9/19/07 From Jena to Jerusalem: Racism the Lynchpin for U.S. Public Support of State Terror and War

IMPERIALIST STATE TERROR NOT NEW, NOR "REPUBLICAN"
In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.
The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." ... The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years.

IRAN
DEADLY DEJA VU
US Iran report branded dishonest
The UN nuclear watchdog has protested to the US government over a report on Iran's nuclear programme, calling it "erroneous" and "misleading".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5346524.stm

U.S. GIVES ITS PROXY GREENLIGHT
Bolton: US would support preemptive Israeli strike on Iran
John Byrne, Raw Story
President Bush's former United Nations ambassador John Bolton said the United States would stand behind a pre-emptive strike by Israel against countries developing "WMD facilities." In his remark, printed in Tuesday's edition of the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot, Bolton directly referenced Iran. "The greatest concern is to prevent Iran and other countries in the region from acquiring nuclear weapons," Bolton said, according to JTA.org, a Jewish news service. "We're talking about a clear message to Iran -- Israel has the right to self-defense --and that includes offensive operations against WMD facilities that pose a threat to Israel. The United States would justify such attacks."... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36411

another confession from imperialist state-terrorist-in-chief...
"If we were to be driven out of Iraq, ... Iran would benefit from the chaos and would be encouraged in its efforts to gain nuclear weapons and dominate the region. Extremists could control a key part of the global energy supply."
G.W.Bush, 9/13/07 speech

geostrategic bipartisan unity...
"Iran poses a grave challenge. It builds a nuclear program, supports terrorism, and threatens Israel with destruction..."
Barack Obama, September 12 speech, Clinton, Iowa

....We must not allow terrorist sanctuaries to develop any place on earth. Whether these fighters are finding refuge in Syria, Iran, Pakistan or elsewhere, we cannot afford diplomatic or political excuses to prevent us from using military force to eliminate them."
Bob Kerrey, former democrat Nebraska Senator likely to run again, May 22 WSJ op-ed

Digest Comment:There's no doubt U.S. has imperialist motive and means, but its political freedom at this stage of its losing juggernaut is questionable...
"All the ideological signposts for attacking Iran are in place. The country has been thoroughly demonized because it is not nice to women, to gays, or to Jews. That in itself is enough to neutralize a large part of the American "left". The issue of course is not whether Iran is nice or not ­according to our views -- but whether there is any legal reason to attack it, and there is none; but the dominant ideology of human rights has legitimized, especially on the left, the right of intervention on humanitarian grounds anywhere, at any time, and that ideology has succeeded in totally sidetracking the minor issue of international law." Jean Bricmont, Global Research, September 2007

Was Israeli raid a dry run for attack on Iran?:
Far from being a minor incursion, the Israeli overflight of Syrian airspace through its ally, Turkey, was a far more major affair involving as many as eight aircraft, including Israel's most ultra-modern F-15s and F-16s equipped with Maverick missiles and 500lb bombs.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,2170188,00.html

Syria warns of US 'lies' over Israel air violation:
An official Syrian daily warned on Sunday that US "lies" over nuclear cooperation with North Korea could serve as a pretext for an attack on Syria following an Israeli violation of its airspace.http://www.spacewar.com/2006/070916084931.dkahzytd.html

IRAQ
Our men.... have killed to exterminate men, women, children, prisoners and captives, active insurgents and suspected people from lads of 10 up... Our soldiers have pumped salt water into men to "make them talk," and have taken prisoners people who held up their hands and peacefully surrendered, and an hour later.... stood them on a bridge and shot them down one by one, to drop into the water below and float down, as examples to those who found their bullet-loaded corpses."
By Manila correspondent for Philadelphia Ledger newspaper 1901, during US war with Spain for control of the Philippines

"Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. Your wealth has been stripped of you by unjust men... The people of Baghdad shall flourish under institutions which are in consonance with their sacred laws."
General F.S. Maude, commander of British forces in Iraq, 1917

"Just considering the number of the dead and the number of displaced, this is probably the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world... the biggest displacement of people in the Middle East in a very long time."
James Paul, the executive director of Global Policy Forum

U.S. GENOCIDE: ATTEMPT TO WIPE IRAQ AND NON-ANGLO-AMERICAN HISTORY OFF THE MAP DEFEATED
It Is The Death Of History
Special investigation by Robert Fisk
In the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, armies of looters moved in on the desert cities of southern Iraq and at least 13 Iraqi museums were plundered. Today, almost every archaeological site in southern Iraq is under the control of looters.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18408.htm

Future Look of Iraq Complicated by Internal Migration
By JAMES GLANZ and ALISSA J. RUBIN

BAGHDAD, Sept. 18 — A vast internal migration is radically reshaping Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian landscape, according to new data collected by thousands of [U.S. affiliated] relief workers, but displacement in the most populous and mixed areas is surprisingly complex, suggesting that partitioning the country into semiautonomous Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish enclaves would not be easy... Over all, the patterns suggest that despite the ethnic and sectarian animosity that has gripped the country, at least some Iraqis would rather continue to live in mixed communities.
A bird’s-eye view of the data suggests that since the bombing of a revered Shiite mosque in February 2006 triggered severe sectarian strife, Sunnis generally have been moving north and west, Shiites south, and Christians to the far north. But the picture in the mixed and highly populous center of the country is, if anything, becoming more complicated.... It is this mixed population center, the often violent interface between more homogeneous Sunni and Shiite regions, that some advocates of partition have suggested would separate into more homogeneous areas as Iraqis seek safety among members of their own sects...But the new figures show that the migration is not neatly dividing Baghdad along the Tigris, separating Sunnis who live predominantly on the west bank from Shiites, who live predominantly on the east. Instead, some Sunnis are moving to the predominantly Shiite side of the river, into neighborhoods that are relatively secular, mixed and where services are better, according to Red Crescent staff....
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/19/world/middleeast/19displaced.html?th&e...

