7/29 "U.S. Does Not Invade Sovereign Countries"; "Homegrown Terrorists" Pretext; Iran's "Green Wave"; NY's Mocha Revolution

Mullen: "U.S. Does Not Invade Sovereign Countries"
Daily Times Monitor
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen on Thursday said he believed the top leadership of Al Qaeda, including Osama Bin Laden, was in Pakistan. Talking to Al Jazeera TV, Mullen said Al Qaeda was on top of the US list of priorities and threats around the world. When asked why the United States was not in FATA despite having the knowledge that Al Qaeda was present there, he said, "Because FATA is in Pakistan an d Pakistan is a sovereign country and we don’t go into sovereign countries."...We have trainers there... to train their trainers, which is [an] ongoing support function that is actually moving in the right direction," adding that some of the US troops were special forces and some were general purpose troops http://dailytimes.com.pk/ "A New [ aka U.S.] Voice for Pakistan"

THIS ISSUE GIVES A GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF WHY ESCALATING POLICE STATE STEPS ARE REQUIRED AS U.S. PREPARES AGAINST GROWING RESISTANCE ("homegrown terrorists" in usa) TO ITS HARD & SOFT POWER WAR FOR "FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE"

Why this old news now?
continuity here too...in the name of 'national security'
Breaking News Alert
Bush Weighed Using Military in U.S. Arrests
By MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID JOHNSTON
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/25detain.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print
Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials. Some advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.... A decision to dispatch troops into the streets to make arrests has few precedents in American history, as both the Constitution and subsequent laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property. The Fourth Amendment bans “unreasonable” searches and seizures without probable cause. And the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally prohibits the military from acting in a law enforcement capacity. Mr. Cheney and others cited an Oct. 23, 2001, memorandum from the Justice Department that, using a broad interpretation of presidential authority, argued that the domestic use of the military against Al Qaeda would be legal because it served a national security, rather than a law enforcement, purpose. ..

The memorandum was declassified in March. But the White House debate about the Lackawanna group is the first evidence that top American officials, after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, actually considered using the document to justify deploying the military into an American town to make arrests. Most former officials interviewed for this article spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations about the case involved classified information....said the 2002 debate arose partly from Justice Department concerns that there might not be enough evidence to arrest and successfully prosecute the suspects in Lackawanna. Mr. Cheney, the officials said, had argued that the administration would need a lower threshold of evidence to declare them enemy combatants and keep them in military custody. Earlier that summer, the administration designated Jose Padilla an enemy combatant and sent him to a military brig in South Carolina. Mr. Padilla was arrested by civilian agencies on suspicion of plotting an attack using a radioactive bomb. Those who advocated using the military to arrest the Lackawanna group had legal ammunition: the memorandum by Mr. Yoo and Mr. Delahunty....

Police State "Intel Fusion Centers'
From Guantanamo to your doorstep: A confidential 1525 page file of correspondence released to the public by WikiLeaks provides insights into the privatization of intelligence and policing operations in the United States. The file details the placement of six intelligence contractors inside the Washington Joint Analytical Center (WAJAC) on behalf of the Washington State Patrol at a cost of around $110,000 per year each. Such intelligence "fusion" centers, which combine the military, the FBI, state police, and others, have been internally promoted to avoid restrictions preventing the military from spying on the domestic population.[wikileaks of course diverts emphasis to 'the revolving cash door' http://wikileaks.org/wiki/The_spy_who_billed_me_twice

"Closer look" is psy ops to create public support for expanding militarized police state 'diplomacy' / 'strategic communications'
"It described the Pentagon as "overly cautious" in its approach for fear of violating the law that bars films and articles produced by the State Department from being circulated in the U.S".
Congress takes a closer look at Pentagon PR
Communications programs designed to win public support are costing too much and growing outside what they're supposed to do, lawmakers say.
By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are voicing concerns about the Pentagon's strategic-communications programs, through which the military aims to win over civilians and erode support for adversaries in countries around the world. The programs have grown too fast and are spread through the Defense Department budget in a way that hampers oversight, complain the House and Senate Armed Services committees and the House Appropriations Committee. They also suggest that the military is producing propaganda and other materials that mask U.S. government sponsorship and focus "far beyond traditional military information operations."
In Iraq, the military has awarded $100 million contracts to support elections and the aims of the Baghdad government. A recent multimillion-dollar contract in Afghanistan tried to bolster public support for the Kabul government's efforts in its fight against makeshift bombs. The Pentagon spends nearly $1 billion a year on its strategic communications, its contribution to the "war of ideas" that until recent years had been the sole province of the State Department's public-diplomacy effort.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in the military getting money more easily than the diplomatic corps, and the dominance of military personnel in those countries has led to an increasing military role in information operations. State Department special envoy Richard Holbrooke told journalists in March that "the information issue — sometimes called psychological operations or strategic communications" — has become a "major, major gap to be filled" before U.S.-led forces can regain the upper hand in Afghanistan.

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee, in approving the fiscal 2010 defense-funding bill, said that it had identified 10 strategic-communications programs that had grown from $9 million in fiscal 2005 to a "staggering $988 million request for fiscal 2010." ...and it threatened to withhold funding for all 10 for next year until Defense Secretary Robert Gates reports to the committee about their "target audiences, goals, and measures of effectiveness." The Senate Armed Services Committee, meanwhile, directed the Pentagon last week to come up with separate budget materials for fiscal 2011 "that clearly articulate and document Defense Department objectives and funding levels for strategic communications and public diplomacy."
Without such documentation, the Senate panel said, it could not "oversee adequately the funding for the multitude of programs.
The House Armed Services Committee said last month that the Pentagon's "planning" for strategic communications "is insufficient compared to the needs," and it directed Gates to report within four months on the department's "strategic communications workforce."
Despite their criticisms, each of the committees see merit in the programs. Senate Armed Services described strategic communications as "important" but said it was "not able to determine whether these efforts are integrated within the Defense Department or with the broader U.S. Government, nor is the committee able to oversee adequately the funding for the multitude of programs."The committee nonetheless urged Special Operations Command to use its "linguistic and cultural expertise" to increase its strategic communications activities linked to military operations.
The House Armed Services Committee said "online strategic communications," such as Web sites now run by the Defense Department in the Balkans and North Africa, "are essential tools for the department to effectively counter the violent extremist groups abroad."
It described the Pentagon as "overly cautious" in its approach for fear of violating the law that bars films and articles produced by the State Department from being circulated in the U.S.

your choice: either actively support police state terrorism ... or be a "terrorist"
Napolitano: Train public to help fight terrorism
The U.S. government needs to do more to educate and engage the public, so that everyday Americans can be part of a multi-layered strategy to prevent terrorism, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.... She said the government also needed to work with the private sector, to make sure critical infrastructure in that sector, like commercial facilities and chemical plants are secure. Local law enforcement is another layer of the strategy, as is the federal government, and international allies, Napolitano said.
"The challenge is not just using federal power to protect the country, but enlisting a much broader societal response to the threat that terrorism poses" ...Napolitano emphasized the need to share information between different federal agencies, and between federal and local law enforcement; to pay attention to threats in places like the cyber world as well as biological or chemical attacks, and to secure borders as well as monitor home-grown threats. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009558865_apusnapolit...

DHS, agencies to go on high alert for first nationwide [sic] terror exercise
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g92sATJfkAFOJQYMEohSQ...
Exercise will include agencies in Britain, Mexico, Canada and Australia; federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector officials throughout U.S.
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the United States and abroad are preparing to go on high alert as part of a massive terrorism prevention exercise -- the first of its kind here. Beginning Monday, security officials at all levels in the United States and four other countries will scramble into action in the wake of a fictional terrorist attack somewhere outside the United States. The scenario envisions the receipt of intelligence that a follow-up attack is planned inside the United States, forcing agencies inside and out of the country to test their coordination, intelligence and terror prevention skills.

2009 redux...
2002 The specter of a police state: Bush administration considered using military to arrest “Lackawanna Six”
By Joe Kishore
27 July 2009
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul2009/mili-j27.shtml
“Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks of September 11 have created a situation in which the battlefield has occurred, and may occur, at dispersed locations and intervals within the American homeland itself. As a result, efforts to fight terrorism may require not only the usual wartime regulations on domestic affairs, but also military actions that have normally occurred abroad.”
That is, the attacks of September 11 justify the creation of a military-police state in the United States. (The full memo is one of those officially disowned by the Bush administration in its last days in office. It is available here: “Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the United States”)

The discussions over the Lackawanna Six came as part of a whole series of measures aimed at expanding military authority in the United States. The memo on the domestic use of the military was part of a series of memos that argued for unlimited powers for the president in prosecuting the “war on terror”—including domestic spying, indefinite detention, torture, and other anti-Constitutional measures. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, the administration set up a “shadow government” of executive branch officials under the control of Cheney, supposedly to take over in the event of a catastrophic attack. According to media reports in March 2002, the administration placed the Delta Force special operations unit on standby to engage in operations in the Washington area.
In June 2002, Jose Padilla, a US citizen arrested in Chicago in May, was declared an “enemy combatant” and transferred to a US naval brig in South Carolina where he says he was tortured over a period of three years. The government was able to secure plea deals by threatening the Lackawanna Six with a similar fate. “We had to worry about the defendants being whisked out of the courtroom and declared enemy combatants if the case started going well for us,” Patrick Brown, attorney for one of the six, said at the time.” So we just ran up the white flag and folded.”

