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News Round-Up: American Police State at Home and Imperialism Abroad

AT HOME

UN report cites US Human Rights abuses

Whistleblower: Coast Guard Implementing Martial Law

VIDEO: Martial Law: U.S. Army Prepares to Invade the U.S.

Why Is Indiana Putting Armed Security Guards Into 36 Unemployment Offices Across The State?

Private Security Continues to Invade American Towns

Government Trains Troops To Run American Cities

Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during ‘National Emergencies’

Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard upheld its self-declared status as a ‘special’ branch of the military with the ability to prosecute civilians in military tribunals. This startling declaration, unreported in the media, came in a Decision on Appeal related to the case of Lieutenant Eric Shine, a commissioned Naval officer in the Merchant Marines and a graduate of Kings Point Military Service Academy, and was penned by the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Police State Update: Random Searches of Clothing, Pockets, Bags and Vehicles

Police Abuse is the Rule, Not the Exception

Torture Inc.: America’s Brutal Prisons

Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas

Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State

96 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States

Cutbacks Forcing Police Stations Around The Country To Curtail Calls For Some Crimes

Federal court: 4th Amendment standard does not always apply to mobile phone location data

Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless ‘Warfighters’

Video: The Chipping of America: Secret RFID Implants

‘About 90% of Americans are walking around with a portable tracking device all the time, and they have no idea’

Google CEO: “We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You’ve Been. We Can More Or Less Know What You’re Thinking About.”

Secretive Executive Order Establishes ‘Big Brother’ Health Bureaucracy

Executive Order 13544, Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council is a short document outlining the goals and scope of the order. The title gives the appearance that it only creates a Council, but buried within are detailed plans to carry out the “goals” of the Executive Order.  Let’s take a closer look at the order.

Worth reposting: Inside Top Secret America

A major investigation reveals the extent of America’s vast and heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment.

Georgia Man Fined $5000 for Growing Vegetables

Police Harassing Citizens Who Film Them

Homeland Security works for the oil companies

The US Department of Homeland Security has been spying on people who don’t like gas drilling and handing on the data to the oil companies.

FBI Forwards Letters to Political Prisoners to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

LAPD Creates “Pre-Crime” Database for “Predictive Policing”

Marshals: Innocent People Placed On ‘Watch List’ To Meet Quota

The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they’re required to submit at least one report a month. If they don’t, there’s no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

Veterans sue CIA, Army for Involuntary Mind Control Experiments

The Green Police

Is someone out behind your house digging through your trash? Don’t worry, it is probably just the government. When Audi ran their now famous “Green Police” commercial during the Super Bowl last year, most Americans laughed it off and thought that nothing like that could ever happen in America…In 2009, the city of Cleveland has issued 2,900 tickets for trash violations,  which was almost five times more tickets than in 2008. In 2010, the city of Cleveland is on track to issue over 4,000 tickets for trash violations.

US Courts Legalize CIA Abduction, Overseas Detention, Torture Of Innocent American Citizens

It has also ruled that innocent civilians tortured and detained, even after release, have no rights for recourse against the CIA or corporations involved because litigation would jeopardize state secrets and top secret classified information critical to National Security.

Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information”

President Obama’s new Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information” {four page pdf} issued today builds on recommendations from open government groups and the findings of the National Security Archive’s 2006 audit of “Pseudo-Secrets” that uncovered 28 different and uncoordinated policies on marking and restricting official unclassified information.

 

ABROAD

Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West’s 21st Century War

A quarter of the world’s nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

NPR Confirms 3,000 Man CIA Army Conducts Operations In Pakistan

Weaponizing The World: From 2006-2009, the United States made $68.7 billion in conventional arms transfers to developing nations

140,000 U.S. soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iraq, Afghan tours

77,000 Iraqis killed from 2004 to August 2008, U.S. military says

Obama ramping up CIA infiltration of Pakistan: report

Hellfire from the Sky: Targeting of Innocent Civilians by Unmanned Drones

CIA lawyer: U.S. law does not forbid rendition

Norway Probing Reports of Mass US Surveillance in Oslo

Labor Rights in Occupied Lands: US Busting Labor Unions in Iraq

Poisonous US weapons in Iraq kill thousands and mar generations

‘Child cancer skyrocketing in Iraqi city’

US DEPT. OF DEFENCE DIRECTIVE ALLOWS EXPERIMENTATION ON PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO

9 million Afghans live in extreme poverty

“Underground” Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals

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Israel & Palestine News Round-Up

Israel again refuses to join nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

UN finds Israel, Hamas probes on Operation Cast Lead ‘inadequate’

During War There Are No Civilians

“During War there are no civilians,” that’s what “Yossi,” an Israeli military (IDF) training unit leader simply stated during a round of questioning on day two of the Rachel Corrie trials, held in Haifa’s District Court earlier this week. “When you write a [protocol] manual, that manual is for war,” he added.

