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Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake

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Not even good propaganda

By Justin Raimondo

Fake, fake, fake – I’m talking about the latest anti-Iranian propaganda coming out of Washington, which claims the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were involved in a “plot” to take out the Saudi ambassador to the US and blow up both the Saudi and Israeli embassies.

The narrative reads like a formulaic melodrama: two Iranians, one a naturalized US citizen, purportedly approached someone they thought was a member of a Mexican drug cartel – according to the indictment [.pdf], it was a “sophisticated” drug cartel, not the plebeian sort – and proposed paying him $1.5 million to murder Adel al Jubeir, the Kingdom’s ambassador in Washington – oh, and by the way, the Iranians supposedly said, “Are you guys any good with explosives?”

The key to understanding just how fake this story is can be found in the New York Times report, which informs us:

“For the entire operation, the government’s confidential sources were monitored and guided by federal law enforcement agents, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District, said in the news conference. ‘So no explosives were actually ever placed anywhere,’ he said, ‘and no one was actually in ever in any danger.’”

Translation: the whole thing is phony from beginning to end.

This is another one of US law enforcement’s manufactured “anti-terrorist” triumphs, where the feds set somebody upfabricate a “crime out of thin air, and then proceed to “solve” a case that never really existed to begin with. This has been the general pattern of our “anti-terrorist” operations in the US since the beginning – because finding and catching real terrorists is much too hard, at least for our Keystone Kops. Instead of going out and actually, you know, looking for the Bad Guys, and then apprehending them, they lure some unsuspecting Muslim immigrant into a trap, and spring it when the time is right.

The long narrative spun by the indictment tells us everything but what we really need to know, which is: how is it that these two Iranian “terrorists” just happened to meet up with a Mexican drug cartel assassin who just happened to be a longtime DEA informant? I guess that would be giving too much away: far better to spice up the story with scary details, such as the conversation between one of the alleged plotters and the informant, in the course of which the former says “If you have to blow up the restaurant and kill a hundred Americans, well then f*ck ‘em!”

Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S

The credibility rating of this story, taken on its face, is close to zero. Let’s say the Iranians really were plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador on American soil: would they contract it out to the Mexican Mafia, send all kinds of traceable money wires from Iran to the US, and not care if they killed a hundred Americans in the process of achieving their goal? Or would they send some fanatic, who would not only do it for free but also eliminate himself (or herself)? This flimsy cock-eyed tale is so transparently fake that it’s an embarrassment to the United States of America. Can’t our spooks do better than this?

This fabrication marks a new trend in the field of anti-Iranian war propaganda. Previously, the War Party was relying on the same technique they used in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq: the old weapons of mass destruction” gambit. The big problem with that is it’s old, and tired: no one believes it anymore [.pdf]. Once burned, twice shy, as the saying goes. This latest lie is a fresh angle on a continuing theme, merely substituting Iran for the traditional bogeyman known as al-Qaeda.

Attorney General, Eric Holder.

That this story involves the Mexican drug cartels, and Attorney General Eric Holder proclaiming that we’re going to “hold the Iranian government accountable,” has got to be some kind of sick joke: after all, here is a man who stood by and watched while US law enforcement agents let gunstravel over the US border to arm those very same cartels. Is this “coup” for the Justice Department the pay-off for that harebrained scheme – and when is Holder going to be held accountable?

That our government would float a narrative like this without any apparent regard for the basic rules of fiction-writing – create believable characters who do believable things – is Washington’s way of showing contempt for the Iranians, the American people, and anyone else who stands in the way of their war agenda. They don’t care if it’s not believable. They think Americans will swallow anything, that we’re too busy trying to survive day-to-day, these days, to inquire much further than the “official” account. And of course our brain-dead media, which is reduced to a chiefly stenographic role, isn’t going to ask any inconvenient questions.

