9/27/7 Message from the 1920 Revolution Brigades : The Iraqi Resistance Redefines Meaning of 'Conquest'

"The United States must cultivate a mental view toward world settlement after this war which will enable us to impose our own terms, amounting perhaps to a pax- americana."
U.S. Department of State - Source: Minutes S-3 of the Security Subcommittee, Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policy, 6 May, 1942, Notter File, Box 77, Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State, National Archives, DC.

Commentary: Amerika's holocausts have far surpassed its friend Hitler's, from its founding, across the decades and the globe ... not beginning with Bush-Cheney et al:
the basic law of capital is expand or die. capitalist strategists and leaders know this current crisis is not merely cyclical but a deep, fundamental crisis of capital. they have historically temporarily 'fixed' such crises thru imperialist war to expand and secure global dominance by restructuring capital -- and the world -- economically and politically to maximize accumulation: such is the purpose of the "war on terrorism":

Misery may be just beginning, warns IMF:
"The consequences of this episode should not be underestimated and the adjustment process is likely to be protracted. Credit conditions may not normalise soon, and some of the practices that have developed in the structured credit markets will have to change."

SOS: The United States of Terror
Sarah Meyer, Index Research
When are the whole bloody lot of terrorists and truth slayers sitting at the White House, Pentagon and corporate board meetings, controlling OUR world going to be escorted by Charon across the river Acheron? Pageboys/girls attending them could be Sarkozy, Merkel, Blair, Howard and Harper, Rummie, Wolfie and PNACers ... What is the difference between Hitler invading Europe and Cheney-Bush invading the Middle East / Afghanistan? Do we have to wait until the 6m genocide quota arrives before DOING anything? Are not the 1.2m Iraqi deaths by violent means mega-enough? $2.5 trillion killing 3.4 million Asians...Cheney saying it was worth it to spend $735,000 / head killing Asian men, women and children. Is that not enough?.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36473


"...we are proud to say that the Iraqi Resistance has and continues to redefine the meaning of the word conquest..."

1920 Revolution Brigades' message to the world: The Hidden Facts

The true reasons of this war as we all know is oil, world domination, corporate government, and the guarantee of existence to the so called state of Israel... the foreign players in Iraq today have reached the state where their interest are no longer common. There is more to disagree on and conflict is present. And looking at all the details of the timeline of this conflict as we have explained... we must not forget that the Iraqi Resistance, and despite all the reservations that some might have, has set a unique example that will be studied by historians and analysts for years to come. Most importantly it has taught the world of oppressed nations and societies that a self sufficient resistance movement in our modern times is possible, and can destabilize the most powerful opponents let alone local governing bodies that cooperate with imperial powers... The Resistance has proved to the world that it is through morality and determination that you can achieve and gain your rights and that ideological pretext marketed by the US media as being the cause of this war, is nothing but another lie. Religions have coexisted for thousands of years in peace, why is it now a problem. Ideologic and religious fanaticism on all sides is only the excuse and not the reason which is economic gain and influence. The Resistance has also proved that the highly consumable capital based economies cannot fight long wars, and their greed for energy to sustain a specific lifestyle will eventually grind humanity into a global market of exploitation and slavery only to be followed by total collapse. Capitalism as is tested more and more with less energy available will eventually fail.
In all what we have stated, we are proud to say that the Iraqi Resistance has and continues to redefine the meaning of the word conquest .

We also extend our hands again and again to those troops in Iraq who are still holding on to their morality and humanity, to those who do not want to be part of this crime, that the doors of our mosques and churches will always remain open for. And we in the resistance will honor your humanity and will assist you in discreetly taking you out of Iraq into neighboring countries where you will not be prosecuted and labeled as deserters. We know there are many amongst you who want to leave, but we can only help if you gather the courage to express sorrow, remorse, and detachment from this crime.
We have smuggled out tens and tens of honest men who thought they were coming to Iraq for a cause...

We also extend our appreciation and respect to all the honorable people around the world, the heroes of dignity and freedom, the brave men and women of the anti-globalization and Peace movements. We in Iraq are thankful and grateful for all what you have done and your continued efforts to end this conflict and confront the white collar criminals of corporate governments...
To the American people we say, you have finally awakened and the millions of honorable people amongst you have now realized that the Iraqi people are not your enemies, and they are not responsible for your grief. It is your troops which occupied our country, and not us yours. The arrogant war criminal who rules in your name has humiliated your nation & military honor and we believe, that a democracy that is not willing to fight for its own freedom, is no better that a raw dictatorship.... Bush is insisting even more in his arrogance to go against your will in ending this war. Bush does not respect his own people and we believe that because he knows that a political solution will not be reached with the Iraqi Resistance, he will leave to democrats a heavy burden by the time he leaves office. He cannot comprehend that a few good men have brought has project in the Middle East to a complete halt. Bush cannot stay in Iraq where he is caught between the fire of the resistance and that of Iran. And if he leaves after all these losses and humiliation the oil rich south of Iraq will be in the hands of Iran. And this is what US strategy cannot accept. Bush’s last attempt and revenge will be to pull out of Iraq and plan its disintegration into 3 geographically carved states. Then strike the strategic assets of Iran, to bring its already strained economy down to collapse.

Thus the democrats will be left with a Middle East that is even more unstable than it is now. And despite our knowledge that when it comes to strategic interests both parties do not conflict and it is only the methods that bear the difference, The democrats have a chance to end this conflict in a face saving solution for the US, by first declaring that they recognize the factions of the Iraqi resistance as the representatives of the Iraqi people and the Iraqi Republic. After which a negotiating team would be arranged to negotiate your troop withdrawal, compensation of Iraq, and matters of future interest. It is only through the Iraqi resistance, that a solution may be born....

Finally we say to Bush and those behind him. You can go all you want with your plans, strategies, and executions, and we with ours. Lead your troops into battle with every high tech gadgetry and equipment, military science as ever developed, and we will go as primitive and creative as we can, creating the necessary gap that continues to deprive you of the upper hand. Attack with all your force if we leave you a trace... Hide all your true casualties and we will deprive you of new recruits. Raise the oil prices more and strengthen other aspiring nations & we will deprive you of ours, then raise the cost of occupation till we break your bones in Baghdad and Babylon.
Wander the shelves of history in search of methods to adapt, and we will confront you with a form of variable, adaptable, and reversible asymmetric warfare that will set the standard for years and years to come...

The Nineteen Twenty Revolution Brigades
Media Office
Baghdad, on the 8th of September 2007

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VIDEO CLIP: English message from the Iraqi resistance to the world

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy"
Henry Kissinger http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Military

"Who Are We?"
"Troops Out Now. Iraq for Iraqis"
"No Justice, No Peace"
"U.S. Out of the Middle East!"
GI Special 5I22: IVAW Front And Center
September 24, 2007
Thomas F. Barton
Iraq Veterans Against the War lead seven thousand demonstrators on a march through the streets of Washington to the steps of the Capitol Building on September 15. In a straight line followed six more flags, all black, each with a different corporate logo — one for Halliburton Corp., Bechtel Corp., Lockheed-Martin Corp., Blackwatch Corp., CACI Corp., and Dyncorp Corp... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36656

deadly, desperate losers...
the Army stretched thin by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is looking to spend nearly three billion dollars extra to speed up its expansion.

