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Survivalism and Preparedness Links
July 10, 2011, 11:05 am
Filed under: agriculture, alternatives, collapse, community, food, health, nuclear war, resistance, water

No Nonsense Self Defense is a website that features many great essays about violence and self-defense, including “High Risk Behavior And Knowing Where You Are,”“Are Martial Arts Self-Defense?,”“The Best Way to Get Attacked,”“The Economy And Stress Violence,”and “Who’s Going To Rob You?.” But my absolute favorite section is “Psychology and Survival.” If I can convince you to read only one of these links, please let it be that last one.

Progressive Backyard Survival: How to Master Survival Skills on Limited Time

EBook: Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

EBook: Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skill

E-Book: Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness

10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival

Essential maker skills

Practical Survival Skills 101 – Understanding Emergencies

Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction

Air Force Survival Training Manual – Free Download

Nowhere safe: natural hazard maps

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear

Fifty Things To Do Now if you fear an economic breakdown

11 Ways To Prepare For Civil Unrest

Depression 2.0: Creative Strategies for Tough Economic Times

Collapse Survival Will Be Tribal: Begin Recruiting Now

Arctic Survival::Desert Survival::Jungle Survival::Sea Survival:: Cold Weather Survival

Use Desert Survival Skills to Get Drinking Water During Floods 

Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills

100 Items to Disappear First

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime

Survival Gardening: Part 1

Sprouts: An ideal emergency preparedness food

Don’t Leave Home Without It: the Vehicle 72-Hour Kit

The Get-Home Bag

Emergency Preparedness: Your Vehicle

The 4 Most Likely Ways You Can Die If the SHTF

SURVIVE ANYTHING! Chapter 1: Nuclear Attack

Nuclear War Survival Skills – E-Book from Oak Ridge National Laboratory



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

RELATED: ISRAEL & PALESTINE POSTS



US Fascist Police State Advancing at a Rapid Pace

PDD 51 & New Executive Order Give Obama Dictator Power  

OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL MILITIA  

Obama Executive Order Stokes Martial Law Fears  

An Obama executive order that creates a council of state governors who will work with the feds to expand military involvement in domestic security has stoked fears that the administration is stepping up preparations for martial law. 

The order, which is entitled Establishment of the Council of Governors (PDF), creates a body of ten state governors directly appointed by Obama who will work with the federal government to help advance the “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States”. 

The governors will liaise with officials from Northcom, Homeland Security, the National Guard as well as DoD officials from the Pentagon “in order to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments,” according to the executive order. 

Obama takes new tack in disregarding parts of laws  

The Obama administration is lowering the volume in a long-running argument between Congress and the executive branch over when, if ever, a president has the power to bypass federal statutes he has signed into law.  The administration will consider itself free to disregard new laws it considers unconstitutional, especially in cases where it has previously voiced objections elsewhere, White House officials said.  The White House disclosed the shift when asked why it had not put out a signing statement last month, when Obama signed a $447 billion spending bill for 2010 that contained several provisions that restricted executive power in ways that the administration had previously asserted were unconstitutional. 

Foreign Troops on the Streets of America?  

The Makings of a Police State-Part VI : A Nation of Suspects

Puerto Rico leader calls on National Guard For Use As Police

Actual Bloomberg Headline: “Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows”  

Airline passengers have ‘no right’ to refuse naked body scanners  

Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’  

Growing Movement To Disband Police Departments  

RAND Corporation Blueprint for Militarized “Stability Police Force”  

Obamacare sparking 10th Amendment rebellion, action in seven states  

Looks like the steadily growing list of constitutional, ethical and political outrages that constitute the Harry Reid version of Obamacare is sparking a rebellion in the states, as AP reports South Carolina’s attorney general plans to investigate the vote-buying that surrounded the proposal in the Senate majority leader’s office. 

According to AP, South Carolina’s Henry McMaster is being joined by the attorneys general of Michigan and Washington state in a suit to determine the constitutionality of the Obamacare proposal. Their initiative was prompted by a request from South Carolina’s two senators, Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint, both Republicans. 

