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Aug 07 18:59

Fury after Israeli officer in charge of prisoner's shooting is 'reassigned'

Outraged Israeli human rights organisations have united in challenging the military's decision to invoke only minor penalties against a senior officer over the shooting of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoner by a soldier under his command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli Military has just stated loudly and proudly to the world that this kind of behavior is perfectly acceptable against bound and blindfolded Palestinians prisoners.

Aug 07 18:41

Georgia pounds breakaway capital, ceasefire ends

Georgia pounded the capital of its breakaway South Ossetia province with heavy weapons on Thursday after a ceasefire broke down within hours and separatists said they were under siege.

"Georgian troops are storming Tskhinvali (the capital). They are bombing the city," South Ossetia's separatist leader, Eduard Kokoity, told Russian news agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that cool heads ultimately prevail in Tbilisi, Tskhinvali, and Moscow.

This is the kind of situation which can spin out of control and ultimately inflame the entire region.

Aug 07 17:53


US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice yesterday said that the US would not say ‘no’ to an Israeli plan to attack Iran adding that Israel is a sovereign state inferring that the US would not interfere with Israeli plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

.. even if they could!

Aug 07 17:44

Additional key facts re: the anthrax investigation

So much of the public reporting about Ivins has been devoted to depicting him as a highly unstable psychotic who had been issuing extremely violent threats and who had a violent past. But that depiction has been based almost exclusively on the uncorroborated claims of Jean Carol Duley, a social worker (not a psychiatrist or psychologist) who, as recently as last year, was apparently still in college at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

Aug 07 17:42

Israeli officer to stay in army despite shooting

An Israeli officer involved in the close-range shooting of a blindfolded and cuffed Palestinian man has escaped criminal charges and will remain in the army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you he would walk.

Aug 07 17:31

Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran

The large and very advanced nature of the US Naval warships is not only directed at Iran. There is a great fear that Russia and China may oppose the naval and air/land blockade of Iran. If Russian and perhaps Chinese naval warships escort commercial tankers to Iran in violation of the blockade it could be the most dangerous at-sea confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Aug 07 17:29

Extortion Cameras and Government Revenue Addction

May I be the first to suggest that the extortion cameras will make great long range targets for patriotic and skilled riflemen everywhere?

Aug 07 17:06

F.B.I. Presents Anthrax Case, Saying Scientist Acted Alone

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody on this site believing the FBI Crapola....

Aug 07 17:00

Updates for Truckers Shut-down

"The government is going to have to realize we are doing everything we can. The government is going to have either put refiners online, negotiate some more with OPEC, or give us a tax break," Chris Rice explains.
"Our federal government is subsidizing railroads, airlines, banks and farmers," he said. "Meanwhile, we're being taxed to death."

Aug 07 16:57

FLASHBACK - Who killed Nick Berg?

Possum believes "the available evidence surrounding the case suggests that it was a 'black operation' by US psychological warfare specialists ... to provide the media with a moral relativity argument to counter the adverse publicity over torture at Abu Ghraib". The use of FBI footage in the opening sequence, if confirmed, suggests the involvement of high-level US Government operatives.

Aug 07 16:52

EPA Won't Ease Requirements for Ethanol in Gas

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected on Thursday a request to cut the quota for the use of ethanol in cars, concluding, for the time being, that the goal of reducing the nation's reliance on oil trumps any effect on food prices from making fuel from corn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the EPA has decided that fuel is more important to the nation than food.

Well, I guess that's easy for them to say. With their lips firmly attached to the public teat it's not like they will miss any meals.

But for the average American in the private sector, trying to make a product and then finding someone to sell it to, things are getting very tight. This ethanol issue was manufactured literally from hot air, and has not only created food shortages but produced a less efficient fuel which Germany has already banned because it damages car engines!

Aug 07 16:49

American Conservative: It was Feith’s office, not CIA, that forged the Habbush letter.

Ron Suskind’s new book alleges that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein linking the dictator to the 9/11 terrorists.

Aug 07 16:40


Obviously the police themselves were not too happy with the work so they added their own touch to it…

Aug 07 16:39


But our children are still murdered in cold blood in front of our homes, in the heart of our villages and in our schools. For on another black Tuesday a year and a half ago, soldiers of the occupation killed my own beloved ten-year-old daughter. Abir Aramin was shot in the head in front of her school in the village of Anata on January 16th, 2007. Ahmed and Abir passed on the same day of the week, at the same age; both were shot in the head by the same kind of killer: one of the Israeli border patrol guards.