Pentagon Chief Gates Seeks $190 Billion More for Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan :

bipartisan unity to 'wipe Iraq off the map'...
Senate endorses policy to create a Balkans-style Iraq
Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Deadlocked over how and when to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, the U.S. Senate today approved a symbolic policy statement endorsing the decentralization of Iraq into semi-autonomous regions. The nonbinding measure sponsored by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) -- which supports a so-called federal system of government in Iraq -- won unusually broad bipartisan support, passing easily, 75 to 23. It attracted 26 Republicans, 47 Democrats and two independents. "That is a very hopeful sign," said Biden, who worked with conservative Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to get the measure through...

puppets protest
Iraq MPs oppose US division plan
BASRA, Sept 26 (KUNA) -- Two Iraqi parliamentary blocs have enunciated opposition to a US plan aiming to subdivide Iraq on ethnic lines, notably Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites. The US Senate was expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a Bosnia-style plan to subdivide Iraq on ethnic lines, touted by backers as the sole hope of forging a federal state out of sectarian strife. Advocates say the plan, championed by Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Joseph Biden, offers a route to a political solution in Iraq that could allow US troops to eventually go home without leaving chaos behind...critics charge it ignores Iraq's... cities where ethnic groups live side-by-side and inter-marry, and are not divided by lines on a map....
Omar al-Jabori, spokesman for the independent Sunni Arab bloc, condemned the US draft policy aiming to subdivide Iraq on ethnic and sectarian lines.
He urged all Iraqi political entities and blocs to stand united as one against the fresh US blueprint aiming to control Iraq's wealth, resources and destiny.

Iraq VP dismisses subdivision plans
Visiting Iraqi Vice-President Adel Abdel-Mahdi here Thursday dismissed Iraq subdivision plans, saying the country has been united for 5,000 years.

"Erasing" Iraq: planned from the start...
October 1, 2002 U.S. Considers Dividing Iraq Into Three Separate States After Saddam Is Gone
FORECASTS & TRENDS -[excerpts]
* STRATFOR.COM released a fascinating report last Friday. Stratfor.com is one of the most respected geopolitical intelligence services in the world. Stratfor's high-level sources tell them that one of the leading long-term strategies being considered by US war planners is one that will DIVIDE Iraq into three separate regions. Under this plan Iraq would CEASE TO EXIST. [emphasis added]

Stratfor believes the plan would divide Iraq as follows:

The central and largest part of Iraq that is populated by the Sunni Arabs would be joined with JORDAN to form one "United Hashemite Kingdom," which would be ruled by Jordan's King Abdullah. This area would include Baghdad, which would no longer be the capital.

The Kurdish region of northern and northwestern Iraq, including Mosul and the vast Kirkuk oilfields, would become its own autonomous state.

The Shia Region in southwestern Iraq, including Basra, would make up the third state, or more likely it would be joined with Kuwait.
Stratfor's sources indicate that the plan to divide (and thus eliminate) Iraq as described above is not the only plan under consideration, and it is also not finalized. However, such a plan makes a lot of sense to me.

Stratfor says that such a plan reportedly was discussed at an unusual meeting between Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and pro-US Iraqi Sunni opposition members in London in July. Further, they say that in September, the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, stated that the US goal in Iraq was to create a United Hashemite Kingdom that would encompass Jordan and Iraq's Sunni areas. Also, Israeli terrorism expert Ehud Sprinzak recently echoed this sentiment on Russian television on September 24.

So whose idea is this? According to Stratfor, Sprinzak stated that the authors of the "Hashemite" plan are Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, both considered the most hawkish of Bush administration officials. [...]

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2004 Rand study “U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11”
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali, exec. editor American Muslim Perspective
Rand study suggests exploiting Sunni, Shiite and Arab, non-Arab divides to
promote the US policy objectives inthe Muslim world.
The recently released Rand study - titled “U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World
After 9/11” – was conducted on behalf of the US Air Force. One of the
primary objective of the study was to “identify the key cleavages and fault
lines among sectarian, ethnic, regional, and national lines and to assess
how these cleavages generate challenges and opportunities for the United

"We’ve knocked out their drinking water. Soon, they will begin to acquire diarrhea and malnutrition."
General Schwarzkopf after beginning of first US Gulf war against iraq

Iraq: Videotape of Blackwater Attack — Jaafari Maneuvers in Najaf — Pentagon Report
Juan Cole, Informed Comment
Iraqi authorities said Saturday they have a videotape of the shootings in Nisur Square last Sunday by Blackwater security guards, which shows that they fired without provocation. The company has maintained that its personnel were responding to incoming fire. There is now talk in Baghdad of trying the guards, though a decree by US viceroy Paul Bremer may hold the US nationals harmless. Meanwhile charges surfaced that Blackwater employees had shipped weapons to Iraq without proper paperwork ... which could be a form of arms smuggling.

Company denies any role in arms smuggling
AP http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/d...

Blackwater USA denied Saturday any involvement in illegal weapons smuggling, responding to reports the private security contractor is a target of federal prosecutors. Officials said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh, N.C., is handling the investigation with help from Pentagon and State Department auditors. Officials in Washington, D.C., said the smuggling investigation [READ COVERUP] grew from internal Pentagon and State Department inquiries into U.S. weapons that had gone missing in Iraq....
Turkish authorities protested to the U.S. in July that they had seized American arms from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, rebels.
The PKK is fighting for an independent Kurdistan and is banned in Turkey, which has a restive Kurdish population. The PKK is considered a "foreign terrorist organization" by the State Department... The federal probe into Blackwater came to light last week, after State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard mentioned it while denying he had improperly blocked fraud and corruption probes in Iraq and Afghanistan....In a letter to a House committee chairman, Krongard denied he had refused to cooperate with an investigation into alleged weapons smuggling by a large, unidentified State Department contractor...

the dynamics of imperialist puppeteering
Iraq sees "security vacuum" without Blackwater
Sun 23 Sep 2007
By Dominic Evans and Paul Tait
The shooting in western Baghdad last Sunday incensed Iraqis and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to freeze the work of Blackwater, which employs about 1,000 people and guards the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. But five days later it was back at work. Instead, the Iraqi government and U.S. officials have agreed to set up a joint inquiry into the work of private security companies like U.S.-based Blackwater, which many Iraqis see as private armies acting with impunity. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said she had ordered a full "review of how we are conducting our security details" but added that dangerous diplomatic missions in Iraq had to go on because they were critical to U.S. goals in the country.


