Archive | February 25th, 2011

FREE SCHOOLS PROJECT IN TROUBLE

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While Michael Gove continues to claim that there are hundreds of groups queueing up to set up their own ‘Free’ Schools, many of the first schools to be agreed by the DfE are already in trouble.

Rivendale Primary, a ‘Free’ School that is already enrolling pupils, has lost it’s proposed building in Hammersmith and Fulham after protests organised by local parents

New free school abandons health centre plans after opposition from parents

 
Also in Hammersmith and Fulham the West London ‘Free’ School, led by Toby Young, has run into problems with a building and Young is now protesting that the DfE should be underwriting the costs of bidders to run his school.

Toby Young: lack of DfE support hindered West London free school

West London Free School to switch site after appeal from head teachers

 
Meanwhile another flagship ‘Free’ school, the Bedford and Kempston Free School, has had to delay opening for a year.

Kempston Free School: Gove’s flagship teacher-led free school postponed

 
This should be an encouraging sign to everybody who is campaigning against ‘Free’ schools, and wants to stand up for democratic and accountable schools for every child.

 
John Port School in Derbyshire to strike for 5 days against Academy proposal

NASUWT members in John Port school have already held 2 one day strikes against the Academy plans, and are to strike from Monday 28th February for 5 days.

Rush messages of support to dwilkinson@saintben.derby.sch.uk
more here
 
 
Join the TUC March for the alternative
Saturday 26th March
The TUC is organising a national march and rally on 26 March 2011, in response to the government’s programme of fast and deep public spending cuts.
The Academies programme is a central plank in government strategy.
It is an attempt to destroy a democratic, planned, state education system and replace it with a two tier, market driven collection of independent schools at the mercy of education companies driven by profit.
Education Ministers have made it clear that they see Academies as a way to break down union influence in schools, and to end national pay bargaining and terms and conditions.
There is transport being organised from every city and town to join the demonstration.
Contact your trade union for transport details or contact the TUC at www.tuc.org.uk

 
Anti Academies Conference

How to fight Academies and ‘Free’ schools
Organised by South East Region TUC (SERTUC) and the Anti Academies Alliance
London, Saturday 11th June.
More details to follow.

 
Other News

Swedish Minister takes aim at free school ‘profits’

Charter schools draw fire

Profitable lessons for Cameron’s schools revolution

Bradford on Avon school delays academy bid

Ten new free schools in one borough?

 
 
More news stories here http://www.delicious.com/antiacademies

 
Anti Academies Alliance Financial Appeal
The Anti Academies Alliance has launched a Financial Appeal to help build the opposition to Academies and ‘Free’ Schools.
Read our Appeal, and download the leaflet, herehttp://www.antiacademies.org.uk/Home/financial-appeal
 
How can the Anti Academies Alliance help your school?
We continue to be approached by schools asking us to help them campaign against Academy proposals that are being pushed on them.
The Anti Academies Alliance is happy to work with head teachers, governors, parents and staff to develop a campaign to prevent your school becoming an Academy.
Please contact the office if you need help.
 
Anti Academies DVD
We have an excellent new 13 minute DVD outlining the case against Academies and ‘Free’ Schools.
It is perfect for union meetings / parent meetings / campaign meetings.
If you would like a copy they are £10 to union groups / £2 to parent and campaign groups. We can produce bulk orders at a reduced price. Send orders to the office and we will despatch them with an invoice.
 
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News**News**News

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by crescentandcross  

US mulls Libya no-fly zone

 

 

Madrid protests IsraHell visit, urge ban

 

 

Aluf Benn / IsraHell could still strike Iran, despite Mideast unrest

 

 

‘US psy-ops unit sways war funding’

 

 

Merkel chides Netanyahu for failing to make ‘a single step to advance peace’

 

 

UNSC to impose sanctions on Libya

 

 

Glenn Beck apologizes for comparing Reform Judaism to Islamic extremism

 

 

Pakistani and Indian Newspaper Say US CIA Contractor Raymond Davis is a Terrorist

 

 

IsraHell internal security officers accused of “attempted rape” of a child prisoner

 

 

Rahm Emanuel elected mayor of Chicago

 

 

IsraHell Gestapo’s investing $1.6 million in “new media warriors”

 

 

US Seeks Backing for Libya Intervention

 

 

Did IsraHell media sideline racist motives in killing of Arab youth?

 

 

Thousands Slain in Libya Crackdown

 

 

As Protests Crackdowns Continue, West Lines Up to Sell Arms

 

 

NATO Helicopter Kills Five Afghan Civilians

 

 

US Drone Strikes Kill at Least 7 in Pakistan

 

 

Raymond Davis ‘Was Acting Head of CIA in Pakistan’

 

 

Newspaper: Ukrainian Mercenaries Flying Libya Air Force Planes

 

 

Venezuela: US Fomenting Violence in Libya

 

 

Putin Warns West on North Africa Democracy-Building

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Say No To Peter King!

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by crescentandcross  

 

By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

US Rep. Peter King owes the rise in his political career to his own support for a foreign terrorist group. He accuses Muslims in America of supporting terrorism, of not being loyal or patriotic citizens, and implied in a recent interview, that Muslims are not true Americans.

This coming from a former cheerleader, confidant and friend, to the leaders of one of Europe’s bloodiest and most violent terrorist groups, namely the Irish Republican Army, better known as the IRA. He is the last person who should be trying to paint Muslims or anyone else with a terrorist brush.

To create ill will for America’s Muslims and divert public attention away from his long history of supporting terrorism abroad, the new Chairman of HomeLand Security Committee in Congress Rep. Peter King [R-N.Y.] is holding a hearing on alleged ” radicalization of Muslims” the week of March 7th.