On October 1, 2002, the military formally established US Northern Command, which for the first time coordinated military actions within the United States. In July 2002, the future head of Northern Command advocated giving greater domestic powers to the military. In October 2002, military spy planes were deployed over Washington as part of a manhunt for a sniper—a clear violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.

The Lackawanna case was considered a possible test run for deploying military forces on the streets of an American city, arresting US citizens on trumped up charges, declaring them enemy combatants and holding them indefinitely. These plans were continued in the following years. In 2005, the military began developing war plans for operations within the United State. In 2006, a military funding bill included language to amend the Posse Comitatus Act to allow for domestic use of the military in case of emergency or “other conditions in which the president determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order.” In 2008, the military deployed the first active duty Army combat unit for use in the United States.

These revelations once again call into question the official explanation for the events of September 11. Whatever the level of government involvement in these attacks, they were quickly seized upon to implement vast changes long-desired by the ruling elite, including a massive attack on democratic rights. These measures can be employed against any mass opposition to the policy of the American financial elite....under the Obama administration than it was under Bush. None of the basic policies implemented by Bush have been reversed, nor has there been any change in the enormous power exercised by the military over domestic politics.

2002 New York state “terror” arrests—test case in attack on rights
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/sep2002/lack-s26.shtml
The six are charged under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), the same draconian statute used against John Walker Lindh after his capture during the US invasion of Afghanistan. Lindh was charged after being captured by US forces in Afghanistan together with a group of Taliban fighters in November 2001. He was accused of violating the antiterrorism act and conspiring to murder American citizens. He pleaded to two lesser offenses and avoided a trial... Judge Schroeder, who is to render a decision on bail in the Lackawanna case by October 3, expressed open skepticism about the government’s case. “I haven’t heard of any acts of violence or a propensity to acts of violence in the history of these defendants,” he said...
The use of the 1996 anti-terrorism measure in the Lackawanna case, just as the earlier detention of alleged “enemy combatants,” is establishing legal precedents for a wholesale abrogation of fundamental democratic rights and unprecedented state repression....sow fear, panic and create the environment for a political witch-hunt against political opponents of the government.
[all emphases by the digest] The AEDPA, enacted in 1996 under the Clinton administration, gives the US secretary of state blanket power to label any group in the world as a “foreign terrorist organization” and place on trial anyone who “knowingly provides material support or resources to [it] ...or attempts or conspires to do so...”...

"These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but grow and fester right here at home"
U.S. charges 7 with plotting terror attacks in Israel
http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1103425.html
7/28/09
American authorities on Monday arrested seven North Carolina natives charged with plotting to carry out terrorist attacks overseas, including in Israel, Kosovo, Jordan and the Gaza Strip.U.S. prosecutors said the ringleader of the group, Daniel Patrick Boyd, trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1989 to 1992 and used that experience to set up his own organization to train fighters, raise money and carry out attacks abroad.The indictment released Monday does not detail any specific terrorist plans or targets overseas, although it claims some of the defendants traveled to Israel in 2007 with the intent of waging "violent jihad" and returned home without success.In the seven-count indictment unsealed on Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, authorities also accused Boyd and others, including his two sons, of traveling to Gaza, Jordan, Pakistan and Kosovo, as well as Israel, to plan or engage in attacks.

A U.S. official told reporters that there was no indication that Boyd's group was connected with an international militant organization or that they were planning attacks in the United States. "These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home," said George E.B. Holding, the U.S. attorney for eastern North Carolina.

NLE 09 Target Analysis -—CHI NYC HOU PDX DC By Captain Eric H. May, Dr. James Fetzer, Sgt. Maj. Merlin Neadow, and Patti Woodard 26 Jul 2009 National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) will run from July 27 - July 31. It will be the largest terror drill yet conducted under the Obama administration. NLE 09 will place thousands of US and foreign troops across the nation, with a scripted mission to prevent a terror attack in the U.S. in the wake of a terrorist attack abroad. While the official version of events to come is innocuous, public affairs and public information officials with FEMA, Homeland Security and the military have refused to answer reporters' questions, or even to return calls. www.legitgov.org

EXERCISE FOCUS
NLE 09 will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants.
The NLE 09 scenario will begin in the aftermath of a notional terrorist event outside of the United States, and exercise play will center on preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the United States and carry out additional attacks. This scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S. critical infrastructure.
NLE 09 will allow terrorism prevention efforts to proceed to a logical end (successful or not), with no requirement for response or recovery activities.
NLE 09 will be an operations-based exercise to include: activities taking place at command posts, emergency operation centers, intelligence centers and potential field locations to include federal headquarters facilities in the Washington D.C. area, and in federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector facilities in FEMA Region VI, which includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and California.

VALIDATING THE HOMELAND SECURITY SYSTEM
Exercises such as NLE 09 are an important component of national preparedness, helping to build an integrated federal, state, tribal, local and private sector capability to prevent terrorist attacks, and rapidly and effectively respond to, and recover from, any terrorist attack or major disaster that occurs.
The full-scale exercise offers agencies and jurisdictions a way to test their plans and skills in a real-time, realistic environment and to gain the in-depth knowledge that only experience can provide. Participants will exercise prevention and information sharing functions that are critical to preventing terrorist attacks. Lessons learned from the exercise will provide valuable insights to guide future planning for securing the nation against terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies.
For more information about NLE 09, contact the FEMA News Desk: 202-646-4600.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Media obscuring fact this is not news, it's been a fait accompli since 10-1-08, now obama admin., also 'discovers' 'homegrown terrorists'
The Cheney plan to deploy the U.S. military on U.S. soil
Glenn Greenwald
...the Bush administration did use a very similar power when it dispatched FBI agents to arrest U.S. citizen Jose Padilla on American soil (at Chicago's O'Hare Airport), but then very shortly thereafter transferred him to military custody, where he was held for the next 3 years with no trial, no charges, and no contact with the outside world, including lawyers. The only thing distinguishing the Padilla case from what Cheney/Addington argued be done in the Lackawanna Six case was that the military wasn't used to make the initial apprehension of Padilla. But Padilla was then transferred to military custody and held on U.S. soil for years in a brig, incommunicado and tortured, with no charges of any kind (another U.S. citizen, Yaser Hamdi, was treated similarly until the Supreme Court ruled he was entitled to some sort of hearing, after which he was sent to Saudi Arabia).

All of this underscores why it is so important to vigorously oppose the efforts of the Obama administration (a) to continue many of the radical Bush/Cheney Terrorism programs and even to implement new ones (preventive detention, military commissions, extreme secrecy policies, warrantless surveillance, denial of habeas corpus) and (b) to endorse the core Orwellian premise that enables all of that (i.e., the "battlefield" is anywhere and everywhere; the battle against Terrorism is a "War" like the Civil War or World War II and justifies the same powers). ...
I had this interesting conversation when I was working on this article that came out this morning with Jack Balkin at Yale Law School... Obama now, by continuing the broad outlines of the various surveillance and detention and counter-terrorism programs, is draining them of plausible partisan controversy, and so they are going to become entrenched and consolidated as permanent features of American government as well, going forward....

As several commenters note, this revelation about Cheney sheds new light on the reason many were concerned by prior reports that a U.S. Army brigade, for the first time, was being permanently deployed to the domestic U.S. Many of us expressing that concern were accused of indulging bizarre paranoia that the U.S. Army would ever be deployed against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil....
[digest: but no follow up exposure of this major fascist state step, and the fact the major 'news' aka propaganda media has been complicit by its silence]

Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1, 2008
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/
Sep 30, 2008
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home. Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.

But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one. “Right now, the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,” said Army Col. Louis Vogler, chief of NorthCom future operations. “Now, the plan is to assign a force every year.” They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack....

The active Army’s new dwell-time mission is part of a NorthCom and DOD response package.Active-duty soldiers will be part of a force that includes elements from other military branches and dedicated National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams. A final mission rehearsal exercise is scheduled for mid-September at Fort Stewart and will be run by Joint Task Force Civil Support, a unit based out of Fort Monroe, Va., that will coordinate and evaluate the interservice event.

In addition to 1st BCT, other Army units will take part in the two-week training exercise, including elements of the 1st Medical Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, and the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Bragg, N.C.

There also will be Air Force engineer and medical units, the Marine Corps Chemical, Biological Initial Reaction Force, a Navy weather team and members of the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

One of the things Vogler said they’ll be looking at is communications capabilities between the services. “It is a concern, and we’re trying to check that and one of the ways we do that is by having these sorts of exercises. Leading up to this, we are going to rehearse and set up some of the communications systems to make sure we have interoperability,” he said.
“I don’t know what America’s overall plan is — I just know that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that are standing by to come and help if they’re called,” Cloutier said. “It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home

Chicago: F-16 fighter jets conduct military test overnight
21 Jul 2009 Around 1 a.m. last night, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) successfully carried out a military exercise over the Chicago area involving F-16 fighter jets. The training involved at least one plane headed toward downtown from the north and another going west, according to witnesses.

D.C.: NORAD To Conduct Exercise Over DC Area
21 Jul 2009 The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct a one-day exercise in the Washington area. The exercise, called Falcon Virgo 09-10, will be conducted beginning early Wednesday. The exercise will include training flights conducted in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and others.

DHS Coordinates National Level Exercise to Prevent Terrorist Attacks with Federal, State, Local Tribal, Private Sector, and International Partners
http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1248450105741.shtm
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will launch on Monday the five-day National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)--the first national level exercise to focus on terrorism prevention--in conjunction with federal, state, local, tribal, private sector and international partners... The NLE 09 scenario focuses on preventing a terrorist from entering the United States to carry out additional attacks in the aftermath of a terrorist event outside of the country, prioritizing intelligence and law enforcement activities that detect, disrupt and deter preventable terrorist incidents.

