have caused a massive explosion“, and combined these with BBQ propane tanks and used clocks. An intent to cause harm to any innocent person or to property is abhorrent, but if this was the best that could be done with Pakistani-terrorist-encouraged “bomb making” training, there are more questions than answers for sure.worked this time, huh?
This “2nd person” alluded to rather reminds me of that mysterious “Sharp Dressed Man” described by Kurt Haskell who helped the “underwear bomber” onto Flight 253 in December. BTW, why is there this mantra—still—by puppet media pundits disparaging “911Truthers” as though we are imbeciles ? Is TRUTH a dirty word to these people? Do they instead support Liars?
05/05/10 Journal Times:
Times Square bombing suspect’s life had unraveled “Not long ago, Faisal Shahzad had a pretty enviable life: He became an American citizen after emigrating from Pakistan, where he came from a wealthy family. He earned an MBA. He had a well-educated wife and two kids and owned a house in a middle-class Connecticut suburb.”
1) Came from wealthy Pakistani family; 2) worked for global marketing firm; 3) lost home to foreclosure, moved abruptly; 3) spoke against Bush and Iraq war [certainly not uncommon---I hear it all the time in my community]; 4) son of a former top Pakistani air force officer; 5) well-educated spouse. So far, the sketch reads to me like a man caught between losing the “American dream” from the economic crisis and the feeling of angst about war in his home country. My question is though, how is it that the son of a top “Pakistani air force officer” with apparent bomb training could achieve no more than a poorly made dud of a bomb? Interestingly, the young man with a bomb in his underpants on Flight 253 last December also appears to have come from a wealthy family whose attempt also fizzled. Interesting.
05/04/10 George Ure’s Urban Survival:
NY’s Terror Bust “While some (including hizzoner mayor Bloomberg) were initially saying there was no evidence that NYC’s failed Times Square bombing attempt was the work of al Qaeda, we can now toss out excessive political correctness.”
Why? Well the Washington Post reports a suspect – a US citizen originally from Pakistan was pulled off a plane headed for Dubai to be questioned as a suspect. Readers on the other hand have continuing questions:
“Now that a Pakistani American has been arrested regarding the weekend Times Square truck bomb, authorities have stopped looking for the white man videotaped acting strangely in the area. Why? Early NYPD reports were that the bomb potential was relatively harmless, but now federal authorities contend it was capable of ‘mass carnage.’ “
Okay, so I’m not the only one who can’t square the guy in the video with the guy nabbed while getting onto a flight to Dubai. [Dubai?]
Bomb suspect pulled from Dubai-bound plane “Faisal Shahzad, 30, was taken into custody at 11:45 p.m. ET Monday night by Customs and Border Protection agents after he boarded an Emirates airlines flight to Dubai at New York’s JFK airport, officials told NBC News.”
He doesn’t look like the whiter, bald-in-back man in the video to me.
05/03/10 Daily Contributor Officials: Times Square Car Bomb Probably a Terrorist Attack “Police said the dark-green Nissan Pathfinder had Connecticut license plates that did not match it. Fireworks, three propane tanks, two five-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks were among the items found inside the car, which was first noticed by a T-shirt vendor.”
05/02/10 NYPD Releases Times Square Surveillance Video
05/02/10 Washington Monthly Car Bomb Found In Times Square “A crude car bomb of propane, gasoline and fireworks was discovered in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square on Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theater goers on a warm and busy night. Although the device had apparently started to detonate, there was no explosion, and early on Sunday the authorities were still seeking a suspect and motive.”
05/01/10 YouTube AP:
US embassy warns of terror attack threat in Delhi “There are increased indications that terrorists are planning imminent attacks in New Delhi,” said a statement on the embassy’s website. “
“It urged people to avoid several locations popular with Westerners.”
Michael Chertoff states at 10:25: “The concern that you have is, that we’re not going to take the hard decisions in this area until we have the equivalent of a Pearl Harbor or 9/11. You know, something that will actually result in loss of life or a huge dislocation of our economy, and it would be a pity if it required something so dramatic to result in moving forward.” Sounds like a PNAC plan to me.
US takes early lumps in case against Mich. militia “During two days of hearings last week before U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts, prosecutors tried to show how dangerous they perceived the Hutaree militia to be by playing secretly recorded conversations. Those talks, however, revealed no specific plot. Under questioning by defense attorneys, the FBI’s lead agent on the case seemed unprepared.”
