Revealed: Secret Plan to Keep Iraq Under US Control


New agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq

We may not want to admit it, but the war in Iraq is now primarily about murder

Bush has plans to turn Iraq over to the corporations and their mercenary armies

Thursday 05 June 2008

by: Patrick Cockburn, The Independent UK

President Bush with General Petraeus during a recent visit to Iraq.
(Photo: Daily Mail (UK))

    Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors.

    A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.

    The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.

    But the accord also threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated. But by perpetuating the US presence in Iraq, the long-term settlement would undercut pledges by the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, to withdraw US troops if he is elected president in November.



U.N. Secretary General Deplores Israeli Settlement Plan

Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan should hook up for a beer and a kebab one night so that the latter can fill the former in on how pointless it is to complain about Israel's flagrant disregard for U.N. resolutions and how silly it is to bother the Chosen Ones with such trivial matters as international law and legal and moral obligations, yada yada yada.


United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, deplored on Wednesday an Israeli plan to construct new settlement housing units in the occupied east Jerusalem, which the UN's resolutions consider an 'occupied land'.

 UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon


Clinton: "As Obama's VP, I'll have a "shot" at the presidency"
The Obama Death Watch Files

Coronation News Service

(Mena, AR) The Clinton for President campaign announced that HRM Hillary, would be open to being on the ticket with
Obama as his VP candidate

J.W. Booth, Clinton's Manager of Thought, said that Hillary knows that being on the ticket with Obama would give her a "shot" at the presidency.
Booth read from a statement issued by HRM Hillary that said, "My adoring thong of dedicated, if not obsessive followers, need to know that I am not giving up my quest for the presidency, as that is both my right and what I am entitled to, as the heir to the never-ending Bush and Clinton families dominance over the White House."
"We will not give up this fight, but I have had to change my "target" date for acquiring the presidency" read the statement from HRM Hillary.


AP: The DNC will no longer take money from lobbyists

Published: Jun 05, 2008 10:21 AM
Modified: Jun 05, 2008 10:24 AM
Obama 2008

DNC bans lobbyist money

By NEDRA PICKLER and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writers

NEW YORK - In his first order of business as his party's presumed presidential nominee, Barack Obama is instructing the Democratic National Committee to adopt his policy against accepting donations from federal lobbyists or political action committees.

The change will make the party and the candidate have a consistent position. Obama often says banning the donations is one way to help keep him free of the influence of Washington insiders.

An Obama spokesman announced the change Thursday as the candidate prepared to fly from New York, where he had been raising money, to campaign in Virginia.

Obama himself planned to discuss the change at a town hall meeting in Bristol, Virginia.

The move indicates Obama will argue Republican rival John McCain is under the influence of special interests because of his advisers' lobbying ties.


My Own Votes, Four of Them, Were Flipped Yesterday Before My Very Eyes

ES&S InkaVOTE Plus System Fails Miserably, Mars What Should Have Been a Simple Voting Experience During L.A. County's Very Low Turnout State Primary Election
4 Out of 12 Ballot Selections Printed Out Incorrectly, Myriad Other Laws Violated...

-- Brad Friedman, The BRAD BLOG

As a fairly well-known Election Integrity journalist who has personally covered, for years, the myriad election woes of thousands (if not millions) of voters around the country who have tried to bring seemingly endless stories of votes flipped on e-voting systems to the attention of officials, these stories always continue to be remarkable to me, even if not to many others in the rest of the mainstream media.

It's even more troubling when one realizes that so little ever seems to be done in light of so many of these horror stories, as those very same failed systems are still deployed across the nation, with little or no modification to correct the mountains of documented problems even now, as we head towards an election likely to be of historic proportions this November.

What follows is yet another one of those stories, where a voter had vote selections flipped by the electronic voting system, such that candidates were chosen other than the ones intended to be selected by the voter, though no fault of his own.

But this time, the voter is me.


US banks fear $5 trillion balance impact

US banks fear accounting changes could impact lending as they force $5 trillion of assets back on to their balance sheets

Written by

Accountancy Age, 04 Jun 2008

Analysts at Citigroup warn the planned tightening of accounting rules for off-balance sheet vehicles would force US banks to reconsider arrangements and could result in up to $5 trillion (₤2.5 trillion) of assets coming back on to their books.

‘We think it is very likely that these vehicles will come back on balance sheet.’ Birgit Specht, head of securitisation analysis at Citigroup, told Financial Times.

‘This will not affect liquidity because [they] are funded, but it will affect debt-to-equity ratios [at banks] and so significantly impact banks’ ability to lend.’


AIPAC, Israel, Iran and the candidates
Israel uses term "unlawful combatant" to justify detention without charges

Rumors of War: Is Bush Gearing Up to Attack Iran?

June 5, 2008

Bernard Avishai: Presidential candidates spoke from a position of accepted consensus

With the end of the AIPAC conference on Wednesday, US foreign policy and the geopolitics of the Middle East were drawn into the spotlight. Delivering speeches were all three major presidential candidates Senator John McCain, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. The Real News Network's Senior News Analyst Aijaz Ahmad spoke to Bernard Avishai contributing editor of the Harvard Business Review and author of the recently published book, The Hebrew Republic.

Bernard Avishai is a contributing editor of Harvard Business Review, has taught at Duke, MIT, and was director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. A Guggenheim Fellow, Avishai holds a doctorate in political economy from the University of Toronto. He's written dozens of articles and commentaries for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harvard Business Review, Harper’s Magazine and many other publications. He is the author of three books on Israel, including the widely read, "The Tragedy of Zionism," and the recently published "The Hebrew Republic."

