7/18 The"U.S. military's growing role in rebuilding war-battered nations has fueled concerns about 'creeping militarization..."

"War is a continuation of politics by other means."
von Clausewitz

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die... I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about justice."
Mumia Abu Jamal

"The demand to give up illusions about the existing state of affairs is the demand to give up a state of affairs which needs illusions.”
Karl Marx, Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law.

A Cast of 300 Leading Imperialist Terrorists Advises Obama on Foreign Policy
Barack Obama's huge foreign policy team, organized like a mini State Department, is on the spot as the senator plans his overseas trip.

1,236,604 Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq

"We will welcome the Americans to Iraq. Unfortunately, we ran out of candy so we will have to substitute bullets."
Tariq Aziz

The city of Falluja has been placed under tight curfew as U.S. and Iraqi troops are said to be gearing for a new offensive.
Falluja was once the main stronghold of Iraqi resistance groups... U.S. has so far mounted two massive military operations to bring the city under control. In one more than 15,000 U.S. troops backed by warplanes, helicopters and heavy armor... caused large-scale destruction from which the city has not recovered yet. Washington has been selling the Province of Anbar as a major success story recently... the apparent loss of control of major areas in the province is seen here as a major blow to President Bush’s 'surge strategy’ in Iraq... U.S. occupation troops... are still deployed in camps across the Province of Anbar, of which Falluja is a major city. Iraqi military sources, refusing to be named, that it cannot do the job without direct U.S. military intervention in the "imminent offensive"... on the scale of latest campaigns to subdue Diyala and Mosul was necessary.

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

must read to believe a BIG LIE can be this big...
The U.S. military's growing role in rebuilding war-battered nations has fueled concerns about a "creeping militarization" of American foreign policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at an international policy dinner of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition of businesses, non-governmental organizations and community leaders that support international affairs programs." ... "We cannot kill or capture our way to victory," Gates said, adding that military operations should support measures that promote economic and political growth. That effort, he said, must be coordinated with the U.N., NATO, other nations and agencies such as United States Agency for International Development...the U.S. may not be toppling a regime and rebuilding a nation, but there will be a need to help countries that are struggling with insurgents, failed governments or natural disasters. The most persistent threats, he said, will come from failing states that can't meet the basic needs of their people.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-gates,0,171... http://tinyurl.com/5akkrw

Suicide Bombers Kill 35 Iraqi Troop Recruits
The attack on an Iraqi base came as troops prepared for a battle to try to reclaim Diyala from jihadi fighters.

Multiple bombings kill 40 in northern Iraq
Bombers killed aroun ence. In the worst attacks, two suicide bombers killed 27 people and wounded 68 when they blew themselves up outside an army recruitment centre in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad d 40 people and wounded scores in several attacks in northern Iraq on Tuesday, days after the government vowed to expand a crackdown against militants in a region where 'al Qaeda' retains influence

Robert Gates warns of unilateral strikes on Pakistan:
The United States has warned that it can conduct unilateral strikes inside Pakistan if it [Pakistan] does not take measures to stop Taliban activities, Aaj TV reported on Thursday.
http://tinyurl.com/5ksexf http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\07\18\story_18-7-2008_pg1_5

U.S. installed regime attacks Haitian supporters of Aristide, now in S. Africa, driven out by U.S.
Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Haiti who had gathered during a rally marking the 55th birthday of Jean Bertrand Aristide, the former president.
Police had erected barricades at the Champs de Mars, the central plaza in the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, to prevent demonstrators from reaching the national palace, about two blocks away.But several hundred people stormed through and were repelled by riot police firing tear gas.The march was also meant to protest against rising food prices, which have increased poverty in Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The demonstration began when several hundred Aristide supporters gathered outside the ex-president's former home and swelled to several thousand as they marched across the capital chanting "We need Titid" - Aristide's nickname.... Aristide and his Lavalas party are still a political force in Haiti. Five thousand people joined a march marking the fourth anniversary of his removal in February. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/07/2008716124151935127.h...