For the human rights activists and friends and family of Rachel Corrie sitting in the courtroom, this open admission of an Israeli policy of indiscrimination towards civilians — Palestinian or foreign — created an audible gasp.

Israeli Shin Bet electrocuted child prisoners to extract confessions

Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran

Report: Israel could hit Iran within a year

Israel could attack Iran within a year, even without a green light from Washington to do so, if it believes this is the only way to stop Tehran’s nuclear drive, the Atlantic magazine said in a story in its September 2010 issue.

The author of the article, Jeffrey Goldberg, writes that ‘a consensus emerged that there is a better than 50 per cent chance that Israel will launch a strike by next July.’

UN silence on Goldstone sends report to obscurity

Universal Jurisdiction to Hold Israel Accountable

The secrets in Israel’s archives: Evidence of ethnic cleansing kept under lock and key

One document in particular, Plan Dalet, demonstrated the army’s intention to expel the Palestinians from their homeland. Its existence explains the ethnic cleansing of more than 80 per cent of Palestinians in the war, followed by a military campaign to destroy hundreds of villages to ensure the refugees never returned.

Ethnic cleansing is the common theme of both these Israeli conquests. A deeper probe of the archives will almost certainly reveal in greater detail how and why these “cleansing” campaigns were carried out — which is precisely why Mr Netanyahu and others want the archives to remain locked.  But full disclosure of these myth-shattering documents may be the precondition for peace. Certainly, more of these revelations offer the best hope of shocking Israeli public opinion out of its self-righteous opposition to meaningful concessions, either to Syria or the Palestinians.

Israeli Intelligence Infiltrated Throughout Lebanese Government

BBC Documentary: Evidence Israels Nuclear Weapons (Banned Censored)

Israel Plans Mass Forced Removals of Bedouin

Cluster Crimes: Israel and Cluster Bombs

NEWS ON THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

Palestinian loss of land 1946 – 2000

Israel Denies Gazans Access to Their Own Land and Waters

UN report: IDF barring Gazans’ access to farms, fishing zones

4320 Palestinian arrested in 2010 so far

Gaza Children Shelled With Flechette Bombs

The “Summer Camp Of Destruction:” Israeli High Schoolers Assist The Razing Of A Bedouin Town

Peace Now: 492 Israeli violations of the partial settlement freeze

What You Don’t Know About Gaza

Most of the people living in Gaza are not there by choice. The majority of the 1.5 million people crammed into the roughly 140 square miles of the Gaza Strip belong to families that came from towns and villages outside Gaza like Ashkelon and Beersheba. They were driven to Gaza by the Israeli Army in 1948.

Making Gaza A ‘European Ghetto’

While most Israeli leaders are resistant to fully lifting the blockade of Gaza, Avigdor Lieberman, the right-wing foreign minister, is advocating that Israel abandon the Strip to international monitoring and economic rehabilitation.  The proposal, recently leaked to the Israeli press, does not amount to freeing Gaza but rather to placing it under European sea and land inspections and a reconstruction plan.

South Africa’s lessons for Gaza

What is apartheid? As defined by the 1973 United Nations convention, apartheid is a policy of racial or ethnic segregation founded on a set of discriminatory practices that favor a specific group in order to ensure its racial supremacy over another group (“International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the crime of Apartheid,” 30 November 1973).

