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Head Of Jewish Defence League UK (EDL’s Jewish Division) Supports Anders Breivik, Says Victims ‘Not Innocent’

Activists Post

20/4/12

 

Roberta Moore, who was intimately connected to the anti-Muslim English Defence League (EDL) and continues to run their Jewish Division’s Facebook page, has expressed her support for Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik – and described his teenage victims as being “not innocent”.

In a post made on April 17th to the Jewish Defence League UK Blogger site, believed to be run by Moore and supported bycomments posted in her name on Facebook, she describes the Norwegian court as a “kangaroo court”, asks whether a “man like Breivik in a case such as this surely deserves a better trial than that?”, refers to the “Leftist slander constantly being thrown to undermine him and his views”, and defends him against charges of child murder by parroting Breivik’s defence that his victims were young adults, attending an “indoctrination camp”, and who were “not innocent”. A comment attributed to Moore states

I hold the same amount of sympathy for the (sic) those on Utoya as I would if somebody committed this act on a Hitler Youth camp in the 1940’s, or were they just ‘children’ as well?

Such offensive comments will no doubt prove awkward for the EDL, who have recently been attempting to change their image as a group of thuggish racists, by repeatedly stating that they stand firmly against violence and extremism.

Whilst Moore claimed to have left the EDL in June last year, she was until then closely connected to the group’s leadership and inner circle, with whom she apparently maintained contact after her departure. She even reportedly helped EDL leader Stephen Lennon (a.k.a. “Tommy Robinson”) attend an EDL demonstration in September last year – from which he had been banned, resulting in his arrest for breach of bail conditions – by smuggling him in dressed as a rabbi.

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10 Disgusting Examples Of Very Young School Children Being Arrested, Handcuffed And Brutalized By Police

Activists Post

19/4/12

 

When did we decide that it was okay to treat very young school children as if they were terror suspects?

When I was growing up, I don’t remember a single time that the police ever came to my school and arrested anyone.  But now police are being called out to public schools at the drop of a hat.  All over America, very young school children are being arrested and marched out of their schools in handcuffs in front of all their friends.

For example, down in Georgia the other day police were called out because a 6-year-old girl was throwing a tantrum.  The police subdued her, slapped handcuffs on her and hauled her off to the police station.  Instead of apologizing for this outrageous incident, the police are defending the actions of the officer involved.  But this is not an isolated incident.  All over the country young kids are being handcuffed and mistreated by police.

The following are 10 more disgusting examples of very young school children being arrested, handcuffed and brutalized by police all over America….

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Report: US troops posed with body parts of dead Afghans

Press TV

18/4/12

 

A new report by the Los Angeles Times has released photos that show American troops posing to take pictures with the body parts of Afghans killed in bomb blasts.

An American soldier says he released the photos to the Los Angeles Times to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline.On the first mission, to the police station in the provincial capital of Qalat, Afghan police told the platoon that the severed legs belonged to a suicide bomber whose explosives detonated as he tried to attack a police unit, according to the soldier who provided the photos. LA Times

On the second mission, to the morgue in Qalat in late April or early May 2010, Afghan police told the platoon that explosives had detonated as three insurgents were preparing a roadside bomb. LA Times

The platoon was able to obtain some fingerprints from the corpses for a database maintained by U.S. forces, the soldier said. LA Times

A total of 18 pictures showing soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division were taken in 2010 and given to the Times by the soldier who served with the 82nd Airborne’s 4th Brigade Combat Team from Ft. Bragg, N.C. Only two of the 18 photos appeared on the site. MSNBC

In January, a video surfaced showing U.S. Marines urinating on Taliban corpses and then came widespread uproar in Afghanistan over the burning of copies of the Quran at the main American base in the country. MSNBC

Then on March 17 people, mostly children and women, were killed in two villages of Kandahar province in an unexplained shooting rampage. At the time, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for NATO forces to pull out of rural areas and stay in their bases, saying he was at the “end of the rope.” worldnews. MSNBC

Japan: A Nation Consigned To Nuclear Armageddon

Fukushima Revisited

18/4/12

An Open Letter to the People of Japan Dear People of Japan,

As is often the case, we (the People of Japan as well as those who shaped your destiny) must look back into history to fully understand the developments surrounding the current nuclear crisis which has so paralyzed your country in the wake of the March 11thearthquake and tsunami. We are compelled to first look directly into the events leading up to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the US Military on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. When these two unprecedented and horrific events are put into proper perspective, the truth about your unfolding state ofNuclear Armageddon will become transparent.

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Israel on Verge of Disaster: Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan

Press TV
18/4/12
Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan says Israel is on the brink of “disaster” and that the Tel Aviv regime faces a “very bad” forecast of its future.

“We are on the edge of — I would not say a disaster because that is a bit exaggerated — but we are facing a very bad prognosis of what will happen in the future,” Dagan said in a recent interview with the Jerusalem Post.

The former Mossad chief also censured the regime of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Dagan said the Israeli “system is reaching a point where” the regime is “incapable of running” Israel.

Dagan has formed an organization that supports changing the Israeli system.

The former Mossad chief is also considered a controversial character by the Tel Aviv regime as he has described an attack on Iran as the “dumbest idea.”

In November 2010, Dagan was replaced by Tamir Pardo as the new Mossad chief.

Trolling for Kids: The Empire is Using Hard Times to Help it Recruit More Imperial Troops and Cannon Fodder

uruknet.info

17/4/12

In the militarist society in which we live in these latter days of American Empire, all soldiers are “noble heroes” who have signed up at “great personal sacrifice” to “defend our freedoms,” and we are all expected to pay homage and a great deal of our hard-earned money to support them, both in their brutal efforts to subjugate people in desperately poor parts of the world, and (when they leave the service, either to take jobs in the private sector or to live out broken lives if they were wounded) as veterans.

But let’s be honest about all this.

Most of the men and women in the military didn’t join the US armed forces out of any noble motives. They joined because there are no jobs to be had, and the military is taking pretty much anybody who’s willing to sign on the dotted line (they’re begging for recruits). Or they joined because of the promise that they would get trained for a better career, at government expense. Or, like one kid I know, they joined for the excitement.

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British NUT stresses opposition to Iran attack

Press TV
14/4/12
Britain’s largest teachers’ union has voted overwhelmingly at its 2012 conference to oppose an attack on Iran as well as any western military intervention in the Middle East’s Arab region.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) confirmed at its 2012 conference its opposition to an attack on Iran and any western military intervention in the Arab region.

The conference noted that millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa continue to be inspired by the “Arab spring” to fight for their democratic rights and social justice, despite brutal state repression and torture, for example in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen.

It also noted that despotic regimes such as those in Bahrain and Yemen are heavily funded and armed by the US and other western powers.

The conference said it believed that western powers’ involvement in Libya war was principally designed to protect their economic and political interests rather than to promote the welfare of the Libyan people.

The National Union of Teachers reaffirmed its solidarity with those fighting for their democratic rights and freedom in these countries.

Conference instructed the Executive to work with other UK trade unionists in the Middle East and North Africa Solidarity Network by affiliating to and working with that organization.

The teachers union’s conference reaffirmed NUT policy passed at Conference 2007 that the NUT is opposed to military action or intervention against Iran and to support protests or demonstrations opposing such intervention.

Welcome to our new lizard overlords: Study suggests alien worlds could be full of super-intelligent dinosaurs.

The Daily Mail
13/4/12
  • Life-forms based on different amino acids could be intelligent dinosaurs
  • Mammals only triumphed on Earth due to ‘accident’ of asteroid
  • ‘We would be better off not meeting them,’ says American scientist


Nasa’s Kepler telescope scans the skies for ‘habitable worlds’ – but an American chemist has suggested the whole project might be a terrible idea.

Ronald Breslow suggests that life-forms based on slightly different amino acids and sugars could take the form of huge, ferocious dinosaurs that have evolved to have human-like intelligence and technologies.

‘We would be better off not meeting them,’ says Breslow, who claims that it was a stroke of luck that an asteroid wiped out dinosaurs on earth, leaving the field clear for mammals such as humans.

On other worlds, dinosaurs could have evolved into huge, intelligent warriors armed with hi-tech weaponry – but without losing their hunger for fresh meat.

‘Of course,’ Breslow says, ‘Showing that it could have happened this way is not the same as showing that it did. An implication from this work is that elsewhere in the universe there could be life forms based on D-amino acids and L-sugars.

‘Such life forms could well be advanced versions of dinosaurs, if mammals did not have the good fortune to have the dinosaurs wiped out by an asteroidal collision, as on Earth.

‘We would be better off not meeting them.’

In the report, noted scientist Ronald Breslow, Ph.D., discusses the century-old mystery of why the building blocks of terrestrial amino acids (which make up proteins), sugars, and the genetic materials DNA and RNA exist mainly in one orientation or shape.

There are two possible orientations, left and right, which mirror each other in the same way as hands.

In order for life to arise, proteins, for instance, must contain only one chiral form of amino acids, left or right.

With the exception of a few bacteria, amino acids in all life on Earth have the left-handed orientation.

Most sugars have a right-handed orientation. How did that so-called homochirality, the predominance of one chiral form, happen?

Breslow describes evidence supporting the idea that the unusual amino acids carried to a lifeless Earth by meteorites about 4 billion years ago set the pattern for normal amino acids with the L-geometry, the kind in terrestial proteins, and how those could lead to D-sugars of the kind in DNA.

Comment from a member of the public under this article in the Daily Mail:

‘Isn’t this what David Icke already believes? And was ridiculed many times by the DM, but now here they present intelligent reptilians as a matter of fact because a scientist says so. Hypocritical.’

Welcome to our new lizard overlords: Study suggests alien worlds could be full of super-intelligent dinosaurs.

The Daily Mail
13/4/12
  • Life-forms based on different amino acids could be intelligent dinosaurs
  • Mammals only triumphed on Earth due to ‘accident’ of asteroid
  • ‘We would be better off not meeting them,’ says American scientist


Nasa’s Kepler telescope scans the skies for ‘habitable worlds’ – but an American chemist has suggested the whole project might be a terrible idea.

Ronald Breslow suggests that life-forms based on slightly different amino acids and sugars could take the form of huge, ferocious dinosaurs that have evolved to have human-like intelligence and technologies.

‘We would be better off not meeting them,’ says Breslow, who claims that it was a stroke of luck that an asteroid wiped out dinosaurs on earth, leaving the field clear for mammals such as humans.

On other worlds, dinosaurs could have evolved into huge, intelligent warriors armed with hi-tech weaponry – but without losing their hunger for fresh meat.

‘Of course,’ Breslow says, ‘Showing that it could have happened this way is not the same as showing that it did. An implication from this work is that elsewhere in the universe there could be life forms based on D-amino acids and L-sugars.

‘Such life forms could well be advanced versions of dinosaurs, if mammals did not have the good fortune to have the dinosaurs wiped out by an asteroidal collision, as on Earth.

‘We would be better off not meeting them.’

In the report, noted scientist Ronald Breslow, Ph.D., discusses the century-old mystery of why the building blocks of terrestrial amino acids (which make up proteins), sugars, and the genetic materials DNA and RNA exist mainly in one orientation or shape.

There are two possible orientations, left and right, which mirror each other in the same way as hands.

In order for life to arise, proteins, for instance, must contain only one chiral form of amino acids, left or right.

With the exception of a few bacteria, amino acids in all life on Earth have the left-handed orientation.

Most sugars have a right-handed orientation. How did that so-called homochirality, the predominance of one chiral form, happen?

Breslow describes evidence supporting the idea that the unusual amino acids carried to a lifeless Earth by meteorites about 4 billion years ago set the pattern for normal amino acids with the L-geometry, the kind in terrestial proteins, and how those could lead to D-sugars of the kind in DNA.

Comment from a member of the public under this article in the Daily Mail:

‘Isn’t this what David Icke already believes? And was ridiculed many times by the DM, but now here they present intelligent reptilians as a matter of fact because a scientist says so. Hypocritical.’

Russia Is Massing Troops On Iran's Northern Border And Waiting For A Western Attack.

Business Insider

11/4/12

 

 

WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.

Russian Security Council head Viktor Ozerov said that Russian General Military Headquarters has prepared an action plan in the event of an attack on Iran.

Dmitry Rogozin, who recently was the Russian ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, warned against an attack on Iran.

“Iran is our neighbor,” Rogozin said. “If Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.” Rogozin now is the deputy Russian prime minister and is regarded as anti-Western. He oversees Russia’s defense sector.

Russian Defense Ministry sources say that the Russian military doesn’t believe that Israel has sufficient military assets to defeat Iranian defenses and further believes that U.S. military action will be necessary.

The implication of preparing to move Russian troops not only is to protect its own vital regional interests but possibly to assist Iran in the event of such an attack. Sources add that a Russian military buildup in the region could result in the Russian military potentially engaging Israeli forces, U.S. forces, or both.

Informed sources say that the Russians have warned of “unpredictable consequences” in the event Iran is attacked, with some Russians saying that the Russian military will take part in the possible war because it would threaten its vital interests in the region.

The influential Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper has quoted a Russian military source as saying that the situation forming around Syria and Iran “causes Russia to expedite the course of improvement of its military groups in the South Caucasus, the Caspian, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.”

This latest information comes from a series of reports and leaks from official Russian spokesmen and government news agencies who say that an Israeli attack is all but certain by the summer.

Because of the impact on Russian vital interests in the region, sources say that Russian preparations for such an attack began two years ago when Russian Military Base 102 in Gyumri, Armenia, was modernized. It is said to occupy a major geopolitical position in the region.

Families of Russian servicemen from the Russian base at Gyumri in Armenia close to the borders of Georgia and Turkey already have been evacuated, Russian sources say.

“Military Base 102 is a key point, Russia’s outpost in the South Caucasus,” a Russian military source told the newspaper. “It occupies a very important geopolitical position, but the Kremlin fears lest it should lose this situation.”

With Vladimir Putin returning to the Russian presidency, the prospect that he again would order an attack on Georgia as he did in August 2008 also has become a possibility, these informed sources say.

The Russians believe that Georgia would cooperate with the United States in blocking any supplies from reaching Military Base 102, which now is supplied primarily by air. Right now, Georgia blocks the only land transportation route through which Russian military supplies could travel.

Fuel for the Russian base in Armenia comes from Iran. Russian officials believe this border crossing may be closed in the event of a war.

“Possibly, it will be necessary to use military means to breach the Georgian transport blockade and establish transport corridors leading into Armenia,” according to Yury Netkachev, former deputy commander of Russian forces in Transcaucasia. Geography of the region suggests that any such supply corridor would have to go through the middle of Georgia approaching Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi given the roads and topography of the country.

In September, the Russian military plans to hold its annual military exercises called Kavkaz 2012. However, informed Russian sources say that preparations and deployments of military equipment and personnel already have begun in anticipation of a possible war with Iran.

These sources report that new command and control equipment has been deployed in the region capable of using the Russian GPS system, GLONASS for targeting information.

“The air force in the South Military District is reported to have been rearmed almost 100 percent with new jets and helicopters,” according to regional expert Pavel Felgenhauer of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.

In 2008, Felgenhauer pointed out, Kavkaz 2008 maneuvers allowed the Russian military to covertly deploy forces that successfully invaded Georgia in August of that year.

Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov already has announced that new Spetznaz, or Special Forces units, will be deployed in Stavropol and Kislovodsk, which are located in the North Caucasian regions.

Russia Is Massing Troops On Iran’s Northern Border And Waiting For A Western Attack.

Business Insider

11/4/12

 

 

WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.

Russian Security Council head Viktor Ozerov said that Russian General Military Headquarters has prepared an action plan in the event of an attack on Iran.

Dmitry Rogozin, who recently was the Russian ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, warned against an attack on Iran.

“Iran is our neighbor,” Rogozin said. “If Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.” Rogozin now is the deputy Russian prime minister and is regarded as anti-Western. He oversees Russia’s defense sector.

Russian Defense Ministry sources say that the Russian military doesn’t believe that Israel has sufficient military assets to defeat Iranian defenses and further believes that U.S. military action will be necessary.

The implication of preparing to move Russian troops not only is to protect its own vital regional interests but possibly to assist Iran in the event of such an attack. Sources add that a Russian military buildup in the region could result in the Russian military potentially engaging Israeli forces, U.S. forces, or both.

Informed sources say that the Russians have warned of “unpredictable consequences” in the event Iran is attacked, with some Russians saying that the Russian military will take part in the possible war because it would threaten its vital interests in the region.

The influential Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper has quoted a Russian military source as saying that the situation forming around Syria and Iran “causes Russia to expedite the course of improvement of its military groups in the South Caucasus, the Caspian, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.”

This latest information comes from a series of reports and leaks from official Russian spokesmen and government news agencies who say that an Israeli attack is all but certain by the summer.

Because of the impact on Russian vital interests in the region, sources say that Russian preparations for such an attack began two years ago when Russian Military Base 102 in Gyumri, Armenia, was modernized. It is said to occupy a major geopolitical position in the region.

Families of Russian servicemen from the Russian base at Gyumri in Armenia close to the borders of Georgia and Turkey already have been evacuated, Russian sources say.

“Military Base 102 is a key point, Russia’s outpost in the South Caucasus,” a Russian military source told the newspaper. “It occupies a very important geopolitical position, but the Kremlin fears lest it should lose this situation.”

With Vladimir Putin returning to the Russian presidency, the prospect that he again would order an attack on Georgia as he did in August 2008 also has become a possibility, these informed sources say.

The Russians believe that Georgia would cooperate with the United States in blocking any supplies from reaching Military Base 102, which now is supplied primarily by air. Right now, Georgia blocks the only land transportation route through which Russian military supplies could travel.

Fuel for the Russian base in Armenia comes from Iran. Russian officials believe this border crossing may be closed in the event of a war.

“Possibly, it will be necessary to use military means to breach the Georgian transport blockade and establish transport corridors leading into Armenia,” according to Yury Netkachev, former deputy commander of Russian forces in Transcaucasia. Geography of the region suggests that any such supply corridor would have to go through the middle of Georgia approaching Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi given the roads and topography of the country.

In September, the Russian military plans to hold its annual military exercises called Kavkaz 2012. However, informed Russian sources say that preparations and deployments of military equipment and personnel already have begun in anticipation of a possible war with Iran.