Tracking down Peter King’s Mickey Mouse Hearing for the last two months, I have learned pretty interesting and amazing stuff. First of all, the so-called “alleged Muslim radicalization” is bogus and only intended to feed ever-hungry Muslim-bashers. Had Mr. King been genuine about our home front, he should have engaged and reached out to Muslim leaders, instead of referring to them recklessly as “the enemy amongst us.”

So why isn’t Mr. King inviting law enforcement officials and anti-terrorism task forces to testify? He claimed in a recent Fox News interview that, “they are too busy or scared.” I say, Boloney! Fact is, FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is the Chief law enforcement official in the US told the Senate Judiciary Committee, two years ago that “Muslim and Arab communities have been tremendously supportive and have worked very closely with [the FBI] in a number of instances around the country.”

According to FBI statistics, 150,000 Americans were murdered since 9/11. Among those, 33 were killed by Muslims, statistically speaking, three people killed per year. Not to diminish the seriousness of this, because one victim is too many, but why are other acts of terror or violence, that are not Muslim related, not being investigated by Mr. King?

On Jan 27, 2011, in an article entitled, “Terrorists are not just Muslims,” Rep. Bennie Thomspon [D-MI], who is King`s predecessor, stated as follows–

“When state law enforcement were asked to identify terror groups in their states, Muslim extremist groups ranked 11th on a list of 18.”

So why did Mr. King refuse to investigate, or conveniently ignore other acts of terror committed in the US that were not Muslim related? Here are 3 examples of the most recent ones:

–The attempted bombing of the Unity March, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King`s birthday, in Spokane, WA. on January 19, 2011.

–The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2009.

–The Arizona Massacre, where 6 people were killed, in cold blood, and 13 others injured, on Jan. 8, 2011.

It is a well known fact, that Mr. King is the only US lawmaker, on record to raise funds for a foreign terrorist organization. The money went straight to the now-embattled Libyan leader, Qaddafi. Qaddafi in turn, provided the IRA with bombs and explosives. Qaddafi’s main reason was to settle a score with Margaret Thatcher for allowing US jets to attack Libya in 1985 from US bases in the UK.

It was fascinating to read a story by Ed Moloney, in the February 19, 2011 issue of The Irish Times, on King’s hearing. The report reveals who Peter King really is. The story’s first paragraph says it all–

“Not so many years ago, the BBC banned him from the airwaves, for his terrorist sympathies. A judge threw him out of a Belfast court because he was a “collaborator” with the terrorists on trial and the FBI was opening his mail because of his views. The US Secret Service once listed him as a threat during a presidential visit to his own neighborhood.”

Why does the German expression, “the donkey is calling the others long ears” springs into mind?

Finally, if Rep. King has his way, he will introduce a law, requiring every Muslim in America, to wear a GPS tracking bracelet at all times. He will even propose that the government bug Muslims in their homes, workplaces and places of worship. Maybe even opening internment camps. That said, this retired Muslim veteran, and father of a former US soldier, urges every red-blooded American to reject King’s hearing as a Zionist-inpired/Zionist-managed witch hunt and, to say NO to Peter King.

Mahmoud El-Yousseph

Retired USAF Veteran

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Davis Case, Has Thrown Overbopard America’s Rules On Terrorism

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by Asif Haroon

As per Paul Craig Robert, hypocrisy in America is now so commonplace it is no longer noticed. While it enjoys torturing other peoples for American sins, it objects to human rights abuses of countries it despises such as Burma, Pakistan, Iran, Syria. In USA if a person tortures a dog he is sent to jail, but a government functionary indulging in torture against fellow beings is ignored.

The US has destroyed two Muslim countries and acutely lacerated the third Muslim country under the plea of curbing terrorism and making the world peaceful but its own track record shows that it is the leading terrorist state. It not only indulges in state terrorism but also foments terrorism through clandestine black operations in other countries. While the US has put the entire Muslim world on the chopping block, it considers its own executioners above law.

Hypocrisy and double standards of the US came in full spotlight when one of leading CIA’s agent Raymond Allen Davis, a former green beret working for State Department, was arrested by Lahore police after he shot dead two motorcyclists Faheem and Faizan with his 9mm semi-automatic Glock pistol in broad daylight on 27 January. 47 eye-witnesses recorded their statements saying that they saw Davis continuing to shoot at the two after they had turned to flee. Both were repeatedly hit in the back; hence question of self-defence didn’t arise. Davis stated that he shot them not because they had menaced him with guns but because he believed that they were armed.

The speeding back up SUV of US Consulate in Lahore which he summoned for his rescue trampled to death another motorcyclist Ibadur Rehman. Instead of attending to him, the driver who was driving recklessly on the wrong side of the road chose to slip away. Davis has been charge sheeted and his case is in the court while the driver and other occupants of second vehicle have reportedly secretly flown back to USA. Punjab government had written five letters to Consul General Ms Carmella Conroy while Lahore Police had tried hard to gain access to the accused but were denied.

Davis case has locked up USA and Pakistan in a diplomatic row. The incident has thrown overboard all rules framed by USA on terrorism and abetment to terrorism after 9/11. The whole Muslim world as well as Muslims residing in USA and eastern countries were hounded, humiliated, persecuted and killed on the plea of terrorism for over nine years. Hearts of American rulers have not softened even after massacring over two million Muslims, inflicting inhuman torture to the detainees in prisons, destroying their homes, hearths and their means of livelihood. Spree of death and destruction is still continuing unabated since the fire of revenge over faked 9/11 is still burning intensely. Ironically rules on terrorism applied on the Muslims are not applicable to USA, western world, Israel and India.