Telco Hiring Internet Snoop for the Feds

Comcast Is Hiring an Internet Snoop for the Feds

By Noah Shachtman May 30, 2008 

Governmentseewebsite3 Wanna tap e-mail, voice and Web traffic for the government? Well, here's your chance. Comcast, the country's second-largest Internet provider, is looking for an engineer to handle "reconnaissance" and "analysis" of "subscriber intelligence" for the company's "National Security Operations."   

Day-to-day tasks, the company says in an online job listing, will include "deploy[ing], installing] and remov[ing] strategic and tactical data intercept equipment on a nationwide basis to meet Comcast and Government lawful intercept needs." The person in this "intercept engineering" position will help collect and process traffic on the company's "CDV [Comcast Digital Voice], HSI [High Speed Internet] and Video" services. 

Since May 2007, all Internet providers have been required to install gear for easy wiretapping under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA.  Anyone taking this position, Comcast says, will have to be "knowledgeable with ... standards such as CALEA." (The company is all too happy to "intercept its customers’ communications" for a fee of a thousand dollars, Secrecy News revealed last year.)


Clinton keeps the nightmare alive
Thursday, June 5, 2008 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

Maureen Dowd / Syndicated Columnist

Hillary keeps the nightmare alive

By Maureen Dowd

Syndicated Columnist

He thought a little thing like winning would stop her?

Oh, Bambi.

Whoever said that after denial comes acceptance hadn't met the Clintons.

If Hillary could not have an acceptance speech, she wasn't going to have acceptance.

"It's never going to end," sighed one Democrat who has been advising Hillary. "We're just moving to a new phase."

Barry has been trying to shake off Hillary and pivot for quite a long time now, but she has managed to keep her teeth in his ankle and raise serious doubts about his potency.


What exactly is "Israel"?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Israel will not tolerate the possibility of a nuclear Iran"

Ehud Olmert, AIPAC 2008 Conference

These are amazing words indeed. Ten words which speak volumes and who say more about the nature of the state of Israel then many books.

The key words here are, of course, Israel, tolerate and possibility.

What exactly does Olmert mean by "Israel will "? We know for sure what he does *not* mean. He does not mean anything multilateral since he clearly says that Israel will not tolerate. He does not say "the world", or "the United Nations", or "the IAEA", or the "UNSC" or the NTP Treaty signatory countries. One can hadly blame him for that since Israel is in violation of more UN resolutions than all other countries taken together, since Israel is not even a member of the NTP and since it does not allow for IAEA inspections in Israel. Nor is Israel a member of NATO or of any other formal treaty with either Europe or the USA. Olmert, therefore, logically indicates that Israel intends to act alone.

Ok. Then what does he mean by "not tolerate"? Well, clearly this means "will not accept". But it goes beyond that. It does not just mean "will not condone" or "will never approve of". It means "will do whatever it takes to prevent" and that can only mean one thing: the use of force.


Fitzgerald to Conyers: 'Okay, Now I’m Ready to Talk'
By: emptywheel Thursday June 5, 2008

Thanks to BayStateLibrul for pointing out this provocative comment from Patrick Fitzgerald after yesterday's Rezko verdict:

The White House Rasputin, Karl "The Architect" Rove, also was mentioned in the trial, as was former House Speaker Dennis "Don't Ask Me About My Land Deal" Hastert, alleged to have been part of an effort by the bipartisan Illinois Combine to get rid of Fitzgerald. To demonstrate their kinship, Cellini and Rezko flew out to Washington on a play date and visited a White House reception with President Bush, where Kjellander joined them.

Later in the Rezko trial, two witnesses said that Rezko told them not to worry about the criminal investigation, because the Republicans—Rove and Kjellander—would get rid of Fitzgerald. Hastert would install a friendly federal puppy who wouldn't bother the Combine, according to the testimony. "The federal prosecutor will no longer be the same federal prosecutor," testified Elie Maloof, a Rezko associate who is now a cooperating witness.

And a state pension board lawyer who has already pleaded guilty told grand jurors that Cellini told him "Bob Kjellander's job is to take care of the U.S. attorney."

The Illinois Republican Party holds its own convention this week in Decatur. The party establishment, which has long been cozy with the Daley Democrats at City Hall, has done little or nothing to rid the Illinois GOP of Kjellander and Cellini influence.

"If I owe a response [about the putsch to remove him from his job], I owe it to Congress, first," Fitzgerald said when asked about all this after the verdict. [my emphasis]


AIPAC conference 'no arena for debate' on Israel
Al Jazeera Reporter Is Asked to Leave AIPAC After Broaching Dual Loyalty Issue

Added: June 04, 2008

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israel US lobby, has earned a reputation for professionalism.

Al Jazeera's Clayton Swisher looked behind the scenes of the lobby's annual conference, finding a staged press conference, rather than an arena for learning and debate.

The War on Photography

Schneier on Security

A blog covering security and security technology.

June 05, 2008

What is it with photographers these days? Are they really all terrorists, or does everyone just think they are?

Since 9/11, there has been an increasing war on photography. Photographers have been harrassed, questioned, detained, arrested or worse, and declared to be unwelcome. We've been repeatedly told to watch out for photographers, especially suspicious ones. Clearly any terrorist is going to first photograph his target, so vigilance is required.

Except that it's nonsense. The 9/11 terrorists didn't photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn't photograph the Oklahoma City Federal Building. The Unabomber didn't photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Photographs aren't being found amongst the papers of Palestinian suicide bombers. The IRA wasn't known for its photography. Even those manufactured terrorist plots that the US government likes to talk about -- the Ft. Dix terrorists, the JFK airport bombers, the Miami 7, the Lackawanna 6 -- no photography.