Aug 07 16:38


Well, I think that Shalit, a French citizen who had immigrated to occupied Palestine to arrogate land and property that belong to another people, is insulting people’s intelligence.

He should realize that indulging in prevarication, lies and half truths can’t be an authentic substitute for an honest approach to his son’s “plight” which is really very negligible when compared to the enduring nightmare of more than 10,000 Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel.

Aug 07 15:06

VIDEO - Murder In Cold Blood.

On July 31, 2008 Israeli soldiers fired indiscriminately at a group of rock-throwing protesters, killing the 10-year-old boy. His head was pretty much blown off. There was an entry wound in his forehead that completely destroyed his face, and the back of his head was just missing. His brain was not there. The exit wound just blew off the majority of the back of his head.

Aug 07 14:49

Crime labs finding questionable DNA matches

As word spread, Troyer's findings raised questions about the accuracy of the FBI's DNA statistics and ignited a legal fight over whether the nation's genetic databases ought to be opened to wider scrutiny.

The laboratory of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which administers the national DNA database, tried to stop distribution of Troyer's results and began to block similar searches elsewhere, even those ordered by courts, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great. False positives on DNA tests.

Aug 07 14:27

Handwriting analysis also failed to tie Ivins to letters

Casting further doubt on the FBI's anthrax case, accused government scientist Bruce Ivins passed two polygraph tests and a handwriting analysis comparing samples of his handwriting to writing contained in the anthrax letters, U.S. officials familiar with the investigation say.

Aug 07 13:57

U.S. says submarine leaked radiation in 3 Japan ports

A U.S. nuclear-powered submarine which has steadily been leaking a small amount of radiation for over two years stopped at three Japanese ports, as well as Guam and Pearl Harbor, the United States and Japan said on Thursday.

Aug 07 13:56

Israeli settlers prevent a Christian service in Beit Sahour, assault worshippers

Over two hundred Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian and International worshippers who were holding a prayer service at Ush Ghrab park in Beit Sahour Wednesday evening.

As the mass started the settlers, who organized an activity in the same site, started to provoke the worshippers and asked them to leave, eyewitnesses reported.

Settlers also threatened some of the local and international journalists who were present.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've just got to love the settlers' versions of "freedom and tolerance!"

Aug 07 13:56

Arab tribes of Kirkuk say they are ready for controntation

Around 500 Arab leaders in the Kirkuk area met yesterday in Hawija (50 km west of Kirkuk city), including leaders of the Abeed, Jabbur, and AlbouHamdan tribes, and heads of local awakening councils. Their spokesperson, Hussein Ali al-Jabburi said the Arab tribes are "in a state of readiness" (in the event the Kurdish parties persist in their threat of annexation), adding that their tribal relationships "extend to all of the cities of Iraq".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: it appears that the Kurds are ready to fight for their autonomy from Iraq.

This is also one of the most oil-rich areas of Iraq.

This could get very volatile, very quickly.

Aug 07 13:55

Bolton: Regime Change In Iran ‘Would Lead To Greater Stability In The Region’

Continuing his long-running advocacy for a war against Iran, John Bolton said on Fox News today, “Diplomacy is finished.” Bolton said there are only two options: targeted military strikes or full-scale regime change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They created a desolation, and called it stability (with apologies to Tacitus)

Aug 07 13:54


George W Bush and Adolph Hitler are soul brothers in that both used fear to control their followers, both saw themselves as the Deciders, both blatantly lied to accomplish their goals, both had virtually no empathy for human suffering, both felt directed by God in pursuit of their global aims, both were emotionally damaged as children, both avoided failure at all costs and both are universally despised as human beings

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, now ... there is one importance difference between Bush and Hitler.

Hitler served in actual combat.

Aug 07 13:53

Israel considers military option for Iran nukes

The Jewish state has purchased 90 F-16I fighter planes that can carry enough fuel to reach Iran, and will receive 11 more by the end of next year. It has bought two new Dolphin submarines from Germany reportedly capable of firing nuclear-armed warheads — in addition to the three it already has.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There you are. Without a single shred of proof, Associated Press goes ahead and reports that Iran is building nuclear weapons. If you needed any more proof that AP is just a propaganda organ for Israel, there it is, in that sentence.

Aug 07 13:53

Have the Clintons Gotten Over It?

In private conversations, associates say, Clinton remains skeptical that Obama can win in the fall. That's a sentiment some other Democrats believe is not just a prediction but a wish, because it would prove her right about his weaknesses as a general-election candidate and possibly pave the way for her to run again in 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary is not done. I predict an 11th hour stunt to gain the nomination at the convention.