These sources report that new command and control equipment has been deployed in the region capable of using the Russian GPS system, GLONASS for targeting information.

“The air force in the South Military District is reported to have been rearmed almost 100 percent with new jets and helicopters,” according to regional expert Pavel Felgenhauer of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.

In 2008, Felgenhauer pointed out, Kavkaz 2008 maneuvers allowed the Russian military to covertly deploy forces that successfully invaded Georgia in August of that year.

Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov already has announced that new Spetznaz, or Special Forces units, will be deployed in Stavropol and Kislovodsk, which are located in the North Caucasian regions.

UK police to fire chemical projectile during future unrest

Press TV
10/4/12
The British police are considering plans to fire projectiles containing chemical irritants at people involved in any future unrest as the country’s Home Office is developing the new weapons.

The Home Office’s centre for applied science and technology (Cast) has developed a new weapon known as the Discriminating Irritant Projectile (Dip) to be fired by the British police during any future unrest across Britain, reported theGuardian.

The newspaper revealed that following the unprecedented unrest which swept across Britain in August, Cast, a corps of scientists and engineers who develop new technologies for the police, held a “brainstorming” event in October to discuss new ways of tackling any potential unrest.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Guardian obtained the briefing for the brainstorming event which was released for the police in Northern Ireland.

The briefing notes showed that participants taking part in the brainstorming session concluded “No ideas [are] too stupid or ‘off the wall’ to consider”.

Participants in the session included police from London and Northern Ireland, the Police Federation, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Last year in December, reports went viral about the British police’s decision to make use of a laser gun which would temporarily blind anyone who is caught in its beam of light.

Furthermore, in November last year, for the first time on the British mainland, the British police authorized the firing of rubber bullets at student protesters.

Nevertheless, while the British police are heavily criticized for their militarized use of Taser guns, tear gas, pepper spray, batons, rubber bullets, and kettling tactics, Britain’s Home Office has said police suffer from a “capability gap” due to the short range of their weapons.

Of Towering Infernos, False Flags & Terrorism

rense.com

10/4/12

When Moscow’s Federation Tower skyscraper caught fire on April 1st, images of the blazing inferno on its upper floors were grim reminders of New York’s World Trade Center 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Had the 9/11 “laws of physics” prevailed Federation Tower should have collapsed into its footprint and covered central Moscow in inches of fine dust.  Clearly, that did not happen…

What did happen was that twenty Moscow fire brigades and helicopters fought the blaze, brought it under control and finally extinguished it.

Indeed, strange events surround 9/11 which has become the watershed event of our times.  For it marks the beginning of US/UK Imperial Overdrive in their global “War on Terror”, costing untold suffering, death and bloodshed in countries since invaded and destroyed.  It also “justifies” today’s Gestapo-like 24/7 police state surveillance on US and European populations.

Two of many reasons why the 9/11 Event needs to be revisited and reassessed until the full Truth finally comes out: who did it, why, and how?

We need not delve here on the flagrant contradictions and damned lies propagated by US authorities and its mainstream media to this very day, as readers are strongly recommended to re-read RT’s four-part series “911 Reasons why 9/11 was (probably) an inside job” by Robert Bridge published on this website in September 2009.
Rather, it’s the dramatic geopolitical consequences of the 9/11 lies that must be stressed.  Clearly, the World Trade Center was not brought down by 19 suicidal fanatics led by some nut hiding in a cave in Afghanistan.  Steel buildings don’t just turn into dust the way World Trade Center did.

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Of Towering Infernos, False Flags & Terrorism

rense.com

10/4/12

When Moscow’s Federation Tower skyscraper caught fire on April 1st, images of the blazing inferno on its upper floors were grim reminders of New York’s World Trade Center 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Had the 9/11 “laws of physics” prevailed Federation Tower should have collapsed into its footprint and covered central Moscow in inches of fine dust.  Clearly, that did not happen…

What did happen was that twenty Moscow fire brigades and helicopters fought the blaze, brought it under control and finally extinguished it.

Indeed, strange events surround 9/11 which has become the watershed event of our times.  For it marks the beginning of US/UK Imperial Overdrive in their global “War on Terror”, costing untold suffering, death and bloodshed in countries since invaded and destroyed.  It also “justifies” today’s Gestapo-like 24/7 police state surveillance on US and European populations.

Two of many reasons why the 9/11 Event needs to be revisited and reassessed until the full Truth finally comes out: who did it, why, and how?

We need not delve here on the flagrant contradictions and damned lies propagated by US authorities and its mainstream media to this very day, as readers are strongly recommended to re-read RT’s four-part series “911 Reasons why 9/11 was (probably) an inside job” by Robert Bridge published on this website in September 2009.
Rather, it’s the dramatic geopolitical consequences of the 9/11 lies that must be stressed.  Clearly, the World Trade Center was not brought down by 19 suicidal fanatics led by some nut hiding in a cave in Afghanistan.  Steel buildings don’t just turn into dust the way World Trade Center did.

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‘UK uses despots’ surveillance system’

Press TV
9/4/12
A British campaign group has said that the British government plans to install the same surveillance system used by despots to spy on its own people.

Privacy International, a UK-based group campaigning against intrusions into private life by the governments, announced that the British government plans to install the same kind of mass surveillance system used by despots like former dictators of Egypt and Libya, Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi.

“Yet in the midst of a recession, the government wants to spend billions of pounds peering into our private lives with an intensity that would make even the most ruthless tabloid journalist blush,” said Eric King, head of research at Privacy International.

The campaign group also revealed that Britain itself has exported surveillance equipment to despotic regimes.

The group said the equipment exported to the despotic regimes by Britain included “IMSI catchers,” devices which look like normal mobile phone masts and identify phone users. The equipment also included software allowing intelligent agents to remotely turn on the microphone and camera on any individual’s phone.

Privacy International slammed the British government’s proposals to employ the same kind of surveillance scheme in Britain, saying, “This is a system that has no place in a country that would call itself free and democratic.”

North Korea Warns Against Attempts to Intercept Satellite

Press TV
7/4/12
North Korea has warned that any attempts to jeopardize its plans to launch a rocket-powered satellite scheduled for later this month would constitute “an act of war.”

Whoever “intercepts the satellite or collects its debris will meet immediate, resolute and merciless punishment” from the North, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea in Pyongyang announced in a statement on Thursday.

The statement also warned South Korea against any provocation, saying the DPRK “will mete out the unimaginable and the most miserable punishment to its rival if it dares fire into the sky above the (North), Pyongyang, in particular.”

The warning comes after Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka issued in March a directive to intercept the rocket if it threatened Japan’s “territorial integrity.”

South Korea has also threatened to destroy any North Korean rocket that violates its territory.

North Korea says it plans to launch a rocket-powered satellite somewhere between April 12 and 16.

Pyongyang insists the launch is for scientific purposes and peaceful.

The United States, South Korea, and Japan, however, claim that it will be a camouflaged test for a long-range missile.

Keep All Options Open on Syria: War Criminal Blair

Press TV
6/4/12
Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on the coalition government not to rule out the possibility of military intervention in Syria.

While Syria has agreed to the 10 April deadline for the implementation of United Nations envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan, the British government has taken a series of measures which clearly shows Britain’s interest in plunging Syria into a bitter civil war.

On Thursday 29 March, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that Britain planned to provide Syria’s armed rebels with half a million pounds so that they would be able to develop themselves as an alternative force inside the country.

One day later, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would not allow some Syrian officials to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games after rebel leaders asked Britain to ban Mowaffak Joumaa, the head of Syria’s National Olympic Committee, from travelling to Britain.

Moreover, on 1 April, at a summit by the group calling itself ‘Friends of Syria’, Hague said that some governments would supply Syria’s rebels with arms.

On Thursday 5 April, Blair, who is known for his warmongering policies, urged British officials to “keep all the options open” on Syria while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Britain and the west’s decision to arm Syrian rebels “to teeth” would bring about “carnage” which would last for years.

Top-secret US spy satellite blasts off amid mystery of what it will do (and why did the US blackout footage of launch?)

Daily Mail

5/4/12

People watch as a West Coast Delta 4 rocket is launched in a spacecraft-deployment flight for the government agency that operates the nation's spy satellites

 

 

  • U.S. cuts off broadcast three minutes after lift-off
  • Secret satellite payload thought to be hi-tech replacement for current radar satellites
  • National Reconnaissance Office will not reveal details of new satellite
  • Experts think new ‘eye in the sky’ can see through clouds and at night

A rocket carrying a top-secret payload blasted off from the California coast yesterday.

The Delta IV rocket lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles north west of Los Angeles.

The rocket contained some form of spy technology – thought to be a hi-tech replacement for America’s ageing fleet of radar satellites.

It’s not clear what capabilities the new generation might be armed with.

Observers think that the ‘new generation’ spy satellites would be capable of high-resolution scans even through cloud cover and at night.

Since the launch involved a classified cargo for the National Reconnaissance Office, no details were immediately available about whether it was boosted to its intended orbit.

The reconnaissance office, which oversees the nation’s constellation of spy satellites, has kept mum about the purpose of the mission and directed United Launch Alliance to cut off the live broadcast three minutes after lift-off.

‘We’ve just seen the successful lift-off’ , launch commentator Don Spencer said in a webcast.

Intelligence analysts think the rocket carried a radar imaging satellite capable of seeing at night and through bad weather.

In recent years, the United States has worked to phase out its fleet of older, heavier radar reconnaissance satellites with smaller but equally capable ones, said Charles Vick, a space policy analyst with the Globalsecurity.org think tank.

Such radar satellites would be able to zero in on countries of interest and see details that typical Earth satellites cannot, experts said.

The launch involved reconfiguring the rocket to add on two strap-on boosters to provide more thrust. The protective nose cone enclosing the payload also had to be made larger.

The National Reconnaissance Agency has has launched several satellites using Delta IVs in the past two years, including four launches at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Capable of generating nearly two million pounds of thrust, the liquid-fuel rocket has a central core booster and two strap-on boosters that make the assembly 50ft wide.

An upper second stage takes over when the first stage is exhausted.

Why Is The Heartland Of America Being Ripped To Shreds By Gigantic Tornadoes That Are Becoming More Frequent And More Powerful?

Economic Collapse

5/4/12

 

What in the world is going on in the heartland of America?  Spring has barely even begun and we are seeing communities all over America being ripped to shreds by gigantic tornadoes.  A lot of meteorologists claimed that the nightmarish tornado season of 2011 was an “anomaly”, but 2012 is shaping up to be just as bad or even worse.  These tornado outbreaks just seem to keep getting more frequent and more powerful.  For example, several “supercell” tornadoes ripped across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area on Tuesday.  People all over America were absolutely horrified as they watched footage of these tornadoes toss around tractor trailers as if they were toy trucks.  Personally, I have never seen a tractor trailer tossed 100 feet into the sky before.  This is not normal.  CBS 11 meteorologist Larry Mowry told his viewers that one of these torandoes was “as serious of a tornado we’ve seen in years“.  So why is this happening?  Why is the heartland of America being ripped to shreds by gigantic tornadoes that are becoming more frequent and more powerful?

Up to this point in 2012, at least 57 people have been killed by tornadoes across the country.  Thousands more have been injured and countless homes have been reduced to splinters.  In fact, there have been a couple of small towns that have been essentially wiped off the map by giant tornadoes.

What we are witnessing is not normal.  Prior to the horrific tornadoes that we saw on Tuesday, there had been 326 tornadoes in the United States so far in 2012.  That is about twice as many as usual for this time of the year.

Overall, the United States only sees about 1,200 tornadoes for the entire year usually.  The busiest time of the year for tornadoes is still a way off, and we are on pace for a truly historic year.

But it is not just the number of tornadoes that is the problem.  Many of these tornadoes are immensely powerful.  The following is how the local CBS affiliatedescribed the damage done by the recent tornadoes in Texas….

Multiple tornadoes threw tractor-trailers in the air, ripped the roof off an elementary school, leveled houses and shut down airline traffic out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as one of the worst storms in years hit North Texas Tuesday.

Baseball-sized hail punched holes through car roofs, and a Red Cross spokeswoman warned the breadth of the destruction may not be cleared until well into Wednesday. The mayors of Arlington and Lancaster declared a state of disaster following the storm strike.

There were even reports of massive “debris balls” in Dallas, Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant counties.  These tornadoes picked up huge amounts of debris into the air that were just carried along by the storms.  That must have been an absolutely horrifying sight to behold.

A lot of jaw-dropping footage from these tornadoes has already been posted on the Internet.  For example, the following video shows tractor trailers being tossed about like rag dolls….

Have you ever seen anything like that before in your life?

I know that I haven’t.

Look, one bad year can be dismissed as a coincidence.

But two historically bad years in a row?

Many would call that a trend.

Last year, America experienced one of the worst tornado seasons of all time.  Many Americans will never, ever forget the devastation caused by the tornadoes of 2011.

For example, National Geographic reported that a gigantic F5 tornado that ripped through the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area had winds of up to 260 miles an hour.  If you drive through Tuscaloosa today you can see that they are still trying to recover.

And Joplin, Missouri may never be the same again after what happened to that city last year.  The gigantic tornado that ripped through Joplin was called by some the deadliest single tornado in more than 60 years.

That mammoth tornado ripped a path of destruction through Joplin that was more than a mile wide and more than 6 miles long.  You can see some amazing before and after photographs of Joplin right here.

But people don’t think about what happened to Joplin much anymore because there have been so many other horrific disasters since then.

Overall, 2011 was the worst year for natural disasters in U.S. history.

Many were hoping that there would be a return to normalcy in 2012.

Unfortunately, that simply is not happening.

In 2012, we have already seen one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever recorded in the month of March in all of American history.  A couple of small towns in Indiana were virtually completely wiped out by that outbreak.

Sadly, what we have already seen in Indiana and Texas may just be the warm up act.

The truth is that usually May is the worst month for tornadoes in the United States.

So how bad are things going to get this year?

How many other communities across the nation are going to be absolutely ripped to shreds before tornado season is over this year?

In 2009, there were 1146 tornadoes in the United States.

In 2010, there were 1282 tornadoes in the United States.

In 2011, there were 1691 tornadoes in the United States.

In 2012, we are on pace to far exceed the total we saw in 2011.

So would could be causing all of this?

Do you think that you have a theory that explains these tornadoes?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….

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Examiner.com

3/4/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US covert and overt criminal Wars of Aggression caused 20-30 million deaths of human beings since World War 2, according to the outstanding documentation of James Lucas of Countercurrents.org. The US use/support of armed attacks is documented in 37 countries, and in direct violation of treaties after both world wars (Kellogg-Briand and UN Charter) to forever end armed attacks unless first attacked by another nation’s government.

The end of this gruesome and psychopathic history of armed attacks and war-murders in the Orwellian names of unalienable rights and freedom will end upon the demand of enough in the 99% to arrest the obvious current War Criminals.

What will you think, say, and do at this historic moment in US history?

What would make your family and you most proud, with consideration of your relatives who sacrificed dearly in wars?

What is the future you will work to earn: the continued path of lies, destruction and death of the 1%, or building a brighter future for 100% of Earth’s inhabitants? As you know, choosing 100% demands your intellectual integrity and moral courage to help expose and end the crimes of the current 1%. So this question is more: what is your life really for?

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Flashpoint Funding: UK doubles Syria rebel cashflow

Sovereign Independent.

3/4/12

 

 

 

 

 

Russia Today – The UK has announced it will allocate some £500,000 ($795,000) to supply non-military aid to the Syrian opposition. The Foreign Secretary says it will help the ‘hard-pressed’ opposition groups to register violations by the Assad government. RT’s Laura Smith says exactly what type of support and equipment the opposition will receive is yet to be determined. What is already known is that the aid package is likely to include secure telephones that the British Foreign Secretary hopes will be used to document the regime’s violence.

Why Does The Department Of Homeland Security Need 450 Million Hollow Point Bullets?

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

Somebody out there has decided that the Department of Homeland Security needs a whole lot of ammunition.  Recently it was announced that ATK was awarded a contract to provide up to 450 million hollow point bullets to the Department of Homeland Security over the next five years.

Is it just me, or does that sound incredibly excessive?  What in the world is the DHS going to do with 450 million rounds?  What possible event would ever require that much ammunition?

If the United States was ever invaded, it would be the job of the U.S. military to defend the country, so that can’t be it.  So what are all of those bullets for?  Who does the Department of Homeland Security plan to be shooting at?  According to the U.S. Census, there are only about 311 million people living in the entire country.  So why does the Department of Homeland Security need 450 million rounds of ammunition?  Either this is an incredible waste or there is something that the Department of Homeland Security is not telling us.

I could understand if the U.S. military was ordering ammunition in this quantity.  When you fight wars you can go through ammunition very rapidly.

But the Department of Homeland Security is only supposed to be shooting at people very rarely. It simply does not make sense that they would need so much ammunition.

 

The following is an excerpt from the official press release about this deal between ATK and the Department of Homeland Security….

ATK announced that it is being awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS, ICE) for .40 caliber ammunition. This contract features a base of 12 months, includes four option years, and will have a maximum volume of 450 million rounds.

ATK was the incumbent and won the contract with its HST bullet, which has proven itself in the field. The special hollow point effectively passes through a variety of barriers and holds its jacket in the toughest conditions. HST is engineered for 100-percent weight retention, limits collateral damage, and avoids over-penetration.

‘We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS, ICE,’ said Ron Johnson, President of ATK’s Security and Sporting group.

But this is not the only kind of ammo that the DHS is placing an order for.

Business Insider is also reporting that the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to buy 175 million rifle ammunition rounds….

We’ve also learned that the Department has an open bid for a stockpile of rifle ammo. Listed on the federal business opportunities network, they’re looking for up to 175 million rounds of .233 caliber ammo to be exact. The 223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.

This all comes at a time when gun sales are absolutely going through the roof in the United States. Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. recently announced that it would be suspending new orders until May because it received orders for more than one million guns during the months of January and February.

The following announcement about this suspension of sales comes from their official website….

  • The Company’s Retailer Programs that were offered from January 1, 2012 through February 29, 2012 were very successful and generated significant orders from retailers to independent wholesale distributors for Ruger firearms.
  • Year-to-date, the independent wholesale distributors placed orders with the Company for more than one million Ruger firearms.
  • Despite the Company’s continuing successful efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders. Consequently, the Company has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders.
  • The Company expects to resume the normal acceptance of orders by the end of May 2012.