THE NEXT ATTEMPTS TO BREAK THE SIEGE ON GAZA

Asian activists to try to break Gaza blockade

Bigger aid flotilla to run Gaza blockade in February

‘US Boat to Gaza’ to join efforts from Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Malaysia & the Netherlands to form the Freedom Flotilla II in March 2011

Preparing for the Next Gaza Freedom Flotilla in Canada

50 set to join Gaza aid flotilla

UPDATES FROM THE MAY 31 FLOTILLA RAID

UN Experts: Israel Flotilla Raid Broke Int’l Law

Turks take Flotilla attack case to ICC

Summary of the UN Human Rights Council’s Fact-Finding Mission Report

Free Gaza has been the only organization to send nine voyages to Gaza, successfully entering the port five times in 2008. The 6-boat flotilla was violently stopped May 31, 2010 as we and our coalition partners were trying again to break Israel’s illegal siege. That action by Israel has caused several countries to step up and start collecting money to send boats…the UK, the US, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Ireland…are all planning on sending boats in the spring of 2011.

Attached below is a three-page summary of the UN Human Rights Council Fact-Finding Mission. Read it and pass it around. It is a vitally important document for us all. Thank you for your support and your donations.

Explosive Report on Gaza Flotilla Attack Places Israel and Flotilla Narrative side-by-side

The details of those killed on the Mavi Marmara

The following appears on pages 30 and 31 of the UN report into the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla:

Furkan Dogan, a nineteen-year old with dual Turkish and United States citizenship, was on the central area of the top deck filming with a small video camera when he was first hit with live fire. It appears that he was lying on the deck in a conscious, or semi-conscious, state for some time. In total Furkan received five bullet wounds, to the face, head, back thorax, left leg and foot. All of the entry wounds were on the back of his body, except for the face wound which entered to the right of his nose. According to forensic analysis, tattooing around the wound in his face indicates that the shot was delivered at point blank range. Furthermore, the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back. The other wounds were not the result of firing in contact, near contact or close range, but it is not otherwise possible to determine the exact firing range. The wounds to the leg and foot were
most likely received in a standing position.

Ibrahim Bilgen, a 60 year old Turkish citizen, from Siirt in Turkey, was on the top deck and was one of the first passengers to be shot. He received a bullet wound to the chest, the trajectory of which was from above and not at close range. He had a further two bullet wounds to the right side of the back and right buttock, both back to front. These wounds would not have caused instant death, but he would have bled to death within a short time without medical attention. Forensic evidence shows that he was shot in the side of the head with a soft baton round at such close proximity and that an entire bean bag and its wadding penetrated the skull and lodged in the brain. He had a further bruise on the right flank consistent with another beanbag wound. The wounds are consistent with the deceased initially being shot from soldiers on board the helicopter above and receiving a further wound to the head while lying on the ground, already wounded.

Fahri Yaldiz, a 42 year old Turkish citizen from Adiyaman, received five bullet wounds, one to the chest, one to the left leg and three to the right leg. The chest wound was caused by a bullet that entered near the left nipple and hit the heart and lungs before exiting from the shoulder. This injury would have caused rapid death.

According to the pathology report, Ali Heyder Bengi, a 38 year old Turkish citizen from Diyarbakir, received six bullet wounds (one in the chest, one in the abdomen, one in the right arm, one in the right thigh and two in the left hand). One bullet lodged in the chest area. None of the wounds would have been instantly fatal, but damage to the liver caused bleeding which would have been fatal if not stemmed. There are several witness accounts which suggest that Israeli soldiers shot the deceased in the back and chest at close range while he was lying on the deck as a consequence of initial bullet wounds.

Cevdet Kiliçlar, a 38 year old Turkish citizen from Istanbul, was on the Mavi Marmara, in his capacity as a photographer employed by IHH. At the moment he was shot he was standing on the bridge deck on the port side of the ship near to the door leading to the main stairwell and was attempting to photograph Israeli soldiers on the top deck. According to the pathology reports, he received a single bullet to his forehead between the eyes. The bullet followed a horizontal trajectory which crossed the middle of the brain from front to back. He would have died instantly.

41 year old Cengiz Akyüz from Hatay and 46 year old Cengiz Songür from Izmir, both Turkish citizens, were injured on the bridge deck in close succession by live fire from above. They had been sheltering and were shot as they attempted to move inside the door leading to the stairwell. Cengiz Akyüz received a shot to the head and it is probable that he died instantly.

The pathology report shows four wounds: to the neck, face, chest and thigh. Cengiz Songür received a single bullet to the upper central thorax below the neck, shot from a high angle, which lodged in the right thoracic cavity injuring the heart and aorta. Unsuccessful efforts were made by doctors inside the ship to resuscitate him through heart massage.

