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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Dec 21 16:05

Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage House Intelligence Committee

After lobbyist-run SuperPACs and big money efforts dominated the last election, legislators are now appointing lobbyists to literally manage the day-to-day affairs of Congress. For the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees government intelligence operations and agencies, the changing of the guard means a lobbyist for Academi, the defense contractor formerly known as Blackwater, is now in charge.

Dec 21 13:40

The U.S. Sanctions' Policy

The U.S. sanctions on Cuba failed to tame Cuban leadership, according to the U.S. president Obama himself. After the U.S.-Soviet nuclear escalation at the beginning of 1960s ,CIA engineered a plot to overthrow Cuban president Fidel Castro. Although the CIA utilized Cuban opponents (most of them reside in Florida), the result was failure of Pig of Bay Invasion. Does this story reminds us of CIA-engineered Syrian opponents?
Any way, Obama has finally admitted failure of sanctions policy against Cuba. Meanwhile, the U.S. congress is preparing to issue further sanctions against Russia.
I agree with this title from Huffington Post:
If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

Dec 21 13:13

Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis.

Dec 21 11:10

Police Declare “Wartime” in Internal Memo — “We Will Act Accordingly” After Two Officers Are Shot

After two NYPD were assassinated on Saturday, a startling internal memo was widely distributed to police in New York from the Police Benevolent Assocation. At first the internal memo seems like instructions for basic safety. First it requires that officers begin traveling in packs of two: “At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity…”

Dec 21 08:10

Obama: North Korea’s attack ‘cybervandalism,’ not an ‘act of war’

President Obama said Sunday he does not consider North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures to be an “act of war,” instead calling it an example of “cybervandalism” that must be met with a proportional response from the U.S. government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Of course, if those gosh darn North Koreans (with help from Russia, China, and Iran) do something worse, like shut down the non-commercial internet or black out a few cities, that is another kettle of kimchee altogether!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 21 07:41

'US could accept Crimea, stop NATO expansion if Russia complies in E.Ukraine'

The differences between the positions of Russia and the West on Crimea and Ukraine appear insurmountable. Yet both sides realise their global interests are better served by a spirit of cooperation, rather than rivalry. What are some of the pragmatic proposals that could bridge the gap and lead to a win-win-win solution, and could they satisfy the hardliners on all sides? Oksana is joined by Michael O'Hanlon, Director of Research at Brookings Institution, to hammer out these issues.

Dec 20 15:45

North Korea Says They're Being Framed for Sony Cyber Attack

Guardians of Peace, the hacker group that previously took credit for the Sony cyber attack, mocked the FBI and their investigation that determined North Korea was "centrally involved" in the Sony hack. "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eye," the Guardians of Peace wrote in a statement posted on the file-sharing site Pastebin (via CNN). "We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world. You will find the gift for FBI at the following address. Enjoy." The hackers also included a link to a YouTube video titled "you are an idiot!"

Dec 20 09:04

WW3 Countdown | China Moves Against The Dollar

Dec 20 08:46

US elite has gone far beyond Hitler's impudence and cruelty

Brutal and bloody provocations are a tool of choice of USA's politics. US intelligence greyhounds have taken a hand in white powder from Iraq, in September 11 attacks and torture. These are not conspiracy theories - this is real politics, President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems and military analyst Konstantin Sivkov believes.

"They have recently published the torture report in the United States, even though those tortures were not happening on the territory of the United States. Only 500 pages of the 6,000-page report have been published. It is unthinkable what US special services were doing to those suspects after the attacks of the Twin Towers. State Department officials said that no one would be punished for any of those tortures. Do you think that the world community will turn a blind eye on that again and continue to admire American democracy?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nope!

Dec 20 08:32

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

Senator Elizabeth Warren charged Citigroup last week with “holding government funding hostage to ram through its government bailout provision.” At issue was a section in the omnibus budget bill repealing the Lincoln Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act, which protected depositor funds by requiring the largest banks to push out a portion of their derivatives business into non-FDIC-insured subsidiaries.

Warren and Representative Maxine Waters came close to killing the spending bill because of this provision. But the tide turned, according to Waters, when not only Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, but President Obama himself lobbied lawmakers to vote for the bill.

Dec 20 08:15

HOW THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR CHANGED THE WORLD

Certainly, Hearst and his Jewish rival at the New York World, Joseph Pulitzer, helped to poison the public mind towards Spain. But this idiotic and incomplete analysis ignores the "big picture" of the Globalist hand which moves the chess pieces. The Spanish-American War was neither "pointless", nor insignificant. To the contrary, without the precedent-setting features, tactical acquisitions, and adverse side-effects of this unjust war, and the prolonged US-Philippines War which grew out of it, World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, World War II and all the other horror stories of the past 100 + years would not have been possible.

Dec 20 07:48

‘I can’t breathe’ UK & John Pilger on CIA torture, Sydney terror & nuclear war

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with a roundup of 2014. John Pilger warns of a ‘real possibility’ of a nuclear war between Russia and the US, with Western coverage of Ukraine where the truth is ‘so inverted.’ He also points out media bias over the CIA torture report, which Britain has always been ‘masters’ in, and questions the need for force in the Sydney Siege. Adrienne Makenda Kabana, the widow of Jimmy Mubenga, who died whilst being restrained by G4S officers, and Deborah Coles, of INQUEST, who have been providing support for the Mubenga family, join us to discuss the controversial case of the man who 20 people claimed had screams of ‘I can’t breathe’ ignored. And Hollywood veteran Rupert Everett argues more has to be done to protect sex workers as he accuses companies and councils of a ‘land-grab’ in Soho.

Dec 20 07:23

Sony hack: China may have helped North Korea, US states

US official states that North Korea responsible for hacking of Sony over The Interview film – and that Kim Jong-un's regime may have had Chinese help

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, according to US Officials and FOX News, North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, (and everyone else the US needs an excuse to invade) secretly create the most potent cyber-army in the world, then expose the existence of that cyber-army with a pointless attack on a movie studio?

And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Dec 20 07:18

North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

On Friday, President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the devastating cyberattack, which led to the Hollywood studio cancelling "The Interview", a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 19 15:35

How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

Giordano's research group has categorized these weapons into four broad categories: drugs, bugs, toxins, and bytes. In an email to me, he described them like this:

Drugs: There are particular drugs that act upon the central and/or peripheral nervous system that can be used to 1) alter concentration and vigilance (to increase or decrease combat warfighters' performance on various tasks), 2) alter sensation, perception and emotion (to induce feelings of fear, confusion or even amiability), and of course 3) incur profound debilitation — and death.

Bugs: There are a number of microbiological agents ("bugs") — viruses and bacteria — that can induce a host of neurological diseases (such as encephalitis, meningitis), and effects (such as cognitive and motor manifestations).

Dec 19 15:04

Pentagon’s Counter IED unit collecting intelligence on U.S. Companies

?The Pentagon’s main arm for fighting improvised explosive devices engaged in unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens and companies and improperly collected intelligence from Afghan farmers when an analyst posed as a college student, according to an inspector general’s report released Thursday.

The intelligence efforts by the Joint IED Defeat Organization — established to fight roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan — were found to violate executive orders and regulations.

Two military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, released in June after five-years captivity by the Taliban, was one of the Americans on which JIEDDO collected information.

JIEDDO acknowledged that the inspector general’s findings but a spokesman said they were minor, technical issues that have been addressed.

Dec 19 14:01

The Emperor's Behavior

"US President Barack Obama signs the Ukraine Freedom Act but does not want to impose sanctions under the law, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Thursday.

“The President signs H.R. 5859 [Ukrainian Freedom Act] into law, signing the legislation does not however signal a change in the administration’s sanctions policy…” Earnest said.

“At this time the administration does not intend to impose sanctions under this law but act gives the administration additional authorities that could be utilized if circumstances warranted,” he added.

Washington considers measures, targeting specifically Crimea, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told journalists during the daily briefing on Thursday"

Editor's Comment:
Why does the U.S. regime has the right to meddle into the others affair, but Russia and Iran are forbidden? and who decides that?

Book cover: "Are We Rome?", by Cullen Murphy

Dec 19 13:32

The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia

The U.S. government is back on that high horse and charging off to sanction Russia over Ukraine, a crisis that has been thoroughly misrepresented in the mainstream U.S. news media and in the halls of government.