This story is very scary – not because it’s credible, or believable, because it is neither. However, it’s the most frightening story I’ve heard in quite a while because it shows that the US government is bound and determined to go to war with Iran, no matter what the consequences. Throwing caution to the winds, our rulers have decided to go all out against Tehran – all the better to mask our current economic malaise under the damage done by the tripling and quadrupling of oil prices. This way, Obama can blame our crashing economy on Tehran, rather than his own discredited policies – and sideline the Republicans, who have been criticizing him for being “soft” on Iran.

The making of American foreign policy is all about domestic politics. By preparing the country for war with Iran, Obama will not only defang the GOP, but also appease the all-important Israel lobby, which has been beating the war drums for years.

What Obama and his gang are hoping is that the American people are too tired, too beaten down, and too broke to care enough about this latest exercise in war propaganda to question it. Certainly the “mainstream” media, which is Obama’s loudest cheering section, isn’t about to question it.

Here is where the administration has probably miscalculated: people are just angry enough to wonder “why now?” They’re just broke enough to resent being asked to pay for yet another holy crusade overseas. And they’re just tired enough of the bullsh*t that gets reported as “news” day after day to start asking all kinds of uncomfortable questions about this latest offering by the Washington fable factory.

The Americans are already backing away from the assertion that the Iranian government is directly responsible for the actions of these two individuals, averring that top Iranian officials didn’t “necessarily” know what was going on. As the details of this case become known, Holder’s story is going to start unraveling like a substandard sweater.

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Who Has the Best Holocaust?

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May all Holocaust survivors know peace, and may they never try to claim that any one Holocaust is somehow more important than the other Holocausts … there are no winners here, only the dead and soul dead survivors.

by Jack JC

Joseph P used to live near us.  Whenever he and his wife came over to play cards with my parents the little farm dog, world’s friendliest collie, would sit and growl continuously.  He never did this to any other people but Joseph and his wife were somewhat unique – till the day they passed away their Belsen numbers remained tattooed on their arms.

My father once remarked to me, ‘Joe’s the only fellow that really scares me, he could do anything and the dog knows it.  He has no feeling for anybody or anything.’  There is no doubt in my mind what happened to slave labour at Belsen.

The western world has been overly educated on Nazi Germany’s attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of the conquered territories.  There are many estimates as to the number of Jewish people who were murdered in what took on the hallmarks of an assembly line process; the lowest number being about 2,000,000 and the highest 10,000,000.  The number that is generally accepted is between 5 to 6 million Jewish souls met their end during the holocaust.  There are those who doubt that this ever happened, citing German gas consumption during 1940 to 1945, but I believe that there is enough evidence to verify the existence of the death camps, crematoria and so forth.

ANGST – Photo collage by Felix Stohlmann, 21 year old German student. © 2007

What is little known, and seldom discussed are the non-Jewish deaths.  Over the course of WWII approximately 5,000,000 additional people were to be dealt with in a manner similar to the Jews, almost a one to one ratio.  An unknown number of Romani (Gypsies) were executed after severe persecution that started with the Weimar Republic.  Estimates place the Romani death toll between 220,000 and 1,500,000 as “undesireable aliens”.

A group of Romani prisoners, awaiting instructions from their German captors, sit in an open area near the fence in the Belzec concentration camp. Photo credit: Archives of Mechanical Documentation, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives

Along with the Romani were also Blacks.  As a result of WWI, Germany had been stripped of her African colonies, but the French sent an occupying army of Black Colonial troops into the Rhineland to support the Treaty of Versailles.  These Black French soldiers intermarried with German women, and produced an unknown number of Black German citizens.

Afro German girl in the 1930s

With the rise of Nazi German, these “Rhineland Bastards”, as Hitler called them, were forcibly sterilized, often without anaesthetic.  After sterilization they were allowed to go, as long as they stayed away from German women.  During the final solution, most of these were rounded up and shipped to the death camps where they were given the most heinous and despicable tasks.  Captured Black soldiers in WWII stated that although they were sadly mistreated by the Nazi’s, they were far better off than the Rhineland Blacks.  An unknown number of these people met their end in Nazi Germany, the number is thought to be around 24,000 but there are no records on any kind.  [Review of ‘Hitler’s Forgotten Victims’ by David Okuefuna and Moise Shewa.By Delroy Constantine-Simms, University of Essex, 12 June 1999]