Military Weighs Broad Use of Mercenaries on Front Lines Contract would award a commercial company unusually broad "theater-wide" authority to protect forward operating bases in a war zone 26 Jul 2009 The U.S. military command is considering contracting a private firm to manage security on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan, even as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says that the Pentagon intends to cut back on the use of private security contractors mercenaries. On a Web site listing federal business opportunities, the Army this month published a notice soliciting information from prospective mercenaries who would develop a security plan for 50 or more forward operating bases and smaller command outposts across Afghanistan. Although the U.S. military has contracted out security services to protect individuals, military bases and other facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, this contract would award a commercial company unusually broad "theater-wide" authority to protect forward operating bases in a war zone

Power Shifts in Plan for Capital Calamity
By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/us/politics/28continuity.html?hpw
WASHINGTON — A shift in authority has given military officials at the White House a bigger operational role in creating a backup government if the nation’s capital were “decapitated” by a terrorist attack or other calamity, according to current and former officials involved in the decision.
The move, which was made in the closing weeks of the administration of President George W. Bush, came after months of heated internal debate about the balance of power and the role of the military in a time of crisis, participants said. Officials said the Obama administration had left the plan essentially [SIC] intact. Under the revamped structure, the White House Military Office, which reports to the office of the White House chief of staff, has assumed a more central role in setting up a temporary “shadow government” in a crisis...., a 2,300-person outfit best known for flying Air Force One, has added responsibilities as the lead agent in shepherding government leaders to a secure site at Mount Weather in rural Virginia, keeping classified lists of successors and maintaining computer systems, among other operational duties. Many of these types of tasks were previously handled by civilians at other agencies, led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Supporters of the plan inside the Bush White House, including Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, saw the erratic response to the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a mandate for streamlining an emergency response process...

Seattle one of 8 u.s. cities seeking guinea pigs to test experimental swine-flu vaccine before clinical trials
CBS 60 Minutes: 300 death claims from 1976 swine flu vaccine, only one death from flu
http://www.examiner.com/x-6495-US-Intelligence-Examiner~y2009m7d10-CBS-6...
July 10, 7:25 PM
A headline in today's newspaper proclaims "U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine flu." Yet don't miss the powerfully revealing video clip below from the CBS investigative reporting program 60 Minutes before making your decision on whether or not to get the swine flu vaccine when it comes out. This excellent 60 Minutes exposé reveals blatant U.S. government propaganda and fear-mongering in the swine flu outbreak and mass vaccination of 1976. The incisive report states that though only one person died as a result of the swine flu, "4,000 Americans are claiming damages from Uncle Sam amounting to three and a half billion dollars because of what happened when they took that [swine flu] shot." This Nov. 4, 1979 program reveals, "there are 300 claims now pending from the families of GBS [Guillain-Barre Syndrome] victims who died, allegedly as a result of the swine flu shot." With a Washington Post article today stating "The federal government should get about 100 million doses of vaccine by mid-October," think carefully about your decision after watching this important information.

Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003. It states that the government has the authority to establish "regulations providing for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases," including diseases at that time "not yet isolated or named."

CLG Pandemic Action Alerts page:

Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak U.S. commander for Northern Command asked Defense Secretary to sign executive order for military to set up five regional teams to deal with outbreak

Judge: Swine flu good cause to suspend some constitutional rights
'We have to prepare for the worst.' U.S. panel prepares to OK swine flu vaccine trials The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to help rush through approval of new vaccine to fight foment the pandemic H1N1 virus, promising to watch closely bad effects from the immunization, officials said on Thursday. The FDA said it would help companies design ways to quickly test experimental versions of the vaccine. [See: Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers 17 Jul 2009 Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday.]

Swine flu spreads; health officials plan vaccines 24 Jul 2009 Global health officials stepped up efforts to prepare for quick vaccination 'against' the H1N1 pandemic virus, saying on Friday it appeared now to be affecting older age groups spared earlier in the pandemic. WHO said vaccination against H1N1 might start in weeks, even though clinical trials to test the safety, efficacy and needed dosage of H1N1 vaccines have barely started. [See: Vaccine May Be More Dangerous Than Swine Flu --Vaccine contains squalene and gp120 By Dr. Russell Blaylock 07 Jul 2009.]

U.S. spy chief sees more private sector input U.S. intelligence will seek more input from the private sector and outside experts such as academics to support core spy agencies, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said on Wednesday. In a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he described a future in which intelligence professionals remained at the center but outside elements also provided expertise.

FBI Processes 600 Billion Fingerprints Per Day WBNS News CrimeTracker 10 reports about an advanced federal research facility that processes 600 billion fingerprints a day underground. The FBI’s multi-billion dollar, two football-field-sized Criminal Justice Information Services building stores roughly 60 million sets of fingerprints and helps law enforcement...

BlackBerry maker: UAE partner's update was spyware BlackBerry users in the Mideast business centers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi who were directed by their service provider to upgrade their phones were actually installing spy software that could allow outsiders to peer inside, according to the device's maker. Research in Motion Ltd., the Canadian company that makes the mobile gadgets, said the application users unwittingly installed was a surveillance program developed by a privately held Silicon Valley company called SS8 Networks Inc. SS8 describes itself in a company brochure as "the leader in communications interception and a worldwide provider of regulatory compliant, electronic intercept and surveillance solutions." It markets its services to intelligence agencies, law enforcement and communication service providers.

CHARM SCHOOL OVER?
OBAMA ADMIN. PROPAGANDA, GOOD-BAD COP ROUTINE CAN'T STOP THINGS GETTING DESPERATE FOR U.S. AGENDA

Iraqi premier suggests US could stay beyond 2011 if Iraq needs the help
Anne Gearan July 23rd, 2009
Iraq’s prime minister left the door open Thursday to the continued presence of U.S. forces in Iraq beyond the date both countries have set as a firm deadline for the last American soldiers to leave. Although Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said an agreement reached last year would end U.S. military involvement in Iraq in 2011, he suggested that agreement could be reconsidered. "Nevertheless, if the Iraqi forces required further training and further support, we shall examine this then at that time, based on the needs of Iraq," al-Maliki told a Washington audience... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56300

Maliki says arrest of US troop was mistake
AFP
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said an Iraqi officer who ordered the detention of US soldiers last week after they killed three Iraqis had acted "out of line." The prime minister told The Washington Post in an interview the officer "did not understand the agreement" governing US military activities since US troops withdrew from Iraqi cities last month. He added that the accord "clearly states that American forces have the right to defend themselves, and that's what they did." Four Iraqis, including two children, were also wounded in the incident..
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56415

Indefinite Detention Powered by Obama & Apologists
Reuter's freelance photographer, Ibrahim Jassam Mohammed, held without charge by the U.S. since September 2008
Reuter's freelance photographer was detained for being a "threat" to the security of Iraq and coalition forces; the Iraqi Central Criminal Court, however, later concluded that there is no evidence against the photojournalist and ordered his release. Rejecting [its proxy's] court's decision, the US military is still holding Jassam, the Los Angeles Times reported. Jassam's case resembles that of several other Iraqi photographers and cameramen working for Western news organizations including 'Ali al-Mashhadani', 'Bilal Hussein' and 'Sami al-Haj', all of whom were freed after being imprisoned by the US military for several months.

Iran : Riding The "Green Wave"
By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
http://www.medialens.org/alerts/09/090728_iran_riding_the.php
July 29 2009 "Medialens" -- There are many problems with the Campaign for Peace and Democracy's "Question & Answer on the Iran Crisis," issued by the CPD on July 7, and widely circulated since then. The CPD adopted this format, it tells us, because "some on the left, and others as well, have questioned the legitimacy of and the need for solidarity with the anti-Ahmadinejad movement," and the CPD believes "those questions need to be squarely addressed." We believe, on the contrary, that the CPD's 13 questions-and-answers do little to clarify issues related to Iran's June 12 presidential election and its tumultuous aftermath, and even less to help leftists and "American progressives" decide how they should respond to them....when stripped of its didactic format, this Q&A amounts to little more than an emotional plea to its target audience to surrender what remains of their leftist instincts (long under siege in the States, and shrinking rapidly), and join its authors for a ride on the "green wave" of yet another color-coded campaign that fits well with one of their government's longest-running programs of destabilization and regime-change. We believe that any "confusion" felt by the left and "American progressives" towards these events is a confusion that has been sown by our would-be instructors. it tells us, because "some on the left, and others as well, have questioned the legitimacy of and the need for solidarity with the anti-Ahmadinejad movement," and the CPD believes "those questions need to be squarely addressed."....

Consider first the CPD's selectivity. A look at its "Past Sign-on Statements and Letters" and elsewhere on its website (e.g., "Statement of Purpose") shows that, in contrast to its lengthy, 4,000-word Q&A of July 7, as well as its earlier statement on the "Crisis in Iran" (June 17), the CPD has yet to put up a Q&A related to or a statement announcing its solidarity with the mass demonstrations in Honduras after the June 27-28 military coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of the country, Manuel Zelaya. Neither has the CPD announced its solidarity with the 100 or more indigenous victims of a June 5 massacre by the government of Alan García in Peru, which some groups are calling the "Amazon's Tiananmen," nor with the high numbers of civilian victims of the several-year-long U.S. and NATO bombing campaigns over Afghanistan and Pakistan, now sharply escalated by the new Democratic administration.