Has anyone in Official Washington thought through the latest foreign policy “group think,” the plan to destabilize nuclear-armed Russia? All the “smart” people, including the New York Times editors, are rubbing their hands with glee over the financial crisis being imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, but no one, it seems, is looking down the road.

Dec 19 13:24

Ending the Cold War on Cuba? From the Freezer to the Chiller

If Washington ended its economic aggression against Cuba and others then it might just be a signal of real change. Otherwise it’s just more of the same imperialist policy that is the bedrock of American power.

As US President Barack Obama announced his surprise «historic» bid to normalize relations with Cuba this week, the New York Times swooned with glowing news. ‘US to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility’ was how its top headline put it. Welcoming the development, the American «newspaper of record» said Obama vowed to «cut loose the shackles of the past» and to «sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War».

But, purple prose aside, the hard detail is that the ongoing illegal American embargo on Cuba will stay in place. Moreover, the move comes as Washington slaps on more sanctions against Russia and unleashes new sanctions on Venezuela.

End of the Cold War? Read more...

Dec 19 13:21

Obama’s Belated Realism on Cuba

Just as ostracism and rejection of the normal give-and-take of diplomacy has been utterly unproductive in the case of Cuba, so too has been the case with Iran, with positive results having been obtained only when real diplomacy began under the current U.S. administration.

What most distinguishes the case of Cuba is the sheer length of time during which the futile posture of attempted isolation and embargo has been sustained. We long, long ago passed the point where we can say with finality and high confidence that the policy does not work.

Dec 19 12:49

Review admits CIA assassination programs strengthen extremist groups

Wikileaks on Thursday has made public a never-before-seen internal review conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency that looked at the agency's drone and targeted assassination programs in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere.

The agency's own analysis, conducted in 2009, found that its clandestine drone and assassination program was likely to produce counterproductive outcomes, including strengthening the very "extremist groups" it was allegedly designed to destroy.

Dec 19 12:25

Obama: Hollywood weak, Boston stong

President Obama said Friday that the U.S. will retaliate against North Korea for its cyberattack against Sony Pictures, and he thinks the movie studio “made a mistake” by canceling the release of a movie in response to the hacking.

“They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond,” Mr. Obama said of the North Koreans at a White House news conference. “We will respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.”

Dec 19 11:40

STRATFOR: UKRAINE COUP PLOTTED BY US OVER RUSSIAN STANCE ON SYRIA

The United States is behind the February coup in Kiev, which came in response to Russia’s stance on Syria, said George Friedman, the founder and CEO of Stratfor, a global intelligence company. Russia has repeatedly said that the coup in Kiev was organized by the US, Friedman told Kommersantnewspaper. Indeed, it was the most overt coup in history, the political analyst stressed.

Dec 19 10:38

FBI formally blames North Korea in Sony hack

The FBI said Friday that North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led the studio to cancel the release of a movie.

Confirming what government officials were saying privately for days, the FBI announced that is months-long investigation concluded that North Korea was behind the attack, based on technical similarities to previous attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Those previous hacks used computers, and we believe the SONY hackers were also using computers. That's good enough for me!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 19 10:18

Think North Korea hacked Sony? Think about this

Unlike any hack attributed to North Korea in the past

North Korea has been blamed for a string of hacks in the past, and it’s generally accepted that the country has the capability to hack and attack companies. But no previous attack attributed to North Korea—or any nation-state—has been so public and so noisy. In the past, attacks happened, North Korea was suspected, and then sometimes the country was later blamed. It rarely said anything, except for an initial denial. This time around, the hacker group has posted messages online taunting Sony and telling the FBI they cannot be caught. Early on, they were also interacting with reporters.

Dec 19 08:16

Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

The CIA officials frequently cited the Israeli ‘ticking bomb’ justification for torture in 2007, at Congressional hearings in 2005, and earlier in 2001 and 2002. The CIA knows that the US Congress, under the control of the Zionist power configuration, would be favorably disposed to any official behavior, no matter how perverse and contrary to international law, if it carried an Israeli mark of approval or ‘logo’.

Dec 19 08:14

COSTS OF WAR

Economic Costs Summary: $4.4 Trillion and Counting

Dec 19 08:05

Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, no plans to use it for now

US President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will allow the White House to levy further economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, though the Administration has said it has no immediate plans to introduce them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama claimed there were going to be no American boots on the ground in this third invasion of Iraq. Then there were going to be boots on the ground but they would not be in combat. Now they are in Combat. Obama will activate the new sanctions against Russia at the moment he thinks they will cause the most damage.

Dec 19 07:55

Congress once again insists on spending $120 MILLION on new tanks - despite the army insisting that it doesn't want them

The Ohio-based companies that provide the U.S. Army with Abrams tanks, once again proved to be one of the big winners when congress passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill this week.

The new defense spending bill will include $120 million for the 70-ton tanks – even though the army has repeatedly said it doesn't need them.

It is the third year in a row that congress has disregarded the army's expressed wish to suspend tank building and upgrades.

Dec 19 07:26

GAO Report: VA Provides Inconsistent Treatment To Veterans With Depression

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides inconsistent treatment to veterans with depression and may be underestimating the number of vets who suffer from the condition, according to a government watchdog agency..

The VA also needs to do a better job monitoring veterans who are prescribed antidepressants and in tracking suicides, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Dec 19 07:23

Veterans exposed to viruses, claim VA avoided responsibility

John Renegar Jr., wearing a careworn baseball cap emblazed with “101st Airborne”, surveyed his small living room in Smyrna Tennessee and shrugged. “It just makes you think you don’t mean nothin’ to anybody, you know,” the 66 year old Vietnam vet said. “You served a country, but you don’t mean anything to her.”

Dec 19 07:15

Brandon Martinez: “Don’t believe the mainstream media”

Geopolitical analyst Brandon Martinez was interviewed by Bulland Awaaz of Vancouver Co-op Radio today. He talked about his analysis of geopolitics and history, principally his discoveries regarding Zionist political intrigue in the 20th and 21st centuries which he outlines in his books Hidden History and Grand Deceptions.

Dec 18 21:53

South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief Erik Prince to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million euros ($23.3 million) by South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum to transport supplies and perform maintenance on production facilities at the oil fields, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Smith said by phone from New York yesterday. About 30 employees including pilots, engineers and logistics technicians have been using helicopters and airplanes to reach South Sudan’s oil fields since September, Smith said.

Dec 18 13:44

The Senate Drone Report of 2019: Looking Back on Washington's War on Terror

It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars and other American air campaigns in the 18-year-long war on terror was finally released. That day, committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, amid the warnings of his Republican colleagues that its release might “inflame” America’s enemies leading to violence across the Greater Middle East, and said:

Dec 18 12:04

FLASHBACK: No Debate and the New War

snip: The study evaluated discussion and debate segments on the Sunday talk shows (CNN's State of the Union, CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, Fox News Sunday and NBC's Meet the Press), the PBS NewsHour and a sample of cable news programs that feature roundtables and interview segments (CNN's Situation Room, Fox News Channel's Special Report and MSNBC's Hardball).

The key findings:

--In total, 205 sources appeared on the programs discussing military options in Syria and Iraq. Just six of these guests, or 3 percent, voiced opposition to US military intervention. There were 125 guests (61 percent) who spoke in favor of US war.

--On the high-profile Sunday talk shows, 89 guests were invited to talk about the war. But just one, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, could be coded as an anti-war guest.

Dec 18 11:39

‘UK govt betrayed us,’ say Al-Sweady soldiers cleared of Iraqi murder, torture

British soldiers recently cleared of accusations including torture, murder and mutilation of Iraqi detainees say they were “betrayed” by the government for having to endure “five years of hell.”

The Al-Sweady Inquiry ruled on Wednesday the troops were guilty of mistreating nine Iraqi detainees in contravention of the Geneva Convention, but that allegations of torture, murder and mutilation were “shocking and completely baseless.”

Dec 18 10:39

The Israel Lobby Cowbird

How Israel lobbying organizations flit about Washington, hatching operatives into the U.S. federal government to pursue a solitary goal—advancing the interests of a foreign state.

How is the Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds?