Dare To Compare - Israel
By Ghali Hassan
...Israel is a Zionist settlers’ colony founded on land theft and terror against the Palestinian people; Nazi Germany was not. However, I do – like most people – compare Israeli policies in Palestine with those of the Nazis. If you deny what happened in Palestine in 1948 (Nakba) when thousands of Palestinians were murdered, and an estimated 800,000 Palestinians were terrorised and ethnically cleansed from their homeland in a deliberate and systematic policy of mass expulsion by Jewish terrorist organisations, you deny “the holocaust” ever took place.
Israel’s violence found unconditional military support within the U.S. and European power establishments. The recent $30 billion “aid package” to Israel – paid by U.S. taxpayers – is a case in point, although “Washington’s blind support for Israel exceeds by many times the amount of direct U.S. aid to Israel” (Shirl McArthur, WRMEA, July 2006). Israel’s usefulness is that it justifies U.S. violence and military presence in the region......“democracy” for the U.S. is only if the elected government serves U.S. interests...
Israel is a rogue state in possession of the fourth largest military force in the world. Israel amasses an arsenal that includes biological and chemical weapons and more than 200 nuclear warheads...
All the above mentioned Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people are so horrendous that they... easily pass for Nazis’ war crimes against Jews. The whole idea of purely “Jewish State” in Palestine is based on the concept of the “Master Race” adopted in the Nazis’ ideology of Herrenvolk. Indeed, Jews consider non-Jews (Gentiles) as Untermenschen, or lesser humans... Palestinians are despised and denied equal rights in a deliberate discriminatory policy considered worse than South Africa’s Apartheid....
Despite the criminal nature of Israel’s policies, few people dare criticise Israel for fear of being labelled “anti-Semitists”. Israel uses the cliché of “anti-Semitism” and the holocaust to silence its critics. People who are falsely accused of “anti-Semitism” pay dearly, losing their jobs and livelihoods for daring to legitimately criticise Israel. Indeed, anyone who criticises Israel's terror ... is automatically labelled “anti-Semitic”. The holocaust has been turned from a human tragedy into a political tool and a multi-business industry... Zionist Jews have succeeded in making the holocaust unique and exclusive, belittling countless other genocide. Zionist Jews have mastered the art of ‘religion manipulation’ to justify violence and perpetuate a slow genocide in Palestine... there is a widespread anti-Semitism campaign directed not against Jews, but against Arabs and Muslims. Pro-Israel Christian Zionists...the Christian Right and pro-Israel lobbies in the U.S. and Europe, have declared war not only on the Palestinians and Arabs in the Middle East, but also on all Arabs and Muslims around the world. With the bulk of Western media inherently pro-Israel and anti-Muslim, Israel is portrayed as a “victim” defending itself from the Palestinians who are often depicted as “militants” and “terrorists”. In reality, the opposite is true. In his last article in the Los Angeles Times (16 July 2007), the deputy of HAMAS political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzook, put the Movement’s view like this: “Why should anyone concede Israel’s ‘right’ to exist, when it has never even acknowledged the foundational crimes of murder and ethnic cleansing by means of which Israel to our towns and villages, our farms and orchards, and made us a nation of refugees?...

Israel uses 180 investigation methods to interrogate jailed Palestinians
Ali Samoud - IMEMC
Israeli security apparatuses are using 180 methods while interrogating the Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails. In a new statistical report, Shawaneh indicated rise in the percentage of arrests up to 200% of previous years, adding that 70000 Palestinians were abducted since 1967, which represents 20% of the Palestinians who went through the imprisonment experience (...) The report stated that the highest percentages of torture in Israeli prisons over the latest years were as follows; 98% were tortured during arrest and interrogation, 86% were placed in very cold rooms, 87% were tortured while their hand were tied behind their back while standing up, 88% standing up for long hours with a very smelly sack placed on their heads, 92% deprived from sleeping during the first interrogation periods... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36554

Bush Declines to Lift Veil of Secrecy Over Israeli Airstrike on Syria
President Bush pointedly declined on Thursday to discuss a Israeli airstrike in northern Syria on Sept. 6 that Israeli officials say hit a nuclear-related facility that Nort Korea was helping to equip.

Syria accuses the US and Israel of mass murders
Roads to Iraq
Syria Newspaper Teshreen editorial accused US and Israel of the assassination of Lebanese deputy Antoine Ghanem saying: If Bush administration wants to accuse Syria, then we reverse the accusations on this administration and Israel of this crime [Ghanem assassination] also on all the crimes, at least they benefited from these crimes especially that the Bush administration adopts the creative-chaos theory. American armies and mercenaries killed hundreds of thousands in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Israel killed thousands in occupied Palestine and Lebanon over the past years, why not the International Security Council adopts resolutions against them, the killers are known and there are documented with evidence....Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36565

Questioning Madam Secretary about the Mercy Credits of Genocidaires
Madeline Albright Stumps for the Clinton Campaign in Iowa
Michael Gillespie, Dissident Voice
The Clinton campaign’s decision to put Madeline Albright on the campaign trail has reminded many Arab Americans and other long-time observers of U.S. Middle East foreign policy of the 13-year-long Iraq sanctions regime that killed some 1.5 million innocent Iraqis, including a large number of children. In 1996, Albright, a staunch supporter of the Iraq sanctions while serving during the Clinton administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told Leslie Stahl of CBS’s 60 Minutes that, despite the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children, "We think the price is worth it."....


U.S. Senate: Iran Guard A Terror Group:
The Democratic-led U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution for President Bush to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group.

Iran: any U.S. move to brand its elite Revolutionary Guards a foreign "terrorist" organisation would be illegal and amount to a confrontation with the entire Islamic Republic.

Washington Sees an Opportunity on Iran
Administration officials say Washington's European allies
are talking about a far broader cutoff of bank lending and
technology to Iran than any tried so far.

Iranian self-defense would be considered “unhelpful” for the long planned U.S.-Israeli effort to slaughter untold numbers of Iranians

Iran: US is world's real threat
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has accused the US of being the world's "real threat" and defended his country's nuclear programme.

In a 40-minute speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad accused Washington and its allies of carrying out human rights abuses... "Human rights are being extensively violated by certain powers, especially by those who pretend to be their exclusive advocates.
"Setting up secret prisons, abducting persons, trials and secret punishments without any regard to due process ... have become commonplace. "The rights and dignity of the American people are also being sacrificed for the selfish desires of those holding power," he added.

Ahmadinejad also used his speech to say the issue of Iran's nuclear programme was "closed" and should be handled by the UN nuclear watchdog.
Without specifically naming them, he accused Washington and its allies of bullying Iran - which they say is trying to develop nuclear weapons - and putting pressure on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for their own purposes.... "Today, because of the resistance of the Iranian nation, the issue is back to the agency, and I officially announce that in our opinion the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed and has turned into an ordinary agency matter," he said, adding Iran was prepared to have "constructive talks with all parties".

Addressing the General Assembly earlier in the session George Bush, the US president, made little reference to Iran. Instead, both Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Nicholas Sarkozy, the French president, sought to increase pressure on the Islamic republic, saying they would not accept a nuclear-armed Iran. Merkel, said: "if Iran were to acquire the nuclear bomb, the consequences would be disastrous." Sarkozy told the session: "Iran is entitled to nuclear power for civilian purposes, but to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapon is an unacceptable risk to the stability of the region and the stability of the world."
Ahmadinejad also used his speech to criticise the US-led invasion of Iraq, which he said was "occupied under the pretext of overthrowing the dictator and the existence of weapons of mass destruction". He criticised the UN Security Council for being an exclusive club answerable to no one, saying that those in power were in the "sunset of their times".
He also voiced support for the Palestinians, saying: "The Palestinian people have been displaced or are under heavy military pressure, economic siege or are incarcerated under abhorrent conditions. "The occupiers are protected and praised, while the innocent Palestinians are subjected to political, military and propaganda onslaughts."
Neither the US nor the Israeli delegation stayed to listen to the Iranian leader's speech.

'You don't represent 300 million people'
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells off CBS reporter.

academic as thug agent of the state
Iranian University Chancellors Ask Bollinger 10 Questions
Seven chancellors and presidents of Iranian universities and research centers, in a letter addressed to their counterpart in the US Colombia University, denounced Lee Bollinger's insulting words against the Iranian nation and president and invited him to provide responses for 10 questions of the Iranian academicians and intellectuals.