” ‘They weren’t prepared,’ said John Freeman, a former federal prosecutor. ‘What strikes me is the appearance that the government took detention as a given based strictly on the nature of the allegations.’ “
FBI raid in Hammond part of 3-state blitz “Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, said one of his team leaders got a frantic phone call Saturday evening from members of Hutaree, a Christian militia group, who said their property in southwest Michigan was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.” ‘They said they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide,’ Lackomar said. ‘My team leader said, ‘”no thanks.” ‘ The team leader was cooperating with the FBI on Sunday, Lackomar said.”
“He said his organization was not affiliated with Hutaree, which states on its Web site to be ‘prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren’t.’ “
Having no more information to go on than this about this group, it reads to me as though they were trained by Blackwater/Xe/Paravant crews [but we don't call them religious radicals, do we---we call them Military Contractors]
The Ed Show:
Politically motivated violent behavior is intolerable and absolutely unproductive, uncouth, and only exposes the real character of people in their darkness. Anyone who reads this site will find plenty of positive, enlightening, and peaceful means to Be The [nonviolent] Change You Want To See in this world—first, unlearn all you have been told and start learning the facts.
Pentagon gun was from Tennessee police “Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place: the police and court system of Memphis, Tenn.”
03/05/10 Washington Post:2nd person scrutinized in Pentagon subway shooting “One of the sources said Bedell was seen on a surveillance video near the Pentagon talking to another man. Police were looking for the second man Thursday night but did not know whether he was involved in any way in the shooting, which occurred at 6:40 p.m., near the end of rush hour.”
So, the Pentagon surveillance cameras
03/06/10 Army Times Parents Of Pentagon Shooter Warned Authorities “San Benito County Sheriff Curtis Hill told the AP the parents of John Patrick Bedell filed a missing persons report and were worried about his mental stability. After reading an e-mail from their son to an acquaintance, the parents told deputies they were worried that he had purchased a gun.”
NY Daily News:
Gunman John Patrick Bedell killed after shooting 2 Pentagon police “John Patrick Bedell, the gunman who shot two Pentagon police officers was heavily armed and spent weeks driving to the Capital area from the West Coast, authorities said Friday.”
“In an Internet posting, a user by the name JPatrickBedell wrote that he was ‘determined to see that justice is served’ in the death of Marine Col. James Sabow [more on Col. Sabow below], who was found dead in the backyard of his California home in 1991.”
Millions of people across the world know the official 9/11 conspiracy story is baseless and write about findings and opinions all the time….including this blog. If there is a rise in anti-corrupt government sentiment, government created it. However, violence is never the answer. But I think there is much more to this story. We are talking military intrigue here. So far this sounds far more involved than just one frustrated guy who finally laid down his pen and picked up a sword. He apparently had long-standing mental issues but one thing seems certain—he had no illusions about surviving this. He wanted his story told. BTW, he was a registered Democrat [hardly right wing]. I own no weapons, I abhore violence, and I am not formally aligned with any organization. But I do own a brain, which is the best weapon available to get to the Truth. Do the research!:
The Strange Death of Colonel Sabow “Colonel Sabow’s ‘suicide’ and its aftermath have turned up far-ranging ramifications. As this special in-depth investigation will show, an unreported secret network of CIA agents was involved in illicit drug traffic from Mena, Arkansas, and dozens of other small airports around the country, the illegal sale of C-130 aircraft from the Forest Service, and the untimely deaths of investigative reporters and pilots. These agents were also involved with one of the largest drug trafficking operations coming into the country and illegal arms going out of the country.”
Is it just coincidence that the day before the shooting at the Pentagon, an article titled Brother of Murdered Marine Needs Your Help by A.G. and former Gov. Jerry Brown appeared, and the day before that article was this on the death of Jerry Brown’s former Transportation advisor : Calif. transportation activist found dead in creek
NY Times blog:
Gunman Outlined Theories Online “The Wikipedian JPatrickBedell wrote, ‘I have a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and studied biochemistry at San Jose State University.’ That matches biographical details of the gunman reported by local news outlets in California, where Mr. Bedell lived.”
Post on this site:
Flt 253 Underwear Terrorist or Overlord PsyOps? CLICK HERE
Pilot intentionally flies plane into Austin office building “A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Servicecrashed his small plane into an office building that houses federal tax employees in Austin, Texas on Thursday, setting off a raging fire that sent workers fleeing as thick plumes of black smoke poured into the air.”