Cowbirds use the devious strategy of brood parasitism, arriving at the nest of more parentally-oriented birds to lay their own eggs. Cowbirds then enjoy unburdened freedom to forage and thrive while their own young are raised, fed and protected by unsuspecting parents. If an avian host dares remove the cowbird’s offspring, the host’s own eggs—if not the entire nest—will likely be destroyed by the watchful cowbird.

Dec 18 10:35

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” Conference

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” is an all-day conference which will take place April 10 in the National Press Club ballroom in Washington, DC. Questions will be addressed by experts of all ages and backgrounds from academia, government, independent research organizations and alternative news media shut out of public discourse. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust’s publication Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc (IRmep).

Register online for “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” today at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org

Dec 18 10:31

Iran nuclear deal within grasp

The US-Iranian negotiations for a nuclear deal are slated to resume on Monday amidst growing optimism that this could be the end of the year-long endgame under way, and an accord is in sight, finally. The US secretary of state John Kerry recently said that the effort will be to reach an accord even before the extended deadline of end-June.

The target is to reach a political agreement by March 1, 2015and a comprehensive agreement by July 1. To be sure, if there was any disappointment that the deal couldn’t be struck yet after intense talks began an year ago, that has dispelled. The mood in Tehran bazaar is “bullish”, according to New York Times, sensing that a deal with the US is in the works.

The main reason for this growing optimism is that the two sides have a good idea by now of each other’s ‘red lines’ and also the grey area where give-and-take is possible. In sum, there is no more a need for brinkmanship or grandstanding.

Dec 18 09:16

The Forgotten Christmas Truce of 1914. Unlearned Lessons which could have Prevented a Century of War

It was exactly 100 years ago this month when the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred, when Christian soldiers on both sides of the infamous No Man’s Land of the Western Front, recognized their common humanity, dropped their guns and fraternized with the so-called enemies that they had been ordered to kill without mercy the day before. As mentioned in last week’s column, the truth of that remarkable event has since been effectively covered up by state and military authorities (and the embedded journalists at the time) because they were angered (and embarrassed) by the breakdown of military discipline.

Dec 18 08:19

A (mild) thaw in US-Russia ties

Reports on the meeting between the US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the American Embassy Residence in Rome suggest that an urgent need has arisen for the Obama administration to seek the Kremlin’s cooperation in the Middle East crisis.

The Indian pundits must be surprised how such bonhomie could exist between Washington and Moscow at the UN SC on the very same day (Friday) in New York when the US state department mildly censored Delhi for doing ‘business’ with Russia during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India.

Plainly put, that’s how the international system works, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only understood it perfectly well but has also been prescient about the imperatives of a Russian-American working relationship sooner rather than later, and of course the transitory nature of the current chill in Russia’s relations with the West.

Dec 18 08:12

6 Insanely Stupid Right-Wing Moments this Week: Michele Bachmann Drops a Bombshell

Michele Bachmann has just one big wish for Christmas this year: Mr. President, please bomb Iran. That’s what the outgoing Minnesota Rep. told President Obama at the White House holiday party on Monday.

Festive, no?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drop Bachmann on Tehran!

Dec 17 23:05

Washington Seeks an Excuse to Wage a Nuclear War on Russia? “We’re Close to the Precipice. Will the Public Remain Silent?”

The world is more nervous about the drift toward nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia than at any time since 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. When French President Francois Hollande urgently side-tracked his return-flight from a diplomatic mission recently, in order to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, at a private room that had been scoured ahead of time to eliminate any possible bugging devices, there was speculation as to what had caused Hollande’s sudden detour, and there were even rumors of a possible cause being an American “false-flag” event in the works to be blamed on Russia as a pretext for going to war against Russia, just as Russia had been falsely blamed for the Ukrainian military’s downing of Malaysia’s airliner MH17 onJuly 17th.

Dec 17 19:46

Star Trek: TOS Errand of Mercy

Where's the Organians when you need them. My kinda folks!

The Organians: "super-evolved" and completely pacifistic.

Dec 17 19:22

Israeli role in Syrian conflict brought into the open

Israel is also capitalising on the war on the IS to misleadingly portray it as identical with the Palestinian “Islamic” resistance movements because of their Islamic credentials. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on September 29.

Dec 17 16:47

US Targeting Hundreds of Millions of Russian Civilians

White House officials are openly expressing happiness with their siege/war tactics that they say are throwing Russia into an economic collapse and are, as a scholar defending the siege notes, “hurting the Russian public’s ability to buy food or heat homes”. This eagerness to starve and freeze children is particularly relevant given the recent publicity of the US’s tactics of starving and freezing innocent detainees as well as people claimed to be “suspects”.

Dec 17 14:24

U.S. Declares (Currency) War On Russia

U.S. economic terrorism (i.e. the One Bank’s economic terrorism) has hit a new extreme this week. This crime syndicate has launched what can be termed nothing less than an all-out effort to destroy the economy of Russia.

Its modus operandi is, once again, currency manipulation. What is the quickest/easiest way to destroy an economy? Drive the value of its currency as close to zero as possible. The effect of such a manipulated “devaluation” is a massive explosion in inflation. And the effect of that is to make all Russians much poorer.

The economic destruction caused by this economic terrorism affects Russians, and the Russian economy on a percentage-for-percentage basis. Each percentage lower that the banksters drive the ruble with their criminal manipulation makes Russians, and the Russian economy 1% poorer.

Dec 17 12:12

Bradley Stone cleared by Veterans Affairs doctor one week before murders, suicide

A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist cleared former Marine Bradley Stone of suicidal or homicidal tendencies just a week before he went on a killing spree, slaying six others and then taking his own life.

Dec 17 11:58

Pro-Israel American Conservative: Thank God for ISIS... US Will Be in Middle East Forever

Dec 17 11:04

The U.S. Government Is Practically Begging for Global War

More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, it appears that the United States and Russia are engaging in the same sort of proxy wars that were so common during the Cold War. Everywhere that Western and Russian spheres of influence meet there is the potential for conflict, and the two aging superpowers have shown their willingness fight through their neighbors. However, this game of chess has taken on a whole new dimension that is radically different than what we saw during the Cold War.

Dec 17 07:18

Joint Israel-U.S. missile test fails

JERUSALEM — A senior Israeli Defense Ministry official says an exercise meant to test an advanced missile defense system developed with the U.S. has failed.

The official said a missile was launched from the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday to test the first live interception by the Arrow 3.

The system locked and was not deployed, he said anonymously according to protocol.

Dec 17 06:57

Russia Completely Jammed The U.S. Navy In The Black Sea And Could Have Subsequently Blown Them Away! [Validated]

As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up – or about to be – with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft – unarmed – repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.

After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.

Dec 17 06:42

Cold War comeback: U.S.-Russia locked in high-stakes submarine drone race

The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command’s recent announcement that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle prompted an immediate rebuttal from Russia: They, too, are close to unmanned submarine drones.

Dec 16 19:08

International Court OK's Trial of Auschwitz Guard for Early 2015

A German court says a 93-year-old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp will go on trial early next year.

Dec 16 18:37

Israel is occupied Palestine

Those of us who care and indeed struggle for justice in Palestine would do well not to fall for the old colonial tricks. Rather we should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.

Dec 16 15:08

“A Taboo on Telling the Truth About Palestine”

We are complicit in the creation of the modern Middle East. By honoring the taboo described by Edward Said, we made and now sustain Israel, not as a democracy which it claims to be, but as a war machine designed to extend the American empire over the bodies of dead children in Gaza and the WestBank.

There is no taboo against speaking of ISIS. The taboo related to ISIS is its connection to another American creation, the modern state of Israel.

Hedges opens a door into the darkness of our refusal to acknowledge our major role in Israel’s creation myth. He sees ISIS as an emulation of the modern state of Israel.

Dec 16 15:02

Is the U.S. Government incapable of breaking free from the domination of its Zionist masters?

The US Congress passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the beginning of December.

As is made clear in the article by Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League ambassador to the United States, transmitted here, at a time when European states are, hesitantly, moving toward holding Israel accountable for its crimes and taking meaningful action to end the occupation, the United States is, defiantly, moving in the opposite direction, confirming its national subservience to Israel and its continuing support (in its acts if not its rhetoric) for perpetual occupation.