Aug 07 13:51

President John F.Kennedy, The Federal Reserve And Executive Order 11110

On June 4, 1963, a little known attempt was made to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest. On that day President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the U.S. government the power to issue currency, without going through the Federal Reserve. Mr. Kennedy's order gave the Treasury the power "to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury." This meant that for every ounce of silver in the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then Kennedy was assassinated, and oddly enough, John, J. McCloy, CEO of the Chase Manhattan Bank, was appointed to the Warren Commission "investigating" JFK's assassination.

Aug 07 13:51

FBI: LA hospitals used homeless in medical fraud

For hundreds of homeless people, posing as phony hospital patients provided them a clean bed and cash. For the hospitals that processed them, it meant a full patient-load and a paycheck from the government.

Aug 07 13:50

Anti-War Website Operator Threatened By Armed Thugs

Information Clearing House editor victim of home invasions, warnings to “stop what he is doing on the Internet, NOW!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All that is missing are the brown shirts!

Aug 07 13:49

Do You Feel Safe Now? Proud?

The Bush regime with its comic huffings and puffings is unaware that it has made itself the laughingstock of the world, a comedy version of the Third Reich.

Do you think you are made more safe when you stand there while "your" government implements its own version of Joseph Stalin's show trials?

The trial and conviction of Hamdan has made every American very unsafe.

Aug 07 13:49

FBI: Ivins held identical anthrax strain

To the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the heart of the case against Army scientist Bruce Ivins is a flask of anthrax spores labeled "RMR-1029."

RMR-1029 has been stored in the B3 biocontainment suite of Building 1425 of Fort Detrick, Md., ever since it was cultivated over a decade ago.

Dr. Ivins had unrestricted access to that suite – and was RMR-1029's sole custodian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The FBI just digging itself in deeper with this one. As others have already reported, at least ten other people had access to that flask in the lab, including Dr. Zack, Ivin's supervisor, who was caught on the security systems entering that lab without authorization after losing his job over a racially-motivated attack on an Egyptian co-worker.

Aug 07 13:48

Pressure Grows for F.B.I.’s Anthrax Evidence

After four years of painstaking scientific research, the F.B.I. by 2005 had traced the anthrax in the poisoned letters of 2001 to a single flask of the bacteria at the Army biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md., according to government scientists and bureau officials.

But at least 10 scientists had regular access to the laboratory and its anthrax stock — and possibly quite a few more, counting visitors from other institutions, and workers at laboratories in Ohio and New Mexico that had received anthrax samples from the flask at the Army laboratory.

Aug 07 13:47

Israel troops face shooting trial

An Israeli commander and sergeant face trial for "unworthy conduct" over the shooting of a bound Palestinian prisoner, Israeli officials say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They'll walk.

Aug 07 13:46

Foreclosures Skyrocketing in Military Towns

Foreclosures in many military towns are increasing at rates drastically above the national average, according to RealtyTrac’s Q1 2008 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. Military personnel may have been targeted by unscrupulous mortgages because of credit problems that can sometimes result from the frequent moves required of them. Although it is unknown how many of the foreclosures in these areas are specifically attributable to military personnel, these skyrocketing rates could have an adverse effect on already struggling markets across the country.

Aug 07 13:45

The US is colluding in the trampling of democracy in Egypt

Back in 2005, when Mubarak was running for office for the first time in contested elections after 25 years in power, he made lofty campaign pledges that he would enact democratic reforms and repeal the decades-old emergency law. Not only has Mubarak overseen the extension of that law, which serves to severely curtail political expression in Egypt, he has overseen a period in which Egypt has started to move in reverse on the path to democracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US doesn't care about the human rights policy of countries it supports it just wants those countries to do as they're told. There is no love on the part of this government for democracy abroad: it's all about the flow of money and resources.

And when some kind of violent social change happens and our "dictators du jour" can't keep a lid on things (as happened in Romania with Chauchescu, Iran with the Shah, Cuba with Batista, etc.), the US state department can't seem to understand precisely why it happened.

These events happen because when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable, at some point.

Aug 07 13:45

FBI tackles largest hacking case in U.S. history

"(Hackers) were previously searching fun and fame, now it's financial gain," he told Canada AM Thursday. "They're actually making more money now than the illegal drug trade. Organized web mobs throughout the world are making billions and billions of dollars every single year."