Since Barack Obama first took office, gun sales in America have risen to extraordinary levels. Overall, more than 10 million guns were sold in the United States during 2011.

And gun sales have continued to rise at a brisk pace in 2012.  The following was recently posted on Yahoo News….

The NSSF said that 920,840 instant criminal background checks were made in January alone, a gain of 17.3% over the same month in 2011. This now makes it the 20th consecutive month of increases. While using the number of background checks is a good measurement of sales, it doesn’t paint the whole picture as some checks are used for the purchases of multiple firearms. Also, some private transfers and sales from gun shows are exempt, making the actual number of guns sold higher.

According to Gallup, 41 percent of all Americans said that they owned a gun in 2010.  But when that question was asked again in 2011, that number had risen to 47 percent.

Clearly, a lot of Americans are feeling the need to arm themselves.

Unfortunately, they may find themselves short on ammunition for those guns considering how much ammo the government is buying up.

So what is causing everyone to buy so many guns?

Well, without a doubt we are likely to see a rise in crime as the U.S. economy continues to crumble.  People want to be able to protect themselves and their families when everything falls apart.  In fact, we are already starting to see some really violent home invasions in many parts of the nation.  Many in the prepper movement are deeply concerned about the direction this country is headed and they want to be prepared for whatever happens.

Of course the rising gang problem in America is a major concern too.  According to the FBI there are now 1.4 million gang members living in the United States, and that number has increased by 40 percent since 2009.  Many urban communities have essentially been taken over by these gangs, and many of these gangs are definitely not shy about using violence.  Average Americans that live in these communities want to be able to have a fighting chance against these gangs.

But that doesn’t explain why the DHS needs so much ammunition.  Yes, our world is becoming increasingly unstable, but under what conditions does the DHS ever anticipate firing off 450 million rounds?

Something does not add up.  If anyone has a possible explanation for why the DHS would need 450 million rounds of ammunition, please post a comment and share your thoughts with us below….

Pentagon has no records of Osama bin Laden’s death

Sovereign Independent Newspaper

29/3/12

 

The Obama administration touts the Navy SEALS’ raid and killing of Osama bin Laden in his hideaway compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, as one of the administration’s greatest achievements. Obama even disclosed details of the raid to Hollywood for an upcoming movie.

Given that, isn’t it curious, to say the least, that the Pentagon says it has no records — not one photo, not one video, not even an e-mail — of bin Laden’s death?

Richard Lardner reports for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 15, 2012:

Government officials have openly discussed details of the mission [to kill Osama bin Laden] in speeches, interviews and television appearances, but the administration won’t disclose records that would confirm their narrative of that fateful night. The Associated Press asked for files about the raid in more than 20 separate [FOIA] requests, mostly submitted the day after bin Laden’s death.

The Pentagon told the AP this month it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden’s body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden’s body on the Navy aircraft carrier where the al-Qaida leader’s body was taken.

The Pentagon said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden’s body if he were killed.

It said it searched files at the Pentagon, U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., and the Navy command in San Diego that controls the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier used in the mission.

The Defense Department told the AP in late February it could not find any emails about the bin Laden mission or his “Geronimo” code name that were sent or received in the year before the raid by William McRaven, the three-star admiral at the Joint Special Operations Command who organized and oversaw the mission. It also could not find any emails from other senior officers who would have been involved in the mission’s planning.
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Note: WantToKnow team member Prof. David Ray Griffin, in his book Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?, lays out the extensive evidence that bin laden died in December 2001, and that since that time Pentagon psyops had been keeping him “alive” with fake videos and audiotapes to maintain a crucial pretext for the ever-expanding “war on terror.” Could it be that the Pentagon will produce no records of its purported “death raid” because in fact it will reveal major manipulations involving bin Laden’s death?

On August 6, 2011, three months after the supposed killing of bin Laden, 22 members of the exact same Navy SEALS Team 6 who had conducted the Abbotabad raid all died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Dead men don’t tell tales.

Medvedev censures Romney for anti-Russia comment

Press TV 28/3/12
Picture: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has blasted US Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney for saying Russia is the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe,” advising him to “use his head.”

“Regarding ideological clichés, every time this or that side uses phrases like “enemy number one,” this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times (of the past),” Reuters quoted Medvedev as saying at the end of a nuclear security summit in South Korea on Tuesday.

“I would recommend all US presidential candidates … do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate,” the Russian president added.

“Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s,” he went on to say.

Romney made the comments while criticizing President Barack Obama for his caught-on-tape remarks to Medvedev that he needed more “space” to negotiate on the issue of missile defense in Europe.

Obama made the remarks in a Monday meeting on the sidelines of the summit in Seoul.

“This is my last election,” Obama was heard telling the Russian president. “After my election, I have more flexibility.”

In an interview with CNN on Monday, Romney called Obama’s comments “alarming and troubling.”

“If he (Obama) is planning on doing more and suggests to Russia that he has things he’s willing to do with them, he’s not willing to tell the American people – this is to Russia, this is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe,” Romney said in response to the conversation in Seoul on missile defense between the two presidents.

Moscow has long opposed US plans for a missile defense system in Europe, perceiving the shield as a threat to Russia’s national security.

Spivs comment.

I predicted in an article last November that Mitt Romney would win the Republican nomination to go head to head against Barack  Obama in the presidential election. I still stand by that prediction although now its almost a forgone conclusion that he will. Last November, when i made the prediction Romney was in about 6th place out of 14 candidates and his name was unknown outside of the USA. My prediction was based solely on a comment made on ‘ News at 10′, a  main stream, globalist controlled news program used to air propaganda. Since he looks likely to win, the importance of the above article cannot be understated. It is blatant warmongering from the man who could very well be the next president of the USA.

US president warns N Korea to abandon rocket-powered sat launch

Press TV  27/3/12
US President Barack Obama has pledged to break North Korea’s “pattern of provocative behavior,” urging Pyongyang to refrain from carrying out a planned satellite launch.

During a Sunday news conference in the South Korean capital of Seoul, Obama also said that China has turned “a blind eye to deliberate provocations” of North Korea’s nuclear issue and that it should pressure Pyongyang to abandon its plan to launch the rocket-powered satellite next month.

Obama’s rhetoric follows Pyongyang’s announcement last week about its plan to carry out a satellite launch in April.

The US president said the move could not only jeopardize a food aid deal and future disarmament talks, but may also lead to tighter sanctions against North Korea.

Pyongyang says the satellite launch is a legitimate and peaceful space program. The country has invited international space experts and journalists to witness the launch.

Earlier on Sunday, Obama visited a US base on the edge of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the North-South Korean border and peered long across North Korea’s border.

Obama is in Seoul to attend the Nuclear Security Summit 2012. He will join more than 50 other world leaders on Monday for a follow-up to the summit that was organized in Washington in 2010 to help combat what “the threat of nuclear terrorism.”

 

Spivs Comment.

Once again the US War machine springs into action. Obviously the real threat of nuclear war comes from Israel but since they call the shots in both the UK and USA, this fact goes unreported. As for “Nuclear Terrorism”… Dont make me laugh.

MI5 Puts all 3,800 Agents on Olympic Watch

Zen Haven

26/3/12

 

MI5 is carrying out its biggest operation since the Second World War with almost all of its 3,800 staff mobilised for the London Olympics which will take place amid rising concerns over the possibility of terrorist attacks.

Annual leave will be restricted at the agency and agents who would have been involved in counter-espionage have been moved to terrorism duties.

Although there is said to be “chatter” among jihadist groups about the Olympics, security officials have refused to discuss if cogent plots have been discovered. Senior sources say that in the last major sporting event seen as a target, the Commonwealth Games in India, planning by terrorist groups began around three months before the event started.

The Independent understands the Security Service has installed a new monitoring and intelligence gathering system to ensure safety of the Games. This includes security checks on more than 540,000 people, monitoring militant groups and also liaising with foreign intelligence services.

All leave for security agents during the Games has been cancelled or has been heavily restricted.

The new system developed by MI5 for the Olympics, including computarisation, details of which are classified, has been in place since last October. It is deemed to have been highly successful, and will be kept in use after the Games have finished.

Security checks on those attending the Games, under the overall control of the Home Office, will be carried out for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and include the athletes, their families, officials, the media and workers. The company G4S, which has the contract for providing security, is now sifting through 50,000 job applications all of which must be vetted.

While MI5 says it does not need extra government funding for its Olympic security operations, with the figure needed having been included in its previous funding round, the costs to the public have risen from the original estimate of £600m to £1bn.

One of reasons for this was a under-estimation made by LOCOG of the number of staff needed for the 34 Olympics venues. The original figure of 10,000 has now been raised to 20,000.

MI5′s role would be to specifically focus on those who pose a terrorist threat to the event.

When it comes to foreign nationals, for example, members of the regimes of Syria or Iran,who may be accused of human rights abuse but are not seen as a risk to national security will not be banned under the Security Service recommendations. The Home Office can, however, refuse such people visas on grounds that their “presence in the UK would not prove conductive to the public good.”

Last week, during the killing spree of Islamist Mohammed Merah in France, the head of the UK Security Service gave a briefing in Downing Street on the preparations that are being made for the Olympics.

 

Spivs Comment

The mainstream media are working overtime to convince and scare the public into believing that the threat of a terrorist attack at the London 2012 Olympics is real. Course they would be right because that threat is indeed a reality… The Terrorists are dubious though. The reason for that is there is no terrorist threat.

The alternative media has also been reporting the threat of an attack taking place at the Olympics and for much longer than the mainstream media. The only difference is that the Alternative, much more truthful media maintain that any attack will be the work of our own govt. Still on the plus side with MI5 having all their goons looking for something that isnt there, they wont have time to look at what i and others of a similar ilk put out on our websites.

Misery of war on Iran will be beyond belief: Ian McEwan

Press TV. 26/3/12
A British novelist and screenwriter has warned against military aggression against Iran, saying such a measure would unleash mischief and misery “beyond belief.”

“I belong to that very large cohort who think it would be absolutely disastrous to attack Iran,” Ian McEwan said duringThe Guardian Open Weekend festival on Sunday.

The novelist repeated Iranian warnings that any attack on the country would have far-reaching consequences spreading beyond the Middle East.

“I think the mischief and misery and unintended consequences of an attack on Iran would be beyond belief,” he said.

The US, Israel and some of their allies have accused Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

The US and the EU have used this pretext to impose sanctions against Iran, while Tel Aviv has issued threats of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Washington has repeatedly threatened Iran with “all options” on the table.

The Islamic Republic has strongly refuted Western allegations regarding its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The Israeli regime is widely believed to possess between 200 and 400 atomic warheads, something it has never denied under its official policy of nuclear ambiguity. Additionally, the Israelis have persistently refused to allow any international inspection of their nuclear facilities.

Russia will hit back at NATO missile system: Medvedev

Press TV. 25/3/12

 

“I will say honestly that no matter how warm relations between me and my colleagues are, no matter how advanced relations between Russia and NATO member states are, we will have to take that into account and, under certain circumstances, respond.”

 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the US-led NATO missile system will prompt his country to retaliate, saying the military plan will “break the nuclear parity” between the West and Moscow.

“No one has explained to me why we should believe that the new missile defense system in Europe is not directed against us,” Medvedev said in a speech at the Euro-Atlantic Security Conference in Moscow on Friday, Associated Press reported.
Moscow has called for sharing control of any missile system, saying the aim of the so-called shield is to encircle Russia. Washington, however, refuses to share the shield control with any third party.

In return, Russia has threatened to aim a new generation of missiles at European military targets and deploy its own missile interceptors.

“I will say honestly that no matter how warm relations between me and my colleagues are, no matter how advanced relations between Russia and NATO member states are, we will have to take that into account and, under certain circumstances, respond,” Medvedev warned.

In a meeting with Russia’s top military brass earlier this week, Medvedev said his country is preparing its armed forces to counter any threats posed by NATO’s missile system even as talks are ongoing between Moscow and Washington.

“By 2017-2018 we must be fully prepared, fully armed,” the Russian president said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Friday conference, Medvedev reaffirmed that Russia is not “shutting the door to dialogue” but warned that “time is running out.”

“It’s in our mutual interests to quickly reach mutually acceptable agreements,” he said.

Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister in charge of the military industries, was more direct in his remarks at the conference, saying the NATO shield has an “openly anti-Russian vector.”

“The system that is being developed is intended to intercept heavy intercontinental missiles blasting off from the Russian territory,” Rogozin said.

“Missile defense is not the best way to ensure security,” he added. “Those who are smart know that the defensive arms race is no better than the offensive arms race. Strengthening of the shield entails strengthening of the sword.”

Rogozin said the new Russian missiles have been fitted with systems that would allow them to penetrate any prospective missile defense.

“They would allow Russia to feel absolutely calm, even if the missile defense becomes global and affects our interests,” he stressed.

US-led NATO has claimed that the missile system is planned to thwart possible attacks from ‘rogue’ states, and it will go ahead with the plan despite Russian concerns.

However, Moscow says it wants legal guarantees that the system will not be aimed at Russia.

Afghan Villagers Live in Fear of Another Massacre

 uruknet.info

24/3/12

 

As villagers in Kandahar province mourn the victims of a killing spree earlier this month, they fear there could be another massacre. Children are particularly traumatized.

“Are the American soldiers coming back, papa?” This is a question Fateh Mohammad hears almost every night. He and his family live in Zangabad, a small village around 40 kilometers away from Kandahar.

The US army has a Forward Operating Base close-by.

Sixteen people were shot in the early morning hours of March 11 in Zangabad, including nine children. Fateh Mohammad’s sons and daughters had played with some of the victims. They are now constantly afraid and they want to know if there is a chance of such a massacre reoccurring.

Fateh Muhammad doesn’t know what answer to give his children.

“When it gets dark outside, the children come to me and ask if the Americans are coming back to search the houses,” says Muhammad. “They ask me, ‘will we make it through the night?’ All of us are mourning the deaths of the 16 people we lost – and for what? We still don’t know.”

Stress disorders

There is no adequate explanation for the killing spree in Kandahar. The Afghan authorities and ISAF officials have promised a quick investigation into the incident, but there has been no adequate resolution.

A US soldier accused of killing the civilians has been charged with 17 counts of murder. However, Afghan MPs think there was more than one person involved in the massacre.

It is unclear how one US soldier would have been able to leave his base in the middle of the night and go into villagers’ houses.

Because Fateh Muhammad and his neighbor Haji Gulalai want to protect their families, they have come up with a plan that has received a lot of support from many villagers.

“We have decided to split up our children and place them in different families and houses. If there is an attack, not all members of any one family will be killed, like they were two weeks ago,” Gulalai explains.

Local police stations do not really exist in Afghanistan’s villages – people have to rely on each other. Gulalai says this is one of the reasons many Afghans feel vulnerable and defenseless.

Hayatullah Rafiqi, a psychologist at the University of Kandahar, has talked to the villagers about their fears. They have told him that these increase after sunset.

Rafiqi says it is mainly women who are suffering from depression and psychological stress. However, he says everyone is in desperate need of help.

“Not only the people of Zangabad, but also people from other villages in the area are suffering. The government has to take steps so the people know they are not alone.”

In a meeting last week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised the villagers of Zangabad help. But it does not seem to have reached them yet.

The Return of Gladio And The Rebirth of Terror Under French Tyrant Nicolas Sarkrazy.

The Excavator
23/3/12
 What is wrong with this picture? One of them still hasn’t faced justice.

Another day, another false-flag terror event in another advanced Western democracy. This time, the people of France are the target ofWestern state-sponsored terrorism and the strategy of tension. The patsy’s name is Mohammed Merah. The names of the people who were murdered by the French state are Jonathan (Yonatan) Sandler, plus two of his young children named Aryeh and Gabriel, and another child named Myriam Monsonego. This is an ordinary state-run terrorist operation to increase tension, fear, and hatred in Western society. This is what the fascist State does when it is free to write history on the spot and blow stuff up. It kills innocent children to make the submerged public gasp for air, hate the scapegoat, and demand security and steel nerve from the leaders of the State. Vincenzo Vinciguerra, an Italian neo-fascist and terrorist, described in 1984 the existence of a shadow network of military officials and political leaders in Italy who frequently organized terror attacks to keep the country within the sphere of right-wing politics. This network was part of a larger structure known as Gladio that included government fascists in Europe, America, and NATO. Vinciguerra, who was a mercenary of this secret state-terror network until the day he raised awareness of its existence, said in the famous documentary, “Operation Gladio”:

“You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”

Patrick Henningsen offers a better history of Gladio in his article, written in December 2011, called, “Is Operation GLADIO on the rebound in Europe?”  “Readers should note,” said Henningsen, “that GLADIO was officially active only 20 years ago, not a long time in terms of politics and the military.” He ended his article by writing, “GLADIO 2.0 is in motion.” It’s hard to argue with that, especially in light of this latest tragedy in France. Pofessor and historian Daniele Ganser, author of, “NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe,” said back in September 2006 in an interview with Norway’s Le Monde Diplo:

“With the concrete data that we have, for instance from Italy, we know that the activities [of] the secret army called Gladio [were] directed by the military secret service [and with training and support from] the CIA. We also know that the CIA wanted Gladio to attack and weaken the strong Italian Communist party. Gladio linked up with right-wing extremist Catholics who were strongly opposed to atheist Communism, and they planted bombs in Italy. The blame was unjustly put on the Communists. That is what is called false flag terrorism. Some members of the Italian military secret service claimed the CIA had ordered them to do this. When some Italian judges found out that the secret armies existed within the state, they reported it to the senators, who were surprised and said: “We did not know that this existed”. In 1990, the Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti stepped forward and said: “Yes, this is a fact, the secret army existed, but it was to protect the state and to fight the Russians if ever they attacked Italy, it was nothing illegal, it was a good thing.” If you have a secret armed organisation in a democratic society, then it is very difficult to guarantee that it [will] never attack the citizens. We can of course have armed organisations in a democracy, but they should not be secret. The whole basis of a democratic system is that you control power through accountability and through transparency. Once this is gone, the danger of abuse of power will be imminent. And we can show that in some cases, not only in Italy, but also in Greece, Turkey, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and other countries, secret armies abused their power.”