"the best option..."
UNHCR: Iraq border refugees better off in Sudan
Charley Keyes,BBC
Palestinian refugees along the Iraq-Syria border are so desperate, they may accept a U.N. offer to go to Sudan. Al Tanf camp, where 400 Palestinian refugees are living, is appalling, according to the United Nations. The camp floods regularly, has poor sanitation and problems with garbage disposal. Thousands of Palestinians fled Iraq during the war, when they were targeted by militias. Now they are caught in limbo, denied access to both Iraq and neighboring Syria. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the Palestinians would be resettled in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, away from Darfur. Palestinians are the most vulnerable group being targeted in Iraq, said Andrew Harper, the U.N.'s Geneva, Switzerland-based senior Iraq operations manager... Washington-based Refugees International, founded in 1979, is asking the United States government to intervene and resettle the nearly 3,000 Palestinians in America. The U.S. State Department has rejected the request, saying that the relocation plan is voluntary and that Sudan is the best option available to the UNHCR. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45793

The decision by the Bush administration to send a senior official to talks with Iran infuses the negotiating track with new importance...The presence of an American at the talks this weekend may help quiet the mounting calls in both the United States and Israel for military strikes against Iran because of its recent expansion of its uranium enrichment program and its unwillingness to fully explain its suspicious past nuclear activities....

US plans to station diplomats in Iran for first time since 1979
The US has had to rely on British diplomats based in Tehran, as well as other diplomats, for information about the inner workings of Iranian politics. Having its own staff would give them access to students, dissidents and others. The staff would also process visa applications, at present handled by a small office in Dubai, which is difficult for Iranians to get to... Iran has an interests section in Washington, which would make it harder for Tehran to deny Americans a similar arrangement...The return of US diplomats to Iran is dependent on agreement by Tehran. But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicated earlier this week that he was not against the opening of a US mission. Iran would consider favourably any request aimed at boosting relations between the two countries, he said. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/17/usa.iran

Between Fighting and Flirting
Walid Choucair, DAR AL-HAYAT
William Burns, the US Under Secretary for political Affairs, said before yesterday that his country is not against Iran's ability to play a significant regional role, in accordance with its legal interests and capabilities, if the country cooperates with the international community, and not without it." These words summarize the background of the existing negotiations, which are nowadays underway, via several channels, between Washington and Tehran... The statements by Burns and the US defense secretary, William Gates, that Iran and the US were not close to a military confrontation, followed important statements last week by a number of Iranian officials, who relied in turn on calm, moderate and diplomatic rhetoric.... In fact, what Burns called a regional role for Iran, which he has no problem with enshrining, lies in the Gulf, which is centered on Iraq before anywhere else. Iran was able to play its role in reaching an agreement between the US administration and the Iraqi authorities over the presence of US forces in Iraq...

fascist family values
Collateral Ceremonial Damage
Tom Engelhardt
... four wedding parties blown away by U.S. air power in Iraq and Afghanistan since the end of 2001. And there was probably at least one more. Back in May 2002 An Agence France Presse report concluded: "A wedding was in progress in the village when people fired into the air in traditional celebration and US helicopters flying over the area could have mistaken it for hostile fire. An aircraft later bombed the area for several hours." All these "incidents" have some obvious features in common: the almost immediate claims by the U.S. military that those hit were adversaries... the ultimate dismissal of the killings as the usual "collateral damage" in wartime; and... that, for none of these slaughters did the U.S. ever offer a genuine apology... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45684

On July 9 protesters called a regional 24-hour strike to demand the government and the legislature annul a law that facilitates the sale of communal and native lands. On July 9, a mob of protesters plundered and set fire to the building of the local jurisdiction, in the city of Puerto Maldonado, in Madre de Dios province, on the border with Brazil and Bolivia.According to the authorities, some 8,000 persons participated in the violent protests and about 20 policemen were injured, 11seriously. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-07/14/content_8544815.htm

Fake U.S. operation continues: Uribe lies about Colombian war crime
Por Concerned citizens of irc.indymedia.org 17/07/2008
Colombian President Uribe Forced by Video Evidence to Admit that the Colombian Military Illegally Used the Red Cross Emblem in their Fake "Rescue" Operation
A few days ago, the Concerned Citizens of irc.indymedia.org (you can click here to talk with us directly) published a detailed examination of the news regarding the "operation to rescue" Ingrid Betancourt and a group of United States mercenaries who were being held prisoner by Colombia's socialist resistance, FARC.