U.S. client Kurds declare "oil independence"
Iraqi Kurds have virtually declared their independence signing new oil contracts with western companies and legislating their own oil law in August in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament. http://www.thenewanatolian.com/tna-28762.html

Greenspan Says Hussein's Removal Was 'Essential':
Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, said in an interview that the removal of Saddam Hussein had been "essential" to secure world oil supplies, a point he emphasized to the White House in private conversations before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
http://snipurl.com/1qugw

Greenspan's discovery that invasion+occupation of Iraq="war for oil"
Gary Zatzman's Blog
16 September 2007
http://noidrocca.tripod.com/blog/id52.html
...Whether consciously fully understood or only fleetingly glimpsed, it is the truth upon which anti-imperialist forces have been able to re-energise and expand resistance to the U.S. empire today on every continent of the planet — in Cuba and Palestine and Africa and Asia and Latin America and Europe and North America. For the first time since the thermonuclear terrorising of the world's people by the two imperialist superpowers back in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the peoples are grasping that either they resist and prevail over the schemes of the empire, or face extinction...

Ultimately, Chairman Greenspan's recipe of velvet-gloved fists of apparently non-military financial controls and market diktat could not be sustained against
1. the rise of the Euro;
2. the disappearance of Iraq's oil from the world energy supply picture;
3. the emergence of post-Soviet Russia as the premier energy supplier for European finance capital's bid to oust the U.S. from emerging market economies in its former colonial territories; and
4. the unstoppable transformation of the largest countries in Asia — China and India — as the world's manufacturing hub for consumer and industrial goods destined not only for their own markets but priced to undersell any other supplier in the markets of the developed countries.

Greenspan's "war for oil" is in fact this interimperialist rivalry for hegemony. Geopolitically speaking, this latest phase originates in two key events, both in 1979. Early that year, the people of Iran overthrew the Shah of Iran. At the end of that year, to the expressed and thoroughly insane delight of U.S. President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Soviet Union took the fateful step of entering upon its own "Vietnam-type débâcle" and invaded Afghanistan. With these two developments the fate of West Asia was placed in the world balance and became the fulcrum on which the rest of international politics would turn for the coming generation. Of course: once control of the territory of West Asia became thus engaged — with a population totalling then about 70 million, and today about 130 million, but containing more than 85 per cent of the world's known conventional reserves of fossil-fuel-based energy — global energy supplies automatically also became part of the stakes.

Essentially, the policies undertaken by the Federal Reserve under Greenspan's chairmanship simply put off for a generation any discussion of, or steps towards implementing, the fundamental economic reforms whose crying necessity was so glaringly exposed during the United States' own post-Vietnam débâcle of the Nixon-Ford years. The unseemly ardour expressed once again on this occasion by those singing Greenspan's praises, who observe themselves at their very best reflected in The Chairman's image, seems at best premature. Posturing from the Olympian heights of his parapet as the capitalist system's "sadder but wiser" Greatest Living Oracle and senior statesman, the fact of the matter is that Alan Greenspan remains as responsible as any other element in the mix for those very "wars for oil" that he now condemns. Surely, as the kind of elementary precautionary step for which their guru has become famous, someone from his cheering section should at least have taken the trouble to check that mirror for cracks...

The phantom terrorist camp
Prosecutors offered his collection of magazine and newspaper stories - as well as his recorded conversations with an informant who was paid $230,000 of our tax dollars - to support their contention that he was a potential evildoer. Hayat had "a jihadi heart," the prosecution argued in closing statements.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/09/16/ED85S5JL3.DTL

Bush’s Fake Sheik Whacked: The Surge and the Al Qaeda Bunny
A special investigative report from inside Iraq
By Greg Palast
Here's what you need to know that NPR won't tell you.
1. Sheik Abu Risha wasn't a sheik.
2. He wasn't killed by Al Qaeda.
3. The new alliance with former insurgents in Anbar is as fake as the sheik - and a murderous deceit..
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18412.htm

U.S. Secret Air War Pulverizes Afghanistan and Iraq
Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus.
According to the residents of Datta Khel, a town in Pakistan's North Waziristan, three missiles streaked out of Afghanistan's Pakitka Province and slammed into a Madrassa, or Islamic school, this past June. When the smoke cleared, the Asia Times reported, 30 people were dead. The killers were robots, General Atomics MQ-1 Predators. The AGM-114 Hellfire missiles they used in the attack were directed from a base deep in the southern Nevada desert. It was not the first time Predators had struck (...) These assaults are part of what may be the best kept secret of the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts: an enormous intensification of US bombardments in these and other countries in the region, the increasing number of civilian casualties such a strategy entails, and the growing role of pilot-less killers in the conflict. According to Associated Press, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of bombs dropped on Iraq during the first six months of 2007 over the same period in 2006. More than 30 tons of those have been cluster weapons, which take an especially heavy toll on civilians. The U.S. Navy has added an aircraft carrier to its Persian Gulf force, and the Air Force has moved F-16s into Balad air base north of Baghdad. Balad, which currently conducts 10,000 air operations a week, is strengthening runways to handle the increase in air activity.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36291