Why is this information relevant? Because many people believe that the secret Gladio fascists in America and Western Europe never went away, they just changed the face of the “Enemy to the West” from Communist to Islamist. For them, the Cold War never ended, instead, they turned it into a Hot War with political Islam. Former European MP Richard Cottrell recently wrote in an article at EndtheLie.com called, “The Belgian ‘Years of Lead’ return with a vengeance: Gladio rides again”:

“I am sure that the latest re-tooling of Gladio to promote the ‘enemy within’, the menace of Islamic radicals, fits the purpose of a state unifying force. In days of yore, the former years of lead, communist subversives filled the same role.”

The fascists in Israel couldn’t have been more excited and happy at the thought of the West joining its war against Palestinians, and one billion people throughout the Muslim world. When 9/11 happened they got their war, and it’s been a huge government killing fest since then.

The killing fest has been going on in the Middle East and in the West. The author of the blog aangirfan believes the Ozar Hatorah Toulouse shooting is an inside job, and says that, “Gladio-style terrorist activity in France could work to the advantage of President Sarkozy.” He also speculates that Sarkrazy is the Mossad’s inside man, and provides evidence of his connections to the 2004 Madrid train bombings. He points out that, at the time of the bombings, Sarkrazy was France’s Interior Minister. At Infowars.com, Kurt Nimmo writes that, “Mohammed Merah, the suspect in the killing of seven people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, fits the pattern of an al-Qaeda intelligence asset.” Why would French president Nicolas Sarkrazy do such a horrible thing? To secure votes during election season. Nimmo says that the terror attack in France has “provided Nicholas Sarkozy with a pretext to put the southern part of the nation on high alert and cancel the campaigns of presidential contenders. Sarkozy stands to benefit from the terror attacks and play the role of a strong leader during a national crisis.” Why would the French secret service do such a horrible thing? To keep the French people mentally occupied on the Islamist threat. There is no morality in war, and the West is at war, though not with Islam, but with its own people, its own way of life, and its own democratic system of government. Islam is the civilizational scapegoat. I’m not defending Islam, just stating facts. Organized religion is bad enough as it is, there is no need to demonize Islam any further and lay all of the West’s internal problems at the feet of the Iranian Mullahs and Afghan warlords. They will go the way of history without Western intervention. In fact, they wouldn’t even exist if the CIA, MI6, and Mossad didn’t train and arm Islamic terrorists like Al-Qaeda, and support radical Islamic organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood. The people of the Middle East have enough problems to deal with because of their own crazy leaders, so it makes it that much more cruel and unforgivable that they have to constantly worry about crazy Western leaders like Nicolas Sarkrazy who are calling for their destruction. I’m not a military expert, but declaring war on one billion people is not a very bright idea. But Western governments will continue the facade of the war on terror because the Western public is not aware and angry enough yet to overthrow them. Apparently, the false-flag terrorism trick never gets old. So why stop? Governments and rulers will keep relying on the false-flag terrorism trick for another millenia if they are sufficiently confident that they can get away with it. Modern politicians and secret intelligence agencies live off of public fear of the Outsider. They are political vampires who only know how to suck blood out of the public. Every once and a while, especially before an election or a war, they make deep cuts inside the veins of the body politic, like staging a terrorist attack, and then let the blood slowly squeeze out drip by drip. After such a tragedy, the power and money flows to the State like honey, and the public begs for more security and stronger leadership. The only solution is public education and public awareness. Damn the Western press. Western journalists will sit on the sidelines of history and watch state-terror events as they unfold one after the other, producing a long stream of terror. This stream of terror, which has so far been directed and guided by the governments of America, Israel, and the West, will over time form into an ocean of blood and war in which the whole world will be drowned in. That is the dark future that is being created.

 

President Nicolas Sarkozy has surged into the lead in election opinion polls following his handling of the crisis in Toulouse where a gunman is under siege suspected of killing of seven people.

Sky News 23/3/12

The first survey since Monday’s killings predicted Mr Sarkozy would narrowly beat his Socialist challenger in the first round of a presidential election next month.

The poll of 1,000 people, carried out on Monday and Tuesday, put Mr Sarkozy on 30% in the first round and Francois Hollande on 28%.

However, it showed Mr Hollande would win a second-round run-off by a margin of 8%.

The two rivals were neck and neck a week ago.


Until now Mr Hollande has enjoyed a large lead over the president, whose economic record and showy style left many voters dissatisfied.

However, Mr Sarkozy’s response to Monday’s shootings seems to have improved his image.

The rivals suspended their campaigns after three children and a rabbi were shot dead at a Jewish school in Toulouse in southwest France, killings that followed the shooting dead of three soldiers earlier this month.

 

Mohammed Merah
SUSPECTED GUNMAN, MOHAMMED MERAH.

The shootings, allegedly by 24-year-old Muslim Mohammed Merah in the name of al Qaeda, have allowed the French president to play his preferred role of protector-in-chief and put a new focus on security, traditionally a strong point.

He has repeatedly appeared on national television giving information on the manhunt and presiding over a ceremony for the fallen soldiers, while Mr Hollande has had little choice but to remain on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who is number three in the polls, says her anti-Islam agenda has been vindicated because the chief suspect in the country’s worst killing spree in years is a French Muslim who claims ties to al Qaeda.

France, she says, must “wipe out” the Islamist threat, arguing it is corrupting the French culture and has not been taken seriously enough by the authorities.

 

French Police Were Alerted About Toulouse Shooter and Did NOTHING!

 

By Mario Andrade
DeadlineLive.info
March 22, 2012


How much did French authorities know about Mohamed Merah, the confessed author of the Toulouse and Montauban shootings? After the cold blooded shooting of four Jewish civilians and three soldiers, the shocking tragedy leaves more unanswered questions, including the questions of a mother who does not understand why the authorities did not take seriously the threats of this young Islamist, who had beaten her children after he failed to recruit them.

In an interview with the French news agency, Le Télégramme , she calls herself Aisha. She does not understand why the French police did not stop the young Frenchman of Algerian origin Mohamed Merah, who confessed to seven murders, including the killing of three children in front of a Jewish school. During this interview, Aisha said that in June of 2010, her then 15-year-old son had been invited by Merah to his apartment to watch “Al-Qaeda videos,” that included images of women being executed by being shot in the head, and men being decapitated.

The day before her 15-year-old son was attacked by Merah, the teenager was riding around with him in his car. Her son says that Merah would listen to a CD believed to be songs and calls to go into battle. “He drove my son to his home, the same home where he was entrenched when the police arrived. In his apartment, there was a huge Koran in his living room and several large swords hanging on the wall. He then forced my son to watch Al-Qaeda videos in his room from 5PM till midnight,” she said.

“I filed a police complaint against Mohamed Merah twice and insisted (to authorities) during many occasions…  for nothing,” says the mother and witness.

In her account, Aisha said that Merah retaliated against her son for having told her mother about the video images he had seen in the apartment. “He came out to the street wearing a black robe with a hood, carrying a big sword, shouting ‘Allah Akbar.’ He then hit my son, and my daughter tried to intervene. However, he struck her too. There were many people, but nobody did anything,” said Aisha, who after filing a complaint (against Merah) was also beaten and threatened by him, according to her lawyer.

Aisha kept all evidence related to this incident, including, photos, medical certificates, and her daughter’s bloody dress, but for some reason, no action was taken against Merah. The incident, however, was reported by some local media.

“During the attack, he accused me of being an atheist and had to pay like all the French. He kept repeating that he was Mujahedeen and he would die as a martyr, and would erase from the earth all those who kill Muslims …” according to her account.

One peculiar detail that emerges from the interview is that Aisha mentioned that Mohamed’s older brother, Abdelkader, was the real “brain” of the operation (Mohamed’s handler). “He filled his head with ideas. He was the one who traveled frequently abroad, particularly to Egypt,” she recalls.

She mentions that Merah used to be an ordinary boy until a group of ‘extremists’ came to the neighborhood, insinuating that he had been brainwashed by them. She also describes that there were some inconsistencies with Merah’s behavior: ‘While there were rumors of him going to Afghanistan, sometimes he would wear traditional clothing, and sometimes he was seen wearing western attire, riding a motorcycle, with his hair dyed blond and a fake Maori-style tattoo on his head,” she said.

“Why, despite all my information, Mohamed Merah was not arrested? We even saw him last week, threatening us. I told the police and the prefecture several times about this series of incidents, and look at where we are now. This is incomprehensible and outrageous,” said the woman.

Afghan Villagers Were Threatened by US Troops Ahead of Massacre

antiwar.com

22/3/12

Witnesses: Troops Lined Up All Men From Mokhoyan, Told Them They’d ‘Pay’

The incongruous stories surrounding the March 11 massacre on Afghan civilians in two villages took another turn today, with reports from witnesses in Mokhoyan, one of the two villages targeted, that they were threatened by US troops just days before the massacre.
The witnesses say that troops rounded up all the men from the villages after a roadside bombing, lined them up against a wall, and told them they would “pay a price” for the attack.

The witnesses put the date of the bombing at either March 7 or 8. Previous stories had massacre suspect Robert Bales supposedly “upset” about a bombing in which one of his friends lost a leg.

The military would neither confirm or deny any bombings in the area, only insisting that they would investigate anything that might be related to the shootings. They likewise gave no comments about the threats in Mokhoyan.

If confirmed, the threats would also appear to support the Afghan probe’s version of the massacre, which had an organized group of over a dozen US troops carrying out the massacre, as opposed to a lone man, as the US maintains.

 

Spivs Comment.

Yet more proof of how US and our soldiers are being turned into mindless killing machines. If it was a real war they were fighting then surely they would expect to take casualties. The fact that when they do their response is to indiscriminately shoot and kill innocent civilians in revenge is inhuman. The fact that it isnt a war and we have illegally invaded their country makes it all the worse. This is akin to what went on within the third Reich.  Those responsible are war criminals of the worst kind.

 

UK bows to Tel Aviv after warning it against attack on Iran

Press TV
21/3/12
London has once more humiliated itself before Tel Aviv repeating “all options [are] on the table” for Iran after withdrawing support for any military action by the Israeli regime against the country.

“We both recognise the seriousness of the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear programme,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said after a meeting with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Meridor in London.

He added Britain is continuing its policy of “pressure” against Iran “while keeping all options on the table.”

Hague also welcomed the “excellent progress on trade between Britain and Israel” as well as their “growing co-operation in the high-technology sector, as reflected in the launch this week of the UK-Israel Technology Council.”

His remarks are almost diametrically opposed to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s comments last week that there is no justification for Israeli strike on Iran.

“I don’t think as we stand today that military action by Israel would be justified,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told NBC news network on Thursday.

“I don’t think the Israelis should take that action now. We told them they shouldn’t and said we wouldn’t support it if they did. We’ve been very clear,” he added.

Indeed a paradox emerges as London officials have been saying over the past few days that they are very “clear” that they “would not support” a military strike on Iran, however, they will not at the same time rule out a military strike on the country.

Yet with Cameron directly dismissing an attack as a choice, Hague’s remarks appear as an attempt to muzzle London’s Zionist friends, as it has been common British practice over the past years.

Just on the day Cameron made the remarks in Washington, Britain agreed to a plan to strengthen cooperation across a range of technological sectors with the Israeli regime at the first UK Israel Tech Council, held in London.

The move was reminiscent of the row over Israeli spy agency Mossad’s forging of British passports, which were used by an Israeli hit squad to assassinate a Hamas leader in Dubai.

It was two years ago on March 23, 2010 when The Guardianreported London has expelled a senior Mossad official at Tel Aviv’s embassy in London over the issue.

Less than two months after the passports dispute, representatives from 23 British companies from the life sciences sector attended an event in the occupied territories welcomed by the then director for UK trade and investment at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv Richard Salt.

Also on May, 2010, the then thriving Liberal Democrat leader and current British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched another mollification attempt in an interview with the Israeli DailyHaaretz suggesting the petty issue of passports will not affect London-Tel Aviv friendship.

“Operation Cast Lead and incidents like falsifying documents in Dubai do create tension, but … British criticism of the policy of the Israeli government should not be treated as ‘anti-Israeli,'” he said.

“I think there are issues of principles at stake, which I would like us all to have a look at calmly after the elections,” he added.

The same story of taking a step against Tel Aviv only to recompense by backing off several steps ran in the case of attempts to secure arrest warrants for Israeli officials in 2010 including the then Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

The appeals against Israeli officials were made based on their internationally-condemned war crimes during the same Operation Cast Lead, which Nick Clegg tried to downplay.

At the time, it was Hague himself who led the wave of appeasing attempts.

“We cannot have a position where Israeli politicians feel they cannot visit this country. The situation is unsatisfactory [and] indefensible. It is absolutely my intention to act speedily,” Hague said in June 2010.

The mentioned examples are only part of the wide picture of British servility to the Israeli regime that also includes condemnation of Israeli settlement activities and at the same time praise for mutual ties with Tel Aviv.

They also raise questions whether the hierarchy of power in Britain runs through Israeli lobbies which should be kept appeased as a hidden rule of British policy.

UK bows to Tel Aviv after warning it against attack on Iran

Press TV
21/3/12
London has once more humiliated itself before Tel Aviv repeating “all options [are] on the table” for Iran after withdrawing support for any military action by the Israeli regime against the country.

“We both recognise the seriousness of the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear programme,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said after a meeting with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Meridor in London.

He added Britain is continuing its policy of “pressure” against Iran “while keeping all options on the table.”

Hague also welcomed the “excellent progress on trade between Britain and Israel” as well as their “growing co-operation in the high-technology sector, as reflected in the launch this week of the UK-Israel Technology Council.”

His remarks are almost diametrically opposed to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s comments last week that there is no justification for Israeli strike on Iran.

“I don’t think as we stand today that military action by Israel would be justified,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told NBC news network on Thursday.

“I don’t think the Israelis should take that action now. We told them they shouldn’t and said we wouldn’t support it if they did. We’ve been very clear,” he added.

Indeed a paradox emerges as London officials have been saying over the past few days that they are very “clear” that they “would not support” a military strike on Iran, however, they will not at the same time rule out a military strike on the country.

Yet with Cameron directly dismissing an attack as a choice, Hague’s remarks appear as an attempt to muzzle London’s Zionist friends, as it has been common British practice over the past years.

Just on the day Cameron made the remarks in Washington, Britain agreed to a plan to strengthen cooperation across a range of technological sectors with the Israeli regime at the first UK Israel Tech Council, held in London.

The move was reminiscent of the row over Israeli spy agency Mossad’s forging of British passports, which were used by an Israeli hit squad to assassinate a Hamas leader in Dubai.

It was two years ago on March 23, 2010 when The Guardianreported London has expelled a senior Mossad official at Tel Aviv’s embassy in London over the issue.

Less than two months after the passports dispute, representatives from 23 British companies from the life sciences sector attended an event in the occupied territories welcomed by the then director for UK trade and investment at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv Richard Salt.

Also on May, 2010, the then thriving Liberal Democrat leader and current British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched another mollification attempt in an interview with the Israeli DailyHaaretz suggesting the petty issue of passports will not affect London-Tel Aviv friendship.

“Operation Cast Lead and incidents like falsifying documents in Dubai do create tension, but … British criticism of the policy of the Israeli government should not be treated as ‘anti-Israeli,'” he said.

“I think there are issues of principles at stake, which I would like us all to have a look at calmly after the elections,” he added.

The same story of taking a step against Tel Aviv only to recompense by backing off several steps ran in the case of attempts to secure arrest warrants for Israeli officials in 2010 including the then Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

The appeals against Israeli officials were made based on their internationally-condemned war crimes during the same Operation Cast Lead, which Nick Clegg tried to downplay.

At the time, it was Hague himself who led the wave of appeasing attempts.

“We cannot have a position where Israeli politicians feel they cannot visit this country. The situation is unsatisfactory [and] indefensible. It is absolutely my intention to act speedily,” Hague said in June 2010.

The mentioned examples are only part of the wide picture of British servility to the Israeli regime that also includes condemnation of Israeli settlement activities and at the same time praise for mutual ties with Tel Aviv.

They also raise questions whether the hierarchy of power in Britain runs through Israeli lobbies which should be kept appeased as a hidden rule of British policy.

UK persists with pointless Afghan war.

Press TV
19/3/12
British Foreign Minister William Hague claims the UK will continue the “phenomenally difficult” war in Afghanistan although it seems “unrealistic” to expect a society to emerge that holds views acceptable to British society.

Speaking on Sky News’ Murnaghan this morning, he claimed continuing to fight the Taliban was essential for Britain’s national security and confirmed that Afghan forces will take on further combat responsibility in 2013 ahead of the British troops’ withdrawal in 2014, as the US-led alliance has largely failed to establish security in the country devastated by decades of civil war.

“Through 2013, it’s Afghans who will have the lead in conducting their own security. And from the end of 2014, British troops will no longer be engaged in combat operations, or be there in anything like the strength that they are now… we look to them after the end of 2014 to cope on their own,” he said.

However last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned of the consequences of the pullout of the occupying forces from Afghanistan in 2014, arguing the move would leave the war-ravaged nation short of a future “perfect democracy”, which the US and their western allies pledged when they invaded the country in 2001.

Cameron also admitted in a joint press conference with the US president Barack Obama in Washington that Afghanistan will be left in trouble in 2014, when NATO forces are slated to leave the country, ending the 11-year occupation.

Earlier, responding to the Labour leader Ed Miliband at prime minister’s Question Time, Cameron said the decade-old Afghan war “does remain vital to our national security”, regardless of the fact that British military’s death toll in Afghanistan has topped 404 since it joined the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

Furthermore, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Ashdown, warned that Afghanistan could descend into civil war once coalition troops withdraw by the end of 2014, adding, “It means we end exactly where we started.”

 

Spivs Comment.

What  a thoroughly corrupt, Rothschild controlled puppet  William Hague is. The Taliban a threat to the UK’s National security? Dont make me laugh. They never have been. The only threat here to our national security is the Cretin himself, William Hague.

The Navy Is Sending Everything It Needs For A War With Iran To The Strait Of Hormuz.

Business Insider.