You can read the article in English: The Real Operation to "Rescue" Ingrid Betancourt and US Mercenaries
Or, you can read the article in Portuguese: A verdadeira operacão de "Resgate" de Ingrid Betancourt e os Mercenários America
These articles suggested that this "Hollywood-style rescue operation" was not a stunning display of Colombia's James Bond abilities but was political theater based around a $20 million pay-off to FARC...then reports started to surface that the Colombian government had violated international law under the Geneva Conventions by using the Red Cross emblem during their military operation..Juan Manuel Santos, in a press conference, categorically denied committing a war crime by using the Red Cross emblem and insisted that such a thing did not happen...Th covert ops team bungled the handling of the video camera and filmed evidence of their own war crime....now, Uribe is forced to admit that he LIED, Juan Manuel Santos LIED. The news is everywhere. In front of the whole world, the Colombian government committed a war crime, then tried to cover it up, then were forced by their own video evidence to admit that they lied. The real question is: who handled the video camera, 007 or 009? URL:: http://tinyurl.com/uribe-lies

The Real Operation to "Rescue" Ingrid Betancourt and US Mercenaries
In order to understand the "rescue operation" of Ingrid Betancourt and the Northrop Grumman Corporation mercenaries who were released with her, it is necessary to piece together articles published in the media, filter the content and out of this is form a true understanding of the facts of what happened here [...].

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.
Sinclair Lewis

Court Backs US Civilian Military Detentions
The President has the legal power to order indefinite military detentions of civilians captured in the US, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled

the power to imprison citizens indefinitely without charges or trial is not some abstract 'radicalism', as pundits pretend, it is fascism
[ The Fourth Circuit's 5-4 ruling July 15 is a major] step in the creeping extremism of the last seven years -- like torture and warrantless eavesdropping, this power (allowing the President to imprison U.S. citizens in military brigs with no charges) is one that was until quite recently inconceivable, but is now a defining part of how our Government operates....the President has the power to arrest U.S. citizens and legal residents inside the U.S., and imprison them indefinitely in a military prison, without charging them with any crime, based on his assertion... the President can order anyone in the U.S. imprisoned in a military brig as an "enemy combatant" -- even if they have never fought on a battlefield or with a foreign power against the U.S. Rather, mere accusations by the President of "terrorism" are sufficient to justify the indefinite incarceration of such an individual as an "enemy combatant," who is then denied basic Constitutional guarantees. To say that such individuals can be held "for the duration of relevant hostilities" means, of course, that such individuals can be imprisoned... for decades[...] http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/07/16/al_marri/index.html

fascist psywarfare M.O.
"never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."
Joseph Goebbels : Nazi chief of propaganda

Chertoff: US vulnerable to attack during election, transition to new administration

Terror exercise contract reviewed for ethics issue (not satire}
TOPOFF is a congressionally mandated exercise intended to test the response of local, state and federal agencies across the country. Private businesses and other countries have participated in the past exercises as well. The first of these biennial exercises was in 2000. It has become more expensive over the years, as new capabilities have been added to the exercise — such as a fake news network. Federal officials are investigating whether millions of dollars are being steered improperly toward a government contractor to run the country's largest counterterrorism exercise. The Federal Emergency Management Agency would not say how much the TOPOFF 5 contract is worth. The last exercise cost about $25 million. The contract for TOPOFF 5 has not been awarded. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hZ7iAxwf5E5jfqgaCIBlaVVUyvGgD91VOS581