Repugnant Black Water ...
Imad Khadduri, Free Iraq
"Lawyer Hassan Jaber Salman Al-Mayahi, who is one of the wounded in this incident told Agence France-Press from his Yarmouk hospital bed "an explosion occurred near the Al-Nisoor roundabout" as he was heading to the Ministry of Justice for an appointment. He added " Four of the mercenary cars completely blocked the streets and shouted to everybody in English to back away. There were only two civilian cars in front of me as we turned around and managed to move to about a distance of 150 meters from them. Immediately after that, (and as our backs were to them) they started shooting directly at us from their elevated positions in their SUVs with medium and heavy machine guns. My car was hit from the back by 12 bullets and was completely destroyed. I was hit with four bullets in the back and a bullet in my arm." The lawyer added that "the explosion was very far from the roundabout and there was no reason whatsoever for this atrocity by the mercenaries. They even killed the policeman standing in the roundabout in front of my eyes. I also saw an elderly woman who was trying to get her son who was killed from inside his car when they shot and killed her, too. I saw tens of civilians crawling on their stomachs moving away from their cars with bullets streaming over their heads."... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36383

The Media Ignore Credible Poll Revealing 1.2 Million Violent Deaths In Iraq
Media Lens
Another aspect of reality that has no place in the corporate media’s painted window was highlighted last Friday with the release (September 14) of a new report by the British polling organisation, Opinion Research Business (ORB). ORB is no dissident, anti-war outfit; it is a respected polling company that has conducted studies for customers as mainstream as the BBC and the Conservative Party. The latest poll revealed that 1.2 million Iraqi citizens "have been murdered" since the March 2003 US-UK invasion. In February, Les Roberts, co-author of the 2004 and 2006 Lancet reports, argued that Britain and America might by then have triggered in Iraq "an episode more deadly than the Rwandan genocide", in which 800,000 people were killed. (Roberts, 'Iraq's death toll is far worse than our leaders admit,' The Independent, February 14, 2007 ). The key importance of the new poll is that it provides strong evidence for this claim, and strong support for the findings of the 2006 Lancet study, which reported 655,000 deaths. Roberts sent this email in response to the ORB poll: "The poll is 14 months later with deaths escalating over time. That alone accounts for most of the difference [between the October 2006 Lancet paper and the ORB poll]. There are confidence interval issues, there are reasons to assume the Lancet estimate is too low but the same motives for under-reporting should apply to ORB. Overall they seem very much to align....: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36417

Senate Bars Bill to Restore Detainee Rights
The Senate voted on Wednesday against considering a measure to give Guantanamo detainees and other foreigners the right to challenge their detention in the U.S. courts. The legislation needed 60 votes to be considered by lawmakers in the Senate controlled by Democrats; it received only 56, with 43 voting against the effort to roll back a key element of President George W. Bush's war on terrorism.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18422.htm

Ammunition for U.S. sponsored death squads and terror aka"sectarian strife"
Guns, not roses, for Iraq
The U.S. is selling billions in weapons to Iraq. Is the Pentagon's plan making the country secure or arming it to the teeth for civil war?
By Mark Benjamin
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/09/18/weapons/
Sept. 18, 2007 | WASHINGTON -- The grand debate about Gen. David Petraeus' Capitol Hill testimony last week on U.S. strategy in Iraq focused primarily on troop levels, withdrawal dates and whether Bush's so-called troop surge was succeeding. But widely overlooked was Petraeus' sales pitch to lawmakers for one initiative he said will help save the war-torn country: massive arms sales from the U.S. government to Iraq.

"Iraq is becoming one of the United States' larger foreign military sales customers," Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 11, noting that Iraq has inked deals to buy $1.6 billion in arms from the U.S., with the "possibility of up to $1.8 billion more." Data obtained by Salon shows the arms sales could rise far higher than even the amount the general suggested last week.Petraeus said that the arms sales are an important part of the initiative to keep the Iraqis "rapidly expanding their security forces." ... In fact, the numbers Petraeus presented on Iraq were the tip of the iceberg. According to data obtained by Salon from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency at the Pentagon, which manages the arms sales, the military has alerted Congress to up to $4.3 billion in arms sales that have been under discussion since at least 2006 between the U.S. and Iraqi governments. Petraeus himself presided over an arms debacle in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 in which nearly 200,000 weapons went missing... He was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq from when the command was set up in June 2004 until September 2005. That command was in charge of training and equipping Iraqi security forces. According to the GAO report, Petraeus' command "did not maintain a centralized record of all equipment distributed to the Iraqi security forces from June 2004 until December 2005." As a result, the whereabouts of 110,000 AK-47 rifles, 80,000 pistols, 135,000 items of body armor and 115,000 helmets are unclear... arms sales to Iraq are part of a troubling pattern of the Bush administration's supplying weapons to unstable regimes since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Early this month, her organization released a report on arms sales to 25 countries considered to be key allies in the so-called war on terror, including many with clear human rights or stability issues, including Ethiopia, Chad and Pakistan. The report showed that since 9/11, arms sales to those 25 countries were worth four times more than sales to those countries in the five years before 9/11. It added that the State Department had reported serious, grave or significant human rights abuses committed by the governments of more than half of the countries on the list.

