8/6/ Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Global Terror Today -Renamed Again; What Enlightenment?

POLL: Americans back use of atomic bombs in WW11
A majority of Americans surveyed believe dropping atomic bombs on Japan during World War II was the right thing to do...

The Lies Of Hiroshima Are The Lies Of Today
By John Pilger
06/08/08 "ICH"
...The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act on an epic scale. It was premeditated mass murder that unleashed a weapon of intrinsic criminality. For this reason its apologists have sought refuge in the mythology of the ultimate "good war", whose "ethical bath", as Richard Drayton called it, has allowed the west not only to expiate its bloody imperial past but to promote 60 years of rapacious war, always beneath the shadow of The Bomb.

The most enduring lie is that the atomic bomb was dropped to end the war in the Pacific and save lives. "Even without the atomic bombing attacks," concluded the United States Strategic Bombing Survey of 1946, "air supremacy over Japan could have exerted sufficient pressure to bring about unconditional surrender and obviate the need for invasion. Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that ... Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated."

The National Archives in Washington contain US government documents that chart Japanese peace overtures as early as 1943. None was pursued. A cable sent on May 5, 1945 by the German ambassador in Tokyo and intercepted by the US dispels any doubt that the Japanese were desperate to sue for peace, including "capitulation even if the terms were hard". Instead, the US secretary of war, Henry Stimson, told President Truman he was "fearful" that the US air force would have Japan so "bombed out" that the new weapon would not be able "to show its strength". He later admitted that "no effort was made, and none was seriously considered, to achieve surrender merely in order not to have to use the bomb". His foreign policy colleagues were eager "to browbeat the Russians with the bomb held rather ostentatiously on our hip". General Leslie Groves, director of the Manhattan Project that made the bomb, testified: "There was never any illusion on my part that Russia was our enemy, and that the project was conducted on that basis." The day after Hiroshima was obliterated, President Truman voiced his satisfaction with the "overwhelming success" of "the experiment"....

In the immediate aftermath of the bomb, the allied occupation authorities banned all mention of radiation poisoning and insisted that people had been killed or injured only by the bomb's blast. It was the first big lie. "No radioactivity in Hiroshima ruin" said the front page of the New York Times, a classic of disinformation and journalistic abdication, which the Australian reporter Wilfred Burchett put right with his scoop of the century. "I write this as a warning to the world," reported Burchett in the Daily Express, having reached Hiroshima after a perilous journey, the first correspondent to dare. He described hospital wards filled with people with no visible injuries but who were dying from what he called "an atomic plague". For telling this truth, his press accreditation was withdrawn, he was pilloried and smeared - and vindicated.

Since 1945, the United States is believed to have been on the brink of using nuclear weapons at least three times. In waging their bogus "war on terror", the present governments in Washington and London have declared they are prepared to make "pre-emptive" nuclear strikes against non-nuclear states. With each stroke toward the midnight of a nuclear Armageddon, the lies of justification grow more outrageous. Iran is the current "threat". But Iran has no nuclear weapons and the disinformation that it is planning a nuclear arsenal comes largely from a discredited CIA-sponsored Iranian opposition group, the MEK - just as the lies about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction originated with the Iraqi National Congress, set up by Washington.
The role of western journalism in erecting this straw man is critical. That America's Defence Intelligence Estimate says "with high confidence" that Iran gave up its nuclear weapons programme in 2003 has been consigned to the memory hole. That Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never threatened to "wipe Israel off the map" is of no interest. But such has been the mantra of this media "fact" that in his recent, obsequious performance before the Israeli parliament, Gordon Brown alluded to it as he threatened Iran, yet again.

This progression of lies has brought us to one of the most dangerous nuclear crises since 1945, because the real threat remains almost unmentionable in western establishment circles and therefore in the media. There is only one rampant nuclear power in the Middle East and that is Israel. The heroic Mordechai Vanunu tried to warn the world in 1986 when he smuggled out evidence that Israel was building as many as 200 nuclear warheads. In defiance of UN resolutions, Israel is today clearly itching to attack Iran, fearful that a new American administration might, just might, conduct genuine negotiations with a nation the west has defiled since Britain and America overthrew Iranian democracy in 1953....

The question begs: are the rest of us to be mere bystanders, claiming, as good Germans did, that "we did not know"? Do we hide ever more behind what Richard Falk has called "a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted violence"? Catching war criminals is fashionable again. Radovan Karadzic stands in the dock, but Sharon and Olmert, Bush and Blair do not. Why not? The memory of Hiroshima requires an answer.

America Asleep at the Wheel 64 Years
By Daniel Ellsberg
...Most Americans ever since have seen the destruction of the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as necessary and effective—as constituting just means, in effect just terrorism, under the supposed circumstances—thus legitimating, in their eyes, the second and third largest single-day massacres in history. The largest, also by the U.S. Army Air Corps, was the firebombing of Tokyo five months before on the night of March 9, which burned alive or suffocated 80,000 to 120,000 civilians....
To regard those acts as other than criminal and immoral—as most Americans do—is to believe that anything—anything—can be legitimate: at worst, a necessary, lesser, evil.... if done by Americans, on the order of a president, during wartime. Indeed, we are the only country in the world that believes it won a war by bombing... cities with weapons of mass destruction—and that it was rightful in doing so. It is a dangerous state of mind. Even if the premises of these justifications had been realistic... http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23206.htm

DoD to rush deployment of 30,000 lb. bomb:
In what could be seen as a message to Iran and North Korea, the U.S. Department of Defense is speeding development of the largest bomb ever used by the United States, in hopes of having the massive device ready for deployment in July, 2010.http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/08/03/dod-to-rush-deployment-of-30000-lb-bomb/

u.s. prepares to expand state terror war ... against all obstacles to its global domination agenda
US prepares major terrorism readiness exercise
July 26,2009
"Coordinating with our partners across the United States and around the world is critical to protecting the nation from terrorists attacks," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The exercise, expected to last five days is being designed to test a variety of "capabilities," including intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism investigation, border security, infrastructure protection, security alerts and international coordination, FEMA said. "Lessons learned from the exercise will provide valuable insights to guide future planning for securing the nation against terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies," the emergency response agency said.
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.... The 2009 exercise will include agencies in Britain, Mexico, Canada and Australia, as well as federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector officials throughout the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said.
"Coordinating with our partners across the United States and around the world is critical to protecting the nation from terrorists attacks," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The National Level Exercise 2009 "will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery," the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement.

Obama passing new law to allow searching of PC's, Laptops, and media devices

u.s. always at war against political resistance to its 'friendly fascsim' -- except when it interferes with whipping up patriotic fervor
Weeding out dissidents: fascist National Security Investigations
The Justice Department is considering letting the FBI investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, relying instead on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups.... echoes the FBI's COINTELPRO under Director J. Edgar Hoover in the 1950s and 1960s to monitor and disrupt groups with [suspected] communist and socialist ties.... Before it was shut down in 1971, the domestic spying operation -- formally known as Counterintelligence Programs -- had expanded to include civil rights groups, anti-war activists... "COINTELPRO for the 21st century," said Barry Steinhardt of the American Civil Liberties Union. "But this is much more insidious..."

A further step toward police state
Obama seeks to institutionalize indefinite detention
Tom Eley
Press reports have revealed the Obama administration is considering the creation of a prison and court complex on US soil to process and hold current and future terrorist suspects. It would include a facility to indefinitely detain people held without trial or any other constitutionally mandated due process rights. The reports underscore the profoundly antidemocratic agenda of the Obama administration, not only carrying on the Bush administration’s sweeping, quasi-dictatorial assertions of executive authority, but seeking to institutionalize them....

Next 911 type 'national security' pretext ?
Homeland Secretary Napolitano predicts severe flu epidemic for fall
04 Aug 2009
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Tuesday pandemic flu is likely to flare up soon after schools open in the fall, well before any vaccine is available.

Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak
The Pentagon is preparing to make troops available if necessary to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, FOX News has confirmed. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is preparing to sign an order authorizing the military to set up five regional teams to deal with the potential outbreak of H1N1 influenza if FEMA requests help. A senior U.S. defense official told FOX News that the plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the FEMA. No final decision has been reached on how the military effort would be manned, but one source said it likely would include personnel from all branches of the military. It is not known how many troops would be needed and whether they would come from the active duty or the National Guard and Reserve forces. In the event of a major outbreak, civilian authorities would lead any relief efforts, the official said. The military, as it would for a natural disaster or other significant emergency situation, could provide support and fulfill any tasks that civilian authorities could not, such as air transport or testing of large numbers of viral samples from infected patients. As a first step, military leaders asked Gates to authorize planning for the potential assistance. Orders to deploy actual forces would be reviewed later, depending on how much of a health threat the flu poses this fall, the officials said

Power Shifts in Plan for Capital Calamity
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 ... was made in the closing weeks of the administration of President George W. Bush. Officials said the Obama administration had left the plan essentially 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. And the office, a 2,300-person outfit best known for flying Air Force One, has taken on 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. Officials at other agencies that have traditionally played critical roles expressed concern that the new structure placed too much power in the hands of too few people inside the White House. They also saw the move as part of the Bush administration’s broader efforts to enhance the power of the White House. Though the office reports to the White House, many of its employees are uniformed soldiers, and it has sometimes been led by a military officer. While Obama administration officials would not discuss details of their continuity plan, they said the current policy was “settled,” and they drew no distance between their own policies and those left behind by the Bush administration.

also: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack
DoD to carry out 'military missions' during pandemic, WMD attack

Obama team mulls new [e.g. BUSH ADMIN] quarantine regulations
The Obama administration is quietly dusting off an effort to impose new federal quarantine regulations, which were vigorously resisted by civil liberties organizations and the airline industry when the rules were first proposed by the Bush administration nearly four years ago. White House officials aren’t saying what their rules might ultimately require. But the previous administration proposed giving the federal government the authority to order a “provisional quarantine” of three business days — or up to six calendar days — for those suspected of having swine flu or other illnesses listed in a presidential executive order.MAnalysts said the administration may want to hold new quarantine powers in reserve, for unforeseen situations or for diseases other than the flu.... The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has set a September target date to complete the first major overhaul of the quarantine regulations in about three decades. That would have at least some of the rules in place if swine flu returns with a vengeance later this year,

CBS 60 Minutes: 300 death claims from 1976 swine flu vaccine, only one death from flu
July 10, 1979 Fred Burks - US Intelligence Examiner
Swine flu vaccination: Is it government propaganda?
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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 further 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.