State terrorism by USA, Israel and India and their uncanny fondness for secret wars are not covered under punishable acts of terrorism. Drone attacks enjoy immunity and so does Raymond Davis like killers who are behind most terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Reportedly Davis was the chief coordinator and intelligence provider for drone attacks. This is evident from the fact that after the last drone attack in North Waziristan on 23 January, the next one took place on 21 February. Davis arrest had disturbed the whole network and it took CIA one month to reassemble the network under another Davis.

America has provided licenses to kill to its soldiers and secret agents and desires Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, the three most affected countries to grant full immunity to all US nationals. Musharraf regime as well as current regime had given their consent on the quiet but now that the ruling regime is in dire straits; and the Army and ISI have adopted principled stand on national security matters, the US is finding it difficult to have its own way and is off colors. Sacked foreign minister Qureshi is another disappointment for the US as well as for Zardari since he defied American and PPP leadership pressure. He stood his ground asserting that he would not give a certificate about Davis immunity since according to foreign office record he was not entitled to it. He fell from the US and Zardari’s grace and lost his seat but enhanced his stature among he people.

Davis is a confirmed CIA agent and is on a special mission to harm Pakistan. He had served in Special Forces for ten years after which he opened a security company at Las Vegas Nevada with fake addresses. He was sent to Pakistan as a security contractor under the aegis of Blackwater in 2007 and was attached with US Consulate in Peshawar. During his two years stay he developed contacts in North and South Waziristan and made frequent trips. It was in Waziristan that he got addicted to Naswar (intoxicant) which he still loves to have. He was also in regular contact with Xe Services compound at Chinar road University Town which housed several black colored armored Chevys. Davis was declared persona non-grata twice because of his suspicious activities. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was rocked with maximum terrorist attacks during his stay. After he moved to Lahore Consulate in 2009, Lahore became turbulent.

While Davis has confessed his crime, the driver and occupants of back up SUV are runaway proclaimed offenders. Carmella comes under the felony of harboring the accused, refusing to hand them over to police and then facilitating their escape. She is also responsible for the conduct of Davis since he was employed under her. The framers of terrorism laws have themselves got caught up in the jumble of their own laws. Instead of feeling ashamed, Obama downwards are all breathing over the neck of already harassed rulers of Pakistan to immediately free Davis or face the consequences.

They are brandishing both stick and carrot and also trying to buy over the family members of the deceased. Senator Kerry was here to mesmerize our leaders by his sweet talk and take along Davis or as a minimum force Pakistan leadership to bend its rules, over look court jurisdiction and raised emotions of the people and hurt sentiments of the aggrieved family members of three victims and grant Davis diplomatic immunity. His abortive mission has made US leaders glum faced. Resignedly they say that the US popularity in Pakistan which had shown some improvement in the aftermath of floods has again slumped. It is intriguing that top US leadership is exerting so much pressure on Pakistan for a low-ranking security contractor and fails to understand that even diplomatic immunity doesn’t become a safety valve for those involved in serious crimes.

Had Davis committed this crime in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Balochistan, he would have been killed by the people on the spot. At the same time I may add that had this crime been committed in Islamabad or in any of the smaller provinces and survived the wrath of the on spot crowd, Davis would have flown out by now. The US leaders must be direly missing Gen Musharraf and PCO judges and cursing Shabaz Sharif. Had Musharraf been in command, Davis would have been freed on 28th January.

Detained Davis has become a ticking bomb for Pakistan. His safety till completion of his trial which will take a considerable length of time has become an utmost concern for law enforcement agencies in Lahore. There are possibilities he could be swooped away by the US Special Forces already secretly positioned in Pakistan through a sting operation. RAW could play a dirty role in harming him to put Pakistan in another tight corner. Fearful of Davis divulging CIA’s clandestine operations in Pakistan, the CIA could get him bumped off. Anti-American militant groups based in Pakistan may attempt to kill him in case they feel that he is being freed without a trial.

Davis himself is becoming nervy and has reportedly refused to have his meals since he desires Mexican food and removal of camera which enables the police to keep a watch on him. Once he finds that the US government has been unable to rescue him he may attempt to harm himself. In each case the blame would come on Pakistan government. The US has categorically stated that it will hold Pakistan fully responsible for his safety. If he is released under pressure of USA, it could trigger serious law and order situation and possibly Tunis, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen like uprising.

Heavens have not fallen after the postponement of tripartite meeting in Washington. Pakistan will not collapse if Zardari’s visit to Washington is postponed, or the US blocks aid or Obama cancels his visit to Pakistan. Pakistan has gone through much worst testing times and is even now suffering despite American aid. What is important to understand by our leaders is that under the changed geo political environment in Afghanistan; the US needs Pakistan as much as Pakistan needs American financial support. The US has assured that Davis affair irrespective of its strong reservations will not strain Pak-US relations.

Unfinished war on terror has compulsively made the US glued to Pakistan irrespective of its strong disliking. Hence, we should not make any compromises and let the law run its full course. At the same time, Pakistan should get rid of about 1100 Davis like noxious CIA agents roaming freely at the earliest.

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The Great American War Machine Rolls On Under Obama

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By Sherwood Ross

Under President Barack Obama’s new budget for fiscal year 2012, the Great American War Machine just rolls on and on. “As it is, we’re pumping…money into sustaining a fighting force that’s orders of magnitude larger than anything retained by any other country,” observes Ezra Klein of The Washington Post February 14th. So when Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that major cuts in military spending would be “catastrophic,” Obama settled for chopping $78 billion in cosmetic cuts Gates recommended over the next five years, Klein wrote, adding, “I bet there are more than a few Cabinet secretaries who wish they had that kind of power over the president’s recommendations.” Some observers, by the way, think the Pentagon is, in fact, already running the show. Chalmers Johnson wrote in “Blowback”(Metropolitan/Owl) that the Pentagon is “close to being beyond civilian control; that it “more or less sets its own agenda” and that it “monopolizes the formulation and conduct of American foreign policy.”