17/3/12

USS Warrior 

(Pictured;Mine countermeasure ship USS Warrior)

The global signs of a coming military conflict with Iran continue to build, and today the U.S. Navy made clear its intentions by announcing it’s sending four additional mine countermeasure ships to the Strait of Hormuz.

 

Stars and Stripes reports the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he’s sending the mine ships in addition to four airborne mine countermeasure helicopters.

Iran has already warned that one of its first steps in closing the Strait of Hormuz, and choking off 40 percent of the world’s oil supply, will be to mine the strait and deploy its fleet of small electronic submarines.

Greenert was recently aboard the USS John C. Stennis when it was tailed through the strait by the Iranians and came away from that ride thinking “[W]e could do better setting the theater. I wanted to be sure … that we are ready…”

To get “ready” Greenert is also bringing upgrades to mine neutralization vehicles, submarine torpedoes, optics, and weapons to counter the swarm maneuvers employed by the Iranian navy.

This move will double the number of minesweepers in the Persian Gulf, but Greenert declined to call the deployments a surge, as when forces are built up for a planned operation, instead telling reporters: “I’m not going to define it as a surge. You called it a deployment, how’s that”

The four ships, the Sentry, Devastator, Pioneer, and Warrior will join the Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain from San Diego. Their departure date has not yet been announced, as part of operational security.

They will likely be transported by the Navy’s heavy-lift ships which travel at about 16 mph.

War, Occupation, and Massacre

Rosemarie Jackowski

17/3/12

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The latest massacre in Afghanistan is just one more in a long history of US atrocities. Most of these acts by US troops go unnoticed – hardly rating a mention on the nightly news. Why has this news report broken through the wall of silence? And why is there a media reaction to it? The media has ignored so many other atrocities.

When interviewed by Leslie Stahl on CBS, Sixty Minutes (May 12, 1996), Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children were worth it. There was hardly a ripple of concern about Albright’s statement. Maybe it is just luck and timing that caused the news about the Afghan massacre to be reported, but there is no doubt that it soon will be replaced with news about which celebrity is sleeping with someone else’s spouse, or the latest misadventures of some other celebrity who probably has not read a book in years.

Those not familiar with military training might be surprised by the latest slaughter of civilians. Others know that one of the main goals of military training is to eliminate any taboo against killing. Military training is designed not only to kill the enemy, but also to kill the conscience. Parents and new recruits take notice!

Let’s take a closer look. Sixteen civilians slaughtered in the middle of the night in their homes. Nine of them children. A war crime? An act of insanity? Julian Assange once said that war is just one damn thing after another. He is correct. War and occupation result in deaths of innocent civilians.

No one should ever be surprised when innocent children die in war zones. In fact, every time a Drone fires a weapon, or a bomb is dropped from a plane, it is probable that innocent civilians are killed.

There are some actions that the USA could consider in view of the fact that things are not going very well.

1. Immediately turn over the accused killer and any accomplices to Afghan officials.

2. Withdraw all troops, contractors, CIA, and other personnel from Afghanistan.

3. Close all US bases on foreign soil.

4. Release all prisoners in Guantanamo. Close all prisons in the secret prison system.

5. Celebrate Whistle Blowers, including Julian Assange. Free Bradley Manning.

6. Pay reparations.

7. Cut the military budget by 90%.

8. Convert the Pentagon into apartments for the homeless. The Pentagon has become a world-wide symbol of US aggression. It will continue to foment hatred toward the US. It guarantees that there will be Blowback.

9. Prohibit the manufacture and use of Drone technology.

10. Respect the right of other nations to have nuclear weapons until the US has destroyed its stockpile. Why should the only nation to have ever used nuclear weapons to kill civilians have any say on this issue? The US has lost any moral authority it might have had.

Will any of these things happen? No – not one. Why not – Because too many US voters lack the critical thinking skills necessary to understand how the world works. We have a dysfunctional political system, a culture that celebrates stupidity and violence, and an inferior educational system. Of course, there are exceptions. Some teachers are smart, dedicated, and supportive of their students. There are not enough of them. Some people choose C-Span Book TV over the reality shows. But not enough citizens make that wise choice. It seems that the national IQ is at an all time low. People don’t know what they don’t know. Uninformed voting is epidemic and has disastrous consequences.

There is a more important reason why the US will not change its ways and become a good world citizen – that is the lack of empathy toward fellow human beings. Too many Americans still support the policy as stated by Madeleine Albright, that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children were worth it.

Rosemarie Jackowski is an advocacy journalist living in Vermon

Syrians hold rallies in Damascus to support President Assad

Press TV
16/3/12
Syrians have once again taken to the streets in the capital Damascus to express support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Press TV reports.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital on Thursday to voice their support for the government in face of persisting Western pressures against Damascus.

Pro-government demonstrations have also been reported in several other cities across Syria.

The Damascus rally was held two days after President Assad announced that parliamentary elections will be held in Syria on May 7, the third legislative vote in Syria since Assad took office in 2000.

The parliamentary elections will be held under a new constitution that was approved by a majority of Syrian voters in a February 26 referendum. Assad endorsed the new constitution on February 28 as part of the promised reforms in the country.

The new constitution excludes Article 8, which declared the ruling Baath Party as the “leader of the state and society,” and also establishes a multiparty system in Syria and limits the presidential term to two seven-year periods.

The May 7 parliamentary elections will also be the first such vote under the new multiparty system.

Syria has been experiencing unrest, reportedly sponsored by Western governments and their Arab allies, since mid-March 2011.

The West and the Syrian opposition blame Damascus for the year-long turmoil, but the government says “terrorists” are responsible for the unrest, which it says is being orchestrated from abroad.

The Syrian president said on February 20 that “some foreign countries” are fueling the turmoil in Syria by supporting and funding “armed terrorist groups fighting against the government.”

7 Steps to Dissolve the Matrix and Stop World War Three

Shall We Put an End to the Human Race or Shall Mankind Renounce War? – Bertrand Russell

Julian Rose

 


Looming up in front of us like some ghoulish malevolent giant, is the prospect of mankind having to endure the devastation of a ‘Third World War’.

An event, should it come to pass, would pit brother against brother, sister against sister, ‘faith’ against ‘faith’, ideology against ideology, nation against nation and all of it together against the continuation of life on Earth.

The forces covertly operating to bring this Third World War about will not be in the direct line of fire, but a long way off, comfortably ensconced in leather chairs in the plush offices of high-ranking officialdom. They made their plans many years ago and the Third World War is a keystone in bringing these plans to fruition.

These individuals come from countries well practiced in historical and modern empire building and share a ‘special relationship’ whose vision of the future completely excludes the great majority of us. We do not feature on the planet they see ahead of them, except as slaves to whatever activities they may wish to pursue.  To them, we are essentially ‘dispensable’.

Those who would perpetrate this plan have already prepared their underground bases to survive the destruction they propose to unleash upon this world. We will not be invited to join them there either, except a few carefully chosen minions to manage the technologies that keep this underworld functioning and those who serve their daily needs. It is a very exclusive ‘club’.

The master plan involves certain nations being sacrificed to the cause. Those nations will have their populations wiped off the map and most of their history with them. The fact that they are nations situated in key geographical areas that hold extraordinary historical records of great importance to an evolving humanity – is not coincidental. The timing of this Third World War is not incidental either. Its perpetrators have long since noted the approaching changes at the universal macro-cosmic level which will directly affect Earth. They have noted that energies associated with these changes might work against them, especially if humanity were to embrace them unhindered.

So they set their clocks to ensure that this particular alarm will go off at a time designed to obscure the relevance of the simultaneously unfolding macro-cosmic event. And to draw the attention of mankind away from that which aids the evolution of its consciousness – and towards that which ensures its further victimization.

We are, according to the manipulators of this scenario, not supposed to know that we have a choice. We are not, of course, supposed to ever recognize what their game is, or what our real potentiality is. We are not supposed to know that we have the power to stop this Third World War from ever happening.

The procedures which have been put into effect to ensure that humankind remains in a state of non-awareness are many and varied. Many, which are quite deadly underneath, look innocuous enough on the surface and remain accepted by the majority as necessary aspects of the standard routines of daily life. Others are less easily received and even resisted; but few amongst us comprehend the fact that they all belong to one underlying plan of repression, control and domination.The financial and material resources employed to keep the lid on humanity’s awakening depend entirely upon the unconscious majority fulfilling their role as unstinting providers. Providers of both the energy and the money to keep in place all the elements of the control system. The 2012 London Olympic games are to provide a perfect smoke screen for the further imposition of this control system.

There are to be some 35,000 police and troops on hand to impose ‘lock down London’ and the lock down will not be relinquished when the event is over. It has its complementarity in the heart of Europe where plans for a totalitarian superstate are nearing completion. And since bankers and ‘security agents’ feature strongly in the mix which constitutes ‘the club’ standing behind these impositions, it is not too difficult to guess where the ‘missing billions’ of recent banking scandals ultimately lands up.

In summary: unless we take conscious action to withdraw our support from the system, the Third World War will be sponsored by we the people, freely and at times grudgingly, donating our energy, our money and even our brain power to our own self destruction.

That is – so long as we continue our refusal of consciousness and avoid seeing what is staring us in the eye almost every day of our lives. And that state of refusal, of course, is exactly what ‘the club’ wants maintained.

As the Occupy Movement has discerned: it is the 1% who hold power over the 99%; and in all other circumstances 99% would certainly hold the whip hand over 1%. But while the majority of the 99% remain dumbed down, docile and divided, they remain easy prey to the 1%.

In a state of semi-sleep most can be hypnotically induced to accept the political lies and distortions that contrive to place in our minds an unimpeded acceptance of the ‘inevitability’ of a Third World War.  A war which would constitute a big step down the road to the end of the human race.

Seven Steps to Defeat the Matrix and End War:

Now please take a deep breath. This is no idle threat dreamed up by an amateur prophet; it is a reality and one which is being revealed by more and more awaking individuals daily. We are getting a handle on the great lie being perpetrated against humanity and we have had enough. We are going to put an end to it. It is perfectly possible for us to make sure the Third World War never happens.

The first step in doing so involves breaking the spell that ‘the club’ employs the mass media to hold us under. Just on the other side of the television set and the Sunday newspaper lies the road that leads to the end of war and the beginning of freedom … if we want to take it. But ‘freedom’ is not achievable without an effort; a real effort. It is not achieved by prayer or by meditation, although both can support it. Neither is freedom simply the removal of a state of oppression. It is a direct and determined statement of intent to put in place a better world and to take the actions that give expression to this intent: physically, mentally and spiritually.

The second step is to use this intent to challenge, unmask and expose corrupted authority by refusing to go along with its life inhibiting demands and revealing its ideology to be fundamentally false. The accompanying action to this involves withdrawing support for the military-industrial complex which is the foundation of the war machine.

This means taking pragmatic, practical steps. Start by taking your money out of the mainstream banking system and putting it into ethically oriented banks that do not support the weapons industry and the war machine, but do support benign enterprises and human-scale creative initiatives.

The third step is to trace how the arteries of war are spread throughout the veins of our consumer society. How everyday acts of aggression, suppression and control are the elements that fuel corporate domination in today’s globalized market place.

How today’s (and yesterday’s) education system encourages all the wrong instincts in young minds: the urge to be ‘competitive’, ‘successful’ and to achieve the exclusivity of status which guarantees the top positions and highest salaries in the matrix.

How deliberate human, animal and ecological exploitation are rife within the supermarket-dominated food chain.

How the same deliberate exploitation is equally rife within the money system, the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry, the housing market, the political and legal system, the family, marriage and in the church.

Join the dots and see how the same underlying ‘war’ symptoms are at large in all these and more.

The fourth step is to seek out others who are also endeavoring to bring about positive change. Keep company with such individuals; mutual support, cooperation and encouragement is crucial in overcoming the war state which relies on divisions and incriminations to keep society weakened, fractious and self absorbed.

The fifth step involves moving out of the city and into the country. That’s a big one isn’t it? However, the only alternative is to be part of a major greening of the city and this may not be possible to achieve within the short time span available to us. The need is to transition away from the crass consumerist ‘supermarket syndrome’ and establish links with local food and farming operations that can provide fresh and nutritious foods grown in the proximity of your home.

It also means starting to grow your own chemical-free food, saving water and introducing renewable energy systems to heat your home and to cook with. Reasserting authority and self-reliance over your home is an excellent starting point from which wider fields of resistance can grow.

Step six is about re-educating yourself. Re-educating yourself to be able to recognize the behavior patterns and appearances of oppressors, posers and infiltrators, for they are many and often move with great guile and cunning.

Once one is true to oneself, one can spot those who disguise their intentions behind falsehood and flattery. The process of re-education also involves dedicating serious time to researching and exploring the phenomena which stand behind events often portrayed by the mainstream media as the precise opposite of what they really are.

Step seven: grow your own spiritual and creative powers! This is a very personal process because there are many different pathways leading to creative and spiritual awakening. Each individual needs to find his or her own right of passage and feel comfortable with it.

However, a prerequisite for becoming a conscious human being is the recognition that this state is not something external to ourselves which we try to draw down; rather it is a force which lies dormant within us and simply needs awakening. Much of the process of this awakening involves shedding the protective layers we have built around ourselves as a form of extra persona, deemed necessary to get along in this distorted modern world. Beneath the mask of this persona lies a great wealth of creative spiritual potential just longing to be allowed to shine forth.This potential is the quality most feared by our oppressors. This is because it has the power to render their control system and war agenda completely powerless. It is the one force capable of freeing humanity from the state of funk which holds millions in hypnotic captivity to a consumerist indoctrination which lies at the heart of our present society’s ills.

In order to renounce war we have to do far more than just come out onto the streets waving anti-war placards. We have to vibrate with an unswerving passion to defend Life to the very end. Once so empowered, nothing can stand in the way of a process of planetary transformation which will cut off the arteries of war at their base and render those who stand behind its grotesque atrocities powerless to pursue their dark agendas.

Addendum: I would like to state that I would not be making any of the above recommendations if I had not already put them into effect in my own life and drawn great benefit thereby.

Julian is a British pioneer organic farmer, writer and activist. He is currently president of the ‘International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside’ which is leading the fight against GMO in Poland. He is author of “Changing Course for Life – Local Solutions to Global Problems”www.changingcourseforlife.info  

Lawmakers Push For US Invasion Of Africa Following Kony 2012 Fraud

Resolution introduced to send more U.S. troops to “protect civilians”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Two House lawmakers have introduced a resolution that seeks to deepen US Military involvement in Africa on the back of the Kony 2012 hoax, despite the fact that Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army have been virtually inactive for six years.

“The resolution, introduced by Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. and Ed Royce, R-Calif., calls for, among other things, expanding the number of regional forces in Africa to protect civilians and placing restrictions on individuals or governments found to be supporting Kony,”reports CBS News.

As we have seen from US involvement in Libya and its attempts to destabilize Syria, the “humanitarian” justification is merely an excuse for expanding US hegemony into Africa where China has aggressively staked its claim.

As we highlighted on Monday, the establishment-manufactured hype surrounding Kony 2012 is nothing more than a cynical ruse designed to manipulate naive do-gooders into legitimizing another US-backed “humanitarian” assault aimed at swallowing up Africa’s resources and land under Africom.

While Joseph Kony and his army disappeared six years ago, Ugandans are being killed and evicted in their thousands by western entities right now – but nobody is making ‘viral’ films about the crisis and no celebrities are tweeting their displeasure.

Invisible Children, the group behind Kony 2012 has created a groundswell of support for Uganda’s dictator Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, a man who has been in control of the country for 30 years and was returned to power in an election last year that was rife with fraud according to European Union observers.

Museveni has been implicated in genocide after ordering his guards to shoot and kill civilians. He is also notorious for bumping off his political enemies.

“The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces,” writes the Visible Children website, which has documented the hoax behind Kony 2012. “Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These bookseach refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.”

The Kony 2012 group itself has been exposed as a ruthless business empire that spends the majority of its income on its own expenses. The organization refuses to allow its financials to be properly audited and has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator.

“By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf],” writes The Daily What. “The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.”

With Barack Obama already having sent 100 U.S. troops into Africa to “hunt down” Kony, expect a whole host more to be dispatched if the establishment manages to stem the tide of the backlash against the Kony 2012 scam which has come from all quarters, most notably Ugandan citizens themselves.

New evidence casts doubt in Lockerbie case

Aljazeera

10/3/12

 

Fresh scientific evidence unearthed by a Scottish legal review undermines the case against the man convicted of being responsible for the Lockerbie aircraft bombing, an investigation for Al Jazeera has found.

The Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission (SCCRC) report details evidence that would probably have resulted in the verdict against Abdel Baset al-Meghrahi, a Libyan man convicted of carrying out the bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 in 1988, being overturned.

‘Lockerbie: Case Closed’, an hour-long documentary to be aired on Al Jazeera on Monday, examines the evidence uncovered by the SCCRC as well as revealing fresh scientific evidence which is unknown to the commission but which comprehensively undermines a crucial part of the case against the man known as the Lockerbie bomber.

Among the evidence examined by the SCCRC was the testimony of Tony Gauci, a shop owner from Malta, and the most important prosecution witness in the case.

Gauci identified Megrahi as a man who had bought clothing and an umbrella from him on December 7, 1988 – remnants of which were later recovered from among debris recovered from the disaster scene.

The SCCRC found a number of reasons to seriously question this identification and Gauci’s account of events on that date, which was also the only day on which Megrahi could have been present in Malta to make such purchases

The report also raises concerns about the legitimacy of the formal identification process, in which Gauci picked Megrahi out from a line-up. The commission found that Gauci had seen Megrahi’s photo in a magazine article identifying him as a possible suspect many weeks before the parade took place

The SCCRC also found that Scottish police knew that Gauci was interested in financial rewards, despite maintaining that the shopkeeper had shown no such interest

Gauci reportedly picked up a $2 million US government reward for his role in the case. Under Scottish law, witnesses cannot be paid for their testimony.

Most significantly, the documentary will reveal the dramatic results of new scientific tests that destroy the most crucial piece of forensic evidence linking the bombing to Libya.

The new revelations were put to the terminally sick Megrahi in Libya, and his comments on the case will be heard for the first time in these films.

Of Gauci, he maintains that he never visited his shop.