Çetin Topçuoglu, a 54 year old Turkish citizen from Adana had been involved in helping to bring injured passengers inside the ship to be treated. He was also shot close to the door on the bridge deck. He did not die instantly and his wife, who was also on board the ship, was with him when he died. He was shot by three bullets. One bullet entered from the top the soft tissues of the right side of the back of the head, exited from the neck and then re-entered into the thorax. Another bullet entered the left buttock and lodged in the right pelvis. The third entered the right groin and exited from the lower back. There are indications that the victim may have been in a crouching or bending position when this wound was sustained.

The location and circumstances of the shooting and death of Necdet Yildirim, a 31 year old Turkish citizen from Istanbul, remain unclear. He was shot twice in the thorax, once from the front and once from the back. The trajectory of both bullets was from top to bottom. He also received bruises consistent with plastic bullet impact

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US IMPERIALISM UPDATE: Global War of Terror Continues Under Obama

2010: U.S. To Wage War Throughout The World

Beginning with the October 7, 2001 missile and bomb attacks on Afghanistan, American combat operations abroad have not ceased for a year, a month, a week or a day in the 21st century.

RAND Corporation Blueprint for Militarized “Stability Police Force”

Outsourcing War: The Rise of Private Military Contractors (PMCs)

Obama’s War for Oil in Colombia

Obama Authorizes Covert Economic War Against Venezuela

Africom – Latest U.S. Bid to Recolonise the Continent

CIA has Distributed 400 Million Dollars Inside Iran to Evoke a Revolution

The USA’s alliance with Iran

Obama Approves $30 Billion Military Aid To Israel Over Next Decade

NBC News Investigation: Toxic water in Iraq

Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds

More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found.

Areas in and near Iraq’s largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra and Falluja, account for around 25% of the contaminated sites, which appear to coincide with communities that have seen increased rates of cancer and birth defects over the past five years. The joint study by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionising radiation, which is thought to be a legacy of depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion.

U.S. Marines end role in Iraq

Ministers WERE told invading Iraq was illegal, Foreign Office law chief tells Chilcot inquiry

Lord Goldsmith: I changed my mind about legality of Iraq war after talks with Bush’s lawyers in Washington

Commander: US to Experience Imminent Military Failure in Region

“The United States’ collapse is evident in economic aspects and in military dimensions too it is on the verge of a collapse, given its failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani said.

Miqani further cited views of the western theoreticians, and said they also believe the fall-in of the US is for sure and imminent.

US Steps up Drone Attacks, Assassinations in AfPak “Surge”

The Secret US War in Pakistan

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found.

Pentagon backtracks after Gates ‘admits’ Blackwater operating in Pakistan

US Finally Admits Blackwater Operating in Pakistan

‘Blackwater, DynCorp Working in Pakistan’: US Considering Giving Pakistan Drones: Gates



News Round-Up: American Imperialism Around the World

US Military Actions Overseas: 1798 – 2008  – compiled by Congressional Research Service for Congress, 2009

With the infrequent exception of year off now and again, we have been at war continuously since 1798.

Timelines 2000-2010: US, Europe, Latin America, Africa & Asia

A History of CIA Atrocities  

World’s Sole Military Superpower’s 2 Million-Troop, $1 Trillion Wars

 In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on December 10 the president of the United States appropriated for his country the title of “the world’s sole military superpower” and for himself “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.”

This may well have been the first time that an American – and of course any – head of state in history boasted of his nation being the only uncontested military power on the planet and unquestionably the only time a Nobel Peace Prize recipient identified himself as presiding over not only a war but two wars simultaneously.

Congress Approves $636.3 Billion for Defense in Fiscal 2010

Mercenaries and Assassins: The Real Face of Obama’s “Good War”

Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know

Contrary to popular belief, the US actually has 189,000 personnel on the ground in Afghanistan right now—and that number is quickly rising.

A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Contract Oversight subcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war privatization baton and sprinted with it. Overall, contractors now comprise a whopping 69% of the Department of Defense’s total workforce, “the highest ratio of contractors to military personnel in US history.” That’s not in one war zone—that’s the Pentagon in its entirety.

Blowback From America’s Mercenary Army–Ret. Generals Make More Than Gates

America’s Faltering Military/Mercenary Army

Kucinich: The War Is a Threat to Our National Security

“The war is a threat to our national security. We’ll spend over one $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers’ lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?”

