3/13/08 Two Bedrock Questions

" The propaganda system allows U.S. leadership to commit crimes without limit, with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of their derivative butchers. "
Edward S. Herman, political economist, activist and author

One bedrock question to determine friends & enemies: whose freedom & democracy is served by the global war of terror and how?
U.S. Human Rights Report : U.S. State Department annual report on human rights conditions around the world.

digest commentary: The U.S., the world's worst terrorist state issued this psywar propaganda as a pretext for further aggression. All those resisting or interfering with U.S.-Israeli domination are, unsurprisingly, accused of crimes that have been the very marrow and bone of amerikan white supremacist manifest destiny from its genocidal beginning: Syria was added this year, with China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, North Korea.

Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, nations subjected to imperialist invasion, mass slaughter, torture, degradation and destruction, under U.S. proxy rule, and U.S. engineered divide -to- conquer 'sectarian warfare' denounced for human rights violations by 'insurgents' and 'extremists' is beyond hypocrisy,
it is psychological terrorism.

Sudan, Kenya and Rwanda, subject to decades of U.S. Israeli domination whose crimes against humanity dwarf its nazi friends, accuse those who rebel and fight against their oppressor as it implements AFRICOM to secure the continent for its fascist empire...in the name of 'humanitarian aid'.

In Nepal the Maoist revolutionaries who've led a decades-long heroic battle against U.S. backed terrorists are blamed for death and violence.
In Lebanon too, those resisting U.S.-israeli imperialism are accused.

On top of every unspeakable crime, let this piece of fascist garbage be another lesson in the nature and methods of our common enemies

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered by U.S. Invasion & Occupation of Iraq "1,185,800"

whose country do those ingrate eyerakis think it is, we're not gonna spend trillions 'reconstructing' it for nothing...
Senate Committee Seeks Audit of Iraq Oil Money
The Democratic chairman and Republican former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee have asked government auditors for full accounting of what Iraq is doing with the billions of dollars in oil revenue it generates.

Some U.S. lawmakers are urging Bush administration to add Venezuela to list of nations accused of sponsoring terrorism
"It is critical that the administration now act swiftly and decisively," Florida republican Connie Mack said in a statement. "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is using his vast oil wealth to fund terrorism in his own backyard."...Some analysts view the possibility of the U.S. actually branding Venezuela a terror sponsor as remote... Venezuela is the fourth-largest oil supplier to the U.S.

False Flag Prospects, 2008 -- Top Three US Target Cities
by Captain Eric H. May
The easiest way to carry out a false flag attack is by setting up a military exercise that simulates the very attack you want to carry out.
As I'll detail below, this is exactly how government perpetrators in the US and UK handled the 9/11 and 7/7 "terror" attacks, which were in reality government attacks blamed on "terrorists."
My aim, as a former military intelligence officer who spent five years with the U.S. Army 75th Division conducting military war games, is to convince the American people that the "next 9/11" -- constantly promised by officials and the media -- is likely to be carried out under the guise of future military exercises. If the American people are aware of pending exercises and the danger they represent, then the exercises cannot "go live" and effect the very terror events that they are supposed to be rehearsing against.
The 9/11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the 7/7, 2005 attacks in the United Kingdom both have smoking guns proving that the mass murderers were not foreign terrorists but domestic tyrants. Each country's government was conducting military exercises that simulated the exact events that were
to occur. [...]

"Kill A Hundred Turks And Rest…"
Uri Avnery
I was reminded this week of the old tale about a Jewish mother taking leave of her son, who has been called up to serve in the Czar's army against the Turks. "Don't exert yourself too much," she admonishes him, "Kill a Turk and rest. Kill another Turk and rest again…"
"But mother," he exclaims, "What if the Turk kills me?" "Kill you?" she cries out, "Why? What have you done to him?"

This is not a joke (and this is not a week for jokes). It is a lesson in psychology. I was reminded of it when I read Ehud Olmert's statement that more than anything else he was furious about the outburst of joy in Gaza after the attack in Jerusalem, in which eight yeshiva students were killed.

Before that, last weekend, the Israeli army killed 120 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, half of them civilians, among them dozens of children. That was not "kill a Turk and rest". That was "kill a hundred Turks and rest"....THE FIVE-DAY WAR in Gaza (as a Hamas leader called it) was but another short chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. This bloody monster is never satisfied, its appetite just grows with the eating.

This chapter started with the "targeted liquidation" of five senior militants inside the Gaza Strip. The "response" was a salvo of rockets, and this time not only on Sderot, but also on Ashkelon and Netivot. The "response" to the "response" was the army's incursion and the wholesale killing.The stated aim was, as always, to stop the launching of the rockets. The means: killing a maximum of Palestinians, in order to teach them a lesson. The decision was based on the traditional Israeli concept: hit the civilian population again and again, until it overthrows its leaders. This has been tried hundreds of times and has failed hundreds of times....

This week, a shocking document was published: David Rose's article in Vanity Fair. It describes how US officials have in recent years dictated every single step of the Palestinian leadership, down to the most minute detail. Though the article does not touch the Israeli-American relationship (in itself a surprising omission) it goes without saying that the American course, including the smallest items, is coordinated with the Israeli government.

Why shocking? These things were already known, in general terms. In this respect, that article held no surprises: (a) The Americans ordered Mahmoud Abbas to hold parliamentary elections, in order to present Bush as bringing democracy to the Middle East. (b) Hamas won a surprise victory. (c) The Americans imposed a boycott on the Palestinians, in order to nullify the election results. (d) Abbas diverted for a moment from the policy dictated to him and, under Saudi auspices (and pressure), made an agreement with Hamas, (e) The Americans put an end to this and compelled Abbas to turn over all security services to Muhammad Dahlan, whom they had chosen for the role of strongman in Palestine, (f) The Americans provided plenty of money and arms to Dahlan, trained his men and ordered him to carry out a military coup against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, (g) The elected Hamas government forestalled the move and itself carried out an armed counter-coup.

All this was known before. What is new is that the mixture of news, rumors and intelligent guesses has now condensed into an authoritative, well substantiated report, based on official US documents....
The only result of the Five-Day War is the strengthening of Hamas and the rallying of the Palestinian people behind it - not just in the Gaza Strip, but in the West Bank and Jerusalem, too. Their victory celebration was justified...

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered by U.S. Invasion & Occupation of Iraq "1,185,800"

Our Children and Yours

By Nesreen Melek
Mar 13, 2008

Arab children are killed every day in the name of democracy
They have no names
They don’t deserve to live
They are faceless
Their death is not acknowledged
Their dreams are worthless
Their families shouldn’t mourn their deaths
They don’t deserve to be remembered

Child killers are loose where I belong
Children were shot while they were in shelters
They were shot while they were playing
They were shot while they were sleeping, holding their mother’s hands
Were they dreaming of good days to come?