At the uneasy intersection of bloggers and the law
By Jonathan D. Glater
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
There is no better way to get a blogger talking than by telling him what he cannot publish — although you might forgive a government prosecutor for thinking otherwise. A grand jury subpoena sent by prosecutors in New York earlier this year sought information to identify people blogging anonymously on a Web site about New York politics called Room 8. The subpoena carried a warning in capital letters that disclosing its very existence "could impede the investigation being conducted and thereby interfere with law enforcement"... if the bloggers blabbed, they could be prosecuted.. a blogger's nightmare: enforced silence and the prospect of jail time. The district attorney eventually withdrew the subpoena and lifted the gag requirement after the bloggers threatened to sue...the fact that the tactic was used at all raised alarm bells...But there are fewer precedents explaining how courts should evaluate criminal subpoenas, according to legal experts. Perhaps that is because prosecutors are more cautious about the risk of violating the First Amendment and so issue fewer criminal subpoenas, or because the subpoenas themselves carry language prohibiting disclosure of their terms."In the criminal context it's trickier...especially when the government is not exactly willing to part with the reasons" for requesting the information in the first place, said Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard. Without knowing the motives of prosecutors, he continued, judges may be hard-pressed to balance their needs against the importance of free speech.
Bloggers concerned about possible litigation may want to check the privacy policies of their Internet service providers, to see whether they include a pledge to notify any customer whose site is the subject of a subpoena, Zittrain said. Armed with that knowledge, a blogger could fight the subpoena in court. Software also exists that is intended to make it difficult to identify those who want to be anonymous online....(emphasis added)

Prosecutor flagged by US terror watch list
The Justice Department's former top criminal prosecutor says the government's terror watch list likely has caused thousands of innocent Americans to be questioned, searched or otherwise hassled. Former Assistant Attorney General Jim Robinson would know: he's one of them. Robinson joined another mistaken-identity American and the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday to urge fixing the list that's supposed to identify suspected terrorists.

christian-fascist flag
[ANTI-] Abortion Proposal Sets Condition on Aid
Under the draft of a proposed rule, hospitals, clinics, researchers and medical schools would have to sign "written certifications" as a prerequisite to getting aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control under any program run by the Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/washington/15rule.html

Report Finds Poor Conditions [SIC] at Cook County Jail
people awaiting trial have endured inadequate medical care, beatings at the hands of jail workers and dangerous building conditions.

as if capitalist state's job is not management and enforcement of capitalist exploitation
No Friend of the Workers
A government report and a Congressional hearing this week painted a disturbing picture of a Labor Department that simply is not standing up for workers.

the state to the rescue to control potential 'terrorists'
Police to IndyMac customers: Remain calm or face arrest
15 Jul 2008 Police ordered angry customers lined up outside an IndyMac Bank branch to remain calm or face arrest Tuesday as they tried to pull their money on the second day of the failed institution's federal takeover. At least three police squad cars showed up early Tuesday as tensions rose outside the San Fernando Valley branch of Pasadena-based IndyMac. Federal regulators seized Pasadena-based IndyMac on Friday and reopened the bank Monday under the control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Nauseating hypocrisy of #1 u.s. imperialist pimps
Who Spread False Tales of Heroism?
July 16, 2008
Widespread — and, we suspect, self-induced — amnesia among high officials of the Bush administration and its Defense Department has made it impossible for House investigators to determine whether top officials helped spread two bogus stories of heroism used to bolster support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It now looks as if we may never know who kept stoking the impression that Cpl. Pat Tillman, an Army Ranger who became an icon of the administration’s war on terror, had been killed by the enemy in Afghanistan (in a battle that won him a questionable Silver Star) long after the military knew he had been killed accidentally by fire from American forces. Nor are we apt to find out who promoted the false story that Pfc. Jessica Lynch had been captured in Iraq after a Rambo-like performance in which she emptied her weapon and was wounded in battle. In fact, she had been badly hurt in a vehicle accident during an ambush and was being well cared for by the Iraqis.
Only after a widely publicized, patriotism-drenched memorial service implying that Corporal Tillman had died heroically, and only after it became clear that the true story was coming out, did the military hold a briefing, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.The military has conducted seven investigations and punished officers as high as a three-star general for their roles in the Tillman case. Investigators had hoped to learn whether the White House or high Pentagon officials also misrepresented what happened. Sadly, they could not supply a definitive answer.

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy"
Henry Kissinger

Electrical Risks at Bases in Iraq Worse Than Previously Said
Shoddy work by private contractors is causing more deaths and injuries on U.S. military bases in Iraq than previousl acknowledged, according to documents.