Nine Vermont state office candidates favor secession  

Court Rules That Mass Surveillance of Americans is Immune From Judicial Review  

“The alarming upshot of the court’s decision is that so long as the government spies on all Americans, the courts have no power to review or halt such mass surveillance even when it is flatly illegal and unconstitutional,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. “With new revelations of illegal spying being reported practically every other week — just this week, we learned that the FBI has been unlawfully obtaining Americans’ phone records using Post-It notes rather than proper legal process — the need for judicial oversight when it comes to government surveillance has never been clearer.” 

Intel Boss Blair: Government Plans to Kill Citizens

Report: Bush order allowing murder of US citizens abroad still in effect  

A North American Security Perimeter on the Horizon  

Plans for a North America security perimeter might have seemed like a pipe dream just a short time ago, but it could become a reality sooner than one thinks. Some believe that a perimeter approach to security would be a more effective way of providing safety while ensuring the free flow of trade and investment. For those pushing for deep continental integration, this move is seen as the next logical step. A recent article from the Toronto Star, Canada warms to idea of a tougher ‘perimeter’ suggests that Canadians might now be ready to debate the concept of perimeter security. David Biette who specializes in U.S.-Canada relations and is a member of the Woodrow Wilson Center stated that a, “Perimeter is no longer a dirty word. 

“Us” versus “them”: on the meaning of fascism  

Roger Tucker considers the linguistic root, visual representation, usage and practise of fascism, and examines the circumstances under which the concept, “which is neither good nor bad in itself”, becomes malevolent. To illustrate, he looks at two contemporary examples of fascism: the USA and Israel. 

”Fascism … it is a social pathology and it can legitimately be considered humanity’s most urgent public health problem. If enough people come to understand what the disease is and how to diagnose it, perhaps there will emerge a means to inoculate ourselves. At this point American and Jewish fascism appear to have converged into an aggressive pathological force that endangers humanity more than any such phenomenon in the past.” 

New Film Exposes Government Drug Dealing

New speed cameras enrage Arizona drivers

Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms

Verichip is now called PositiveID! Roll up your sleeve for the implantable human microchip, it’s now Positive?

Is Corporate Personhood the End of Democracy?  

Idea of company-as-person originated in late 19th century  

Nobel economist Stiglitz: “US privatized profits, socialized losses is not capitalism.” It’s fascism  

Joseph Stiglitz understands half the US economic disaster when he explains current policy is “no way to run an economy that’s going to work,” “there’s moral hazard everywhere,” and newly-invented and unregulated financial markets have only increased risk, not decreased it. 

Top Obama czar: Infiltrate all ‘conspiracy theorists’ Presidential adviser wrote about crackdown on expressing opinions  

The Guantánamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle  

ACTA: the leaked secret memos  

Michael Geist: “Negotiations in the 7th round of the ACTA [ed: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — a brutal, secret Internet treaty] talks open this morning in Mexico with civil enforcement issues on the agenda. Yesterday I posted on the developments to-date, including a chronology of talks, issues, and leaks that have led to this week’s round of discussions. Part Two of the ACTA Guide provides links to the underlying documentation. Governments have been very tight lipped about the talks. Initially, only a brief summary following the conclusion of each round of the talks was provided. More recently, the agenda of each meeting is disclosed and a summary document (largely confirming Internet leaks) has been provided. Of far greater importance are the leaked documents. These have confirmed how the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is designed to extend far beyond counterfeiting and how it would reshape domestic law in many countries.” 

Obama Administration Shuts Down Oldest Gun Show in Central Texas  

BATF Notice Bans Private Gun Sales In Texas  

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is actively issuing directions banning private sales of guns without licenses at gun shows in Texas, despite there being no law to justify such demands. 

Is Obama Really Preparing For Civil War? 