*U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine flu
David Brown,Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post
July 10, 2009

do patriotic idiots not wonder why all jam-packed events with a patriotic aura, like millions watching, packing and detonating explosives July 4, are not beseiged by relentless 'homeland security' state warnings, 'deep concerns' and witchhunts for "terrorists"?!
"People go ape when they see it. It's a feeling. It's a feeling that takes over a whole stadium. If anyone in the stands opened their mouth and objected, there would be hell to pay." said Jim Alexander whose company, Superflag, creates field-size American flags for sporting events.... the military... often supplies the people to present the flags... signal the latest can’t-miss blend of sports and patriotism, a combination increasingly presenting itself through gigantic American flags, unfurled by dozens or hundreds of people in an attempt to elicit a sense of awe and nationalism in the surrounding crowd.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/04/sports/04flags.html?hp

"...Political Islam is not targeted by the United States -- what is targeted is resistance under any label. In South America and South East Asia the resistance takes a leftist form (FARC, the Filipino and Nepalese Communist parties), so the U.S. attacks them. In the Arab region, the resistance takes an Islamist form, so the U.S. attacks them... The common factor is resistance to Washington's hegemony and agenda for control, not Islam..."
As'ad al-Azzouni, Jordanian writer

The Erasure of Islam
By Ziauddin Sardar
August 02, 2009 -- -What Enlightenment? It may have been good for Europe, but for the rest of the world in general, and Islam in particular, the Enlightenment was a disaster. Despite their stand for freedom and liberty, reason and liberal thought, Enlightenment thinkers saw the non-West as irrational and inferior, morally decadent and fit only for colonisation. This legacy is not only with us but is positively thriving in the guise of neo-conservative thought, dogmatic secularism and scientism.

For key Enlightenment thinkers, such as Voltaire, de Montesquieu, Volney and Pascal, Europe occupied a special place: it was to be the destiny of humanity, construed as Western man. They worked hard to provide a rational justification for colonisation. They rationalised the medieval images, anxieties and fear of Islam and its Prophet – so evident in the sections devoted to Muhammad in Pascal’s Pensées – and presented them as evidence for the innate inferiority of Islam. They deliberately suppressed the Muslim contribution to science and learning and severed all intellectual links between Islam and Europe. Their Eurocentricism thus further locked Islam into an exclusive confrontation with the West, which continues to this day.

For thirteen and fourteenth century thinkers of Christendom, such as Roger Bacon and John Wycliff, Islam was simply a pagan, enemy Empire. To their credit, the Enlightenment thinkers saw Islam as a civilisation. But it was a civilisation grounded in a backward society and inferior political institutions and religious beliefs at its core. In Mohammad and Fanaticism, Voltaire denounced Islam in harsh and hostile terms. Later, in the Essai sur les moeurs, he was a little more restrained, but the judgement did not change. He still saw Islam as an embodiment of fanaticism, anti-humanism, irrationalism, and the violent will to power. But despite this, Muslims did have a few positive aspects. They could move towards greater tolerance thanks largely to Islam’s loose sexual standards, which made it akin to a natural religion. While Jesus was good, Christians had become intolerant. But Muslims were tolerant despite their evil Prophet. Positive development in one case, negative in another. This is how Voltaire reconciled his deep seated prejudices about Islam and Muslims with reason.

For all their sabre-rattling against religion, Enlightenment thinkers saw Christianity as the standard of civilised behaviour and norm of all religion. In effect, they further naturalised the natural law theory of medieval Christianity which had always been vague in the sense of never precisely defined, yet also highly specific in being a universalising of Christian norms as the standard for human behaviour. Islam remained the antithesis to Christianity. Thus, in Les Ruines, Volney announced that “Mohammad succeeded in building a political and theological empire at the expense of those of Moses and Jesus’ vicars.” Or, in the scene where he has an imam speaking about “the law of Mohammad”, “God has established Mohammad as his minister on earth; he has handed over the world to him to subdue with the sabre those who refuse to believe in his law.” Volney described Muhammad as the “apostle of a merciful God who preaches nothing but murder and carnage,” the spirit of intolerance and exclusiveness that “shocks every notion of justice”. While Christianity might be irrational, Volney declared that it was gentle and compassionate but Islam had a contempt for science – a truly bizarre claim since Volney himself, and all his fellow Enlightenment thinkers, learnt most of their science and philosophy from such names as al-Frabi, Ibn Sina and ibn Rushd.

While the Enlightenment may have been concerned with reason, its champions were not too worried about truth when it came to Islam. They not only shamelessly plagiarised philosophy, science and learning from Islam, but the very hallmark of Enlightenment, liberal humanism, has its origins in Islam. It is based on the adab movement of classical Islam, which was concerned with the etiquette of being human. Islam developed a sophisticated system of teaching law and humanism that involved not just institutions such as the university, with its faculties of law, theology, medicine and natural philosophy, but also an elaborate method of instruction including work-study courses, a curriculum that included grammar, rhetoric, poetry, history, medicine, and moral philosophy, and mechanisms for the formation of a humanist culture such as academic associations, literary circles, clubs and other coteries that sustain intellectuals and the literati. The adab literature and institutions were, in fact, what enlightenment was all about in Islam. One cannot have a revolt on behalf of reason in Islam because reason is central to its worldview: reason is the other side of revelation and the Qur’an presents both as “signs of God”. A Muslim society cannot function without either. While Muslims can hardly be exonerated for the decline of reason and learning in Muslim civilisation, it was colonialism that as deliberate policy destroyed adab culture in Muslim societies.

But Enlightenment Europe swallowed the adab system, including textbooks, en masse. However, since it was a product of an inferior culture and civilisation its origins had to be shrouded. Thus, classical Arabic had to be replaced with another classical language, Latin. This was followed by a systematic expunging of all traces of the influence of Islamic thought on Europe. From the days of Voltaire right up to 1980, thanks largely to the efforts of Enlightenment scholars, it was a general western axiom that Islam had produced nothing of worth in philosophy, science and learning.

The Enlightenment legacy that Islam and Europe have nothing in common, that Islam is only a darker shadow of the West, that liberal secularism is the destiny of all human cultures, is much in evidence in our newspapers and television, literature and scholarship, as well as in our politics and foreign policies. It is the bedrock of Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History” hypothesis, Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilisation” thesis, and the neo-conservative “Project for the New American Century”. Voltaire’s Bastards, to use the title of John Ralston Saul’s brilliant 1992 book, are busy rationalizing torture, military interventions, and western supremacy, and demonising Islam and Muslims. The Enlightenment may have been big on reason but it was, as Saul shows so convincingly, bereft of both meaning and morality. Forgive me if I don’t stand up and salute the Enlightenment.
Ziauddin Sardar is the author of Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience (Granta) Source: http://www.philosophypress.co.uk/?p=288

The Crimes of Bongo: Apartheid & Terror in Africa's Gardens of Eden, Part II
by Keith Harmon Snow
Part I of this article appeared in the July 22 Issue of BAR. The article was originally published on keith harmon snow's web site, All Things Pass.

When Gabon President Omar Bongo died of a heart attack at age 73 in early June, multinational corporations and neocolonial leaders in Europe and the U.S. mourned his passing. He had served them well as the longest-running dictatorship in Africa.

While France was consolidating its control over Gabon it was also arming neighboring regimes: Omar Bongo was their African kingpin....After France, Bongo maintained his closest alliance with Joseph Mobutu’s CIA client state in Zaire.... On the morning of March 3, 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a conversation with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Later in the afternoon President Carter met with Omar Bongo; also in attendance were Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, Assistant for National Security Affairs, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Robert Bongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Gabonese Republic and nephew of President Bongo.15 Less than 10 days after Bongo met with Carter the U.S. and Belgium shipped weapons to Shaba (Katanga), Zaire, and on March 16 Secretary of State Vance appeared before the U.S. Congress to justify the intervention as critical to protect the flow of Shaba’s copper from Zaire, but it was the cobalt of the copperbelt veins, stockpiled by the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency and essential to the western permanent warfare enterprise, that the national security apparatus was concerned about.16,17,18 Bongo met with Carter again on October 17, 1977, and he thus played a definitive role in backing the western terror apparatus in Zaire, in sharp contradistinction to the propaganda system’s salutations as “peacemaker” on the continent.