Arab children are killed every day in the name of democracy
They will be wrapped in a white sheet
Thrown in a hole
The sand will cover their dead bodies
Their mothers will mourn their death
Knowing that a piece of them had been taken away forever
Arab children have no names
They don’t deserve to be remembered

Yet if an American child was killed or shot
Their names would be public
The media would cover the news of their death every day
People would light candles in the spot where they died
Ribbons of different colors would be tied
Flowers would be bought
People would cry on each others shoulders
They would hold each other hand and pray for their soul to rest in peace
The children’s dreams would be shared
Counseling would be offered to their families and their friends
Churches will have special memorial services for them
The killer’s history would be investigated
Then it would announced that the killer had a mental illness

Why do your children have names but ours don’t?
Why do your children have the right to dream but ours don’t

Why your children are respected in their death, but ours aren’t
Why are killers in your country punished, but in ours aren’t

Can’t you see why you can move on with your lives but we don’t
Can’t you see why you celebrate different occasions but we don’t

May the killers of our children be punished like yours
May they pay the price of killing our children like yours

Then the souls of our killed children will rest in peace like yours, but our lives will never be like yours

republication ok if reprints include verbatim copy of the poem in its entirety, respecting its integrity and cites the author and Axis of Logic as the original source including a "live link" to the article. Thank you

and ultimately all the predators will produce is their own gravediggers
Iraq war will cost $12 billion per month in 2008
The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book....the several trillion dollars estimated projection by 2017... don't include the war's cost to the rest of the world. In Iraq itself, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion — with its devastating air bombardments — and the looting and arson that followed, severely damaged electricity and other utilities, the oil industry, countless factories, hospitals, schools and other underpinnings of an economy.... No one has tried to calculate the economic damage done to Iraq, said spokesman Niels Buenemann of the International Monetary Fund, which closely tracks national economies. But millions of Iraqis have been left without jobs, hundreds of thousands of professionals, managers and other middle-class citizens have fled the country...[digest: not to mention at least "1,182,393" massacred] http://www.startribune.com/world/16432321.html

International experts foresee collapse of U.S. economy
Posted By Hielema, Bert

Fed Hopes to Ease Strain on Economic Activity
The Federal Reserve offered to let the biggest investment banks on Wall Street borrow up to $200 billion in Treasury securities.
Impelled to take extraordinary measures for the second time in less than a week, the Federal Reserve moved on Tuesday to subdue the deepening crisis in credit markets by stepping up as lender of last resort. In an action that sent stock prices soaring, the central bank offered to let the biggest investment banks on Wall Street borrow up to $200 billion in Treasury securities in exchange for hard-to-sell mortgage-backed securities as collateral. And the Fed made clear that it was prepared to do more as needed.
The move, which was coordinated with central banks in Europe and Canada, came on the heels of two similar actions on Friday, in which the Fed offered up to $200 billion in 28-day cash loans to banks and big financial institutions... To bolster its effort, Fed officials enlisted support from foreign central banks, including the European Central Bank, which said that it would lend up to $15 billion this month and would continue the program if needed. The Bank of England, the Bank of Canada and the Swiss National Bank will also participate....

“They are essentially creating a $300 billion bank out of nothing,” said Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP, a financial research firm....while the Fed’s moves may relieve short-term cash problems, Mr. Crandall said, “it doesn’t solve the fundamental issue, which is the decline of capital in the banking system.” ... “The Fed is saying if you don’t want those mortgages, then give them to us,” said Peter D. Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, an investment firm in Darien, Conn. “The Fed thinks that inflation is the way to solve our problems, but all this does is create bigger problems.”... the Fed is accepting securities that are inherently riskier than its usual mix of Treasury securities and government-issued bonds...
“We still believe today’s action is not nearly a large enough step to make a big difference,” wrote David Rosenberg, chief United States economist at Merrill Lynch. “As with all the Fed’s steps to date, this move injects a bit more liquidity into the system, but does not cure the overall credit crunch or credit problems.”The total volume of mortgage-backed securities is about $6.1 trillion, with almost $2 trillion in riskier nonagency securities not insured by the federal government or Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/business/12fed.html?th&emc=th

Dollar Falls to Record Low on Concern Fed Package Won't Succeed
The dollar fell to a record below $1.55 per euro as firms from Citigroup Inc. to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said the Federal Reserve's plan to inject $200 billion into the banking system may fail to break the freeze in money-market lending.

Iraq had no link to al-Qaida
Pentagon finds the 'bulletproof' prewar evidence was bogus
The new study, entitled "Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents", was essentially completed last year and has been undergoing what one U.S. intelligence official described as a "painful" declassification review....President George W. Bush and his administration freely connected Saddam and al-Qaeda as a key pretense for the invasion of Iraq after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001...and still tie Saddam's Iraq and al-Qaeda, despite previously released documents and reports indicating the same findings as the forthcoming extensive review. As recently as last April, Vice President Dick Cheney again asserted a link between the Iraqi dictator and the terror network....

Pentagon Cites Tapes Showing Interrogations
The government has never charged Mr. Marri, but because of his designation as an enemy combatant, the Pentagon is allowed to hold him indefinitely. The only tape described by officials is of Mr. Marri, a citizen of Qatar who was arrested in December 2001 while in college in Illinois and moved five years ago to the jail after being designated an “enemy combatant.” Mr. Black, spokesman for the Defense Intelligence Agency, said its director, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, reviewed the tape and was satisfied that Mr. Marri’s treatment was acceptable. He said that Mr. Marri was chanting loudly, disrupting his interrogation, and that interrogators used force to put duct tape on his mouth, while Mr. Marri resisted. Mr. Black said most of the videos showing Mr. Marri’s interrogations had been destroyed... The officials said it appeared that only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of interrogations worldwide since 2001 had been recorded......spokesman for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Don Black, said that interrogation videotapes had been routinely destroyed if they were judged to have no continuing value....
“Locking someone up for five years without charges is a disgrace and a betrayal of American and constitutional values,” [Marri's lawyer said with a straight face] ...The scale of detention and interrogation by the military, with tens of thousands of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, dwarfs that of the C.I.A [...] www.nytimes.com/2008/03/13/washington/13intel.htm

Winter Soldier Hearings
By Aaron Glantz
... the horrible, honest reality of the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan like you haven’t heard it before. For four days, from March 13 through March 16, hundreds of U.S. veterans of the two wars will descend on Washington and testify in the “Winter Soldier” hearings about what they really did while they were serving their country in Iraq. And their experiences aren’t pretty.
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Fascists Action Alert WINTER SOLDIER
Posted on 03/10/2008 6:06:20 PM PDT by MountainFlower
This was forwarded from Colonel Riley, with the request to please pass the information on. Let’s do what we can to assist with this!
Subject: Winter Soldier Action Alert
Getting to Talk Radio: If Limbaugh reacts to listener interest and gets into it, some of the rest of talk radio may follow suit.

US Navy strike group responds [SIC] to increasing Lebanon, Syria tension
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A US Navy (USN) expeditionary strike group has been deployed to the eastern Mediterranean in the wake of increasing tensions between Lebanon and Syria.The strike group is led by the Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship USS Nassau and includes the Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Nashville, the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland, the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Bulkeley and USS Ross. The six vessels left the United States on 19 and 20 February, the navy said.
The destroyer USS Cole - which was seriously damaged in a terrorist attack in Aden in 2000 - is already in international waters off the coast of Lebanon, accompanied by two refueling ships. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the United States' Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Nassau group would operate in the region "for a while" and that the deployment signals the navy "is engaged" in "a very important part of the world".