If we expand the purview of perpetrator-and-victim sets beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan to other theaters of U.S. and NATO violence, the possibilities for Q&A's and shows of solidarity with the victims would become unmanageably large. But as of July 2009, shouldn't Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Honduras rate a very high priority among American progressives precisely because the U.S. government and its military are destructively engaged in the first two theaters, and in the third, where the U.S. is deeply involved in training and arming the military, and where its influence is unmistakable, almost surely could have prevented the coup, and still could easily reverse it, had the U.S. leadership wanted it reversed?...while Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might not be good for world anti-imperialism, his country is not just "opposed by the United States," it has been under serious U.S. attack and faces a continuing threat of escalated violence. It should be first-order business of a left and supposed campaign for peace as well as democracy to oppose this threat. But with Ahmadinejad a demonized target and Iran's allegedly sham election of June 12 utterly discredited, the CPD's willing participation in that whole process (in contrast to Honduras, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia) provides first-class service to the imperial powers....

"We have proposed a $75 million package that would allow us to broadcast more effectively in Iran, better messaging for Iran. We have proposed money that would be used for innovation in our efforts to reach the Iranian people through websites and modern technology. We have also proposed that we would be able to support non-governmental organizations that can function in Iran and in many ways, most importantly, to improve and increase our educational and cultural outreach to the people of Iran."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Opening Remarks before the Senate Appropriations Committee, "FY 2006 Supplemental Budget Proposal," March 9, 2006
as quoted in the very important analysis above: "Iran: Riding the Green Wave"...

not satire....
Clinton "deplores" any abuse of prisoners in Iran:
"We believe that it is imperative for (Iran) ... to release political prisoners and treat them appropriately and humanely."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090729/pl_nm/us_iran_usa_clinton

The Obama administration now blocking efforts by U.N. human rights investigators to interview detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul2009/guan-j25.shtml

Obama Ignores Torture
By Helen Thomas
Many heaved a sigh of relief last January when President Obama banned the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It made the administration look more humane than the Bush-Cheney team. But that is not the whole story. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23148.htm http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=824669&category=C...

The Washington Post endorses Abu Ghraib scapegoating for torture
Glenn Greenwald
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/07/27/washington_justice/ind...
The Washington Post Editorial Page -- keeper of all establishment Washington wisdom -- today advocates that low-level CIA interrogators who went beyond John Yoo's torture guidelines, and only them, be criminally investigated and prosecuted by the Justice Department:
...If, as appears to be the case, this is the principle by which we're now governed -- presidential acts in blatant violation of clear statutes are no longer crimes if a DOJ lawyer justifies it in advance, even using legal reasoning found to be in bad faith -- then, by definition, Presidents are literally no longer bound by the rule of law. If the crimes are embarrassing enough, we'll find a Lynndie England -- or some obscure, easily demonizable, extra-sadistic CIA interrogator -- to scapegoat and punish in order to pacify the citizenry and create the illusion that the rule of law still prevails. But the one thing that remains off-limits in Washington culture above all else is subjecting high-level political officials to the rule of law when they commit crimes. The low-level scapegoating which the Post today endorses is the approach which, by all accounts, Eric Holder is likely to pursue.
The most ironic aspect of the Post's Editorial is its oh-so-solemn plea that we do what's necessary "to ensure that such mistakes are never repeated." Leaving aside the perversity of referring to a formal torture regime as a "mistake," what the Post advocates -- enabling Presidents to break the law as long as they have a low-level DOJ permission slip -- is to ensure that these sorts of things will happen over and over. We have rampant lawlessness in our political class precisely because the consequences for high-level lawbreaking no longer exist.

Clinton: Iran unable to respond to U.S. overtures:
The U.S. is still willing to 'reach out' to Iran but political turmoil there means Tehran is not now in a position to respond, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC on Thursday.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1102450.html

Nuclear Iran wouldn't pose existential threat to Israel
The public should not allow itself to be dragged into supporting a destructive military operation. Does Iran indeed pose a real existential threat rather than an imagined existential threat against those states that are threatened by it, particularly Israel? The answer is that there are three basic reservations regarding these much-talked-about concerns over Iran.
First, like other small states, Iran seeks to attain nuclear weapons in order to deter other nuclear-armed states from attacking it. So if Iran is not attacked, it will not attack.
Second, Iran's goal is primarily to boost its influence in the Muslim world.
Third, and most important, with the exception of two atomic bombs that were needlessly used by none other than the democratic and liberal United States - since Japan was very near surrender - no other country possessing nuclear weapons has used them. The other reasons for not using nuclear weapons are numerous....
The writer, By Gabi Sheffer, is a political science professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1102571.html

US: We will not use sanctions against Israel
Katherine Orwell
The US state department stressed on Friday that President Obama is not at all considering to impose economic sanctions on Israel when it fails to comply with US demands to end construction in settlements. The US is also not willing to consider mounting international pressure on Israel. The announcement came after the Israeli society had reacted in shock to comments made by a government spokesperson earlier. A spokesperson had answered a question about whether t he US was considering to impose sanctions, saying "It’s premature to talk about that".To calm down the public storm in Israel, the US government now emphasized that it will not contemplate sanctions, even if Israel will not live up to US demands and continues to break international law...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56312

Gates, in Visit to Israel, Will Find [SIC!] Iran Looming
The official, who asked not to be named under Defense Department ground rules, said that the trip was part of a regular consultation and that Mr. Gates was not traveling to Israel “to roll out a map and do contingency planning for some strike on Iran.” ... A Middle East analyst familiar with Israeli thinking, who also asked not to be named while speaking about the topic, said that the meetings were expected to be more about coordination and reassurance that the United States stood by Israel and that it was too soon to get into discussions of any military action. The Obama administration has sent mixed messages on its views of an Israeli strike....
David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the co-author of “Myths, Illusions & Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East,” said that Israel and the United States were not at odds on Iran, at least not in the current “intermission of a play” before decisions on a strike have to be made. “A decision was made that it is better to have close U.S.-Israel consultations in assessing the situation in Iran than having a situation where Israel feels isolated,” Mr. Makovsky said. “In the context of isolation, Israel is more likely to strike out on its own.”
Mr. Gates will be part of a stream of American government officials visiting Israel in the next week. Among them are James L. Jones, the national security adviser; George J. Mitchell, the special envoy for the Middle East, who arrived in Syria on Saturday; and Dennis B. Ross, the Iran expert on the National Security Council staff and Mr. Makovsky’s co-author. Senior military officials cast the timing of the trips as coincidental. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/world/middleeast/26israel.html?hp

a threat to USRAELI mideast and thus global hegemony
The US intelligence community has also confirmed Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons.
Gates: Iran is a threat to Israel, U.S.
http://www.daily.pk/7573/gates-iran-is-a-threat-to-israel-u-s/
July 28, 2009
Washington says Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to both Israel and the United States, reaffirming its ‘unbreakable bond’ with Tel Aviv. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the comments in a joint news conference with the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Jerusalem (Al-Quds). “We had a good meeting during which I reaffirmed the strong commitment of the United Sates to the security of Israel. As President (Barack) Obama said in Cairo last month our bond is unbreakable, “ he said. “We also discussed the regional security challenges we both face from terrorism to the threat posed by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. “The US Secretary of Defense added the US will continue to ensure that Israel has the most advanced weapons. “As part of our steadfast support for Israel the United States continues to provide a robust annual military assistance package,” he pledged....
The US and Israel claim Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its peaceful nuclear program is aimed at producing electricity.
The International Atomic Energy Agency which has carried out the largest amount of inspections in the history of the body on Iran’s nuclear facilities has not found any evidence of diversion in Iran’s nuclear program. [emphasis added] The US intelligence community has also confirmed Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons.

Blustering Biden bows to Bibi
By Paul J. Balles
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/articles/39/Blustering_Biden_bows_to_Bibi....
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told ABC television the U.S. could not "dictate to [Israel] another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do". Why doesn't Biden say "Iran can determine for itself – it's a sovereign nation"?... While in his non-interference state of mind, Biden recently questioned the legitimacy of Mahmud Ahmadinejad's victory in Iran's presidential elections. He commented that officials "just don't know enough" about how they were conducted. What if they were conducted like elections in other countries that have clearly been rigged but have gone unnoticed by Biden? This is a perfect demonstration of America’s foreign policy hypocrisy.... "The president will not allow Iran to go nuclear," says Biden. About North Korea's tests of long-range missiles, Biden says: "If the country is proliferating nuclear weapons or missiles, then it is a serious danger and a threat to the world..."
Haaretz reports: "Israeli officials told U.S. envoy George Mitchell in recent weeks that Jerusalem is willing to temporarily freeze settlement construction, but that the move would be conditioned on substantive steps from the Arab side, as well as guarantees from the United States." What an abomination!

Israel aborts test of missile defense system in U.S.
By Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondent, and News Agencies
Israel's Arrow II missile defense system was tested at a U.S. range off the California coast early Thursday morning but problems prevented the launch of the system's interceptor, the Pentagon said... Defense officials said three tests in the U.S. of the missile defense system have been aborted over the past week. The tests were carried out in the U.S. because that would allow for greater distances than would be possible in Israel, Defense Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror said....

