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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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Police State America Update: US Troops Training Cops on US Soil, Paramilitary Policing, ACLU & China on US Human Rights, and more

Is the U.S. a Fascist Police-State?

A police-state uses the law as a mechanism to control any challenges to its power by the citizenry, rather than as a mechanism to insure a civil society among the individuals.

A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a “Failed State”

Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary US Treasury, Associate Editor Wall Street Journal, Professor of Political Economy Center for Strategic and International Studies Georgetown University Washington DC.

Concise and correct.

“We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.”

In late July the American Civil Liberties Union releasedEstablishing a New Normal” (pdf), an 18 month review of national security, civil liberties and human rights under the Obama Administration.

How China Views America: The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009

How the Military Destroys the Lives of Soldiers Who Try to Tell the Truth

“Top Secret America”: The Rest Of The Story

The secrets next door – Washington Posts’ explosive ‘Top Secret America’ series

H.R. 5741 Slave bill now in Committee

H.R. 5741 will give the president the authority “To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.”

US Constitution May Be Suspended: War, National Emergency and “Continuity of Government”

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights

The President’s Nullification Power

Among the most extraordinary powers claimed by both President Bush and President Obama as part of the post-9/11 “war on terrorism” is the power to nullify — or ignore — jury verdicts of acquittal in federal criminal cases involving terrorism.

Supreme Court upholds ban on ‘material support’ to foreign terrorist groups

The First Amendment does not protect humanitarian groups or others who advise foreign terrorist organizations, even if the support is aimed at legal activities or peaceful settlement of disputes, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

When the Army Uses “Enhanced Interrogation” on an American Soldier

In gruesome detail, Luther described what happened to him at Camp Taji’s aid station. He thought he would receive medical care. Instead he was confined to an isolation chamber and held there for over a month, under enforced sleep deprivation, until he agreed to sign papers saying that he was ill before coming to Iraq and thus not eligible for disability and medical benefits. “They wanted me to say I had a ‘personality disorder,’” Luther told me.

SWAT Raids Gone Wrong — Paramilitary Policing Is Out of Control

Militarized SWAT Drug Raids on the Rise

Police Raids On Organic Food Stores

Video: Police violently smash mothers head onto the road nearly killing her’

Land Of The Free: Never In The Civilized World Have So Many Been Locked Up For So Little

Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right

Gang members are coming home with military training

NY National Guard Involved In Mass Arrests Of U.S. Citizens – Includes list of dozens of deployments of National Guard and military on American soil, in American cities.

Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?

Cops & Marines Patrol LA Streets Together

Foreign Troops Training To Confiscate Guns of Americans

USNORTHCOM Gears Up For Potential Attack On U.S. Soil

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Homeland chief: Domestic extremism is top concern

‘Operation Exodus’: Louisiana Sheriff Taps Locals For Emergency Security Plan

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Special army unit ready to be deployed on American soil just before Nov. elections

In October of this year, one month prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as ‘Consequence Management Response Force’ will be ready for deployment on American soil if so ordered by the President.

Army Report Says Christians Threaten U.S. Foreign Policy

Obama Just Got His Private Army

Chicago Officials Call for Military Intervention, Martial Law

New Video Shows Militarized Police at Obama Event in Illinois

Huge Number of Disaster Drills Held Throughout America

From terrorist attacks and hurricane evacuations to submarine base and nuclear power plant mishaps; bomb blasts, plane crashes, dirty bombs, hazmat spills, earthquakes, medical disasters and train derailments, America is on high alert. Over the past several weeks to the present, more than 35 major disaster drills are taking place throughout America. It makes one wonder what’s prompting all of these emergency exercises and planning venues. Was it confusion over Gov. Palin’s oft-quoted “drill, baby, drill?” No, it’s recognition that the Feds are leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves. States aren’t happy about this.

National Guard Training For Riot Control, Mass Detentions

Private Corporation Building Detention Camps Across America

The shadowy design firm that was behind the infamous Hardin Montana jail is pushing to build detention camps across America, with the latest proposal centering around a fifty acre, five hundred bed facility in Italy, Texas, part of a program that many Americans fear is based around a plan to intern political dissidents in the event of a national emergency.

Homegrown terrorist threat to be part of National Security Strategy

When the Obama administration unveils its National Security Strategy Thursday, it will be the first time a president explicitly recognizes the threat posed to the country by radicalized individuals at home.