So in FY 2012 the Pentagon will just have to struggle along with $719 billion while the president calls for a five-year freeze on “non-security” discretionary spending such as—in the words of former Labor Secretary Robert Reich—”programs the poor and working class depend on—assistance with home heating, community services, college loans, and the like.” Mr. Obama will get a lot of help from the GOP, which, of course, will not rein in spending for unjust wars but in a fit of what AFL-CIO’s Manny Herrmann calls “budget insanity” plans to chop up Head Start, Pell Grants, food and job safety inspections, eliminate “hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs,” cut investment in infrastructure, and even cut the money needed “to send out Social Security checks.” Herrmann might have added Obama also seeks to slash nearly half the Federal funds to help low-income families heat their homes.

Don’t take my word for the fact the warfare budget is bloated. The New York Times editorialized February 15th, “If anything, Mr. Obama could safely have proposed cutting (the military budget) deeper, as suggested by his own bipartisan deficit panel.” It added, “The bill for the military is way too high, above cold-war peak levels, when this country had a superpower adversary. There’s a point where the next military spending dollar does not make our society more secure, and it’s a point we long ago passed.” As the War Resisters League pointed out two years ago, U.S. military spending, plus funds for our nuclear bombs, “is equal to the military spending of the next 15 countries combined.” (And of those 15 countries, 12 are considered U.S. allies, so where’s the threat?) While U.S. officials constantly advertise Iran as a menace, it is a fact that the Great American War Machine outspends Iran on military by a ratio of 72 to one. Ditto for that other global threat, North Korea. Early in the Bush regime, Michael Chossudovsky, the Canadian economist and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, wrote of the $320-billion then being lavished on the Pentagon, “There is no rationale for this level of military spending other than a clear intent for the United States to be the New World Empire, dominating the globe economically and militarily, including the militarization of space.” He noted that the U.S. not only possessed laser-guided weapons with the capability of striking anywhere in the planet but under its High Altitude Auroral Rsearch Program(HAARP) had “the ability to destabilize entire national economies through climatic manipulations, without the knowledge of the enemy, and without engaging military personnel and equipment as in a conventional war.”

While the number of Americans suffering in poverty increased to 36 million and more families lose their homes and lines lengthen at soup kitchens, President Obama has dollars galore to build 67 new warships at a cost of nearly $25 billion, according to a new analysis of his budget by the National Priorities Project of Northampton, Mass. Yet, according to Wikipedia, “The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined” and it operates 11 super carriers as part of a 286-active ship fleet with 3,700 aircraft able to radiate power on all continents. This is but one example from the Pentagon’s Department of Wretched Excess.

As William Hartung of the New America Foundation pointed out in “Foreign Policy in Focus” last year, “any real savings in U.S. military spending would need to be accompanied by a reduction in U.S. ‘global reach’—in the hundreds of major military facilities it controls in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America,” yet “U.S. overseas-basing arrangements have been on the rise, not only in Iraq and Afghanistan themselves but in bordering nations.” Today, there are approximately 800 U.S. military bases overseas plus an estimated 1,000 Stateside. For several years now, the Pentagon has been spending more money for war each year than all state governments combined spend for the health, education, welfare, and safety of 308 million Americans—and president Obama is continuing this course. Example: The New Haven Independent reported Feb. 21 Mayor John DeStafano is calling for belt-tightening by city workers to bridge a $5.5 million gap in this year’s budget and a $22 million gap next year. Protestors responded by standing in front of City Hall with signs noting Congress is taking $84 million from the pockets of New Haven residents this year to fight the Iraq-Afghan wars. This scenario is being repeated by cities and states everywhere.

“The President,” writes Reich in a February 17th essay, “has already fallen into the (Republican) trap by calling for budget cuts in programs the poor and working class depend on—assistance with home heating, community services, college loans, and the like.” That’s a charitable view of the president. In fact, Mr. Obama is one more in a line of imperialist warmongers having scant regard for peoples abroad his war machine is destroying. As for his observance of Rev. Martin Luther King’s recent birthday, he might have done better to ponder King’s words: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Because that’s what’s happening. #

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Anatomy of a Frame

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VICTOR BOUT, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT “FALL GUY” WHEN THE 9/11 COVER STORY FALLS APART

By J.B. Campbell

As VT readers know, the Pentagon was hit by a Soviet-era naval cruise missile called the Granit, known by the US government as the Shipwreck, because that’s what it does: wrecks big ships such as aircraft carriers. Unlike normal cruise missiles, it is made of steel and weighs 7.7 tons. It goes 2.5 Mach and cannot be stopped by any sort of anti-aircraft weapon. It hits ships right at the waterline, which is why the 12 foot holes in the six capital (structural outer) walls of the Pentagon began right above ground level without harming a blade of grass on the lawn out front.

This isn’t about the Granit but rather the innocent man whom the FBI and “Justice Department” are trying to frame for supplying it to the 9-11 terrorists. And they probably would have gotten away with the frame but for the intrepid staff writer for Veterans Today, Dimitri Khalezov.

The innocent man in this Hitchcock-style story is a Russian-German named Victor Bout. Victor established an air freight business in war-torn Africa when the other companies shut down their operations due to unpredictable violence in many African countries. Victor stepped in with his fleet of well-used but serviceable cargo haulers and did quite well for some years. When the violence subsided, the competitors got going again and arranged for Victor’s business to be excluded. He finally gave up and returned to Russia.