It’s unfortunate that this pilot couldn’t channel his anger through peaceful activism instead of violence. Peaceful resistence is much mightier than the sword. If you are angry—and alot of us are—find a constructive way to Be the change you want to see in the world.
02/18/10 Huffington Post Joe Stack Statement: Alleged Suicide Note From Austin Pilot Posted Online
Attack On IRS Part Of Long Line Of Tax Protesters “While their numbers aren’t large, according to experts, their arguments are so enticing that the IRS has published a guide to debunk their claims. In 2008, the Justice Department was concerned enough to start the ‘National Tax Defier Initiative’ to better coordinate prosecutions.”
‘You would think a little light bulb would go on in their head and they would say, ‘Why in the heck is everybody else paying taxes?’ said Peter R. Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor who is now a litigation partner at the law firm DLA Piper in Washington. “
“There are people who are peddling this stuff. It’s a way to get people to believe something that’s too good to be true.” Some believe the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which authorizes Congress to levy income taxes, was not legally ratified; it was ratified in 1913.
1) On the quote: “You would think a little light bulb would go on in their head and they would say, Why in the heck is everybody else paying taxes?” I find that statement offensive to thinking people, akin to stating, “Why in the heck is everybody else running stop signs? Does that mean a “little light bulb” should advise me to do it, too? 2) What a waste of taxpayer money to write a “tax defiers” initiative when you could just POST ON THE INTERNET THE ENTIRE LAW AS WRITTEN that proves that workers’ income tax is mandatory; that’s all you have to do.
Warning: Do not take this picture—Police warned over misuse of terror laws to stop innocent photographers: “Police have been accused of misusing powers granted under anti-terror legislation after a series of incidents, ranging from the innocuous to the bizarre, in which photographers were questioned by officers for taking innocent pictures of tourist destinations, landmarks and even a fish and chip shop.”
“Marc Vallee, a photojournalist who specialises in documenting protests, has become so exasperated at how often photographers are questioned or searched by officers that he has co-founded a campaign group to keep tabs on how public photography is being policed. The “I’m a photographer, not a terrorist” campaign group now has more than 4,000 supporters and has held a number of protests, including outside Scotland Yard, to highlight what they believe is the growing harassment of amateur and professional photographers by police and over-zealous council officials.”
I propose a National Photography Tolerance Day where every adult across the nation can grab a camera and go en masse to every landmark all across this nation and start snapping. Power to the Photogs!
Sources: NYC suspect had senior al-Qaida contact: “U.S. intelligence organizations first became aware of Zazi in late August, a senior administration official said. The intelligence and administration officials declined to offer more details on the operative and spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.”
To me, this article reads as though the “terrorist” is the latest target in a public relations war between the FBI and CIA, as well as a frantic campaign to counter the increasing lack of public support for the Afghanistan war. Notice as well that “sources” can never be named anymore because “the investigation is ongoing.” This is not investigative journalism. BTW, the majority of us now know that “Al-Qaida operatives” have otherwise been known as CIA assets—as well, America has awakened big time since 9/11 so what is the point of planning such relatively primitive attacks these days? Must we forever be told to fear the “Big Bad Wolf”? Just a thought… .
09/27/09 Baltimore Sun: Feds accuse terror suspect of shopping beauty stores for bomb supplies in NYC plot: “Zazi has publicly denied any terrorist plotting. …(A) series of searches in Denver and New York City over the past two weeks — including high-profile raids on Queens apartments that netted backpacks, cell phones and a scale — haven’t found any evidence of explosives.”
“Beauty supply store employees in New York and the Denver suburbs said authorities had been there recently asking whether large quantities of hydrogen peroxide or acetone supplies had been purchased.”
Note that this rash of enticing and then entrapping “potential terrorists” coincides with trying to drum up support to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan.
Report: FBI Paid Controversial NJ Blogger For Help: “A New Jersey blogger about to stand trial on charges he made death threats against federal judges apparently was paid by the FBI in its battle against domestic terrorism, according to a published report.”
“Turner’s FBI connections began in 2003 with the Newark-based Joint Terrorism Task Force and continued on and off until this year, according to the newspaper. He claims his postings and other inflammatory statements were part of an undercover operation to ferret out violent left-wing radicals.”