“For the first time since 9/11, the NSS integrates homeland security and national security,” according to highlights of the plan given to CNN by a senior administration official said.

Maryland Citizens Face Felony Charges for Recording Cops

Sixteen years in jail…for videotaping a police officer in Maryland

U.S. Postal Service Expands Construction Of Secret Rooms

We have received documents from a military source indicating that U.S. Postal Service facilities across the country are expanding the construction of secretive criminal investigation rooms, which some fear will be used to detain American citizens in the event of a national emergency, bioterror attack or pandemic.

Ohio: You’re Speeding if The Cop Thinks You Are

The Ultimate Betrayal: Police and Military Working Together to Oppress Americans

FBI Continues Attack on Civil Rights, Demands Increased Powers

US and Polish Troops In Chicago

Disturbing Footage; The US Army Doesn’t Want You To See This

Moving video on the perversion of the US armed forces, and those brave men and women who strive to keep to their true duty – protecting the citizens of this land from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Threatening World Order: US and Israel Quietly Announce Plans to Reconstitute Their Nuclear Stockpiles

U.S. Navy Conceals Nuclear Weapons Production in California

The CLEAR ACT: They are stealing it all: Land, water, minerals and the air we breathe

HR.3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Reported in House – RH) will effectively render a greater amount of land as owned and/or controlled for profit, by the federal government along with minerals and water rights to now be controlled by the federal government and enforced through the BLM.

The Clear Act claims control of the oceans, Great Lakes and by extension many other waterways and freshwater resources, mineral mining, solar, geo-thermal, and gas and oil conducted on land or in the oceans, in, on or near the continental United States. This bill passed the House on August 4, 2010.   All of this as a result of the BP Oil gusher; like we didn’t already have thousands of unused laws on the books to deal with this.

Feds to Protect Drug-Dispensing Postal Workers From “Violent Crowds”

The federal government is training postal workers in six U.S. cities to dispense “anti-terror drugs” in the event of a biological attack, with the promise that they will be accompanied by law enforcement officers to protect them from “potentially violent crowds”.

Fed to Buy More of Its Own Debt

Via: Bloomberg: Federal Reserve officials decided to reinvest principal payments on mortgage holdings into long-term Treasury securities, making their first attempt to bolster growth since March 2009 to keep the slowing U.S. economy from relapsing into recession.

Goldman reveals where bailout cash went

Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public 7/23.

USA Gun Owners Buy 14 Million Plus Guns In 2009 – More Than 21 of the Worlds Standing Armies Combined

Some Oklahomans want a state militia to resist Washington

Health Bill Broadens Unconstitutional Policing Power of IRS

NYPD Police Officer Admits to Arrest Quotas

New Mexico State Police have Quota System



News on UN Probe of Israeli Attack on Mavi Marmara

UN experts end Jordan probe of Israeli flotilla raid

Zoabi, who was aboard the Mavi Marmara, told the inquiry on Tuesday the Israeli commandos had a “licence to kill.” “I told the UN investigators in Amman that the Israeli attack was violent from the start and that the Israelis had a clear licence to kill, and they did not even try to avoid the bloodshed,” the Israeli MP told AFP.

“I sensed that the investigators were serious about the probe. They asked clear questions and I gave them clear answers. I stressed that the Israeli commandos wanted to kill the activists, who were unarmed,”” she added.

Investigating the Freedom Flotilla Attack

On June 2, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) approved formation of an international committee (like the Goldstone Commission) to probe the Flotilla attack, saying it will include lawyers and international law and human rights experts, its findings to be presented in September (during the Council’s three week session in Geneva) after visiting Gaza and contacting Israel, Turkey, Greece, and the Freedom Flotilla coalition.

UN: Israel Not Cooperating in Flotilla Probe

Israel threatens to pull out of UN’s Gaza probe

PM to quit UN panel if soldiers probed

Barak contradicts Netanyahu’s testimony on flotilla

Israeli DM: Aid Ship’s Goal Is to Help ‘Kill Israeli Civilians’

Activists on Mavi Marmara Fired First, Israeli Military Chief Says

Uribe’s appointment to flotilla probe guarantees its failure

To review eyewitness testimony, video and photos, click here.