Columbia President's propaganda introduction of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Video: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at Columbia University

Ahmadinejad denies sending weapons into Iraq:
'The [U.S.] military should seek an answer to its defeat in Iraq elsewhere, in the misguided policies that it has led, in the wrong perspective that it has had toward Iraq and its people,' Ahmadinejad said. http://snipurl.com/1r6sg

"A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran; culminating in a 'defensive' US action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan."
February 1, 2007, imperialist geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski arguing against current U.S. military tactics to Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Cheney mulled Israeli strike plan
Vice-President Dick Cheney considered asking Israel to launch limited missile strikes at an Iranian nuclear site to provoke a retaliation

Israel, U.S. Shared Data On Suspected Nuclear Site:
Israel's decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration with North Korea, came after Israel shared intelligence with President Bush this summer indicating that North Korean nuclear personnel were in Syria, U.S. government sources said.

Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike:
Detailed contingency planning for a possible attack on Iran has been carried out for more than two years by Centcom (US central command), according to defence sources.

Ahmadinejad arrives for New York visit
NEW YORK -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York to protests Sunday and said in a television interview that Iran was neither building a nuclear bomb nor headed to war with the United States.... Tensions are high between Washington and Tehran over U.S. accusations that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons, as well as helping Shiite militias in Iraq that target U.S. troops - claims Iran denies....
Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust "a myth" and called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." (emphasis added)

Caught Red-Handed: Media Backtracks on Iran’s Anti-Israel “Threat”
by Arash Norouzi / July 17th, 2007

In case you missed it:
US outsourcing special ops, intelligence to Iraq terror group, intelligence officials say
The Pentagon is bypassing official US intelligence channels and turning to a dangerous and unruly cast of characters in order to create strife in Iran in preparation for any possible attack, former and current intelligence officials say.

Ending Uganda’s “Brilliant” Genocide
by Milton Allimadi

... why has the massive suffering in Uganda's Acholi region not met with universal condemnation such as has been marshaled against atrocities in Darfur?
The United States' biggest ally in sub-Saharan Africa is Uganda, ruled by Yoweri Museveni, the butcher of the Congo, where at least three million people died because of the ravages of Museveni's and other pillaging armies. Musevini's regime was rewarded with aid and great praise by Washington. Internally, the regime has caused a whole people, the Acholi of northern Uganda, to become prisoners in their own homeland. For more than ten years, the Acholi have been interned in concentration camps - a human rights crime that the United States ignores, as does the British Commonwealth. Hundreds of thousands have died...
the U.S. government have unapologetically supported Uganda's dictator Yoweri Museveni, even though the Bush Administration is aware the International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating Uganda's role in the Congo genocide when it occupied the Ituri region and that senior Ugandan officials, including President Yoweri K. Museveni, could be indicted for war crimes much in the same manner that Liberia's ex-dictator Charles Taylor was indicted. The US continues to aid and abet the Uganda regime's genocide in Acholi simply because Washington has selected Museveni as the region's policeman - witness Uganda's role as the only African country to contribute troops for "peace keeping" when the security situation there deteriorated following Ethiopia's U.S.-sponsored invasion.
So while Washington and London lead the charge against the Sudanese government for the atrocities in Darfur, they conveniently ignore the blood letting that's occurred in Uganda's concentration camps. The hypocrisy will reach its highest level in November when Uganda even gets to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference. The Commonwealth, made up of former British colonies and whose titular head is Queen Elizabeth II preach "democracy" and the "rule of law" only when it suits Western interests. Remember in 2002 Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth because Robert Mugabe's government was accused of having evolved into a dictatorship?

"The Commonwealth preach ‘democracy' and the ‘rule of law' only when it suits Western interests."

Well in Uganda, we have a genocidal dictatorship to boot; a president who could conceivably get indicted by the ICC. By hosting the conference, Museveni hopes to gain international legitimacy and put pressure on the ICC; how can you dare indict me for the Congo crimes when I am capable of hosting such world political luminaries? The world leaders and the Queen will have to shut their ears to the cries of people in Uganda's death camps when Museveni wines and dines them in two months time.
... if anyone still harbors doubts that corporate media enable and facilitate genocide when it suits the purposes of Western governments, then the Ugandan case should open eyes. Major Western media such as The New York Times, CNN and the BBC, all of which are the ringleaders in terms of establishing what's deemed "newsworthy" for global corporate consumption, have all ignored the genocide in Acholi; and Museveni's role in the Congo's for that matter.... Uganda's is very peculiar. The deaths occur in camps scattered over a wide geographical distance.... Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide states it as: "Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part." Uganda's on-going nightmare fits the definition tightly.
Victims are not hacked to death with machetes, but allowed to die from want of sustenance and nourishment. It is, in fact, the brilliant genocide [...]
[emphasis added - ed.]
Milton Allimadi is publisher of The Black Star News also found at www.blackstarnews.com He can be reached at Milton@blackstarnews.com

Somalia Tallies the Plagues, Fearing What's Next
As many Somalis teeter on the edge of survival, a famine
looms, ministries are not functioning and the transitional
government is running out of money.

"Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."
Henry Kissinger, National Security Memo 200, dated April 24, 1974

capitalist humanitarianism "solutions" to results of imperialist super-exploitation: means to deeper U.S. control and deadlier oppression
Gates Foundation [tackles a giant that] preys on Africa's children
With an unprecedented infusion of cash and a businesslike approach, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation kicked the quest for a malaria vaccine into high gear....The vaccine project embodies the Gateses' conviction science and technology hold the best solutions to the health problems of the world's poor.

"Mystery": How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World
Michael Parenti
There is a "mystery" we must explain: How is it that as corporate investments and foreign aid and international loans to poor countries have increased dramatically throughout the world over the last half century, so has poverty? The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world's population. What do we make of this?
VIDEO:"Terrorism, Globalization and Conspiracy"
Globalization is an attempt to extend corporate monopoly control over the whole globe. Over every national economy. Over every local economy Over every life.


USAID, the CIA, and the Coup in Haiti
Neil Elliott
One doesn’t have to wander far from the Associated Press wires to find abundant information about the United States’ enthusiastic long-term “intervention” in Haiti.

Haiti 2007: The STruggle Continues Under U.N. Occupation
by Akinyele Umoja
While under the banner of "peace-keeping," popular organizations in Haiti see the role of MINUSTAH as maintaining the imperialist domination of Haiti...
The symbol of Haiti's underdevelopment and poverty is Cite Soleil. Cite Soleil is a highly populated shanty town located on the edge of the capital city of Port au Prince. Estimates of its population range from 300,000 to 500,000. I have traveled to Africa and other Caribbean countries in the past, as well as the slums and ghettoes of the United States, but Cite Soleil possesses the largest concentration of poverty I have ever witnessed. The poorest residential section of the poorest community in the possibly poorest country in the western hemisphere is called "little Haiti." There we saw hundreds of people living without running water, electricity, and children without clothes. While she had been there before, our Haitian guide was overwhelmed by tears due to the condition of her people in "little Haiti." Later on our trip, a peasant organizer explained that the massive poverty of Cite Soleil is the result of the policy of the Duvalier dictatorships of the late 1950s until 1986, which encouraged rural people to leave the country to move to the city. In rural areas, as their ancestors have done for centuries, Haitian peasants were able to feed and provide shelter for themselves. Transplanted in the cities they had no land to cultivate, while the Haitian elite took over terrain abandoned by Haitian peasants...