Given that real terrorists, and even wannabe terrorists, don't seem to photograph anything, why is it such pervasive conventional wisdom that terrorists photograph their targets? Why are our fears so great that we have no choice but to be suspicious of any photographer?

Because it's a movie-plot threat.


Senate committee: Bush knew Iraq statements were untrue
Moseley, Wynne to be asked to resign

McClatchy Washington Bureau

Posted on Thu, Jun. 05, 2008

last updated: June 05, 2008 10:31:24 AM

WASHINGTON— A long-awaited Senate Select Intelligence Committee report made public Thursday concludes that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney made public statements to promote an invasion of Iraq that they knew at the time were not supported by available intelligence.

A companion report found that a special office set up by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld undertook "sensitive intelligence activities" that were inappropriate "without the knowledge of the Intelligence Community or the State Department."

“Before taking the country to war, this administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence,” said committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV, D- W. Va. It's long been known that the administration's claims in the runup to the Iraq war, from Saddam Hussein's alleged ties to al Qaida to whether Iraq had an active nuclear weapons program, were incorrect. But the Senate report is the first official examination of whether the president and vice president knew that their claims were incorrect at the time they made them.


Related PDF's

Report on Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence Information

Report on Intelligence Activities Relating to Iraq Conducted by the Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group and the Office of Special Plans Within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Secret law begs question, ‘Is this America?’
By Nat Hentoff

Newton Kansan

Posted Jun 05, 2008 @ 09:18 AM
Last update Jun 05, 2008 @ 09:33 AM


On April 30, the Senate’s subcommittee on the Constitution held a vitally important hearing on “Secret Law and the Threat to Democratic and Accountable Government,” chaired by Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis. At issue, ignored by the presidential contenders, is a profound change in the very core of our laws. Said witness Steven Aftergood, secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists:

Growing use of secret law “is implicated in fundamental political controversies over domestic surveillance, torture and many other issues directly affecting the lives and interests of Americans. ... Secret law excludes the public from the deliberative process, promotes arbitrary and deviant government behavior, and shields official malefactors from accountability.”

At this very Senate hearing, John R. Elwood, the Office of Legal Counsel’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General, provided a startling example of the Bush administration’s justification for the imperious essence of secret law. As reported in the May 1 New York Times, Elwood “disclosed a previously unpublicized method to cloak government activities.”


Senate: Iranian intel concealed from CIA, DIA

Senate: Iranian intel concealed from CIA, DIA

By PAMELA HESS – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials in late 2001 and 2002 concealed from the CIA and other intelligence agencies potentially useful information gleaned from Iranian agents, said a Senate report released Thursday.

The Iranians told Pentagon employees about a tunnel complex in Iran used to store weapons and move its personnel covertly out of the country, likely into Afghanistan in the post 9/11 war period, according to the report by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Iranians also told of a long-standing relationship with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and the growth of anti-regime sentiment inside Iran, it said.

The new report adds more details to the storied mistrust and lack of cooperation by Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the CIA in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States.


Accused 9/11 mastermind wants death sentence

Accused 9/11 mastermind wants death sentence

By ANDREW O. SELSKY, Associated Press Writer

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Waleed bin Attash Ramzi Binalshibh

(06-05) 08:51 PDT GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) --

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said he would welcome becoming a "marytr" after a judge warned Thursday that he faces the death penalty for his confessed role as mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Wearing thick glasses and occasionally fussing with his turban or stroking his bushy gray beard, Mohammed seemed noticeably thinner in his first appearance since his capture in Pakistan in 2003. It was a stark contrast to the image the U.S. showed to the world back then, of a slovenly man with disheveled hair, an unshaven face and a T-shirt.

Mohammed also sang verses from the Quran, rejected his attorneys and told Judge Ralph Kohlmann, a Marine colonel, that he wants to represent himself at the war crimes trial. The judge warned that he faces execution if convicted of organizing the attacks on America. But the former No. 3 leader of al-Qaida was insistent.


Legal brief to International Criminal Court accuses former PM of war crimes

Howard accused of war crimes over Iraq troop deployment

Posted Mon Jun 2, 2008 1:17pm AEST
Updated Mon Jun 2, 2008 1:24pm AEST

A legal brief has been sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) alleging former prime minister John Howard committed a war crime by sending troops to Iraq.

A loose alliance of peace activists, lawyers, academics and politicians is behind the brief, organised by the ICC Action group in Melbourne.

Organiser Glen Floyd says Mr Howard should be held accountable for sending troops to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations.

"We have produced a 52-page brief of evidence which states to the chief prosecutor of the criminal court that we allege John Howard's actions are war crimes under article 8 of the Rome Statute," he said.



Today's Bilderberg Conference ignored by MSM, FBI swoops down on bloggers
Bilderbergers set to meet in D.C.
Secret confab source of global plotting theories

Spooks Infest Marriott Hotel As Bilderberg Begins

Tucker and Jones followed, questioned by FBI as stunt fire alarm interrupts Coast to Coast appearance

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet
Thursday, June 5, 2008
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Spooks, FBI agents and cops have descended on the Westfields Marriott hotel in Chantilly Virginia to scrutinize Jim Tucker and Alex Jones as the 2008 Bilderberg meeting gets underway today without even being mentioned in the American corporate media.

Immediately before appearing on the nationally syndicated Coast to Coast AM broadcast last night, a show that boasts around 16 million listeners, Alex Jones was interrupted by a fire alarm which forced him to leave the hotel.

"I know this is a set-up, they timed this exactly....the moment the phone rang the alarm goes off....they want to use this to flush us out of here," Jones told host George Noory.