Last update - 15/01/2009
U.S. may cut $1b in loan guarantees to Israel over West Bank settlements
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1055585.html

Last update - 30/06/2009
U.S. re-approves Israel loan guarantees program ... amid tensions between Israel and the Obama administration over Jerusalem's settlement policy in the West Bank.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1096755.html

U.N., WHO, IMF, WB, along with vast numbers of 'humanitarian' NGOs are instruments of U.S. & proxys' global domination, occupation and genocide
The UN Giving Shit to Palestinians for over Sixty Years
Kawther Salam
Sorry for these impolite words about the UNRWA... things should be called by their name....also for showing these photos of dirty toilets unfit for human use, for 'medical care'...the polluted environment experienced by all Palestinians who reside in refugee camps run by the UNRWA in Palestine and the Diaspora, as well as all those who have received and still receive their education and medical services at the UN schools and clinics during the last 62 years under the Zionist occupation and the 60 years of UNRWA establishment... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56451

A tale of two murdered women:
Neda and Marwa: One becomes an icon, the other is unmentioned
By Walid El Hourican

Muslims like Neda only get to the news if their story serves the dominant narrative that presents Islam as the primary threat to freedom, while Muslims like Marwa who expose the pervasive racism of the West and challenge the existing stereotypes fail to get their story told.
On June 20th 2009, Neda Agha Soltan was shot dead during the post-election protests in Iran. The protests occupied the largest news segments around the world, with analysts and commentators predicting the fall of the Iranian regime and the dawn of freedom breaking in “the axis of evil.” Neda’s death became an icon of the Iranian opposition and a symbol for millions of people of the injustice of the Iranian regime and the defiance of the protesters. Neda’s death was put in context. It was taken from the personal realm of the death of an individual to the public realm of the just cause of a whole society.

On July 1st Marwa El Sherbini, an Egyptian researcher living in Germany, was stabbed to death 18 times inside a courtroom in the city of Dresden, in front of her 3-year-old son. She had won a verdict against a German man of Russian descent who had verbally assaulted her because of her veil. Her husband, who rushed in to save her when she was attacked in the courtroom, was shot by the police. Marwa’s death was not reported by any Western news media until protests in Egypt erupted after her burial. The reporting that followed focused on the protests; the murder was presented as the act of a “lone wolf,” thus depriving it of its context and its social meaning.

What is significant to note is that in Neda’s case the media accused the Iranian regime as the authority responsible for the context in which the crime was committed rather than looking for the person who actually shot her. The accused is the establishment or the institution rather than the individual shooter. However, in the case of Marwa’s murder the media were persistent in stressing on the individuality of the murderer, calling him a “lone wolf”, implying that he is a social outcast who holds no ties to the society he lives in. The murderer was given a name “Alex W.” and the institution, the society, and the establishment he lives in were taken away from the picture. While Neda’s death enjoyed wide arrays of interpretations and readings in context, Marwa’s death was deprived of its context and was presented as a personal tragedy, featuring a madman and his victim.
Article originally in CounterPunch.org. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/articles/39/A_tale_of_two_murdered_women.h... Contact Walid El Hourican at walid@menassat.com.

Mullen: "U.S. Does Not Invade Sovereign Countries"
Daily Times Monitor
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen on Thursday said he believed the top leadership of Al Qaeda, including Osama Bin Laden, was in Pakistan. Talking to Al Jazeera TV, Mullen said Al Qaeda was on top of the US list of priorities and threats around the world. When asked why the United States was not in FATA despite having the knowledge that Al Qaeda was present there, he said, "Because FATA is in Pakistan an d Pakistan is a sovereign country and we don’t go into sovereign countries."...We have trainers there... to train their trainers, which is [an] ongoing support function that is actually moving in the right direction," adding that some of the US troops were special forces and some were general purpose troops http://dailytimes.com.pk/ "A New [ aka U.S.] Voice for Pakistan"

U.S. covert tactics inside Pakistan's tribal region...
U.S-Pakistan Military Cooperation
http://www.cfr.org/publication/16644/
June 26, 2008
... U.S. covert military operations inside Pakistan along the Afghan border (including revelations of possible ground raids by U.S. Special Operations Forces), Pakistan's political instability, and Islamabad's questionable record on terrorism have thrown one of America's most important military alliances into disarray....
Covert Operations
In January 2008, the United States' top intelligence officials traveled to Islamabad to request permission to hunt down militants inside Pakistan. The request was rebuffed by then President Musharraf (NYT), but some analysts believe a quiet understanding was hashed out during that meeting. K. Alan Kronstadt, a specialist for South Asian affairs at the Congressional Research Service, writes in an April 2008 report that "three Predators are said to be deployed at a secret Pakistani airbase and can be launched without specific permission from the Islamabad government." Pakistan officially denies the planes exist, but reports of operational successes inside the country suggest a beefed-up U.S. presence in the tribal areas. In February 2008, the Washington Post reported that a CIA Predator had fired two Hellfire missiles inside Pakistani airspace three weeks earlier, killing a senior al-Qaeda commander. A month later, Jane's Defense Weekly reported that a strike by an unmanned aerial drone on March 16, 2008, killed fourteen people in southern Waziristan. The Washington Post in September 2008 reported a threefold increase in Hellfire missile attacks by Predator drones from 2007 to 2008.

Debate over Washington's covert tactics inside Pakistan's tribal region took on new significance with a September 11, 2008, report by the New York Times detailing secret orders signed by President Bush allowing for unilateral ground assaults.... Shuja Nawaz, a journalist and author of Crossed Swords, a history of the Pakistani military, says the government of Pakistan has never allowed unilateral ground assaults by U.S. Special Operations Forces inside Pakistani territory. Even so, some military analysts have advocated increased U.S. activity in the region. "Congress should encourage the CIA and other agencies in the [i]ntelligence [c]ommunity to take more active and aggressive measures... [in Pakistan's tribal regions]," Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, told lawmakers in April 2008 (PDF)...

Riedel: U.S. Needs to Tread Carefully in Pakistan
Interviewee: Bruce O. Riedel, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Interviewer:
Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor, CFR.org
http://www.cfr.org/publication/17191/riedel.html
September 12, 2008
Bruce O. Riedel, a former high-ranking CIA and Pentagon official who helped shape U.S. policy in South Asia in previous administrations, says the United States faces a very frustrating situation in Pakistan, and the recent U.S. cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan are risky given the anti-Americanism in Pakistan. He says that "in that kind of charged political atmosphere, these kinds of operations can easily incite even further anti-Americanism." His advice for whoever is the next president is "to work with the civilian government, show them we want democracy in Pakistan," and to "increase our assistance to Pakistan, especially in economic areas." He also urges putting pressure on Afghanistan to accept the border with Pakistan imposed in 1893 by the British and get the Indians to work toward a Kashmir solution acceptable to all sides.

In recent days there've been a number of reports about U.S. drones hitting al-Qaeda targets within Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan. And more recently, there have been reports of Navy Seals going into Pakistan, staying a few hours on the ground killing many Taliban or al-Qaeda operatives, and then being flown out by helicopters. Are these cross-border attacks good or bad in the longer run for the United States? What do you think?

Well let me say, first of all, it's very different going into the sovereign territory of a nuclear weapons state. We have heard from the Pakistani army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani that the Pakistani army doesn't approve and will resist. Now some of that may be playacting, part of a very complicated Pakistani internal game that's going on. But my experience with the Pakistani military is that they will jealously try to guard their nation's sovereignty and their own perceived prestige. So it's risky. I think that we're doing it because the situation is deteriorating rapidly in Afghanistan...

Just to sum up here. I think what you're saying is that the United States should be extremely cautious about repeating the cross-border activity, at least in the last months of this administration until we can get a new dialogue started. Am I reading you correctly?

Correct. Pakistan is an extremely dangerous and unstable country. We need to tread carefully. We need to get the Pakistanis to see this as their war. And that's going to require some major new initiatives on the American side. Commando raids and Predator strikes are not a long term solution to this problem....

U.S. Unit Secretly in Pakistan Lends Ally Support
More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said... mostly Army Special Forces soldiers who are training Pakistani Army and paramilitary troops, providing them with intelligence and advising on combat tactics, the officials said. They do not conduct combat operations, the officials added. They make up a secret task force, overseen by the United States Central Command and Special Operations Command. It started last summer, with the support of Pakistan’s government and military, in an effort to root out Qaeda and Taliban operations that threaten American troops in Afghanistan and are increasingly destabilizing Pakistan. It is a much larger and more ambitious effort than either country has acknowledged. Pakistani officials have vigorously protested American missile strikes in the tribal areas as a violation of sovereignty and have resisted efforts by Washington to put more troops on Pakistani soil. President Asif Ali Zardari, who leads a weak civilian government, is trying to cope with soaring anti-Americanism among Pakistanis and a belief that he is too close to Washington. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/world/asia/23terror.html?_r=1

Smart Power in Pakistan
Interviewees: Suzanne Nossel, Chief of Operations, Human Rights Watch [Soros]
Jonah Blank, Chief Policy Advisor for South Asia, Central Asia, and Archipelagic Southeast Asia, Majority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Interviewer: Jayshree Bajoria, Staff Writer, CFR.org, Council on Foreign Relations
February 26, 2009
http://www.cfr.org/publication/18646/smart_power_in_pakistan.html

The Obama administration has pressed for a foreign policy based on smart power -- picking the right combination of diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal, and cultural tools for a particular situation. The phrase was first coined in 2004 by Suzanne Nossel, now chief operating officer for Human Rights Watch, in a Foreign Affairs article. Nossel says the Bush administration "embodied a very depleting brand of American power" which placed too much emphasis on military power.
One of the most important tests for this approach may be Pakistan, say experts. The nuclear-armed country--riddled with a weak government, a faltering economy, deteriorating relations with India, and terrorist safe havens--is crucial to the United States winning the war in Afghanistan. Jonah Blank, chief policy adviser for South Asia on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says the best example of smart power in Pakistan may be the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act. The bill, if passed, would triple U.S. nonmilitary aid to Pakistan, and grant $7.5 billion over five years in assistance for development projects.
However, Blank admits that balancing soft and hard powers in Pakistan will not be easy, especially when using hard power turns public sentiment against the United States. Reported attacks by U.S. unmanned drone aircraft in Pakistan's tribal region have increased anti-Americanism in Pakistan. According to a December 2008 survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, only 19 percent of Pakistanis had a favorable view of the United States in 2008. Nossel says the current financial crisis will present its own challenges and the United States will have to make "tough trade-offs" as it tries to deploy its resources most effectively in the short term.