Ron Paul: Obama Is Preparing for Perpetual War

Demoralization, Destabilization, Insurgency, Normalization  

23 CIA Agents Convicted in Rendition Case  

Short Video About UAV Combat Operations

Fake Al Qaeda

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

AFRICOM and America’s Global Military Agenda: Taking The Helm Of The Entire World

US “sinister” plans in Latin America

Obama Is Preparing for War in South America

“Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama, is Preparing for War in South America”; Interview with Eva Golinger

 “The first and foremost important achievement during the Chávez administration is the 1999 Constitution, which, although not written nor decreed by Chávez himself, was created through his vision of change for Venezuela. The 1999 Constitution was, in fact, drafted – written – by the people of Venezuela in one of the most participatory examples of nation building, and then was ratified through popular national referendum by 75% of Venezuelans.

CIA ran at least two secret prisons in Lithuania, inquiry confirms

CIA Secret ‘Torture’ Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy

The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former U.S. intelligence official told ABC News this week.

Where affluent Lithuanians once rode show horses and sipped coffee at a café, the CIA installed a concrete structure where it could use harsh tactics to interrogate up to eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists at a time. A full report on the can be seen on ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson tonight.

India: Was Mumbai suspect a double agent for US?

 The Indian press is abuzz with news that Indian Home Ministry officials are investigating whether a terror suspect in the Mumbai attacks, David Headley from Chicago, was working as a ‘double agent’ with the US.

If “Al Qaida” Existed Would They Waste American Sleeper Cells Attacking India?

‘Headley was no low-level operative’

 The extensive use of terrorist tradecraft by Pakistani American terror suspect David Headley makes it evident that he “was not merely a low-level cannon fodder-type operative”, according to US strategic think tank Stratfor.

Mumbai Attackers Await Identification in J.J.Hospital Morgue

A long article about the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26th, 2008

Officials: Mysterious ‘Country A’ In Nozette Spy Case Is India  

Nozette Intrigue Grows: Spy Suspect Recently Cooperated With Feds In Separate Criminal Probe

Agent Orange Continues to Poison New Generations in Vietnam

Obama’s Bioweapons Program

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News Round-Up: American Imperialism in the Middle East

Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists

Iran Had a Democracy Before We Took It Away

US to ’simulate’ technically impossible attack by Iran

Obama told China: I can’t stop Israel strike on Iran indefinitely

U.S. President Barack Obama has warned his Chinese counterpart that the United States would not be able to keep Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear installations for much longer, senior officials in Jerusalem told Haaretz.

They said Obama warned President Hu Jintao during the American’s visit to Beijing a month ago as part of the U.S. attempt to convince the Chinese to support strict sanctions on Tehran if it does not accept Western proposals for its nuclear program.

OBAMA: CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN

Fake Al Qaeda

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

Airforce gets new 30,000 pound bomb for Iran

Toxic munitions cause of baby deaths and deformities in Fallujah

Iraq inquiry: Blair told Bush he was willing to join, 11 months before war

Iraq report: Secret papers reveal blunders and concealment

On the eve of the Chilcot inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the 2003 invasion and its aftermath, The Sunday Telegraph has obtained hundreds of pages of secret Government reports on “lessons learnt” which shed new light on “significant shortcomings” at all levels.

They include full transcripts of extraordinarily frank classified interviews in which British Army commanders vent their frustration and anger with ministers and Whitehall officials.

Leaked documents reveal No 10 cover-up over Iraq invasion

 Military commanders are expected to tell the inquiry into the Iraq war, which opens on Tuesday, that the invasion was ill-conceived and that preparations were sabotaged by Tony Blair’s government’s attempts to mislead the public.

They were so shocked by the lack of preparation for the aftermath of the invasion that they believe members of the British and US governments at the time could be prosecuted for war crimes by breaching the duty outlined in the Geneva convention to safeguard civilians in a conflict, the Guardian has been told.

Officials knew WMD evidence was tainted

Study: Bushies Lied 935 Times to Sell Iraq Invasion

Tony Blair admits: I would have invaded Iraq anyway

 Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to parliament and the public.