Dec 16 13:28

Watch: This Is Why Russia Can’t Attack America: New Weapon Has “Near-Instantaneous Lethality”

While a World War III scenario is an event that is likely to take place in the foreseeable future, Russia and China are hesitant about any sort of military conflict with the United States because of the West’s top secret, advanced military technologies.

Dec 16 12:50

CIA medical professionals accused of committing war crimes

Federal investigators in the United States should considering weighing whether or not health workers involved in the interrogation tactics highlighted in the recent CIA torture port should be charged with war crimes, a group said this week.

Dec 16 12:37

Hot Shots? RAF’s £150 mn fighter jet could ‘shut down’ in midair due to overheating fault

The Royal Air Force’s next generation F-35 fighter jet could “shut down” in mid-flight if its fuel overheats, US test pilots have discovered. The fault is the latest in a string of embarrassments for military chiefs and manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Dec 16 11:58

Government Wastes Taxpayers' Money On Crappy "Shark-Like Spy Drone"

Here's the latest scam the government is burning your money on: a "shark-like spy drone" that looks somewhat like a shark and swims like a physically disabled fish.

Dec 16 10:34

DRONE-HUNTING BLIMP TO LAUNCH OVER WASHINGTON

On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, will launch a giant drone-hunting blimp over Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds just east of Washington D.C. The system includes a 242-foot balloon (technically called an aerostat because it’s connected to the ground) that can stay up for a month at a time and a radar to detect — among other potential threats— drones.

Dec 16 08:24

The U.S. Government Is Practically Begging for Global War

More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, it appears that the United States and Russia are engaging in the same sort of proxy wars that were so common during the Cold War. Everywhere that Western and Russian spheres of influence meet there is the potential for conflict, and the two aging superpowers have shown their willingness fight through their neighbors. However, this game of chess has taken on a whole new dimension that is radically different than what we saw during the Cold War.

Dec 16 07:57

Congress is killing the U.S. Navy: Aircraft carriers, attack submarines decaying

Politically motivated budget cuts and a hiring freeze have left the Navy with a shipyard workforce incapable of maintaining even its most valuable hardware, including the fleet of hunter-killer submarines and aircraft carriers that are crucial to projecting U.S. force across the globe.

Officials are warning that employee shortages mean completions of ongoing retrofits are being delayed, endangering deployment plans and compromising international agreements that require tight time lines.

Dec 15 22:52

CIA torture details are appalling

The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world. The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.

Dec 15 18:17

`Christopher Bollyn: Why Solving 9-11 is Our Most Urgent Task

One sure way to get a grasp of our political predicament is to logically analyze what the political leadership has done – and what it has failed to do – about the terror atrocity of 9-11.

Since September 11, 2001, four successive administrations and fourteen Sessions of Congress have utterly failed to conduct a proper criminal investigation of 9-11, a criminal atrocity that profoundly affected the course of the nation. Rather than investigate the mass murder of 3,000 people on 9-11, successive U.S. administrations have engaged in a criminal deception, using lies to take us into foreign wars while imposing police state measures at home.

The government’s egregious failure to conduct a proper criminal investigation into the events of 9-11 is exactly like the failure by the newly-installed president, Lyndon B. Johnson, to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In both cases, rather than conducting proper criminal investigations, the government appointed commissions that produced seriously flawed reports that were simply meant to support the official, but false, version of events.

Dec 15 17:34

Propaganda Works: According to the American people, torture is justified, and effective

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices in the period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 51% of the public says they think the CIA methods were justified, compared with just 29% who say they were not justified; 20% do not express an opinion. The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 11-14 among 1,001 adults, finds that amid competing claims over the effectiveness of CIA interrogation methods, 56% believe they provided intelligence that helped prevent terrorist attacks, while just half as many (28%) say they did not provide this type of intelligence.

Dec 15 15:07

Senate torture report reveals American sadism

The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world.The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.

A particularly cringe-worthy revelation is that the CIA practiced “rectal feeding” where prisoners on hunger strikes were force-fed through their rectum in order to keep them alive. The RT commentary cited above writes that, “At least five CIA detainees were subjected to ‘rectal rehydration,’ or rectal feeding, the Senate report reads, in order to keep prisoners alive who allegedly otherwise refused to eat.”

Dec 15 14:48

Nobel winners express ‘Cold War’ fears in Rome

Nobel peace prize winners in Rome on Sunday expressed deep concern about the growing threat of conflict, including nuclear war, and “a new and more dangerous Cold War”.

Dec 15 13:25

Miko Peled: This is NOT Recognition

As the recognition by European countries of a so called “State of Palestine” continues, it is becoming obvious that this is nothing but an old colonial trick dusted and reused. The fact that liberal Zionist hypocrites the likes of the Israeli writers Amoz Oz and David Grossman are all over it says it all.

In Palestine, speaking out against injustice is no longer enough. In fact it was never enough. As people of conscience we must act for the removal of the injustice and its replacement with a free, democratic system. But many forget that in order to achieve this there must be a struggle. A real struggle, and not some intellectualized version of a struggle as is often suggested by some Israeli liberals, is the only way to defeat racist, colonialist regimes.

Dec 15 13:20

The new European ‘arc of instability’

What’s certain is that the Empire of Chaos won’t relent in its strategy of heating up the new arc of instability – inside Europe, across the economic/financial spectrum – and instrumentalizing its pre-fabricated New Iron Curtain from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

The European Council on Foreign Relations and Berlin think-tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung have just reached more or less the same conclusion.

If the dangerous stand-off between the EU and Russia over Ukraine is not solved, the EU could face, up to 2030, a military build-up in eastern Europe; a new arms race with NATO as a protagonist; and a semi-permanent “zone of instability” from the Baltic to the Balkans and the Black Sea.

Dec 15 13:06

REPORTS OF US AIRFORCE CARGO PLANES DELIVERING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF ARMS TO ISIL/ISIS

US has delivered weapons to the terrorist group ISIS (Daesh, in Arabic) in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, west of the capital of the northwestern province of Nineveh, Mosul, which has become since last June a bastion these takfiri gangs, according to an Iraqi parliamentary.

"Three US aircraft carrying advanced weapons, clothes and food for ISIL, have landed at the airport in Tal Afar," reported Sunday Nahla Al-Hababi, the representative of the Nineveh province in the Iraqi parliament.

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But aren't they the BAD GUYS?!?

Dec 15 10:15

HERE'S THE PLAYLIST USED BY THE CIA TO TORTURE DETAINEES

According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.? In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees. Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.

Dec 15 08:07

Exactly how the US trained and armed ISIS

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Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 15 08:07

“ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor

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Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 15 06:56

THE OTHER TORTURE REPORT: U.S. TAUGHT TORTURE TECHNIQUES TO BRAZIL DICTATORSHIP

The United States wasn’t the only country releasing information about past human rights abuses last week. A report released by the Brazilian Truth Commission found that some members of that country’s military came to the United States for a special kind of education—to learn how to torture dissidents in their country. More than 300 Brazilians came to the School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, where instructors “recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned,” according to a Pentagon manual released in 1996.

Dec 14 20:21

DOD gave Georgia law enforcement agencies $70M in military surplus gear

According to U.S. Department of Defense records, equipment ranging from an ice cream maker to grenade launchers has been given to Georgia law enforcement and government agencies through a federal military surplus program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia agencies received more than $70 million in decommissioned military gear, mostly in the last three years.

Dec 14 16:07

Forget The Torture Report, When Will The False Flag Terror Report Come Out?

The release of the Torture Report was a political act, and the report itself is a whitewash.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others have given a pathetic and predictable defense of torture. By leaning on the false flag 9/11 events to morally, intellectually, and politically justify torture they have yet again revealed the emptiness of their arguments. They are using one crime to justify another one.

Dec 14 14:43

Citigroup managing director found dead in the bathtub

Another banker? Citigroup managing director, dies in suspected suicide

Citigroup managing director Shawn D. Miller was found dead in the bathtub of his New York City apartment...Police believe Miller killed himself, Detective Martin Speechley, an NYPD spokesman, told Bloomberg News Wednesday. However, the official cause of death will remain a mystery until the autopsy report is concluded.

Investigators believe Miller killed himself after going on a drug, methamphetamine and alcohol bender, according to the Daily News, which said that cops found controlled substances in the apartment.