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Emerging History: Revelations on Human Experimentation by Governments, US-led War Crimes, Nuclear Testing, Political Assassinations and More

HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION

A SHORT HISTORY OF US GOVERNMENT RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

“CIA keeps testing drugs on people” – American author

FLASHBACK – Government Experiments on U.S. Soldiers: Shocking Claims Come to Light in New Court Case

FLASHBACK – VA testing drugs on war veterans

U.S. govt. poisoned its own citizens during Prohibition

In a dark but little-known chapter of U.S. history, the federal government ordered the poisoning of alcohol supplies to deter and punish those who sought to flout Prohibition-era bans…Historians estimate that a total of 10,000 people were killed by the program before Prohibition ended in 1933.

French village went insane after CIA spiked its bread with LSD

French Government Queries US on 50s Secret LSD Experiment

CIA: What Really Happened in the quiet French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit

Shortly after the incident, in September 1951, scientists writing in the highly respected British Medical Journal declared that “the outbreak of poisoning” was produced by ergot mold. This explanation, however, was based almost solely upon the findings of biochemists dispatched to the scene from the nearby Sandoz Chemical Company in Basle, Switzerland. Included in the contingent from Sandoz was Dr. Albert Hofmann, the man who had first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938. At the time of the Sandoz group’s visit to Pont St. Esprit only a handful of scientists worldwide, estimated to be no more than eight-to-ten, knew of the existence of the man-made drug LSD.

Files reveal Britain’s secret biological weapons trials in second world war

Chemical Concussions and Secret LSD: Pentagon Details Cold War Mind-Control Tests

MK-ULTRA: The CIA’s Mind Control Program

The basic frightening history of MK-ULTRA and examples of its’ dangerous use against humans, including US citizens.

Human bones could reveal truth of Japan’s ‘Unit 731’ experiments

ASSASINATIONS – JFK, RFK, MLK & ARAFAT

JFK and RFK: The Plots that Killed Them, The Patsies that Didn’t

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 42 years ago in the midst of his campaign for the U.S. presidency. Largely overshadowed by the death of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, the official account of RFK’s tragic end, allegedly shot down by a lone gunman, like his brother, has received vastly less attention. In both instances, we are looking at staged events that fit into a recurrent pattern in U.S. and world history where innocent individuals (or “patsies”) are baited and framed for cover-up purposes. Professor James H. Fetzer, an expert in the scientific study of assassinations, provides a sketch of how we know what happened to them and why, where RFK’s assassination was in part intended to prevent a reinvestigation into his brother’s death.

E. Howard Hunt’s Deathbed Statement about JFK Assassination

Flashback: The Murder of Martin Luther King Was An Act of State

WHO MURDERED ARAFAT?

In an impromptu news conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman , on 12 July 2009, Fatah Secretary-General Farouk Kaddumi revealed that Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas and former Gaza strong man Muhammed Dahlan conspired to murder Yasser Arafat in connivance with Israel and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

NUCLEAR TESTING & FACILITIES

How the World Nuked Itself from 1945-1998

“1945-1998” is a multimedia artwork by Isao Hashimoto that documents over 2000 nuclear explosions — mostly tests — on earth since the closing days of World War II. It starts slowly, but give it time, because it ends up looking like the 4th of July.

VANUNU’S PHOTOS OF DIMONA – 1985

Acting on his conscience, he carefully took about 60 photos of the top-secret labs and unique production processes involved. When some of these photos were originally published in the London Sunday Times’ exposé, they confirmed his eyewitness testimony about the extent of Israel’s nuclear weapons program and revealed Israel to be one of the world’s top nuclear powers. To this day, the Israeli government refuses international inspection of Dimona and continues to deny the existence of its nuclear arsenal.

FLASHBACK – U.S. Once Deployed 12,000 Atom Arms In 2 Dozen Nations

The United States stored 12,000 nuclear weapons and components in at least 23 countries and 5 American territories during the cold war — including Morocco, Japan, Iceland, Puerto Rico and Cuba — according to an article based on a recently declassified document.

WORLD WAR II

Census bureau gave up WWII internment camp evaders

In ‘Eisenhower’s Death Camps’: A U.S. Prison Guard Remembers

In Andernach about 50,000 prisoners of all ages were held in an open field surrounded by barbed wire. The women were kept in a separate enclosure that I did not see until later. The men I guarded had no shelter and no blankets. Many had no coats. They slept in the mud, wet and cold, with inadequate slit trenches for excrement. It was a cold, wet spring, and their misery from exposure alone was evident.