In spite of the popular demand for Aristide to return to Haiti, imperialism and rich and right-wing Haitians exercise the power to prevent the former President's residence in the country of his citizenship and birth. This is evidence of the denial of the Haitian people's sovereignty and self-determination...

On my return many I talked to asked the following questions after hearing my report of our trip. Why would the United States apprehend a popularly elected President of a sovereign nation and take him without his consent to another continent? Why would the United States prevent him, not only from returning to his country, but deny him asylum in the Caribbean? Why is the United States aligned with elements in Haiti that not only wish to deny basic human rights of the overwhelming majority of Haitians but have a history of massacre, drug dealing, and robbery of the nation's wealth?

Many of us educated in the United States have accepted the white supremacist and imperialist orientation presented to us in school and the corporate media. Particularly in the western hemisphere, the policy of the rulers of the United States is to not tolerate governments that promote self-determination. Jean Bertrand Aristide is loved by the Haitian masses and hated by the Haitian elite and their U.S. allies because he dared to be an advocate of Haiti's poor. The Haitian elite controls sweat shops that manufactures for Walmart, Target, Disney and Levis. As a Haitian labor leader told our delegation "When you wear a t-shirt, you're wearing the blood of a Haitian." When Aristide articulated that the minimum wage had to be increased and the wealth of the nation needed to be shared with the working class and poor by building schools and hospitals, he threatened the interests of not only the rich Haitian elites, but global capitalists of the U.S., France and Canada. In his effort to protect the interest of the workers, peasants and poor, Aristide resisted U.S. and elite Haitian demands for privatization of the public sector. For the rulers of the United States, Aristide was potentially another Castro or Hugo Chavez. While the rhetoric of the (US) empire we are subjects of tells us it supports elections and democracy, it has a history of supporting dictatorial criminals to overthrow popularly elected democrats who wish to develop their nations and assert their people's integrity and independence. Remember Mossadegh in Iran (1953), Arbenz in Guatemala (1954), Lumumba in the Congo (1960), and Allende in Chile (1973). Remember that the rulers of the United States have opposed an independent Haiti since its inception.[...]

"This country is not pro-American. It is United States property."
Juan Bosch - President of the Dominican Republic Source invaded by U.S. in 1965 to prevent the replacement of Donald Reid Cabral by Bosch's constitutionally-elected government.


"The "civilized" have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the "sanctity" of human life, or the "conscience" of the "civilized world"."
James Baldwin COLLECTED ESSAYS (1998), ch. one "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976)

"The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead
J. Edgar Hoover,FBI Chief, re: COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party

The Justice that Jena Demands
by Xochitl Bervera
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
Emmanuelle Narcisse.... was a tall, slim, handsome young man who was killed by a guard at the Bridge City Correctional Center for Youth – a Louisiana juvenile prison – in 2003. Apparently, he was "fussing" in line, talking back to a guard. The guard punched him in the face, one blow, and Emmanuelle went down backwards, slamming his head on the concrete. He took his last breath there behind the barbed wire of that state run facility. The guard was suspended with pay during the investigation. No indictment was ever filed against him.
There is also Tobias Kingsley,[1] <#11547823064251a5__ftn1> sentenced when he was 15 to two years in juvenile prison for sneaking into a hotel swimming pool (his first offense). Tobias endured physical and sexual abuse inside the prison. He said that guards traded sex with kids for drugs and cigarettes, and sometimes set kids up to fight one another, making cash bets on the winner. His mama said he was never the same after he came home. She said the nightmares, the violence, the paranoia persisted years after the private lawyers helped him come home early. His battles with addiction and depression are not yet over.
And there is Shareef Cousin, who was tried as an adult and sent to death row in the state of Louisiana for a murder that he didn't commit. Shareef spent from age 16 to age 26 behind bars, the majority of those years isolated in Angola's Death Row, because an over zealous prosecutor didn't care that the evidence didn't really add up. After all, it was only a young Black man's life on the line.

These are young Black men who have encountered Louisiana's criminal justice system who I know because their mothers have become proud members of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), the organization I have worked for over the last 7 years. These stories are about young men who have experienced incredible injustice, not unlike the Jena 6, only the national spotlight has never shined on them.

There are hundreds more. Thousands. Every day in the state of Louisiana (and in most states in this nation), injustices of epic proportions are taking place There is nothing broken in this system. In fact, usually (when it is not disrupted by 50,000 protestors), it is quite efficient at doing precisely what it was created to do.... In the Deep South, the criminal justice system as we know it was built after the abolition of slavery, as part of the terror machine which destroyed the briefly federally protected Reconstruction era. Without nuance or subtlety, the system was created by wealthy, land owning whites to keep Blacks "in line," on the plantation, and working for next to nothing. Thanks to the Thirteenth Amendment which abolished slavery "except as a punishment for crime," laws and codes were invented that criminalized the very existence of Black people, police were hired to "enforce" those laws, and courts were mandated to send these newly created "criminals" to jail, or better yet, to be leased out to the very plantation owners they had been "freed" from just months before. The "justice" that was once meted out by slave owners who were "masters" of their property, was now taken care of by the law. The word "slave" was replaced by the word "criminal."

"Its not about race, it's about crime"

In Jena, when asked about the incident which led to the arrests of the Jena 6, a white librarian confidently explained to the NPR reporter, "It's not about race. It's about crime." Crime -- the ultimate proxy for race, the ultimate justification for racism.
And yet, even with this history known, the stigma of criminality has remained so strong that our own movements have turned their backs on this issue over the years. Too many of our movements today want to dismiss, minimize, or overlook the necessity for a racial justice movement to prioritize organizing around criminal justice. Too often, our members meet others – even those who should be allies – who hold the entrenched belief that if a child is in prison, he must be "bad," he must have done something wrong. Even in progressive circles, organizations prefer to focus on the school children who need an education, the families who want affordable housing, the victims of street violence and drive-by shootings. These people are portrayed as "innocent" and deserving while currently and formerly incarcerated people are "guilty" - of something.
Of course, it's a false dichotomy. Everyone knows that the same communities, the same people, who are most impacted by violence, the lack of health care, education, and housing are those most brutally impacted by policing and prisons. But the idea of the dichotomy has been essential to maintaining the stigma which justifies the system. And it's been a handy and effective tool to explain away a great deal of racial injustice in this country....

The racism, the blatant and unaccountable abuse of power masquerading as "justice." The slavery-like, Jim Crow-like, Bush-era prejudice and exploitation that has been the bedrock of white supremacy here and all over the Deep South for decades. Young people of color and mothers across the country are rising up saying "We wont take it anymore! We demand justice!" The myth that the goal of the criminal justice system is protecting public safety is slowly unraveling as youth in Philadelphia, DC, Oakland and mothers in Chicago, Jackson, and Birmingham make that most important of realizations, "that could have been me," "that could have been my child."

What the future holds
I believe that this moment in history can be a pivotal one if we make it so. Up to 50,000 people marched in the streets of Jena yesterday – the majority of them Black, many were from the South. All were outraged by the blatant racism ... This could be the beginning of the end for a system that should have been dismantled years ago....