“But other documents show federal agents growing more anxious about his extremist views while valuing his ties to right-wing hate groups, the newspaper said. It noted one memo that stated Turner “has proven highly reliable and is in a unique position to provide vital information on multiple subversive domestic organizations.”
“…ferret out violent left-wing radicals“? “..valuing his ties to right-wing hate groups”? What has obviously occurred here is yet another covert government attempt to provoke violence by utilizing the hegelian dialectic (thesis, antithesis, and synthesis) as a tool to instill fear and mass subservience. This is not about protecting We The People but about protecting the elites. Awakened People are no longer buying into this deceit. FBI, if you really want to make our country safer, bring Bush/Cheney et. al. to justice.
Relatives identify victims of Russian train wreck, officials seek clues in ‘terrorist attack’: “Relatives on Sunday begun the grim process of identifying loved ones killed in the wreck of an express train Russian authorities say was blown off the tracks by a terrorist bomb.”
“Extreme nationalism is also a deadly problem in Russia. Skinheads and neo-Nazi groups have carried out frequent attacks, mostly targeting ethnic groups from the Caucasus and Central Asia.”
It is yet another unnecessary tragedy in this world and it remains to be seen if this was a “lone gunman” or State sponsored event. Still, I simply have to remark that the press does not seem to want to clarify the distinct difference between “Extreme nationalists” and “Constitutional nationalists”; two very different ideologies. “Extreme” nationalists such as Hitler et.al., promoted ethnic cleansing and a purified German race (of course, there is no such thing as a pure race, as any researched genealogic tree would confirm). Constitutional (human rights) “nationalists” in this country simply want all of its people to remain free in this salad bowl of American autonomy.
12 dead, 31 injured in shootings at Fort Hood: Army psychiatrist was gunman in Texas incident, military officials tell NBC: “[Maj. Nidal Malik] Nasan (was) an Army psychiatrist who had been promoted to major in May.”
“Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said military officials had told her that Hasan was ‘pretty upset’ about his deployment orders.”
“In Washington, President Barack Obama called the shooting ‘a horrific outburst of violence.’ “
“We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident,” the commander in chief said. “We are going to stay on this.”
Very, very tragic….like all the other tragedies borne of the Culture of War for Profit. Unfortunately, mainstream will probably try to turn this into a planned religious terror attack [an oxymoron?] of some sort but, sadly, this was very probably someone who just could no longer cope with the split personality that manifests from illegal and morally reprehensible wars. Will President Obama really “stay on this” until “we get answers to every question”? Why, President Obama, aren’t you just as engaged in “answering every single question” regarding the mass killing of 3000 American lives (and growing) on 09/11/2001 in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon? If all of the questions surrounding 9/11 were answered—and answered fully and truthfully—our military men and women would be home instead of suffering PTSD after watching so many innocents die for an illegal, immoral Military- Industrial-
Troubling portrait emerges of Fort Hood suspect: “They had not determined for certain whether Hasan is the author of the posting, and a formal investigation had not been opened before the shooting, said law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case.”
I for one would not listen to someone telling me rumors about another someone without knowing the Who part of the report! Why would I just accept the comments of a ” person not authorized to discuss the case.” Who are these “officials not authorized”? If a story cannot be independently researched, it’s just manipulative neighborhood gossip. Period.
Army: Fort Hood shooting rampage suspect is alive: “Authorities said immediately after Thursday’s attack that they had killed the suspected shooter. But Cone now says the suspected shooter is alive and [in] stable condition.”
Now we find the “suspect” is not only alive but in stable condition. Hopefully, President Obama will stick at least to what he said: “We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident.” Or, does that change, too, now that the suspected killer is indeed alive and may have a chance for a fair trial by a jury of peers, making it much more difficult to weave the “official story”.
An opaque transparency: “As the first congressional investigation of the Fort Hood massacre began Thursday, a curious collection of witnesses assembled in the committee room. “
“It was a familiar trope of the Bush years: A congressional committee would try to investigate the administration’s actions — over intelligence failures in Iraq, for example — but the administration would stiff the committee and then set up its own internal inquiry to preempt the lawmakers’ probe and keep embarrassing details quiet. On Thursday, the Obama administration followed every element of the script, short of hiring Ari Fleischer.”