US threatens Eritrea with sanctions
Eritrea has been accused of sending arms to armed groups opposed to the Somali government [AFP]
The United States has threatened to impose sanctions on Eritrea unless it ends its support for Somali opposition fighters. "There is a very short window for Eritrea to signal, through its actions, that it wishes [for] a better relationship with the United States and indeed the wider international community," Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said on Wednesday. The administration of Barack Obama, the US president, is "deeply concerned and very frustrated" with Eritrea over its "arming, supporting, funding" of fighters who have launched attacks on Somali government targets, she told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee."It is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it," she said.

US pledges support for Somalia:
Secretary of state Clinton vows to provide military supplies and aid to Somalia's interim government... pledged to take action against Eritrea if it does not stop what she called "unacceptable" interference in Somalia.

Hillary Clinton to talk tough on Africa visit
By Shashank Bengali
McClatchy Newspapers
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - Page updated at 10:11 AM
NAIROBI, Kenya — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today begins an 11-day visit to Africa, to 7 African nations, where she's expected to show support for the government of Somalia, renew political pressure on Zimbabwe and raise awareness of sexual violence in Congo.
Clinton's seven-country tour reflects the range of U.S. strategic interests in Africa — from humanitarian relief to trade agreements — and follows President Obama's brief visit to Ghana last month, when he urged Africans to take greater responsibility for lifting themselves up from poverty, conflict and corruption.
Clinton will visit Kenya, South Africa, Congo, Angola, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde. to highlight the Obama administration's resolve to help the continent [quoted from intro. to an uncopyable African map of her trip]

More info. on U.S. 'help' in 'development' destruction to dominate Africa:
Darfur “Genocide” Lies Unraveling
US-Installed Puppet “Government” of Somalia Invites Everybody to Invade, Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Keith Harmon Snow THE RWANDA GENOCIDE FABRICATIONS: Human Right Watch, Alison Des Forges & Disinformation on Central Africa
Israel and the Holocaust in Central Africa
Many digest issues including http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/215, http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/213, http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/118 , http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/61

It's the Body Bags Stupid
By Iftekhar A. Khan
...Muslim states marked for occupation must not only overflow with energy resources but also possess strategic importance. However, occupation isn't a free course through a country; it entails blood, death, and body bags. Afghans seem to rephrase Bill Clinton's "it's economy stupid" to "it's body bags stupid."

US has occupied Iraq, established its largest embassy and 14 military bases, after massacring more than 1.3 million civilians. Had the US-UK-NATO alliance, veritably renamed Anti-Muslim Western Alliance (AWA), invaded Iraq without the mendacity of WMD, none of the Muslim leaderships would have stirred. Leaving Iraq to its fate, Barack Obama has focused on war in Afghanistan, assumed as his war. Will he win it? Not likely. Pashtuns are more tenacious than are the Iraqis. Taliban is another name of the Pashtuns striving to rid their country of foreign occupiers. Account of a British soldier in the UK Guardian unravelled the mystery of Taliban and Pashtuns for those who confuse the two: "One minute these...are Afghan farmers another minute Taliban." The soldier later lost his life in Helmand.

Many who thought Obama would change US policies in Iraq and Afghanistan have been disappointed. Obama and Brown don't formulate policies; reps of powerful interest groups do. How could Robert Gates, who outlasted Bush regime, take a U-turn on the AfPak strategy he himself devised? He has been at the centre stage of conceiving and planning the brutal military offensive Panther's Claw in Helmand - Southern Afghanistan. Richard Holbrooke on the AfPak scene is another face for Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

AWA has slim chance of winning the war in Afghanistan... the slaughter of 1.3 million Iraqis and hundreds of thousands of Afghans when none had aggressed against the West. After ruthless AWA bombing of their mud hamlets, Pashtuns have been collecting bits and pieces of their men, women, and children to bury them in mass graves, while civilised West grieves over the death of its few soldiers. Even if US-led AWA bombs every inch of Southern Afghanistan, it will ultimately need hundreds of thousands boots on ground to put down the resistance, which will mean thousands of body bags... the dead arriving home draped in national flags exact political cost. Yet military commanders in Helmand "insist that troops morale remains high" even though ruthless Taliban exploitation of sophisticated IEDs make every foot and vehicle patrol a potentially lethal last journey....

Defense Department's office of security review memo to Pentagon from the Office of Management and Budget, the executive-branch agency that vets public statements by administration officials before it is delivered: "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' (GWOT). Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.'" 3/09


just stop calling it a terror war.... new name-change: global state terrorist war by any other name
US will maintain 'unrelenting' pressure on terrorist havens on Af-Pak border
6th August, 2009
Islamabad, Aug 6 : The US Government must fundamentally redefine the struggle against terrorism, replacing the war on terror with a campaign combining all facets of national power to defeat the enemy, President Obama's senior counter-terrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, has said. Previewing what aides said will be the Obama Administration's most comprehensive statement to date on its long-term strategy to defeat al-Qaeda and other violent extremists worldwide, Brennan said the US will maintain "unrelenting" pressure on terrorist havens, including those near the Afghan-Pakistani border, in Yemen and in Somalia. However, Washington must couple the military strikes that have depleted al-Qaeda's middle ranks with more sustained use of economic, diplomatic and cultural levers to diminish Islamist radicalization, he said. "It needs to be much more than a kinetic effort, an intelligence, law enforcement effort. It has to be much more comprehensive," said Brennan. .....

Obama Aide Seeks New War-On-Terrorism Approach
August 6, 2009
John Brennan promised a new approach to the global war on terrorism, arguing, for starters, it shouldn't be called that. "Describing our efforts as a global war only plays into the warped narrative that al-Qaida propagates," he said. "It plays into the misleading and dangerous notion that the U.S. is somehow in conflict with the rest of the world."... The new approach is two-pronged, Brennan said: using military strikes to hammer al-Qaida, but also using economic and political tools to fight the root causes of terrorism....

...Brennan's speech was the latest in a series of addresses by senior administration figures in recent weeks outlining the president's national security agenda. Brennan emphasized the argument that the United States must move beyond using the CIA and the military to attack Al Qaeda and must work to expand economic and educational opportunities across the Muslim world. Brennan presented what he described as a multi-tiered approach -- including using the U.S. military to train the security forces of allied countries, supporting democratic reforms and directing billions of dollars in aid to impoverished regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.Even while seeking to advance the Obama administration's agenda, Brennan often struck a defensive tone. At one point, he decried "the inflammatory rhetoric, hyperbole and intellectual narrowness that has often characterized the debate over the president's national security policies." Brennan had been a casualty of attacks from the left as Obama was assembling his leadership team. Widely considered a leading candidate to run the CIA under Obama, Brennan -- who had spent most of his career in the agency -- was forced to withdraw in the face of criticism that he was too closely tied to the harsh tactics employed by the Bush administration.....

A Smarter Weapon
Why two retired military officers believe it’s essential that the next president use outreach, good deeds and a strong military to make the United States safer.
By Anthony C. Zinni and Leighton W. Smith Jr.
3/ 27/08
...'A new commitment'... the next administration must reframe and restructure our foreign policy and national security architecture. We must match our military might with a new commitment to investing in improving people's lives overseas....The next commander in chief must be ready at the start of his or her administration to articulate a comprehensive strategy for how America is going to chart a new course by elevating the use of our non-military tools, followed by hard commitments of people and resources to the task. He or she must be ready to do what any military commander would do going into battle: Make sure your troops understand the mission and its importance and then work to execute the plan. Today's battle for peace requires the same seamless coordination, and the troops the next president must prepare include Defense, State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Security Council. ...

tactical shift in the works for years ...nothing changes reality of U.S. terror
Report seeks 'smart power' overhaul of federal operations 11/06/2007
America's global image is at an all-time low and is heading lower, crippling Washington's ability to shape world events and allowing other nations to usurp American leadership, concludes a recent report by a Washington think tank. The reason is that since the Sept. 11 attacks, America has elevated the war on terror to the central component of our global engagement, said study co-chair and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.Since Sept. 11, Americans have been "exporting our fear and anger," said Armitage at an event Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which sponsored the Commission on Smart Power report. "I believe we need to get back to exporting more traditional values, such as hope, optimism and tolerance and opportunity."The report contains recommendations on how the next administration can repair America's global image and maintain its pre-eminence. Hard power relies on traditional measurements of military and economic might, while soft power is the “power of attraction” through ideas, said study co-chair and Harvard professor Joseph Nye. The report argues that both hard and soft power should be combined in new “smart power” efforts. Establish a Quadrennial Smart Power Review, modeled on the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review, to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the resources and goals of the civilian tools ...

Pentagon, State struggle to define nation-building roles
By Corine Hegland
April 30, 2007
...In December 2005, Bush signed a presidential directive anointing the coordinator's office as the lead unit for organizing interagency operations on reconstruction and stability missions, but the office doesn't control any money.If everybody comes to the table, Collins said, and "the Defense Department brings billions, USAID brings hundreds of millions, and these people bring a piece of paper with the president's name on it, that's not going to work."The coordinator's office has had a hard time getting the resources it needs. When it wanted $25 million this year to create the Civilian Reserve Corps, OMB shot it down. State asked for it again in its budget pushback; OMB again declined. Bush mentioned the corps in his State of the Union speech, but his fiscal 2008 budget request to Congress the following month included no money for it.Over the past two months, however, prospects have started to look up. Under its current director, Ambassador John Herbst, the stabilization coordinator's office slid across State's organizational chart in February to fall under the foreign-aid coordinator, who also runs USAID, giving the office a powerful ally.The National Security Council signed off on a new interagency planning process for stabilization and reconstruction to be directed by three co-chairs: the stabilization coordinator, an NSC director, and the relevant regional bureau head from the State Department. (Granted, a working group co-chaired by three people sounds like a plan for some very long meetings, but a senior administration official said that "more specific understandings" will be worked out.)Most important, though, the conference committee version of the Iraq supplemental budget bill, at the request of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, allows State to spend $50 million of its own funds to create the Civilian Reserve Corps. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill authorizing the corps.Experts who are watching this process say that the corps is the key, and that its creation comes close to a make-or-break deal for a partnership between the civilian and military wings of the government. ....

