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Dec 04 11:10

Israel law allows prosecution of those revealing army violations against Palestinians

Israeli media sources revealed that the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation was due to discuss a draft bill yesterday that allows the army to sue anyone who “offends” its soldiers.

The bill, which is aimed at organisations including Breaking the Silence which works to expose the occupation’s violations against Palestinian citizens, has the backing of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Minister Yariv Levin, Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom reported.

According to the bill’s details, the draft law would allow soldiers to file defamation suits against anyone who tried to harm their reputation or spread information harmful to their image.

The newspaper quoted Likud MK Yoav Kish, who presented the draft bill, saying: “After the Ministerial Committee approves the draft bill, it will be presented next Wednesday for approval during a preliminary reading in the Knesset.”

Dec 02 09:35

A MORALLY RUDDERLESS AMERICA

A U.S. Navy pilot flying over far north Okanogan County, Washington, is in hot water for leaving contrails in the sky in the shape of a penis. According to a report from CBS News affiliate KREM, people on the ground saw the image and complained. One mother was “upset because she might have to explain the drawings to her kids.” The reporter assured listeners that “we’re deliberately not showing you those drawings because they’re offensive.”

For over half a century the U.S. government has sent our military (and plenty of military aid) to foreign countries, to kill and maim and torture, to overthrow democratic governments and shore up corporate dominance, to prop up brutal dictators, and ultimately to protect America’s global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I feel a moment coming on in which I feel compelled to honor America's painfully funny (and prophetic) comedian George Carlin, in his discussion about US foreign policy: and a warning here; this monologue is heavily laced with profanity. If you don't like it, please don't watch/listen.

George Carlin on US foreign policy

Nov 29 12:16

ETHNIC CLEANSING / GENOCIDE … ONE IN THE SAME

Recently declassified cabinet meeting transcripts show that top Israeli officials discussed ethnic cleansing tactics to deal with Six-Day War fallout.

Nov 29 08:54

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak swigs poison, kills self in court

At his war crimes tribunal Wednesday, Bosnian Croat general Slobodan Praljak made a statement disdaining the court, then drank what he said was poison. He was rushed to hospital and died, according to reports, though courtroom footage depicts long moments of dithering confusion in the courtroom.

Nov 29 07:15

Department of Defense Threatens to Shut Down New York Show of Artwork by Guantánamo Prisoners

A new policy of the Department of Defense threatens to shut down an exhibition of artworks by Guantánamo Bay prisoners at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, provoking a heated debate over art censorship and the appropriateness of displaying art by suspected terrorists.

The show, titled “Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo Bay,” opened on October 2 and features 36 paintings and sculptures by current and former detainees, many of whom have been held indefinitely without trial. Art crime professor Erin Thompson, who co-curated the show with archivist Paige Laino and artist/poet Charles Shields, told the Guardian she hoped the works would help viewers reexamine how they think about Guantánamo detainees. “In the era of Trump, who is saying he wants to expand Guantánamo, the exhibit now has a more activist purpose,” she added, “which is showing that indefinite detention harms detainees and the people working in the prison.”

Nov 26 06:27

Mistakenly Posted Photos Allegedly Expose UK Training Saudi Forces in Yemen War

According to The Daily Mail, the secret training program is allegedly aimed at teaching so-called "irregular warfare" combat skills to Saudi forces and involves some 50 UK military personnel.

The British military is training Saudi forces to fight in Yemen, where a conflict between the Riyadh-backed government and rebels has claimed over 12,000 lives, The Daily Mail reported Sunday.

The program, codenamed Operation Crossways, involves nearly 50 British military personnel from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, according to the report. They are teaching "irregular warfare" techniques to officers from the Royal Saudi Land Forces Infantry Institute.
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The British military involvement is a "shameful complicity" in the suffering Yemenis are facing in the ongoing conflict, Tory lawmaker and former Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell told the newspaper.

"The UK has been shamefully complicit in Saudi’s role in Yemen," Mitchell said.

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Nov 24 07:43

UK ‘complicit in promoting famine’ in war-torn Yemen

Britain is becoming “dangerously complicit” in facilitating famine as a weapon in Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen, it has been claimed. Academic Alex de Waal has joined former Tory minister Andrew Mitchell in warning the UK over its role.

De Waal says the US and the UK, and others on the UN Security Council, risk becoming accessories to the “worst famine crime of this decade.” He told the Guardian: “If you see someone starving, it’s not just that they’ve got a disease. Somebody has done it to that person. Yemen is really the most shocking case of our generation of a famine crime because the lines of culpability are so clear and there’s no denying them.”

Nov 24 06:37

Buchanan: The US-Saudi Starvation Blockade

Our aim is to "starve the whole population – men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound – into submission," said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill.

He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced as inhumane this starvation blockade that would eventually take the lives of a million German civilians.
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A comparable crime is being committed today against the poorest people in the Arab world – and with the complicity of the United States.

Saudi Arabia, which attacked and invaded Yemen in 2015 after Houthi rebels dumped over a pro-Saudi regime in Sanaa and overran much of the country, has imposed a land, sea and air blockade, after the Houthis fired a missile at Riyadh this month that was shot down.

The Saudis say it was an Iranian missile, fired with the aid of Hezbollah, and an "act of war" against the kingdom. The Houthis admit to firing the missile, but all three deny Iran and Hezbollah had any role.

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Nov 23 09:00

EXCLUSIVE: 'American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince - and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down 'just to send a message

Source in Saudi Arabia says American private security contractors are carrying out'interrogations' on princes and billionaires arrested in crackdown
Detained members of Saudi elite have been hung by their feet and beaten by interrogates, source says
Among those hung upside down are Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an investor worth at least $7 billion who is being held at Riyadh's Ritz Carlton
Arrests were ordered three weeks ago by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Source claims mercenaries are from 'Blackwater', a claim also made by Lebanese president
But its successor firm denies it has any operations in Saudi Arabia whatsoever and says its staff abide by U.S. law
Americans who commit torture abroad can be jailed for up to 20 years

Nov 23 08:09

No more ‘fighting ISIS?’ US to stay in Syria to prevent ‘win’ for Assad and Iran

The US plans to keep it's troops in Syria long after the defeat of ISIS – the goal used to justify their illegal presence in the first place – because the Syrian government and its ally Iran would “win” if they were withdrawn, the Washington Post reported.

The Trump administration is “expanding its goals” in Syria to include a “potentially open-ended commitment” to support the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing several anonymous US officials. The change comes as the defeat of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group in Syria seems imminent.
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While Washington has a history of skipping UN approval for its military interventions, be it in Syria or in other sovereign states, it appears that the semblance of legitimacy for keeping hundreds of troops in Syria is about to be dispelled.>>>

(*WOW! RT takes off the gloves !)

Nov 23 05:05

TOP SAMANTHA POWER AIDE IS NOW LOBBYING TO UNDERMINE OPPONENTS OF YEMEN WAR

STARVING CHILDREN WITH haunting eyes and emaciated bodies. Bombed-out hospitals and homes. A cholera epidemic that is the largest and fastest-spreading in modern history. These scenes have sparked outrage and a flurry of denunciations of the U.S.-backed war in Yemen, which is led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

But that’s not to say the war has no defenders in the United States. In fact, a public relations consultant and former U.S. diplomat enlisted by the UAE has worked to discredit U.S.-based groups raising awareness of atrocities in Yemen.