One day after the U.N. vote to partition Palestine, Menachem Begin, commander of the Irgun and Israel's future Prime Minster 1977-1983, proclaimed:
"The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized .... Jerusalem was and will for ever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for Ever."

by Gary Zatzman
A major question remains: what actually happened 60 years ago, in the context of the way matters stood 60 years ago. The question most people are discussing about the Nakba is not so much unspoken as it is mis--formulated....

Judaism - or "Jewish"-ness in its only proper sense which is that of the religion - does not now form and has indeed never formed any part of Zionism. Rather, in the aftermath of the physical extermination of the last remaining mass Jewish religious communities during the Nazi Judeocide, the Zionists used the echo resonating from this corpse to disguise their own long-standing imperialist and genocidal mission at a most crucial point. The crucial point was the final push to achieve establishment of their own state as a permanent tool of the dominant imperialist forces ravaging the planet at that time.
If one does not begin with extracting and isolating the question of "Jewish"-ness from that of Zionism, the problem is insoluble. "Jewish"-ness is purely a religious identity and identifier. Nothing, absolutely nothing in Israel or Palestine - including Zionist ideology and politics - has anything to do with that "Jewish"-ness.

Zionism was a bourgeois-nationalist ideological trend fostered originally within the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the 19th century. It was manufactured by the leading powers of finance capital among European Jewry., Acting according to the same Eurocentric colonial outlook of the existing imperial and colonial Great Powers in the latter half of the 19th century, this stratum sought a state machine all their own.

Zionist ideology began as an eclectic broth formed from admixing this colonial ambition with the doctrines of Christian Zionism. Back at that time, this mixture was intended to disguise - behind a recycling and reworking of the doctrines of Christian Zionism - the essentially murderous implications of such a program for the existing Arab populations resident in the Holy Land.

Christian Zionism was widely accepted throughout ruling circles in Britain, France, Germany at the end of the 19th century. Its origins are worth mentioning. Back in 1648, at the end of the Thirty Years'; War in central Europe, Great Britain had a nation state, and France had a nation-state. However, the German speaking peoples did not. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was still ruled by a Franco-Spanish family of Catholic extremists who copied many of the barbaric practices of the Ottoman and Russian Empires in setting the various subject nationalities within their territories at one another's throats. The Germans remained fragmented more than ever before into hundreds of statelets and principalities. According to the doctrines of Christian Zionism taken up by the leading sections of the German middle classes still strongly influenced by the views of Martin Luther at the end of the Protestant Reformation, Europe's overall social harmony would require removing the Jews to the Holy Land. Luther had long before identified the Jewish moneylender as the ultimate source of disharmony in Christian Europe. The presence of the Jews as the social-religious milieu for those who financed the dictate of feudal monarchy throughout German states could otherwise only continue to block, indefinitely into the future, any prospects for national unification.

The hierarchs of the Zioinist movement made headway with the Russian Tsar - enthusiastically offering to provide his government with police spies to wipe out the workers' movement in which tens of thousands of workers in the Jewish Pale of Settlement were involved. And they made headway with the British Empire, offering to set up a future state as a colonial appendage of the British strategic line of control through the Suez Canal to India. In Vienna they struck out. In Berlin they got nowhere. In Istanbul the Caliph toyed with them as a giant cat would toy with a mouse. Before the outbreak of WW1, the Zionists were unable to focus clearly on any particular areas of the world to turn into a future "Jewish state" - Uganda and Madagascar were mooted along with Palestine. Their dirty work for the Russian Tsar deepened a nasty split in the workers' and communist movement there for a period of time, until the workers in Tsarist Russia and its Polish Pales of Settlement tossed these wreckers out on their ear once and for all before the outbreak of WW1. It was the Zionists' cultivation of the British imperial government that finally paid off, garnering the Balfour Declaration of 2 November 1917 that enabled the Zionists to focus all their state-building efforts thereafter on Palestine.

Separately from this, there was something called the Jewish Question in Europe. It also had nothing to do with religious "Jewish"-ness. It was exacerbated in those parts of the European continent where the French Revolution resonated strongly against existing feudal reaction. As Karl Marx clearly identified in the 1840s, the "other"-ness of the Jew in continental Christian Europe was a mediaeval hangover. The practical solution to the what underlay this problem was provided by the French Revolution. A major consequence of the French Revolution was the reduction of religion to a matter of personal private conscience. Its implementation of "Liberté! Egalité! Fraternité!", in the form of social equality of all citizens consequently eliminated any further public space for the State to differentiate its treatment of citizens according to their religious background.

One of the dirtiest and most devious maneuvers of the Zionists propagandists of the first generation, e.g., Theodor Herzl and his associates, was their manipulation of liberal guilt over their own anti-semitic legacy in failing to resolve this "Jewish Question". The Revolutions of 1848 gravely undermined the authority of the Austro-Hungarian, Tsarist and Ottoman Empires from central Europe to the Balkans to Poland, Lithiuania and the Ukraine, and they fought back against the popular rebellion from below by reinstating antisemitic laws and regulations on a broad scale.

The purpose of restating these historical facts is solely to bring out how far off the mark one gets by readily accepting the assumptions of the existing pro-Zionist discourse in the corporate media. Everywhere this discourse conflates the allegedly "unfortunate but necessary" serial commission of further war crimes and crimes against humanity with the "survival of the Jewish people". There has long been a Jewish religion, but the Jewish people of the Holy Land either left or became Palestinian in the period running from the time of Christ until about 300 CE. The European Jews, descended from the Khazari converts (of whom Arthur Koestler wrote) of the 9th century CE in the Caucusus, have no relationship whatsoever to these long-disappeared Hebrew tribes. They only formed a continuing community in a definite territory, i.e., a nation, in a swath of present-day Poland from the 1300s til the Nazi judeocide of the Second World War. That territory was ruled by Polish & Russian landlords and Russian Tsars, but never by the local population. There is no predecessor to the State of Israel as the national government of a Jewish people either from ancient times, or the Middle Ages, or the present day. The people genociding the Palestinians are agents and stooges of Anglo-American imperialism. No matter how many lies they tell about Israelis' self-defence as a Jewish people, they commit all these crimes as Zionists.

Why such a bedrock refusal to investigate and address this could have persisted these last 60 years is, of course, the next question...

Unfair and Unbalanced: Celebrating Aborted Birth
by William A. Cook
... Let’s be blunt: the anniversary of the Day of Independence in Israel is a day of death not of birth. Any state conceived in terror, nourished with the blood of massacred civilians in the Nakba, and delivered of a land made empty and barren by forced expulsion of its inhabitants is not and cannot be a child born to the community of nations that seeks the rights, the respect and integrity of all its brothers and sisters. It is rather a deformity, an abnormality, in the words of Jeremiah, “Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!” (15:10)

How conceived in terror? “When the Zionist movement started its ethnic cleansing operations in Palestine, in early December 1947 …”; so begins Chapter 3 of Dr. Ilan Pappe’s book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 2006, only to offer a passage from “Plan D” of that movement’s operations in Chapter 4. “These operations can be carried out in the following manner: either by destroying villages (by setting fire to them, by blowing them up, and by planting mines in their debris) and especially of those population centers which are difficult to control continuously; or by mounting combing and control operations according to the following guidelines: encirclement of the villages, conducting a search inside them. In case of resistance, the armed forces must be wiped out and the population expelled outside the borders of the state.” (Plan Dalet, 10 March, 1948)

From the very beginning, the Zionist movement that effectively controlled by forceful means the total Jewish community of over half a million in 1948 regardless of their desires, had determined that the UN partition plan was moot; the Jewish state had no borders other than what it could take by force. (Mss. Medit. 20. Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, The Palestine Police, Jerusalem, 31st July, 1947, p. 4, 7, Top Secret, Rhodes Library, Oxford). Despite protestations to the contrary from that day to this – the myth of the Jews as victims of annihilation by superior forces – the reality is that the Jews faced Arab forces of less than 50,000 troops, ill trained and equipped as a result of the British devastation of their forces in 1936, while Jewish forces numbered over 80,000 well trained troops.(As noted by Pappe from Jewish documents and the investigative reports and evidence of the British Mandate government in the Rhodes Library).