US Guard chief: Billions more needed for equipment:
The U.S. National Guard has been strained by multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and faces equipment shortfalls totaling tens of billions of dollars, the Guard's top general said on Wednesday.http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N19259213.htm

What U.S. invasion would look like in the United States
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a93/Miasmaya/iraq_costs-2.gif

ALICE IS STILL CONFUSED
Malcom Lagauche
alice-in-wonderland-posters2.jpg
September 19, 2007
http://www.malcomlagauche.com/id1.html
"Oh, I see," said the blind man. "You’re a liar," cried the dummy. And the man with no legs got up and walked out of the room.
Confused? Many people are.
One-half of the people in the U.S. now believe the Earth is 10,000 years old or less and that humans were placed here intact, looking the way they do today. About the same number of people believe, even today, that huge amounts of weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein was the mastermind of 9/11.
More than half of the people of the U.S. believe marijuana is a deadly and addictive drug (where have all the 1960s potheads gone?). A substantial number of U.S. citizens believe homosexuality is a disease and about the same number consider it an aberration.
Almost half of the enlightened citizens of the U.S. advocate the taking away of civil rights for Muslim-Americans. And Barry Bonds said he did not know he was taking steroids.
Alice of Alice In Wonderland went through the same confused state. What she saw around her did not make sense, yet the people involved seemed to think everything was normal.
We are still in the middle of the most ludicrous and illegitimate trials in history: those of Saddam Hussein and other leaders of the Iraqi Ba’ath Socialist Party. Several have been hanged, including Saddam, after they were found guilty in trials with no evidence presented to prove guilt.
"He gasses his own people," is a term used since 1990 about Saddam Hussein. The world has heard it time and time again. However, few have delved into the truth of the matter.

That one sentence is so powerful that it allowed the world to turn its back on the plight of Iraq and its people for more than a decade. And, even people who opposed the illegal March 2003 invasion of Iraq applaud the overthrow of Saddam because of his gassing the Kurds in 1988.

Finally, people are stepping forward and researching the matter who maintain that Iraq had nothing to do with the gassing of the Kurds at Halabja. As Sgt. Joe Friday used to say, "Just the facts." They are bringing actual information, not myths, forth that needs to be scrutinized.

Saddam Hussein and his assistants were convicted in a kangaroo court without proper investigation. There was no proof given of Iraq’s involvement with gassing Kurds at Halabja in 1988, yet there is a growing amount of evidence that points the finger at Iran, not Iraq. Several years ago, Al-Jazeera News ran an article by an Iraqi professor who has researched the Halabja incident in detail. He brings up many points that have been recently exposed, but he mentions new aspects as well.
Saddam and some members of his regime have been hanged. Three more are awaiting the gallows. Both the stooge Iraqi government and the U.S. administration are hopeful that the subject of Halabja will now disappear because the bad guys have been eliminated. It is just because of this fact that we must keep pounding away to preserve the truth....

What happened in Kurdish Halabja?
by Mohammed al-Obaidi
Monday 20 December 2004

The truth of what happened in Halabja had always been hidden from the public, and many who knew exactly what happened in this Kurdish village in the second half of March 1988 disputed the western media coverage of the story.
It is a fact that key Kurdish leaders aided by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad have used a wide network of public relations companies and media outlets in the west to manipulate and twist the truth of what happened in Kurdish Halabja in 1988 in favour of the Kurdish political parties.

In 1993, an organisation was established in Israel called The Kurdish Israeli Friendship League founded by a Jewish Kurd called Moti Zaken, who originally immigrated from Zakho, Iraq, and worked closely with the American Zionist lobby in the US.
His efforts ended in 1996 in the establishment of the Washington Kurdish Institute, an organisation founded with the financial help and supervision of the Zionist Mike Amitay. Mike Amitay is the son of Morris Amitay, a long-time legislative assistant in Congress and lobbyist for the influential American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. Amitay junior is an adviser to Frank Gaffney's Centre for Security Policy and the former vice-chairman of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a US-based pro-Israeli Likud advocacy outfit that specialises in connecting US military brass to their counterparts in the Israeli armed forces.

JINSA associates include Dick Cheney, John Bolton, Douglas Feith, and Richard Perle. A group of Kurdish figures known for their connection with the Israeli Mossad manage the Washington Kurdish Institute. Those are: Najmaldin Karim, Omar Halmat, Birusk Tugan, Osman Baban, Asad Khailany, Kendal Nezan, Asfandiar Shukri and Mohammad Khoshnaw.

Such organisations have devoted themselves to championing the claims that the Iraqi army bombed Kurdish villages with chemical agents throughout 1988.

According to [see last digest issue re: George Soros founded HRW] Human Rights Watch (HRW) "at least 50,000 and possibly as many as 100,000 people, many of them women and children, were killed out of hand between February and September 1988, the victims being Iraqi Kurds systematically put to death in large numbers on the orders of the central government in Baghdad". There are other champions of the genocide claim. One is Jeffrey Goldberg, whose 18,000-word story, The Great Terror, in the 25 March 2002 issue of The New Yorker forms the basis of the US Department of State's website on alleged Iraqi genocide. Goldberg's story is long on lurid details; we are told, for instance, that one woman, Hamida Mahmoud, died while nursing her two-year-old daughter. Goldberg also follows the Human Rights Watch formula in invoking the Nazis: "Saddam Hussein's attacks on his own citizens mark the only time since the Holocaust that poison gas has been used to exterminate women and children."

What Goldberg did not tell his readers about is that he has dual Israeli/American citizenship and served in the Israeli defence forces a few years back. Or that he purposefully ignored the War College report, which, of course, reached quite different conclusions.

The Iraqi army allegedly used chemical weapons in "40 separate attacks on Kurdish targets" during a campaign that HRW labels as genocide.
The most prominent of these purported attacks was the March 1988 "chemical assault" on the town of Halabja, in which the number of dead, according to Human Rights Watch "exceeds 5000". It is known that both Iran and Iraq used chemical weapons in their eight-year war [ U.S. instigated it and supported both sides for its own geostrategic purposes] from September 1980 to August 1988. Most of Iraq's alleged assaults on the Kurds took place while this war was raging, although Human Rights Watch claims the attacks extended into September 1988.

Iraq has acknowledged using mustard gas against Iranian troops to overwhelm the human waves tactic used by Iranians who wanted to benefit from the fact that they outnumbered Iraqis, but has consistently denied using chemical weapons against civilians.