Jones added that he was also confronted by a security guard 30 minutes before the interview who told him to stop filming and made a bizarre out of context reference to a fire alarm.


Militarizing Your Cyberspace

posted June 05, 2008 10:49 am

Tomgram: William Astore

Be depressed. Be very depressed. You thought that cyberspace -- a term conjured up long ago by that neuromancer, sci-fi author William Gibson -- was the last frontier of freedom. Well, think again. If the U.S. Air Force has anything to say about it, cyber-freedom will, in the not so distant future, be just another word for domination.

Air Force officials, despite a year-long air surge in Iraq, undoubtedly worry that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's "next wars" (two, three, many Afghanistans) won't have much room for air glory. Recently, looking for new realms to bomb, it launched itself into cyberspace. The Air Force has now set up its own Cyber Command, redefined the Internet as just more "air space" fit for "cyber-craft," and launched its own Bush-style preemptive strike on the other military services for budgetary control of the same.

If that's not enough for you, it's now proposing a massive $30 billion cyberspace boondoggle, as retired Air Force Lt. Col. William Astore writes below, that will, theoretically, provide the Air Force with the ability to fry any computer on Earth. And don't think the other services are likely to take this lying down. Expect cyberwar in the Pentagon before this is all over. In the meantime, think of cyberspace, in military terms, as a new realm for nuclear-style strategy, with its own developing version of "first-strike capability," its own future versions of "mutually assured destruction," its own "windows of vulnerability" to be closed (while exploiting those of the enemy), and undoubtedly its own "cyber-gaps."

In fact, it looks like the national-security version of cyberspace may soon be a very, very busy place. Noah Shachtman, who covers the subject like a rug at his Wired Magazine Danger Room blog, recently noted that Comcast, the country's second-largest Internet provider, "has just advertised for an engineer to handle 'reconnaissance' and 'analysis' of 'subscriber intelligence' for the company's 'National Security Operations'" -- that is, for the U.S. government. ("Day-to-day tasks, the company says in an online job listing, will include 'deploy[ing], installing] and remov[ing] strategic and tactical data intercept equipment on a nationwide basis to meet Comcast and Government lawful intercept needs.'") Ain't that sweet.

And it shouldn't be too tough a job. As Shachtman also points out, "Since May 2007, all Internet providers have been required to install gear for easy wiretapping under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act."

Sigh. Those who don't learn from history are bound to… get ever more bloated budgets. Tom

Attention Geeks and Hackers

Uncle Sam's Cyber Force Wants You!

By William J. Astore


Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel, and "peace talks"
Yaman Salahi, The Electronic Intifada, 5 June 2008

On the Syrian outpost at the Syria-Israel armistice line in the Golan Heights, it reads: "Peace is our target; the peace which retrieves our Occupied Syrian Golan." (Josh Hough)

It may be too early to determine what truly lies behind the secret Syria-Israel "peace talks." With Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert positioned to leave office under a cloud of scandal and after a rash of policy failures across the Middle East, the Bush Administration is now counting its last days in power. Thus, it appears that the Syrian government has chosen an opportune time to attempt to usher in a new positive period for itself. Whatever the intentions of the parties involved in these negotiations, at least one thing can be said that makes them irrelevant. That is, for those of us working for justice in Palestine, to position ourselves as either "for" or "against" these so-called "peace talks" is to obscure other important questions about, and facets of, the relationship between Syria and Israel, as well as the other implications of this ever-enduring "process."

Time and again, it has been re-affirmed that these negotiations for "peace" have always been to the overwhelming advantage of one party, and to the disadvantage of the others. That is not to say that peace is undesirable, or that open and transparent communication should be rejected, but rather that this process does not bring peace as we might normally imagine it or as its proponents have claimed. Nor is it open or transparent. The Palestinians know this lesson more than any other participant in the "peace process" as they have watched the seemingly endless talks with Israel continue to weaken their struggle. If accepting "peace" were simply a matter of abhorring violence, then the term would not be separate from "cease-fire." How else can Israel's perpetual calls for "peace" but constant rejections of cease-fire proposals from Palestinians be explained or understood?

The question that is posed to us by these talks, after all, is not whether we believe in "peace," but whether we believe that colonization can be peaceable, or that liberation must be peaceful. A rejection of "peace talks" is not a rejection of peace, peaceful processes, diplomacy, or resolutions, but the rejection of the normalization of the status quo, since that is what these talks will affirm. It is worth noting that in the Syrian context, that there has been no open warfare for 40 years, that the only aggression has been instigated by Israel, and thus that there is no obvious pressing military need for such talks.


Housing in 'depression'; recovery years away ; foreclosures set first-quarter record
Home foreclosures set first-quarter record, expected to rise
The Derivatives Market is Unwinding!
Up to a million headed for negative equity
Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the prophet of boom and doom
Food speculation spurs U.S. trading crackdown
Howling at the moon
Continental cuts 3,000 jobs, grounds planes
The Ripple Effect

Jun 5, 12:16 AM EDT

Toll Bros. CEO: Housing in 'depression'; recovery years away


AP Business Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The chief executive of Toll Brothers Inc., the nation's largest luxury-home builder, said Wednesday that the housing industry is in a "depression" and any recovery could be two or three years away.

In candid remarks at the JPMorgan Basics & Industrials Conference a day after reporting a second-quarter loss, Robert Toll said he's not ready to call a bottom yet because the housing market could still get worse.

"Can the market go down another 10 or 20 percent? Sure," said Toll, whose Horsham-based company will sit on cash unless a bargain land deal comes along.