Victor Bout (pronounced “boot”) pretty much stayed home and read books or watched television for a couple of years. His wife, Alla, had a small fashion agency in Moscow and they survived on her income. But it was during this down-time that Victor is alleged to have arranged to supply shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles to the military wing of the Columbian Communist Party, FARC. Except the FBI doesn’t really mean it. That was just the excuse to shanghai him to New York and accuse him (secretly) of supplying the Granit cruise missile to the terrorists, whom they do not name. They can’t, because that would reveal to the world what really happened on September 11, 2001.

So there Victor was, watching TV in Moscow, when a Russian friend, Andrew Smulian, persuaded him to go with him to Thailand to meet with possible buyers of his last cargo plane, which was sitting in the Emirates. Victor had nothing better to do and really needed to sell that plane. Accompanying them was a new friend, a Russian colonel who would supposedly help them through Thai immigration. When they arrived in Bangkok, all three were arrested by the Thai police on behalf of the FBI, for attempting to sell SAMs to FARC. Victor’s new colonel friend was, the same day, put on a plane back to Moscow. Smulian was allowed to escape whereupon he left for New York where he was temporarily arrested by the FBI and then released. Victor was railroaded by the cooperative Thai public prosecutor and rendered to the FBI, extradited recently to New York and now sits in the infamous Metropolitan Corrections Center, scheduled for trial in September.

Why would the Russian government cooperate with the FBI to arrest and send an innocent Russian to be imprisoned? Well, the Russian government had not been strictly truthful when it told the world that all of the Granit missiles were recovered from the sunken submarine, Kursk, which went down with all hands on August 12, 2000. At least one of them was stolen and found its way into the capable hands of the notorious Israeli hit-man, Mike Harari, thence into the Pentagon thirteen months later.

The FBI doesn’t want to go there. It also doesn’t want to go near any public mention of the Granit missile. But, thanks to Dimitri Khalezov, the FBI’s entire fake case against Victor Bout is going to collapse.

Some wild and crazy things have been charged against Victor Bout, besides the surface to air missiles going to FARC. He is alleged to have personally flown Osama Bin Laden various places. This despite the fact that he is not a pilot, but only an owner of airplanes. Victor is alleged to be a trafficker in arms, which may be strictly true in the sense that the air cargo business in Africa involves the legal shipment of military items. What’s in the crates is irrelevant and not always possible to discern. I once asked my friend, Bob Hitchman, the most famous pilot for Air America in Laos and Vietnam, if he had ever flown heroin? He said, “Not knowingly. Some of the guys did. But, when the customer calls you and you land in a poppy field and they put a big box on board and tell you to take it to Bangkok, you pretty much know what’s inside. But for me, it was part of the job with no extra pay, although some guys worked it for extra pay.” Bangkok was the location of Richard Armitage’s Far East Trading Company, the main opium and heroin depot since the CIA’s wars in Laos and Vietnam.

That’s the nature of the freight business, here, there and everywhere. But the SAM missiles to FARC is a bogus charge to get a Russian patsy to take the fall for supplying the Granit missile. Not to Mike Harari, of course, but to “al-Qaeda!” And it needs to be a Russian because the Granit was Russian.

The Hitchcock part becomes apparent with the fate of Victor’s earnest and capable Russian lawyer, Yan Dasgupta, who was putting up an effective defense against the FBI railroad job when he suddenly and mysteriously died last August, allegedly due to his doctor prescribing a medication to which he was allergic. Yan was a prominent attorney in Moscow yet his death was not announced until three weeks later!

The “Columbian FARC rebels” who tried to inveigle Victor into selling SAM missiles were actually agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Victor had no idea what they were talking about, since he was there to sell an airplane.

The FBI was trying to pin arms sales and fake passports for terrorists on Dimitri and he did over a year in the Bangkok jail fighting extradition to New York. He is today a free man because he could easily show how dishonest the whole idea is of the phantom CIA terror cell, “al-Qaeda,” buying mini-nukes and fake passports from Dimitri or FARC buying SAM missiles from Victor Bout.

Will the Granit become a news story, leaked by the FBI? Not likely, since it would prove that the US government has been lying ever since it began claiming that American Airlines Flight 77, a large Boeing 757, penetrated three rings of the Pentagon through twelve-foot holes and evaporated somewhere inside without a trace that it had ever existed. No, the Granit must not be named publicly, only in a secret court proceeding.

Victor Bout has been offered several deals by the FBI and “Justice Department” if he would just cop a plea. He has been twice offered immunity and US visas for himself and his family if he would admit to offering weapons to the Columbian Communist Party. Victor’s response was and is, “No. Let’s go to trial and you either show evidence or drop all charges against me.” They probably could have succeeded in putting Victor in prison for the rest of his life if not for his good friend, Dimitri Khalezov.

It is almost unbelievable that Victor Bout should have been brought by his treacherous friends to Bangkok for rendition to the US, because Bangkok is where Dimitri also lives. Dimitri has embarrassed the Thai prosecutor’s office for its efforts to rendition him to the US.

When it became known that Victor was in the Bangkok jail, Dimitri quite naturally visited his old friend, who comes from the same small village about forty miles from Moscow. Dimitri gave Victor the benefit of his successful experience fighting FBI extradition. Dimitri had given suggestions, one of which was to make a specific objection to Victor’s illegal detention. Unfortunately, during a three-day absence by Dimitri from Bangkok, the Russian embassy advised Victor’s naïve wife to ignore both Victor’s ill-fated Russian attorney, Yan Dasgupta, and Dimitri, who they said was in the pay of the FBI and was giving treacherous advice! Poor Alla believed the professional liars, and withdrew Victor’s motion. This withdrawal resulted in Victor losing his case against the illegal detention and his eventual extradition.