The former prime minister made the confession during an interview with Fern Britton, to be broadcast on Sunday on BBC1, in which he said he would still have thought it right to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

“If you had known then that there were no WMDs, would you still have gone on?” Blair was asked. He replied: “I would still have thought it right to remove him [Saddam Hussein]”.

Iraqi cab driver was source for Iraq WMD claim, British MP says

Indiana soldier is first to die of toxic exposure in Iraq

If Lt. Col. Jim Gentry and his doctors were right about the cause of his cancer, the Indiana National Guard officer didn’t die for his country — he died for defense contractor KBR.

Gentry’s death from lung cancer last week is being recorded as the US’s first fatality from exposure to a cancer-causing toxin in Iraq, according to the Evansville, Indiana, Courier & Press.

In 2003, Gentry commanded a 600-strong force providing security for KBR’s refittal of the Qarmat Ali water-pumping plant, which provided water needed for oil extraction. Gentry and others claim that during that time they were exposed to hexavalent chromium, a cancer-causing toxin that the Iraqis who had built the plant had used as anti-corrosive material.

In a lawsuit filed last year, Gentry and 15 other plaintiffs said KBR, at the time a subsidiary of Halliburton, was aware that soldiers and civilian contractors were being exposed to hexavalent chromium months before they told the people working at the site.

Researchers have linked hexavalent chromium to lung cancer and leukemia, as well as a variety of liver and kidney problems. It’s the same compound that poisoned residents of Hinkley, California, in a case that was made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich.

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Middle East News Round-Up
November 17, 2009, 7:14 am
Filed under: fascism, International news, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, news, politics, war, war atrocities, war crimes

20 Sobering Statistics/Reasons As To Why We Must End the Wars and Save More of Our Soldier Children and Middle Eastern Citizens From Suffering And Dying – DProgram 10/29/09

Obama, eager to win some influence on health care reform with the Republican neocons, has begun to get approval from them for the escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the non-withdrawal withdrawal in Iraq.

How much longer will we allow the continuation of this trauma and destruction to the American citizenry as well as citizens of the Middle East? How many more fresh hells until we earnestly and massively protest? Our government not only sadistically and lawlessly tortured Middle Eastern detainees, it continues to betray and exploit its own patriotic youth, putting them in harm’s way to be traumatized mentally and physically, wounded and/or killed. They are trapped in hell. They are crying out for help or giving up to suicide, addiction, emotional illness.

Videos on Iraq War Being Based on Lies  – Bush Stole 04 11/5/09

Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja  – Prison Planet 11/13/09

Iranian Oil Bourse Opens  – Tehran Times 10/28/09

Israel’s New Generation Of Conscientious Objectors  – Uruknet 11/7/09

Why Does AIPAC Spy on Americans?  – Alethon News 11/5/09

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Steven J. Rosen will be allowed to move ahead with his civil defamation lawsuit against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rosen and fellow AIPAC employee Keith Weissman were indicted under the 1917 Espionage Act in 2005 along with Department of Defense Employee Col. Lawrence Franklin for passing classified national defense informaiton. Franklin pled guilty, but Rosen and Weissman’s case never went to trial — US attorneys gave up (PDF) after the presiding judge made a successful prosecution unlikely.

Videos on Israel’s Overwhelming Influence on US Foreign Policy  – Bush Stole 04 11/5/09

Declassified FBI File Alleges an Israeli Intelligence Agent Worked at AIPAC  – Reuters 11/6/09

UN General Assembly adopts Goldstone Report – There Are No Sunglasses 11/6/09

Boycott Israeli Goods – BIG Campaign 10/30/09

The PSC and BIG call for a comprehensive boycott of Israeli Goods

A personal boycott of Israeli products helps remove consumers from complicity with Israeli apartheid. As ethical consumers we can conduct our boycott ‘where we are at’, in whatever town or country. International networks and co-ordinated activities are proliferating. PSC branches engage in regular boycott activities across the UK.

VIDEO: The Nature and Significance of NATO-US-Israeli War Crimes  – Global Research 11/5/09

Md. scientist said he gave Israelis secrets, prosecutors say – Washington Post 10/30/09

SAUDIS DROP NYMEX WTI OIL CONTRACT  – Financial Times via Cryptogon 10/28/09

The decision by the world’s biggest oil exporter could encourage other producers to abandon the benchmark and threatens the dominance of the world’s most heavily traded oil futures contract. It is the main contract traded on Nymex.