Well, enough for President Obama’s, “We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident… (W)e are going to stay on this.” statement from 11/05. I really thought before his election that he would stand up to his Handlers and clean up the White House; obviously, he lied—or is being threatened. Hard to know these days.
Police: GI shot himself to avoid deployment: “A Fort Carson soldier set to return to Afghanistan intentionally shot himself in the shoulder to avoid deployment, Colorado Springs police said.”
After watching “My War, My Story” it becomes apparent that this government is using our young military men and women for their own greedy war and this must stop!
Attorney: OKC Bombing Tapes Appear Edited “Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday.”
” ‘Four cameras in four different locations going blank at basically the same time on the morning of April 19, 1995. There ain’t no such thing as a coincidence,’ Trentadue said.”
Why don’t they just come out and admit it—all the Twin Tower bomb-sniffing dogs had eaten the incriminating tapes from OKC and the Pentagon, right? It’s embarrassingly obvious that whomever or whatever is behind these coverups is so panicked as to stumble over their own dog pile. Of course, it will be blamed on a lone canine.
Stadiums, hotels warned to watch for terrorists “While DHS and FBI have no information regarding the timing, location or target of any planned attack, we believe it is prudent to remind transit authorities to remain vigilant,” Homeland Security spokesman Sean Smith said Monday night”.
If there is another big terrorist attack in the U.S.A.
Terrorism arrests: snitch, sting, then controversy “As in last week’s case, there was ‘a very active role played by a confidential informant,’ said attorney Daniel Noble…” ” ‘ There was never anything there,’ he said. The question is whether anything would have happened without the informant. (T)hat point was echoed by Schneier, of security firm BT Group. ‘Is the FBI manufacturing terrorists? What would happen if they were left on their own? They fall into the hands of an FBI informant, and then they get helped and egged on. ‘ “
05/21/09 Fox News: Terror Suspects Wanted to Commit Jihad ““This was a long, well-planned investigation, and it shows how real the threat is from homegrown terrorists,” said King, of New York.”
[Interestingly, this story breaks just when the nano-thermite report creates an uproar. I am willing to bet that many, many citizens will see this as yet another CIA-induced event to get us to support the "Homegrown Terrorist Act". In view of recent revelations about the 911 Truth, from my perspective CIA/MIC is not concerned for potential victims of "Homegrown Terror" but are terrified that We The People will rise exponentially to topple their outlaw power lawfully. We shall see. At any rate, I think we are growing up, waking up, and.....the fear stops here!]
British Hotel Threat on High Alert: “Security services officials are also judging the threat against the UK to be at the ‘severe end of severe’, just days before the G20 summit in London is due to begin. ” [This was breaking news on C2C when guest Thomas Gordon received the news during the interview.]
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Rachel: An American Conscience: “Yahya Barakat, who teaches at Al-Quds University, told The Washington Report that he began work on the documentary the instant he learned that Corrie had been crushed to death by an Israeli-driven Caterpillar bulldozer.”
Peace, Propaganda, and The Promised Land “provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “
I Know I’m Not Alone: “This film came out of the director’s frustration with watching the nightly news and hearing generals, politicians and pundits, explaining the political and economic cost of the war in the Middle East, without ever mentioning the human cost. “
In Their Own Words: The Untold Stories of the 9/11 Families: “Over 2 hours of unseen (911) families’ interviews and rare news clips originally intended for inclusion in the movie ended up on the cutting room floor – until now.”
Kill The Messenger: “Based on their documented findings and interviews with experts …..the film presents a terrifying picture of Turkish networks’ activities in global nuclear black-market, narcotics and illegal arms trafficking activities in the United States, and examines the extraordinary efforts of officials within the US Government to insure (sic) that the secrecy surrounding (Sibel) Edmonds’ case be maintained at any cost… .”
Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority: “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance… it is the illusion of knowledge. A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “
Ring of Power: “Although geographically separate, the city-states of London, the Vatican, and the District of Colombia are one interlocking empire called “Empire of ‘The City.’”
The Take: “(Argentinians) are part of a daring new movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs in the ruins of the failed system. “
The Globalization Tapes: “The Globalization Tapes is a film made by workers for workers. The story isn’t told by experts, but by union members from palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Their experience is complemented by workers from both Colombia and Holland. The film powerfully documents their exploration of history, globalization, and how unions around the world can support each other and struggle together.”
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Okay, I’ve stepped off my soapbox.
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