Video: Operation Aphrodite

Operation Aphrodite’ was the World War II code name of a secret USAAF program that began in 1944. Pilotless aircraft packed with explosives were remotely controlled into their targets.

How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power

VIETNAM

Vietnam’s forgotten victims Four decades on, Agent Orange continues to ravage the children of those exposed.

De-classified Vietnam-era Transcripts Show Senators Knew Gulf Of Tonkin Was A Staged False Flag Event

Hundreds Of POW’s Left To Die In Vietnam, Abandoned By Their Government

Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Paul Craig Roberts talked about the shameful abandonment of POWs by the U.S. government. Roberts mentioned an article by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg posted on the American Conservative website entitled McCain and the POW Cover-Up.

OTHER

The Great Irish Famine Was Genocide

Britain apologizes 50 years after Thalidomide scandal

The British government apologized on Thursday to sufferers from the thalidomide scandal, half a century after thousands of babies were born with birth defects after their mothers took the morning sickness pill.

UFO files from the UK’s National Archives

COINTELPRO and the Omaha Two

VIDEO: Eight Million Africans Died in Wars Financed by US, UK

THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal

More on the Franklin Pedophilia Ring Scandal

Oklahoma City Was an Inside Job

Two big bombs were found INSIDE the Oklahoma City federal building and defused.  These clips ran on local news live…and were never broadcast again.  There is no way a truck bomb regardless of size could have done the damage that was done to that building.

The government’s story is a complete lie and they know it. The “terrorism expert” and the end of this clip Dr. Randall Heather was never seen on TV again and can’t be found on Google (except in relation to this appearance.)  Rather than test the site to assess the exact composition of the bomb material as Dr. Heather and USAF General Partin (ret) recommended, the building was demolished and all the wreckage was removed to a fenced in landfill and buried.  No tests were ever done.

The Mysterious Death of Bush’s Cyber-Guru Michael Connell

MI5 files on 7/7 attacks ‘impossible’ to access

It would be “impossible” to reveal secret MI5 files about the 7/7 London terror attacks, a court has been told.

BBC documentary proves Israeli army murdered Rachel Corrie

The BBC has released a remarkable film about the killing of three international peace activists by the Israeli army in the occupied Gaza Strip. Documentary evidence provided in the film strongly suggests that the American Rachel Corrie – and two British activists – were murdered.  Last spring, within a period of seven weeks, one British and one American peace activist were killed by the Israeli army in Rafah, a Palestinian town at the southern end of the occupied Gaza Strip. A second Briton was shot in the head leaving him brain-dead. In two of the cases the Israeli army is being blamed for murder; the third is considered “attempted murder.”

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Palestine News Round-Up: Continuing Occupation and War Crimes in Gaza, West Bank and beyond

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

Gaza siege must be “broken”: Arab League chief

Leaked Vatican document: Israeli occupation ‘unjust’

Israeli Document: Gaza Blockade Isn’t About Security

Collective punishment is illegal under international law.

800,000 kids bearing brunt of Gaza blockade

The Gaza Blockade Is Illegal and the Flotilla Attack Was an Illegal Act of War

Gaza: 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted

David Cameron: Israeli blockade has turned Gaza Strip into a ‘prison camp’

Gazans Denied Medical Care under Siege

WHO: Medical equipment still banned from Gaza

Oxfam: Palestinian village & nearly $30,000 of aid destroyed by Israeli military

Brazil donates $14 million for Gaza reconstruction

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia call upon Nations to Rise Against Israel

Palestinian Holocaust: Children Victims of Cast Lead

Exclusive Intifada Interview with Greta Berlin – Free Gaza Movement

The Siege against Gaza: America’s Ongoing Support of Israeli Military and Intelligence Operations

Norwegian Port Union Boycotts Israeli Ships

Dockworkers, Worldwide, Respond to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Siege

Swedish Dock-Workers Union Joining Protest, Block Israeli Cargo

Historic Victory at Oakland Port – Israeli Ship Blocked from Unloading

The Simplicity of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

Gaza’s humanitarian catastrophe

According to a report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 50 per cent of the children in Gaza suffer from anemia and malnutrition. Also, one million Palestinians depend on humanitarian relief for sustenance; 80 per cent of Gaza residents live below the poverty line; and employment has reached 65 per cent, especially among the youth and university graduates. Average income per day per person is only $2.