The banker was discovered by the building’s doorman on Tuesday afternoon, after his boyfriend was unable to get a hold of him. His body was found with a laceration to his neck, the NYPD said. He was pronounced dead by paramedics that arrived to the apartment.

Dec 14 11:05

What A Coincidence!

In 2003, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister John Howard deliver largely identical speeches urging their nations to join George W. Bush's Coalition of the Willing to go to war with Iraq.
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Apparently, both the Australian and the Canadian ministers had the SAME ideas during the SAME period, on the SAME issue (Iraq). Well, the outcome is the SAME speech.
Who says there are no angels?

Dec 14 08:25

Boeing touts operational QF-16 UAV

Boeing is working to convert F-16 fighter aircraft into fully-fledged unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for potential use by US armed forces, IHS Jane's was told on 7 May.

The company has already converted the first six of 126 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons into optionally piloted QF-16 target drones for the US Air Force (USAF), but is looking to add improved datalinks to enable the QF-16 to fly as high and as far as conventional UAVs. This, say company officials, will open the door to future roles in surveillance and close air support.

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Or use in a false-flag attack when you need to make it look like nation A is attacking nation B with F-16s!

Dec 14 07:58

Torture, Gitmo, War on Terror caused more terrorism – ex UN Rapporteur

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the use of torture in the post 9/11 period shocked the world and dealt a serious blow to America's moral authority. Is torture ever justified, and will its perpetrators be brought to justice? Oksana is joined by Manfred Nowak, a former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, to flesh out these issues.

Dec 14 07:27

Iraq torture claims: New allegations against British soldiers to go to the International Criminal Court

Hundreds of new cases accusing British soldiers of abusing – in many cases torturing – Iraqi men, women and children, aged from 13 to 101, are to be considered by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Britain is already under scrutiny for alleged war crimes committed by its forces in Iraq. The ICC is currently examining a dossier of claims presented by lawyers and human rights campaigners earlier this year that could lead to a full investigation.

The fresh details come on the eve of the publication of an official report into allegations that British soldiers mistreated and unlawfully killed Iraqis in 2004. The report, to be released on Wednesday, is expected to criticise the abuse of Iraqi prisoners captured after a battle. A number of "warning letters" have been sent to individuals believed to face criticism in the report.

Dec 14 07:07

Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says Craig Murray, diplomat fired for reporting toture.

By Craig Murray, Former British Ambassador To Uzbekistan

In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.

When I then went public with the news that Uzbek territory was part of a global CIA torture programme, I was dismissed as a fantasist by Mr Blair’s henchmen. Now finally, a decade later, I have been vindicated by last week’s shocking Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Over 500 pages it details the CIA’s brutal abuse of Al Qaeda suspects, who were flown around the world to be tortured in a network of secret prisons. One of these was in Uzbekistan, where the US had an air base.

Dec 14 07:00

Germans protest Western policies against Russia

Thousands of Germans have staged a protest rally to express their anger at the West’s warmongering policies against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

At least 3,500 people took part in the protest, organized by the German Peace Movement, in the capital Berlin on Saturday.

The demonstrators marched to the presidential Bellevue palace to condemn the West’s confrontation with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

They expressed concern that the policies adopted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) under the influence of the United States will lead to further escalation of tensions in Europe.

Dec 14 07:00

US to give Israel $350mn for Iron Dome

The US Senate has approved a multi-billion-dollar military spending bill that includes $350 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.

The Senate passed the bill on Friday by a 89-11 vote.

The bill was sent to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

The 2015 defense authorization bill also authorized $521.3 billion for Defense Department operations, and about $64 billion for overseas military operations.

The House of Representatives last week approved the National Defense Authorization Act by a 300-119 vote.

Five billion dollars are allocated for the fight against the ISIL terrorist group. The money should be spent for the training and arming of the so-called moderate rebels in Syria for two years and for the training and assisting of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Earlier this month, US Vice President Joe Biden announced that the Obama administration had provided Israel with more than $17 billion in military aid since 2008.

Dec 14 06:59

We’re Not Exceptional, We’re Isolated

In the United States we have 5 percent of humanity living in a society dedicated to war in an unprecedented manner, putting over $1 trillion every year into war and preparations for war. Going to the other extreme you have a country like Costa Rica that abolished its military and thus spends $0 on war. Most nations of the world are much closer to Costa Rica than to the United States. Most nations of the world spend a small fraction of what the United States spends on militarism (in real numbers or per capita). If the United States were to reduce its military spending to the global average or mean of all other countries, suddenly it would become difficult for people in the United States to talk about war as “human nature,” and going that last little bit to complete abolition wouldn’t look so hard.

But isn’t the other 95 percent of humanity human now?

Dec 14 06:40

‘Suicide Drones’ and the Spoils of War: Israeli arms manufacturers look to cash in on the war in Gaza

Three weeks after Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip concluded, Israeli military and political leaders attended a conference next to Ben Gurion Airport to sell the successes of what Israel dubbed Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians including 521 children. The annual conference, named “Israel Unmanned Systems 2014,” took place in business-as-usual atmosphere — even with a complimentary beer keg. But the fare was anything but humdrum. Among the offerings were suicide drones, “loitering munitions” that need to explode; a 16-year-old showing off high-tech robots designed by fellow high schoolers and future drone makers; and “premature” weapons, armaments that have not been fully tested before they are used on a live Palestinian population. Such is Israel the military power.

Dec 13 15:07

Israel’s Jews NOT Palestinians who are trapped in their public narrative

The only threat to Israel’s very existence is its on-going colonization of the occupied West Bank (ethnic cleansing slowly and by stealth) and the sickening Zionist self-righteousness that justifies it.

It’s Israel’s Jews not the Palestinians who have got to make the first major move if there is ever to be peace based on justice for the Palestinians and security for all. And what does that first major move have to be?

AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT A TERRIBLE WRONG WAS DONE TO THE PALESTINIANS BY ZIONISM IN THE NAME OF ALL JEWS AND THAT THIS WRONG MUST BE RIGHTED

Dec 13 12:35

The Military and CIA Interrogation Program Has Not Stopped

The Senate report on torture created a tsunami of media coverage this week. The American public hasn’t been so shocked by evidence of the U.S. torture program since the Abu Ghraib photos of 2004. The program is far worse than previously disclosed. Greater numbers of victims have been tortured for longer periods and in ways that rival the most infamous tortures in history (“rectal feeding”). But one falsehood gets repeated as fact by even in the most serious reporters, namely, that the torture program stopped years ago. It has not. The Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on interrogation methods allows military and CIA interrogators to continue torturing detainees, and the current force feeding of Guantanamo hunger strikers is so brutal it rises to the level of torture.

Dec 13 08:37

Obama under fire for castigating Bush-era torture program and claiming moral high ground all while his administration kills 'thousands of innocents' during droning of terrorism suspects

President Barack Obama is under fire this week for the way his White House has excoriated the previous administration for employing tactics it would categorize as torture all the while launching drone strikes on terrorism suspects abroad.

The enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration on 39 detainees resulted in just one death, Obama's critics have pointed out. Drone strikes conducted by the current occupant of the White House have killed more than 2,400 people.

After claiming all week that the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the brutal tactics employed by the Bush administration to elicit information from terrorists was necessary in order for the U.S. to reassert it's 'moral authority,' the White House was forced on Friday to state on record that it doesn't believe its drone policy erodes the moral high ground on which it thinks it stands when it comes to human rights.

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This man is seriously, and dangerously, out of touch with the carnage his drone strike policy has caused, and the damage it has done to world perception of American jurisprudence.

Torture is absolutely wrong, and the only people who defend it are sick, twisted pieces of work who probably belong in an institution.

But extrajudicial assassinations are completely contrary to both the spirit, and literal interpretations, of the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They are un-American in the extreme, in a society where presumption of innocence is the basis upon which all suspected criminals are to be judged by a jury of their peers.

It is an interesting psychological insight into our President that this is his preferred method of killing people he deems "dangerous".

Dec 13 08:30

Criticism of US drone programme lands activist in prison

US peace activist Kathy Kelly has been sentenced to 3 months prison for her criticism of the US drone programme in Afghanistan on the 10th December.

Considered to be Human Rights Day, peace activist Kathy Kelly was sentenced on the 10th December to 3 months prison by the US Federal court.