The only verified Kurdish civilian deaths from chemical weapons occurred in the Iraqi village of Halabja, near the Iran border, are several hundred people who died from gas poisoning in mid-March 1988. Iran overran the village and its small Iraqi garrison on 15 March 1988. The gassing took place on 16 March and onwards; who is then responsible for the deaths - Iran or Iraq - and how large was the death toll knowing the Iranian army was in Halabja but never reported any deaths by chemicals?

The best evidence to answer this is a 1990 report by the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. It concluded that Iran, not Iraq, was the culprit in Halabja. While the War College report acknowledges that Iraq used mustard gas during the Halabja hostilities, it notes that mustard gas is an incapacitating, rather than a killing agent, with a fatality rate of only 2%, so that it could not have killed the hundreds of known dead, much less the thousands of dead claimed by Human Rights Watch. According to the War College reconstruction of events, Iran struck first taking control of the village. The Iraqis counter-attacked using mustard gas. The Iranians then attacked again, this time using a "blood agent" - cyanogens chloride or hydrogen cyanide - and re-took the town, which Iran then held for several months.

Having control of the village and its grisly dead, Iran blamed the gas deaths on the Iraqis, and the allegations of Iraqi genocide took root via a credulous international press and, a little later, cynical promotion of the allegations for political purposes by the US state department and Senate.

Stephen Pelletiere, who was the CIA's senior political analyst on Iraq throughout the Iran-Iraq war, closely studied evidences of "genocide in Halabja" has described his group's findings: "The great majority of the victims seen by reporters and other observers who attended the scene were blue in their extremities. That means that they were killed by a blood agent, probably either cyanogens chloride or hydrogen cyanide. Iraq never used and lacked any capacity to produce these chemicals. But the Iranians did deploy them. Therefore the Iranians killed the Kurds."

Pelletiere's report also said that international relief organisations that examined the Kurdish refugees in Turkey failed to discover any gassing victims.

After 15 years of support to the allegations of HRW, the CIA finally admitted in its report published in October 2003 that only mustard gas and a nerve agent was used by Iraq. The CIA now seems to be fully supporting the US Army War College report of April 1990, as a cyanide-based blood agent that Iraq never had, and not mustard gas or a nerve agent, killed the Kurds who died at Halabja and which concludes that the Iranians perpetrated that attack as a media war tactic.

Despite the doubt cast by many professionals as well as the CIA's recent report, and after years of public relations propaganda made for the Kurdish leaderships by the assistance and support of the Israeli Mossad, the issue of genocide has been marketed to the international community.
In a telephone interview with the Village Voice in 2002, Stephen Pelletiere said: "There is to this day the belief - and I'm not the only one who holds it - that things did not happen in Halabja the way Goldberg wrote it. "And it is an especially crucial issue right now. We say Saddam is a monster, a maniac who gassed his own people, and the world should not tolerate him. But why? Because that is the last argument the US has for going to war with Iraq."
Professor Mohammed al-Obaidi is the spokesman for the People's Struggle Movement (Al-Kifah al-Shabi) in Iraq, and works as a university professor in the UK. He was born and educated in al-Adhamiyah district in Baghdad.

even hardcore military patriots protest...
Duty, Honor, Country 2007
by Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret.
Our oath of office is to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Might I suggest that this includes a rogue president and vice-president? Certainly we are bound to carry out the legal orders of our superiors. But the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) which binds all of us enshrines the Nuremberg Principles which this country established after World War II (which you are too young to remember). One of those Nuremberg Principles says that we in the military have not only the right, but also the DUTY to refuse an illegal order. It was on this basis that we executed Nazi officers who were “only carrying out their orders.”
http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=285

PALESTINE
The US has declared the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity"
http://snipurl.com/1qx8o

Gaza sanctions 'declaration of war' says Hamas :
'It is a declaration of war and continues the criminal, terrorist Zionist actions against our people,' said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas in the coastal enclave. http://snipurl.com/1qx8s

Cutting off fuel to Gaza is violation of international law
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to declare the Gaza Strip an enemy entity, warning that any cutoff of vital services would violate international law and punish the already suffering civilian population.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/905229.html

the face of imperialist-zionist holocaust...
Ramadan No Feast For Poor In Gaza Strip
A Tease for the Eye is Gaza City Market
Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice
Gaza Strip : For every day passing by it gets worse for the poor Gaza Strip Palestinians.The rising price of the food, tobacco, housing, medical care, clothing, transportation, etc) - and the unemployment - and the relentless,savage attacks by the Israeli state terrorists, have led to an ever-worsening situation for the people, living in the Gaza Strip. Reports from Gaza Strip, reveal the shortages of electricity, fuel, food, water, medicines, and medical equipment that has reached critical levels. The infrastructure is shattered in to pieces, and the poorly functioning waste water treatment plants, have led to major public health concerns.The continuing Israelis attacks are not meant to be a "punishment" of a certain party, or a certain political organization, or an individual ( "terrorist' ). The Israelis sadism is endless has no boundaries, and its crimes is aimed to make the entire Palestinian nation to suffer.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36356

Isolation of Gaza Chokes Off Trade
With Gaza almost entirely shut off from normal trade, Palestinian businesses are enduring a deep depression.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/19/world/middleeast/19gaza.html?th&emc=th