Hagar Chemali previously served as a top spokesperson for Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Now, she is paid six figures to shape the debate about the war at the U.N., including by discrediting NGOs that advance evidence of human rights violations in Yemen, according to public disclosures and emails obtained by The Intercept.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are people on this planet who will do anything for money, including whoring for genocide; this is precisely what Hagar Chemali is doing right now, in her enabling the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, to get closer to his goal of complete anihilation of the Yemeni people, assisted by the US military.

Nov 23 04:59

DoD Upholds Marine General's Contempt Conviction in USS Cole Dispute

The senior Pentagon official in charge of the war court has upheld a judge's contempt conviction of the Marine general overseeing defense teams, according to a statement issued Tuesday that suggested three civilian defense attorneys are still bound to litigate in the USS Cole case at Guantanamo.

The official, Harvey Rishikof, however, decided that Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker need not serve the remainder of a 21-day sentence of confinement or pay a $1,000 fine. USS Cole case judge Air Force Col. Vance Spath sentenced Baker to both on Nov. 2 for invoking a privilege and refusing to answer the judge's questions at the war court.

Nov 22 07:56

Pope Francis’ Dark Past As Agent of U.S.-Backed Argentine Military Junta

Murder, torture and “disappearances” were commonplace under the military dictatorship that gripped Argentina in the 1970s. Pope Francis, despite being hailed as a “progressive” figure today, was supportive of the Argentine junta, even aiding in some of the atrocities it carried out.

Nov 21 08:32

International Criminal Court to investigate CIA black sites in Afghanistan

The chief investigator of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has asked for judicial permission to launch an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, the ICC said.

According to an ICC statement, the investigation will look into crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, as well as any crimes linked the conflict that took place outside it since July 1, 2002. The parties under investigation will be the Taliban and another powerful Islamist group, the Haqqani Network, both of which also operate in Pakistan, as well as the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), in particular, members of the National Directorate for Security (NDS) and the Afghan National Police (ANP).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see if there is anything which is allowed to be revealed here; the American people, a generally reasonably moral lot, have the right to know what has been done in their names, and with their tax dollars.

Nov 21 08:25

THE DRONE WAR UNDER TRUMP: KILLING MORE PEOPLE, HIDING MORE FACTS

President Donald Trump seems determined to undo just about everything Barack Obama has done. There is one area, however, in which he is following the lead of his predecessor: drone warfare. Not that the public would know anything about it — or the dangerously loose oversight involved. And that’s by design. The Trump administration is not only expanding the use of drones, it is also obscuring the facts about how many drones are being used, how many people are being killed by them, and where

Nov 21 08:20

International Criminal Court to investigate CIA black sites in Afghanistan

The investigation will also examine war crimes and human rights violations committed by the United States and its allies, with an additional focus on the Central Intelligence Agency and its role in operating secret detention facilities, so-called “black sites,” on the territory of Afghanistan and other allied countries.

These black sites were used by the CIA to hold and question suspected terrorists after September 11, often making use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” which has been criticized as being a euphemism for torture.

Among the techniques used was waterboarding, where a cloth is placed over the prisoner’s face and water is poured on top, creating the feeling of drowning. Other enhanced interrogation techniques included stress positions, sleep deprivation and humiliation.

Nov 20 11:48

Intelligence: North Korea Readies A New Round Of Missile Launches - Mac Slavo

A South Korean spy/intelligence agency says that North Korea is getting ready to launch a new round of missiles. This is spiking new concerns of a clash between the regime and a coalition of American, Japanese, and South Korean forces should a test accidentally strike land.

According to Foreign Policy, the South Korean spy agency “is closely following the developments because there is a possibility that North Korea could fire an array of ballistic missiles this year under the name of a satellite launch and peaceful development of space, but in fact to ratchet up its threats against the United States,” South Korean lawmakers told reporters after a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials.

North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile programs is in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions. The communist regime has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. It has fired two missiles over Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against some kind of missile test by North Korea (or a false flag emulation of such) this Thanksgiving, 23 November, or thereabout.

Nov 19 08:37

Global medical watchdog complicit with Israeli abuses

It is now more than 20 years since Amnesty International first concluded that Israeli doctors working with Israel’s security services “form part of a system in which detainees are tortured, ill-treated and humiliated in ways that place prison medical practice in conflict with medical ethics.”

Since then there have been repeated attempts – of which this author has been part – to have the global medical ethics watchdog World Medical Association (WMA) hold the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) accountable for these practices.

But with the latest attempt foundering last year and despite changes in leadership over the years, the conclusion that now has to be drawn is that, when it comes to Israel, the WMA is not fit for the purpose for which it was created after World War II.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Torture is routine, on the part of the IDF against Palestinians, even though it has been proven to not produce actionable results, and will simply get the tortured individuals to say whatever they think their interrogators want to hear in order to get the torture to stop.

So why does the IDF do this?!? Because they can get away with it, with absolute and complete impunity.

Nov 18 08:46

Global medical watchdog complicit with Israeli abuses

It is now more than 20 years since Amnesty International first concluded that Israeli doctors working with Israel’s security services “form part of a system in which detainees are tortured, ill-treated and humiliated in ways that place prison medical practice in conflict with medical ethics.”

Since then there have been repeated attempts – of which this author has been part – to have the global medical ethics watchdog World Medical Association (WMA) hold the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) accountable for these practices.

But with the latest attempt foundering last year and despite changes in leadership over the years, the conclusion that now has to be drawn is that, when it comes to Israel, the WMA is not fit for the purpose for which it was created after World War II.

Nov 17 13:25

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ACCUSES US OF SUPPORTING ISIS

Turkey’s president said, “The administration in the United States has changed but everything remains the same as before.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of granting financial aid to members of the Islamic State group, a State Department-listed terrorist organization.

Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 17 04:03

Nothing Patriotic or Conservative About Our Bloated Defense Budget

Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. Posted on November 16, 2017
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I opposed almost all the major initiatives of the Obama administration. But it was false to say that the Defense Department was "depleted" or "eviscerated" during those years, or that now we must "rebuild the military."

In fact, public relations experts in future years should conduct studies about how the Defense Department has been able to convince the public it has been cut when it is getting more money than ever.

Defense Department appropriations have more than doubled since 2000. In addition, the Department has gotten extra billions in several supplemental or emergency appropriation bills.
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Since now less than one percent of the people serve in the military, it may be that many people who never served feel, perhaps even subconsciously, that they must bend over backwards to show their patriotism.

However, it is not unpatriotic to oppose wasteful defense spending or very unnecessary permanent, forever wars.

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Nov 16 06:00

40,000 children in war-torn Yemen have died of starvation this year, says aid group

According to estimates by humanitarian organisations, around 130 children are dying each day as the Arab world’s poorest country struggles with famine and the ‘largest cholera outbreak’ in modern history.

Nov 15 08:53

US Senate Confirms Trump Nominee Who Justified Torture

The Senate has confirmed Steven Bradbury to serve as general counsel in the Department of Transportation despite his pivotal role in authorizing the United States’ use of torture.

Nov 15 04:14

Massive Overkill: Brought to You By the Nuclear-Industrial Complex

Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters and “duck and cover” drills.

But give Donald Trump credit. When it comes to nukes, he’s gotten our attention. He’s prompted renewed concern, if not outright alarm, about the possibility that such weaponry could actually be used for the first time since the 6th and 9th of August 1945. That’s what happens when the man in the Oval Office begins threatening to rain “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on another country or, as he did in his presidential campaign, claiming cryptically that, when it comes to nuclear weapons, “the devastation is very important to me.”