According to the Centre for Global Research the defence said that “The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S”

Dec 13 08:21

Visiting soldier can't stay in wife's Central apartment, landlord says

Chuck my butt! How about Scrooge or Grinch. This really sucks!

CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A soldier returning home for the holidays to see his wife and newborn baby in Central is being kicked out of his wife's apartment after the landlord said he is overstaying the time allowed for visitors.

Sergeant William Bolt is stationed in Missouri, but his wife has been in Central. She gave birth to their daughter two weeks ago.

Bolt said the landlord at The Groves apartment complex in Central told him he had overstayed, saying visitors are not allowed to stay in the apartments past seven days, per the agreement signed by Bolt's wife, Lily.

"I'm stationed in Missouri and we haven't seen each other in six months. What's the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?" Bolt said.

The landlord, whose name is Chuck, told FOX Carolina he enforces that rule for all his tenants.

Dec 13 08:04

Spending Bill Grants Half-Billion to ISIS-Linked Syrian Rebels

The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill rammed through Congress provides a half-billion dollars to arm and train ISIS-linked Syrian rebels who could potentially launch terrorist attacks against the U.S.

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"and please make it a BIG one!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 13 07:29

Russia raps US bill for lethal military aid to Ukraine

Russia has slammed the US Senate for ratifying a bill that allows Washington to provide lethal military aid to Ukraine, saying such a move is aimed at destroying cooperation between the two neighbors.

Dec 13 07:27

Buried Within Omnibus Bill, a 'Long-Term Blank Check for War Spending'

Analysts warn that "emergency" war spending fund, which was supposed to be temporary, has become permanent fixture that inflates Pentagon's budget

Dec 13 06:23

On the Brink of War and Economic Collapse

On occasion a reader will ask if I can give readers some good news. The answer is: not unless I lie to you like “your” government and the mainstream media do. If you want faked “good news,” you need to retreat into The Matrix. In exchange for less stress and worry, you will be led unknowingly into financial ruin and nuclear armageddon.

Dec 12 18:59

More Evidence Bush Lied About Iraq

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has released new information claiming the Bush administration misled the American people in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said on Thursday that a 2003 CIA cable warns the administration of former President George W. Bush against making reference to claims that Mohammad Atta – the leader of the 9/11 hijackers – had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the attacks.

Dec 12 17:41

Outsourcing Atrocity: The School of the Americas and the C.O.I.N. Fundamentalists

America’s recent wars have been fought based on a doctrine tested throughout the Western Hemisphere in the second half of the 20th century and taught at the controversial School of the Americas. It may have changed its name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), and added a patina of human rights training, but a pig wearing lipstick is still a pig, as the 2009 coup in Honduras led by alumni of the school shows.

Dec 12 16:04

UK government to 'pay back' all World War One debt

Nearly one hundred years after it was first issued, the UK Government has announced that it will redeem all of the nation's World War One debt.

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Well then, of COURSE it is time for the bankers to start a new World War!

Dec 12 12:48

The New Cold War Policy Has Backfired

What is occurring is a radical shift in U.S.-European diplomacy – in a way that according to textbook theory is inherently unstable and unworkable.

In following U.S. New Cold War confrontation, Europe has been acting against its own economic interests. Its neoliberal Third Energy law has effectively blocked Russia from having any economic gain in selling more gas to Europe.

The world’s geopolitics, major trade patterns and military alliances have changed radically in the past month. Russia has re-oriented its gas and oil trade, and also its trade in military technology, away from Europe toward Eurasia.

Dec 12 12:44

The United States of Torture

Want to abolish torture by US government agents? Then abolish the American empire.

There’s no shortcut, no way to ensure that “national security” won’t trump elementary ethics in the future – not unless we permanently ditch our imperial ambitions and restore our old republic. Until then we’ll remain the United States of Torture.

Dianne Feinstein was the canary in the coalmine. If even the senior Senator from California, as stalwart an ally of the CIA and the National Security State as one is likely to find, was upset enough to make such a fuss about the Senate torture report then it had to be pretty awful. The release of the 600-page report summary confirmed our worst suspicions.

Dec 12 12:33

I, pet goat II

A story about the fire at the heart of suffering.
Bringing together dancers, musicians, visual artists and 3d animators, the film takes a critical look at current events. A mysterious figure travels aboard his boat through a dark and desolate landscape in his quest for inner peace.

Dec 12 11:30

Move your arsenal! US tanks, APCs, Humvees roll through Latvia (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A freight train carrying a whole column of American armored vehicles has been caught on camera in Latvia. Dalbe Railway Station, where the train was reportedly spotted several days ago, is less than 300km from the Russian border.

The train was carrying at least 38 vehicles and several semitrailers, including eight Bradley Fighting Vehicles, nine M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), four petrol tankers, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTTs), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), an M88 Hercules Armory recovery vehicle, a couple of trucks, some tactical engineering and medical vehicles, at least four containers and a pair of railcars with ammunition.

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Clearly the United States is about to provoke a war with Russia because they think that if they get a really nasty war going, the American people will forget all about NSA spying, torture, economic policy that saves Wall Street at the expense of the people, IRS abuses, lies, corruption, etc. They think that with enough blood, We The People will line up behind the American flag, give a sharp salute, and throw what remains of our money to the government and out children onto the designated enemy's bayonets.

Basically, the US is about to launch WW3 because they cannot think of any other way to save their own asses from the mountain of mistakes they have made.

Kindly prove them wrong!

Dec 12 10:51

Senate Panel Votes to Authorize U.S. War on Islamic State

A Senate panel voted to give President Barack Obama a three-year authorization to use military force against Islamic State, opening a debate unlikely to be settled until the new U.S. Congress convenes next month.

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Here's your rifle...

Dec 12 09:40

U.S. Funds Development of Russian Rocket Engine Replacement

U.S. lawmakers have agreed to fund the development of an American-made replacement to the Russian engine used on some military rockets.

The massive spending bill, called the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which Congress may vote on today, would avert a government shutdown and fund most federal agencies for the rest of the year, including the Defense Department.

The legislation would provide $220 million “to accelerate rocket propulsion system development,” according to the bill’s accompany text, which clearly targets the Russian-made RD-180 even though it doesn’t specify the propulsion system.

Dec 12 09:06

Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe

The Pentagon is considering the re-deployment of nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in response to a new Russian cruise missile that the United States has charged violates a 1987 nuclear treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

Dec 12 07:25

Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta - the man who led the 9/11 hijackers - met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to 9/11 to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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All wars are started with lies. The people of the initiating nation do not want to go to war, as it is dirty, hard, dangerous, and ill-paid. No ruler dares come out and say, "Attack this other land because I want them attacked." Nobody would listen, or would demand a just share of the loot. Thus, the leaders who out of their own greed and lust for conquest must deceive the populace into thinking war is their only option, with frauds such as the Gleiwitz incident, torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, Spanish mines in Havana harbor, or 9-11.

Dec 12 07:22

New evidence Bush misled Americans into Iraq war – senator

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has released new information claiming the Bush administration misled the American people in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

Dec 12 07:18

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

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With all of America now aware that the US Government lied to them about the use of torture it is time to remind Americans of the other lies told by the US Government, including the lies used to trick us into war with Iraq. Every crippled veteran, every family member of a serviceman who died, should finally accept that those who were killed and crippled suffered only to make rich men richer. Where is the rage?

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Dec 12 07:13

New evidence Bush misled Americans into Iraq war – senator

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has released new information claiming the Bush administration misled the American people in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said on Thursday that a 2003 CIA cable warns the administration of former President George W. Bush against making reference to claims that Mohammad Atta – the leader of the 9/11 hijackers – had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the attacks.

Levin, who is retiring, maintains that Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to 9/11 and Al-Qaeda in order to justify the US invasion in Iraq.

Dec 11 23:36

Russia and Turkey’s Gas Deal can Save Europe and the World

The status of South Stream and the newly announced Russia-Turkey gas deal is much more than it seems. It is primarily about putting the brakes on what has slowly been developing into the next world war.

Dec 11 15:01

US Army and French Gendarmes Prepare for Mass Unrest

Molotov cocktails explode and tear gas fill the streets as U.S. Marines from SPMAGTF Crisis Response – Africa and French gendarmes with Mobile Gendarmerie Armored Group try to control a crowd of rioters in a city street.