But what we fight for and how we fight will make all the difference. The most obvious principle is that we cannot fight for the system to expand – in any way. Asking for the white kids who hung the nooses to be charged, calling for Hate Crime Legislation -- these "solutions" just strengthen the system and give the same players – the DA, the judge, the jury – more powers and more validation. If we understand that the system, at its core, is not designed to promote justice, then why would we ask for anything that expands its reach or powers? [...]

Xochitl Bervera is co-director of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (www.fflic.org ). She can be reached at xochitl@fflic.org.

The magnificent, massive protest against racist U.S. may be the start of a new Black resistance movement...which the state will do anything to defame and derail...including murdering its leaders as it did to destroy the revolutionary nationalist Black Panther Party
FBI reviewing [SIC]anti-Jena 6 Web page
NEW ORLEANS -- The FBI is reviewing a white supremacist Web site that purports to list the addresses of five of the six black teenagers accused of beating a white student in Jena and "essentially called for their lynching," an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.
Sheila Thorne, an agent in the FBI's New Orleans office, said authorities were reviewing whether the site breaks any federal laws. She said the FBI had "gathered intelligence on the matter," but declined to further explain how the agency got involved.
CNN first reported Friday about the Web site, which features a swastika, frequent use of racial slurs, a mailing address in Roanoke, Va., and phone numbers purportedly for some of the teens' families "in case anyone wants to deliver justice."

2 Delaware Students Shot; Campus Is Locked Down
Two freshman students were shot and wounded, one seriously, during an argument that started at a university cafeteria police said ...they were unaware of any parties on campus Thursday night. Around 9 p.m. a nursing sorority held a ceremony in support of six black teenagers from Jena, La., who supporters say were punished excessively after attacking a white student last year. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/us/22delaware.html?th&emc=th

give US your cheap labor and die...
Immigrants' Emergency Care Is Limited by U.S.
The federal government has told New York State that chemotherapy, which had been covered for illegal immigrants[SIC] under a Medicaid provision, does not qualify for coverage.

HUD Demolitions Draw Noose Tighter Around New Orleans
By Bill Quigley.
09/26/07 "ICH" -- -- Odessa Lewis is 62 years old. When I saw her last week, she was crying because she is being evicted. A long-time resident of the Lafitte public housing apartments, since Katrina she has been locked out of her apartment and forced to live in a 240 square foot FEMA trailer. Ms. Lewis has asked repeatedly to be allowed to return to her apartment to clean and fix it up so she can move back in. She even offered to do all the work herself and with friends at no cost. The government continually refused to allow her to return. Now she is being evicted from her trailer and fears she will become homeless because there is no place for working people, especially African American working and poor people, to live in New Orleans. Ms. Lewis is a strong woman who has worked her whole life. But the stress of being locked out of her apartment, living in a FEMA trailer and the possibility of being homeless brought out the tears. Thousands of other mothers and grandmothers are in the same situation....
Renting is so hard in part because there is a noose closing around the housing opportunities of New Orleans African American renters displaced by Katrina. They have been openly and directly targeted by public and private actions designed to keep them away. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) just added their weight to the attack by approving the demolition of 2966 apartments in New Orleans. Despite telling a federal judge for the last year and a half that approvals of public housing demolition applications take about 100 working days to evaluate, HUD approved the plan to demolish nearly 3000 apartments one day after the complete application was filed. HUD says the 3000 apartments are scheduled to be replaced in a few years with up to 744 public housing eligible apartments and a few hundred subsidized apartments....
Unfortunately, HUD’s actions are consistent with other governmental attacks on African American renters.
Odessa Lewis... said she is not giving up. She and other public housing residents promise “we did not come this far to be turned back now. We will do whatever is necessary to protect our homes.” Thousands of African American mothers and grandmothers are the ones directly targeted by HUD’s actions.

digest comment: the criminal justice system is the state's means of enforcing racist national oppression ... it is a pillar of the capitalist system ...while resisting and fighting for justice against the oppressor we need to keep our eyes on the revolutionary prize. Its history of revolutionary resistance is exactly what the fascist ruling class fears, why racism is the lynchpin of this capitalist dictatorship and why its genocide against Blacks continues as the following analysis explains:

Racist Genocide in New Orleans Continues: "Like 911 But Add Water"
by liz burbank
originally published 9/3/05 as "A Catastrophic Success": A Holocaust Shaped by Race
brief synopsis:
A renaissance of Black resistance and leadership, historically the leading edge of revolution is what the postmodern slave-masters fear most in the racist "homeland".
Katrina was no accident, no surprise, no act of 'mother nature', the 'gods' , or bureaucratic incompetence as this analysis proves: the human and environmental and impact on New Orleans of a hurricane of this magnitude had been scientifically calculated. Rescue and recovery were deliberately withheld, working class Black people militarily imprisoned, forcibly dispersed and murdered by the armed state.
National oppression and its ideological engine racism, are the lynchpin of u.s. capitalism, built and grown on genocide and slavery. Katrina is a major intensification of America's historical genocide, a premeditated physical and psychological attack on the Black Nation, part of a strategy to destroy its strength, pride, cultural cohesion that has led in revolutionary resistance against this system.
Central to the U.S. strategy for global domination, Katrina and the brutal aftermath was engineered to serve the present U.S. global war of state terror in two interconnected ways: uprooting, dispersing and weakening the Black Nation, while simultaneously inflaming racist support for the consolidation of a fascist mode of state capitalism with martial law under the guise of "rescue, relief and recovery” from a "major casualty-producing event" the state declared a “natural disaster” (see military and 'think-tank briefings following) [...]

full article at http://lizburbankdigest.blogspot.com/2006/03/racist-genocide-in-new-orle...
also at http://www.burbankdigest.com/]

IBM software aids in vast surveillance of Chicago streets:
"Ultimately I think what this software might be able to do is simply recognize suspicious behavior and alert our operations people and, at times, our crime detections specialists as to what it sees."

On Sept. 22, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.

"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything." --
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th US President Source: Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858 (The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)

Post-9/11 Cases Fuel Criticism for Nominee
The 21-year-old Jordanian immigrant was in shackles when he was brought into the courtroom of Judge Michael B. Mukasey in Federal District Court in Manhattan.It was Oct. 2, 2001, and the prisoner, Osama Awadallah, then a college student in San Diego with no criminal record, was one of dozens of Arab men detained around the country in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks as potential witnesses in the terrorism investigation. Before the hearing, Mr. Awadallah told his lawyer that he had been beaten in the federal detention center in Manhattan, producing bruises that were hidden beneath his orange prison jumpsuit. But when his lawyer told this to Judge Mukasey, the judge seemed little concerned. “As far as the claim that he was beaten, I will tell you that he looks fine to me,” said Judge Mukasey, who was nominated by President Bush last week to be his third attorney general and is now facing Senate confirmation hearings. “You want to have him examined, you can make an application. If you want to file a lawsuit, you can file a civil lawsuit.” Even though Mr. Awadallah was not charged at the time with any crime and had friends and family in San Diego who would vouch that he had no terrorist ties, Judge Mukasey ordered that he be held indefinitely, a ruling he made in the cases of several other so-called material witnesses in the Sept. 11 investigations. A prison medical examination later identified the bruises across his body....

perfect man for the job...
Bush announced the selection of Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York who has presided over several high-profile terrorism trials... He urged the Senate to confirm Mr. Mukasey promptly as the nation’s 81st attorney general, succeeding Alberto R. Gonzales...
“Judge Mukasey is clear-eyed about the threat our nation faces,” Mr. Bush said... “As a judge and a private lawyer, he’s written on matters of constitutional law and national security. He knows what it takes to fight this war effectively.”