“U.S. goals in Afghanistan must be ‘modest, realistic,’ and ‘above all, there must be an Afghan face on this war,’ Gates said. ‘The Afghan people must believe this is their war and we are there to help them. If they think we are there for our own purposes, then we will go the way of every other foreign army that has been in Afghanistan.’”Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recent testimony on the Afghan War before Senate Foreign Relations Committee , March 2009

'Did Western troops come here to kill my children?'
Afghan villagers' despair as three boys are killed in airstrike... angry villagers shouted 'Death to America!" as they displayed the corpses in the back of a pickup truck...civilian casualties at the hands of foreign troops has caused deep resentment among Afghan people. http://snipurl.com/oskoa

US Air Attacks kill 3 children as well as an adult civilian in S Afghanistan, locals stage protest with the bodies:

U.N. envoy concerned at Afghanistan jail conditions:
"It's important that the situation for detainees are such they are in accordance with international laws, international standards and that they do not lead to further radicalisation," http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-41487020090802

ACLU: Obama Administration Must Abandon Force-Feeding at Gitmo
By Nahal Zamani
The force-feeding of hunger strikers is a form of cruelty and mistreatment that continues to this day at Guantanamo ACLU said

Obama CIA chief excuses Bush-era torture
Panetta: ‘Reality’ of 9/11 excuses Bush scandals
Stephen C. Webster
CIA director and Democratic appointee Leon Panetta, in an article published Sunday, said Democrats must recognize that the "reality" of 9/11 is what drove the conduct of the George W. Bush administration in the months following September 11, 2001, which somehow should justify not looking into suspected crimes. He added, in an apparent warning to the House Intelligence Committee, that "focusing on the past" could hurt the CIA’s core mission amid a climate of recriminations over its practices... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56628

ACLU: Obama Administration Must Abandon Force-Feeding at Gitmo
By Nahal Zamani
The force-feeding of hunger strikers is a form of cruelty and mistreatment that continues to this day at Guantanamo. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23172.htm

from sea to shining sea world's #1 state terrorist
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons
Video Report By Deborah Davies
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals

Panic in North Waziristan Over ‘Huge’ US Build-up Along Border
Villagers in the Federally Administred Tribal Areas’ (FATA) North Waziristan Agency are in panic over what they term a massive build-up of US and NATO forces along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. According to the residents, NATO troops including tanks, APCs and helicopter gunships have been setting up camps and checkpoints on the Afghan side of the border. Villagers have also reported seeing warplanes and helicopters flying overhead. Pakistani military officials confirmed having received reports about the build-up but were advising the tribesmen not to worry as international forces often establish a massive presence in a concentrated area for a short period then move on.
North Waziristan has been a target for US drone strikes in recent weeks, though less commonly so than neighboring South Waziristan. There has also been concern that the military offensive, so far limited to South Waziristan, will eventually spread into the north, though the military has denied this.
Last week US Admiral Michael Mullen ruled out sending ground forces into FATA, insisting “we don’t go into sovereign countries.” Yet with US forces still struggling with the aftermath of its invasion of not one, but two sovereign countries, Iraq and Afghanistan, the promise will likely carry little weight with the scared tribesmen.

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen: "U.S. Does Not Invade Sovereign Countries "

US Used Communications Companies In '03 Cyberwar Against Iraq
Although a plan for a large-scale digital attack on Iraq’s financial system was not carried out [SIC], the American military and its partners in the intelligence agencies did receive approval to cripple Iraq’s military and government communications systems in the early hours of the war in 2003. Besides blowing up cellphone towers and communications grids, the offensive included electronic jamming and digital attacks against Iraq’s telephone networks. American officials also contacted international communications companies that provided satellite phone and cellphone coverage to Iraq to alert them to possible jamming and to ask their assistance in turning off certain channels. While the Bush regime seriously studied computer-network attacks, the Obama administration is the first to elevate cybersecurity -- both defending American computer networks and attacking those of adversaries -- to the level of a White House director, whose appointment is expected in coming weeks. www.legitgov.org

shedding light on Iraqi 'sovereignty', and u.s. creation /designation of 'terrorists' vs. 'opposition/dissidents'
U.S. Seeks to Protect Anti - Iran MEK Terror Group
Iraqis urged to keep camp
By Eli Lake, August 05, 2009 Washington Times
...President Clinton designated the MEK as a foreign terrorist organization. However, in 2002, the group disclosed that Iran was building a secret nuclear facility south of Tehran. The MEK also claims to have provided valuable intelligence on the Iranian regime to the U.S. military and to no longer commit acts of terrorism. Over the years, the organization has touted itself as a viable opposition movement against Iran, even though it appears to have minimal support within Iran... the group has cultivated allies in the U.S. Congress who have pressed the State Department to remove the MEK and affiliated groups from its list of foreign terrorists....
The United States is quietly pressing Iraq not to close a camp that holds more than 3,000 members of an Iranian opposition group that served as Saddam Hussein's shock troops in 1991 when he crushed rebellions after the Gulf War and is vulnerable to Iraqi and Iranian reprisals. ... The camp had been under U.S. protection since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Iraq now seeks to reassert control under the provisions of the Status of Forces Agreement signed with Washington last year.... Last week, Iraqi police stormed Camp Ashraf outside Baghdad, killing at least seven and injuring dozens during clashes with the Mujahedeen-e Khalq, or MEK. At the time, members of a U.S. unit known as Task Force 134, which deals with prisoners of war, were present outside the compound, said two U.S. officials -- one in Washington, one in Iraq -- who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Iraqi media have reported that the government plans to close Camp Ashraf and disperse its residents to other locations in Iraq. Such a move could make the dissidents [u,s, declared terrorists' morph into u.s. protected 'opposition' & 'dissidents' according to u.s. needs] more vulnerable to Iranian intelligence..."Embassy officials met with representatives from the Government of Iraq [GOI] on July 29, to stress the importance of the GOI fulfilling its commitment to the United States Government to treat Ashraf's residents humanely and to propose permitting an assessment of injuries and deaths by U.S. forces," one U.S. official wrote in an e-mail to The Washington Times. "The GOI allowed a U.S. medical assessment team to enter Ashraf and subsequently approved joint U.S.-Iraqi medical assistance to injured MEK Ashraf residents."...

U.S. watching Iraq raid of camp from distance
By Ernesto Londono
The Washington Post, 1/30/9
BAGHDAD — The raid, ordered by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, coincided with an unannounced visit by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who left Iraq on Wednesday. In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described the raid as a legitimate act by a sovereign nation....

another 'accidental' spy provocation: u.s. has 'special relationship' with Iraq's oil-rich Kurdistan province

original u.s. story propaganda:
US probes reports of three Americans kidnapped in Iraq
31 Jul 2009
State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood said Friday it was investigating reports that three Americans have been abducted in northern Iraq.

Iran state TV confirms arrest of 3 Americans
August 1, 2009
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Iran state TV confirmed Saturday that it has detained three Americans who crossed the border from northern Iraq, saying they failed to heed warnings from Iranian guards.... Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region has been relatively free of the violence that plagues the rest of Iraq. Foreigners often feel freer to move around without security guards in the area, and it's relatively easy to enter the region from Turkey, particularly by plane. The Kurdish government generally grants visitors visas valid for one week when they arrive at the airport. The ethnic minority gained autonomy after rising up against Saddam Hussein in 1991, and the region was protected from his forces by a U.S.-British no-fly zone until Saddam's fall after the 2003 U.S. invasion....
The three Americans had traveled with a companion to Turkey, then entered the Kurdish region Tuesday through the border crossing at Zakho, the official said. They visited the Kurdish cities of Irbil and Sulaimaniyah on Wednesday. The next day, three of them took a taxi to Ahmed Awaa, a Kurdish security official said. The three were last heard from after they contacted a friend saying they had entered Iran by mistake and troops had surrounded them, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information....
The detentions were the latest irritant in relations between Iran and the United States, which have had no diplomatic ties since 1979 when militant students stormed the U.S Embassy in Tehran and took Americans there hostage for 444 days. The two countries also are locked in a bitter dispute over Tehran's nuclear program....
State Department spokesman Robert Wood said Saturday that Washington had asked the Swiss, who represent U.S. interests in Tehran, "to confirm these reports with Iranian authorities and, if true, to seek consular access" to the detained Americans. http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=56568&s2=02

...A fourth traveler in the group, Shon Meckfessel , 36, a graduate student at the University of Washington , was expected to join them on the hike in northern Iraq but declined because he felt ill, according to Kurdish officials. He was sent to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after his friends were detained.
Bauer, a freelance journalist, is fluent in Arabic and has written stories on Iraq for San-Francisco -based New America Media and The Nation magazine . He was staying in the region to report on the elections July 25 in Iraq's Kurdish provinces.
Shourd, a Californian from the Bay Area , has been published by Brave New Traveler. She identifies herself as a teacher-activist-writer in a brief biography on the publication's Web site.
UC Berkeley identified Shourd as an aspiring journalist who earned a degree in English in 2003.
Fattal earned a bachelor's degree in environmental economics and policy from UC Berkeley... http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090804/wl_mcclatchy/3285137

Military Lawyer Claims U.S. Paid Gitmo Prosecution Witnesses
Defense Attorneys Say Afghan Eyewitnesses Received Cash or Gifts From the U.S. Government
By Daphne Eviatar
In a startling accusation, defense lawyers in the case of an adolescent arrested and brought to Guantanamo Bay six years ago claim the Justice Department may bring a criminal case against the young man based on testimony from witnesses paid by the U.S. government for their cooperation. Mohammed Jawad was as young as 12 when he was arrested by Afghan police in 2002 and accused of throwing a grenade at U.S. soldiers. Although he confessed to the crime after Afghan officials threatened to kill him and his family, his statements were later ruled inadmissible by two U.S. judges because they were coerced.Now, although the Justice Department has conceded it can’t rely on those confessions and can no longer imprison Jawad based on the laws of war, it’s said it may file new criminal charges against him based on previously unavailable eyewitness testimony to the crime. Those witnesses, however, according to Jawad’s U.S. military defense lawyer, were all paid in gifts or cash in exchange for their testimony.