Trump’s pronouncements are at least as unnerving as President Ronald Reagan’s infamous “joke” that “we begin bombing [the Soviet Union] in five minutes”>>>

Nov 15 04:06

House Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

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The bill includes $634 billion for “core operations,” and $66 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The OCO budget is notoriously used by the Pentagon to shift money around to various programs as officials see fit without having to ask Congress to fund them.

This massive bill is the culmination of months of officials trying to outspend one another, with President Trump proposing what he described as one of the biggest increases ever>>>

Nov 15 03:37

Corruption in Israel Is Not Just an Israeli Issue

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel Is Not Just an Israeli Issue
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Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July – well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn – believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that they would still vote for him.

A recent survey conducted by Israel’s Channel 10 TV concluded that, if general elections are held today, Netanyahu will garner 28% while his closest contenders, Avi Gabbay of the Zionist Camp and Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid will each gather 11% of the vote.

“The next stage, which is drawing near, is for the citizens of Israel to re-elect a criminal as their leader and entrust their fate to him”>>>

Nov 15 03:20

Israel Uses US Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put an End to That.

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Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and nine co-sponsors on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require the U.S. State Department to certify every year that American military aid is not being used to fund the systematic abuse of Palestinian children.

If passed, the bill — titled the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act — would explicitly prohibit U.S. aid from being used by Israel to support the administrative detention or physical abuse of Palestinian children. The bill says that detention of Palestinian children is “inconsistent with the values of the United States.”

Bill Harper, McCollum’s chief of staff, told The Intercept that the legislation is an attempt to establish some sort of transparency over how Israel uses U.S. military aid, particularly as it relates to human rights abuses.

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Nov 14 09:42

Millions Face Starvation In Yemen Due To US-Ally Saudi Arabia's Blockade

Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilizing influence in the Arab world, German intelligence has warned.

Internal power struggles and the desire to emerge as the leading Arab power threaten to make the key Western ally a source of instability, according to the BND intelligence service.

“The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy,” a BND memo widely distributed to the German press reads.

Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of supplying arms and funding to jihadist groups fighting in Syria, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Nov 14 07:53

Israel's Money Machine

The stars came out in Hollywood on November 2nd, or at least some of them did. The gala event celebrated the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and raised funds to support its mission in Israel itself and on the occupied West Bank. The organization being fêted was the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), which has fourteen regional offices in the United States and operates under the slogan “Their job is to look after Israel. Our job is to look after them.” In attendance were Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Gerald Butler. Entertainment was provided by the singer Seal.

Nov 13 15:01

North Korean Radio Hacked to Play 'The Final Countdown ...

Allegedly the North Korean short-wave radio station “6400kHz” had been hacked and began blasting out The Final Countdown by the Swedish cheese-rock 80’s legends Europe.

Nov 12 05:22

Bahrain Blames Iran For ‘Terrorist Sabotage’ After Oil Pipeline Explosion

The Kingdom of Bahrain has claimed that Friday’s explosion on the only pipeline that supplies oil from Saudi Arabia was somehow linked to Iran, opening a new chapter of hostilities between Tehran and the Sunni Gulf states.

“The incident was an act of sabotage and a dangerous act of terrorism aimed at harming the higher interests of the nation and the safety of the people,” read a statement from Bahrain’s interior ministry. “Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran,” the statement claimed.

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Nov 12 05:03

Ten Killed in US-Led Coalition Shelling of Village in Eastern Syria

A residential area of the village on the Iraqi-Syrian border and an ambulance vehicle with people inside were hit by the shelling that took place on Saturday, the Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported.
The US-led international coalition tasked with fighting the terrorist group Daesh carried out airstrikes on a village near the Iraqi border in the Syrian eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, killing 10 civilians, local media reported on Sunday

Media reports of civilians being killed by the US alliance's airstrikes emerge regularly. Among the latest instances, media reported that civilians were killed in attacks on Hasaka and Deir ez-Zor provinces as well as in the embattled city of Raqqa. The Syrian government has also accused the coalition aircraft of dropping phosphorus bombs

The coalition often denies allegations of targeting civilians.>>>

Nov 11 06:57

U.S. Imposes Oil Blockade to Force Venezuela into Default

The U.S. is betting on the default of Venezuela affecting its financial credibility and hampering its debt repayments.

While continuing the commercial and financial embargo and the systematic attack on PDVSA, it was revealed at the start of November that imports of Venezuelan oil to the United States this year have declined to 56 percent compared to last year. This multi-pronged attack that this state industry is facing as the main foreign exchange earner of the country, has been run by a network of internal allies, many of whom have been detained by the Public Prosecutor's Office in recent months. This was after the former Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz became a key factor in allowing the continuity of these mafias to operate within the company.

In addition to corruption and internal sabotage, PDVSA is facing a series of sanctions for the issuance of debt, which has also complicated transactions with U.S. refineries for the purchase of crude oil.>>>

Nov 10 15:36

Ishi, last 'wild' Indian, found refuge in S.F.

For 4 1/2 years, a unique saga played out on San Francisco's Parnassus Avenue. On that lofty street at the base of Mount Sutro, overlooking Golden Gate Park, Marin and the Farallon Islands, the last "wild" Indian in North America, Ishi, spent his final years living in a museum where he was looked after, and befriended, by California's most eminent anthropologist.
There is no more extraordinary and poignant episode in the city's history.

Nov 10 12:17

Setting the Record Straight: The Beirut Barracks Bombing

The White House wants to blame Iran, but they're wrong. I was there.
By LAWRENCE KORB • November 9, 2017

The crucial turning point occurred in early September, when the U.S. began providing naval gunfire support for the U.S.-backed Lebanese Army—something that was opposed, as journalist Nir Rosen has pointed out, by the State Department, the CIA, and even Marine Commander Col. Timothy Geraghty.

In an article he wrote on the 25th anniversary of the attack on his marines, Geraghty recalled the situation:

Nov 10 09:55

Gitmo Judge Convicts U.S. General—Because He Stood Up for Detainee Rights

Brigadier General John Baker protested the government’s surveillance of Guantanamo Bay defense lawyers. And that got him sentenced to 21 days in confinement.

Nov 10 06:22

‘Cold Day in Hell Before ICC Goes After US for Committing War Crimes’

The ICC prosecutor’s decision to pursue a probe into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan is “completely political” and won't amount to anything, law professor Francis Boyle believes. He said it will be a “cold day in hell” before any Americans are prosecuted.

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced last week that her request to launch an investigation had been handed over to a pre-trial court. She said that if her request is granted, the probe will focus “upon those most responsible for the most serious crimes committed in connection with the situation in Afghanistan.”

However,>>>

Nov 09 10:41

BRITISH ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA JUMP 500% AS COALITION SEALS OFF YEMEN BORDERS

The sale of UK-made bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia has leapt by almost 500 percent, according to new data from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). British munitions have been used in the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen, contributing to the humanitarian catastrophe there.

Data collated by CAAT shows the UK government had made £4.7 billion from exporting arms and other controlled goods to Saudi since the start of the Yemen war in March 2015, compared to £6 billion worth in the period from January 2008 to April 2015 – a 457 percent increase.

The news comes as Saudi-led coalition forces made the decision on Monday to close temporarily all entry points to Yemen, effectively sealing the country off from the rest of the world.

The UK Government had been widely criticized for its continued assistance in the war on Yemen while simultaneously spending millions on humanitarian aid. In 2017, it sent £155 million to the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Merchants of Death and the British Parliament have one huge thing in common; before accepting their positions as captains of the assassination club, or as members of the British House of Commons, or House of Lords, they have all had their conscience surgically removed.