Fundamentalist Terror Crusade
The U.S. military has introduced "religious enlightenment" and other education programs for Iraqi detainees, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, said yesterday.

ensuring capitalist free speech...
"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media."
--former CIA Director William Colby, Bernstein's 1977 Oct. Rolling stone article.

Bush's fake sheik whacked: The surge and the Al Qaeda Bunny
By Greg Palast
Did you see George all choked up? In his surreal TV talk on Thursday, he got all emotional over the killing by Al Qaeda of Sheik Abu Risha, the leader of the 'new Sunni alliance with the US' against the 'insurgents' in Anbar Province, Iraq.

“The greatest threat now is ‘a 9/11’ occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities."
Dick Cheney on Face the Nation, CBS, April 15, 2007

Six nuclear missiles traveled cross-country in August — and the Air Force didn't know for more than a day [SIC]
Washington Post cover-up
"I have been in the nuclear business since 1966 and am not aware of any incident more disturbing," said retired Air Force Gen. Eugene Habiger, who served as U.S. Strategic Command chief from 1996 to 1998.... Such "Bent Spear" events are ranked second in seriousness only to "Broken Arrow" incidents, which involve the loss, destruction or accidental detonation of a nuclear weapon... How could so many safeguards, drilled into generations of nuclear-weapons officers and crews, break down at once? ..."It is more significant than people first realized, and the more you look at it, the stranger it is," said Joseph Cirincione, director for nuclear policy at the Center for American Progress think tank and the author of a history of nuclear weapons.
"These weapons — the equivalent of 60 Hiroshimas — were out of authorized command and control [SIC] for more than a day." ...
The Air Force decided to keep the mishap under wraps, in part because of policies that prohibit the confirmation of any details about the storage or movement of nuclear weapons. No public acknowledgment was made until service members leaked the story to the Military Times, which published a brief account Sept. 5...Officials familiar with the Bent Spear report say Air Force officials apparently did not anticipate the episode would cause public concern. One passage in the report contains these four words: "No press interest anticipated."

U.S. authorities will not extradite 13 purported CIA agents sought in the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen...
Munich prosecutors issued warrants for the arrest of the 13 purported CIA agents at the end of January, accusing them of wrongfully imprisoning Khaled el-Masri and causing him serious bodily harm.El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, maintains that he was abducted in December 2003 at the Serbian-Macedonian border and flown by the CIA to a detention center in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was abused. He says he was released in Albania in May 2004, and that his captors told him he was seized in a case of mistaken identity.Human-rights campaigners have focused on el-Masri's story in pressing the United States to stop flying terrorism suspects to countries other than the U.S. where they could face abuse — a practice known as extraordinary rendition. In a separate case, Italy also has issued arrest warrants for purported CIA agents.
U.S. officials have declined to address the case in public. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the United States has acknowledged making a mistake with el-Masri. CIA spokesman George Little said Saturday that the agency would not comment on the case.

The nation’s biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve a measure wiping out all private lawsuits against them for assisting the U.S. intelligence community’s warrantless surveillance programs.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: "We Stand With Israel Now and Forever" :
Make no mistake about it, the attack on the United States here in New York and at the Pentagon on September 11th comes from the same well of hatred and evil that stalks Israel. It is not possible for us to imagine confronting and winning the war against terrorism here and abroad, without our helping Israel win it at home.

U.S and its proxy practice same capitalist democracy
'Secret clause lets Shin Bet get data from cell phone firms'
By Yuval Yoaz
The licenses that the state gives to cell phone companies contain a secret codicil requiring them to give the Shin Bet security service information about conversations and messages that its customers transmit on their cell phones, according to the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel (FOIM).
FOIM says that ISPs are required to give the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet, the Mossad, the police and the Prisons Service any information they request about Internet users in Israel. This would mean that the state, through its security agencies, can collect data on everything an individual does via the Internet, email, cellular phones or SMS, without court oversight or the knowledge of those being monitored.
Such communications data could include real-time information on the use of cell phones and computers. It could also involve details of conversations via a specific cell phone, the identities of the phone's owner and of those with whom the owner speaks on the phone, the length and frequency of conversations, the exact location of individuals using the phones and individuals' Internet use patterns. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/906489.html

State Dept Blog Team Joins Muslim Debate [SIC]
... scores of postings the State Department has made on about 70 Web sites since it put its two Arab-American Web monitors to work last November...
an effort to take a more casual, varied approach to improving America’s image in the Muslim world... The team said certain topics repeated regularly, including arguments over the accusations that American soldiers tortured Iraqis at Abu Ghraib and President Bush’s comment that the fight against terrorism is a “crusade.” Much time is also spent trying to douse the Internet brush fires that erupt whenever prominent Americans from talk-show hosts to politicians make anti-Muslim remarks of the “bomb Mecca” variety. Each response is carefully shaped in English by the team and translated into often poetic Arabic....“We try to put ourselves in the mindset of someone receiving the message,” said Duncan MacInnes, the director of the Counterterrorism Communication Center, of which the Digital Outreach Team is one branch. “Freedom for an Arab doesn’t necessarily have the same meaning it has for an American. Honor does. So we might say terrorism is dishonorable, which resonates more.”
Brent E. Blaschke, the project director, said the idea was to reach “swing voters,” whom he described as the silent majority of Muslims who might sympathize with Al Qaeda [SIC, current U.S. term to discredit and deny national Iraqi resistance] yet be open to information about United States government policy and American values.... The department expects to add seven more team members within the next month — four more in Arabic, two in Farsi and one in Urdu, the official language of Pakistan...
Mr. Jawad and his colleague, Muath al-Sufi, are circumspect about biographical details that would allow readers to pigeonhole them by their roots, religion or education. Mr. Jawad, would only say that he is in his 30s, was born in Texas and raised around the Arab world. Mr. Sufi also said he was in his 30s....Mr. Jawad is often maligned as a “U.S. agent,”...

Verizon Rejects NARAL Abortion Rights Group's Messages
Pro-Choice America to make Verizon's mobile network available for a text-message program.