Black Revolution 2007: Pakistan’s Lawyers Movement – Bush Administration’s Last Color Revolution
By Ahmed Quraishi
http://www.daily.pk/7512/black-revolution-2007-pakistan%E2%80%99s-lawyer...
July 27, 2009
Colour Revolutions describes a number of U.S. sponsored government overthrows in Asia and Eastern Europe in the late 1990s and 2000s. The term gained notoriety after the Orange Revolution of Ukraine in late 2004. Color Revolution was recently witnessed in Pakistan (Black 2007-08) and Iran (Green 2009) GEORGIA (Rose Revolution 2003) UKRAINE [...]

Manufacturing Consent For Attacks On Pakistan?
Osama still in Pakistan: US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen on Thursday said he believed the top leadership of Al Qaeda, including Osama Bin Laden, was in Pakistan.
http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\07\24\story_24-7-2009_pg1_4

"Osama bin Laden Dead or Alive?"
Audio Interview with Dr. David Ray Griffin
We examine all the evidence, both that indicating bin Laden died, and that suggesting he is still alive; the important bin Laden videos and audio recordings, the significance, if any, in the timing of their release; statements by significant political and intelligence figures; and why the hunt for bin Laden must proceed.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23127.htm

In case you missed it
FBI: “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”
By Ed Haas
When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden’s Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13664.htm

Afghan MP Calls For Anti-war Movement Demonstrations Against War in Afghanistan
Report by Feyzi Ismail
Malalai -- who has survived five assassination attempts -- repeated a number of times in the meeting, no nation can liberate another nation, and only the oppressed can rise up against their oppressors. The only solution, she said, was for the anti-war movement internationally to speak out and demonstrate against the war in their own countries, "because our enemies are afraid of international solidarity." It will be a prolonged and risky struggle, she continued, but the Afghans must liberate themselves.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23133.htm

Afghani crops: The next U.S. scapegoat
Angela Macdonald
As if our government has any control over what they call a drug "problem" in the United States, they are now taking their show on the road. Early this week, the U.S. military dropped the bomb on Afghanistan poppy farmers who have refused the demands of the U.S. Agency for International Development to replace their crops with wheat. Tuesday, 300 tons of poppy seed were blown up in the middle of a large, dusty vast of land in Helmand province. Those dirty little poppy seeds were first taken out by a group of 1,000 pound bombs. Being so unwilling to just give up and die, the poppies were then taken down by a helicopter air-strike...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56323

Afghanistan: “Big Beasts,” Big Bloodbath
Media Lens
The latest manifestation of the media monopoly reinforcing a "parliamentary consensus" involves the US-UK war on Afghanistan. In an article entitled, 'Back our boys — they fight for your lives,’ Sue Carroll asks in the Mirror: Enjoy your barbecue at the weekend? Sleep easy in your bed last night? Get to work without any problems? I trust you did because this is what liberty is all about. The right to live safely in a civilised community free from the oppression of thu gs and fanatics who wouldn’t think twice about crushing our democracy and slaughtering us as we sleep. It’s hard-earned, this easy living. Millions of men have died for our freedom and more are losing their lives in Afghanistan to protect us. So less of the hand-wringing please about whether we should or should not be fighting a war against the Taliban. It’s a no-brainer. This is the approved propaganda view, not just of the current conflict, but of every war throughout history...

Biden Rejects Russian 'Sphere of Influence'
Vice President Joe Biden rejected the Russian push for a sphere of influence over former Soviet nations, saying Wednesday that no nation could veto another country's choices.
The AP July 23, 2009
"As we reset the relationship with Russia, we reaffirm our commitment to an independent Ukraine, and we recognize no sphere of influence or no ability of any other nation to veto the choices an independent nation makes," Biden declared in Kiev, Ukraine's capital. Biden's comments underlined the U.S. commitment to encouraging Western-style democracies among former Soviet states, despite Russia's open hostility to what it considers meddling in its back yard. At a banquet in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Wednesday evening, Biden said he wanted to send "an unequivocal, clear message to all who will listen and some who don't want to listen, that America stands with you and will continue to stand." Russian troops crushed Georgia's military in a brief war in Georgia last August, about five years after the country's [U.S. led] 2003 Rose Revolution brought President Mikhail Saakashvili to power and ousted a Soviet-era leader.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/22/AR200907...

Biden on Eastern Europe: VP Joe Biden talked with the Wall Street Journal's Peter Spiegel July 23.
Read excerpts from their conversation http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124846217750479721.html
"I don't expect the Russians to embrace -- particularly this government, particularly Putin -- to embrace the notion they should reject a sphere of influence. But I do expect them to understand we don't accept a sphere of influence."

[U.S. Puppet] Saakashvili to ask Biden for weapons, observers
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia's president is expected to ask U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for advanced weaponry and U.S. observers to monitor a cease-fire along the boundaries of two Moscow-backed breakaway regions. VIDEO
Georgia's Saakashvili Seeking U.S. Weapons to Deter Russia
President Mikheil Saakashvili, on the eve of a visit by Vice President Biden, said the arms "would make any hotheads think twice" about military action. (By Irakli Gedenidze -- Pool)
By Philip P. Pan Washington Post Foreign Service
July 22, 2009
TBILISI, Georgia, July 21 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili urged the United States on Tuesday to supply his country with advanced defensive weapons, warning on the eve of a visit by Vice President Biden that a decision not to provide such arms would encourage a Russian invasion....

Biden delivered the speech near the end of his two-day visit to Tbilisi, during which he and Saakashvili have discussed economic aid and a proposal for $16 million next year for military training and reorganization, officials on both sides said.
Biden's national security adviser Tony Blinken and a senior Georgian adviser denied that Saakashvili had asked Biden for anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and U.S. participation in an EU observer mission along its border with the disputed regions. The U.S. official who had told that to reporters earlier Thursday said later he had spoken in error.
Saakashvili has previously expressed a strong interest in acquiring U.S. weapons as he seeks to rebuild his military after the war, and Georgian officials in recent days have said they wanted the U.S. to join the observer mission. But Blinken said the Georgians have not formally requested heavy weapons, and that the EU has not invited U.S. participation in the mission. Blinken did not rule out the U.S. providing either after a formal request.
In Moscow, the government said it would not stand by while Georgia was resupplied with weapons. "We will continue inhibiting rearmament of the Saakashvili regime," Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.
Georgia is one of the world's biggest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, receiving about $1 billion from Washington over the past year...
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/world/ap/51391547.html

Kyrgyzstan police disband opposition rallies
Police broke up opposition rallies protesting the outcome of Kyrgyzstan's recent presidential election on Wednesday, detaining dozens of demonstrators.
Police broke up opposition rallies protesting the outcome of Kyrgyzstan's recent presidential election on Wednesday, detaining dozens of demonstrators. Opposition activists accuse the government of rigging last week's vote, during which President Kurmanbek Bakiyev won a second term with 76 percent of the ballots.Kyrgyzstan's stability is of interest to Russia and the United States. The Central Asian country hosts a U.S. air base crucial to operations in Afghanistan and has been the focus of competition between Washington and Moscow for regional influence....

Continuity in Kyrgyzstan: The Same Old Imperial Game Goes On
Chris Floyd
The New York Times tells us that the ongoing political crackdown in America's Terror War ally Kyrgyzstan is an example of the difficult "challenge" faced by the Obama administration as it seeks to "balance" its strategic needs with its "concerns" for human rights. But of course this is not a "challenge" at all. It's remarkably simple. When you are conducting wars of imperial domination in far-flung, hard-to-access lands, you must keep the local satr aps sweet -- unless or until you can replace them with your own hand-picked stooges. Everything else is just window dressing for the rubes back home..http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56313

US outrage over “rigged” elections does not extend to Kyrgyzstan:
The brazen rigging of an election, the repression of the opposition and the use of police violence and live ammunition against demonstrators has been met with silence by the Obama administration and the US media. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul2009/pers-j25.shtml

The Geopolitical Great Game: Turkey and Russia Moving Closer: G20 - Make or break? (video)
By F. William Engdahl
1 March 2009
Voltaire, édition internationale
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a joint declaration in Moscow on 28 February 2009 aimed at deepening friendly relations and improving multidimensional cooperation between the two countries, with the Russian side defining the declaration as a “strategic document.” Despite the problems of the ruble and the weak oil price in recent months for the Russian economy, the Russian Government is pursuing a very active foreign policy strategy. Its elements focus on countering the continuing NATO encirclement policy of Washington, with often clever diplomatic initiatives on its Eurasian periphery.

u.s. instigated & "mediated accord" in global domination game
US Escalates War Plans In Latin America
By Rick Rozoff
http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=14503
On June 29 US President Barack Obama hosted his Colombian counterpart Alvaro Uribe at the White House and weeks later it was announced that the Pentagon plans to deploy troops to five air and naval bases in Colombia, the largest recipient of American military assistance in Latin America and the third largest in the world, having received over $5 billion from the Pentagon since the launching of Plan Colombia nine years ago.