The role of the Israel Lobby in American politics

By Jim Lobe, Scott Horton
Juneb 4, 2008

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)

Abstract: IPS's Jim Lobe discusses the role of the Israel Lobby in American politics, why groups like AIPAC lean so far right compared to most American Jews, AIPAC's immense influence, how the Christian-right's support of Israel is simply an "instrumentalist" means to an apocalyptic end and the Lobby's role in U.S. Iran policy.


Military Matters: Down Mexico way
"The penetrated Mexican government will ensure that any "cooperation" with U.S. anti-drug efforts will not go beyond a "check the box" level. Everyone benefits from maintaining the fiction of a state: the 4GW gangs, the Mexican economy, the bank accounts of Mexican politicians and the U.S. government, which can tell the rubes back home we are "fighting the drug war" in what amounts to shadowboxing."

Published: June 5, 2008 at 12:09 PM


WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- As the United States remains fixated on two Fourth Generation wars half a world away, in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Fourth Generation War is knocking at our back door. The death spiral of the Mexican state appears to be accelerating.

To quote just one illustrative bit of evidence, the Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported that "Seven Mexican federal agents looking for an arms cache died early Tuesday in a shootout with gunmen in the northern state of Sinaloa, officials said. The agents came under fire when they went to search a home in Culiacan, the state capital. Four other agents were wounded. At least one gunman was reported killed during the confrontation, which came as a wave of drug-related violence has washed over Mexico."

The fact that seven government agents were killed and four wounded while only one 4GW fighter died suggests the raid was tipped off. The Mexican security forces have been so thoroughly penetrated by criminal gangs of every sort that the government's hands have been cut off. It may want to reassert the state's authority, but it has no uncompromised means of doing so.


Slow Death in Gaza

Blockade Worsens Gaza Malnutrition


PRC- 03/06/2008- “The world is witnessing a terrible human rights crime in Gaza, where a million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with almost no access to the outside world. An entire population is being brutally punished.”

Freedom Rider

Wednesday, 04 June 2008

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyFRCarterTutu

Each American claim to moral authority becomes a foul excretion in light of U.S. complicity in Israel's barbaric and illegal treatment of the Palestinians. Washington deploys its superpower apparatus to smother dissent against its Middle East policy in Europe and elsewhere, leaving former president Jimmy Carter and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu as lonely defenders of Palestinian human rights. No change in American policy is on the horizon, as "the rot in America goes beyond this administration, and so does the rot in Israel." The "abomination," as Desmond Tutu describes it, against 1.6 million people in Palestine shows the hypocrisy of American and Israeli pretenses to civilization.

Freedom Rider: Slow Death in Gaza

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

"The Europeans seem to be quite satisfied acting as America's puppet states."

FRPalestiniansHow would the civilized world react if 1.6 million people were kept imprisoned, denied access to food, clean water, sanitation facilities and electricity? If those people were also prevented from fleeing their oppression, would Americans and Europeans speak out in protest?

If those aforesaid people lived in Gaza, and were oppressed by Israel, then the civilized world would say and do absolutely nothing. Israel is the Untied States' number one client state, and fear of American power has silenced everyone on earth who has the power to stop this atrocity.


Jury Holds Bush Accountable for Violating Constitution

Updated June 04. 2008 1:17PM

Bush protesters who were illegally strip-searched awarded $750,000

By Trish Mehaffey
The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS - A federal jury has awarded two President George W. Bush campaign rally protesters $750,000 for being illegally strip-searched at the Linn County Jail in 2004.

The eight-member jury deliberated almost four hours in the U.S. District Court of Northern Iowa civil case of protesters, Alice McCabe and Christine Nelson versus Bruce Macauley, a secret service agent, and Michelle Mais, a former Linn County jailer.

The women sued the defendants for violating their freedom of speech and assembly and equal protection rights.

The jury found in favor of Macauley, the agent who arrested the women for not moving from a secure area in Noelridge Park on Sept. 3, 2004. The jury, according to the verdict form questions, indicated he wasn't motivated by politics and made a reasonable arrest. Macauley also doesn't have to pay damages for his part in the incident.


Afghanistan: Heart Of Darkness
Hunger, water scarcity displaces thousands of Afghans

Eric Walberg


Princess Patricia, a Taliban takeover. Oh, the horror of it all, gasps Eric Walberg

News from Afghanistan makes no sense. On the one hand there are up-beat stories like the recent Canadian Operation Rolling Thunder in Pashmul, Kandahar. "I started the operation on a hospital operating table and I'm ending it with everybody coming back safely. I couldn't be happier," beamed Major Grubb, leading the 2nd Battalion of the bizarrely named Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Company.

The few locals still living in Pashmul, the scene of this "liberation" campaign by the kuffar Canadians, either fled by foot or cowered in their dugouts before the fighting started. Most are poor farmers. Scores of locals, the "enemy", were killed by the brave Canucks, who, just to clinch their "success", called on US military air support to drop several bombs, including Hellfire missiles. Several dozen "enemy" were destroyed. Only one Afghan government soldier was hurt when he accidentally shot himself in the foot. No Canadians were even injured. Major Grubb acknowledged the operation isn't a "permanent result" because the Taliban seem to have an unlimited supply of fighters willing to battle for Pashmul.

Western readers have become numbed into accepting the code words "enemy" and "insurgents", ignoring the underlying fact that the Taliban are still the legitimate government, that these so-called insurgents are in fact widely seen as freedom fighters battling the non-Muslim foreign occupiers - the real "enemy" - who invaded the country illegally and have killed hundreds of thousands of resistance fighters and innocent civilians illegally. Rather than "killed", the word "murdered" might be more appropriate. For locals, the dead are "martyred", as in Iraq and Palestine.


'Give 'em a state!'

By Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst

When George Bush, the US president, responds to Palestinian complaints of Israel's siege, refusal to negotiate over Jerusalem and the refugees, and settlement expansion by saying 'Give 'em a state', I am reminded of Marie Antoinette's response to starving French peasants: Let them eat cake.

And so it will be when Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, meets Bush for what may be his last visit to the US as Israeli premier.

The two leaders are expected to advocate negotiations over a 'framework agreement' that foresees a "Palestinian state" but foregoes dismantling the settlements, withdrawing to the 1967 borders including in Jerusalem, or finding a just resolution to the 3.7 million Palestinian refugees and displaced.

Judging from US and Israeli declarations, the two men may have reckoned that the Palestinians will be tempted by the symbolic trappings of a state which they have long sought, even when in reality it is no more than a Bantustan.

And once again, just as the 'peace process' stumbles and stagnates and is exposed for the hoax it is, diplomacy will stall as Israel and America prepare for elections.

Processing peace


McCain call for Americans to stalk their neighbors with video cameras
And reveal terrorists who might be walking among us...(not satire)

This contest, by the way, is the "true story" upon which the Liv Tyler thriller The Strangers is based.

Added: May 22, 2008

Submit a video profiling an American Neighbor - someone you know who epitomizes selflessness in service to a cause greater than self.

The deadline is JUNE 26th - then you'll get to vote for the best video. The winner - and the subject of their submission - will join us at the 2008 Republican National Convention, and have their video featured at the Convention!

Here's John McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis:

Investment Places F.C.C. Aide Amid Fraud Inquiry
The New York Times
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June 5, 2008

Investment Places F.C.C. Aide Amid Fraud Inquiry


WASHINGTON — For the last three years, Daniel Gonzalez has been the loyal lieutenant and gatekeeper to Kevin J. Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He has kept the agency humming, the paper flowing and the staff vacancies filled as Mr. Martin’s chief of staff.

Described by some as the sixth commissioner, he has helped shape policy on regulations that decide winners and losers among the nation’s broadcasters, telephone companies, wireless carriers and cable providers.

As largely unheralded officials like Mr. Gonzalez prepare to exit the government in the final months of the Bush administration to seek high-paying jobs at law firms or companies, Mr. Gonzalez faces a far more uncertain future. Instead of cashing in on his access and expertise, he faces the possibility of financial ruin.


A 4-year-old girl killed, her mother wounded in an Israeli air strike on Gaza
  Thursday June 05, 2008 15:54  by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC & Agencies 
The 4-year-old Aya Alnajjar, was killed on Thursday after noon, and her mother was wounded after an Israeli air strike hit the southern Gaza Strip village of Kheza'a.


Palestinian medical sources confirmed that Aya arrived at the hospital with many wounds in her little body as her mother was wounded critically.

The source said that a third residsdnt was also wound.

Witnesses said that the victim child was walking along with her mother down the street in the Kheza'a town in southeastern Gaza Strip, when an Israeli missile mistaken a group of resistance fighters in the area.


Ron Paul Revolution: The Profound Plan For Freedom
GOP Leaders Struggle to Contain ‘Revolution’

This is the practical and profound Plan to peacefully reclaim our Freedom and restore Constitutional Order. Please visit for all the details.

Bob Schulz of "The Government refuses to provide Redress to the People's First Amendment Petitions for violations of the Constitution."


YouTube video (9:52)


Washington Post columnist calls for North American Union initiative
Bill C-51, Codex and the SPP


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur on NAFTA and elites 4/6/08
The SPP and Merging Military Command Structures

Yesterday, Washington Post op-ed calls on Obama to promote a “European Union” format for North America. Another Washington establishment insider is now calling for North American Union. In a Washington Post op-ed titled “The Orthodoxy of Hope”, liberal columnist Jim Hoagland calls on Barack Obama to a adopt a “broad new hemispheric approach” to American foreign policy. Hoagland argues that Obama should promise to “apply the lessons of the European Union and its half-century of economic and political integration” and that “a functioning American Union that pools sovereignty is a goal worth introducing now.” Clearly the globalist are feeling confident that Barack Obama will be our next President –- a New World Order. Please click here to read the entire article by Jim Hoagland.


Barack Obama, the flexible hawk suggests little fundamental change for the Middle East
Obama's hawkish yet flexible proposals on US-Middle East policy suggest little fundamental change for the region, says Ian Black

* Ian Black

* Wednesday June 4 2008

Barack Obama addresses the American Israel public affairs committee

Barack Obama's declaration that Israel's security is "sacrosanct" and "non-negotiable" and that the bond between it and the US is "unbreakable" is hardly surprising - given that his audience was the powerful Aipac lobbying organisation. Nor was his insistence that Iran threatens both countries - and the peace and stability of the Middle East.

Arabs may take some small comfort from his pledge that Palestine - where George Bush did nothing but damage - will be a priority from the first days of his presidency (not left as an afterthought until the end). But there is no other break with present US policy. Obama defines Hamas, now controlling the Gaza Strip, simply as a terrorist organisation with no place at the negotiating table: that allows no space for pragmatic engagement that some Europeans and even Israelis want to help it evolve.


Boston Globe: RFK assassination gave US a first taste of Mideast terror (not satire)
And people get called 'anti-semitic' conspiracy theorists for claiming mainstream media is controlled by the Jewish establishment?

"RFK Must Die"

Weekly report of Israeli war crimes, 5/5/08

The Boston Globe


Slaying gave US a first taste of Mideast terror

Analysts call Robert Kennedy's death a prelude to kidnappings and attacks

By Sasha Issenberg, Globe Staff | June 5, 2008

WASHINGTON - The shooting of Robert F. Kennedy is widely remembered as part of the wrenching domestic turbulence of the 1960s. But some scholars are beginning to see it as something quite different yet no less significant: America's first taste of the political violence of the Middle East.