Now Victor is in the Manhattan mad house awaiting trial. This morning I spoke with his federal defender, Sabrina Shroff, in New York about a very strange request by Victor to bring in a New York attorney named Albert Y. Dayan. Ms. Shroff seemed puzzled as to why Victor would want this particular attorney to represent him. A search of this man’s name produces an alarming dossier. Dimitri suspects that the Russian consulate in New York has arranged for this man to sandbag Victor as he is alleged to have betrayed other Russians who have put their lives in his hands.

I also spoke with Barry Bachrach in Leicester, Massachusetts, who was recommended to Victor by investigative reporter Daniel Estulin. Mr. Bachrach plans to visit Victor in jail this week and prepare a real defense based on Dimitri’s extensive personal knowledge of the events leading up to September 11, 2001.

So this is a preliminary report to prepare VT readers for what is coming, although it was meant to be a secret. VT is leading the way to the truth of 9-11, thanks now entirely to staff writer Dimitri Khalezov and senior editor Gordon Duff, who is unique in world journalism in his recognition of the profound impact that Dimitri’s testimony is having and will continue to have on our understanding of what exactly happened and didn’t happen on September 11, 2001, a date which shall live in infamy since it produced two genocidal wars against innocent people and the framework of dictatorship here in the USA, not to mention the thousands of people slaughtered that day by Mike Harari and his fellow Mossad agents.

We have been saying that Dimitri offers a double dose of reality, namely the nuclear demolition plan for the WTC and Sears Tower based on the 1976 US/USSR treaty for the peaceful use of nuclear explosions that allowed 150 kiloton thermonuclear devices to be used to demolish the buildings. The second reality is Dimitri’s personal knowledge of the role of Mike Harari in the exploitation of this demo plan. But the third reality is Dimitri’s knowledge of the stolen Granit missile and its deployment by Mike Harari against the Pentagon, the keystone of the New York massacre and demolitions of the three WTC buildings, made possible by the mysterious release by Janes Defense the day before of the world’s first photos of the dreaded Shipwreck Granit cruise missile and a description of its 500 kiloton thermonuclear warhead. Mike Harari let the USG know what was coming and when it hit, he (as “Dr. Haji Mohammed Husseini”) warned the USG that there were now two identical thermonuclear bombs in the smoking holes up in the Twin Towers, and to prevent the evaporation of New York City, they’d better blow the buildings immediately. His bluff was a complete success, producing for Harari the greatest day of his life, as he gushed to his “friend,” Dimitri Khalezov a few hours later.

Victor Bout had nothing to do with the Granit and was as unaware of it as everyone else until he read Dimitri’s book while sitting in the Bangkok jail.

Veterans Today readers can now understand better why the FBI and “Justice Department” need to produce a patsy for the (so far) crime of the 21st Century. If the awful truth of the Granit, the nuke demo plan and Mike Harari becomes widely known, the US government could come down in a similar manner as Building 7.

And here is a good round-up of information on Victor by Dimitri Khalezov:

http://www.911-truth.net/Victor_Bout/

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Absence of Al Jazeera English in US Is Troubling

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Absence of Al Jazeera English in US Is Troubling

 

 

by Ronnie Lovler |  The San Francisco Chronicle | Op-Ed

The uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and now Iran should prompt a call for change here in the United States – against the absurd blackout of Al Jazeera television.

You can watch Al Jazeera on TV almost anywhere in the world – except in the United States. How is this possible in our nation where freedom of the press is a basic constitutional tenet? Just what do cable and satellite carriers fear?

Al Jazeera English has received nearly universal raves as one of the best sources of news about events in Egypt. Mainstream journalists wrote reviews praising its coverage. Bloggers blogged about being glued to their computers or mobile devices to watch Al Jazeera.

The Qatar-founded and funded international news network launched in November 2006 as the first and only English-language global news network not based in the West. According to its website, it now reaches more than 220 million households in 100 countries. But here in the United States, while you can catch Al Jazeera on YouTube or its website, you can only see it on television in Burlington, Vt.; Toledo, Ohio; Washington, D.C., and now, on San Francisco’s Link TV. (It is also available on satellite TV.DISH–) Could a subtle or not so subtle form of censorship be at play here?

The Bush administration’s labeling of Al Jazeera as “the terrorist network” because it aired video from and interviews with al Qaeda may have conspired to keep the network off the air. Cable and satellite companies say they don’t carry Al Jazeera because they don’t have room for it or because customers don’t want another news channel.

Really?

“The questions follow me wherever I go: Where can I see Al Jazeera? How can I watch it?” writes Al Jazeera correspondent Kristen Saloomey in a blog post. Al Jazeera reported Web traffic to its site increased by 2,500 percent between Jan. 28 and Jan. 31, much of it from the United States. No slouch, Al Jazeera has launched its own online campaign, “Demand Al Jazeera in the USA.”

Is Al Jazeera English a hot topic? Consider this. My Google search for “Al Jazeera English Egypt coverage” came up with “about 2,130,000 results in 0.09 seconds.”

I’ve been following Al Jazeera since 2007, when I began research for a master’s thesis on the network’s entry onto the international media scene.

The network sees itself as having a global reach that goes beyond national borders or regional interests to “set the news agenda” by “reversing the flow of information” from south to north, which is just what they did in Egypt. The 15-year-old Arabic-language network has changed the way news is delivered and received in the Middle East.

Al Jazeera English has its own code of ethics published on its website. It bears a striking resemblance to the code of ethics of our Society of Professional Journalists.