U.S. Marine Corps Major Eric Montalvo, one of Jawad’s military defense lawyers, said he’s spoken to all of “the government’s star witnesses” and “they all have a couple of things in common.” First, “they know how to describe the day of the incident anywhere from two to five different ways, placing themselves in different locations for each of these descriptions and witnessing or not witnessing different things,” he said in a recent e-mail message. Second, “they have all received some sort of U.S. government compensation, from shoes and a trip to the United States to $400 for cooperation, which is a princely sum in Afghanistan.” ....
At the time, Vandeveld did not know that Jawad had been tortured or otherwise mistreated or coerced. As his investigation continued, Vandeveld “learned that the written statement characterized by the Afghan police officer as Jawad’s personal confession could not possibly have been written by him....Jawad was functionally illiterate and could not read or write...the statement was not even in his native language of Pashto; the Afghan police officer who created the statement wrote it in his own native Dari.”
So far, the government has lost 28 out of 33 habeas corpus cases brought by Guantanamo detainees and heard by a federal court because the courts have found the evidence unreliable or otherwise insufficient to justify their continued detention. The Justice Department is reportedly planning to bring criminal charges against “dozens more” Guantanamo prisoners.

Speaking truth to Power: State Terrorists accused in Court by "terrorist suspect" aka resistance counter-terrorist
More charged with terrorism offences in Australia:
During a brief court hearing in Melbourne on Wednesday, one of those charged refused to stand before the court and then shouted at the presiding magistrate. "You call me a terrorist? I have never killed a person in my life, said Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 33, before he was led to a jail cell. "Your army kills innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel takes Palestinian land by force," he said. http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE57305T20090805

Bin Laden Worked for US Till 9/11
By Lukery
Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, says that the US maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all the way until that day of September 11." These 'intimate relations' included using Bin Laden for 'operations' in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These 'operations' involved using al Qaeda and the Taliban in the same manner "as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict," that is, fighting 'enemies' via proxies. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23173.htm

Corazon Aquino, Ex-Leader of Philippines, Is Dead
...The tide had clearly turned against Mr. Marcos. President Ronald Reagan, who had supported him throughout, sent him the message that it was time for him to leave. Four days after the uprising began, he was flown on an American aircraft to exile in Hawaii, where he died in 1989. Before fleeing, Mr. Marcos had himself sworn in as president in his nearly empty palace. Almost simultaneously Mrs. Aquino was sworn in by her civilian supporters at a social club near the military camp. She was immediately recognized as president by the United States.... Mrs. Aquino brought hope to the Philippines as a presidential candidate, then led its difficult transition to democracy from 20 years of autocratic rule under her predecessor, Ferdinand E. Marcos. That initial triumph of popular will — coming after a fraudulent election in which Mr. Marcos claimed victory...was a high point in modern Philippine history, and it offered a model for non-violent uprisings that has been repeated often in other countries. But it also set a difficult precedent in the Philippines, where people nostalgic for their shining moment continue to see mass movements as an acceptable, if unconstitutional, answer to the difficulties of a flawed democratic system.......In one of the most striking retreats of her presidency, addressing the graduating class at the Philippine Military Academy a year after taking power, she said: “The answer to the terrorism of the left and the right is not social and economic reform but police and military action.” She turned her military loose, and the war against the Communist New People’s Army resumed. The four-decade long conflict continues today, along with widespread extrajudicial killings by the military that are reminiscent of Mr. Marcos’s time....

"Color revolution" fails in Iran
by Thierry Meyssan
Tehran’s « green revolution » is the latest version of the « color revolutions » which have allowed the United States to impose subservient governments in several countries without needing to use force. Thierry Meyssan, who advised two governments facing this type of crisis, analyses this method and the reasons for its failure in Iran.

(excerpted example) ... The Green Revolution
The operation conducted in 2009 in Iran belongs to the long list of pseudo revolutions. First, a 400 million dollar budget was voted in 2007 by Congress to orchestrate a « regime change » in Iran. This was in addition to the ad hoc budgets of the NED, the USAID, the CIA & Co. How this money is being used is unclear, but the three main recipients are the following: the Rafsanjani family, the Pahlavi family and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.

The Bush Administration decided to instigate a « color revolution » in Iran after confirming a decision by the Joint Chiefs of Staff not to conduct a military attack of that country. This choice was then approved by the Obama Administration. The plans for a « color revolution » which had been drawn up by the American Enterprise Institute in 2002 with Israel were then reopened. I had published an article at that time regarding this plan [14]. In it, one can identify the current protagonists: that plan has not changed much since then. A Lebanese chapter was added which predicted an uprising in Beirut in case of a victory of the patriotic coalition (Hezbollah, Aoun), but it was later cancelled.

The script included huge support for the candidate chosen by Ayatollah Rafsanjani, the disputing of the presidential election results, widespread bombings, the toppling of president Ahmadinejad and of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, setting up a transition government headed by Mousavi, restoring the Monarchy and creating a government headed by Sohrab Sobhani.

According to the 2002 plans, the operation was overseen by Morris Amitay et Michael Ledeen. It mobilized in Iran the Irangate network. Here is a necessary quick historical background: the Irangate (Iran–Contra affair) was an illegal arms deal. The White House wished to supply weapons to the rebels in Nicaragua (to fight against Sandinistas) and to Iranians (in order to drag the Iran-Iraq war for as long as possible), but was prevented from doing so by Congress. Israelis then offered to act as subcontractors for both operations. Ledeen, who has both US and Israeli citizenships, served as a link in Washington, while Mahmoud Rafsanjani (the brother of the Ayatollah) was his counterpart in Tehran. This took place over a background of widespread corruption. When the scandal broke out in the United States, an independent inquiry committee was headed by Senator Tower and General Brent Scowcroft (Robert Gates’ mentor) to investigate.
Michael Ledeen is an old fox involved in many secret operations. He could be found in Rome during the assassination of Aldo Moro. He also appears to have been linked to the fake Bulgarian connection after the assassination attempt on John Paul II, or more recently to the fake claims of Nigerian uranium supply to Saddam Hussein. He currently works for the American Enterprise Institute [15] (with Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz) and for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies [16].
Morris Amitay is a former director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He is today the vice president of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the director of a consulting company for the weapon industry.
On April 27, Morris et Ledeen held a seminar on Iran with Senator Joseph Lieberman at the American Enterprise Institute, regarding the Iranian elections. On May 15, a new seminar was held. The public part of the event consisted of a round table discussion headed by Senator John Bolton about the « haggling » over Iran: would Moscow agree to end its support of Tehran in exchange for Washington renouncing its missile shield project in Central Europe? French expert Bernard Hourcade took part in the debates. At the same time, the Institute launched a website, intended for the press, about the coming crisis: IranTracker.org. The website includes a section on the Lebanese elections.

In Iran, the responsibility for overthrowing old rival Ayatollah Khamenei rested on Ayatollah Rafsanjani. Born in a family of farmers, Hashemi Rafsanjani built his fortune on real estate speculation during the time of the Shah. He became the main pistachio dealer in Iran, and increased his wealth during the Irangate. His assets are estimated to several billion dollars. After he became the wealthiest man in Iran, he became successively president of the parliament, president of the Republic, and now chairman of the Assembly of Experts (an arbitration body for the parliament and the Guardian Council of the Constitution). He defends the interests of Tehran’s merchant class. During the electoral campaign, Rafsanjani required Mir-Hossein Mousavi, his former adversary who became his protégé, to promise he would privatize the oil sector.
With no connection to Rafsanjani, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran have been used by Washington [17]. This organization, protected by the Pentagon, is considered a terrorist organization by the State Department and has been considered as such by the European Union. Indeed, it is responsible for dreadful operations in the 80s, including a huge bombing which killed Ayatollah Beheshti, four department heads, six department head assistants and one fourth of the parliamentary group of the Islamic Republic party. The People’s Mujahedin of Iran is headed by Massoud Rajavi, who first married the daughter of former President Abol-hassan Banisadr and then the cruel Maryam. Its headquarters are located outside of Paris and its military bases in Iraq, first under the orders of Saddam Hussein, are now under the Defense Department. The People’s Mujahedin provided the logistics for the bombing attacks which took place during the electoral campaign [18]. They were responsible for instigating clashes – which they probably did – between Pro Ahmadinejad supporters and their opponents.

