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Fascism Watch: Mercenaries, Violation of Posse Comitatus, and Police Corruption

US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – OpEd News 4/23/09

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies. Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1.

Oakland hires private security – Raw Story 4/20/09

‘Force multiplier,’ money motivates merger of feds, AZ cops – Raw Story 4/24/09

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: – CATO

An Epidemic of Isolated Incidents: Map, details and searchable results

 Reagan’s DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners – TruthOut 4/27/09

Filling the Skies with Robot Assassins: The Drone Wars Have Begun – Alternet 4/8/09

Court: Cops may use Tasers to obtain DNA – Raw Story 6/4/09

Tasers Are the New Killers: Watch Their Popularity Surge! – Alternet 4/2/09

Watch out: 50,000-volt Tasers are deployed in London this week; meanwhile, a new model can ‘instantly incapacitate’ multiple people at a time.

Obama Has 250,000 ‘Contractors’ Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Increasing the Use of Mercenaries – Alternet 6/1/09

Obama’s Blackwater? Chicago Mercenary Firm Gets Millions for Private “Security” in Israel and Iraq  – Alternet 4/2/09

Federal records obtained by AlterNet reveal a multi-million dollar contract for a private U.S. paramilitary force operating out of Jerusalem.



Updates from the Cold Front

Events are moving quickly, keep up…

Iranian Trump Card. Russia Can Take Control of Persian Gulf – Global Research 9/1/08

Georgia: Join Treaty Banning Cluster Munitions – Human Rights Watch 8/31/08

Both Georgia and Russia used cluster bomb munitions during the August conflict.

Is Putin Right on US Politics and Georgia? – Consortium News 8/31/08

Russia Claims Its Sphere of Influence in the World– NYTimes 8/31/08

In a speech, Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev said he rejected “unipolar” U.S. dominance of world affairs.

Russian rules – BBC 9/1/08

Were American Mercenaries Fighting Against the Russians in Georgia? – Washington Post via Cryptogon 8/29/08

The 2008 Crisis in the Caucasus: A Unified Timeline, August 7-16.  – Global Research 8/30/08

Russia May Cut Off Oil Flow to the West – Telegraph UK via Cryptogon 8/28/08

Kremlin announces that South Ossetia will join ‘one united Russian state’ – Times, UK 8/30/08

Russia confirms that it seized US intelligence equipment  – via WUFYS 8/30/08

Military help for Georgia is a ‘declaration of war’, says Moscow in extraordinary warning to the West – ThisIsLondon, UK 8/27/08

 

Why I had to recognise Georgia’s breakaway regions  – by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in Financial Times, UK 8/26/08

 

Russia faces fresh condemnation – BBC 8/27/08

Seven of the world’s top industrialised nations deplore Russia’s decision to recognise Georgia’s breakaway regions.

 

Russia long-range missile test a success (Reuters)  – Yahoo 8/28/08

 

NATO naval build-up in Black Sea Threatens Russia – Global Research 8/27/08

 

Russia: Cold turkey on U.S. chicken – CNN 8/27/08

 

Georgia War Hits Russian Investment – Business Week 8/27/08

 

Georgia: S. Ossetia ethnic cleansing nearly done (AP)  – Yahoo 8/28/08

 

Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war – CNN 8/28/08

   

Russia-U.S. nuclear deal likely to be put on hold – USA Today 8/27/08

 

Paul Craig Roberts : Is War With Russia on the Agenda? – CounterPunch 8/26/08

 

Militarism and a Uni-polar World – Global Research 8/26/08



News & Analysis Of The Ever-Widening Global War Of Terror

Paul Craig Roberts : Are You Ready for Nuclear War? – CounterPunch 8/19/08

 

Don’t Know Much About History – US studies empires of the past – Mother Jones 8/4/08

Lesson #1: They always fall.