What form did the terror take? Ironically, it mirrored the terror that the current Israeli government protests when undertaken by Palestinians. Virtually nothing the Palestinians have done by way of terror was not done by the Jews to the British Mandate government. The first leg of their terror necessitated ridding Palestine of the British Mandate forces since it was its policies concerning immigration that made the Zionists turn to terror against the very nation that had made possible a large Jewish presence in Palestine through the Balfour Declaration. That Declaration had imposed on the British government responsibility for both the indigenous Arab population and the new Jewish immigrants proportionate to their relative size. In keeping with that responsibility, the Palestine Government issued a White Paper in 1939 that limited Jewish immigration to 10,000 per year for five years and an additional 25,000 refugees. That limitation infuriated the Zionists who would tolerate no limits on immigration. Terrorism followed: the blowing up of bridges, railroads and utility plants, assassinations... most notably the King David Hotel where 91 civilians were killed including Jews. David Ben Gurion, addressing a press-conference in New York declared “We are on the eve of historic decisions re- Palestine Ben Gurion declared, these decisions may be in favor of our demand for the establishment of a Jew state in Palestine or they may be against us. Both are possible //but one thing is certain should Britain decide to maintain the White Paper restrictions she shall be able to do it only through regime of bloody terror.”(punctuation and wording as in original in Mss. Medit. 20)...

Consider the terrorist acts taken by the Zionists against the legitimate government of Palestine... the Zionists had no legitimate right to the land they claimed to be taking back from the occupying force, especially since in 1947 Jews owned only 6% of the land in Palestine and represented less than 30% of the population. On the other hand, the Palestinians in Gaza are the indigenous population and have legal rights under International Law and the UN charter to fight against the occupying forces, the Israelis. Yet the American government extols Israel’s right to self-defense and condemns the real victims. Duplicity and hypocrisy hide the irony from Americans.

Consider as well the outcry to the world over the “kidnapping” of two Israeli soldiers near the Lebanon border, a crime that forced Israel to invade and pulverize Lebanon’s electric and water plants, destroy its sea ports and railroads, devastate sections of the city of Beirut, scatter thousands of cluster bombs in southern Lebanon, and kill over 1100 people, most of them civilians, even orphans. However, when Zionists “kidnapped” it was not a crime, indeed, the resistance movement condemned the British government for punishments issued by court order after due process, something the current Israeli government does not provide either to the 11,000 Palestinians incarcerated or those they assassinate by extrajudicial execution. Duplicity and hypocrisy drown the irony though it screams to be heard...

From conception to nourishment in the womb of Nakba, how the blood flowed.... All of the above references come from declassified Israeli documents as recorded by Professor Pappe in his recent book on ethnic cleansing or from the detailed research of Dr. Khalidi’s All That Remains or from documents I have found at the Rhodes House library of the Bodleian that records either British evidence of these actions or documents that were seized by the British from Jewish sources recounting their own perspectives. Virtually none of this information has been made available to the American public through main stream media sources; rather what Americans know comes through a controlled press that presents the birth of the Jewish State as a glorious achievement born of democratic principles and accomplished against great odds.... the American taxpayer will give the State of Israel an additional 30 billion dollars to augment the usual 3 billion we provide annually to ensure their security and economic stability, even as our economy tumbles into three trillion of debt.... our politicians will proclaim the virtues of the Israeli state as they raise their cocktails to toast “This year in Jerusalem!” The crystal will glisten in the chandelier’s light, the celebratory speeches will be made, the appropriate level of applause will greet each keynote speaker as the invited guests turn to each other with knowing glances that confirm the dedication of all present to the promise now fulfilled by the grace of G-d Almighty....
William A. Cook is a professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California and author most recently, of Tracking Deception: Bush's Mideast Policy. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. Contact him at: cookb@ulv.edu

The Good Samaritan: Dispatches from Gaza
Edited By Gary Corseri
Editor’s note: What is it like to approach the front lines of a battle? What if you are with a medical corps—a volunteer group of surgeons from another country, inserting yourself, with your beloved wife of 48 years (“Sarah”) and your colleagues, into a volatile situation fraught with dangers for yourself and those you care about—because you’ve taken a vow to heal, to minister aid and comfort to the hurt and wounded?
In recent months I’ve had the privilege of exchanging e-mails with a vibrant U.K. “senior citizen” whose older brother is just such a dedicated and courageous surgeon. Some of the e-mails he wrote to his sister and friends read like war dispatches—and, indeed, they are.
Here, then, are some dispatches from an eye-witness (“Daniel”) to the recent incursions into Gaza that left more than 120 dead and hundreds more wounded—mostly civilians, many women and children [...] http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=630

Syria, Iran vow to bolster ties to confront US and Israel:
"We will continue to reinforce strategic cooperation in all sectors with our brothers in Iran because we are in the same trench, confronted to an abject and greedy enemy," Syrian Prime Minister Naji Otri said in reference to Israel and the United States.

As alliances shift, Iran wins. Again
By Pepe Escobar

It's no secret that a great deal of the alleged success of the George W Bush
adminstration's "surge" - or at least the way it's being spun in the US - is
related to a diminished flow of Iranian-made weapons towards militias in
Iraq. The weapons anyway were being sold by Iranian and or Gulf black market
dealers - and not by the central establishment in Tehran.

At the same time, the publication of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate
(NIE) in the US virtually debunked the idea that Iran was conducting a
secret nuclear program for military use.

These two overlapping developments have alarmed Israeli intelligence - which
believes that Washington and Tehran have concluded a secret deal brokered by
Saudi Arabia. That's what's being spun, for instance, by the Debka website - which is
basically an Israeli military intelligence outlet.

The Bush administration, according to this narrative, is developing a new
multi-point strategy for the Middle East (it's useful to remember that no
one even mentions Bush's spun-to-death "democratic" Greater Middle East
anymore). And Saudi Arabia is the new strategic go-between....

According to a frightened Debka, Israel's
"special relationship with the United States has collapsed amid its worst
foreign policy debacle in decades. The Olmert government is paying the price
for the military and diplomatic mismanagement of the war against Lebanon's
Hezbollah of 2006".

This may go a long way to explain Israel's current bombing rampage which has
killed more than 100 Gaza residents, more than 50% civilians and most of
these women and children. Middle East diplomats confirmed to Asia Times
Online Hamas was talking to the Saudis and the Syrians about the possibility
of a truce with Israel. But Israel does not want anything that would
legitimize Hamas - the Israeli troika is now even floating the idea of the
reoccupation of Gaza.