It's Profits Uber Alles, baby, and who gives a damn about women, children, infants, and the medically fragile eldely getting blown to smithereens!! It's...commerce! That's the way the world is supposed to work, right?!?

Nov 09 01:36

Dick Cheney Once Warned Against Military Action on North Korea

Newly declassified documents show that a quarter-century ago as worries were emerging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told allies the U.S. should not consider military action as it could jeopardize diplomatic efforts.
Cheney would later serve as vice president to George W. Bush. He was a leading advocate of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein over fears he had weapons of mass destruction, which turned out not to be the case.
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In 1991, when Cheney served as Pentagon chief for President George H. Bush, his outlook on how to deal with North Korea was very different from his later approach to Iraq.

Nov 08 10:58

US Strikes Soaring in Afghanistan, Along With Civilian Deaths: UN Expresses Concern Over Mounting Casualties, But Does Nothing.

With the US once again escalating the war in Afghanistan, the number of US warplanes dropping munitions on the central Asian country are on the rise, and with it, the number of civilians being killed in those strikes.

Seemingly every month the US announces that coalition munitions dropped are up dramatically from the month prior, and while a lot of the civilian casualties are officially still just “under investigation,” the UN is openly expressing concern about the rising toll.

The UN has reported 466 civilian casualties, including 205 deaths, just in the first nine months of 2017, which is already a 52% increase from the number killed in 2016. With strikes continuing to escalate, the final figure will only be higher.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec Def Mattis' latest "strategy" was supposed to make a difference; apparently, the only "difference" it has made, so far, is this massive rise in civilian casualties.

I am frankly amazed that he has not, to date, ordered a complete carpet bombing of the entire country, killing every Afghani left breathing, so that the expropriation of opium poppies, rare earth minerals, and the pipeline routes can continue, unabated.

With the politics and culture of Western corporatism, no military official can "double down" on "magical thinking" which does not deliver the goods to those who supported the party they purchased with their contributions for very long.

I have to wonder how long Mattis is going to last, if he cannot deliver in Afghanistan.

Nov 08 10:30

WATCH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY WON’T VOTE ON WAR IN YEMEN

THE BRUTAL WAR in Yemen has intensified in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States increasing its bombing campaign and blockade of ports. Meanwhile, the architect of the war, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has launched a widespread purge of the government, while using a missile launched from Yemen as a pretext to threaten war with Iran.

Yet American lawmakers are still avoiding a vote on authorizing U.S. involvement in the conflict.

Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the U.S. military for intelligence sharing, refueling flights for coalition warplanes, and the transfer of American-made cluster bombs, rockets, and other munitions used against targets in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one factor that Mr. Fang misses in this article and video, and the other reason why Congressional representatives may be "punting" on this; they may be making a "killing", literally and figuratively, from their investments in the military/industrial complex which have sold Saudi Arabia billions of dollars worth of weapons since the war began in 2015.

Congressional representatives are not bound by American law to put their financial estates into a blind trust, when they assume office, as is the President, so can make beaucoup bucks through tips and inside trading.

Nov 08 10:23

Saudi Airstrikes Kill Over 30 Civilians in Northern Yemen

Saudi warplanes targeted a residential area in Yemen’s Hajj Province Tuesday, leveling a large building that served as housing for an extended family, killing all within. Over 30 people were killed in the attacks, overwhelmingly women and children.

The attacks took place against a village not far from the Saudi border, and left a number of other civilians wounded. It’s not clear why the attacks were carried out in the first place, and Saudi officials have not commented on the matter.

Saudi airstrikes have been killing dozens of civilians on a regular basis since early 2015, leading to a massive death toll. This has fueled international criticism of Saudi war crimes, and both the US and British governments for selling the Saudis such arms when they’re used so recklessly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply a matter of revenge against the Houthis, who lobbed a Yemeni home-made missile at Riyadh, which was intercepted, a couple of days ago.

The killing of innocent women, children, and infants is standard stock in trade for the Saudi military; but this senseless act of murderous revenge will only inflame Houthi resolve to hit Saudi Arabia harder, unfortunately.

Nov 08 07:56

Trump Pentagon pick says its 'insane' for civilians to own semi-automatic weapons

No difference between Hillary and Trump now. Support America and the Constitution not corrupt politicians.

President Trump’s nominee to lead the military health system said Tuesday he thinks it is “insane” for civilians to be able to purchase semi-automatic rifles like the one a gunman used to kill 26 people at a Texas church.

Dean Winslow, a professor at Stanford University and retired Air Force colonel, made his remarks during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Service committee, according to the Washington Examiner.

“I may get in trouble with other members of the committee just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used,” Winslow said. “I think that's an issue not as much for this committee, but elsewhere.”

Nov 07 15:08

Eva Bartlett Exposes the Lies on Syria - Corbett Report Extras

Published on Nov 6, 2017SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=24821

Today we're joined by Eva Bartlett of InGaza.wordpress.com to discuss her reporting from Syria. We talk about the lies, propaganda and outright fabrications that have attempted to paint the terrorist insurgency as a "civil war" led by "moderate rebels," including the use of children like Omran Daqneesh and Bana Alabed as unwitting icons for the fake narrative. We also discuss recommended sources for real information about what's happening in Syria.

Nov 07 09:36

UN: Saudi blockade hindering aid delivery to starving Yemenis

The United Nations has said that Saudi Arabia’s decision to shut down Yemen’s air, sea and land borders has prevented the UN from sending aid to the war-torn country.

Nov 05 09:58

US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans say

US airstrikes have killed scores of civilians in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, according to officials and residents in the area, a fierce battleground that has been hit by several errant US airstrikes in recent years.

A US soldier was killed on Saturday after sustaining injuries on an operation in Logar in the eastern part of the country, the US military said.

The airstrikes in Kunduz on Friday night targeted three villages in Chardara, a district west of the provincial capital where Taliban fighters have long maintained a strong presence.

Nov 01 10:57

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP RESISTS EFFORT TO END U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN YEMEN WAR

THE BIPARTISAN PUSH to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen has gained political momentum but faces resistance from the No. 2 Democratic lawmaker in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

H.Con.Res.81, the resolution sponsored by Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.; Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Mark Pocan, D-Wisc.; Tom Massie, R-Ky.; and 34 other lawmakers, utilizes a provision of the War Powers Act to swiftly terminate U.S. military assistance for the Saudi-led war effort.

Several activists working to build support for the measure have told The Intercept that Republican caucus leaders and Hoyer, the minority whip, are pressuring lawmakers to avoid sponsoring the legislation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just how much is Democratic Minority Whip Hoyer invested in the US military industrial complex, which is making beacoup bucks on this carnage in Yemen?!?

Is he morally comfortable with the US government military and government colluding in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, where children are assassinated and maimed for life; starving and dying from malnutrition and now dying of (most probably weaponised) cholera?!?

The short answer has to be, hell yes!! Burnt, dead babies, he's for 'em!! (to paraphrase Bob Newhart)

But to be perfectly serious, this position on the part of Representative Hoyer cannot really be a surprise to anyone.

After all, the mandatory procedure required of all Congressional Representatives, before taking their Oath of Office, is a surgical excision ...of their conscience.

Nov 01 10:10

Trick or Treat: One Year Later, Is Trump a Blessing or a Curse to the Deep State?

Here’s the question I pose to you: has Donald Trump been a blessing or a curse to the architects of the American police state?

One thing is for sure: a year into his presidency, Trump hasn’t done much to improve the lot of the American people.

In other words, the American police state is still alive and well and flourishing.

Nothing has changed.