“If I have a chance to see him [Gauci] I am forgiving him. I would tell him that I have never in my entire life been in his shop. I have never bought any clothing from him. And I tell him that he dealt with me very wrongly. This man – I have never seen him in my entire life except when he came to the court. I find him a very simple man,” Meghrahi told Al Jazeera.

John Ashton, who has been investigating the case for nearly 20 years, including time spent as part of Megrahi’s defence team, said: “The Lockerbie disaster was Europe’s worst terrorist attack. More Americans died in that attack than in any other terrorist event before 9/11. It’s also Britain’s worst miscarriage of justice, the wrong man was convicted and the real killers are still out there.”

Unmasking the Real Terrorists

Julian Rose
Activist Post

For so long we in the UK have been asked to believe the governmental proposition that combating ‘the threat of terrorism’ is a national priority for which our hard earned taxes are indispensable. We have repeatedly been told that it’s for ‘our national security’ that the US/UK and other European accomplices send their military into Middle Eastern countries to topple heads of state, destroy infrastructure and subject tens of thousands of men, women and children to an untimely death from bombs and bullets.

We were, in Libya’s case, even told by serious looking politicians in grey suits, that the invasion was a ‘humanitarian intervention’ and that the death and destruction which accompanied it was a necessary part of ‘protecting civilians’ against the edicts of their own ruler.

All the while, here at home, a steady build up of high-tech surveillance equipment has been tracking us as we go about our daily business. CCTV cameras, emails, text messages, telephone conversations, cash machines, credit cards, satellite images, all these and more can now be accessed in the supposed interests of curtailing potential home-based ‘terrorist’ activity. So much so, that it appears we are now all viewed as potential threats to the nation.

Ever since 9/11 and the pinpointing of its perpetrators as a handful of penniless Arabs somewhere in the mountains of Afghanistan, we have been paying out of our own pockets to be protected from mythical ‘evil empires’, demagogic tyrants and crazed despots, only to find that we are also now conjoined with them on the suspect list.

 

Yet, in spite of this discovery, hardly a British whimper has been registered in response. The majority of the population of our island appear to be saying “Take my money, I trust you to know what to do with it Mr Blair, Brown and Cameron. We know you care more about people than about money and power. We accept that you have only humanitarian considerations at heart and would not allow the prospect of cheap oil, minerals and foreign military bases to cloud your vision. We are grateful for the protection you accord us. We know that there may be nasty terrorists plotting to overthrow our Country at this very time. This is a democratic Country; we are civil people. After all, it was we who spread democracy all over the world in the first place wasn’t it? How ungrateful those people are who now want to seek revenge on us!”

Such a reaction, should it stand up to reasonable scrutiny, bears testimony to one of the most problematical features of British society: its refusal to look in the eye its own long record of conquest, pillage and murder. A record so often callously portrayed as a great crusade of empire building. There remains a lingering, stubborn determination, particularly amongst the upper classes, to see such British barbarism as nothing other than the valid expression of an unquestioned racial superiority. The moral presumption whispered around the coffee tables of the British bourgeoisie has been that other less ‘developed’ countries should be helped to ‘come up to our standards’. Whereas, the reality was not even one of patronising morality; it was grand conquest and all that entails.

The reason why the British ruling class is still operational today is because of the largely passive acquiescence of a society ordered on the principle of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ of ‘lesser’ and ‘superior’. This suggests an unspoken moral assumption in favour of class divisions which are, in certain ways, equatable with Darwin’s theory of ‘the survival of the fittest’. Divisions in which one part accepts – albeit grudgingly – its subjugation by the other; based not on the attributes of wisdom and example, but on a hierarchy of wealth and power.

By uncritically accepting such subjugation within one’s own society, the basis is laid for the condoning of foreign invasions and the same process of subjugation being applied to the victims of these invasions. In this way war becomes rationalised and accepted as a natural part of preserving the status quo. It is just a short step from here to accepting the unimpeded imposition of a ‘big brother’ totalitarian-style control system. The type so prophetically foretold by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley in the first half of the 20th century.

So long as the majority of citizens hold onto a sense of nationalistic pride when their country sets off to invade a foreign one – then they will be perfectly conditioned to have this same ‘war state’ imposed upon themselves. And this is where we are today in Britain. The same symptoms are of course strongly borne out in the USA and beyond, but I am concentrating on Britain in this article, not least because Britain still plays a key role in masterminding the strategies behind such conquests and has considerable experience in perfecting the controlling techniques necessary to keep the subjugated from rising up in defiance.

 

If ‘the people’ were able and willing to recognise the heinous levels of impoverishment and slavery that the British ruling classes imposed upon their vanquished populations – we would at least have a chance of understanding the origins of the present crisis. If it was also recognised that the divisive repercussions of these actions are still being played out in Africa, India and beyond, then we would be in a position to put the groundwork in place for a genuine resistance to the establishment of the ‘surveillance society’ which is closing in upon us today

As the ominous beat of war drums herald preparations for yet another invasion (this time the Persian Gulf) so do our political figureheads once again straighten their ties, stiffen their necks and reel-off the well rehearsed war-speak agenda: in this case the ‘inevitability’ of having to take action if Tehran refuses to bow to the will of the West.

We live in thrall to an almost perpetual war state. It has a cruel, crushing and conditioning effect on the human psyche; breeding suspicion and fear, where what is called for is clarity, understanding and courage. The cabal of countries at the forefront of the sabre rattling are those least willing to examine their own failings. Their historical records have been carefully written to disguise the bloody truth behind their own acts of terrorism, conquest and empire building. History is only allowed into the national curriculum if it somehow manages to gloss over the horrors carried out in the name of aid, education and honour.

The insupportable misadventures of modern-day invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, are still being defended as rightful incursions by those who swallow the political rhetoric of the ‘war against terror’. And even when the motives for the invasion are proved false, other alibis are invented to try and give a veneer of authenticity to the true motives for invasion.

With the tacit permission of the electorate, a whole raft of infrastructural elements of the repressive control state have been put in place in the name of protecting against a ‘terrorism’ which is nothing less than a grand hoax. A hoax carefully constructed to pave the way for the imposition of a lock-down on any elements unwilling to conform to the creeping strictures imposed from above.

The police have already gained access to technologies so sophisticated that they are able to ‘monitor’ in real time the exact whereabouts of any individual they wish to track. Not only this, they will soon be applying for the right to fly CCTV-equipped ‘drones’ over homes and businesses anywhere in the country; and if any resistance should unduly manifest itself, they can TASER those deemed responsible into comatose submission.

We have moved far beyond the territory which constitutes ‘infringements of civil liberties’ and are now in the domain of what amounts to an autocratic dictatorship masquerading as a caring democracy. The national and international war criminals who stand as unflinching totems of this ‘democratic dictatorship’ and its ‘war on terror’ are merely mirrors of the evil they claim to be fighting. They have yet to be seriously challenged.

What was once called “The Peace Movement” has gone into hiding and appears to be incapable of raising a coherent voice in opposition to the drum beat of war. Left-leaning citizens and Greens, who might be expected to raise their voices, have so compartmentalised their interests as to appear oblivious to the breadth of the social engineering takeover going on in front of their noses. What should have incited a people’s revolution, has instead been assiduously allowed to establish itself as the necessary price to be paid for keeping the CIA-sponsored Taliban as far East of the English Channel as possible.

 

The real terrorists are still at large. Those who have so cynically contrived to use the fake threat of terrorism to put in place the building blocks of the modern surveillance state. They have been able to do so because the citizens of ‘Great Britain’ have for far too long averted their eyes from misdeeds both past and present, and have continued to brush the accumulated bloodstained dust under the colonial carpet. This, rather than honestly and rationally face up to the unpalatable reality that stands behind the events which made the small island of Britain one of the wealthiest nations on this planet.

So the real terrorists walk amongst us. They hold high office in our lauded institutions and come together to hold a missile to the head of any nation which does not conform to the agenda required of it. They will apparently go to any lengths to maintain the power structures to which they are accustomed, and by which they acquire the oil and mineral wealth deemed necessary to maintain and expand these structures.

Britain and the USA stand shoulder to shoulder in their role as purveyors of this terror regime, scheming up the most effective way of upholding this 21st-century version of colonial conquest. They have, between them, engineered the domination of vast tracts of this planet under the guise of what is euphemistically named ‘the special relationship’. A special relationship forged out of the collaborative art of conquest, suppression and theft and sold to the world as the means of ‘ maintaining global stability.’

Only when a critical mass wake up to this reality and see it for what it is, without taking the evasive action of denial, will we finally be in a position to turn the tide and set in motion a whole new agenda for the future of mankind*. There is no time to waste. We are either going to be complicit in the launching of a 3rd world war of disastrous proportions, or we are going to become the masters of our destinies and genuine peace makers — throwing off the chains of serfdom in the process. In the capacity of being masters of our destinies we will become purveyors of a new kind of justice for those whom we once enslaved and whose wealth helped bestow the title ‘Great Britain’ upon this island once known simply as Britain.

Britain still can be ‘Great’ but only when we Britons have set aside the false vanities and misappropriated pride that has been the historical passport for conquest and suppression. Freed of this karma, Great Britain can instead come to the aid of those countries still struggling to rise above the perverse forces of repression, aggression and greed for which we, wittingly or unwittingly, established such a tragic template.

UK Police Shootings Take Another Life

PRESS TV 5/3/12
The British police have shot a man dead during a “pre-planned” operation without any given reason, raising concerns that all the citizens facing officers in any potential operation could simply lose their lives.

The Greater Manchester Police said it can “confirm” that its officers were deployed on a pre-planned operation in Cheshire on March 3, which led to the death of an unidentified man.

The force did not clarify what prompted the shooting of the man whose car was stopped at around 7:20 pm by Cheshire police.

“As a result, one man was shot and suffered fatal injuries. This matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who will be carrying out an independent investigation and Greater Manchester Police is unable to comment further at this stage,” the police added.

There were reports after the incident that the police were chasing a number of criminals at the scene.

The Cheshire Constabulary has tried to cling at the reports, pretending the victim has been a criminal.

The constabulary said the incident has been an “isolated incident” and that “there is no risk to the community as a whole”, yet the British police’s past record raises doubts that the community is indeed open to the threat of officers in shooting sprees.

East London police shot a member of the Ghanaian minority last month saying he has been involved in a car theft and that he had threatened the officers with a knife.

The police used exactly the same pretext for the shooting of the ethnic minority man as they used to justify the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, which triggered some of the worst turbulence in the modern British history in August.

Officers shot dead the 29-year-old father of four in Tottenham area of London claiming he had fired at them.

However, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had to admit three months later that Duggan was not even holding a gun when he faced the officers.

The chain of police shootings, in ‘unclear’ circumstances, raises fears that the top brass in the force have given their officers free rein to use their guns indiscriminately, especially against suspects from minority groups, who would have received worst-scenario jail terms in case they were found guilty.

The case is especially worrying as no officers have been convicted for over 300 deaths in police custody or after arrest, recorded for the period since 1998.

The British police are now facing annual demonstrations against the persistence of police brutality and corruption.

During the latest such event in London back in October demonstrators marked the 13th consecutive year of their protest rally, distributing posters with names of 3,180 individuals killed in British custody since 1969, which should now be revised to 3,181 after the Saturday incident.

ARMAGEDDON APPROACHES.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Armageddon Approaches

Dr. Lasha Darkmoon

“An Israeli attack on Iran would create a disaster.” — Zbigniew Brzezinski
“The entire lake will become a killing field…the Gulf will run red withAmerican blood.” — Military specialist Mark Gaffney.

Bombing Iran could be the final nail in the coffin of America—a decaying and morally bankrupt superpower where torture has been normalized and where the President is now free to kill anyone he chooses, anywhere in the world, who he happens to suspect is a terrorist.
Right now, Iran appears to be the object of universal detestation, at least among those who control the mainstream media and who are anxious to persuade the easily duped masses that Iran is a major threat to civilization.

Iran is perfectly capable of shutting down the Strait of Hormuz if it wishes, doing immense damage to the US navy in the process. It possesses a vast array of anti-ship weapons called Sunburn missiles, which it has procured from Russia and China over the last decade. These are state-of-the-art weapons developed by the Russians as a low-cost challenge to the expensive, tech-heavy weaponry of the US. Specifically, they are designed to sink ships, including America’s titanic aircraft carriers.
The imminent conflict, which now belongs in the high probability spectrum, is a conflict into which Russia and China cannot fail to be drawn. Their interests are inextricably linked with those of Iran. You could say that Iran is their semi-independent protectorate and ally.
If Iran were attacked and if Russia and China stood by and did nothing, they would lose face forever. They would be signaling to the world that they are weaklings, only too ready to cower at the feet of the American superbully. Indeed, they would then be next on America’s hit list.
Russia has a new 100-ton monster of a ballistic missile in the pipeline. It is aptly namedSatan. And it will be used to devastating effect against America if America gets too big for its boots and gets overly aggressive.
Chinese Major General Zhang Zhaozhong recently stated that if America or Israel attacked Iran, “China will not hesitate to protect Iran—even with a third world war.”

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A few points need to be clarified.
The US Navy is an efficient and professional organization, at the cutting edge of modern warfare, but the Strait of Hormuz is not the kind of environment in which the American navy would be invulnerable.
The Iranians can be expected to have a field day in the narrow confines of the Persian Gulf, virtually drawing American ships into a series of ambushes.
If one samples the technical literature on various military websites, one finds there is a lively debate going on about American ship defense systems. Nobody claims that any such system offers full protection against ship missile strikes. Right now, most ships remain vulnerable to such strikes, including America’s leviathan aircraft carriers.

These impressive Nimitz-class aircraft carriers each come with a full complement of 7–8 supporting ships, 70 or more assorted aircraft, and up to 6000 marines on board. In a 2004 article, military specialist Mark Gaffney, author of Dimona: The Third Temple? (1989), opines:  “The US Navy’s largest ships, the massive carriers, have now become floating death traps….In the Gulf’s shallow and confined waters evasive maneuvers will be difficult, at best, and escape impossible….The Gulf will run red with American blood.”

As for oil tankers, these are even more vulnerable than aircraft carriers. If attacked, these will sink easily, clogging up vital sea lanes and doing immense environmental damage to the entire Persian Gulf region.
It is of interest to note that the US is busy working on a new generation of laser defense to counter the sophisticated  anti-ship missiles possessed by Iran. However, these are still in process of development. This gives Iran a relative advantage if it is attacked now rather than later. Ironically, the longer America and Israel delay in attacking Iran, the better their chances of successfully countering the retaliatory measures they can expect from Iran.
Both America and Israel are unfortunately just not ready to wage the type of warfare they prefer to wage and at which they so excel: shooting fish in a barrel.
Unlike Iraq, which the warmonger neoconservatives told us would be a  “cakewalk—easily conquered in six weeks—Iran is unlikely to offer its American and Israeli antagonists easy opportunities to indulge in their fish-in-a-barrel fantasies.
Our courageous remote control warriors, hunched over their keyboards far from the din of battle, may be able to rain down death and destruction on innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, meanwhile salving their consciences by calling their victims “terrorists”, but there is nothing they can do with their drones to stop Iran’s deadly missiles from blowing up American aircraft carriers or sinking oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.

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The Sunburn is perhaps the most lethal anti-ship missile in the world (see also here), designed to fly as low as nine feet above groundwater level and at more than 1,500 miles per hour. The missile uses a jerky pop-up maneuver for its terminal approach. This enables it in effect to dodge, or jump out of the way, of the Phalanx and other anti-missile defense systems: in short, to hit its target bang-on without being intercepted en route.
Given their low cost, these ship missiles are perfectly suited for close quarter naval conflict in the pond like environment of the Persian Gulf.
The Sunburn is versatile and easy to use. It can be fired from practically any platform, including the back of a flatbed truck. It has a 100-mile range, which is all that is necessary in the narrow Persian Gulf, with its 40-mile width round the Strait of Hormuz.
Fired from shore, the Sunburn will punch a room-sized hole through  any ship in the Strait of Hormuz in a fraction of a second.
These missiles therefore present a serious threat to the US Navy. Their power to inflict horrendous damage on hostile intruders simply cannot be exaggerated.
Developed by the Russians, and made fully available to China and Iran, the SS-N-22 Sunburn, a supersonic anti-ship missile, has been described as the most lethal missile in the world today.” (See also here for other anti-ship missiles designed, built, or operated by Iran. See here for a discussion of anti-ship missiles and US capability to defend against them.)
Compared to the Exocet, the Sunburn is a much larger and faster missile. It possesses a far greater range. Its guidance system is spot-on. The Sunburn can deliver a 200-kiloton nuclear payload (a 750-pound conventional warhead) within a range of 100 miles, more than twice the range of the Exocet. It seems the missile was specifically designed to defeat the US Aegis radar defense system.
The Sunburn’s astonishing accuracy was demonstrated recently in a live test staged at sea by the Chinese and observed by US spy planes. Not only did the Sunburn missile destroy the dummy target ship, it scored a perfect bull’s eye. It succeeded in hitting the crosshairs of a large “X” mounted on the ship’s bridge.
Unlike America’s drones, the Sunburn is not in the business of creating “collateral damage.” It does not kill innocent civilians by the score. It kills only the enemy.
In a 2004 article, Mark Gaffney writes:

US ships in the Gulf will already have come within range of the Sunburn missiles and the even more advanced SS-NX-26 Yakhont missiles, also Russian-made (speed: Mach 2.9; range: 180 miles) deployed by the Iranians along the Gulf’s northern shore. Every US ship will be exposed and vulnerable. When the Iranians spring the trap, the entire lake will become a killing field.

The Sunburn’s payload hit, with its 750-pound conventional warhead, is apparently insufficient to sink an aircraft carrier, but it is enough to sink most other ships and their crews. So it is generally opined in the technical literature.
No conclusive studies, however, have been carried out to determine the effect of a swarmof missiles attacking an aircraft carrier simultaneously. Perhaps there is no need for such a study. Common sense will tell you that a swarm of killer bees is much more dangerous than a single bee. One bee you can easily swat; a swarm of bees you cannot.
An astute observer of the military situation has offered this comment:

Aegis and RAM systems do not stop Sunburn missiles. Those systems were designed to stop subsonic not supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles. Even then they were unsuccessful in stopping an Iraqi (subsonic) Exocet when it struck the American warship Stark during the Iran-Iraq war. 
Supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles travel faster than a rifle bullet and it would take no more than three of them to sink an aircraft carrier. In fact, any surface ship is a floating coffin. 
If anyone out there knows of a technology that can stop a rifle bullet in full flight, please let me know what it is.