Should chaos have followed, the Supreme Leader could have been overthrown. A transition government, headed by Mir-Hossein Mousavi, would have privatized the oil sector and brought back the Monarchy. The son of the former Shah, Reza Cyrus Pahlavi, would have ascended to the throne and would have nominated Sohrab Sobhani as prime minister. With this in mind, Reza Pahlavi published in February a number of interviews with French journalist Michel Taubmann, the director of Arte’s information office in Paris, and who presides the Cercle de l’Observatoire, the club for French neo conservatives. It is useful to remember that Washington had made similar plans for the restoration of the Monarchy in Afghanistan. Mohammed Zahir Shah was supposed to ascend to the throne again and Hamid Karzai would have become prime minister. Unfortunately, at age 88, the pretender had become senile. Karzai thus became president. Both Sobhani and Karzai hold United States citizenships. Both were involved in the Caspian sea’s oil sector.

As far as propaganda was concerned, the initial plan had been given to Benador Associates, a public relations firm. But it evolved with the influence of Goli Ameri, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. This American Iranian woman is John Bolton’s former colleague. As a new media specialist, she implemented infrastructure and Internet training programs for Rafsanjani’s friends. She also developed radio and television programs in Farsi for the State Department propaganda, in conjunction with the BBC.

Iran’s destabilization failed because the main drive behind the « color revolutions » was not appropriately initiated. Mir-Hossein Mousavi did not manage to make Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the focus of popular anger. The Iranian people did not fall into the trap; they did not hold the outgoing president responsible for the United States’ economic sanctions against the country. Therefore the protests were limited to the northern suburbs of Tehran. The authorities refrained from creating counter demonstrations, and let the plotters expose themselves.

However, it must be noted that the propaganda was successful with the Western media. International public opinions really believed that two million Iranians took to the streets, when the real figure was ten times lower. The fact that foreign correspondents were under house arrest facilitated these exaggerations because they were exempt from having to provide evidence for their allegations...having failed at overthrowing the regime, what is Barack Obama’s remaining option?
Thierry Meyssa, Journalist, writer, president of the Voltaire Network.

also: From Mossadegh to Ahmadinejad: The CIA and the Iranian experiment
by Thierry Meyssan*
The news of alleged election fraud has spread through Tehran like wildfire, pitching ayatollah Rafsanjani’s supporters against ayatollah Khamenei’s in street confrontations. This chaotic situation stirred by the CIA has been spreading confusion by flooding Iranians with contradicting SMS messages. Thierry Meyssan recounts this psychological warfare experiment.

Soros, the CIA, Mossad and the new media destabilization of Iran
James Corbett
Destabilization 1.2 involves seemingly disinterested, democracy promoting NGOs with feelgood names like the Open Society Institute, Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy. They fund, train, support and mobilize opposition movements in countries that have been targeted for destabilization, often during elections and usually organized around an identifiable color. These “color revolutions” sprang up in the past decade and have so far successfully destabilized the governments of the Ukraine, Lebanon, Georgia, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, among others. These revolutions bear the imprint of billionaire finance oligarch George Soros. The hidden hand of western powers behind these color revolutions has threatened their effectiveness in recent years, however, with an anti-Soros movement having arisen in Georgia and with the recent Moldovan “grape revolution” having come to naught (much to the chagrin of Soros-funded OSI’s Evgeny Morozov).

Destabilization 2.0, really... a slight tweak of Destabilization 1.2. The only thing different is that now Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media are being employed to amplify the effect of (and the impression of) internal protests. Once again, Soros henchman Evgeny Morozov is extolling the virtues of the new Tehran Twitter revolution and the New York Times is writing journalistic hymns to the power of internet new media…when it serves western imperial interests. We are being asked to believe that this latest version of the very (very) old program of U.S. corporate imperialism is the real deal. While there is no doubt that the regime of Ahmadenijad is reprehensible and the feelings of many of the young protestors in Iran are genuine, you will forgive me for quesyioning the motives behind the monolithic media support for the overthrow of Iran’s government and the installation of Mir-Houssein “Butcher of Beirut” Mousavi.

There is no debate over the fact that a CIA covert destabilization campaign inside Iran has been going on for two years. US Military, intelligence, and congressional sources say a secret war is being vamped to bring down the current Iranian leadership. This involves funding anti-government terrorist groups inside Iran, such as Jundullah and the MEK/MKO.
While president Obama was quick to deny interference, arch imperialists like Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski hinted that US interests are currently operating to advance their own agendas with regards to Iran and the Middle East. Brent Scowcroft the United States National Security Advisor told Josh Rushing, the host of Al Jazeera’s programme Fault Lines, that aiding protesters in Iran would provoke a more intense crackdown by the government in Tehran, that the Revolutionary Guard, the militias, and so on, and the police, are completely unified. “Isn’t it naive to think that the US doesn’t have some kind of intelligence operatives on the ground in Iran?” asked Al Jazeera’s Rushing. “Of course we do.” Scowcroft replied.

HRW Teaches Israel how to attack Palestinian civilians
Mary Rizzo, Palestine Think Tank
Human Rights Watch offers suggestions to Israel for more effective attacks on Palestinian civilians: "More specific warnings that describe the target area and the timing of the attack would be a positive step towards ensuring they meet the requirement to be effective," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "Unfortunately, during the January conflict in Gaza, many warnings failed that test."...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56672

ANALYSIS / U.S. losing faith in usefulness of Tehran dialogue
By Amos Harel
The talks held in Israel this week by senior Obama Administration officials, which focused to a large extent on blocking Iran's nuclear program, indicate that the Americans - influenced by the Iranian regime's conduct toward the post-election unrest that began in early June - are for the first time showing more understanding for Israel's view of events. The United States is more skeptical than before about the likelihood that a diplomatic dialogue, or even harsh sanctions should that option fail, will dissuade the Iranians from their goal.

On the other hand, it seems that American opposition to an Israeli attack on Iran still stands. Yet the administration's talk of a "defensive umbrella" over Israel if Iran does acquire the bomb does not satisfy Benjamin Netanyahu's government.The talks on the matter opened just after a joint American-Israeli exercise at Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base. It was dubbed Red Flag, and included training on the in-flight refueling of Israeli jets by American airplanes.

The Iranian issue dominated this week's visits by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser James Jones. At first, the Americans had hoped to open a dialogue with Iran in September and conduct a review of this policy toward the end of the year. However, Iran has so far refused to even agree on beginning a dialogue, which might accelerate the schedule: The reassessment will be conducted earlier than planned, and thus sanctions might also be able to commence sooner. The U.S. is well aware that Iran is progressing, and that by mid-2010, it may pass another critical milestone, that of being able to detonate a nuclear device for the first time.

The backdrop to the talks is the acute internal crisis in Iran. U.S. President Barack Obama hesitated for weeks before uttering his first condemnation of the violent suppression of the post-election protests. The Iranians reacted with wild rants against the American president. As noted this week by Michael Singh, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, America's message on this matter is still unfocused and confused. A senior American official comments on the Iranian nuclear threat and a possible preemptive Israeli strike almost every week, but all those statements provide no clear line on either Israel or Iran.

Though it seems the red light on an Israeli attack still stands, the recurrent warnings by Israel's prime and defense ministers about all options being on the table actually serve American interests: They allow Obama to wave the Israeli stick at the Iranians as part of his effort to get the Iranians to agree to a dialogue, and possibly even to concessions.

Israeli officials believe the humiliations that the Obama administration has sustained from North Korea are influencing its approach to Iran. If Tehran follows Pyongyang in challenging the U.S. by openly detonating a nuclear device next year, the American reaction could be a lot harsher.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke last week about an American "defensive umbrella" for Israel and the Gulf states, but some commentators interpreted her statement as meaning that the U.S. had become reconciled to an Iranian nuclear bomb - the opposite of what she probably meant. In talks between Israelis and Americans, other options have also come up, such as an American nuclear submarine keeping its missiles permanently trained on Iran if it declares it is heading for the bomb.

Meanwhile, with no direct connection to the American-Israeli talks, the American Air Force published a feature about the joint Nevada exercise on its web site. It reported the participation of a squadron of F-16i ("Storm") jets, the new model that will bear the brunt of long-range target attacks should the need arise. Red Flag is a routine exercise that the U.S. conducts with other friendly air forces as well, simulating joint fights against a common enemy.

Does this exercise portend the future? Not necessarily. John Bolton, the hawkish former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, wrote this week that Secretary Gates' mission was to convince Israel not to attack Iran, but that Israel will have to make up its own mind very soon. Bolton said he would not be surprised if Israel attacks Iran before the end of the year. It is an enormous burden on Israel, he wrote, but "absent Israeli action, prepare for a nuclear Iran."

Senate passes bill to drain Iran gas pumps
In an attempt to force Tehran to halt its enrichment program, the US Senate has voted to put pressure on companies selling gasoline to Iran.(...)

Pentagon, Eyeing Iran, Wants to Rush 30,000-Pound Bomb Program
31 Jul 2009
The U.S. Defense Department wants to accelerate by three years the deployment of a 30,000-pound bunker-buster bomb, a request that reflects growing unease over 'nuclear threats' from Iran and North Korea. Comptroller Robert Hale, in a formal request to the four congressional defense committees earlier this month, asked permission to shift about $68 million in the Pentagon’s budget to this program to ensure the first four bombs could be mounted on stealthy B-2 bombers by July 2010.