Rather than draining the corrupt swamps of Washington, as he repeatedly promised, Trump and his brand of reality TV politics have merely redirected our attention.

Trust me, the swamps are still stagnant with corruption.

Nov 01 08:08

Trump Appoints Zionist Zealot to Top Civil Rights Post

Kenneth Marcus will head the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights.

Formerly, he was staff director at the US Commission on Civil Rights under GW Bush.

He founded and heads the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a Washington-based NGO, seeking “to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and to promote justice for all,” it claims.

It shamefully calls anti-Semitism and “anti-Israelism” on university campuses the “leading civil and human rights challenge facing North American Jewry.”

It’s silent about longstanding Israeli high crimes of war and against humanity, its ruthless persecution of illegally occupied Palestinians, and its own Arab citizens.

Nov 01 07:35

Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Iraq Even If Asked to Leave

Testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that the US presence in Iraq is so permanent at this point that even if Iraq specifically requests the US withdraw and removes permission for them to be there, the US will remain.

It does bring up the question of US troops’ legal immunity from war crimes in places like Syria, where they’ve been deployed without permission or any assurances that they won’t be held liable for killings.

Oct 31 00:30

What U.S. Soldiers Actually Sign up For (You’ll love the list!)

Joining the U.S. military is not patriotic. It is a bad decision. It is a foolish choice. It is, in fact, downright idiotic.

Oct 30 23:45

Neocon Killers – They hijack Trump’s Syria policy, says Ron Paul

Haven’t we done enough damage in Syria? Do we really need to go back to 2011 and destroy the country all over again? The neocons never admit a mistake and never change course, but I do not believe that the majority of Americans support their hijacking of President Trump’s Syria policy. It is long past time for the US to leave Syria alone. No bases, no special forces, no CIA assassination teams, no manipulating their electoral system. We need to just come home.

Oct 30 05:32

WFP: Food Being Used as Weapon of War in Yemen

The World Food Programme (WFP) said food is being used as a "weapon of war" in Yemen at a time when millions of people face an impending famine in the conflict-ravaged impoverished Arab country. "Yemen is on the brink of famine. Cholera is compounding a dramatic food crisis. Food is being used as a weapon of war," Elisabeth Rasmussen, the WFP assistant executive director, said at a conference on aid to Yemen on Sunday, presstv reported. The United Nations has already described the ongoing conflict in Yemen as the "largest humanitarian crisis in the world." The war has left seven million people at risk of famine and an estimated 17 million, which amounts to about 60 percent of the overall population of the country, food insecure. Another 2,100 people have died of cholera since April as hospitals struggle to secure basic supplies across the country.

Oct 25 07:38

Steve Bannon Launches His Big Foreign Policy Crusade

Just another neocon in Israels pocket!

Stephen K. Bannon joined other Republican grandees such as Sen. Tom Cotton at a packed event in Washington on Monday.

Bannon, who has sometimes been cited as “Trump’s dove,” has emerged as one of the harshest critics of Iran in Trumpworld, collaborating extensively with former UN ambassador John Bolton, as I’ve reported. Bolton thinks the current move on the JCPOA is essentially for show: the deal is unsalvageable. His plan, backed by extreme hardliners like Frank Gaffney, calls for discussing military options with Israel against Iran and backing Kurdish national aspirations, which is a nonstarter for Iran, Turkey and the Shia-dominated government in Iraq; Bolton was spotted entering the White House on Monday.

Oct 24 07:02

US Coalition Bombing of Raqqa Comparable to the World War II Destruction of Dresden: Russian Defense Ministry

Combat aircraft of the US and the coalition bombarded Syrian Raqqa like Germany’s Dresden was destroyed during World War II. In the operation to liberate the city from terrorists of the Islamic State (IS, terrorist organization outlawed in Russia), thousands of Syrian civilians were killed, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry General-Major Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday.

“Raqqa has repeated the fate of Dresden of 1945, which was erased in the British-American bombarding,” the general said.

Oct 23 14:38

John Brennan’s Police State USA – Mike Whitney

So it all started with Brennan, the resentful Intel chief who got his nose bloodied by Putin in Syria and decided to seek his revenge.

And, keep in mind, Washington’s Sunni proxies were not a division of the Pentagon; they were entirely a CIA confection: CIA recruited, CIA-armed, CIA-funded and CIA-trained. The defeat is not a loss for the US Military, but a blot on the record of CIA Director John Brennan, the architect and main proponent of the failed project to remove Assad. Brennan’s whole scheme has gone down in flames.

Oct 23 11:21

Former Presidents Come Together for Photo-Op As Internet Forgets They’re ALL War Criminals

Five former presidents of the United States came together for a hurricane relief benefit, and their photo-op with musician Lady Gaga led to a surprising reaction—the Internet loved it! Not only did the public put politics aside, it also seems to have forgotten about all of the things these men have done to give them a very different title: War Criminal.

Oct 20 07:51

IS WASHINGTON TRYING TO STARVE 60,000 SYRIANS WASHINGTON HAS TRAPPED IN A REFUGEE CAMP?

Russia is the key source of vitally needed humanitarian aid – virtually nothing from the UN, nothing from America and other Western countries, Iran the only regional one supplying it.

“The Rukban refugee camp located on the Syrian-Jordanian border in the so-called [phony] ‘deconfliction zone’ arbitrarily established by the United States around Tanf is facing humanitarian disaster,” Zakharova explained.

“The Americans are using aviation, rocket and artillery systems to prevent Syrian Government forces from entering this zone.”

“According to the UN, the number of refugees in this camp exceeds 60,000. They are threatened with starvation and have no access to fresh water. The risk of epidemics is growing.”

Oct 20 07:28

Tarred and feathered, lynched in the street and locked up in internment camps: The tragic plight of Germans in AMERICA during the First World War

A fascinating collection of photos have resurfaced showing the hardships faced by German-Americans at the brutal height of the First World War.

As Europe was ravaged by fighting, German immigrants in the US suffered harassment, internment, lynchings - and even the humiliation of being tarred and feathered.

Although a little-remembered part of history today, America was wracked by the fear and paranoia that swept from coast to coast during the Great War.

The United States declared war on Germany in April 1917 and helped lead the Allies to victory. But before that, many Americans were terrified of the German threat growing on the other side of the world.

This collection of pictures reveals the full extent of war hysteria and open hostility towards all things German that erupted across the nation.

Oct 19 09:31

Former Spy: CIA Will Ensure US Public Never Knows Torture Program’s ‘Full Scope’

The US Central Intelligence Agency “has done everything in its power, legal and illegal, to stop the American people from learning about the CIA’s torture program,” CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou told Loud & Clear on Radio Sputnik Wednesday.

The full 6,700 page CIA report on torture was believed to have been destroyed, or so the agency said for months, until its acting inspector general, Christopher Sharpley, revealed Tuesday that in fact the report had not been shredded.

Oct 18 05:51

Trump's CIA Watchdog Nominee Never Read Torture Report

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Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, Tuesday that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.
Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, told the Senate intelligence committee that the classified disc containing the 7,000-page report was lost for a time and later found, but that he never took time to read the full document.
The Senate intelligence committee spent years investigating the CIA's detention and harsh interrogation techniques>>>

Oct 16 10:45

I am in Guantánamo Bay. The US government is starving me to death: Khalid Qassim

I haven’t had food in my stomach for 23 days. The 20 September was the day they told us they would no longer feed us. They have decided to leave us to waste away and die instead.

I am in so much pain every minute that I know it can’t go on much longer. Now as each night comes, I wonder if I will wake up in the morning. When will my organs fail? When will my heart stop? I am slowly slipping away and no one notices.