Dangerous, unreported infections that caused the CDC to shut down biodefense research at Texas A&M were only the tip of the iceberg, warns the Sunshine Project.The Project is one of a few activist groups that track US biodefense research -- an endeavor that, says Project founder Ed Hammond, now employs some 20,000 researchers.... ten times more than before 9/11...some scientists and public health experts have warned that biodefense research accidents are a greater threat than bioterrorists.

pacified state of freedom by electro-muscular disruption
Homeland Security to revolutionize air travel
Rowland Nethaway
WACO, Texas -- Our protectors over at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are investigating a technology that should revolutionize air travel.
The idea is to require all airline passengers to wear a "safety bracelet" that will be attached at check-in and removed when the passengers arrive at their destinations.The "safety bracelet" will contain all boarding information, seat assignment and personal information. It will eliminate the need for a boarding pass. Best of all, the "safety bracelet" also acts as a stun device capable of completely immobilizing passengers on command. Talk about American ingenuity. Terrorists would never have an opportunity to take over another airliner. At the first sign of a passenger acting suspiciously, a button could be pressed that would completely immobilize suspected terrorist...

This device, called an Electronic ID Bracelet, actually is called an EMD Safety Bracelet by the manufacturer, Lamperd Less Lethal Inc. EMD, by the way, stands for electro-muscular disruption, which evidently is even more effective than police Taser guns by completely immobilizing the wearers of the stun device for several minutes...
The video explaining the merits of the ID/stun bracelets at http://www.lamperdlesslethal.com shows how the bracelets can match passengers with their luggage and how they can be used to harmlessly immobilize threatening passengers. It doesn't explain who will be doing the immobilizing or how.
If a passenger mouths off to an airline steward or stewardess, can the offended stewardess press the button to reduce the obnoxious passenger into an immobilized blob? If so, behavior on airlines will improve overnight...Actually, I don't see how it is possible to have one button for each passenger's stun bracelet and be able to keep them all straight...I imagine it would be possible to push a master button and zap everyone on the plane simultaneously. I also imagine that some overworked airline personnel have already fantasized about such a device.
If these devices can work to maintain safety on airlines, surely they also can be employed to benefit other segments of society.
Schools should insist that all students wear ID/EMD bracelets whenever they step on school grounds. That way teachers and administrators can track the little darlings throughout the school day to ensure that they are in the proper classroom or participating in their assigned activities. If they get out of line, a little zap should quickly knock some sense into them, after they regain their senses.It should be a boon for education.
Employers could require employees to wear the ID/EMD bracelets. Employees caught shopping on the Internet during work hours or gathered too long around the water cooler could be zapped back into compliance with reasonable work rules. Hey, is this a great country or what?
Rowland Nethaway writes for the Waco Tribune-Herald. E-mail: Rnethaway@wacotrib.com.

in case you missed it...many blocked by ISPs bounced back
7/13/08 Digest Overview
liz burbank
From many angles we hear the U.S. war described as a "war for oil". 'Left' variations of this slimy obfuscation blame 'the war on Iraq' on: the current administration, emphasis on Bush/Cheney connections to 'big oil'; domestic consumption; "peak oil", diminishing production levels and resources; 'supply and demand' problem caused by OPEC, Nigeria, China and 'population growth' the 'third world'. Pretending that oil, capitalist bubbles bursting in air' Bush --the fascist-rabble-rousing figurehead selected by the ruling class -- are the root causes rather than servants and symptoms of the capitalist-imperialist crisis is is not just a sick joke, it is calculated ahistorical political sleight of hand, easy-sell psywar. The U.S. 'left' means neoliberal democrats and all who oppose Bush... Where does oil fit into the big picture? This system is a dictatorship of finance capital, home-based, globally operative, 'globalized' capitalism, e.g. imperialism (... ) ...Controlling Iraq is the first critical step in the bipartisan u.s. agenda because global domination demands destroying Arab nationalist resistance to gain control of mideast energy resources, necessary for securing geostrategic political-economic power leverage over allies and friends [...] http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45710

"The bestiality of western imperialism, bestiality that knows no limits,
has no national frontiers.
The bestiality of Hitler's armies is
like the North American bestiality,
like that of the Belgian paratroopers,
and that of the French imperialists in Algeria.
For it is the very essence of imperialism to turn men into wild bloodthirsty animals determined to slaughter, kill, murder, and destroy the very last vestige of the image of the revolutionary or the partisan in any regime they crush under their boots because it fights for freedom....
Che Guevara