“You don’t have to be Hannibal preparing for the Battle of Cannae,” military observer Russ Winter writes, “to see that the Strait is a potential “shooting gallery”.
The Strait of Hormuz is in fact an ideal ambush location for large and cumbersome ships that offer such easy targets you would have to be blind to miss them.

 

Without a doubt, the Iranians have marked out every firing spot along the Persian Gulf coast. Locating these hiding holes with low-flying attack helicopters will not be easy. Helicopters can be shot down.
Equally impressive is Iran’s missile range: 1500 miles and growing.  Hostile Bahrain and Qatar can easily be hit by the longer-range versions of the Sunburn or Onyx. So can the Saudi oilfields.
Indeed Israel itself, though further away, could suddenly find itself under a shower of deadly missiles, not only from distant Iran, but from Hezbollah just across the Lebanese border.
“This is going to be the Big One,” says Justin Raimondo, “a war that will make the invasion of Iraq look like a dress rehearsal for Armageddon.”

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It is commonly acknowledged that Israel cannot go it alone in fighting Iran. To wage a successful war against Iran, Israel needs American help. Israel would naturally prefer America to do its dirty work for it.
Should Israel act alone, it would face the extraordinary problem of needing to refuel its bombers en route to targets about 1,000 miles away and refueling them again on the way back.
It has been suggested that the United States should provide Israel with three KC-135 refueling tankers. Some of these Israeli supporters in America claim they do not themselves advocate an Israeli attack on Iran, but they are kindly disposed to Israel and wish to see it supplied with tankers that would “extend the effective range of Israeli aircraft” and “improve Israeli credibility.” (See here)
Israel has of course achieved a modest success in destroying the nuclear facilities of two other relatively primitive countries in the region: Iraq and Syria. These two past Israeli successes are not overly impressive. As achievements, they are small beer. That is, compared to the massive challenges Israel would have to face in Iran.
When Israel destroyed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in June 1981, it was one ground-level building it destroyed. That simple operation required 14 Israeli aircraft. Israel’s other success, demolishing a partially constructed Syrian facility in September 2007, involved targeting a rudimentary warehouse-like structure built on a single floor—an exceptionally easy ground-level target.
The potential targets in Iran are not only far more numerous: they are widely dispersed and buried deep underground. Many of them are probably secret facilities whose very existence is unknown.
There is the fuel-enrichment plant at Natanz, a collection of below-ground facilities used to produce enriched uranium. Then there is the newer Fordow fuel-enrichment plant near Qom, built into the side of a mountain and buried deep underground under several layers of reinforced concrete. It is generally acknowledged that to crack open Fordow, and destroy its alleged nuclear weaponry, would be a task beyond Israel’s modest capacity. At a pinch, America could do it, maybe; but certainly not Israel acting on its own.
There are two other Iranian nuclear sites Israel would need to attack: the heavy-water reactor at Arak and the yellowcake-conversion plant at Isfahan.
There are three possible routes to Iran: north over Turkey, south over Saudi Arabia, or a central route across Jordan and Iraq. The US, having officially withdrawn from Iraq in December, is no longer under obligation to defend Iraqi skies from Israeli planes. The Iraqis themselves are of course unable to do so.  (See here.)
The recent Robb-Wald Report tells us that Israel has enough GBU-28 bunker-busting bombs to “severely damage, though likely not completely destroy, Iran’s known underground nuclear sites in a single well-executed operation.”
Perhaps even this is no more than wishful thinking. Note the loaded phrase: “knownunderground nuclear sites.” Best not to mention the unknown ones.

To achieve victory in Iran, Israel would be stretched to the limit. It would have to deploy several B-2 stealth and B-52 bombers, fighter-bombers and helicopters, along with ship-launched cruise missiles. It would not only  need to take out Iran’s underground nuclear facilities—an impossible task—but it would have to destroy Iran’s communications systems, air defense and missile sites, Revolutionary Guard Corps living quarters, munitions storage depots, airfields, and ship and port facilities—not to mention missile boats, minelayers and midget submarines.
Given that Israel, for all its vaunted might, was unable to defeat valiant little Hezbollah in 20o6, the chances of it stealing an easy victory from Iran would seem to belong in the realms of fantasy.
Not all Americans are in favor of aiding and abetting Israel in yet another rampage of wanton destruction—not after the crimes of Gaza which have left an indelible stain on Israel’s already dubious reputation.
Destroying Iran’s infrastructure may make sense to some callous Americans, but to many others it would seem a cruel and vicious enterprise. To poison a population of 74 million people, most of them women and children, with tons of depleted uranium, while putting thousands of other innocents into wheelchairs, is not an achievement likely to bring honor or prestige to Israel.
Not all of us have forgotten the lessons of history. We are cognizant of the fact that Iran has not started a war for 30o years. That it simply wishes to be left alone. And that it is Israel, rather than Iran, that seems to suffer from a serious pathological problem—a “collective madness”—with more than enough blood on its hands.
Speaking on behalf of Israel’s countless critics, one political pundit writes:

The US cannot eradicate the Iran regime. It cannot bring Iran under its control, that is, not without creating a disaster for itself and the entire world….Doing that entails huge costs and risks to the US, all the countries in that region, and the many other countries that would be affected by it, including Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan….Right now, Obama must stop Israel from attacking Iran.(Emphasis in original). He must do so in the strongest ways available to him, like denying airspace to Israel for refueling its bombers. … The US [should] prevent Israel…from flying over Iraq and refueling.

Sound advice, it seems to me. Why support Israel? Cui bono? Iran has much more to offer America than Israel does.
Iran has oil in abundance, Israel has none. Iran does not hold America’s political class to ransom. Iran does not try to browbeat successive American administrations into putting Iranian interests before American ones. Iran’s dual citizens do not spy on America or sell American military secrets to Russia and China—there are no Iranian Rosenbergs or Jonathan Pollards. Iran does not coerce Americans into fighting and dying for it in foreign wars. Iran does not expect $3 billion a year in handouts, and even more in loan guarantees that never get repaid.
Iran would be a far greater asset to America than Israel could ever be. Israel is a liability and a burden.
More fool America for cuddling up to a “friend” who has stabbed it in the back in the past—the Lavon affair, the USS Liberty incident, the Jonathan Pollard betrayal—and is more than likely to stab it in the back again at some time in the foreseeable future.
Dump Israel. That’s my advice. Before Israel sets the world on fire, taking America with it.

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Obama has in recent months begun to make it clear to Israel that the United States would not get involved in a war started by Benjamin Netanyahu without preliminary US approval.
Indeed, on January 20, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, informed Netanyahu that the US would not defend Israel if it launched an attack on Iran that had not been coordinated in advance with the US.
In May 2008, Netanyahu’s predecessor, Ehud Olmert, had requested the approval of George W Bush for an air attack on Iran. To his credit, Bush had refused to countenance any such move.
Netanyahu has since defied the US administration by refusing to assure Washington that he would consult them before making a decision to attack Iran.
Other US officials have apparently made it clear to Netanyahu that the US, unless fully consulted, would refuse to come to Israel’s aid in the event of Israel declaring war on Iran unilaterally.
If Israel did that, it would be on its own.
It would be a mistake for Israel to assume that America is under obligation to protect it from the consequences of its own folly. (For more details, see here.)
Writing in the Huffington Post, political commentator MJ Rosenberg advances the audacious theory that Israel has no wish to go to war right now, but is more interested in flexing its muscles and playing cat-and-mouse games with America. It wants to show everyone that Israel is now the Cat and America the Mouse: “Netanyahu and his camp followers do not really want a war now. They just want it understood that they can dictate whether there is one or not. And when. In other words, they want to show who is boss.”
It’s time for a showdown.
The capital of America needs to be moved back to Washington. Tel Aviv is too far away.

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When Zbigniew Brzezinski says, “An Israeli attack on Iran would create a disaster”, he must be taken seriously.  
An old hand, and an expert on Russia, Brzezinski is the acclaimed author of The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. One cannot help wondering what Brzezinski thinks of the controversial statement  made by Leonid Ivashov, former member of the Russian Joint Chiefs of Staff, which aired on Russia Today TV on February 1, 2012:

Russia does not want any military operations to be waged against Iran or Syria. These two countries are allies, and both are considered guaranteed partners of Russia. A strike against Syria or Iran is an indirect strike against Russia and its interests.

Later he adds, significantly, striking a chord with people like me who believe that America is now a crypto-fascist state masquerading as a democracy:

Everybody should acknowledge that Fascism is making great strides on our planet. What they did in Libya is nearly identical to what Hitler and his armies did against Poland and then Russia. Today, therefore, Russia is defending the entire world from Fascism.

No need to ask who the New Fascists are.
Just turn on your television sets and you will see their smiling faces, telling you how much they love and cherish you—as long as you vote for them—and as long as you die for them in foreign wars for the aggrandizement of Israel.

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It certainly needs to be asked: How much longer will America continue to fight Israel’s wars? What hold does Israel have over America? Is America prepared to sustain immense damage to its vital interests on behalf of an unstable and insolent ally that remains, if numerous polls are to be believed, the world’s most hated nation?
There are some indications that not all American operatives, especially in the armed forces and the CIA, are overly impressed with Israel’s increasingly irresponsible behavior. A significant rift in the friendship appears to be developing, a rift that will hopefully grow in time as America finally comes to its senses.
Relations could once again reach rockbottom, as when former US Secretary of State James Baker uttered his infamous remark about Israel’s Jewish American supporters: “Fuck the Jews, they don’t even vote for us.”
Former Centcom chief and retired Gen. Joe Hoar recently complained of a certain shady Israeli operation involving the terrorist group Jundullah, in which Mossad thugs had the impudence to masquerade as CIA agents: “Israel is playing with fire. It gets us involved in their covert war, whether we want to be involved or not.”

Israel’s Covert War against Iran
The tension between longsuffering Iran and an insufferable Israel, goading it to frenzy, is now at fever pitch.

Here is part of an interview between journalist Eleanor Hall and Iran specialist Geneive Abdo who is director of the Iran program at the National Security Network in Washington. I have compressed drastically in the interests of economy, but the full version can be readhere:

ELEANOR HALL: Iran’s leadership says it’s sheer lies that it’s behind the [recent] attacks [on Iranian embassies in India and elsewhere] and that the Israelis have planted the bombs themselves to discredit Iran?
GENEIVE ABDO: Well I think that’s entirely possible. I mean, if you consider what the Israelis did for many years in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, that theory is not so farfetched.
ELEANOR HALL: How incendiary is the relationship between Iran and Israel right now? Are we looking at an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities…?
GENEIVE ABDO: I think it’s certainly a decision Israel is taking very seriously.
ELEANOR HALL: So how dangerous do you think the situation is right now?
GENEIVE ABDO: I think it’s very dangerous. Far more dangerous than any escalation tension we’ve seen in 30 years.
ELEANOR HALL: So, how dangerous could it become if the Israelis do strike?
GENEIVE ABDO: It’s an extremely dangerous situation. The Iranians will not take this lightly, and they will use all the resources at their disposal to attack. They will cause chaos in the region, because their whole survival is on the line….You know, they could launch attacks on Latin America. They’ve even said that they would launch attacks on American soil. They will send missiles to Tel Aviv….If you consider what the Israelis have done in Lebanon…I don’t think that gives us much hope…

If Israel decides to launch an all-out attack on Iran, we can be sure of one thing: the towers of Tel Aviv will come toppling down. Not necessarily now, but one day in the distant future, when it is decided that vengeance is a dish best served cold.
The nuclear complex at Dimona could well be destroyed—if not now, later on, in the fullness of time—making Israel an uninhabitable wasteland.
Given its miniscule size, Israel could be destroyed in a single day, if not by Iran, then almost certainly by Russia or China.
Only a week ago, Alireza Forghani, head of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s strategic team, was quoted as saying: “It would only take nine minutes to wipe out Israel.”
No one seriously expects to see the annihilation of Israel right now, but Israel will have to take the consequences of its actions one day.
Israel will reap what it sows as Armageddon approaches.
The clock is ticking…

Israeli officials: Starve Iranians to stop nukes

 

West should adopt North Korean model vis-à-vis Tehran, hunger in Iran could prompt regime to ‘consider whether nuclear adventure is worthwhile’, Jerusalem official says

 

Attila Somfalvi

Published: 02.29.12, 20:18 / Israel News


Iran’s citizens should be starved in order to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, officials in Jerusalem said Wednesday ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington.

“North Korea is halting its nuclear program in order to receive aid in food, and this is what should be done with Iran as well,” one unnamed official said.

“Suffocating sanctions could lead to a grave economic situation in Iran and to a shortage of food,” the source said. “This would force the regime to consider whether the nuclear adventure is worthwhile, while the Persian people have nothing to eat and may rise up as was the case in Syria, Tunisia and other Arab states.”

“The Western world led by the United States must implement stifling sanctions at this time already, rather than wait or hesitate,” the official said. “In order to suffocate Iran economically and diplomatically and lead the regime there to a hopeless situation, this must be done now, without delay.”

Earlier Wednesday, North Korea said that it has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and adopt a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Wednesday the North has also agreed to allow International Atomic Energy inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

On Tuesday, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the Islamic Republic has yet to reveal all of its military capabilities, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has many hidden capabilities which are kept for rainy days,” Vahidi said, adding, “We have not yet revealed all our capabilities.”

Addressing Israeli strike threats, the Iranian minister said Washington objects to statements on an Iran strike as the US is aware of Iran’s power and realizes that anyone who becomes embroiled in a conflict with Tehran will be defeated.

Israel snubs warnings against Iran attack

PRESS TV 29/2/12
” The security of the citizens of Israel, the future of … Israel, this is the Israeli government’s responsibility.”

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Tel Aviv will not heed warnings to not attack Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

Referring to recent warnings by American and Russian officials about the consequences of attacking Iran, Lieberman said the decision “is not their business.”
“The security of the citizens of Israel, the future of … Israel, this is the Israeli government’s responsibility,” Liberman said on Wednesday in an interview with the regime’s Channel 2 TV News.

Israeli officials have recently stepped up their war rhetoric, threatening Iran with military strikes in the event that US-engineered sanctions against the country fail to force Tehran into abandoning its civilian nuclear program.

Lieberman had said on February 9 that”Israel has a large selection of ways, when the world of international sanctions fails to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program.”

Several countries, including the US, Russia and China have warned Israel against attacking Iran as such a move would have dire consequences not only for the Middle East but the entire world.

On February 27, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said if Israel attacks Iran “the consequences will be truly catastrophic, their real scope impossible to imagine.”

Earlier in February Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey warned that an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would be imprudent, destabilizing and would not serve the interests of anybody, especially the Israelis.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program, using this pretext to impose sanctions against Iran and threaten the country with a military attack.

Iran has denied the allegations and promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

Spiv’s Comment.

This article is really tantamount to propaganda. It goes without saying that Iran will be attacked. Both the UK and the USA will go along with absolutely anything that Israel orders them too…Make no mistake about that.

Bin Laden Death Coverup Continues: Compound Demolished

Brit Dee, Contributing Writer

The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which authorities claim was Osama Bin Laden’s home for several years before his supposed killing by a US special forces team last May, has this weekend been totally demolished. Pakistani authorities began tearing down the house on Saturday night, working under floodlights, with the local population subject to a strict curfew and Pakistan Army soldiers and police personnel reportedly deployed in large numbers.

The high security surrounding the building since last May, coupled with its sudden and secretive demolition, have naturally led to suspicions that this weekend marked the successful completion of a brazen coverup — journalists have never been allowed to enter the building, and were banned from going anywhere near it very soon after Bin Laden’s supposed killing.

The total destruction of the death scene makes it much less likely independent verification of the official narrative will ever be established, though considering that no evidence proving Bin Laden was actually killed in the compound has ever been provided by the authorities, this weekend’s events are hardly surprising.

The official account stretched credulity from the outset and changed significantly in the days and weeks following the Navy SEALS’ attack. At first we were told that Bin Laden had offered resistance by firing a weapon at the SEALS, but it was soon admitted that the person shot had not in fact been armed. If the unarmed individual shot dead posed no threat, then it is hard to view his death as anything other than a cold-blooded execution. The claim that Bin Laden cowered behind his wife, who was initially reported to have been killed whilst her husband used her as a human shield, also had to be retracted.

The most notoriously suspicious aspect of the official narrative was the prompt whisking away from Abbottabad of Bin Laden’s corpse, and its burial at sea — an event US officials absurdly tried to claim was carried out so as to be in accordance with Islamic tradition. Islam does permit burial at sea in certain circumstances — usually when someone has died at sea — but as the man killed was firmly on dry land and a significant distance from the North Arabian sea in which his body was dumped, such a claim is highly questionable.

Equally dubious were official US protestations of concern for respecting the Islamic tradition of swiftly washing, shrouding and burying the deceased. Not only had this tradition been ignored in other similar killings, such as those of Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay, Bin Laden was the world’s most wanted man — possession of his body, and evidence of such possession, would surely have been of greater importance to the US than the possible offence taken by a minority of devout Muslims.

US authorities similarly refused to release photographs of Bin Laden’s corpse, claiming that Muslims might be offended and Bin Laden’s supporters provoked into committing terrorist attacks on the West. That previously non-violent Muslims would become so enraged by a photo of Bin Laden’s corpse so as to join Al-Qaeda and commit terror attacks is unbelievable, and, again, inconsistent with the earlier publication of gruesome images of Muslims killed by the US military.

A video was released by US authorities, said to have been recovered from the compound and claiming to show a living, aged Bin Laden, but it was widely ridiculed by locals — one identifying the man in the video as his neighbour, who he named as “Akbar Khan”. Only one local spoken to by the BBC thought that the man in the video was Bin Laden, and many claimed they did not believe Bin Laden had been killed there, or indeed ever lived there.

With the body safely out of the way, and no evidence presented to confirm that the man killed was really Osama Bin Laden — beyond a claim, impossible to independently verify, that DNA samples taken from the body matched Bin Laden’s — many skeptics quite reasonably and rationally expressed doubt at the official narrative. Those who did question the official account quickly found themselves painted as “conspiracy theorists” by the establishment and the mainstream media, however – despite the lack of evidence of Bin Laden’s death, and the substantial counter-evidence suggesting that he had died of natural causes many years previously.