Its sister network, the Arabic-language Al Jazeera, founded in 1996, achieved instant name recognition in 2001 when it obtained exclusive interviews with Osama bin Laden. A month later, it stood out as the sole television network with correspondents in Afghanistan when U.S. troops invaded that country.

Al Jazeera English has a unique position as the only English-language network based in the Middle East at a time when technology and changing patterns of communication facilitate new approaches toward covering the news. There already seems to be a place for Al Jazeera on the world media scene. Now it’s time to make a place for Al Jazeera in the United States.

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CIA Agent, Davis, Accused of Delivering ”Dirty Bomb” To Taliban

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“CIA spy” Davis was giving nuclear bomb material to Al-Qaeda, says report

By ANI | ANI

London, Feb 20(ANI): Double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents, which point to him or the feared American Task Force 373 (TF373) operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents,” according to a report.

Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is warning that the situation on the sub-continent has turned “grave” as it appears that open warfare is about to break out between Pakistan and the United States, The European Union Times reports.

The SVR warned in its report that the apprehension of 36-year-old Davis, who shot dead two Pakistani men in Lahore last month, had fuelled this crisis.

According to the report, the combat skills exhibited by Davis, along with documentation taken from him after his arrest, prove that he is a member of US’ TF373 black operations unit currently operating in the Afghan War Theatre and Pakistan’s tribal areas, the paper said.

While the US insists that Davis is one of their diplomats, and the two men he killed were robbers, Pakistan says that the duo were ISI agents sent to follow him after it was discovered that he had been making contact with al Qaeda, after his cell phone was tracked to the Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the paper said.

The most ominous point in this SVR report is “Pakistan’s ISI stating that top-secret CIA documents found in Davis’s possession point to his, and/or TF373, providing to al Qaeda terrorists “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents”, which they claim are to be used against the United States itself in order to ignite an all-out war in order to re-establish the West’s hegemony over a Global economy that is warned is just months away from collapse,” the paper added. (ANI)

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Helen Thomas on CNN Joy Behar ”Jews are NOT semites, most of them came from Europe”

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by Johnny Punish 

  

 

Joy Behar just got a lesson in global politics from one of America’s wisest and most experienced journalist.   Ms. Behar is a wonderful comedian and show host.   What makes her successful is that she’s really just like you and me.  She’s trying to find the answers and reach out.  And so no one can blame her or any of us for that matter if we think that Semites are Jews.   In the USA, that’s what we’ve been conditioned to know.  And boy were we wrong.  Helen Thomas, an Arab American, made it clear that she’s a semite and not jewish.  How can that be right?   Have we been duped?

Let’s take a longer look at what a “semite” actually is…..

“Anti-Semite” slogan used by American Corporate Media to Confuse U.S. Public

After much research, I have found that the phrase “Anti-Semite” is being misused primarily in the USA and causing us harm as we debate the issues concerning U.S. Middle East Policy and Israel. 

I have found Semitic peoples are Arabs too and if we mean to charge another with being “anti-Israel” or “anti-Jewish”, use of the phrase “Anti-Semitic” is very confusing as it makes it seem that we are charging the person with being Anti-Arab.  I don’t’ think that’s the intent, is it?

Semite refers to a language family and culture of largely Middle Eastern origin, from Samaria, now called the Semitic Culture and languages. This family includes the ancient and modern forms of AkkadianAmharicArabicAramaicGe’ezHebrew,MaltesePhoenicianTigre and Tigrinya among others.  As language studies are interwoven with cultural studies, the term also came to describe the extendedcultures and ethnicities, as well as the history of these varied peoples as associated by close geographic and linguistic distribution.

In the USA, the Zionist Political Movement has successfully connected the phrase “Anti-Semitic” into being anti-Israel and/or anti-Jewish.  Successful marketing?  You betcha!  Incorrect and doing harm to our intellectual and genuine debate?  Absolutely!  We need to adjust for the sake of everyone so the debate is very clear.

In lieu; 

  1. If you aim to call out another as anti-Israel, the country, please consider calling them “anti-Israel” and make it clear.

  2. If you feel, the person is a bigot and is “anti-Jewish”, make sure to call them “anti-Jewish” so that its’ clear.

  3. Please use phrase “anti-Semitic” if you are describing someone who is anti-Middle Eastern including but not limited to Arab peoples

 Finally, as you make your case forward, please consider that; 

  • Not all Jews are Zionists

  • Not all Zionists are Jews

  • Zionism is NOT a religion but a political movement 

With knowledge and correct phrasing, I strongly encourage all to make their cases forward and let’s together figure out what’s in the best interests of humanity and the globla citizenry.

coexist

In 2011, it’s time we take a longer look at our foreign policy in the Middle East.  Are we on the wrong side of history?  Is our moral compass out of whack?  Shouldn’t we be standing both by those lost in World War II but also against occupation, repression, concentration camps in Gaza, and more….. Our United States is at a moral crossroads.  Who are we and what do we stand for?  These are questions we are being forced to answer.

Finally, Ms. Thomas raises some outstanding issues on “occupation” and “imperial” aggression by Americans and Europeans who’ve pushed their way into the lands of Palestine deplacing the peoples there and, in their places, putting them in concentraction camps like HEBRON and GAZA, holed up and locked in like sardines.    Why are their still settlements going on in Palestine?

Moreover, Ms. Thomas said it right, you can call the U.S. President any name in the book, but if you go after Israel, you’re screwed.  That said it all.  And every American should be up in arms about that true statement.  It’s one thing to stand with those lost in World War II but it’s another to serve masters 8000 miles away in a land far far away.