As we step along in the annals of history, more of the forgotten dead are Polish.  It is claimed that 6,000,000 Polish died in the Holocaust, 50% of them Jewish and 50% Christian/Catholic, the highest proportion of loss of any WWII nation in terms of population.  The Polish population was slated for extermination along with the Jews, unless of course they had blonde hair and blue eyes.  If that were the case they were shipped off for a study in racial purity.  Many Polish children were forcibly removed from parents and raised as German.  For an estimate of the Polish victims I present the links below.POLAND’S HOLOCAUST: 6 MILLION CITIZENS DEAD (3 MILLION CHRISTIANS and 3 MILLION JEWS) by Edward Lucaire

German forces in the outskirts of Warsaw. In the background of the photograph, the city burns as a result of the German military assault. Warsaw, Poland, September 1939. — National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.

There is no way to verify the accuracy of any of the above figures.  Homosexuals, Russians, Disabled, Serbians, and Jehovah’s Witnesses all were killed in the name of “racial purity” and records are scarce, if the Germans bothered to keep them at all.

As far as I can tell, the best estimates are that a total of 11,000,000 people  were killed during the German “Final Solution”.  It should be noted that reparations started early to Jewish survivors, and since 1995 other survivors are finally now receiving reparations. Tax Exemptions on Holocaust Compensation and Restitution Payments. United States.

It is also interesting to note that the USA apparently allows citizens legal redress against German companies, while blocking lawsuits from international parties against US companies for similar atrocities.  The case of Dow Chemical and others as the manufacturer of Agent Orange versus affected Vietnamese people comes to mind, as does Chiquita versus Nicaraguan citizens.

Chinese prisoners being buried alive

Regardless, it now behooves us to move again, to a tragedy far greater in terms of lives lost than the European Holocaust.  We now turn our eyes east to China, and the Japanese invasion of 1931, creating the state of Manchukuo under the puppet rule of the last Qing Dynasty Emperor.  It is estimated that between 15,000,000 and 30,000,000 Chinese lives were lost over the  widening of this puppet state that acted as a wedge from which to expand the Japanese sphere of occupation.

Several manufactured incidents expanded Japanese influence via war until 2/3 of China was under Japanese rule.  The occupation troops of Japan were considered unfit for duty in the Imperial Army, so to compensate were more brutal in their treatment of captives than regular forces.  It must be mentioned that prior to the invasion of China, school systems in Japan had been geared to denigrate Chinese culture as once superior, but now inferior and badly in need of Japans guidance to regain their  former glory.  The result was a brutality seldom seen on the conquered fields, and doubtful that even the Nazi’s reached with their precision like automation.

To illustrate the barbarity unleashed on China I give you the Rape of Nanjing.  In Nanjing alone, 300,000 Chinese were killed and 20,000 women raped – many unto death.  In another large city of 350,000, after one week of looting there were 500 Chinese inhabitants left. [1937 Nanking Massacre. THE RAPE OF NANKING — MORE IMAGES]

But it doesn’t end there, as the Japanese soldiers advanced to occupy more territory they practiced germ warfare by spreading typhoid fever and bubonic plague, and created bio and chemical labs to experiment in more efficient killing techniques.  Competitions were held to determine who could kill the most Chinese with their swords, men and women were torn apart by military dogs, used for bayonet practice, buried or burned alive, sexually tortured to death, machine gunned, and acid dipped.  Fathers were forced to rape daughters, and boys their mothers – the barbarity is simply unimaginable by any standards – except perhaps by the Japanese who were conditioned to think of the Chinese as animals.  To add insult to injury, the current Japanese government not only have never paid war reparations but continue to visit the Yasukuni War Shrine that pays homage to proven war criminals. [German and Japanese Responses to War Crimes and Atrocities]

Read more at Suite101: World War II Reparations Compared: German and Japanese Responses to War Crimes and Atrocities | Suite101.com

For a more detailed description of the atrocities I highly recommend a book by Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanjing.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_Chang  In a sad twist of fate, Iris Chang became a modern victim of a tragedy written in the blood of innocents so many years ago, but within the book she wrote there is a glimmer of hope for mankind in the form of an unlikely hero, a Nazi.