There is a man who is in charge of all the medical staff. I don’t know his name but they call him the senior medical officer. He was the one who called us all in and told us they would stop feeding us. As soon as he took over I knew he was bad news and now he has decided to end our lives.

I don’t have many days left.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this... no trial, no medical treatment, no compassion, and utterly, no rule of law- is what "justice" looks like at Gitmo.

I am appalled and sickened by this, and if the US government and military continue with this treatment of prisoners of war, President Trump just might as well remove the US as a signator to the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war.

...Or does he even know the US government ever signed it?!? At this point, I wouldn't bet against that!!

Oct 14 08:28

‘Iran deal not a bargaining chip’: Trump proved US can break agreements at any time, Moscow says

Trump's toadying for Israel has just ended what little credibility DC had left. The slide into oblivion for dc has begun.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move poses a threat to international security and nuclear non-proliferation, and exposes the US as an unreliable partner.

Oct 14 08:28

‘Iran deal not a bargaining chip’: Trump proved US can break agreements at any time, Moscow says

Trump's toadying for Israel has just ended what little credibility DC had left. The slide into oblivion for dc has begun.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move poses a threat to international security and nuclear non-proliferation, and exposes the US as an unreliable partner.

Oct 13 23:31

WHY FRIDAY THE 13TH BECAME UNLUCKY – LEST WE FORGET (with related hilarious nsfw video)

...It was generally agreed that the charges were false, but...King Philip, who was already deeply in debt to the Templars from his war with the English, decided to seize upon the rumours ...as a way of freeing himself from his debts. At dawn on Friday, 13 October 1307 ...King Philip IV ordered de Molay and scores of other French Templars to be simultaneously arrested....Claims were made that... Templar ...recruits were forced to spit on the Cross, deny Christ, and engage in indecent kissing ...the order was said to have encouraged homosexual practices. The Templars were charged with numerous other offences such as financial corruption, fraud, and secrecy.

Some speculations regarding the accusations of homosexuality in addition to heresy: this was no doubt to seal their fate, since EVERY Catholic Priest knows intimately just how wrong these are...

To which this is the appropriate reponse, for the role the Church had in the murder of the Templars:

Oct 13 07:47

A Legion of Devils

Many of us have read about the horrendous things William Tecumseh Sherman did as he and his “bummers” marched through Georgia, things a lot of us would rather not have read about.

Oct 12 11:13

Trump’s Disturbing New Guantánamo Policy: Allowing Hunger Strikers to Starve to Death

Disturbing news from Guantánamo, via the human rights organization Reprieve. Yesterday, in a press release, Reprieve explained that the authorities at Guantánamo have stopped force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners, a practice that has existed for ten years, because of a new Trump administration policy.”

Hunger strikers have existed at Guantánamo almost since the prison opened, and in 2013 a prison-wide hunger strike drew worldwide condemnation for President Obama’s inaction in moving towards closing the prison, as he had promised on his second day in office. Inconvenienced by Republican lawmakers, who had raised considerable obstacles to the release of prisoners, Obama had chosen not to challenge the Republicans, and had, instead, done nothing. The hunger strike changed all that, but towards the end of 2013, after the release of prisoners resumed, the authorities at Guantánamo stopped reporting the numbers of men who were on a hunger strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are not "Unlawful Combatants", as the Bush regime characterized these men; they are prisoners of war, and as such, should be afforded all the rights and priveleges afforded by the Geneva Conventions, to which, I believe, the US government is still (allegedly) a signator.

What the Geneva Conventions said about the treatment of Prisoners of War

They should be either tried for their alleged crimes, or released to a country willing to take them in; it is just that simple.

But what the US military must be terrified about, once these men die from the consequences of their self-induced starvation, are their autopsies getting out, which will most likely demonstarate that for some of them, water boarding was not the only torture they endured.

Oct 12 03:46

Ron Paul on Horrific New Revelations on CIA Torture

The CIA has been forced to declassify some 270 memos from its secret torture facilities in Afghanistan. The story these memos tell is horrific and jolting. The people tortured were not terrorists. They were suspects. Some may say this is all ancient history, but consider the current president’s view on torture. He said he’s torture in a heartbeat. Are we still “torturing some folks”?

Oct 12 03:45

Trump's New Gitmo Policy: Let Hunger Strikers Starve to Death

Disturbing news from Guantánamo, via the human rights organization Reprieve. Yesterday, in a press release, Reprieve explained that the authorities at Guantánamo have stopped force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners, a practice that has existed for ten years, because of a new Trump administration policy.”
Hunger strikers have existed at Guantánamo almost since the prison opened, and in 2013 a prison-wide hunger strike drew worldwide condemnation for President Obama’s inaction in moving towards closing the prison, as he had promised on his second day in office. Inconvenienced by Republican lawmakers, who had raised considerable obstacles to the release of prisoners, Obama had chosen not to challenge the Republicans, and had, instead, done nothing.>>>
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Oct 10 16:37

Vegas Shooter Framed? Method to the Madness

How do intelligence agencies coerce people who do not fit the profile to do their criminal activities? They use drugs like scopolamine and captigon to totally eliminate their free will. This video demonstration is as important for Syrians as it is for Americans, as ISIS was largely founded upon the use of such drugs. Critical to consider during any false-flag and terrorist attack; assailants should be tested for traces of these drugs.

Oct 08 14:50

US war culture and gun culture: They’re related

Lawrence Davidson examines the fact that since its founding the United States has been waging war against other countries, and that since 1968 1.53 million Americans have been killed as a result of gun violence.>>

Oct 08 07:28

LONGEST WAR IN US HISTORY TURNS 16 TODAY – THOUSANDS DEAD, NO END IN SIGHT & IT’S GETTING WORSE

On this day 16 years ago, less than one month after 9/11, President George W. Bush delivered a televised address from the White House announcing the beginning of the Afghanistan War.

“On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan,” he said.

What Bush did not say was the fact that the War in Afghanistan would become the longest war in United States history. Thousands of American lives and billions of taxpayer dollars would be wasted at the expense of the U.S. war machine, and the “War on Terrorism” would only create more terrorism as a result.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, he was - and continues to be- from a rational point of view, completely correct.

The war in Afghanistan was never about the then Afghan government not giving up Osama Bin Laden, the labeled terrorist allegedly ultimately responsible for 9/11.

And please remember: President Bush had business ties to the Bin Laden Family through the scandalous BBCI, in the creation of Arbusto Energy.

President Bush and the bin Laden family have been connected through dubious business deals since 1977, when Salem, the head of the bin Laden family business, one of the biggest construction companies in the world, invested in Bush's start-up oil company, Arbusto Energy, Inc. James R. Bath, a friend and neighbor, was used to funnel money from Osama bin Laden's brother, Salem bin Laden, to set up George W. Bush in the oil business, according to The Wall Street Journal and other reputable sources. Through a tangled web of Saudi multi-millionaires, Texas oilmen, and the infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Bush was financially linked with the bin Laden family until Salem met an untimely end in a freak flying accident near San Antonio in 1988. The infamous BCCI was shut down in 1991 with some $10 billion in losses.

So one has to ask: did the "freak flying accident" which killed Salem Bin Laden a true "accident", or "wet work" (i.e., an assassination) to get him out of the way because he knew too much about the financial world of the Bush family?!? Understanding, as we now do, that the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika collectively use assassinations as a routine tool of statescraft, it certainly is not beyond the realm of possibility.