According to an obscure report in the European Union Times (EUTimes.net), “Russian Military Analysts are reporting to Prime Minister Putin that US President Barack Obama has issued an order to his Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) top leader, US Air Force General Gene Renuart, to ‘begin immediately’ increasing his military forces to 1 million troops by January 30, 2010, in what these reports warn is an expected outbreak of civil war within the United States before the end of winter. 

Big Brother: Obama Calls for the Integration of State and Federal Military Forces  

In the wake of the Flight 253 provocation, over-hyped terrorism panics, and last year’s Big Pharma and media-engineered hysteria over the H1N1 flu pandemic, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13528 on January 11. 

Among other things, the Executive Order (EO) established a Council of Governors, an “advisory panel” chosen by the President that will rubber-stamp long-sought-after Pentagon contingency plans to seize control of state National Guard forces in the event of a “national emergency.” 

According to the White House press release, the ten member, bipartisan Council was created “to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect our Nation against all types of hazards.” 

“When appointed” the announcement continues, “the Council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.” 

Clearly designed to weaken the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which bars the use of the military for civilian law enforcement, EO 13528 is the latest in a series of maneuvers by previous administrations to wrest control of armed forces historically under the democratic control of elected state officials, and a modicum of public accountability.



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 AfPak Region

News Round-Up: American Imperialism in the Middle East



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.

RELATED:

News Round-Up: American Imperialism Around the World

News Round-up: American Imperialism in AfPak Region



On nuclear warfare and its’ horrific effects

UPDATE: Human Health Effects of Radiation  – There Are No Sunglasses 11/6/09

Latest study reveals larger-than-thought Chernobyl effects – Moscow News 3/18/09

Nuclear Urbanism – Metafilter 12/27/08

Ground Zero. This Google Maps mashup shows the thermal damage caused by various nuclear weapons or an asteroid on the city of your choice.  

How Much CO2 Would a Nuclear War Emit? – Treehugger 1/4/09

Effects of Nuclear Weapons | Science | atomicarchive.com 

Nuclear Radiation and its Biological Effects – Ratical.org

The Rainbow Bomb – Metafilter 11/28/08

Nukes In Space: The Rainbow Bomb (52 minutes Google Video)
Narrated by William Shatner, “Nukes in Space” provides an interesting overview of the development of the military space program of missiles and space-based nuclear weapons testing with spectacular, never-before-seen images. Starting with the V-1 and V-2, this film takes you through missile development of ICBM’s with nuclear warheads, the Cuban Missile Crisis through anti-ballistic missile systems and what implications the they hold for the future of our nation’s security. During the heart of the Cold War, the United States and the former Soviet Union launched and detonated a combined total of over 20 thermo nuclear weapons in the upper atmosphere and near space region of earth in an effort to test the effects of launching an offense as well as countering an offense. Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis!

Starting with the V-1 and V-2, this film takes you through missile development of ICBM’s with nuclear warheads, the Cuban Missile Crisis through anti-ballistic missile systems and what implications the they hold for the future of our nation’s security. 

Nuclear Weapons Spending Topped $52 Billion Last Year – Mother Jones 5/17/09

According to a new report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (brought to my attention by Steven Aftergood), spending on US nuclear weapons infrastructure and related programs surpassed $52 billion in 2008. “That’s a floor, not a ceiling,” said study co-author Stephen Schwartz, who noted that the figure does not include costs associated with classified nuclear weapons or intelligence-related programs.

Nuclear Redux – Metafilter 12/10/08

Photographer Paul Shambroom has spent the last sixteen years documenting a much-discussed but little seen aspect of American foreign policy — our nuclear arsenal. “More than ten years after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. maintains 10,000 active warheads. Concerns about nuclear aspirations in Iraq and North Korea dominate foreign policy, and in the wake of September 11, the possibility that terrorists might obtain and use weapons of mass destruction has become frighteningly real. Paul has documented the nuclear reality we have created in a series of striking and eerily beautiful images that offer an inside look at America’s nuclear arsenal.”