This is America 2011 and I am wondering if my fellow Americans will muster the strength to rid ourselves of this Zionist lobby menance that has inflicted it’s harm on the world and us.  When will this lobbyist dictatorship will fall?   Does anyone hav the phone number of that Wael guy in Egypt who worked for Google and got rid of Mubarek?  Maybe he can come over and help us learn how to topple this lobby dictatoriship. 

Or, at least, maybe it’s time for Arab Americans to sign a petition simply calling themselves rightfully, SEMITES and get it signed by the U.S. Congress recognizing the Americans from those lands as Semites so that we can take one of Zionist lobbies immoral and misrepresented marketing tools away from them.   

So lets stop to ignorant use of the phrase “You’re an Anti-Semite” made so famous by Uncle Leo on the Seinfeld show.   Funny?  Yes!  Incorrect and harmful, even more so!  

So if Zionists have a case, let them present it honestly and without misrepresentation.    I mean we ought to have empathy for those lost in World War II but, in 2011, we must have emapthy for those who are alive and in bondage in Palestine.  That’s moral too!

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Please Don’t Trust Fox News, There Was NO Heckler

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RAY MCGOVERN

 

EDITORS’ NOTE :  On February 15, 2011,  Ray McGovern, U.S. Army veteran and former senior CIA analyst whose duties included preparing the President’s Daily Brief and chairing National Intelligence Estimates, was beaten, handcuffed, violently dragged out and arrested by ‘two goons’ (in his words) after he stood up and turned his back ‘silently protesting’ speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at George Washington University, in which she ironically called for internet freedom and condemned governments in the Middle East especially Iran for arresting protesters and not allowing free expression. 

The term “heckler,” is certainly inappropriate for what he was doing, is defamatory and a false accusation by FOX NEWS.

Ray McGovern gives Press TV his own account of what exactly happened.

[A rushed press tv transcript below]

Press TV: Would you give us your own account of exactly what happened during and after the speech?

McGovern: Let me just start out by saying that your lead-in indicates that you are relying on Fox News, which is a notoriously unreliable source. There was no heckler. Iwas the person there. I said not a word. I stood silently with my back to the Secretary lest she get the idea that everyone in that whole auditorium agreed with her war-mongering policies.

I was standing silently, and I was jumped on by a man in a regular suit, then another person in a police uniform. I still do not know who jumped me, but I was taken outside where nobody was watching; I was manhandled; I have cuts and lacerations all over my body, and the important thing is that I was not heckling anyone.

I was completely silent. So I was taken completely by surprise, and by the time I realized what was happening to me, I had a chance to yell “So! This is what America has become!” Then I turned to my people that were pulling me out of this auditorium and said, “Who are you?” and the odd thing is that to this day I do not know who they were. But luckily there are photos on the Internet.

We will be able to find out who ordered that 220-pound muscular man who manhandled me; who ordered him to do that to a peaceful person not making a sound. Many still cameras captured exactly what I was doing and what I was not doing. I just finish up again by saying “Please do not trust Fox News. There was no heckler.”

Press TV: Mr. McGovern what happened after they dragged you out? From what we understand you were put in jail and left bleeding for quite a while. Also please, elaborate for our viewers what was the stance you were trying to make?

McGovern: Well, the stance that I was making is that Hillary Clinton is a person who has been an admirer of every war she has heard of. She was a great supporter of the Iraq war even though she knew better, because I told her, what a catastrophe it would be. She is a great supporter of the Afghanistan war, where many thousands of people have met their deaths, and she is in the forefront of agitating for war on Iran, and that comes through in her speech here.

I was amazed after I was released from prison and was able to go to the hospital and get my wounds bound. I read the speech, and it was quite remarkable. It was a speech about protests, and she is saying here in the speech – I just quote two or three sentences – that “Iran this week is once again using violence against protesters seeking basic freedoms. People protest. They stand. They march and chant. And the authorities track them and block them and arrest them.” There is something Kafaesque about this.

She is saying this; three paragraphs; and she stood silently watching me in the fourth row being pounced upon by these goons and unceremoniously ejected from the auditorium. She finishes with this sentence: “Iran is awful, because it is a government that routinely violates the rights of its people.”

And here I am being thrown out, bleeding profusely from these wounds that you can see there, and thrown in prison without any medical attention; kept there for three and a half hours, and it was myself that had to take a taxi cab to the hospital to get my wounds attended to; my wrists X-rayed to see what damage had been done.

Now fortunately I am going to survive, but I am thinking about people who are less able to defend themselves, not that I try to defend myself, but less able to contend with this kind of violence. And for Hillary Clinton to be talking about peaceful means of protest, in the same speech at which she continued as she watched me directly in front of her, being pounced upon and violated, there is a little too much to take.

Press TV: Indeed, this was very different from how Rumsfeld reacted when you peacefully confronted him as well. What do you say to that, and also, can you elaborate on the US’s double stance as far as what is going on in the Middle East these days; Bahrain, Yemen etc.?

McGovern: I think you have said it all when you say “double stance.” We are very much in favor of protest when it seems to be succeeding, except in our country. We like to keep the lid on. But what happened, of course, was that I was arrested and I am charged; I have to go to court. They said that I was guilty of “unruly conduct.” So there is a law against that, and I am smiling now, because there were about sixteen cameras there and there was indeed unlawful conduct, but it was not I who was doing the unlawful conduct. There were two goons. And the main question is “Who told them to violate me? Who told them to give me this kind of treatment?” We are going to find that out.

Press TV: We hope that you do, but from what I understand the Veterans Group, which you are also a part of, has demanded an apology from the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Have you gotten any response from them?

McGovern: Well, we are now holding our breath. You see, when you are the sole remaining super power in the world, you do not need to apologize for anything. I will give you five dollars if I get an apology from Hillary Clinton.

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Vets for Peace Demands Apology from Hilliary Clinton

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