John Rabe

This hero of Nanjing was John Rabe, a German businessman and committed Nazi.  John Rabe organized the western population of Nanjing to protect many Chinese people by using his Nazi credentials, saving them from certain death.  As an ally of Japan, he could get away with pushing Japanese soldiers off civilians, or standing between Japanese soldiers and their victim, not with impunity but with an uncommon bravery.  He admitted violent death could have come to himself and other western helpers at any time.  After WWII he was repatriated to Germany, but as a Nazi party member he was proscribed from working.  The Chinese people came to the aid of John Rabe and his family by sending them care packages of food and money in repayment for the gift of life he gave them – a Ying Xiong De Zhongguo (Hero of China).

A copy of The Rape of Nanjing is in my permanent library, as a testament to a forgotten Holocaust half a world away and hidden from the eyes of the western world, whether by design or ignorance it matters not.  I will state that it is disappointing that the story of the Asian Holocaust is not only ignored by the western press, but those western peoples who suffered so much have not reached out to their cousins across the globe to prosecute war criminals and gain justice.  It is even more disconcerting that some peoples who have suffered such intense persecution now inflict it on another people.

May all Holocaust survivors know peace, and may they never try to claim that any one Holocaust is somehow more important than the other Holocausts … there are no winners here, only the dead and soul dead survivors.

Resources:

http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/people/victroma.htm

http://isurvived.org/2MemorialDrives/4_GypsyVictims.html

http://www.holocaustforgotten.com/

http://www.holocaustforgotten.com/Lucaire.htm

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005473

http://www.holocaustchronicle.org/HolocaustAppendices.html

http://www.claimscon.org/index.asp?url=tax_exemptions

http://romafacts.uni-graz.at/index.php/history/prolonged-discrimination-struggle-for-human-rights/situation-of-concentration-camps-survivors

http://concise.britannica.com/ebc/article-9371137/Manchukuo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_crimes

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/223038.stm

http://www.nanking-massacre.com/RAPE_OF_NANKING_OR_NANJING_MASSACRE_1937.html

http://michael-streich.suite101.com/world-war-ii-reparations-compared-a172175

http://www.centurychina.com/wiihist/njmassac/rape.htm

http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/rabe.html

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Russian Expert: Bin Laden Death Doubts Continue

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“Inconsistencies” in bin Laden Death

By Colonel Gene Khrushchev

“It took Obama two years to find his own birth certificate, how long will it take to find Usama bin Laden’s death certificiate?”

 


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Herman Cain: Black People Are Brainwashed? Please!

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Beneath the Spin * 

Eric L. Wattree

Herman Cain claims that the reason that black people won’t support him is that they’ve been brainwashed. And many conservatives are saying Cain is President Obama’s worst nightmare. I would have loved to have been in the White House when those statements came out. In spite of Obama’s laid-back demeanor, I’d be willing to bet that he was laughing so hard that he was rolling on the floor of the Oval Office in tears.

One would think that this man would have sense enough to know that no one takes him seriously – and especially the GOP. And if the GOP had ever taken the time to truly get to know the Black community, they’d know that the only thing more toxic to Black people than a flat-out racist, is a Black conservative (with the notable exception of Colin Powell, because he’s not really a conservative – he was just smart enough to flimflam the overseer, instead of the reverse).

Most Black people have very little use for Black conservatives. It’s not that we disagree with everything they say, but because we’re suspect of the reasons they’re saying it. With the possible exception of those who believe in talkin’ snakes, virtually without exception, every Black conservative I’ve ever known was a self-serving  opportunist. Their conservatism tends not to be so much grounded in their actual philosophy, as it is an opportunity to gain exposure and wealth. They realize that conservatives are looking high and low for Black people willing to step forward to validate their views toward the Black community. So they gleefully allow themselves to be used in return for personal wealth, position, and notoriety.