International News Round-Up: Usual Mix of Creeping Fascism, Empire Building, War Crimes and War Posturing

Britain: Man Arrested for Shining Flashlight at Apache Helicopter Hovering Over His House – Cryptogon 10/21/09

US after new military ventures in Africa – Global Research 10/22/09

Canadian Military prepares for worst – Global Research 10/20/09

Russia ‘needs to be’ ready for ‘large-scale conflicts’ – PressTV, Iran 10/23/09

Russia and India To Develop Supersonic Missile Invincible to Interception – Pravda, Russia 10/16/09

Russia pledges to continue arms supplies to Iran – AFP / Google 10/22/09 

Two UN Employees Killed in Falls from Same Building Over Four Week Period  – Cryptogon 10/22/09

UK expert involved in Iran talks dies mysteriously – Prison Planet 10/23/09

BRZEZINSKI PREDICTS ” DEFENSIVE WAR ” IN IRAN!  – EclippTV 10/23/09

This man, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is a major U.S. Power Broker. Either he is giving us a clandestine warning or he has made a howling error. In either case he should be questioned under oath about these comments and their implications. What he says here is basically an admission of State-Sponsored False-Flag Terrorism being practiced within the U.S.A

Asian Leaders Eye EU-Style Bloc  – BBC via Cryptogon 10/23/09

Israeli President: We are buying up Manhattan, Hungary, Romania and Poland – There Are No Sunglasses 10/25/09

The Dark Side of the ‘Special Relationship’ – Antiwar.com 10/21/09

Israel prepares to fight war crimes trials after Goldstone Gaza report – Haaretz, Israel 10/21/09

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who promised a lengthy battle to “delegitimize” the findings of the United Nations commission, also instructed government officials to draft proposals for changing international laws of war.

Obama Quashing Goldstone Report to Cover American Complicity in Israeli War Crimes – There Are no Sunglasses 10/22/09

Israel refuses to comment on receiving US classified information – INN World Report 10/22/09

Israel spying devices found by UN – BBC 10/19/09

Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals – What Really Happened 10/22/09

For two years, the FBI has suspected AIPAC of spying for a foreign country, and for those two years (and for decades before) that group suspected of spying for Israel has been reshaping the US Congress for the benefit of a foreign government.

And THAT is the mother of all scandals.

Think about that as billions of your tax dollars flow to Israel while your roads and schools crumble and decay and services are cut.

Think about that as the coffins come home with your loved ones inside.

Think about that when you and a million of your fellow citizens march down the streets of America opposing wars built on lies and deceptions and wonder why the government just doesn’t want to listen to you any more.

 The Genocidal Meaning of Operation Cast Lead – Political Theatrics 10/21/09

I am not sure that most people understand the meaning of the name “Operation Cast Lead” chosen by Israel for its murderous and criminal attack on Gaza.  The name is borrowed from a Hebrew nursery rhyme which was (and may still be) very popular among Israeli children in the 1950s. In this song, a father promises to his child a special Hannukah gift: “a cast lead sevivon.” Sevivon, in Hebrew (A dreidel in Yiddish) is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Somebody, in the Israeli army, who apparently feels nostalgic about his childhood, decided that if Israeli kids would enjoy a sevivon cast from lead there is no reason why Palestinian children would not appreciate it too.

Military.com covers Sibel Edmonds whistleblower story (studiously avoided by mainstream media) – Military.com 10/22/09

In sworn testimony to attorneys on Aug. 8, Sibel Edmonds described a Pentagon where key personnel helped pass defense secrets to foreign agents or provided them names of knowledgeable officials who were vulnerable to blackmail or co-option.

And firmly rooted in this espionage program in the 1990s, according to Edmonds’ deposition, were two men who, with the election of George W. Bush as president in 2000, found themselves in the Pentagon: Douglas Feith, who would head the Office of Special Plans, and Richard Perle, who would become chairman of the Defense Advisory Board.

“They were 100 percent directly involved,” Edmonds told Military.com. “They were not in the Pentagon [in the late 1990s] but they had their people inside the Pentagon.” One of those people, she said, was Larry Franklin, an Air Force officer assigned to the Office of Special Plans who, in 2003, passed classified information to representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Office, or AIPAC. By then Feith was leading the OSP.