The Israeli right clearly knows what Asia Times Online has revealed - that
Bush approved a dirty Palestinian civil war, a lethal mix of the Bay of Pigs
and Iran-Contra supposedly to be implemented by the State Deptartment to
overthrow Hamas shortly after Hamas won the free and fair January 2006
parliamentary election in Palestine. (See Document details 'US' plan to sink
Hamas May 16, 2007 and No-goodniks and the Palestinian shootout January 9,

According to this scenario, Mohammad Dahlan - Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas' head of the National Security Council - awash with US weapons, was
anointed leader of the "revolution", to the delight of the Israeli right.

It didn't work - of course; Hamas, as a popular resistance movement, would
rather have all its supporters dead than surrender. The State Department has
declined to comment, although Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has just
offered a spirited defense of US aid for Fatah, playing once again the same
old scratchy tune: it is imperative to counteract Iran....

The Bush administration had been promoting a Turkey-Israel axis, then a
Sunni Arab "axis of fear" (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, the United
Arab Emirates) and then a Saudi-Israeli axis, always trying to isolate Iran.
None of these concoctions seems to have worked.

Hanif Ghaffari, writing in the Farsi-language, conservative Iranian daily
Resalat, has pointed out how the recent, very successful Ahmadinejad trip to
Iraq had to be considered in the context of "Iran after the Iraq war" and
"Iraq after occupation by America". The message could not be more graphic.
When Bush went to Iraq he saw an ultra-fortified military base, and that was
it. Ahmadinejad went everywhere in broad daylight, welcomed like a brother.
This is how Tehran sees itself - as the ultimate victor of the US war on
Iraq. And no "surge" or spin - not to mention Israeli paranoia - can or will
make it go away.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is
Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007). He may be reached at

who neede him silenced, why?
Phone led US experts to Farc leader Raul Reyes
Bill Lowther in Washington and Philip Sherwell, Lago Agrio, Ecuador
The top Colombian Marxist [SIC] rebel leader killed in a jungle air strike last week was tricked into using a satellite phone tracked by American experts... As part of its anti-narcotics programme [SIC -see last digest issue], the US has supplied Colombia with the technology to track satellite phone calls. A team of freelance American technical experts hired by the Colombian government runs the operation....
US intelligence hopes Reyes' death will unleash a power struggle and possible rift within Farc ranks, especially as the ageing rebel commander Manuel Marulanda is reportedly seriously ill...Another senior Farc leader Ivan Rios was killed by his bodyguard on Friday, further fuelling hopes of a split in the guerrilla movement.... The cross-border raid brought South America to the brink of war...

But in Thailand last week, notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was captured in a sting operation by US drug enforcement agents while attempting to sell the Farc surface-to-air missiles and armour-piercing rocket launchers. (emphasis added)

about viktor...
The Trafficker Viktor Bout Lands US Aid for Services Rendered in Iraq
By Jean-Philippe Rémy
Le Monde
May 18, 2004
Here is a man about to be rendered an undreamed of benefit by virtue of the American army's problems in Iraq. Viktor Bout, former Russian military man converted into arms trafficker specialized in the sale of former Soviet block military stocks to warring countries under embargo, was to escape punishment from international justice no longer.

Following a series of investigations conducted by the United Nations and a number of countries, including Belgium, one of the planet's biggest "merchants of death", who holds passports from five countries and shelters his identity, like that of his companies, under a stream of pseudonyms, had ended up becoming the target of UN sanctions, being all the while the subject of an international arrest warrant. Since 2001, he was forced to put his activities to sleep to get "on the right side" in Moscow, where, according to one of the Belgian investigators who have tried to arrest him several times, he has access to "powerful support".

Now, Viktor Bout seems to be back at work in Iraq. According to several sources, his planes, flying under the name of an airline company, British Gulf, likely to disappear as fast as it was created, are assuring "transport of materiel" for the American army. The company's advantage, one specialist in arms trafficking reveals, relates to the nature of the Russian merchant's crews and planes: "They're accustomed to land in any kind of war zone without having a fit. And if one of their planes is shot down, there's no risk of American pilots' bodies being dragged through the streets."

As the price for his services, Viktor Bout is about to receive a kind of amnesty that will allow him to resume his large scale activities. During the 1990s one of the arms merchant's clients and business partners was Charles Taylor. The former rebel, whose men are implicated in crimes against humanity in Liberia and in Sierra Leone, came to power thanks to the Viktor Bout's weapons before he was forced into exile in 2003.

By virtue of his participation in the Liberian drama and his violation of the embargo that prohibited arms exports there, Viktor Bout was up till now subject to two types of United Nations sanctions, prohibiting him from foreign travel and planning a freeze of his foreign assets. Now Viktor Bout's situation is about to change. Although the United States, involved in the Liberian dossier, had committed to make sure those responsible for the atrocities committed during the country's civil war were punished and promised a reward for whoever should deliver Charles Taylor to international justice, it "is working to erase the name of the arms merchant from the list of people subject to sanctions," a diplomatic source asserts.

The circumstances are favorable. Since Charles Taylor's departure for exile in Nigeria in 2003, these lists have, logically, been in the course of revision. On the question of the freezing of foreign assets, several countries, such as France, Great Britain, and the United States, are presently submitting their own documents, while they wait for a Security Council vote. According to one diplomatic source, it's by virtue of this "tidying up" that Viktor Bout's name disappeared from the British list submitted in April, although it was still at the head of that list in January's version. According to this same source, who corroborates the information that has appeared in the Financial Times, the initiative came from the United States, which put pressure on London to obtain this clemency....

During the last decade, Viktor Bout has had time to iron out the initial problems of his system and to look for support on all sides. His businesses started in 1993, when this former student at the Institute for Military Interpreters in Moscow who speaks - in addition to the Russian and the Uzbek he inherited from his birth in Tashkent - English, French, and Portuguese, bought some cut-price airplanes: several Antonov, an Iliouchine, and a helicopter. His specialty then consisted of flying this fleet -which counted up to sixty vehicles - under different flags of convenience, bypassing borders, rules, and embargos, and developing a flourishing triangular commerce.
At one end of the chain, he exports weapons from the former Soviet bloc to Africa or Afghanistan. He's paid cash on the spot, or in kind in the natural resources of a region, which he takes care of transporting also. His area of activities in Africa cuts through the region of war exploitation of diamonds and other precious minerals. One of the investigators who participated for years in the tracking down of the one he finally calls "Viktor", has followed his instructive traces all the way to Afghanistan. Originally a supplier to the Kabul government while it was at war against the Taliban, the arms merchant soon managed to equip the theology students also.

After September 11, Viktor Bout was suspected of having furnished weapons to bin Laden, who was then sheltered by the Taliban. That didn't stop the United States, according to a source from the Belgian secret service, from entrusting him with arms shipments to the Northern Alliance, then at war against the Taliban. Since then, he had reappeared in Somalia at the head of a new airline and weapons supply company. Iraq at this rate is just one more episode....