A double standard on academic freedom in the Middle East
George Bisharat, baltimoresun.com
Two hundred thousand Palestinian children began school in the Gaza Strip this month without a full complement of textbooks. Why? Because Israel, which maintains a stranglehold over this small strip of land along the Mediterranean even after withdrawing its settlers from there in 2005, considers paper, ink and binding materials not to be "fundamental humanitarian needs." Israel, attempting to throttle the democratically elected Hamas government, generally permits only food, medicine and fuel to enter Gaza, and allows virtually no Palestinian exports to leave. Lately, it held up delivery of materials needed for printing textbooks. As a result, Gaza students began the year facing a 30 percent shortage of texts. No full-page advertisements in major American newspapers have publicized Israel's violations of Palestinian children's right to an education. No editors, syndicated columnists or presidents of major universities in this country have denounced this callous measure....
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36355

Sabra and Shatila: 25 Years on
Commentary by Khalid Amayreh
On 17 September, 1982 , the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps near Beirut were the theatre of a horrible massacre, or series of massacres, carried out on Israel’s behalf by the Israeli-armed "Christian" Phalangist forces. For close to 48 hours, the cannibalistic beasts scoured the camps, house by house and shack by shack, murdering and maiming and raping. Nobody knows the exact number of the victims, but according to various accounts, the number ranged between 2000 and 3500. The utter Nazi-like nature of the atrocities was as numbing as it was conspicuous. Human corpses were in every corner, every street, every home, everywhere. Blackened bodies smelling of roasted flesh from the electricity shocks that had convulsed their bodies, with the electric cables still tied around their lifeless limbs. Body parts ripped from their small torsos scattered here and there. Women horribly raped, with their legs shamelessly ripped apart, even without a cover of clothing to preserve their dignity at the moment of death.... Israel wanted then as it does now to tell the Palestinians that it would not hesitate to outmatch and outperform the Gestapo, SS and wehrmacht in order to achieve its goals of ethnic cleansing and territorial aggrandizement.
Indeed, Israel’s behaviors and crimes before and after the Beirut massacres are a clarion testimony to the Zionist state’s Nazi identity. Needless to say, this also meant that Israeli political and military leaders, past and present, are wicked war criminals of the ilk of Adolph Hitler and his cohorts.
The enormity of the massacres at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps lied mainly in the butchering of so many innocent and helpless people in one place and in a short period of time not exceeding 48 hours.
However, it is imperative to remind ourselves that Israel has ever since murdered and maimed thousands upon thousands of other innocent Palestinians, including hundreds of children and minors. And the nefarious killers remain at large, outside the reach of justice.
And a word to the Palestinian people. Don’t take your physical survival for granted. The world that kept silent and did nothing to save the screaming women and children from the Nazis of our time will not hasten to save you when the next slaughter-time approaches. Rely on yourselves and don’t trust the criminal American government and mendacious Europe .... Nor should you rely on official Arab regimes. They are America’s cheap slaves. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36343

Survivors of Sabra and Shatila massacres still recall horror - and still demand justice
By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Those Palestinians who survived the Sabra and Shatila massacre during Israel's invasion of Lebanon 25 years ago cannot forget the corpses, the screams and the gunfire. Nawal Abu Rudeina, 31, vividly remembers the bloodshed that started a quarter of a century ago on Sunday in which she lost so many close relatives. She was six years old when the massacre started and Israeli-allied Christian militiamen went on a killing spree at the camps, surrounded by Israeli forces... The woman recalled how she had watched the terrifying scenes of the killings while hiding in a small house. "We heard cries, voices shouting: 'You are terrorists, we will exterminate you.'" The family was finally found by the militiamen and Abu Rudeina lost 16 relatives. Among them were her father and pregnant sister, whose fetus was extracted from her body by a militiaman.
http://snipurl.com/1qsny

Vancouver Jewish Group Supports Norman Finkelstein
By Yom Shamash, on behalf of Jews for a Just Peace, Vancouver, B.C.
Reacting to the decision, Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors, said, “They can deny me tenure, deny me the right to teach. But they will never
stop me from saying what I believe.”... Prof. Finkelstein’s contract was terminated as a result of intervention from outside the university, and ultimately because of the power of his ideas. In The Holocaust Industry, Dr. Finkelstein argues that since 1967 Zionist organizations and certain [SIC, liberal zionism does not condemn the existence of the U.S. proxy israeli settler state] Jewish leaders have capitalized on the memory of the Holocaust to generate wealth and power for themselves and to silence criticism of Israel’s [war] crimes against Palestinians.
http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=286

hollywood zionist-lovers
Kabbalah Dizzy Madonna Treks to Israel
http://adereview.com/blog/
“Madonna arrived in Israel on Wednesday night, the eve of the new year, with her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, to attend a Kabbalah conference,” reports the Associated Press. “Other celebrities who flew in for the event included movie star Demi Moore and her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, ex-talk show host Rosie O’Donnell and fashion designer Donna Karan.”
As a sad commentary on the fact much of America is seriously brainwashed by decades of propaganda and feel-good myths about the outlaw state of Israel, witness Madonna, her head filled with Kabbalah mysticism, embracing one the most scurrilous war criminals in the world, Shimon Peres...“You don’t know how popular the Book of Splendor is among Hollywood actors,” the Israeli newspaper Yediot quoted Madonna as telling Peres. “Everyone I meet talks to me only about that. I am an ambassador for Judaism,” ...