Sirhan Sirhan, the young Palestinian-American who shot Kennedy, made the attack on the first anniversary of the Six-Day War in Israel. In his private writings, he had demonstrated anger over Kennedy's positions favoring Israel over the Palestinian cause.

"I thought of it as an act of violence motivated by hatred of Israel and of anybody who supported Israel," said Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor who had worked on Kennedy's campaign as a volunteer adviser on gun-control policy. "It was in some ways the beginning of Islamic terrorism in America. It was the first shot. A lot of us didn't recognize it at the time."

Dershowitz said he came to fully understand the significance of the assassination when he learned that Sirhan had targeted others seen as pro-Israel. About one year after Kennedy's death, former United Nations ambassador Arthur Goldberg - for whom Dershowitz had clerked on the Supreme Court and with whom he shared a fervent Zionism - told Dershowitz that Sirhan had identified Goldberg as a potential target, too.


Turns out Dershowitz is full of it.

Experts: Sirhan Sirhan Did Not Kill RFK
YouTube - Experts Say Sirhan Sirhan Did Not Shoot RFK
40 years after RFK's death, questions linger
LBJ Admits Murder of Diem
LBJ tapes show a strong connection to Israel
Interview with LBJ's mistress on JFK assassination: She claims that LBJ told her that he had John F. Kennedy killed.
Hillary's Bizarre RFK Comment

So a Palestinian gets Blamed for Offing JFK. Now Palestine is Being Blamed for the 1988 Scotland Lockerbie Bombing

Dershowitz "The Snake" hisses more lies

"Israel never targets civilians....I have no dual loyalties...Israel's lobby isn't powerful...I am not a pedo..."

Added: June 04, 2008

Kosher Meat Boycott: Sexual abuse of child workers
"Wanna keep your job at the Iowa kosher plant? " "Then buy this used car"
Kosher slaughterhouse raids may have compromised ongoing child-sex trafficking investigation

The Nation.


Kosher Meat Boycott

posted by Peter Rothberg on 06/02/2008 @ 12:33pm

Thanks to the terrific group, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) for alerting me to the kosher meat boycott currently roiling parts of the Jewish community coast to coast. It turns out that AgriProcessors, the country's largest kosher slaughterhouse, seems to be guilty of some ugly union busting and targeting of immigrants that has outraged at least a portion of the Orthodox community. The allegations against the company -- which produces sixty percent of the beef and forty percent of the chicken provided to the kosher marketplace -- include a pattern of knowingly exploiting undocumented workers with sub-standard pay and severe workplace mistreatment; violation of child labor laws by putting children as young as 13 to work and reports of floor supervisors physically, verbally and sexually abusing workers.

Obama Blows AIPAC. Is This Change?
Arab leaders have reacted with anger and disbelief to an intensely pro-Israeli speech delivered by Barack Obama

June 5, 2008

Is This Change?

Obama Woos AIPAC


I have tired of reading cyptic Obama endorsements, masquerading as attacks on “illogical” women feminists.  Clearly Hillary’s sins are legion, but Obama is making it clearer by the day that he is eager to follow in her bloody footsteps.  And the Left?  It is running after Obama in the “hope” that he can be pressured “like FDR” into responding to a “real grass roots movement.”  That simply does not cut the mustard for any rational being.  Obama beat Hillary Clinton by taking on the mantle of the “antiwar candidate” who ceaselessly pointed out she voted for the war.  Obama of course was not yet in the Senate for that vote.  But once a Senator Obama voted for each and every appropriation for the brutal Iraq war and occupation  – hundreds of billions of dollars to kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and lay waste that ill-starred nation.  In fact his votes were not different from hers in this crucial area.

Meanwhile, the Left remains completely silent about the Nader/Gonzalez candidacy.  Want to see what Nader/Gonzalez offers compared to Obama?   I quote from today’s message on the web site:
“There is one clear choice this year for peace in the Middle East. Nader/Gonzalez.  Only Nader/Gonzalez stands with the courageous Israeli and Palestinian peace movements.  Only Nader/Gonzalez stands with the majority of Jewish Americans and Arab Americans which polls repeatedly show support a two-state solution as a way for peace in the Middle East.  Only Nader/Gonzalez would reverse U.S. policy in the Middle East.

“Doubt it?  Then just listen to Barack Obama's speech from this morning to the militarist and right-wing American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).


20% of US forces on Prozac in Afghanistan
Thursday, Jun. 05, 2008

America's Medicated Army

By Mark Thompson

Seven months after sergeant Christopher LeJeune started scouting Baghdad's dangerous roads — acting as bait to lure insurgents into the open so his Army unit could kill them — he found himself growing increasingly despondent. "We'd been doing some heavy missions, and things were starting to bother me," LeJeune says. His unit had been protecting Iraqi police stations targeted by rocket-propelled grenades, hunting down mortars hidden in dark Baghdad basements and cleaning up its own messes. He recalls the order his unit got after a nighttime firefight to roll back out and collect the enemy dead. When LeJeune and his buddies arrived, they discovered that some of the bodies were still alive. "You don't always know who the bad guys are," he says. "When you search someone's house, you have it built up in your mind that these guys are terrorists, but when you go in, there's little bitty tiny shoes and toys on the floor — things like that started affecting me a lot more than I thought they would."

So LeJeune visited a military doctor in Iraq, who, after a quick session, diagnosed depression. The doctor sent him back to war armed with the antidepressant Zoloft and the antianxiety drug clonazepam. "It's not easy for soldiers to admit the problems that they're having over there for a variety of reasons," LeJeune says. "If they do admit it, then the only solution given is pills."