The Ringworm Children: Zionist Eugenics of the Sephardim

Gazans: We were used as ‘human shields’

A series of testimonies in a report probing Operation Cast Lead suggest that IDF soldiers used Gazans as human shields.  The report – exclusively obtained by Ynet – was compiled by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and focuses mainly on violation of Palestinian prisoners’ rights by the Israeli military during the Gaza war.

The report criticized Israel’s use of the “unlawful combatant” clause of the International Law, which effectively strips a detainee of any rights reserved for prisoners of war under International Law. The application, said the report, allowed Israel to essentially ignore International Humanitarian Law directives.

Torture Of Palestinian Child Prisoners “Widespread And Institutionalised”

Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested, interrogated and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. From 100 testimonies, from different age groups and locations, DCI found that 69% were beaten or kicked and 81% made forced confessions during interrogations, which would commonly take place with the prisoner blindfolded and handcuffed. 32% signed confessions in Hebrew.

DCI also submitted 50 cases of children suffering extreme abuse. These include ’M.S’, 16, who was “arrested at 2am, threatened with rape, beaten with a chair, then signed a confession in Hebrew”. ’Muhammad H.’, also 16, “breaks leg during arrest, hit with helmet and iron rod, nose broken”.

Sea blockade of Gaza was “temporary” – 15 years ago

A Glimpse of Life in Gaza: Why Do They Risk Their Lives Working in Tunnels?

The United Nations (UN) reports that “15-20% of essential medicines are commonly out of stock and there are shortages of essential spare parts for many items of medical equipment,” further noting that 80% of what comes into Gaza does so via the tunnels.

Unemployment is at nearly 60%, and 98% of industry, including factories and businesses, have been decimated by the siege and the Israeli war on Gaza.

The over 1000 tunnels running from Egypt to Gaza employ upwards of 20,000 people and allow in what is banned by Israel and closed borders: foodstuffs, oil, cooking gas, cars and car parts, medicines, appliances, clothing and shoes, building materials, livestock, school materials, cola, milk formula, cigarettes, and even people.

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American Fascism News Round-Up: The Police State is Here – What They’ve Done Is Nothing Compared To What They’re Prepared To Do

Wake Up America-Current State of Affairs in a Nutshell

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society

A great summary and call to action

American fascism: by political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic

How can the US be fascist if we have elections and the US Constitution? Ok, I’ll explain…

Civilization, Created by Mass-Murderers Using Slave Labor

The Bill of Rights Was Meant to Limit Federal Power

How fragile we are: Why the complexity of modern civilization threatens us all

Things to Come

The simple fact is while America has been sleeping, the groundwork to totally and finally break the American people into accepting global government as a solution to war, climate change, food, pandemics, and natural disasters is in place.

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.

A History of CIA Atrocities  

Top 100 Defense Contractors

World Wide Military Expenditures

Video: Galtung: ‘U.S. empire will fall by 2020’  

Although most of the headlines read that the U.S. economy is growing again, professor and author Johan Gultang seems to have a different perspective on the future of the U.S. RT’s Dina Gusovsky interviews him about his new book: The Fall of the U.S. Empire-And Then What?

Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state.

Angry nationalism shouts down prudence. Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing. Industry has its hand so deep in the government’s purse that private enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the infrastructure crumbles. And a supine media, once a watchdog of the powerful, happily licks the strongman’s hand. If the picture looks familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it many times before, from Argentina to Chile to Russia. The U.S. is third worlding.  That statement may smack of hyperbole. It may also understate the phenomenon, for many of the countries that the United States increasingly resembles are not only Third World—they are authoritarian, even rogue.

10 False Flags that Changed the World  

George Soros Lauds Chinese Model Of Goverment – Wants Global Governance Under UN Security Council   

Ron Paul: Government Can Quarantine People – H1N1, Quarantine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran   

New World Order Videos

Global Governance – EU President Admits One-World Government is Here NWO – New World Order

Ecoscience Co-Author Paul Ehrlich Maintains Global Population Control Advocacy in recent interview

U.S. Military Employs “Counterinsurgency” Strategy In Californian City

In Indiana, practice for ‘civilian surge’ in Afghanistan  

To Prepare for War, G.I.’s Get a Dress Rehearsal

In Louisiana, training scenarios in mock Afghan villages are created from intelligence reports fresh from the front.