But getting back to Afghanistan, and the reason the OUSSA is still there; it's about controlling the pipelines; controlling the embarassment of riches in minerals, fattening the bottom line of the military-industrial complex and making absolutely certain that the opium continues to flow, for those OUSSA alphabet-soup agencies' off the shelf operations over which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

These are the reasons that NATO and the US are still occupying Afghanistan; the reasons, most likely, they will never leave Afghanistan, no matter how many of our service members get killed and maimed for life, not to mention the innocent Afghanis who will suffer the same fates.

This war has never been about "protecting America's way of life"; honor; bringing democracy to the Afghani people: it is all about the money, and the corporations who profit from this war, period, end of discussion.

Oct 07 09:55

JOHN KIRIAKOU, CIA OFFICER IN TORTURE LEAK CASE, INJURED IN SERIOUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Updated | John Kiriakou, a prominent ex-CIA officer who was among the first to reveal the agency’s torture program, was seriously injured in a scooter accident earlier this week in Washington, D.C.

Kiriakou says he suffered six broken ribs, a broken clavicle and a fractured vertebrae in an accident Tuesday night en route to a bookstore in northwest D.C. "I had a port installed in my neck and a second port installed in my back to take targeted painkillers,” he wrote on his Facebook page. "Thank God I was wearing a helmet.”

Kiriakou was driving his Vespa in northwest Washington Tuesday night when a car stopped suddenly in front of him. He plowed into the vehicle and was taken by ambulance to George Washington University Hospital, Radack says.

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department said it had no record of the incident and referred inquiries to the U.S. Park Police, which also patrols the area. The Park Police could not be reached for comment in time for publication.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was most likely a botched assassination attempt; why else did Washington Metro Police claim they did not have any information on it, and the Park Police refused to comment?!?

John, along with that helmet, please get your Kevlar undies on; don't get "depressed", and don't ride in small aircraft, for heaven's sake!!

Oct 05 08:22

Only Americans Can Stop America’s War on Yemen

Yemen continues to suffer in silence as the world turns away from its ongoing misery. Despite two and a half years of brutal war, the average American remains oblivious to the inconvenient truth that the United States has been helping Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates destroy a sovereign country that posed a threat to no one. While rich Arab states bombard the Middle East’s poorest country, creating the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and an unprecedented cholera outbreak, our government (starting with the Obama administration and continuing with Trump’s) has continued to support them not only through the sale of weapons, but also through mid-air refueling, targeting intelligence, and other logistical support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning; the images below are very graphic.

But I think it is damned well time that the American people had a serious conversation about what is going on, with their tax dollars, and in their name, in Yemen.

Saudi forces have been killing and maiming Yemeni children with impunity, courtesy of their bombing runs on civilian neighborhoods.

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs

Because Yemeni ports have been shut down, through a US-military enabled Saudi blockade, food can no longer get into Yemen, causing massive cases of malnutrition, and the deaths of more children:

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition.

And to add insult to injury, Yemini children are dying from the most massive epidemic of cholera (perhaps weaponized?!?) ever seen in the 21st century:

Yemeni cholera epidemic in the world: UN

The Saudis also have used depleted uranium weapons, causing massive spikes in birth defects, still births, and cancers in Yemen:

(Courtesy of Ruptly:
severely deformed Yemeni baby, due to exposure to DU in the womb

Any governmental leadership, or traditional royalty which:

1. Assassinates children
2. Causes starvation leading to malnutrition deaths
3. Poisons children in the womb through exposure to DU

is one hell of a piece of work.

I feel compelled to tell you, President Trump; I am profoundly unhappy to be a citizen of a country which is collaborating in Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I will witness to these, and similar war crimes in which the US government is complicit around the world, as long as have breath in me.

Finally, Prince Salman, I do not know quite how many honorifics come attached to your royal status in the House of Saud; but I do know one title which will follow you to your grave, and cause you to be forever loathed and reviled by the Saudi people: the Butcher of Yemen.

Oct 05 06:58

Mattis Eases US Rules of Engagement for Afghanistan

In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense James Mattis offered rare specifics on a change in US rules of engagement, in this case in the Afghan War. He confirmed a substantial loosening of restrictions on strikes.

Gone are long-standing restrictions limiting US strikes to cases in which ground forces are in close proximity to the target. As with several previous moves, officials are also allowing commanders on the ground to act more unilaterally.

The removal of proximity requirements allows US forces to carry out airstrikes anywhere in Afghanistan they want, on essentially any pretext. Officials are presenting that as a way to try to speed up the escalation of the war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for more slaugher of civilians, under these rules of engagement.

Of course, this horrific, never-ending war was never about "liberating" the Afghani people; it's all about controlling the pipelines; the embarrassment of riches in minerals here; and keeping the opium flowing for US off-the-shelf, alphabet soup agencies' operations, over which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

The reality here, is that Mattis is simply doing his job, to ensure all of the above is, at some point, accomplished, no matter how many Afghanis die in the process.

At the end of the day, every country's military are simply "hired guns" for the corporations of those countries, and to insure that those corporations' financial objectives are met.

Oct 03 14:24

What Did Washington Achieve in its Six Year War on Syria?

Of course before the US military actions in Iraq and Syria there was far less Iranian influence in the region! So US foreign interventionism is producing new problems that can only be solved by more US interventionism? The military industrial complex could not have dreamed of a better scheme to rob the American people while enriching themselves! What have we achieved in Syria? Nothing good.

Oct 03 09:46

When Did Congress Vote to Aid the Saudi’s Yemen War?

The bill introduced by a bipartisan group of House members last week to end the direct U.S. military role in the Saudi coalition war in Yemen guarantees that the House of Representatives will vote for the first time on the single most important element of U.S. involvement in the war—the refueling of Saudi coalition planes systematically bombing Yemeni civilian targets.

In doing so, moreover, the bipartisan bill, H. Con. Res. 81, will provide a major test of Congressional will to uphold the War Powers Act of 1973, which reasserted a Congressional role in restraining presidential power to enter into wars without its approval in the wake of the Vietnam War debacle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government's collusion in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, sickens me, morally. And what the Saudis are doing here, in this no-win military conflict, is pretty damned horrific.

The Saudi bombing runs are indiscriminately killing Yemeni infants and children; the Saudi royals, including Prince Salman, are probably laughingly referring to it as "pre-emptive birth control."

Because, with US military assistance, Yemeni ports are closed, no food can get it. This is causing massive malnutrition, leading to death, particularly among Yemen's children.

And if that were not enough to add insult to injury, there has been a huge (perhaps weaponised) explosion of a cholera outbreak, said by the Red Cross to probably exceed one million cases by the end of this year.

The joint US/Saudi genocide in Yemen reminds me very much of the response to one of the Vatican Legate, upon hearing that women and children were with the men at the seige of Montsegur, France, where the Church's army was in the process of exterminating the Cathars. His remark was: "Kill them all: God will find his own."

Oct 03 07:11

America:The Dictatress of The World

When the Constitution called the federal government into existence, the last thing the American people wanted was a powerful military. They were overwhelmingly opposed to what they called “standing armies,” which was a term used describe a big, permanent military establishment. That was why there was Pentagon, no big, permanent military-industrial complex, no CIA, and no NSA for more than 100 years after the country was established. The American people didn’t want those types of governmental apparatuses to be part of our nation’s political system.

The reason Americans were so opposed to standing armies is because they believed that standing armies constituted a grave threat to their freedom and economic well-being. They knew, from both first-hand experience and through history, that dictators and despots used powerful military establishments to destroy the freedom and prosperity of the citizenry, oftentimes in the name of keeping them safe, secure, and prosperous.