While the headline-grabbing weapons in this war have been high-tech wonders, like unmanned drones that drop Hellfire missiles on the enemy below, troops like LeJeune are going into battle with a different kind of weapon, one so stealthy that few Americans even know of its deployment. For the first time in history, a sizable and growing number of U.S. combat troops are taking daily doses of antidepressants to calm nerves strained by repeated and lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The medicines are intended not only to help troops keep their cool but also to enable the already strapped Army to preserve its most precious resource: soldiers on the front lines. Data contained in the Army's fifth Mental Health Advisory Team report indicate that, according to an anonymous survey of U.S. troops taken last fall, about 12% of combat troops in Iraq and 17% of those in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills to help them cope. Escalating violence in Afghanistan and the more isolated mission have driven troops to rely more on medication there than in Iraq, military officials say.


7% support taking military action against Iran

Confidence in US Foreign Policy Index -PDF

Generals leading from Cheney to loose nukes fired
Air Force Chief, Secretary Resign (Updated Again)

Top two Air Force officials resigning. Secretary, chief of staff ousted; choice reportedly was 'resign or be fired' : In another embarrassing setback, this one last August, a B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown across the country. The pilot and crew were unaware they had nuclear arms aboard.

That error was considered so grave that President Bush was quickly informed.

Air Force Secretary Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. Moseley are expected to be asked to resign Thursday. (They have been linked to an alternative chain of command leading from Cheney to SAC)
Was the Missing Nuke from the B-52 Incident to be used in a Simulated Terrorist Attack?

Was the Minot, ND AFB nuke security provided by the Jewish firm Magal Group?
Nuclear Armed B-52 Crewmen From Minot ...all 6 are dead ?


Cheney and Air Force Generals Implicated in Nuke Theft


Excerpt of Part II of story at

Part II of a two-part series

Between August 24 and September 6, 2007, the U.S. Air Force's nuclear chain-of-command was severely compromised by a rival chain established out of Vice President Dick Cheney's office and extending through the offices of the Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff, the Air Force's Cyber-Warfare element, and into the strategic bombing commands located at Minot and Barksdale Air Force Bases. In the weeks before and after this time period, there is ample evidence to suggest that the security of nuclear weapons, particularly at Minot, was placed in severe jeopardy by the rival chain-of-command.

On August 24, 2007, three B-52s operating from Barksdale flew a training exercise called REX REDUX, officially billed as a commemoration of a 1938 B-17 flight directed at the Italian luxury liner SS Rex. The exercise, personally ordered by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley, was actually testing an Israeli-developed imaging and targeting pod called LITENING II on a U.S. Navy contracted merchant vessel, the USNS Bobo, in the Atlantic east of Bermuda and several targets of opportunity along the planes' flight paths through the southern United States.

REX REDUX also involved assets of the Air Force's embryonic Cyber Command in Washington and Barksdale.


08:32 am: Revealed: Secret Plan to Keep Iraq Under US Control
08:36 am: U.N. Secretary General Deplores Israeli Settlement Plan
08:43 am: Clinton: "As Obama's VP, I'll have a "shot" at the presidency"
08:56 am: AP: The DNC will no longer take money from lobbyists
08:57 am: My Own Votes, Four of Them, Were Flipped Yesterday Before My Very Eyes
09:01 am: US banks fear $5 trillion balance impact
09:03 am: AIPAC, Israel, Iran and the candidates
09:10 am: Telco Hiring Internet Snoop for the Feds
09:11 am: Clinton keeps the nightmare alive
09:24 am: What exactly is "Israel"?
09:25 am: Fitzgerald to Conyers: 'Okay, Now I’m Ready to Talk'
09:28 am: AIPAC conference 'no arena for debate' on Israel
09:33 am: The War on Photography
09:39 am: Senate committee: Bush knew Iraq statements were untrue
09:42 am: Secret law begs question, ‘Is this America?’
09:45 am: Senate: Iranian intel concealed from CIA, DIA
09:54 am: Accused 9/11 mastermind wants death sentence
10:08 am: Legal brief to International Criminal Court accuses former PM of war crimes
10:23 am: Today's Bilderberg Conference ignored by MSM, FBI swoops down on bloggers
10:56 am: Militarizing Your Cyberspace
11:00 am: Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel, and "peace talks"
11:03 am: Housing in 'depression'; recovery years away ; foreclosures set first-quarter record
11:09 am: The role of the Israel Lobby in American politics
11:20 am: Military Matters: Down Mexico way
11:22 am: Slow Death in Gaza
11:31 am: Jury Holds Bush Accountable for Violating Constitution
11:36 am: Afghanistan: Heart Of Darkness
11:45 am: 'Give 'em a state!'
11:58 am: McCain call for Americans to stalk their neighbors with video cameras
12:08 pm: Investment Places F.C.C. Aide Amid Fraud Inquiry
12:10 pm: A 4-year-old girl killed, her mother wounded in an Israeli air strike on Gaza
12:15 pm: Ron Paul Revolution: The Profound Plan For Freedom
12:22 pm: Washington Post columnist calls for North American Union initiative
12:49 pm: Barack Obama, the flexible hawk suggest little fundamental change for the Middle East
12:54 pm: Boston Globe: RFK assassination gave US a first taste of Mideast terror (not satire)
01:41 pm: Kosher Meat Boycott: Sexual abuse of child workers
01:55 pm: Obama Blows AIPAC. Is This Change?
02:24 pm: 20% of US forces on Prozac in Afghanistan
02:26 pm: 7% support taking military action against Iran
02:34 pm: Generals leading from Cheney to loose nukes fired


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