 

Reinventing the Evil Empire  – Global Research 8/25/08

 

A Newer World Order – Dissident Voice 8/23/08

 

Making Money on a New Cold War – ConsortiumNews 8/23/08

 

The Eurasian Corridor: Pipeline Geopolitics and the New Cold War – Global Research 8/22/08

 

Blockades: Acts of War  – Global Research 8/18/08

 

Interactive Map – Mission CREEP: US Military Presence Worldwide – Mother Jones

  

Pentagon Opens New Spy Shop – Global Research 8/10/08

 

West Point: Combating Terrorism Center publications – Metafilter 8/8/08

 

Get Your War On, the animated series – BoingBoing 7/31/08

 

Vision 2015: Consolidation of Intelligence Into Global Intel Network – Global Research 8/6/08

 

Global Domination: The Missing Manual – Metafilter 8/5/08

 

As America Collapses US Government Secret Plans Revealed – Dprogram blog 5/21/08

Must read.

 

Land of Nukes and Noodles: North Korea Digs In Its Heels – Mother Jones 8/26/08

 

North Korea angry as S.Korea, U.S. start military drills (Reuters) – Yahoo 8/18/08 

 

US must share power in new world order, says Turkey’s controversial president – Guardian, UK 8/16/08

 

How Big Brother watches your every move – Telegraph, UK 8/17/08

In our ever-growing surveillance society, the average Briton is being recorded 3,000 times a week.

 

NEWS FROM THE COLD FRONT

 

 News Analysis: U.S. Sees Much to Fear in a Hostile Russia – NYTimes 8/22/08

 

Russia recognises South Ossetia, Abkhazia as independent (AFP)  – Yahoo 8/26/08

 

the day after the Russian parliament voted unanimously to ask Medvedev to do so 

 

Russia warns Moldova against “Georgian mistake” – Reuters 8/25/08

 

The Puppet Masters Behind Georgia President Saakashvili – The People’s Voice 8/21/08

 

Sheldon Richman : What About the Ossetians? – CounterPunch 8/26/08

 

Nuclear Chicken in Poland: Putin Can’t Afford to Back Down – Global Research 8/24/08

 

US Missiles in Poland – A Catastrophe in the Making – Times UK 8/16/08

“Donald Tusk, Poland’s Prime Minister, could not have chosen his words better when he told his countrymen: “We have crossed the Rubicon.” He was speaking after the signing of an agreement with America to base ten US interceptor missiles on Polish soil, ostensibly to protect the West against rogue states such as Iran. To clinch the deal, the US also agreed to boost Poland’s defence with Patriot missiles and to conclude a mutual defence treaty “in case of trouble”.”

 

Russians dig major fortifications in Georgia – USA Today 8/21/08

 

Syria: we’ll host Russian missile system  – Russia Today 8/21/08

 

US guided missile destroyer on way to Georgia – MParent 8/21/08

 

U.S.’ Gates dismisses Russian warnings to Poland (Reuters) – Yahoo 8/17/08

 

 

IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN & IRAN NEWS

 

White Paper Justifying Iraq War Written Three Months before Intel Report Arrived – Dissident Voice 8/26/08

 

U.N. says has evidence air strikes killed 90 Afghans (Reuters)  – Yahoo 8/26/08

 

Pentagon Plans to Send More Than 12,000 Additional Troops to Afghanistan – US News and World Report 8/19/08 

Gates Pushing Plan to Double Afghan Army – NYTimes 8/8/08

China begins work on $900 million power plant and agrees to develop oil field in southern Iraq – Azzaman 8/16/08

 

Private Contractors Have Banked $100 Billion Since Iraq Invasion – Mother Jones 8/12/08

 

KBR bans cell phone use, silences rape victims – Feministe 8/8/08

 

Auditors question Blackwater contracts – Raw Story 8/12/08

 

Are Contractors in War Zones Above the Law? – Alternet 8/7/08

“Numerous private civilian contractors have died in Iraq under KBR’s watch, yet the firm is immune from U.S. law. “

 

U.S. refuses Israel weapons to attack Iran: report (Reuters) – Reuters/Yahoo 8/12/08

 

Iran War: Armada of US and allied naval battle groups head for the Persian Gulf – Global Research 8/12/08

Rice on possible IDF Iran strike: U.S. has no veto over Israeli military ops – Haaretz, Israel 8/7/08

U.S. says further “punitive” steps against Iran needed (Reuters) – Reuters/Yahoo 8/6/08

Use of Iraq Contractors Costs Billions, Report Says – NYTimes 8/12/08

US, Iraqi forces wall off Sadr City – Raw Story 8/10/08

A Glossary of Iraq Euphemisms – American Prospect via MParent 8/6/08