U.S. briefs Israel on new Iran nuke sanctions
By Barak Ravid
American officials briefed Israel this week on the administration's ideas for intensifying sanctions against Iran if it fails to respond to President Barack Obama's offer of dialogue.
U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones, who is now in Israel to discuss Iran's nuclear program, indicated that Tehran has until the UN General Assembly in the last week of September to respond. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivered a similar message during his visit here earlier this week. If no satisfactory answer is received, the Americans said, they would work to form an international coalition to impose harsh sanctions on Iran. A senior source in Jerusalem said the American message to Israel in these talks was to "lower its profile" and refrain from "ranting and raving" about Iran in public until the international evaluation on Iran takes place at the end of September. "Until that date, we must give diplomacy a chance," the official said.
New sanctions would mainly aim to significantly curb Tehran's ability to import refined petroleum products. Despite its huge crude oil reserves, Iran has only limited refining capacity, so it imports large quantities of refined products such as gasoline. Jones and his team reported that a bill by Senator Joe Lieberman to curb sales of refined oil products to Iran is almost complete, and 67 senators have already signed it.
The Americans are proposing financial sanctions such as banning insurance on trade deals with Tehran, which would make it difficult for Iran to trade with other countries. They also want to impose sanctions on any company that trades with Iran and use this to pressure other countries, mainly in Asia, to resist making deals with Iran.
In the next stage, the Americans will consider even harsher sanctions, such as banning Iranian ships from docking in Western ports and, as a next step, banning Iranian airplanes from landing in Western airports.
The talks were held Wednesday and Thursday. The Israeli team was headed by National Security Advisor Uzi Arad and included Mossad head Meir Dagan, Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, director of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission Dr. Shaul Horev, and other defense and Foreign Ministry officials.
Jones and his team - including the president's special advisor Dennis Ross, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, and Gary Seymour, the White House official in charge of arms control and nonproliferation, who is a close friend of Arad's - also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. On Tuesday night, when Jones arrived, Arad held a reception for him at the David's Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem.

'West sought to prompt color revolution after June vote'

The Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Political Bureau, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, says certain Western states are seeking to turn the ongoing political milieu in Iran to their advantage. In an exclusive interview with Press TV, he stated that the United States together with some Western countries are leaving no stone unturned to benefit enormously from the current political situation in Iran and kick up a velvet revolution in the country. www.legitgov.org

'Chemical attack planned during Iran unrest'

Anti-Islamic Revolution groups had plans to plant numerous chemical bombs in different Iranian cities in the unrest that ensued the June election, says the country's minister of science and technology. Almost six weeks since the polls closed, Mohammad-Mehdi Zahedi said that Iran's intelligence forces had foiled a plot by anti-revolution groups to detonate 10 chemical bombs in different cities in the country. www.legitgov.org

Trial Begins for Iran Election Protesters
Report by VOA News
U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch says some prominent lawyers were arrested over past weeks to prevent them from representing activists in court. The group says authorities have used harsh interrogations and beatings in an effort to extract false confessions from detainees.

'opposition' engineered by U.S. destabilization / regime change op., elections" a manufactured pretext
note the purple prose absurdity claiming Iranian govt. 'brutality ... beyond compare --- apparently to US global state terror
Khiaban No. 32: Pressure from below ... and then what?
Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
...People want to create a new social system, in which in their places of work, in their places of living and in their cities, the methods of management and responsibilities are determined by the people and in realistic fashion, and in which the source of legitimacy and lawfulness is the people, not a group believing themselves to be religious scientists claiming to be god's replacement on earth. It is for these demands and with such outlook that the society has entered the arena of struggle with all they have, with all that the regime has left them with: their lives. If you take a good look at their determination, you will realize that they will achieve their goal. ...
... The brutality and ruthlessness of the supreme jurist's death squads was beyond compare... Their eyes on the 1980s experience and were imagining the absolute success of the state terror. What fools' dreams! ... This time the entire society had risen... Countless martyrs have become witness to the naked violence of a system of deceit and criminality, which has put its claws into society's lifeline, sucking its blood, growing corpulent. Countless youths gave their lives to bring to society freedom and a new world........People want to create a new social system... It is for these demands and with such outlook that the society has entered the arena of struggle with all they have, with all that the regime has left them with: their lives... www.uruknet.info?p=56508 revolutionaryflowerpot.blogspot.com/2009/07/khiaban-no-32-pressure-from-below-and.html

Notice this U.S. engineered violent 'regime change' gets silent treatment from major media and social networking, twittering U.S. 'leftist' apologists supporting Iran's destabilization and destruction for benefit of U.S. imperialism
State Dept: U.S. policy on Honduras' political crisis is not aimed at supporting any particular individual
State Dept. letter said Washington had still not made a decision as to whether Zelaya's ouster constituted a coup, contained criticism of Zelaya, saying the left-leaning former leader had taken provocative actions before his removal by the army, also indicated severe U.S. economic sanctions were not being considered against the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti, installed after the June 28 military coup. http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/5780091/u-s-appears-to-soften-support... http://snipurl.com/osl3x

Teachers killed in violent repression in Honduras
Escalating violence in Honduras against those protesting the military coup of 28 June has left two teachers dead: Roger Abraham Vallejo and Martín Florencio Rivera

Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya began a hunger strike Monday in front of the Professors College of Middle Education to demand his immediate return to power. http://english.cctv.com/20090804/101158.shtml

Bloody Thursday in Honduras
... The blockade had been in place since early morning. By 1:20 p.m., driving down from the mountain in the wrong lane, your vehicle still had not come to the blockage point. Finally, even the oncoming lane had become an endless traffic jam of more cars and trucks seeking the same southbound route, stopped cold.A little after two p.m. the endless line of vehicles began crawling forward again. At a stretch of the road at the bottom of the miles-long hill stood three hundred or more military soldiers, National Police and specialized riot police with the acronym COEDO on their uniforms. They stood alongside the remains of burning matter, rocks and other debris that had just been cleared to the shoulders. The terrible sting of teargas clung to nostrils and throats and burned the eyes. But no remaining protesters could be seen anywhere.
The ANSA press agency would report that here, in Cuesta de la Virgen, the coup regime’s show of force against the nonviolent blockaders wrought a toll of 156 arrests, including three seriously wounded.
In the same hour, Radio Globo – its northern signal at 101.1 FM had weakened at this point in the highway as its capital city signal at 88.7 FM became accessible – reported that the violent repression against the pacific demonstrators was not an abberation restricted to Cuesta de la Virgen. Today’s crackdown had been ordered nationwide.
Roger Abraham Vallejo Cerrado, 38, secretary of the San Martín high school, who had participated in a different anti-coup demonstration in Tegucigalpa, received a bullet wound to the head. That is him in the photo. Another 88 arrests and 25 wounded was the body count from the illegitimate state repression on this same road, at El Durazno, five kilometers from the capital.
Among the arrested today were presidential candidate Carlos Reyes, beaten violently by the coup soldiers, left with a broken arm and a bloodied ear, and also arrested was national union leader Juan Barahona. The news team of Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) was physically attacked by the police, TeleSur reports.....http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56524

NYT 'coverage' of Honduras vs. that of Iran tells the story
Honduras: Clashes at Protests
Several people were wounded and more than 100 were arrested Thursday during clashes between the police and supporters of the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, in at least four locations. The most intense violence occurred on the northern edge of Tegucigalpa, the capital, where one person was shot in the head. Leaders of the demonstrations accused the police of firing tear gas and live ammunition on peaceful protesters. Television footage showed some protesters armed with long sticks and pickaxes.

Honduran interim leaders: Zelaya can't be restored
Associated Press
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduras' coup-installed leader has dampened hopes for a negotiated solution to the country's crisis, capping days of mixed signals by saying firmly that there's no way the ousted president can return to power. Also marking a tougher stance, riot police fired tear gas and arrested supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya who blocked a main artery leading into the Honduran capital Friday. Interim President Roberto Micheletti said his government would no longer tolerate street blockades that regularly snarl traffic in Tegucigalpa and other cities....U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Friday that Washington holds out hopes for a negotiated solution despite Micheletti's remarks."We continue to believe that the agreement or the points that President Arias has put forward provides the best opportunity to resolve the situation...And we encourage both the de facto regime and President Zelaya to accept the terms."

Honduras' interim government was accused by the UN on Tuesday of limiting freedom of speech in order to silence opposition.