The media and John Kerry's disgusting display
By Bev Conover
Online Journal Editor & Publisher
... you attend a town hall talk by John Kerry, a US senator. A question and answer session follows. You line up behind the other questioners. Before your turn comes, the session is suddenly declared over and the microphone is turned off.
Protest and dissent is out. Hard questions are a no-no. People are harassed, patted down and even body searched at airports -- i.e., if they aren't among the thousands on the no-fly list without explanation or a way of getting off it. People are kicked off plains for speaking a foreign language. Backpacks are banned at public events. Spectators can't carry bottles of water into sporting events. People are disappearing, without recourse to lawyers or courts, into Bush's gulags on suspicion of being terrorists.
Music scholar Nalini Ghuman, a British citizen who has legally taught at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. for 10 years, had her visa torn up, passport defaced, her luggage and person searched by Customs officers, without explanation, upon returning from a trip to the UK on August 6, 2006. Then she was given the choice of boarding the next flight back to the UK or being locked up in a detention facility. To this day, the State Department has offered no explanation and, so far, has not responded to her application for a new visa. Ghuman is not alone in this treatment.
How much more of this are people going to take and still say America is a free society? http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2440.shtml

U.S. free speech: from VOA to VOI...
Baghdad's al-Sayidiya residents want [U.S.] Awakening contingent disbanded
Voices of Iraq
Baghdad, Sept 23, 2007 (VOI) – Thousands of people in the southwestern Baghdad district of al-Sayidiya protested in front of the Baghdad provincial council on Sunday morning, urging the Iraqi government and the interior ministry to diband the al-Sahwa (Awakening) contingent formed by the U.S. forces."The contingent, an offshoot of the special forces the Iraqi Scorpion Brigade, has relocated more than 10,000 families in the area, set a number of houses on fire and killed civilians," Muhammad al-Jurani, the chairman of the al-Sayidiya displaced families committee, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).http://www.aswataliraq.info/look/english/word.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=4&NrArticle=1046&NrIssue=2&NrSection=5
digest ed.-FYI: Voices of Iraq/VOI is an independent Iraqi news agency with content provided by a number of Iraqi media institutions and a network of correspondents....This content on this site is provided by third party contributors, neither Reuters Foundation nor UNDP shall be liable for any inaccuracies or delays in content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. Neither Reuters Foundation nor UNDP guarantee the accuracy of or endorse the views or opinions given by any third party content provider.

Finkelstein-ed academia and the truth about Palestine
By Abukar Arman
Online Journal Contributing Writer
The long bitter saga of DePaul University's scandalous decision to deny tenure to one of its most prolific and internationally renowned public intellectuals, Professor Norman Finkelstein, is officially over. But, not before bringing to light... the dangerous trend stifling intellectual freedom in American academia and various circles of influence: the mere mention of Palestinian rights constitutes anti-Semitism. Therefore, any one who dares to speak to that issue must be Finkelstein-ed.... to be... maliciously branded anti-Semitic... to be gagged, to be silenced, to be profiled, to be tainted, to be ostracized, and to be humiliated.... to be targeted, to be rejected, to be denied access, to be falsely accused, to be blacklisted... to be intellectually shackled, to be morally scorned... to be denied due process, to be railroaded. It is to be misconstrued, to be repressed, to be oppressed... is to be wronged, to be accused of heresy and to be excommunicated....It is to be crucified. . . . for being the voice of the voiceless, for championing intellectual freedom, for intellectual honesty; for active scholarship, for speaking truth to the power ... America is at a crossroad of history. There is a deliberate campaign to silence those who question the status quo; there is a daunting trend that clearly outlaws dissent... http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2424.shtml

capitalist media uses corporate criminals' confession to escalate China-bashing
Mattel Official Delivers an Apology in China
An executive reportedly apologized for maligning Chinese manufacturers in the course of toy recalls, but the company said the remarks were misconstrued... Mattel's apology to China seems designed to appease a key partner...
but what the NYT forgot to mention...
"Mattel takes full responsibility for these recalls and apologizes personally to you, the Chinese people, and all of our customers who received the toys," [said] Thomas A. Debrowski, Mattel's executive vice president for worldwide operations, Debrowski acknowledged that the "vast majority of those products that were recalled were the result of a design flaw in Mattel's design, not through a manufacturing flaw in China's manufacturers. Lead-tainted toys accounted for only a small percentage of all toys recalled..."
China has bristled at what it claims is a campaign to discredit its reputation as an exporter. It accuses foreign media and others of playing up its product safety issues as a form of protectionism and has stepped up inspections of food, drugs and other products in response to the concerns.
Manufacturing toys in China has helped Mattel and other U.S. companies lower manufacturing and labor costs, helping boost profits.
Mattel established a presence in China 25 years ago and now makes about 65 percent of its products there. More than 80 percent of all toys sold in the U.S. are made in the Asian nation.

exposing another "green", as in greenback, scam...
Energy farming worsens global warming
E.G. Vallianatos, Seattle PI guest columnist

The rush of the world's largest corporations to squeeze car fuel out of food is an effort to force industrialization on the tropics and end small family farming in the industrialized North.... Second, agricultural fuels are ushering another violent season for deforestation and feudalism, especially in the tropics.... Indonesia is accelerating its palm oil plantations by drying and burning its peat lands, blighting the lives of hundreds of thousands of small farmers who complain of becoming "ghosts" on their own land, the spines of the oil palm piercing them nearly to death.Draining and burning peat lands is responsible for the release of vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

In Latin America, Asia and Africa, peasants and indigenous people are forced off their lands or become slaves in big oil palm and soya plantations. Powerful corporations are dividing the land of these countries, eyeing the land's potential for growing crops for oil. This new scramble for land threatens the Amazon and other forests with destruction, while impoverishing hundreds of millions of Africans, Asians and Latin Americans.

Brazil brags the Amazon will make her the Saudi Arabia of "green" energy. Paraguay is dreaming of being the Kuwait of farm diesel. Brazil backs up her hubris with land; growing soya on more than 40 million acres of land and setting aside an additional 160 million acres for this diesel crop. Brazil also cultivates ethanol crops on more than 12 million acres, while planning to expand the land devoted to sugar cane to more than 60 million acres. Most of this land comes from pastureland and from burning the Amazon, a catastrophe for millions of Brazilians and a calamity for global warming, neutralizing any benefits of ethanol and farm diesel. Brazil's rapaciousness is no different from that of any other producer of farm fuels.

The rush for green energy in the United States forces small family farmers out of agriculture; the petroleum-hooked agribusinesses building animal factories and ethanol refineries on their land.

Energy farming is deception, making the warming of the Earth worse while threatening small-scale farming with extinction.[...]

E.G. Vallianatos is the author of "This Land is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World" (Common Courage Press).

U.S. Airport Screeners Watching What You Read
By Ryan Singel

International travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years.
Privacy advocates obtained database records showing that the government routinely records the race of people pulled aside for extra screening as they enter the country, along with cursory answers given to U.S. border inspectors about their purpose in traveling. In one case, the records note Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Gilmore's choice of reading material, and worry over the number of small flashlights he'd packed for the trip.
The breadth of the information obtained by the Gilmore-funded Identity Project (using a Privacy Act request) shows the government's screening program at the border is actually a "surveillance dragnet," according to the group's spokesman Bill Scannell.... One report about Gilmore notes: "PAX (passenger) has many small flashlights with pot leaves on them. He had a book entitled 'Drugs and Your Rights.'" Gilmore is an advocate for marijuana legalization.
Another inspection entry noted that Gilmore had "attended computer conference in Berlin and then traveled around Europe and Asia to visit friends. 100% baggage exam negative.... PAX is self employed 'Entrepreneur' in computer software business."

"There is so much sensitive information in the documents that it is clear that Homeland Security is not playing straight with the American people," Scannell said. The documents show a tiny slice of the massive airline-record collection stored by the government, as well as the screening records mined for the controversial Department of Homeland Security passenger-rating system that assigns terrorist scores to travelers entering and leaving the country, including U.S. citizens.... The so-called Automated Targeting System scrutinizes every airline passenger entering or leaving the country using classified rules that tell agents which passengers to give extra screening to and which to deny entry or exit from the country. The system relies on data ranging from the government's 700,000-name terrorism watchlist to data included in airline-travel database entries, known as Passenger Name Records, which airlines are required to submit to the government.


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