Six months before the Obama-Uribe meeting outgoing US President George W. Bush bestowed the US's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, on Uribe as well as on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. A press account at the time expressed both shock and indignation at the White House's honoring of Uribe in writing that "Despite extra-judicial killings, paramilitaries and murdered unionists, Colombia's President Uribe has won the US's highest honor for human rights." ...

Colombia: Pentagon's Base In Andean Region
From its very advent it was intended to be more than an intensification of the decades-old counterinsurgency war in Colombia and to be the opening salvo of a US campaign to escalate the militarization of the Andes region. White House and Pentagon plans to employ Colombia as a regional military force and operating base to police South America have gained new urgency for Washington with political transformations in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Paraguay heralding the end of US political, economic and military domination of the continent....

South America: U.S. NATO's Sixth Continent
Since the implementation of Plan Colombia in 2000 the US has enlisted several NATO allies for the counterinsurgency war in the nation and for broader purposes in the region. British SAS (Special Air Service) personnel have been assigned to the Colombian military for training purposes and Spain also sent military personnel.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has members in Europe and North America and partnerships in Asia (Afghanistan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) and with Australia. The only inhabited continent it hasn't penetrated yet is South America...

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned in September of 2005 that "We discovered through intelligence work a military exercise that NATO has of an invasion against Venezuela, and we are preparing ourselves for that invasion."... the plan a "military exercise...known as Plan Balboa [that] includes rehearsing simultaneous assaults by air, sea and land at a military base in Spain, involving troops from the US and NATO countries." [19] US troops deployed to the Dutch possession of Curacao off Venezuela's northwest coast were also part of the planned operation. In spring of the following year it was reported that "Military maneuvers in the Caribbean are being carried out by the US, members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and countries from the hemisphere - excluding Cuba and Venezuela, which are the potential objectives of this demonstration of force" and that immediately afterwards "Future exercises will involve roughly 4,000 soldiers from the US, Holland, Belgium, Canada and France, who are scheduled to participate in a maneuver being dubbed the Joint Caribbean Lion, to take place between May 23 and June 15 in Curacao and Guadeloupe." [20]...

April 2008 US Air Forces Southern director of operations, Col. Jim Russell, advocated that troops being withdrawn from Iraq be redeployed to the Pentagon's Southern Command which takes in South and Central America and the Caribbean. He stated at the time: "We think, as we move ahead, we will see more of a shift of attention towards the region.“We’re seeing problems right at the mouth of Central America. That’s the gateway to our southern border.” [37] July 12, 2008 the US Navy reestablished its 4th Fleet, encompassing South and Central America and the Caribbean as does the Pentagon's Southern Command, after it was disestablished in 1950 following World War II....

During the past few months the Pentagon has been training the armed forces of Guyana, Venezuela's eastern neighbor, both at home and in the United States. The use of French and Dutch island possessions in the Caribbean for military purposes has already been examined. With the election of Ricardo Martinelli as president of Panama this May putting that country back into the US column, the noose is tightening around Venezuela.

Ecuador refused to renew an agreement with the US for the use of its Manta military base and so Washington lost its basing rights there this month. With the corresponding announcement last week by Colombian President Uribe that he was turning five more military bases over to the Pentagon - three airfields and two navy bases - President Chavez was correct in seeing the move as "a threat against us," and warning that "They are surrounding Venezuela with military bases."

Since the overthrow of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, led by military commanders trained at the School of the Americas, alarms have been sounded in Latin America and throughout the world that the coup, far from being an aberration or anachronism, may mark a precedent for more in the near future.... Bolivian President Evo Morales stated, "I have first-hand information that the empire, through the U.S. Southern Command, made the coup d'etat in Honduras." ...

Standoff Continues at Border of Honduras
LAS MANOS, Nicaragua — The ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, made his second symbolic trip in two days to this remote post along the border with Honduras on Saturday, defying calls from foreign leaders to avoid any moves that might provoke violence in his politically polarized country.
Exiled Leader of Honduras Steps Into Country (July 25, 2009) Meanwhile, in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, the Honduran armed forces issued a communiqué -- drafted in Washington after days of talks between mid-level Honduran officers and American Congressional aides -- indicating that they would not stand in the way of an agreement to return him to power.The communiqué, posted on the Honduran Armed Forces Web site, endorsed the so-called San José Accord that was forged in Costa Rica by delegates representing President Zelaya and the man who heads the de facto Honduran government, Roberto Micheletti. The accord, prepared by the mediator of the talks, President Óscar Arias of Costa Rica, and supported by most governments in the hemisphere, would allow Mr. Zelaya to return as president, although with significantly limited executive powers. Mr. Micheletti has steadfastly rejected Mr. Zelaya’s return as president. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/world/americas/26honduras.html?hp

Bolivia completes nationalization of oil and gas sector:
"At this moment facilities like the oil and gas pipelines, including those under construction, are completely the property of the Bolivian state," YPFB interim president Carlos Villegas said. "The state is now the owner of domestic hydrocarbon resources under and above the ground," http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2009/07/bolivia-completes-nationalizat...

The high-powered hidden support for Honduras' coup
The country's rightful president was ousted by a military leadership that takes many of its cues from Washington
By Mark Weisbrot
Powerful special interests have flexed their muscles and confronted President Obama on the most important legislative priorities of his domestic agenda. But this kind of politics-by-influence-peddling doesn't stop at the water's edge. And in foreign policy, the consequences can be more immediate, violent and deadly.
Meet Lanny Davis, Washington lawyer and lobbyist, former legal counsel to President Clinton and avid campaigner for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid. He has been hired by a coalition of Latin American business interests to represent the dictatorship that ousted elected President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras in a military coup and removed him to Costa Rica on June 28. Davis is working with Bennett Ratcliff, another lobbyist with a close relationship to Hillary Clinton who is a former senior executive for one of the most influential political and public relations firms in Washington. In the current mediation effort hosted by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, the coup-installed government did not make a move without first consulting Ratcliff, an unnamed source told the New York Times. Davis and Ratcliff have done an amazing public relations job so far. Americans, relying on media reports, are likely to believe that Zelaya was ousted because he tried to use a referendum to extend his term of office. This is false. .... http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-weisbrot23-2009jul2...

Detroit schools "financial czar" orders teachers to reapply for their jobs By Walter Gilberti 25 Jul 2009 2,600 Detroit Public School teachers, counselors and administrators from nearly 50 schools have been forced to reapply for their jobs at the schools where they teach. All of these supposedly "failed" schools are being "reconstituted" as mandated under the Bush administration’s 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The punitive provisions of NCLB are being ruthlessly carried out by the Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager, Robert Bobb, who enjoys the complete support of the Obama administration and its education secretary, Arne Duncan.

Agent Orange Causes Media Blindness
Dave Lindorff
Agent Orange, the herbicide used as a weapon by US military forces in Vietnam for nearly a decade to defoliate vast stretches of inhabited forest and jungle in an effort to deprive the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces of both cover and a supportive populace, has long been known to have caused a large number of serious and debilitating diseases, many of them passed on to children of those exposed....it also appears to cause a peculiar blindness among American journalists... demonstrably the case at the New York Times, where a report in Saturday's edition on new Agent Orange links being found to Parkinson's Disease and ischemic heart disease noted that it could lead to many more Vietnam War Era veterans being eligible for disability benefits and treatment, but completely failed to mention the millions of Vietnamese exposed to the chemical--and their descendants... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56444

friendly fascism's 'secure communities' as cheap labor demands shrink
Debate Intensifies Over Federal Deportation Policy
HOUSTON — The Obama administration is vastly expanding a federal effort begun under President George W. Bush to identify and deport illegal immigrants held in local jails....Under the effort, known as Secure Communities, local officials check every set of fingerprints taken at jails against those of people who have had a brush with federal immigration authorities; in the past, they could check only for a criminal history in the F.B.I. database. If a person turns out to be an illegal immigrant, the case is turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation proceedings in addition to the criminal charges. The Obama administration considers the trial program successful enough to pledge $195 million over the next year to expand the effort with an eye toward establishing it nationwide by late 2012, when it is projected to cost about $1 billion a year. It is now under way in 70 counties across the country, including those containing the cities of San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Miami and Durham, N.C. “Before we had no idea who was deportable,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Gwen Carroll of Harris County, where Houston is located....Federal officials say that while they are pleased with their new ability to identify illegal immigrants, they do not have enough agents to deport all of those identified... only a third of those identified in the first seven months of the program as foreign nationals — which includes people with visas and temporary residence cards as well as illegal immigrants — have been deported.... John T. Morton, the assistant secretary of homeland security in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, does not see the roundup of relatively harmless immigrants as a flaw. “We are interested in identifying and removing all offenders if we can,” .... “People are getting deported for even minor offenses like not having an ID or a driver’s license,” said Cesar Espinosa of America for All, a group that helps immigrants in Houston. But what constitutes a minor offense is a matter of debate. ....
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/us/26secure.html?hp=&pagewanted=all

Desperate to score points with fast disappearing Black supporters, house negro par excellence tries to save face after rude reminder that even wimpy reference to amerikan racism is verbotten in his color-blind/'race transcendent' rule, a central task of which is to prevent and/or suppress radical / revolutionary struggle against racist national oppression
7/25/9 "I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well." PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a prominent Harvard scholar
With the help of capitalist boujie Black friends including the head house negro, liberal white allies and media, the racist event is being transformed into another opportunity for white supremacist amerikan propaganda to 'transcend race' and tighten amerika's Black national genocide chains

“Skip” Gates: A Curious Martyr in the Struggle Against Racism
Submitted by Paul Street on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 23:04
by Paul Street
President Obama’s “friend” Dr. Henry Louis Gates has been richly rewarded for arguing “that poor African-Americans are largely to blame for the fact that blacks stand at the bottom of the nation’s steep socioeconomic pyramid.” Presumably, and by the same logic, Gates must now blame himself for getting arrested in his own home by a Cambridge policeman. Actually, Gates’ first impulse was to cash in on the experience with a “PBS special” on Blacks and the criminal justice system – a subject that never previously crossed his mind.