It is difficult not to view the destruction of evidence at the compound in Abbottabad as the culmination of a brazen coverup stretching back over a decade to the September 11th attacks. Steel from the collapsed WTC towers was quickly cut up and shipped as scrap to China with such flagrant disregard for standard procedure that Fire Engineering magazine published an article detailing how the author had “combed through our national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921, but nowhere in it does one find an exemption allowing the destruction of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall”.The author concluded by demanding that the “destruction and removal of evidence must stop immediately.” With the mainstream media faithfully parroting the official narrative about both 9/11 and Bin Laden’s death, it will evidently be down to independent researchers and the alternative media to try, if possible, to get to the truth of both events.
Spivs Comment.
Im still amazed by the number of people who still think that Osama Bin Laden was killed in this Compound. If it was true, going on what the WhiteHouse say took place that night, then Bin Laden was murdered in cold blood. The fact that a lot of people will say that, that is no more than he deserved, is telling of the warped way our brains have been conditioned to think. As things stands , everyone is entitled to a fair trial. You cannot pick and choose who that everyone is. However all the evidence points to The American Govt just tying up loose ends. The evidence to suggest Bin Laden died in late 2001-early 2002 far outweighs that of his murder in 2011. Had he been killed in 2011 the White House had the perfect opportunity to prove this once and for all… Instead of doing that, all they have done is muddied the waters further.

Britain to spend £20 million on new rapid reaction force for Somalia

The Telegraph.
By , Foreign Affairs Correspondent

6:00AM GMT 22 Feb 2012

Britain is to spend £20 million on a new civilian rapid reaction force to secure parts of Somalia wrested from the control of the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Britain to spend £20 million on new rapid reaction force for Somalia

The deal will be unveiled by British officials at a landmark London conference on Thursday, at which more than 40 countries will convene to discuss the future of the war-torn African state.

Under the plans, Britain will contribute £20 million to a ‘stability fund’ forSomalia to help its new government secure the territory it has won from the al-Qaeda backed insurgency.

This will pay for a civilian force of “chino-clad warriors” who will be sent into vulnerable areas to help establish a police presence, health care facilities, schools and basic services before the militants can return.

The fund would target areas where either al-Shabaab had been driven out completely, or reduced as a fighting force. Its experts would be trained in forging local peace deals as well as overseeing government services in battle-ravaged regions. Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, said Britain hoped to attract further backing from around the world for the scheme. Somalia has had no functional government for two decades and has been described by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, as “the world’s most failed state”.

“We want to help Somalis find longer-term political solutions, and a key part of tomorrow will be capitalising on recent security progress on the ground,” he said. “We can make a huge difference if we get this right.”

Reports on Tuesday night furthermore suggested that Britain and other EU countries were considering helicopters from warships to mount off shore raids on the logistical hubs and training camps belonging to pirates and al-Shabaab militants in the country.

“We don’t have the assets in place,” a Whitehall source told the Guardian. “That does not mean we could not get them in the air quickly. You have got to think long and hard. You have got to be absolutely sure [about the targets].”

The Somalia Conference, convened by David Cameron, will be attended by governments from around the world. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, and the European Union will advance promises to Somali leaders at the meeting.

A co-ordinated series of announcements will see increased backing for rebuilding Somalia, an expansion of the African Union peacekeeping force under a UN resolution and a new political process under which the Transitional Federal Government will dissolve, to be replaced by a constitutional assembly.

A resolution to be put before the UN Security Council today provides for the expansion of Amisom, the peacekeeping force, to just under 18,000 personnel from 12,000. For the first time, the force will be “blue-hatted”, carrying the insignia of the UN.

Up to four other nations are expected to allocate money to the Stability Fund, which will be launched by a British management team but eventually emerge as a multi-national or private-run scheme.

By targeting areas for assistance, the architects of the scheme hope to secure the loyalties of clans and residents that had been susceptible to al-Shabaab’s rule. Experts deployed in the areas are expected to address local needs, freeing up the Africa troops in Amisom to press their advance on al-Shabaab.

In prepared remarks, David Cameron was due to tell the conference today [Wed] that the terror threat emanating from the Horn of Africa country was “real” and “substantial”.

Al-Shabaab “encourages violent jihad not just in Somalia but also outside Somalia”, he told the BBC Somali service.

“And there is a very real danger of young British Somalis having their minds poisoned by this organisation. So there is a terrorist threat that is current today, and if we are not careful, could get worse.”

A British fighter with Al-Shabaab was killed last month during a drone attack in the capital Mogadishu.

As preparations for the conference entered the final stages, fighting was raging on three fronts in Somalia yesterday.

Ethiopian troops launched a fresh offensive from its southern border to regain the town of Baidoa, seized by the insurgents in 2009; Kenya troops were moving on the southern port of Kismayo; and Amisom troops were reported to have made progress in consolidating territory in the capital Mogadishu.

SPIV’S COMMENT.

Not withstanding the article I posted on this site about an hour ago regarding George ‘Hatchet’ Osbourne’s claims that the UK has no money which begs the question where is the £20 million coming from? You also really have to ask yourself  why is our beloved nation  going all out to help this small war torn African country…Could the answer lie in the article just below this comment?

Why Chris,Yes, I do believe it could.

 

 

The Guardian.

Monday, 27 February 2012 06:29

‘Britain is involved in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia, with the government offering humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in the beleaguered country’s future energy industry.

Riven by two decades of conflict that have seen the emergence of a dangerous Islamic insurgency, Somalia is routinely described as the world’s most comprehensively “failed” state, as well as one of its poorest. Its coastline has become a haven for pirates preying on international shipping in the Indian Ocean.

David Cameron last week hosted an international conference on Somalia, pledging more aid, financial help and measures to tackle terrorism. The summit followed a surprise visit by the foreign secretary, William Hague, to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, where he talked about “the beginnings of an opportunity” to rebuild the country.’

The Observer can reveal that, away from the public focus of last week’s summit, talks are going on between British officials and Somali counterparts over exploiting oil reserves that have been explored in the arid north-eastern region of the country. Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, minister for international cooperation in Puntland, north-east Somalia – where the first oil is expected to be extracted next month – said: “We have spoken to a number of UK officials, some have offered to help us with the future management of oil revenues. They will help us build our capacity to maximise future earnings from the oil industry.”

British involvement in the future Somali oil industry would be a boon for the UK economy and comes at a time when the world is increasingly concerned about the actions of Iran, the second-biggest oil producer in Opec.

Hashi, in charge of brokering deals for the region’s oil reserves, also said Somalia was looking to BP as the partner they wanted to “help us explore and build our oil capacity”. He added: “We need those with the necessary technical knowhow, we plan to talk to BP at the right time.”

Somali prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said his government had little choice but to entice western companies to Somalia by offering a slice of the country’s natural resources, which include oil, gas and large reserves of uranium. “The only way we can pay [western companies] is to pay them in kind, we can pay with natural resources at the fair market value.”

Britain is not the only country looking to develop Somalia’s vast natural resources. Last month oil exploration began in Puntland by the Canadian company Africa Oil, the first drilling in Somalia for 21 years. Hashi, who sealed the Africa Oil deal, said the first oil was expected to be extracted within the next “20 to 30 days”.

The company estimates there could be up to 4bn barrels (about $500bn worth at today’s prices) in its two drilling plots. Other surveys indicate that Puntland province alone has the potential to yield 10bn barrels, placing it among the top 20 countries holding oil. Chinese and US firms are among those understood to have also voiced interest about the potential for oil now that, for the first time in 20 years, the country is safe enough to drill.

Yet it is the extent of oil deposits beneath the Indian Ocean that is most exciting Somali officials. One said the potential was comparable to that of Kuwait, which has more than 100bn barrels of proven oil reserves. If true, the deposits would eclipse Nigeria’s reserves – 37.2bn barrels – and make Somalia the seventh largest oil-rich nation.

The state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation has tried to acquire an interest in Somalia’s reserves. Senior officials from the Somali transitional government are adamant that the imminent extraction of oil in Puntland next month would kickstart a scramble from the multinationals.

On Thursday, the last day of the London conference, BP and Shell unveiled an initiative to support job-creation projects in the coastal regions of Somalia. A subsidiary of Shell was thought to have acquired exploration concessions in Puntland before the descent into lawlessness in 1991.

A BP spokesman said there were “no plans” to work in Somalia and no official had recently visited the country.

State Department Uses 'Nuclear Option' Propaganda to Justify More Preemptive War

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Yesterday, the State Department “quietly” warned that Syria’s nuclear weapons program “may still be in operation” and their other suspected WMDs threaten the region.  In other words, the final push for another war is being sold using the same marketing strategy that’s been proven to work time and time again.

Foreign Policy magazine writes:

This week, the State Department sent a diplomatic demarche to Syria’s neighbors Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, warning them about the possibility of Syria’s WMDs crossing their borders and offering U.S. government help in dealing with the problem, three Obama administration officials confirmed to The Cable. For concerned parties both inside and outside the U.S. government, the demarche signifies that the United States is increasingly developing plans to deal with the dangers of a post-Assad Syria — while simultaneously highlighting the lack of planning for how to directly bring about Assad’s downfall.

Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program, which includes mustard gas and sophisticated nerve agents, such as sarin gas, as well as biological weapons. Syria has also refused IAEA requests to make available facilities that were part of its nuclear weapons program and may still be in operation.(My emphasis)

Swap out the word “Syria” for “Iraq” or “Libya” and we’ve all read this press release for the business of war before. What worked for attacking an innocent Iraq worked for attacking an innocent Libya. And now it’s also being used as an excuse to destroy two more nations which have never even threatened the West: Syria and Iran.

Even the blind should notice the same trends leading to war:

  • Claim the leaders are bad guys (which is not difficult because most leaders are).
  • Incite, fund and arm rebels (terrorists) to lure those governments into fighting back.
  • Claim the leaders are killing their own citizens (which almost all leaders do including the good ole U.S.).
  • Slap economic sanctions on the government while simultaneously creating a shadow government, central bank, and economy for the puppet rebel leaders.
  • Scare domestic populations until they’re okay with more war.
  • Bypass any authority to commit tax money and troops for war.
  • Drop billions of dollars in bombs by remote control destroying innocent life and infrastructure.
  • Murder the former leader in cold blood if need be.
  • Consolidate any and all resources into the hands of Western cartels.
  • Fund these same cartels with more tax dollars to reconstruct the devastated war zone.
  • Rinse and repeat.

The only difference lately is that “providing aid to terrorists” is no longer used as an excuse for war. Perhaps, this is because Israel and NATO, led by the U.S., are the only ones currently aiding terrorists, as they did to oust Gaddafi in Libya, and who they are now arming to instigate a civil war against Assad in Syria.  They’re even openly funding terrorists in Iran to do the exact same thing. Furthermore, the FBI has proven to be the only provider of aid to supposed domestic U.S. terrorists.

But you, Activist Post readers, already know all this.  But understand that WMD is not just any propaganda, it’s the “nuclear option” of propaganda.  It’s the only way to claim these countries are a threat of any kind, because they have very little or no history of actually attacking the West.  And they will keep beating this WMD war drum because it works.

Whether the wars in the Middle East are really about oil, central banking control, or military-industrial profits seems irrelevant to the general public who have been only conditioned to believe in simple concepts like good versus evil. Obviously, everyone naturally views their side as good. Despite extraordinary evidence of our side’s grotesque misdeeds, making the mental leap that we’re the worst of the bad guys seems to be too big a gap to close for most people.

In the most recent GOP debate, a resolved Ron Paul received groans and boos from the crowd for attempting to explain the “just war” principle of using military for defense only when referring to Iran. He then received an awkward silence when he explained that war should only be acceptable if the people’s representatives vote for it per the Constitution.  Similarly, he heard crickets with his historical perspective of the USSR’s thousands of proven nuclear warheads pointed at America to show what little threat Iran actually poses.  Finally, he tried to explain that war is a bad idea economically; that we simply can’t afford it.

Nothing seemed to sway much of the audience.  They only see good and evil.  And they’ve been told Iran and Syria are evil.  Therefore, the evil doers must be dealt with through death and destruction like all the other GOP candidates advocate.

By the way, the Obama Administration supports the exact same war mongering as is obvious by the State Department’s rhetoric and actions outlined above.  Yet, anti-war liberals keep supporting him because he’s their chosen “good guy”. Bill Maher, who vehemently opposed the Iraq War, recently donated $1 million to Obama‘s war chest.  These days, it seems political views on contraception trump issues of war and peace for liberals and conservatives alike. So it goes; we will have more illegal wars, but at least we’ll have a heated debate about condoms in public school.

Somehow the masses, who are the only ones who can stop the bloodshed, continue to buy the propaganda and rubber stamp the murderous aggressive wars. The gullibility of the masses has surpassed embarrassing levels, and unless there is a rapid awakening, we are surely headed for blood.

State Department Uses ‘Nuclear Option’ Propaganda to Justify More Preemptive War

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Yesterday, the State Department “quietly” warned that Syria’s nuclear weapons program “may still be in operation” and their other suspected WMDs threaten the region.  In other words, the final push for another war is being sold using the same marketing strategy that’s been proven to work time and time again.

Foreign Policy magazine writes:

This week, the State Department sent a diplomatic demarche to Syria’s neighbors Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, warning them about the possibility of Syria’s WMDs crossing their borders and offering U.S. government help in dealing with the problem, three Obama administration officials confirmed to The Cable. For concerned parties both inside and outside the U.S. government, the demarche signifies that the United States is increasingly developing plans to deal with the dangers of a post-Assad Syria — while simultaneously highlighting the lack of planning for how to directly bring about Assad’s downfall.

Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program, which includes mustard gas and sophisticated nerve agents, such as sarin gas, as well as biological weapons. Syria has also refused IAEA requests to make available facilities that were part of its nuclear weapons program and may still be in operation.(My emphasis)

Swap out the word “Syria” for “Iraq” or “Libya” and we’ve all read this press release for the business of war before. What worked for attacking an innocent Iraq worked for attacking an innocent Libya. And now it’s also being used as an excuse to destroy two more nations which have never even threatened the West: Syria and Iran.

Even the blind should notice the same trends leading to war:

  • Claim the leaders are bad guys (which is not difficult because most leaders are).
  • Incite, fund and arm rebels (terrorists) to lure those governments into fighting back.
  • Claim the leaders are killing their own citizens (which almost all leaders do including the good ole U.S.).
  • Slap economic sanctions on the government while simultaneously creating a shadow government, central bank, and economy for the puppet rebel leaders.
  • Scare domestic populations until they’re okay with more war.
  • Bypass any authority to commit tax money and troops for war.
  • Drop billions of dollars in bombs by remote control destroying innocent life and infrastructure.
  • Murder the former leader in cold blood if need be.
  • Consolidate any and all resources into the hands of Western cartels.
  • Fund these same cartels with more tax dollars to reconstruct the devastated war zone.
  • Rinse and repeat.

The only difference lately is that “providing aid to terrorists” is no longer used as an excuse for war. Perhaps, this is because Israel and NATO, led by the U.S., are the only ones currently aiding terrorists, as they did to oust Gaddafi in Libya, and who they are now arming to instigate a civil war against Assad in Syria.  They’re even openly funding terrorists in Iran to do the exact same thing. Furthermore, the FBI has proven to be the only provider of aid to supposed domestic U.S. terrorists.

But you, Activist Post readers, already know all this.  But understand that WMD is not just any propaganda, it’s the “nuclear option” of propaganda.  It’s the only way to claim these countries are a threat of any kind, because they have very little or no history of actually attacking the West.  And they will keep beating this WMD war drum because it works.

Whether the wars in the Middle East are really about oil, central banking control, or military-industrial profits seems irrelevant to the general public who have been only conditioned to believe in simple concepts like good versus evil. Obviously, everyone naturally views their side as good. Despite extraordinary evidence of our side’s grotesque misdeeds, making the mental leap that we’re the worst of the bad guys seems to be too big a gap to close for most people.

In the most recent GOP debate, a resolved Ron Paul received groans and boos from the crowd for attempting to explain the “just war” principle of using military for defense only when referring to Iran. He then received an awkward silence when he explained that war should only be acceptable if the people’s representatives vote for it per the Constitution.  Similarly, he heard crickets with his historical perspective of the USSR’s thousands of proven nuclear warheads pointed at America to show what little threat Iran actually poses.  Finally, he tried to explain that war is a bad idea economically; that we simply can’t afford it.

Nothing seemed to sway much of the audience.  They only see good and evil.  And they’ve been told Iran and Syria are evil.  Therefore, the evil doers must be dealt with through death and destruction like all the other GOP candidates advocate.

By the way, the Obama Administration supports the exact same war mongering as is obvious by the State Department’s rhetoric and actions outlined above.  Yet, anti-war liberals keep supporting him because he’s their chosen “good guy”. Bill Maher, who vehemently opposed the Iraq War, recently donated $1 million to Obama‘s war chest.  These days, it seems political views on contraception trump issues of war and peace for liberals and conservatives alike. So it goes; we will have more illegal wars, but at least we’ll have a heated debate about condoms in public school.

Somehow the masses, who are the only ones who can stop the bloodshed, continue to buy the propaganda and rubber stamp the murderous aggressive wars. The gullibility of the masses has surpassed embarrassing levels, and unless there is a rapid awakening, we are surely headed for blood.

France deploys security forces to Reunion Island amid protests

PressTV 25/2/12
France has dispatched riot forces to the Indian Ocean island of Reunion to beef up its security following violent protests against the high costs of living on the island.

Protests broke out in Reunion on Tuesday after truckers staged rallies against the rise of gas prices. However, they were later joined by many more protesters, infuriated over the high costs of living in general. Almost a third of the residents of the French island of Reunion are unemployed and over half are struggling in poverty. Three days of clashes between the protesters and the riot police left at least nine police officers injured and several shops and public buildings damaged. At least 76 protesters were also arrested during the clashes. On Thursday night, the clashes were slightly less violent than previous nights in the capital Saint Denis, but unrest had spread to other cities around the island. French Interior Minister Claude Gueant on Friday denounced the violence as “absolutely unacceptable.”