“The official story of 9/11 is a bunch of hogwash. It’s impossible. High levels of our government don’t want us to know
what happened and who’s responsible."
Colonel Bob Bowman (USAF Ret), Caltech PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Aeronautics,
decorated combat fighter pilot (101 missions in Vietnam), and former head of
Presidents Ford and Carter’s ‘Star Wars’ program
www.patriotsquestion911.com

Turning Santayana’s Dictum on Its Head
Rejecting Appeals to Ad Hominem
Kim Petersen and B.J. Sabri
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2007/09/turning-santayana%e2%80%99s-dictum...
With the exclusion of his closing remark, "'Our way of life’ has caused a holocaust of unspeakable pain and suffering in much of the world, and for generations," Manuel Garcia’s article, "Forgetting 9-11," is an exercise in intellectual censorship, investigative debate, and the imposition of rigid ideological patterns under the pretense of achieved scientific and self-sustained epistemological verities. Debating an article that is replete with ad hominem is not something that we aspire to do. Nor is Garcia’s dialectically flawed article of such a clear-cut scientific relevance or factual compactness that makes it a model for rebuttal or debate. Nonetheless, the body of ideas that Garcia is advocating, which is to move beyond the 9-11 debate and accept the state’s version of it, is critically unacceptable in view of the countless holes in the Bush administration’s account of the event...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36399

STATE OF THE FASCIST "HOMELAND"

Rally in Jena on September 20th
http://www.freethejena6.org/
On September 20th, Mychal Bell--the first of the Jena 6 to be convicted--is scheduled for sentencing. If the District Attorney has his way, Mychal will face 22 years in prison. It's a horrifying moment for Mychal, his parents, and the rest of the Jena 6 families. It's also a perfect time for those who can to come to Jena, in person, and stand with them. Thousands of people across the country have already signed up to come to Jena. Please join us on Sept. 20th ...

White Supremacy and the Jena Six
Southern Discomfort
By Alice Woodward
www.counterpunch.org/woodward07102007.html
On a late summer day in 2006, in Jena, Louisiana, a Black high school student asked permission to sit beneath the "white tree" in front of the town's high school. It was unspoken law that this shady area was for whites only during school breaks. But a student asked, and the vice principal said nothing was stopping them. So Black students sat underneath the tree, challenging the established authority of segregation and racism. The next day, hanging from the tree, were three ropes, in school colors, each tied to make a noose.
The events set in motion by those nooses led to a schoolyard fight. And that fight led to the conviction, on June 28, 2007, of a Black student at Jena High School for charges that can bring up to 22 years in prison. Mychal Bell, a 16-year-old sophomore football star at the time he was arrested, was convicted by an all-white jury, without a single witness being called on his behalf. And five more Black students in Jena still face serious charges stemming from the fight...

MAJOR MEDIA WHIP UP RACIST FEAR TO MAKE RESISTANCE TO RACISM RALLY THE SOURCE OF TROUBLE IN THIS 'CIVIL' LITTLE TOWN
Civil 'Jena Six' town braces for rally - USA Today
Now Jena is known for the Jena Six. The charges followed a series of incidents that began at the start of school in 2006, when nooses were hung from a tree ... Now, on the eve of a rally that organizers say may bring 40,000 people from across the country, Jena is mired in misunderstanding and distrust...Residents black and white worry about the sheer numbers of people expected. "We're scared to death" that violence may break out, says Billy Fowler, 68, a white school board member, as he drives through the town's only two stoplights. He says schools are closing because of worries about traffic backups. Around the courthouse, a gift shop, diner and other businesses have posted signs to say they will be closed Thursday.
Brian Moran, 25, the acting president of Jena's newly formed NAACP chapter, says the rally will be peaceful and will call attention to how the Jena Six have been treated..

the fact that liberals even ask the question pretty much says it all...
Are Democrats planning still worse FISA capitulations?
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/09/19/democrats_fisa/index.h...
...almost immediately after the Democrats enacted the new FISA, the Bush White House and DNI Mike McConnell began demanding that Congress quickly go further by providing retroactive immunity to telecom companies who participated in warrantless eavesdropping by shielding them from the consequences of having broken the law. Once it had what it wanted on FISA, the White House decreed:

Our Work Is Not Done -- This Act Is A Temporary, Narrowly Focused Statute To Deal With The Most Immediate Needs Of The Intelligence Community To Protect The Country. When Congress returns in September, the Intelligence Committees and leaders in both parties will need to complete work on the comprehensive reforms requested by Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, including the important issues of providing meaningful liability protection to those who are alleged to have assisted our Nation following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Buried within an article in the New York Times this morning from James Risen is this passage, strongly suggesting that Congressional Democrats are ready, as always, to do what they are told:

Mr. McConnell argued on Tuesday that the expanded surveillance powers granted under the temporary measure should be made permanent. He also pushed for a provision that would grant legal immunity to the telecommunications companies that secretly cooperated with the N.S.A. on the warrantless program. Those companies, now facing lawsuits, have never been officially identified. Democratic Congressional aides say they believe that a deal is likely to provide protection for the companies... a Congressional grant of immunity for past lawbreaking would amount to a bipartisan endorsement of Bush's illegal eavesdropping program....

AOL/Microsoft-Hotmail Blocking Delivery of Truthout.org
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http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=283 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/091307Z.shtml

Big Brother USA: Surveillance Via "Tagging, Tracking, and Locating"
The Militarization of U.S. Public Service Agencies
Laurel Federbush, Global Research
According to the 2005 Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support, "the terrorist enemy now considers the US homeland a preeminent part of the global theater of combat, and so must we."
The program of "defense transformation," initiated by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, included, among other things, two particular concepts: "persistent surveillance" and the need to "deny the enemy sanctuary." In military thinking, these concepts give rise to the need for constant monitoring of individuals suspected of being terrorists.

There is a special term for that: "Tagging, Tracking, and Locating." The Defense Science Board’s 2004 Summer Study entitled Transition To and From Hostilities has a whole chapter on this, called "Identification, Location, and Tracking in Asymmetric Warfare." "Asymmetric warfare," incidentally, refers to war not against other countries but against unconventional enemies, such as "terrorists." According to the first paragraph of the Study: "U.S. military forces currently have a superb capability for finding and tracking conventional war targets, such as weapons and military facilities. However, these intelligence assets have a poor capability for finding, identifying, and tracking unconventional war targets, such as individuals and insurgent or terrorist groups that operate by blending in with the larger society."