How Henry Louis Gates Got Ordained as the Nation's "Leading Black Intellectual"
by Ishmael Reed
Who is Henry Louis Gates and how did he get to be one of the nation's most prominent black academics? How has he managed to make a career talking down to African Americans before white audiences? Ishmael Reed dishes out a little history, explaining what one has to do to be anointed by corporate media as the leading intellectual light of our people in this new millenium.

“Skip” Gates Slapped So Hard, the Red, White and Blue Pom-Poms Dropped from His Eyes
by Henry Rose
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/%E2%80%9Cskip%E2%80%9D-gates...
The story drips with a certain irony, for there has been no more enthusiastic booster of the neoliberal racial agenda in the last 15 years than Skip Gates. Dr. Gates told the Cambridge cop he didn't know who he was messing with. But some of us Black folks know Dr. Gates only too well. “Over the last 15 years Gates has often been enlisted by America’s most prestigious media venues to knock down radical Black initiatives, the Black poor, Black Nationalist leaders, and Afrocentricity.” Gates is, for the moment, whistling a different tune, having gained a sudden insight into Black life in America. ...He displayed a neo-liberal relish for the work... In many important ways Gates served as a cosigner and lead broker to the promissory notes that America had put out about the depth and level of social transformation that had taken place. Not just did he cosign, Gates picked up the red, white, and blue pom-poms for the new multi-racial America that didn’t challenge wealth and power arrangements and kicked like a Rockette to promote it, a cheerleader for the dream so to speak....“Gates has been known to admonish Blacks to 'stop blaming white people for their problems...
'”in his “The Two Nations of Black America,” argued that a sharp class division had taken place within the African-American people and that the division was so great that there was no longer an African-American people in the USA.

The Peculiar Class Solidarity of Barack Obama and “Skip” Gates
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Sean Bell and Oscar Grant were shot down like dogs, but that was none of Barack Obama's concern. But when a local cop racially profiled Dr. Henry Louis Gates as if he were just another Black man, Obama's world shook.

Obama press conference: Evasions and lies on plan to slash health care for workers
By Patrick Martin
http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=56282&s2=24
...The dimensions of the coming assault are suggested by two figures cited by Obama. He pointed to the projected $7.1 trillion in federal deficits over the next decade, declaring that his health care plan was an essential part of cutting that deficit. And he noted that the annual average cost of health care in the United States was $6,500 more per person than in other industrialized countries—a gap that puts American corporations at a disadvantage against their international rivals.

The class character of Obama health care plan is demonstrated by the process through which the plan has been put together....the millions in campaign contributions from the health profiteers to leading congressional Democrats like Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. At the same time, the Obama administration has refused to release the names of [all the] top health care company CEOs and lobbyists who have been visiting the White House to ensure the legislation is drafted to their satisfaction.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, health care companies gave a staggering $170 million to congressional candidates in 2007 and 2008 combined, 54 percent of that total to Democrats. This spending spree is accelerating. According to the Washington Post, "The industry already set records from January to March, when health care firms and their lobbyists spent money at the rate of $1.4 million a day."...It is precisely these corporate interests that are working in close collaboration with the White House and Congress to write the Obama health care plan, whose aim is precisely to deny tests, medicines, procedures and treatments to working class people and restructure the health care system more directly and openly along class lines.

Obama escalates assault on public education
By Tom Eley
President Barack Obama announced an assault on public education that would go beyond the Bush administration’s "No Child Left Behind" program. He outlined an education "reform" that would link teacher pay to the test performance of students and force state governments to shift funding from established public schools to so-called charter schools. Obama spoke on Friday at the Department of Education, unveiling a $4.3 billion "competition" among the states fo r federal grants, named "Race to the Top." Money from the fund would be awarded to only a handful of states that best promote "innovation"— charter schools and merit-based pay among teachers. States that forbid these policies, such as California, New York, and Wisconsin—home of the nation’s highest-ranked education system—would be barred from consideration...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56346

"too big to fail" finance capital, media / telecommunications consolidation & concentration
Antitrust Chief Hits Resistance in Crackdown
Christine A. Varney and senior lawmakers, are preparing to rein in several major industries but are finding resistance from Obama administration

$23.7 Trillion Bailout?:
"The total potential federal government support could reach up to $23.7 trillion," says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, in a report released today on the government's efforts to fix the financial system. $23.7 trillion. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Politics/story?id=8140184

Report: FDIC Bailout Will Save Banks $24 Billion:
The Wall Street Journal ran the numbers on a federal bailout program, this one run by the FDIC, and found it will save eight big U.S. banks “about $24 billion in borrowing costs during the next three years.”http://www.propublica.org/ion/bailout/item/report-fdic-bailout-saved-banks-24-billion#11711

A $100 million bonus: Citigroup considers paying a $100 million bonus -- to one guy.
This is the same Citigroup that received $45 billion in bailout money. The same Citigroup that will soon be 34% owned by the U.S. government. The same Citigroup that has lost 95% of its share value since 2007.http://blogs.moneycentral.msn.com/topstocks/archive/2009/07/27/a-100-million-bonus.aspx

Minimum Wage Stuck in the 1950s
http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/07/minimum-wage-stuck-in-the-1950s/
Holly Sklar
Are you better off than you were 40 years ago? Not if you’re a minimum wage worker.It would take $9.92 today to match the buying power of the minimum wage at its peak in 1968... In today’s dollars, the 1968 hourly minimum wage adds up to $20,634 a year working full time. The new federal minimum wage of $7.25 comes to just $15,080... $ 5,554 in lost wages.

Morgan Stanley sets aside 72% of revenue to pay bonuses:
The US bank's latest results show it is allocating $3.9bn (£2.36bn) for paying out to staff, 72% of its net revenues.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/jul/22/morgan-stanley-to-pay-big...

liberal imperialist fans' selective shock and outrage
You're Appointing Who? Please Obama, Say It's Not So! By Jeffrey Smith 23 Jul 2009 The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar... If GMOs are indeed responsible for massive sickness and death, then the individual who oversaw the FDA policy that facilitated their introduction holds a uniquely infamous role in human history. That person is Michael Taylor. He had been Monsanto's attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA. Soon after, he became Monsanto's vice president and chief lobbyist. This month Michael Taylor became the senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. He is now America's food safety czar.

BULLETIN...BULLETIN: Mocha Revolution in New York
New York prep school students at the prestigious K. Wiford Ditzworthy Academy rose up in what they called a Mocha Revolution after a planned luncheon was canceled by a delivery service which decided they weren’t paying enough. “Our workers are facing lay offs while these rich kids have caviar and crepes delivered to their schools, and they demand we lower our prices?”
But student leader W. Rutledge Goldworthy claimed that there was intense disrespect shown for the students by “these uneducated lower class workers who often make their deliveries without curtsying to our female classmates. We’re all feminists here and won't stand for our girls being dissed by these low lives, most of whom speak a foreign language which isn’t even french.”
At a hastily called press conference, a pretty student spokesperson said “We’re not going to stand for this? We’re very serious?We won't tolerate disrespect from workers, teachers or our parents? We do not speak in declarative sentences? We are rich and you are all assholes? This press conference is over?”
A reporter for Woman’s Wear Weakly expressed shock at the student’s performance.“Her Arpeggio Dilettante shoes were lovely, and the mink lined chador was a nice bow to the Iranian rebels, though the ear rings were a knock off and not really Gustave del Buttonna originals, but except for some coffee stains on her sleeve, I saw no mocha at all... did you? This
can't be a “mocha” revolution!” When asked to clarify this serious political point, student W. Bennington Crassworthy said “We originally wanted to call it a Cappuccino revolution, but that really isn’t , like , a color, so we took Mocha, which is , like, one of our favorite drinks and really is a nice sort of, like, off shade of brown or tan which some of our fashion team really liked.”
School principal B. Geoffrey Twitworthy said that this could all be related to the recession stress, the closing of several high fashion boutiques in the area, and cutbacks on student trips to the Bahamas, Tibet and other exotic locales. But he added, “ we do expect an economic upsurge for neighborhood psychologists, at least, from the increase in family therapy visits this crisis is likely to create”
Still, after some parents have grounded their children , threatened to cut off allowances , close trust funds and imposed a curfew, the “Mocha” revolution ( U.S. Trademark, pat. pending) goes on, with defiant students taking to their roofs and penthouses chanting “money is great” and “death to the caterers” .
frank scott email: frankscott@comcast.net

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Spread the word INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROMA AUGUST 2 ...
Rroma Against Racism
The International Romani Union (Representing Roma and Sinti) have called Sunday 2 August 2009 as International Day of Remembrance for the Roma/Sinti who suffered the devouring, and who suffer throughout Europe today.
In recognition and support, we are asking all allies to make visible the history and situation of the Romani people on that day.
Please talk to at least one person about the suffering of the Roma/Sinti under the third reich and the dire situation throughout Europe today.
Many readers of this blog are already familiar with these things. There is much relevant information on the blog.
I am writing up a short fact sheet people can refer to. I will post it soon.
Morgan Ahern

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correction on 7/23 http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/217
List was released in response to a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group denied access to the names by U.S. Secret Service.[NOT by ACLU]