“This is Radio Globo… in resistance.”
Radio Globo Defies New Military Tribunal Order to Close Its 15 Stations
AUGUST 4, 2009, SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS: The order was printed on the hijacked stationary of the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL, in its Spanish initials), executed by a military judge, and delivered to Radio Globo’s flagship station on 88.7 FM in Tegucigalpa at noon today: charged with “sedition,” the people’s radio station will be closed by decree, it proclaimed. Armed Forces that claim to obey the orders of civilian authorities are giving the orders to the regime over which media may broadcast and which may not – makes a lie, again, of the legaloid claims to be a civilian coup. But it’s the military – the same one that invaded and closed Radio Globo in the early hours of June 28 – that is calling the shots in Honduras today. Honduras Indymedia was there at noon, in the capital city, and photographed inside and outside the station at the moment that the order was delivered. Its report (in Spanish) and the photographs appear here .
This morning’s televised threat by coup General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez to “go after them” – the leaders of the civil resistance to the coup – also included broadcasters and journalists. Radio Globo, after its first shutdown at the hands of military soldiers, won a court order to reopen and has broadcasted constantly since June 29. If not for its news team and conductors and the thousands of calls they have received live on the air from Honduran citizens, the nationwide public would not know the real facts about what has been happening to their country. Thus, the military coup’s thirst to censor Radio Globo’s signal.
Repression has also been on the rise here in the country’s second largest city, and so has the resistance. Yesterday, Monday, August 3, as a peaceful caravan headed to protest outside the Honduran Arab Club where coup “president” Roberto Micheletti would address business leaders, National Police violently intercepted the participants, arresting at least 24 and wounding at least 47 men, women, children and seniors. After beating and arresting the caravan participants for the crime of riding in cars toward a peaceful protest location, the National Police converged on the city’s central square. According to pro-coup daily El Tiempo, they did so “because they had information that resistance members were reassembling in that location.” ...
The central park of San Pedro Sula has been the site of constant round-the-clock demonstrations since July 2, when troops invaded its City Hall and Mayor Rodolfo Padilla Sunseri disappeared....Mayor Padilla has been in exile ever since, due to the threats on his life. The coup regime attempted to install William Hall Micheletti – nephew of the coup “president” by the same last name, and third place defeated candidate in 2008 for the Liberal Party nomination for Mayor – in a local regime mirroring the national coup.The response by the Municipal Workers Union was to close City Hall and it has remained locked and protected by peaceful protesters for more than a month now.Tomorrow, from every corner of the country, national marches toward San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa will begin, scheduled to converge on the two cities early next week. As the repression escalates, so does the civil resistance.
When Radio Globo’s eight p.m. hour team signed off shortly before nine p.m.... the broadcaster added two words: “This is Radio Globo… in resistance.”

Obama admin / US strategic agenda assist: Wealthy Hollywood producer, major democratic party godfather and close Clinton friend paid for NKorea flight
NYT Lede http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/north-korean-tv-coverage-of-...
Update | 4:33 p.m. The families of the two American journalists reportedly pardoned by North Korea have posted this statement on LauraandEuna.com
The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are overjoyed by the news of their pardon. We are so grateful to our government: President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the U.S. State Department for their dedication to and hard work on behalf of American citizens.We especially want to thank President Bill Clinton for taking on such an arduous mission and Vice President Al Gore for his tireless efforts to bring Laura and Euna home...
The same Web site has this translation of part of the North Korean news agency report on the pardons: “Clinton expressed words of sincere apology to Kim Jong Il for the hostile acts committed by the two American journalists against the DPRK after illegally intruding into it,” KCNA reported. “Clinton courteously conveyed to Kim Jong-Il an earnest request of the U.S. government to leniently pardon them and send them back home from a humanitarian point of view.”

Update | 4:17 p.m. The Associated Press reports that KCNA also said that former President Clinton apologized on behalf of the women and relayed President Barack Obama’s gratitude. The North Korean report added the visit would “contribute to deepening the understanding” between North Korea and the United States.

U.S. calls for amnesty for American journalists jailed in DPRK
WASHINGTON, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The Obama administration on Friday called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to grant amnesty to two female American journalists sentenced to 12 years in prison for "hostile actions" against the country. "The two journalists and their families have expressed great remorse for this incident, and I think everyone is very sorry that it happened," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

Hillary Clinton: Don't count on Korea breakthrough
Hillary Clinton called her husband's trip a humanitarian mission, separate from persistent tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program. Still, she held out hope of a thaw in relations.
"Perhaps they will now be willing to start talking to us within the context of the six-party talks about the international desire to see them denuclearize," she said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show.... Hillary Clinton also rejected an official report by the North Korean news agency that said Bill Clinton had delivered an apology about the incident to the country's ailing leader, Kim Jong Il. "That is not true," Hillary Clinton said. "That did not occur." The journalists were captured while on assignment to collect material for a report about trafficking of North Korean women into China.... http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2009600597_apafclintonnko...

US Used Communications Companies In '03 Cyberwar Against Iraq
Although a plan for a large-scale digital attack on Iraq’s financial system was not carried out [SIC], the American military and its partners in the intelligence agencies did receive approval to cripple Iraq’s military and government communications systems in the early hours of the war in 2003. Besides blowing up cellphone towers and communications grids, the offensive included electronic jamming and digital attacks against Iraq’s telephone networks. American officials also contacted international communications companies that provided satellite phone and cellphone coverage to Iraq to alert them to possible jamming and to ask their assistance in turning off certain channels. While the Bush regime seriously studied computer-network attacks, the Obama administration is the first to elevate cybersecurity -- both defending American computer networks and attacking those of adversaries -- to the level of a White House director, whose appointment is expected in coming weeks. www.legitgov.org

Obama extends sanctions against Syria:
U.S. President Obama has decided to extend sanctions against Syria, despite positive sings of progress in the relationship between the two nations, a White House statement said Friday.

Obama extends sanctions on Syria despite diplomatic thaw
By Natasha Mozgovaya
U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to extend sanctions against Syria, despite positive sings of progress in the relationship between the two nations, a White House statement said Friday.
The decision to maintain current sanctions against the Syrian government, the statement said, comes as a result of continuing attempts to maintain instability in neighboring Lebanon.
"In the past six months, the United States has used dialogue with the Syrian government to address concerns and identify areas of mutual interest, including support for Lebanese sovereignty," the statement said. President Obama admitted that there have been "some positive developments in the past year, including the establishment of diplomatic relations and an exchange of ambassadors between Lebanon and Syria."However, the statement continued, ultimately "the actions of certain persons continue to contribute to political and economic instability in Lebanon and the region and constitute a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States."
As a result of these actions, the White House has decided to extend by an additional year the sanctions initiated by former president George W. Bush on August 1, 2007.The sanctions include the freezing of assets of those individuals suspected of undermining Lebanon's sovereignty on Syria's behalf.
Obama's administration has moved toward improving U.S. ties with Syria, with the hope that, being a key player in the region, it could play an influential role in Lebanon, Iraq or in advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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# Report: Israel asks Turkey to renew mediation of Syria talks
# U.S.: We won't exert economic pressure on Israel

Boycott plan comforts Israelis:
THE US will move swiftly to impose severe sanctions against Iran if Tehran continues to" ignore US President Barack Obama's offer of dialogue", Israeli officials said yesterday after briefings from senior American officials.http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25864013-15084,00.html

Israel pulls anti-Semitism card on Venezuela:
Tel Aviv has accused the administration Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of cooperating with Israel's enemies and supporting anti-Semitism.

stay tuned: as if u.s. was unaware of its state terrorist proxy & partner's barbaric predation all these years...
Butchers: The hidden truth about Israel's kidney theft ring
Joseph Cannon, Cannonfire
(Note: This is a major story. Although I've done no original "in the field" research, I've stitched together published material in a way that reveals the true authorship of this crime. You won't learn about the complicity of the Israeli government anywhere else.)
Where do the kidneys come from? I'm talking about the kidneys offered by an "organist" named Izzy Rosenbaum. The FBI scooped him up in a corruption probe that focused on pay-offs to New Jersey pols (nothing surprising about that) and money laundering by prominent rabbis:
The probe also uncovered Levy Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn, who is accused of conspiring to broker the sale of a human kidney for a transplant. According to the complaint, Rosenbaum said he had been brokering sale of kidneys for 10 years. "His business was to entice vulnerable people to give up a kidney for $10,000 which he would turn around and sell for $160,000," said Marra. Marra is a US attorney involved with the case. News accounts like the one quoted above have led the public to believe that the "donors" were both willing and compensated, and that this operation was purely private. But good evidence indicates that the matter is far, far more troubling:

* The kidneys were "donated" at gunpoint by unwilling victims.
* The Israeli government directed Rosenbaum's grisly scheme.
* Major American hospitals wittingly participated in the plot.

Court says English-only tests OK in schools
California is entitled to administer school achievement tests and high school exit exams in English to all students, including the nearly 1.6 million who speak limited English, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco rejected arguments by bilingual-education groups and nine school districts that English-only exams violate a federal law's requirement that limited-English-speaking students "shall be assessed in a valid and reliable manner."
The law penalizes any school if any identified group of students falls short of state academic standards or fails to meet certain benchmarks for progress in any year. The penalty for several years of noncompliance can include changes in a school's administration. The nine districts in Thursday's case all have schools that have been penalized under the law, including one school that has been placed in trusteeship... http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/31/BAIJ191KB0.D...

working class that's bailing out its predator rulers
Prolonged Aid to Unemployed Is Running Out
Over the coming months, as many as 1.5 million jobless Americans will exhaust their unemployment insurance benefits, ending what for some has been a last bulwark against foreclosures and destitution. Tens of thousands of workers have already used up their benefits, and the numbers are expected to soar in the months to come, reaching half a million by the end of September and 1.5 million by the end of the year, according to new projections by the National Employment Law Project, a private research group. Unemployment insurance is now a lifeline for nine million Americans, with payments averaging just over $300 per week, varying by state and work history.

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Internment / Resettlement Specialists in the Army are primarily responsible for day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility.

preparing the state to crush rebellion against the barbaric violence of capitalism
U.S. to provide $1 billion stimulus funds to hire cops
The federal government will give $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies in every state to pay for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.... Funding decisions were based on reported crimes for the previous calendar year, community policing activities, budget changes, and poverty, unemployment, and foreclosure rates in the area. "These officers will go to the places where they are needed the most," Holder said...." violence is very much a concern here... "There is far too much violence taking place every day on the streets of our city"...Pennsylvania is one of the hardest-hit states in terms of economic decline, officials said. More than 19 percent of the families in Philadelphia live in poverty, and the unemployment rate jumped from 6.4 percent in 2008 to 8.8 percent in 2009 [OFFICIAL rate, those currently getting benefits] http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/28/police.stimulus/index.html