Sep 28 09:12

Israel covers up role in Myanmar crimes against Rohingya

Israeli attorney and human rights activist Eitay Mack has long campaigned to force Israel to reveal and halt its arms sales to various violent regimes.

This week, Israel’s state attorney asked the high court to retroactively classify all the records and proceedings related to Mack’s latest suit, which attempts to compel the government to end its arms sales to Myanmar.

In an emailed statement, Mack likened the request to the methods of a “dictatorial regime.”

The judges rejected the sweeping censorship request, but agreed to place a gag order on a ruling in the matter that they were due to deliver on Wednesday.

Mack said that the judges decided to classify their ruling without giving him and other parties a chance to respond to the state’s request.

Sep 26 21:31

Washington Has Initiated Military Conflict With Russia

Sooner or later it will dawn on the Russian government that Washington is not a rational government with which diplomacy can be practiced, peace pursued, and agreements reached......

Sep 26 11:03

Enough evidence of civilian deaths, US self-investigation of Syria strikes insufficient – HRW to RT

The US-led coalition is underreporting the civilian casualty figures in Syria, the deputy director of terrorism and counterterrorism division at Human Rights Watch has told RT, criticizing the US's secretive and insufficient self-investigation methods.

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria killed at least 84 civilians, including 30 children, when it carried out two lethal airstrikes near Raqqa in March. The US-led coalition, however, insists that there was no civilians present at the time of the attacks.

Sep 24 08:53

US special ops forces & hardware spotted at ISIS positions north of Deir ez-Zor – Russian MoD

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed.

Sep 23 10:38

Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

Hate to agree with Karl,but wars are economic,actually criminal. Somebody wants what someone else has and they figure the best way to get it is to steal it,using various nebulous reasons to motivate the cannon fodder. Like religion,nationalism,race or my favorite from Gullivers Travels;"They open their eggs from the wrong end!"

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan’s reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country.

The comments, at a meeting in New York, were the latest in a series in which both U.S. officials and the Afghan government have emphasized the potential strategic value of Afghanistan’s vast and largely untapped mineral reserves.

Sep 23 08:14

AIRPORT POLICE DEMANDED AN ACTIVIST’S PASSWORDS. HE REFUSED. NOW HE FACES PRISON IN THE UK.

It was not the first time Muhammad Rabbani had problems when returning to the United Kingdom from travels overseas. But on this occasion something was different — he was arrested, handcuffed, and hauled through London’s largest airport, then put into the back of a waiting police van.

Rabbani is the 36-year old international director of Cage, a British group that was founded in 2003 to raise awareness about the plight of prisoners held at the U.S. government’s Guantanamo Bay detention site. Today, the organization has a broader focus and says it is working to highlight “the erosion of the rule of law in the context of the War on Terror.” Due to its work campaigning for the legal rights of terrorism suspects, Cage has attracted controversy, and Rabbani has faced the government’s wrath.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am quite sure that the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika still tortures, or outsources torture; they just don't want the world to know about it.

I hope that Mr. Rabbani makes the information he recieved from the formerly tortured individual public, just as soon as is reasonably, and legally, possible.

Sep 22 09:04

Not one of the 400 Brits who fought alongside ISIS charged with war crimes or deported

MI5 estimates that 850 Brits have slipped into Iraq and Syria to fight for Islamic State – but only half have ruturned to Britain

Sep 22 07:29

Trump Alone Threatened War in His UN Address

The UN is a venue for promoting world peace and stability. Trump used his General Assembly address for hostile chest-thumping, threatening North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad – a disgraceful jingoistic display.

The only language he understands is belligerence, escalating wars he inherited from Bush/Cheney and Obama, plotting new ones, threatening possible nuclear confrontation on the Korean peninsula.

He’s a national disgrace and a world menace, a rogue leader. Addresses by his counterparts and other officials representing their countries shamed him.

Sep 21 09:30

UK military shows off footage of drone strike on ISIS that caused ‘civilian injuries’

Footage has emerged showing a controversial British drone strike on a sniper in Syria last May.

The British military claimed the attack prevented a public execution, but monitors on the ground say civilians were injured.

Sep 20 10:59

Trump Gives CIA More Autonomy on Drone Strikes

Stupid is as Stupid does!

In this case, Trump told CIA Director Mike Pompeo and other officials that he wants an even more aggressive drone posture from the CIA, and granted them broad autonomy in who to kill and when. This included allowing CIA strikes in Syria, something which heretofore hadn’t been mentioned.

Sep 18 13:25

President Trump: Rescind and Declassify Presidential Decision Directive 51 (PDD-51)

President Trump can start to push back against the Deep State. The is rescind and Declassify PDD-51. The People need to know what is in these documents sign by President Bush that makes him a dictator and congress a ceremonial body with no authority.

Sep 18 12:37

Removing Offensive Monuments

The eyesore presidential libraries

The social justice warrior charge to purge the United States of all monuments relating in any way to the Confederacy has been rapidly expanding to include the scourge represented by all white people all through history.

Now, I would suggest that turnabout is fair play so if we are all agreeing that monuments must be destroyed to right historic wrongs, I am interested in making up my own little list based on the things that I disapprove of. As readers of this site are aware, I am a critic of illegal behavior by the United States government, to include torture, targeted assassinations by drone and starting wars without any reason to do so, so that would be a good place to start.

Sep 18 08:25

US coalition admits Deir ez-Zor strike, promises to investigate 12 reported civilian casualties

The US-led coalition has admitted to carrying out an airstrike in Deir ez-Zor province, which reportedly killed at least 12 Syrian civilians. While the coalition did not acknowledge the casualties among locals, it promised to launch an investigation into the incident.

Sep 17 09:06

SENATE CAMPAIGN FACES SCRUTINY OF STRATEGIST’S WORK FOR SAUDIS

A U.S. Senate campaign faces controversy after the Boston Herald published a story on a key strategist’s participation in a Saudi lobbying campaign against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Massachusetts state representative Geoffrey Diehl, who is running for the 2018 Republican nomination to oppose incumbent senator Elizabeth Warren, hired Holly Robichaud to serve as a campaign strategist. 28Pages.org previously reported that Robichaud, a political consultant and columnist for the Boston Herald, registered in October 2016 as an agent of the Saudi government.

JASTA cleared the way for 9/11 victims and insurers to sue the kingdom for its alleged support of the September 11 attacks. Robichaud was among some 70 political influencers across the nation pressed into service by Qorvis MSLGroup as the firm scrambled to unleash a broad attack on JASTA on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During this campaign, Geoffrey Diehl needs to be asked hard questions regarding the joint commision of war crimes by Saudi and US troops in Yemen.

And please do mention that:

1. Saudi troops have methodically killed, and maimed for life, innocent Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly with their bombing runs.

Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs in Yemen

2. Saudi troops have closed all Yemeni ports, so no food can get in. Now, Yemeni children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Images: children dead and dying from the consequences of malnutrition

3. With starvation comes disease, so cholera has swept up hundreds of thousands in an epidemic of huge proportions.

Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera

You may want to ask Diehl if the cholera was weaponised, courtesy of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America (The OUSSA, which is the only way I can refer to this country at this point in its history.)

4. The Saudi troops have used depleted uranium weapons, causing massive cancers, still births, and horrific birth defects in Yemeni children.

Images: massive premature births and horrific birth defects, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

You might also want to ask Holly Robichard (politely, NO PROFANITY< NO THREATS, PLEASE!!) faxing the above images to her office) why she is morally comforable, doing work for a country which commits these atrocities. Her contact info can be found here:
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