Dec 11 13:24

Kerry Demands Open-ended Mideast War Resolution

In an extraordinary appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the Obama administration’s demand for a congressional resolution to authorize military action in Iraq and Syria that would be unlimited in scope, time frame and methods.

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A carte blanche for the endless war first suggested by the Project for the New American Century.

Dec 11 12:45

Evangelical Christian Leaders Rush to Defend CIA Torture

Justifying torture under the auspices of winning an argument is bad enough. But attempting to justify torture in Jesus’ name? That’s simply medieval... literally.

Dec 11 11:50

U.S. ARMY BUILDS DRONE AIRPORT IN TEXAS

An airport designed for only two kinds of drones is set to be built in the US State of Texas. At $33 million cost, the project demonstrates America’s unprecedented drive toward the use of unmanned aerial systems. A 150-acre drone launch and recovery complex, which will be “fenced and secured,” is to be built only for two drones – ‘Gray Eagle’ and ‘Shadow’ – at Fort Bliss, the Defense Systems website reported on Wednesday.

Dec 11 11:36

Imagine Hillary exposed as the neocon she is

HOW THE MEDIA FEEDS AND MAINTAINS PARTISANSHIP AS IT HIDES THE TRUTH

If real evidence of Hillary’s malfeasance was produced, it would gore the ox of the Neocon agenda as well.

Allegations of creating a Mideast arms bazaar with a pipeline from Libya to Syria is not only a Democratic party tar baby, but shows all of Washington to be engaged in reckless weapons-peddling, where any militant group in the Mideast could seize the day along with the weapons and come out on top.

Dec 11 11:03

Drone-only: US Army builds $33mn UAV airport in Texas

At $33 million cost, the project demonstrates America’s unprecedented drive toward the use of unmanned aerial systems.

Dec 11 09:35

THE WRH BANKER ARTICLES: ALL IN ONE CHUNK

I have received many emails regarding the various articles I have written about the problems with the current economic system of being forced to borrow all currency at interest from a privately-owned central bank. This is, of course, the very system of banking the United States fought a revolution to be free of, only to be sold back into said banker slavery not just once, but three times by corrupted congresses and corrupted presidents.

I have been asked to collect all those articles into a single page to make it easier for people to send to their friends, and this collection is the result.

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Dec 11 09:15

Torture "Architect" Mistaken in Claim Nobody's Punished for Drone Murders

A psychologist who played a key role in a U.S. torture program said on a video yesterday that torture was excusable because blowing up families with a drone is worse (and nobody's punished for that). Well, of course the existence of something worse is no excuse for torture. And he's wrong that no one is punished for drone murders. The protesters are. Latest example:

Dec 11 09:11

James Carroll: The Pentagon as President Obama's Great White Whale

There's finally good news when it comes to the renewal of the Faith. I'm talking, of course, about the nuclear faith. In case you happen to have forgotten, that's the Cold War belief that a U.S. arsenal big enough to destroy several Earth-sized planets and on a hair-trigger alert remains crucial to the preservation of the American way of life and, at a more mundane level, that an Air Force career as a "missileer" isn't a dead-end path in a terrorism obsessed century.

Dec 11 08:48

Leadership courts centrist support for $1.1T spending bill as shutdown looms

Congressional leaders were trying to hold the center in the run-up to Thursday’s government shutdown deadline, with Senate Democrats and House Republicans pleading for their troops to back a $1.1 trillion spending bill that had those on both extremes of the ideological spectrum fuming.

House Republican leaders touted dents to the Internal Revenue Service budget and Environmental Protection Agency staffing levels, language that stalls some of President Obama’s plans to battle climate change, and the chance to fight the White House’s deportation amnesty next year as reasons to get behind the massive 1,600-page bill.

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THIS IS A CALL TO KEYBOARDS FOR ALL RIVERO'S RANGERS!

Wherever you see any articles, posts, or blogs about raising the debt ceiling, please post the above graphic, or quote the following...

"The question Americans should be asking is not whether to raise the debt ceiling, but rather why the Federal Government, which is authorized by the Constitution to create and issue interest-free money, instead borrows that money at interest from a privately owned central bank, thereby plunging future generations into debt slavery to that bank? THAT is the real question Americans should be asking!"

This quote is already making the rounds but we need to put this in front of the eyes of every American that we can over the next week as Congress debates just how much further they will sell us all into the slavery of the private central bankers.

Dec 11 07:38

VIDEO: NAVY TESTS LASER WEAPON IN PERSIAN GULF

Navy on Wednesday announced it successfully tested its first laser weapon aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Testing on the laser weapon system, dubbed LaWS by the Navy, took place from September to November aboard the Austin-class amphibious transport dock. Implementation of the weapon was not only historic, a release from the Navy said, but it also proved such a system could be "operated seamlessly with existing ship defense systems." "Laser weapons are powerful, affordable and will play a vital role in the future of naval combat operations," said Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research. "We ran this particular weapon, a prototype, through some extremely tough paces, and it locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality." During the tests, the LaWS struck targets on a small, speeding boat and shot an unmanned aerial vehicle out of the sky.

Dec 11 07:26

CIA Cited Israeli Court Rulings to Justify Torture

The report revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel's Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

The controversial report published Tuesday by the United States Senate Intelligence Committee on the torture methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel’s Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

Dec 11 06:42

Shielding Israel’s Secret Nukes

You know something doesn’t wash when the contrary views are as overwhelmingly held as on this matter. The resolution passed on a vote of 161-5.

Neither Israel nor the United States says publicly that Israel has nuclear weapons, but just about everyone else in the world takes it as a given that it does, which would make it the only state in the Middle East that does.

The stated rationale for the United States casting last Tuesday one of the very lonely votes it sometimes casts at the United Nations General Assembly, on matters on which almost the entire world sees things differently, warrants some reflection.

The resolution in question this time endorsed the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East and called on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to renounce any possession of nuclear weapons, and to put its nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Dec 11 06:14

Symbolic European gestures of state recognition won’t advance the Palestinian cause

If George Washington could revisit us today he would say that America's passionate attachment for Israel has produced the variety of evils he described in his 1796 address.

At the time of writing there is a French initiative underway. Its purpose is, it seems, to get a new Security Council resolution in which the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 would be a key component…

Will Obama administration veto this new peace initiative ?

Dec 10 19:42

President who vowed to end war, now seeks sweeping power to expand it

Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue the Islamic State terrorists wherever and however he deems necessary, stunning lawmakers by requesting a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight.

Dec 10 18:02

The Only CIA Officer Charged for the CIA Torture Program is the Whistleblower

The only person charged with a prison sentence, so far, has been John Kiriakou, a former CIA official, the man accused of releasing classified information to unintended parties. Kiriakou was charged with a 30-month prison sentence.

Dec 10 17:53

CIA struggled to keep rationalizing brutal interrogations, report shows

When CIA interrogators waterboarded their first prisoner, Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, on Aug. 4, 2002, they justified the simulated drowning as a vital tool to extract secrets about future attacks against the United States. -- But after 20 days of round-the-clock interrogation at a secret prison in Thailand, during which Zubaydah was repeatedly waterboarded in long sessions, slammed against walls, slapped, confined in a coffin-size box for 266 hours and chained in “stress positions,” the interrogators concluded the Saudi-born operative knew nothing about new plots.

Dec 10 16:15

Short Reminder: The Legitimacy

Have you ever noticed that the governments which are NOT pro-Western are named "regimes" such as:

Putin's (or Russian) regime.
Chinese regime.
North Korean regime.
Iranian regime.
Saddam's regime (former and toppled by the Western alliance).
Gaddafi regime (former and toppled by the Western alliance).
Syrian regime.
Cuba's regime.
BUT: the pro-Western governments are named "governments" by the main-stream media, even though they are tyrant and totalitarian.

Saudi government.
Ukrainian government (current one, although eastern Ukrainian citizens did not participate in the last elections).
Bahraini government.
Qatari government.
Moroccan government.
Israeli CABINET.

Dec 10 16:01

The CIA Tortured More Than ‘Some Folks’–And Now The MSM Invites The Perpetrators To Lie, Again

“We tortured some folks,” Barack Obama admitted recently, still downplaying war crimes committed in America’s name. But we now know those statements do not even begin to do justice to the horrific activities carried out by the CIA for years – atrocities that now have been exposed by the US Senate’s historic report on the CIA’s torture program, finally released on Tuesday after years of delay.