Meet Viktor Bout, the Real-Life 'Lord of War'
By Laura Rozen
September 13, 2007
Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun report in their new book on Bout, Merchant of Death, is that the shadowy Tajik-born arms dealer has also provided his services to the U.S. military and several U.S. contractors in Iraq, including Halliburton parent company Kellogg, Brown & Root. Laura Rozen interviewed Farah via email.... The U.S. government response to revelations of the use of Viktor Bout to fly for government contractors in Iraq (not just a few flights, but hundreds, and perhaps a thousand) has been mixed. Bear in mind most of these flights occurred after President Bush had signed an executive order making it illegal to do business with Bout, because he represented a security threat to the United States. The State Department, under a congressional inquiry initiated by Senator Russell Feingold, found it had used Bout companies, acknowledged it, and stopped. Paul Wolfowitz, while at DOD, did not respond to queries for nine months, then acknowledged that DOD contractors had subcontracted to Bout companies. Despite the public revelation, the congressional inquiry, the executive order, and a subsequent Treasury Department order freezing the assets of Bout and his closest associates, the flights continued for many months, at least until the end of 2005. The Air Force cut him off immediately, but other branches of the military continued to use him.

who needed him silenced, why?
Slain Colombian Insurgent Held Secret Talks with U.S. Diplomats
The slain insurgent, Raúl Reyes, met secretly in Costa Rica in December 1998 with a U.S. diplomatic mission led by Philip T. Chicola, then director of the State Department's Office of Andean Affairs. The meeting was particularly sensitive in that the guerrilla group represented by Reyes, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was listed on the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The FARC remains Colombia's oldest and largest rebel army.
January 8, 1999
Memorandum of Conversation Between USG Representatives and Representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
U.S. State Department cable, Secret, 9pp.
Source: State Department Appeals Review Panel declassification release under the Freedom of Information Act

H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007
Bill Status
Introduced: Apr 19, 2007
Sponsor: Rep. Jane Harman [D-CA] 9 other democrats, 4 Republican congresspaople
Status: Passed House (Bipartisan support
read the Bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-1955
The democrat sponsored bill outlaws 'extremist' anti-American thought and its dissemination, targets the internet, authorizes 'preventive' authorities and punishment

"...The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security. The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens..."

another 'homegrown terrorist' on the loose again
Letter Leads F.B.I. on False Trail to California After Bombing
California lawyer erroneously linked to the recent Times Square recruiting station bombing.

(not satire)
Bush pushes for Cuban democracy
Bush chastised most other countries Friday for "a sad and curious pattern" of doing little to speak out against human rights and political abuses in Cuba. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/nationprint.asp

National Dragnet Is a Click Away
Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records
Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information

In signing statement, Bush claimed sweeping new powers to open your physical mail without a judge's warrant - Congress complicit

"...Many of the programs in various agencies began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach..."
NSA's Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data
March 10, 2008;
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. Opponents called it too broad an intrusion on Americans' privacy, even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the data-sifting effort didn't disappear. The National Security Agency, once confined to foreign surveillance, has been building essentially the same system. The central role the NSA has come to occupy in domestic intelligence gathering has never been publicly disclosed. But an inquiry reveals that its efforts have evolved to reach more broadly into data about people's communications, travel and finances in the U.S. than the domestic surveillance programs brought to light since the 2001 attacks....

Largely missing from the public discussion is the role of the highly secretive NSA in analyzing that [telecom] data, collected through little-known arrangements that blur the lines between domestic and foreign intelligence gathering....According to current and former intelligence officials, the spy agency now monitors huge volumes of records of domestic emails and Internet searches as well as bank transfers, credit-card transactions, travel and telephone records. The NSA receives this so-called "transactional" data from other agencies or private companies, and its sophisticated software programs analyze the various transactions for suspicious patterns. Then they spit out leads to be explored by counterterrorism programs across the U.S. government, such as the NSA's own Terrorist Surveillance Program, formed to intercept phone calls and emails between the U.S. and overseas without a judge's approval when a link to al Qaeda is suspected [HAHAHA]

The NSA's enterprise involves a cluster of powerful intelligence-gathering programs...They include a Federal Bureau of Investigation program to track telecommunications data once known as Carnivore, now called the Digital Collection System, and a U.S. arrangement with the world's main international banking clearinghouse to track money movements.
The effort also ties into data from an ad-hoc collection of so-called "black programs" whose existence is undisclosed, the current and former officials say. Many of the programs in various agencies began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach. Among them, current and former intelligence officials say, is a longstanding Treasury Department program to collect individual financial data including wire transfers and credit-card transactions....
In response to the Sept. 11 attacks, then NSA-chief Gen. Michael Hayden has said he used his authority to expand the NSA's capabilities under a 1981 executive order governing the agency. Another presidential order issued shortly after the attacks, the text of which is classified, opened the door for the NSA to incorporate more domestic data in its searches, one senior intelligence official said...

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA in conjunction with the Pentagon, added in a statement that intelligence agencies operate "within an extensive legal and policy framework" and inform Congress of their activities "as required by the law." It pointed out that the 9/11 Commission recommended in 2004 that intelligence agencies analyze "all relevant sources of information" and share their databases.

Two former officials familiar with the data-sifting efforts said they work by starting with some sort of lead, like a phone number or Internet address. In partnership with the FBI, the systems then can track all domestic and foreign transactions of people associated with that item -- and then the people who associated with them, and so on, casting a gradually wider net. An intelligence official described more of a rapid-response effect: If a person suspected of terrorist connections is believed to be in a U.S. city -- for instance, Detroit, a community with a high concentration of Muslim Americans -- the government's spy systems may be directed to collect and analyze all electronic communications into and out of the city.

The haul can include records of phone calls, email headers and destinations, data on financial transactions and records of Internet browsing. The system also would collect information about other people, including those in the U.S., who communicated with people in Detroit...

Intelligence agencies have used administrative subpoenas issued by the FBI -- which don't need a judge's signature -- to collect and analyze such data, current and former intelligence officials said. If that data provided "reasonable suspicion" that a person, whether foreign or from the U.S., was linked to al Qaeda, intelligence officers could eavesdrop under the NSA's Terrorist Surveillance Program....

Current and former intelligence officials say telecom companies' concern comes chiefly because they are giving the government unlimited access to a copy of the flow of communications, through a network of switches at U.S. telecommunications hubs that duplicate all the data running through it. It isn't clear whether the government or telecom companies control the switches, but companies process some of the data for the NSA, the current and former officials say. ... the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a letter warning colleagues to look more deeply into how telecommunications data are being accessed, citing an allegation by the head of a New York-based computer security firm that a wireless carrier that hired him was giving unfettered access to data to an entity called "Quantico Circuit." Quantico is a Marine base that houses the FBI Academy; senior FBI official Anthony DiClemente said the bureau "does not have 'unfettered access' to any communication provider's network." ...

Donald Kerr, the deputy director of national intelligence, told a conference of intelligence officials in October that the government needs new rules. Since many people routinely post details of their lives on social-networking sites such as MySpace, he said, their identity shouldn't need the same protection as in the past. Instead, only their "essential privacy," or "what they would wish to protect about their lives and affairs," should be veiled, he said, without providing examples.