Clarence Thomas is a case in point. There is no way that a man of his renowned level of mediocrity should be sitting on the highest court in this land – in fact, he shouldn’t even be allowed to sit in traffic court. But due exclusively to his willingness to validate the conservative view of Black America, he’s been given one of this nation’s highest honors. Thus, Thomas’ very presence on the Supreme Court is a stain on American values, our fidelity to jurisprudence, and an unabashed affront to every Black person in America.

Clarence Thomas is allowing himself to be used as a national monument to every negative stereotype of Black people ever put forward – grinnin’, subservient, lazy, White-woman-lustin’, treacherous, dishonest, and ignorant. Then every time there’s a State of the Union address, Black people are forced to sit and look at his lecherous ass.

So the Black community looks upon Clarence Thomas in precisely the same way as White Americans look upon a man guilty of treason against the United States – and other Black conservatives are not far behind. Why? Because most of these people would have happily voted against the Civil Rights Act in order to promote personal interest if they’d had the chance. And to demonstrate how transparent they are, Thomas took the unprecedented action of lobbying his colleagues to except what has  now clearly been demonstrated to be a meritless challenge to Barack Obama’s eligibility to become President of the United States, while he didn’t say a word as the Supreme Court casually APPOINTED George Bush president after he lost the 2000 election. And with respect to the challenge to Obama, it took his colleagues, some of the most conservative White men in the country, to tell Thomas that he was going too far – and Black people are brainwashed?

People like Thomas tend to be self-serving accommdationists who are wholly lacking in character. Black people have suffered a long history of such people, going all the way back to slavery – in fact, it was probably a Clarence Thomas clone who sold us into slavery in the first place. These were the very same people who would informed on slaves who were trying to escape to freedom: “I don’t know what’s wrong wit him, boss. Ya jest can’t get him to appreciate nothin’ you do for us. What he needs is a real good beatin’. Want me to do it? I’ll do it real good for ya, boss.”

So having Clarence Thomas sitting on the Supreme Court, with his happy, grinnin’ face, eagerness to please attitude, and quintessential ignorance, is a bad joke at the expense of the Black community. His presence is the equivalent of giving every Black person in America the finger. It wouldn’t be any more insulting to Black people if they chiseled a picture of Buckwheat on the on the Supreme Court seal.

And now we have another ‘happy face,’ in the person of Herman Cain, saying that Black people won’t support him and his fascist overseers because we’re brainwashed? And this from a Black man whose advice do Black people during the deepest recession since the Great Depression is, “Get a job.” Please!  This is an absolute idiot.

Get out the whip, Rush – it sounds like Herman’s been into your stash.

Eric L. Wattree

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Iran Falsely Charged with Fake Terror Plot

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by Stephen Lendman

Since Iran’s 1979 revolution and US hostage crisis, Washington’s been spoiling for a fight. The Carter administration considered invading and seizing its oil fields.

Washington exploited Iran/Iraq tensions and encouraged Saddam Hussein to attack. Earlier Iran’s Shah was supported. After 1979, US foreign policy shifted.

The Carter Doctrine pledged Middle East military intervention if US interests were threatened. Reagan escalated Carter policies short of committing US forces in combat. Saddam then got US backing. A decade of war followed. America pretended support for both sides, but mostly gave it to Iraq.

US/Iranian relations remain tense. Washington’s sought regime change in Tehran for years. Various confrontational tactics include on and off saber rattling, sanctions, and direct meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, perhaps including covert US Special Forces and CIA operatives there causing trouble.

Why not? They do it in dozens of countries globally, using death squads and other destabilizing tactics.

Washington also makes baseless accusations of anti-US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. It calls Tehran a threat to world peace, saying its commercial nuclear program plans nuclear weapons development. Unmentioned is Israel’s known arsenal and willingness to use it preemptively.

US media scoundrels regurgitate official lies and suppress vital truths. New York Times writers and commentators play lead roles. The latest alleged plot is laughable on its face. But it’s headline news across America, including on The Times’ front page, saying “US Accuses Iranians of Plotting to Kill Saudi Envoy.”