Winchester to Deliver 200 Million 40-Cal. Rounds to Homeland Security

Winchester Ammunition was recently awarded a contract by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security to supply a maximum of 200 million, 40 cal. rounds over the next five years.

Spies for Hire: New Online Database of U.S. Intelligence Contractors

Brazil: Police Killed More Than 11,000 in the Last Six Years

Unmanned aerial “Predator” drones to patrol US/Mexico border

Welcome Home, War! Creating the “Domestic Surveillance State”

American fascism: Obama, “Justice” Dept., Supreme Court prevent prosecution of US torture

The John Hope Franklin File: FBI Looked At Esteemed Historian For Communist Ties

U.S. Imprisoned Iranian Engineer Secretly For Two Years Before Sentencing

RAND: A Stability Police Force for the United States

Establishing security is the sine qua non of stability operations, since it is a prerequisite for reconstruction and development. Security requires a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats from insurgents to criminal organizations. This research examines the creation of a high-end police force, which the authors call a Stability Police Force (SPF). The study considers what size force is necessary, how responsive it needs to be, where in the government it might be located, what capabilities it should have, how it could be staffed, and its cost. This monograph also considers several options for locating this force within the U.S. government, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the Department of State, and the U.S. Army’s Military Police. The authors conclude that an SPF containing 6,000 people — created in the U.S. Marshals Service and staffed by a “hybrid option,” in which SPF members are federal police officers seconded to federal, state, and local police agencies when not deployed — would be the most effective of the options considered. The SPF would be able to deploy in 30 days. The cost for this option would be $637.3 million annually, in FY2007 dollars.

New maritime security law will deputize U.S. officers “in every part of Canada” during integrated operations

Underming the American People’s Right to Privacy: The Secret State’s Surveillance Machine

If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have everything to worry about

 People who say this are fools, not to be too blunt about it. Not only are they willing to trade away my rights, since they haven’t a basic appreciation of theirs, but their understanding of the relationship between government and the governed is one of subservience based on fear, and the idea that their fear is not only natural, but justifiably permanent given the state of the world.

Google CEO: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Google chief: only miscreants worry about net privacy

If you’re concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn’t be doing. At least that’s the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Schmidt tells CNBC, sparking howls of incredulity from the likes of Gawker. But the bigger news may be that Schmidt has actually admitted there are cases where the search giant is forced to release your personal data.

Google now tracking you even after you log out

Police Spying On Protesters Stirs Outrage in Britain

Release of secret reports delayed

President Obama will maintain a lid of secrecy on millions of pages of military and intelligence documents that were scheduled to be declassified by the end of the year, according to administration officials.  The missed deadline spells trouble for the White House’s promises to introduce an era of government openness, say advocates, who believe that releasing historical information enforces a key check on government behavior. They cite as an example the abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War, including domestic spying and assassinations of foreign officials, that were publicly outlined in a set of agency documents known as the “family jewels.’’ 

Homeland Security Embarks on Big Brother Programs to Read Our Minds and Emotions

The CIA Mind Control Doctors: From Harvard to Guantanamo  – with video, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

They Really Are Trying to Engineer Super-soldiers

 $3 billion super soldier program: 10 times muscle endurance, 7 foot vertical leap, wall crawling, personal flight and more DARPA today has a long-term, $3 billion program to help make such a “Metabolically Dominant Soldier.” In other words, the military is studying how to use technology and biology to meld man and machine

NSA Has Conspicuous Role in New Federal Cybersecurity Center  

Judicial Watch Obtains New CIA Documents on Terrorist Interrogations  

At U.S. airports, TSA officers covertly monitor travelers’ behavior  

Department of Justice Threatens the Internet

Feds Wanted Private Data on All Visitors to Liberal Internet News Site

Spying on Americans: Obama Endorses Bush Era Warrantless Wiretapping  

Obama Regime: Toss NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Lawsuit   

CIA Had People Raped with Broken Bottles, Boiled Alive  

Senate Bill Would Give President Obama Authority to Pull the Plug on Your Internet

CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would create an Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive Office of the President. That office would receive the power to disconnect, if it believes they’re at risk of a cyberattack, “critical” computer networks from the Internet. 