Social-Network Analysis [see "Facebook' following this article]

The NSA uses its own high-powered version of social-network analysis to search for possible new patterns and links to terrorism. The Pentagon's experimental Total Information Awareness program, later renamed Terrorism Information Awareness, was an early research effort on the same concept, designed to bring together and analyze as much and as many varied kinds of data as possible. Congress eliminated funding for the program in 2003... But permitted some of the research to continue and TIA technology... Some of it was shifted to the NSA -- which also is funded by the Pentagon -- and put in the so-called black budget, where it would receive less scrutiny and bolster other data-sifting efforts, current and former intelligence officials said. "When it got taken apart, it didn't get thrown away," says a former top government official familiar with the TIA program. [...]

the seduction of 'good works'...works
Facebook Is Extending Its Network to Blood Donations
The social networking site will tap its roster of millions of users for mobilization in times of blood shortages....“... you can do almost anything when you have a growing network,” said Michael A. Cusumano, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, “That’s the core of what Facebook’s value is — you have this increasing network of people and you can lay almost anything on top of it.”

U.S Foments Unrest in Bolivia: Documents show Washington is backing extreme right-wing opposition in Bolivia

from Facebook to fascist friends worldwide: connecting the imperialist domination dots:
The MO behind U.S. global soft-power 'STRATEGIC NON-VIOLENCE'

Washington's New World Order "Democratization" Template
by Jonathan Mowat
Dr. Peter Ackerman, the author of "Strategic Nonviolent Conflict" in the "National Catholic Reporter" on April 26, 2002: "It is not true that the only way to 'take out' such regimes is through U.S. military action."...Speaking at the "Secretary's Open Forum" at the State Department on June 29, 2004, in a speech entitled, "Between Hard and Soft Power: The Rise of Civilian-Based Struggle and Democratic Change, " Ackerman elaborated on the concept involved. He proposed that youth movements, such as those used to bring down Serbia, could bring down Iran and North Korea, and could have been used to bring down Iraq... And he reported that he has been working with the top US weapons designer, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, on developing new communications technologies that could be used in other youth movement insurgencies. "There is no question that these technologies are democratizing," he stressed, in reference to their potential use in bringing down China, "they enable decentralized activity. They create, if you will, a digital concept of the right of assembly."...
The operation - engineering democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience - is now so slick the methods have matured into a template ... What is new about the template bears on the use of the Internet (in particular chat rooms, instant messaging, and blogsites) and cell phones (including text-messaging), to rapidly steer angry and suggestible "Generation X" youth into and out of mass demonstrations and the like -- a capability that only emerged in the mid-1990s.

NYT 'covers' state-corporate political surveillance / datamining function
To Aim Ads, Web Is Keeping Closer Eye on You
A new analysis of online consumer data shows that large Web companies are learning more about people than ever from what they search for and do on the Internet.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/technology/10privacy.html?th&emc=th

Wikileaks has discovered an eNom proposal to convert the entire internet domain system to "Secure Blobs for Law Enforcement", a big-brother scheme redolent of the NSA CLIPPER chip fiasco. Not content to roll over eNom customer records when asked, eNom has apparently realized it can decrease subpoena processing costs by giving away domain holders confidential information in bulk. eNom's idea is to encrypt registrant's confidential information and attach it to every public "whois" record. This would allow law enforcement, or anyone else with they decryption key to get at the confidential records automatically. Not content to undermine the 1st amendment on the internet, eNom apparently has plans to do away with the 4th as well. Wilileaks is hereby asking the global public to join mass boycott of eNom and its parent company Demand Media, Inc. of Santa Monica, California, and all associated holdings and resellers.

eNom, Inc. uses many front companies and ISPs to register domains. To see if your domain has really been registered with eNom, Inc,. enter your domain into the http://www.betterwhois.com/ tool and look for the field:
Sponsoring Registrar:eNom, Inc. (R126-LRMS)
Please refer to:http://wikileaks.org/wiki/WIKILEAKS.INFO_censored_by_eNom_and_Demand_Media

The Biometric Cataloging of Americans at Home
"Avoid the hassle of airport security every time you fly."
Dahr Jamail
This is the rhetoric being used to entice U.S. citizens to voluntarily provide their biometric information to the U.S. government.The program, called "clear," is being installed at airports around the country now. For a little background on this, view a post at this website from September 2005, called Securitizing the Global Norm of Identity: Biometric Technologies in Domestic and Foreign Policy .

In Fallujah, the cataloging of human beings has been involuntary since the U.S. siege of that city in November 2004. Having retina scans, fingerprinting and bar-code IDs is mandatory there for Iraqis.

But now, in the "homeland" of the United States, you too can join the happy club of those giving their biometric data to the federal government. Just bring two forms of government issued identification to your local Clear airport or various downtown location, enroll, pay the $128 fee, wait 2-3 weeks, and then if you are accepted, step up to your nearest scanner , and try not to blink as your retina is scanned. [...]


NYT's job: protect U.S. 'protectorate: don't 'scrutinize' horrendous effects of U.S. occupier-domination on Puerto Ricans
Scrutiny for Puerto Rico Over Animal Treatment
Puerto Rico, among United States territories, has long had a poor international reputation for the treatment of animals....“In Puerto Rico, we have so many issues to address, we haven’t had the leisure time to think about animals..."

finally, back to bennies for class-race privilege
Math Suggests College Frenzy Will Soon Ease
The number of high school graduates is projected to start declining, which could make it easier to get into college.

fascist state getting it all together...
Carlyle Group May Buy Major CIA Contractor
The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity funds, may soon acquire the $2 billion government contracting business of consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the biggest suppliers of technology and personnel to the U.S. government’s spy agencies.

Indians treated ‘like pigs’ in US
The workers, hired from India in 2006 to tide over a labour shortage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that killed over 1,800 on the Gulf coast in August 2005, said they were made to live “like pigs in a cage” in a “work camp” run by their employer, marine fabrication company Signal International, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=24f9b345-08bc-... http://tinyurl.com/2jezgz

Mortgage execs defend multimillion-dollar pay
By Jim Abrams, AP

..."As our company did well, I did well," said Mozilo, founder of Countrywide, the nation's largest mortgage lender and a key player in the subprime problem. "But when our company did not do well, as in 2007, my direct compensation and the value of my holdings declined materially, which is as it should be."... Countrywide suffered a $1.2 billion loss in the third quarter of 2007 and then lost $422 million in the fourth quarter. By the end of the year, the company's stock had fallen 80 percent from its five-year peak in February. During the same period, Mozilo received a $1.9 million salary, $20 million in stock awards contingent upon performance and sold $121 million in stock....

O'Neal received a retirement package of $161 million when he was pushed out as Merrill Lynch CEO last October.... During 2007, the firm reported $18 billion in writedowns related to subprime and other risky mortgages....

Citigroup, which saw its stock fall 48 percent at the end of 2007 compared with a year earlier, award[ed] Prince a cash bonus worth $10.4 million after he stepped down as CEO last November. He also received $28 million in unvested stock and options and $1.5 million in annual perquisites upon his departure. "I'm proud of my accomplishments," Prince said, speaking of his contributions over almost three decades to Citigroup's growth and the company's efforts to assist homeowners facing foreclosure....[Citigroup announced write-offs worth roughly $20 billion and its share has plummeted over 60 percent from last year’s high. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/08/business/08pay.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&th&emc=th]
The question, said Richard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup's personnel and compensation committee, is "how do we remain competitive without contributing to something that could be tearing at the fabric of society?"... large company CEOs now receive about 600 times what the average worker earns, compared with about 40 times in 1980.