What’s explained sounds more like a bad film plot, saying:

Washington “accused Iranian officials of plotting to murder Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States (Adel al-Jubeir) in a bizarre scheme involving an Iran-American used-car salesman who believed he was hiring assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million.”

Also allegedly involved were plans to bomb Israel’s Washington embassy and Saudi and Israeli embassies in Argentina.

But there’s more, a “side deal” said The Times between Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (its elite military unit) and Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel to smuggle opium from the Middle East to Mexico.

The alleged plans “never progressed,” perhaps because there were none, just baseless accusations to further heighten US/Iranian tensions and get hawkish congressional members to call for direct confrontation.

On October 11, Attorney General Eric Holder said:

“Today, the Department of Justice is announcing charges against two people who allegedly attempted to carry out a deadly plot that was directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign ambassador here in the United States.”

Accused were Manssor Arbabsair, a naturalized US citizen holding an Iranian passport, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iranian-based member of its Revolutionary Guard Quds Force. On September 29, Arbabsair was arrested. Shakuri is still at large.

“The complaint alleges that this conspiracy was conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran and constitutes a flagrant violation of US and international law….”

Besides charging Arbabsir and Shakuri, Holder also said Washington “is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions.”

Both men are charged with “conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, among other charges.”

According to Holder, they met a “confidential informant from the Drug Enforcement Administration” in Mexico last May, posing as a drug cartel member.

The Washington Post said the “confidential DEA source (called “the Mexican”) was described in court papers only as a paid informant who was once charged in the United States with a drug offense. The charges were dropped (in return for his) provid(ing) valuable information in a number of (sting) cases….”

Allegedly, Arbasair wired $100,000 to a US bank account “as a down payment for the attempted assassination.” Holder also claimed he confessed and provided “other valuable information” with no corroborating evidence to prove what’s clearly an Obama administration plot to file bogus charges and heighten tensions with Iran.

In fact, Arbabsiar’s lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, said her client will plead not guilty if indicted. Apparently he denies involvement despite Holder claiming he confessed.

Iran’s UN ambassador Mohammad Khazaee said his nation is “outraged” about clearly baseless charges. In a strongly worded letter to UN Secretary-General Ban K-moon, he wrote:

Iran “strongly and categorically rejects these fabricated and baseless allegations based on the suspicious claims by an individual.”

President Armadinejad’s spokesman Ali Akbar Javanfekr said:

“The US government and the CIA have very good experience in making up film scripts….It appears that this new scenario is for diverting the US public opinion from internal crises,” suggesting it’s connected to diluting ongoing anti-Wall Street protests across America.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called Holder’s accusations a “new propaganda campaign” involving a “prefabricated scenario.”

Hillary Clinton said Washington is “actively engaged in a very concerted diplomatic outreach to many capitals” to counter Iran’s denial. She added that the issue has “potential for international reaction that will further isolate Iran,” stopping short of calling for direct action.

Congressional hawks and America’s right wing media do it often on their own.

An October 11 Wall Street Journal editorial called the plot “a sobering wake-up call” in America’s “war on terror.”

“Had it succeeded, (it) arguably (would have been) an act of war….The appalling news needs to be placed in the broader context of Iran’s behavior,” involving “conspiracy to commit international terrorism….It’s past time for US policy toward Iran to reflect the reality of what it is dealing with.”

Obama “underscored that the United States believes this plot to be a flagrant violent of US and international law, and reiterated (his) commitment to meet our responsibilities to ensure the security of diplomats serving in our country.”

Bill Clinton called the accusations “well-founded.”

The extremist right-wing Heritage Foundation’s foreign policy director James Carafino called the alleged scheme “a belligerent act against the US (that) as such would call for a proportional military response.”

A more sober Stratfor Global Intelligence called the plot “far-fetched.” Cautioning against claims against Iran, founder and CEO George Friedman said doing so “involve(s) substantial political risk.”

“Iran has been known to carry out preoperational surveillance in the United States, but it has not yet used this intelligence to carry out a high-profile attack.”

He added that Iran has nothing to gain from committing a terror attack on US soil and everything to lose.