FDA dupes Interpol to achieve illegal kidnapping and deportation of herbal formulator Greg Caton

Small Community Cancer Cure Crushed by Big Pharma, Part I

The Secret ICE Prisons of the United States

“If you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.” Those chilling words were spoken by James Pendergraph, then executive director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of State and Local Coordination, at a conference of police and sheriffs in August 2008. Also present was Amnesty International’s Sarnata Reynolds, who wrote about the incident in the 2009 report “Jailed Without Justice” and said in an interview, “It was almost surreal being there, particularly being someone from an organization that has worked on disappearances for decades in other countries. I couldn’t believe he would say it so boldly, as though it weren’t anything wrong.”

Police Handing Out Tickets For Air Fresheners

Ermir Spahiu was pulled over by police for his window-mounted GPS unit. For Tina Ross, it was her handicapped placard. And Mark Hubbard was nailed for an air freshener. All three Illinois drivers were stopped for what they thought were innocent items placed near their windshields.

22 million missing Bush-era emails found, set for 2014 release

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

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

America’s Faltering Military/Mercenary Army

US: Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan

The surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by a surge of up to 56,000 contractors, vastly expanding the presence of personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service.

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US

Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control

State of Texas Saving Newborn DNA Samples

CNN finds modern-day slaves in US

Public Menace-Private Profit: America’s Biowarfare Alliance

Rahm Emanuel Says that One-Million Americans Should Lose Their Constitutional Rights  

The Annexation of Colombia to the US

Council On Foreign Relations Symposium on Pandemic Influenza: Science, Economics and Foreign Policy: Fake Scarcity of H1N1 Vaccine to Convince People to Take It (Laughter)  

Where Will They Get the Troops? Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan Front  

Declassified FBI File Alleges an Israeli Intelligence Agent Worked at AIPAC  

KBR may have poisoned 100,000 people in Iraq: lawsuit  

Whistleblowers: Blackwater approved payoffs of Iraqi officials  

UN investigator accuses US of shameful neglect of homeless  

Support our troops when they become veterans: 25% of US homeless are veterans

Former US diplomat could make ‘hundreds of millions’ off Iraqi oil fields  

How Rahm Emanuel Made Mega-Millions and Bought His Way to Power

Son of a Zionist Terrorist: Rahm Emanuel’s Dirty Secret  

Democracy: U.S. Unveils New $60 Million Prison Wing in Afghanistan  

USA Prepares to Attack Russia in 3 or 4 Years?  

America needs a “Manhunting Agency”   

The US military’s Joint Special Operations University argues that the CIA hasn’t done enough to take out the Bad Guys, one by one. No: America needs a “National Manhunting Agency” to hunt down jihadists, drug dealers, pirates and other enemies of the state. I suggest a rebrand: “Manhunting Agency” sounds a bit too much like a gay dating site.

OBAMA’S YOUTH CORPS   

Police to Wear Ear-Cams to Record Arrests  

Young Children Taught To Inform On Parents In Tampa  

Rahm Emanuel to Disarm America:”#1 Issue”, Gun Owners are Terrorists  

Chicago Aldermen Keep Secret Slush Fund

D.C. Council Chair Adds To Growing Local Scandals

VIRUS in the VOTING MACHINES: Tainted Results in NY-23

Facts Behind ‘Men Who Stare at Goats’

As crazy as “The Men Who Stare at Goats” may seem, there’s a real story behind the psychic experimentation

Secret Global Copyright Agreement is Executive Order

Judge: Corps’ negligence caused Katrina flooding

The Pentagon Budget: Largest Ever and Growing

FDA openly allows criminally-convicted doctors, researchers to keep working on pharmaceuticals and clinical trials

The Emerging Medical Dictatorship

We may have been granted a temporary reprieve from forced medical treatments this time around, but have we been spared from the government? As usual, the answer is “no”. While the government may not be forcing a medicine down our throats or corralling uncooperative people in camps, what they are doing should send shivers down our collective spine. They are creating lists of dissidents and “terrorists”. These lists contain detailed information on individuals. And, if ever the laws were changed to permit more coercive action instead of passive data collection then the government would already have the names of the supposed “enemies of the state” on hand.



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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