The study suggests: "Tagging individuals and material can provide a powerful new tool for locating these modern threats. A tag is defined as something that is attached to the item to be located and/or tracked, which increases its ability to be detected or its probability of identification by a surveillance system suitably tuned to the tag. Tags can be either active (such as radio-emitting tags) or passive (such as radio frequency identification [RFID] tags)." It also says: "The technologies for tagging and associated surveillance represent a very important area for research and technology development." The report goes so far as to recommend a "Manhattan Project"-like focus on tagging, tracking, and locating. (The Manhattan Project was the effort during World War Two to develop the first nuclear weapons.)

One organization working on tagging, tracking, and locating technologies is the Technical Support Working Group. The Technical Support Working Group, or TSWG, is funded by the Department of Defense and the Department of State, and has many divisions, all of which do research in counterterrorism technology. One of these divisions is the Surveillance, Collection, and Operations Support Subgroup. This Subgroup includes the National Security Agency, the Secret Service, the FBI, the Special Operations Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. One of its projects is Tagging, Tracking, and Locating, which is sometimes referred to as "TTL." The Secret Service, in fact, has been specifically charged by the Department of Homeland Security with spearheading the use of TTL. The subgroup also works on special sensor technologies–sensors being frequently associated with target tracking and other military surveillance applications. According to this subgroup’s own literature, its programs are "classified or highly sensitive. Program requirements, the success of programs, and specific program capabilities cannot be discussed in an open document."

One of TSWG’s member entities, the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), has been given power, under the Bush administration, to engage in counterterrorism actions all over the world. SOCOM is allowed to operate within the United States under certain circumstances. According to the SOCOM 2002 Report Layout, the Special Operations Command "is more heavily involved in Homeland Defense taskings than originally had been expected, with no let-up in sight." The Report also observes: "...there is a tendency to suggest new roles and missions for the American military, and in particular SOF [i.e. Special Operations Forces] in the Homeland Defense realm." The Report expressed the opinion that "care must be taken to avoid diluting SOF’s capabilities by diverting forces to domestic missions, which other agencies should be performing." Exactly what these domestic missions are, however, is not public knowledge.

Another organization working on TTL technology is the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center–Northeast Region (NLECTC-NE). The NLECTC-NE is actually co-located with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, in Rome, New York, which develops various kinds of surveillance technology. The fact that these two entities share a location is no coincidence; in fact, they have a partnership which includes the transfer of military technology to law enforcement.

Another radio frequency identification project being sponsored by the military and developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at least some of whose details are publicly available, is called "Total Asset Visibility," and it calls for implantable sensors to be used in American soldiers to monitor their physiological reactions to warfare and to keep track of location. The Army Research Office’s Soldier Status Monitoring Project envisions a day when implantable sensors will enable the military to control soldiers’ physiological reactions from afar. If this kind of dehumanizing technology is being developed for American soldiers, one can only wonder what the U.S. government would be willing to do to those it labels "terrorists."

These tracking methods are dependent on certain radio systems’ being in place.

The Integrated Wireless Network, or IWN, is a project to link the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security, and later, the Department of Defense, with one secure, interoperable communications system. "Interoperable" means, basically, that all the radio systems and other communications equipment of one department would be compatible with those of the other departments and all the personnel of these different departments could talk to each other without any technological barriers. Development of the IWN has been assigned to the military contractor General Dynamics, along with its various subcontractors. Its systems would be APCO Project 25-compliant, meaning that they would conform to a set of standards developed by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials - International (APCO) to facilitate interoperability. The Special Operations Command, it should be noted, uses APCO Project 25-compliant radios.

The Integrated Wireless Network would operate at 700 MHz, a frequency that enables it to penetrate walls and buildings easily. Needless to say, it also penetrates people easily, and there is evidence linking the 700 MHz frequency to increased risk of cancer.

The Integrated Wireless Network contains an IP backbone, which enables the operation of a number of wireless surveillance devices in the 2.4 Ghz range. Given that this is the same frequency range used by microwave ovens, it is hardly surprising that devices in the 2.4 Ghz range have been linked in certain studies to cancer and other health risks.

Zigbee is one of the 2.4 GHz wireless technologies enabled by the IWN, and it is used in wireless sensor networks, a means of location tracking. Zigbee, of which the Eaton Corporation is a chief proponent, is being marketed as a means of tracking cattle, but it also has the capability for the location tracking of individual people, which is one of the aims of the Secret Service, a primary user of the Integrated Wireless Network.

The militarization of U.S. public service agencies, and the co-opting of public safety radio systems for use as surveillance instruments to track dissidents’ every move, must be resisted if Americans hope to retain any degree of freedom or dignity.

Laurel Federbush is a freelance harpist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also an activist against intrusive government surveillance projects as a result of personally witnessing their use against low-income African-Americans in the Detroit area.
www.uruknet.info?p=35958
Link: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6682

STATE'S RACIST VENDETTA AGAINST OJ CONTINUES
Thomas Riccio, who likely set-up OJ for the state taped everything and has immunity from prosecution. Riccio is a four time convicted felon, one time for theft and another for escape from prison (he served 8 yrs).

Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser
A Clay County woman's family is seeking justice after their loved one died shortly after being shocked 10 times by police with Taser guns
http://snipurl.com/1qx9a

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an honorable traitor to imperialism...

"David Cline We Salute You."
David Cline passed away early September 15, 2007. David was a giant in the Veteran’s anti-war and peace movements.
A quote David loved so much guided his thoughts and actions:
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
Frederick Douglass