Dec 10 14:30

Congress and Pentagon Shielding Weapons Contracts From Budget Cuts

Dec 10 13:15

The great lie of our time

In all International Relations (IR) classrooms throughout the English-speaking world, something called the democratic peace theory is taught. The theory holds that countries are less likely to go to war if they are democracies, and that installing democratic regimes is therefore the path to peace and security in the world. Paradoxically, the theory is more often applied to justify wars than to end them.

Democratic peace theory is a large part of the underlying rhetoric behind the United States’ commitment to “democratization” in the world’s conflict zones, particularly the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. While the US supplies arms to dictatorships it falsely labels “democracies,” it works to overthrow governments that were actually democratically elected.

Dec 10 13:11

PTSD and Pot: The Fight to Get Veterans Some Weed

American soldiers and veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are often given a duffle bag of drugs, from antidepressants like Zoloft and Paxil to any number of highly addictive opioids. Doctors who work with these soldiers in Veterans Affairs clinics are encouraged to prescribe such medications, and any thought of prescribing alternative medicine that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration is generally forbidden.

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Dec 10 11:36

China stealth jet could shoot down F-35: Aviation offcial

China’s top aircraft maker says its new stealth fighter has the ability to shoot down US-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from the sky.

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Big deal. Anyone can shoot down the F-35! It is a very expensive piece of junk.

Dec 10 10:25

OFF THE GRID: NINE CIA ‘BLACK SITES’ WHERE DETAINEES WERE TORTURED

Six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush issued a directive allowing the CIA to secretly detain and interrogate prisoners at clandestine sites located around the world, cut off from communication with legal counsel, family, and everyone else. The locations of eight of these sites, along with descriptions of some of the deeply disturbing practices there, were included in today’s release of the so-called “torture report” — the heavily redacted executive summary of a senate committee study of the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program.

Dec 10 09:05

President who vowed to end war, now seeks sweeping power to expand it

Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue the Islamic State terrorists wherever and however he deems necessary, stunning lawmakers by requesting a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight.

Though Mr. Obama doesn’t want combat troops, he won’t have Congress tie his hands against unforeseen directions the war could take should the Islamic State evolve, expand its fight to other countries or prove more difficult to rout, Mr. Kerry said.

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Which is why you should be concerned about all the claims that ISIS is already here in the United States!

Dec 09 19:59

Feinstein: CIA torture techniques far more brutal than approved

Senator Dianne Feinstein called the practices detailed in the declassified report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program a “stain on our values and on our history.”

Dec 09 16:47

Remember, CIA officer and whistleblower, John Kiriakou, is the only reason why we learned of waterboarding in the first place

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee connected to its interrogation program to go to prison. But he was prosecuted for providing information to reporters, not for anything connected to waterboarding or other actions that today’s Senate Intelligence Committee report calls “torture.” No other person connected to the program has been charged with a crime, after the Justice Department said their actions had been approved legally or that there was not sufficient admissible evidence in a couple cases of potential wrongdoing, even in light of the death of two detainees in the early 2000s.

Dec 09 15:03

The train with tanks of army of the USA passed across Latvia

Dec 09 13:38

Germany Does Something the U.S. Hasn’t for Peace

On December 5, the renowned weekly newspaper Die Zeit published the letter “Another War in Europe? Not in our name!” The more than 60 personalities from politics, business, culture and media certainly do not sound like the typical voices for peace, and indeed they are not. Nevertheless they came together to demand de-escalatory politics between the United States and the European Union, on one side, and Russia. They appeal to the German federal government, its representatives and the media to assume their responsibility for peace in Europe. The desire for a world without war is one shared far beyond the peace movement choir.

Dec 09 13:29

OOPS: THE CIA MISTAKENLY TORTURED ITS OWN INFORMANTS

Among the many abuses the Senate Intelligence Committee found in its report on the CIA's torture program, perhaps one of the more embarrassing for the CIA is that the agency actually tortured its own informants at one point. In short, the CIA shackled two detainees for approximately 24 hours in a standing position to deprive them of sleep — only to find out that the detainees were former CIA contacts who tried to let the agency know of their activities so they could provide intelligence. So the CIA tortured two people who not only were not terrorists, but had been trying to help the CIA fight actual terrorists.

Dec 09 13:06

Strikes on Gaza high-rises were ‘war crimes’

Israeli airstrikes on four multi-storey buildings towards the end of its 50-day military assault on Gaza this summer amounted to war crimes, rights group Amnesty International has said.

A new report released by the London-based rights organisation on Tuesday claimed that the attacks on the civilian buildings on the last four days of the war were deliberate.

Dec 09 12:32

Air Force repaints its trucks because of F-35s

Plagued with chronic cost overruns and delayed deliveries, the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has yet another issue threatening the plane’s safety record: the dark-green, heat-absorbing trucks used to refuel the jet need a new paint job.

Luke Air Force Base in Arizona recently announced that, based on the fifth-generation fighter’s requirement that fuel be under a certain temperature for safe takeoff and vertical landing, the dark-colored trucks that carry the jet’s fuel must be painted with a reflective coat as to avoid absorbing heat from the sun, thus keeping fuel temperature at an acceptable level.

Dec 09 12:28

No agreement with US until settlement of Syria no-fly zone issue: President Erdo?an

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said Ankara and Washington are “on the same page” about equipping and training moderate Syrian rebels, but differences remain over the no-fly zone and safe zone issues, thwarting the striking of a deal.

Dec 09 11:26

CrossTalk: Arab Spring Mirage

With the judicial exoneration of Egypt’s former President Mubarak, we are forced to consider the condition of the so-called Arab Spring. Or even ponder if there was even such a thing. And whether Washington actually prefers dictators and monarchs in the region, notes Peter Lavelle.

CrossTalking with David Ottaway, Wael Eskandar and Hafsa Kara-Mustapha.

Interesting that they are only just beginning to wake up to the farce. Its like calling the Kiev coup a revolution. This is what analyst Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich told RT almost four years ago about the uprisings “wrong to call it Arab Spring, that was a term used by Western journalists to justify the Iraq invasion and imply ‘democracy’ would spread!”

Dec 09 11:20

Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from controlling the full cycle of extraction, transportation and sale of energy resources.

Dec 09 11:17

UN Reveals Israeli Links With Syrian Rebels

Why is Israel supporting Syrian Rebels?

Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border.

Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and available on the UN’s website, detail regular contacts held on the border between IDF officers and soldiers and Syrian rebels.

Dec 09 11:13

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.It is not wise to provoke a powerful enemy unless a vital national interest is at stake, which is not the case with Ukraine and Crimea.

Today, more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are many indications that Washington is slipping into a new and completely unnecessary confrontation with Moscow, only this time it is not being run largely out of sight by the CIA. Much of the new conflict is being conducted openly, with sanctions and resolutions by Congress, regular appearances in unstable regions overseas by senior state department officials and politicians, and trainings in new media political organizing funded by quasi non-governmental organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Dec 09 10:28

HAWAII UNDER MARTIAL LAW WAS LIKE ‘MILITARY DICTATORSHIP’ (1941-1944)

Islanders suffered under nearly three years of martial law from 1941-1944; so oppressive that it was later described by a federal judge as a “military dictatorship.” All manner of civilian liberties were replaced by oppressive military orders enforced by American soldiers. The dark period of Hawaiian history began on December 7, 1941, with the massive surprise attack of Japanese bombers on the U.S. Naval Base Pearl Harbor. The air raid successfully sunk or grounded 18 ships and killed 2,403 Americans. As the smoke billowed from the harbor, Lieutenant General Walter Short met with Territorial Governor Joseph Poindexter to convince him to declare martial law. Being coerced through tactics discussed below, Gov. Poindexter reluctantly ceded power to the military — temporarily, or so he thought.

Dec 09 09:53

Obama's anti-ISIS plans backfire on boosting Baghdad

The US-led coalition has pledged to boost the number of forces fighting against Islamic State in Iraq. An extra 15 hundred troops will now be added to the over 3 thousand already there, to help train and advise local soldiers. Although the White House still insists they are not edging towards another ground war.

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