Rapidly-advancing technology has also changed the way the game is played, forcing the security industry to always operate a few steps behind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And forcing US to pay for it all with more costly security systems and more kluge and complexity in our computers.

According to this article, hackers are making more money than drug smugglers. Let's see some prison sentences consistent with that fact. Hackers cause more damage than terrorists. Let's start treating them as such. Waterboard their computers and force the hackers to watch! :)

Aug 07 13:44

Ohio National Guard to Conduct Homeland Defense/Homeland Security Exercise

The Ohio National Guard’s Joint Task Force 73 will conduct a Fully Operational Capability exercise, Aug. 11-15, at Owens Community College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness in Perrysburg Township to test its ability to support local and state civilian authorities during a Homeland Defense/Homeland Security event.

Aug 07 13:42

Israel likely to skip next U.N. racism conference for fear of anti-Semitism

Israel likely to skip next U.N. racism conference for fear of anti-Semitism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

i.e. when you remind the world that Israel is being racist, THAT makes you an anti-Semite!

Aug 07 13:41

Information Clearing House Publisher Threatened

Tom has gotten his share of death threats over the years, but what happened this week is a lot more serious.

Two days ago, Tom's wife found three well dressed men in their kitchen. The man who did all the talking, told Tom's wife (I won't give her name) that Tom must "Stop what he is doing on the Internet, NOW!" As crazy as it sounds, he pulled back his lapel and showed her a gun of some kind which she could not identify.

Aug 07 13:41

The White House's implausible deniability

The White House has categorically denied that it ordered the CIA to forge evidence that Saddam Hussein was conspiring with al-Qaida, a charge made by journalist Ron Suskind in his new book The Way of the World. The credibility of the Bush press office is such that one is tempted to take it as confirmation.

Aug 07 13:40

Israeli settlers attack UK envoys

A car carrying visiting UK diplomats has been attacked by Israeli settlers in the West Bank town of Hebron.

Aug 07 13:40

Article Casting Doubt on 'Anthrax Killer' Scrubbed

While their top story on page A1 today is headlined "Scientists Question FBI's Probe of Anthrax Attacks" and sub-titled "Ivins Could Not Have Been Attacker, Some Say," the paper nonetheless managed to scrub from their website --- or at least completely replace --- a story they ran originally on Friday afternoon questioning the same points (whether Ivins had the means, ability, or access to the dry, weaponized anthrax used in the attack letters against senior Democratic Senators and other perceived "liberals") with another that greatly softened concerns about those questions.

Aug 07 13:26

Bin Laden driver convicted, faces life in prison

A military jury has convicted Osama bin Laden's former driver of supporting terrorism, a ruling that could see the Yemeni national sentenced to life in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so the legal precedent is that the guy who put gas in the car, changed the oil and tires, and simply did as he was told, is being sent to jail.

Under that very precedent, every single American is now looking at a jail sentence. Every single time we sign a tax form and a check, we aid the war crimes committed by the government. And unlike Osama's driver, we do not get paid to do as we are told. We have to pay for the privilege!

If Osama's driver is guilty of aiding terror simply by driving a car, then we are guilty of aiding war crimes by growing the food that the troops eat, paying for the bullets and guns used to kill innocent people, pay for the torturers.

You cannot have it both ways. Under the decision just rendered against Osama's driver, you cannot pay taxes in the United States wihout being guilty of accessory to war crimes.

Aug 07 13:08

California Computers Can't Perform Pay Cut Because of COBOL

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Vacuum tubes and floppy disks?"

I'm sorry: this is both hysterical and humiliating California.

Aug 07 12:21

Israel's front-line thugs

Of late, there has been a steady stream of brutal assaults carried out by settlers against their Palestinian neighbours in the West Bank, right under the noses of the lackadaisical army. The phenomenon is, sadly, nothing new; what has brought the story back into the spotlight are the efforts of human rights groups, such as B'Tselem to film the violence and document the shocking reality on the ground – which is why, it seems, the authorities are so keen to clamp down on their activity in the region.

Aug 07 12:17

US Mortgage Crisis: Fannie and Freddie. Give Away the Farm

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Last week, Congress passed a housing bill that gave the Treasury Department a blank check to inject billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars into mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, snatching them from insolvency. To accommodate this blank check, Congress obligingly raised its debt ceiling by $800 billion. Ouch! That’s nearly a trillion dollars. Why was it necessary to incur this potentially crippling public debt to bail out two completely private, for-profit behemoths, which have run themselves into bankruptcy with their own risky investment schemes?