Scientists warn of nuclear war’s dire effects – San Francisco Chronicle 4/8/08

Regional Nuclear War Would Affect Entire Planet – Live Science / Yahoo 4/7/08

A Guide To Armageddon via Metafilter: 1, 2, 3 – YouTube

This 1982 documentary morbidly simulates the effects of a nuclear attack on a city the size of London.

Also, Threads, a 1984 BBC docudrama on nuclear war and its effects, on YouTube in 13 parts

Hiroshima Remembered

 The Hiroshima Cover-Up – Baltimore Sun via Common Dreams

Nuclear winter may kill more than nuclear war (New Scientist)

A regional exchange of relatively small nuclear weapons could plunge the world into a decade-long “nuclear winter”, destroying agriculture and killing millions, according to a new study.

Britain’s secret plan for surviving a nuclear war – BoingBoing 6/24/09

Britain recently released its “War Book,” detailing the national plan for life after a nuclear attack. By all accounts, it’s a hair raising document, but I’m damned if I can find a copy on the web, or on the National Archives’ site. Can you? Post links in the comments section, please!

The country would have been divided into 12 regions, each governed by cabinet ministers with wide powers, aided by senior military officers, chief constables and judges and based in bunkers. Other senior figures would have retreated to a central government shelter under the Cotswolds.The plans all assumed that the confrontation would be with the Soviet Union. Among the possible scenarios spelled out in the autumn of 1968 was escalating tension following a Soviet moon landing and troop movements in eastern Europe…The book apparently formed the basis for regular exercises every two years by senior civil servants, with daily internal briefings, the organisation of national preparedness schemes including the stockpiling of food and building materials for shelters and, as the threat grew more imminent, the removal of art treasures from London to Scotland and the emptying of hospitals of all but the most acutely ill.David Young, a former Ministry of Defence civil servant who took part in the mock exercises, told the programme: “R-hour would be the final release of nuclear weapons. There may have been an earlier tactical use … but R-hour was [when] everything that’s left goes. That’s not an easy decision to participate in. Even though you know it is just an exercise, it makes you think.”Young said ministers were not encouraged to take part in the exercises: “They would be disinclined to play by the rules. Some of them quite liked talking, so you’d get behind time and there would be a fear that if they showed a reluctance to do what the military believed was necessary, that this would weaken deterrence…”

“My favourite measure, the one which always aroused a lot of debate … was the introduction of censorship for private correspondence. You can imagine that was something that ministers would only agree to right at the very end when it was clear that war was inevitable.”

 

RELATED: DEPLETED URANIUM POSTS

This is WWIII: Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Weapons already being used in US and abroad – 7/4/08

Depleted Uranium: The Salting of the Earth – 5/6/08

I dare you to click on this link… – 7/2/07

 



The Technology of Fascism

5 Myths About All Those Nukes Out There – Washington Post 3/1/09

IBM patents bullet dodging bionic armor – EnGadget 2/13/09

The Proliferation of Space Warfare Technology – Global Research 3/3/09

High-powered, jet-mounted laser one step closer to flying the terrifying skies – EnGadget 2/26/09

The future of the fighting forces – BBC 2/26/09

The MoD has shown, for the first time, the latest gadgets and gizmos it hopes could help equip our troops in the future.

Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government Parts 1  2 & 3– Just Another Coverup 2/7/09 

Police want right to jam cell signals – Raw Story 2/1/09

NYPD wants tech to disrupt wireless communications – Raw Story 1/8/09 

Pain Beam to Get Tougher, Smaller, More Powerful – Wired 2/11/09

CLAIM: NSA HAS America’s CREDIT FILES’TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS’ LIVES? – Raw Story 1/22/09

New RFID Technology Allows You to be Tracked WITHOUT Your Knowledge – Blacklisted News 1/19/09

By invitation, I recently visited a remote facility in northern Virginia to see a demonstration of NOX – a new Intelligent Perimeter Defense system deployed by the FBI that uses covert Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track people and assets without their knowledge.

That’s right, using RFID to track people without their knowledge. This system is exactly what the privacy advocates have long feared: Big Brother tracking us with spy chips.

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