$250 Million W.R. Grace & Co. Settlement to Federal Govt. for Asbestos Cleanup Around Libby, Mont. Mining Operations
...Feb. 7, 2006, on the steps of the county courthouse in Missoula, Mont., U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer announced a 10-count criminal indictment against seven senior current and former Grace officials. He alleged conspiracy, knowing endangerment, obstruction of justice and wire fraud for endangering the people of Libby by concealing well-documented hazards of the tremolite asbestos.The trial has been postponed three times as Grace challenges a variety of issues. The Justice Department said it has yet to be rescheduled. Grace has been given until April 14 to submit an appeal to the Supreme Court if it wants to challenge an appellate court's decision restoring key charges against the worldwide chemical company, its executives and former mine managers.... ["in bankruptcy"] Grace has corporate headquarters in Columbia, Md., and employees in nearly 40 countries. It manufactures construction chemicals, building materials and chemical additives. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/354633_libby12.html

investigative report...A TOWN LEFT TO DIE.
The tiny town of Libby, Mont., depended for years on the jobs at a vermiculite mine. After the mine closed, a Seattle P-I investigation showed the town is paying a tragic price for those jobs. Hundreds of former miners, their wives and children, and other townspeople have either died or been diagnosed with fatal illness from asbestos the mine released into the air. Read the complete special report.

Arkansas Woman, "Accidentally" Left in Cell, Goes 4 Days With No Water, Food, Toilet

surprised headline omits that american owns the adoption agency"?
Guatemala fraud inquiry throws U.S. adoptions there into limbo
GUATEMALA CITY -- Luciany Ball's adoption file says she was born 14 months ago by Caesarean section to a single mother who gave her up so she could be raised by a loving family in a six-bedroom Indiana farmhouse....[buried toward end of article:] Clifford Phillips of Deland, Fla., who owns Casa Quivira with his Guatemalan wife, attorney Sandra Gonzalez, has denied any responsibility for fraud... Phillips said he has been made the "whipping boy" for a system in which corrupt officials have for years supplied and signed off on adoption documents....Defense lawyers for Casa Quivira's attorney and notary, in turn, blamed birth mothers and others for fraud, telling the judge at the Monday hearing that they can't be responsible for confirming that the documents they present are legitimate....Solicitor General Mario Gordillo said that somebody had to have walked the women through the process of falsifying documents. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/354487_guatemala11.html

Drugs taint drinking water of millions in U.S.
A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Contaminated water sickened troops linked to Halliburton
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says.

liberal imperialist organ's imprimatur to reactionary merger of religion and science to better serve the capitalist state
Priest-Cosmologist Wins $1.6 Million Templeton Prize
Michael Heller has spent his life asking, and perhaps more impressively, answering, questions like "Does the universe need to have a cause?"

Episcopal Church Votes to Oust Bishop Who Seceded
The bishop, John-David Schofield, is the first to face such action as a result of the disputes over the church's stance on homosexuality.
Traditionalists at home and abroad assert that the Bible describes homosexuality as an abomination, and they consider the Episcopal Church’s ordination of Bishop Robinson as the latest and most galling proof of its rejection of biblical authority.

spinning senior slavery...
Going to the Company Elders for Help
Hewlett-Packard is trying to galvanize thousands of its retirees into an auxiliary army of senior marketers, good-will ambassadors and volunteer sales people. “We’re moving forward with an effort to capitalize on the fact we have these great brand stewards,” said Michael Mendenhall, chief marketing office of Hewlett-Packard... The company said participation is the reward. “It’s about being part of the H.P. community and its rich heritage,” said Mr. Mendenhall. “That’s what they get.”

The Agriculture Department announced the recall of more than 143 million pounds of meat — the largest in the nation’s history. (Cows so sick they can’t walk can’t legally be processed into food because they may have mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a form of which can be passed on to humans.... Several states have laws restricting photography and videography of what are referred to as “animal enterprises,” including circuses, medical laboratories and ranches. And in 2006, Congress passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which makes behavior that results in damage to or the economic disruption of an animal enterprise illegal.

What they didn't tell you about recent meat recall
By Stephen J. Hedges, Chicago Tribune
The largest meat recall in U.S. history was bound to reverberate throughout the food-manufacturing world. So far, four major food manufacturers — ConAgra, General Mills, Heinz and Nestlé — have acknowledged that meat involved in the 143 million-pound recall, announced Feb. 17, was used in some of their products. So why haven't those products been recalled? They have been — very quietly.
...the recall is indirect; the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urged Hallmark/Westland to contact food producers that use its meat and urge them to pull their products. But the USDA did not contact food producers.The food manufacturers are under no obligation to notify consumers...
USDA undersecretary for food safety, told Congress last week that recalled Hallmark/Westland meat went to more than 10,000 distributors and food manufacturers, including the USDA's own nutrition programs — including the school-lunch program — which bought 50 million pounds of meat.
About 100 school districts in Washington state, including in Seattle, received raw beef from Hallmark/Westland in November and December. In late January, the USDA advised schools to stop using the beef. Raymond said USDA regulations prevent the department from disclosing Hallmark/Westland's customers because such information is considered proprietary.... USDA officials said most of the recalled meat likely had been consumed. They said no illnesses linked to the meat have been reported. [digest: BSE usually takes 5-15 years to develop, manifest and kill]

Human rights groups credit Gov. Spitzer with "the toughest anti-sex-trade law in the nation".

god, the bible and u.s. media say women cause the 'fall' of man, big man spitzer adds “as human beings our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Woman at the Center of Governor's Downfall
digest commentary: The media coverage, served up a 'sexy' distraction: spitzer story not only covers up organized crime connections and other serious related matters, but is barely beneath the smirking surface a slimy paean to 'powerful, rich white men', exonerating the thug with a misogynist moral. The Seatttle PI's front page, emblazoned (see below) with 'the whore' and 3 white 'madonnas' essentially blaming 'women at the center' not only for spitzer's 'fall', but ties them all together with racist amerikan sleaze and its electoral politics trap. Player and/or organized crime partner [total silence about owners of prostitution rings], he's well-covered to use his power & wealth as bargaining chips to keep silent on the bigger story, in exchange for no felony charges. RICO act for the 'sheriff of wall street'? Corruption, the Mann Act sex-trade across state lines, money laundering, structuring?...

Politics below the belt
Four stories of sex, humiliation, insult, race
(clockwise from upper left):

The Eliot Spitzer call girl -- Photos

Sticking by her husband's side

Calling Hillary a 'monster' a 'mistake'

Unapologetic, says Obama's success is due 'in part' to race

dirty damn devils doing your daddy dirty...
Spitzer scandal tricky for parents
...Parents should be ready if children ask what a prostitute is, said a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Teachers College.
"If they ask you say, 'Sadly there are some women who feel that when they have an intimate experience with someone they need to get paid for it. This is something that is not healthy and I don't accept it or condone it.'"... http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110ap_spitzer_talking_to_kids.ht...