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs PJ Crowley commented in the London Guardian, calling the alleged plot “far-fetched….(O)n the face of it (it’s) so fantastic that it begs a disclaimer….It’s unclear how much Iran would stand to gain by sanctioning or supporting this plot.”

Former CIA case officer Robert Baer said “the Quds are better than this. It they wanted to come after you, you’d be dead already.”

Alireza Nader, Rand Corporation Iran specialist, asked “Why would Iran want to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington? (The plot) would be outside the norm.”</blockquote>

Congressional Reaction

Senator Joseph Lieberman (Indep. Dem. CT) called the alleged plot a “profound threat posed by the Iranian regime and the reach of its terrorist activities to American soil.”

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R. GA) said “In addition to allegedly sponsoring this plot, Iran has supported and provided weapons for attacks on our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has continued far too long with no repercussions.”

Rep. Peter King (R. NY) said “Iran’s assassination of a foreign diplomat in our country would have violated both US and international law, and represented an act of war.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R. TX) said if true “this would constitute an act of war not only against the Saudis and Israelis but against the United States as well.”

Rep. Ted Poe (R. TX) on Fox News called the alleged plot “an act of war against the United States.”

A Final Comment

A May 2011 study by New York University’s School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice headlined, “Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the ‘Homegrown Threat’ in the United States.”

It discussed what this writer’s featured in dozens of past articles on Muslim Americans victimized by false accusations.

It explained how, post-9/11, entrapment by FBI plants led to prosecutions of over 200 individuals on bogus terrorism related charges. Washington highlights them as proof of foiling plots that, in fact, never existed.

Nearly always innocent Muslims are targeted for their faith and ethnicity for political advantage. Major media scoundrels regurgitate official lies, pretending they’re accurate accounts of foiled plots.

That none ever succeeded is reason enough to suggest none existed, but media reports leave that unexplained, let alone the implausibility of some charges.

They included blowing up Chicago’s Sears Tower, destroying New York landmarks, targeting US soldiers at Fort Dix, NJ, US marines at Quantico, VA, downing National Guard aircraft with stinger missiles, and a Pakistan ambassador’s with a surface to air one.

Not a shred of evidence provided proof, just the word of FBI informants well paid to entrap and lie, then get America’s media to repeat them without questioning the validity of any charges.

The likelihood that any country, let alone Iran, would plan terror plots on US soil is preposterous on its face. Cui bono is issue one. Clearly, Iran has nothing to gain and everything to lose by plotting what Holder charged.

Yet political Washington and major media scoundrels highlight baseless accusations without demanding clear proof they’re true. There is none except for what a DEA agent plant (a former felon) and Holder claim.

It’s their word against common sense, suggesting the implausibility of what they charge. It also highlight’s iconic radical journalist IF Stone (1907 – 1989) saying:

“All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.”

With his own in Washington in mind, he taught that to young journalism students, suggesting they paste it on their bathroom mirrors so not to forget.

It makes sense, as well as avoiding major media liars and using reliable online sites for real information and analysis.

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DAILY MAIL : Mob Storms Bloomberg’s Restaurant

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Hell no! We won’t go!’ Bloomberg backs down over dawn ‘eviction’ of Wall Street camp after mob storms his restaurant

By Daily Mail Reporter

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2048754/Occupy-Wall-Street-Bloomberg-backs-dawn-eviction.html

Jubilant scenes are being witnessed this morning at the Occupy Wall Street protest camp after a planned ‘eviction’ was postponed following a last-minute change of mind by the park’s owners.

Brookfield Office Properties put off a clean-up and supporters of the protesters streamed into the New York park in the morning darkness today, forming a crowd of several hundred chanting people.

Chanting ‘Hell no! We won’t go!’, hundreds of demonstrators stormed a Wall Street restaurant last night to confront New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over a planned clean-up of their camp.

Defiant: On Thursday night, protesters confronted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a gala dinner at Cipriani's on Wall Street chanting 'Hell No! We won't go!'

Defiant: On Thursday night, protesters confronted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a gala dinner at Cipriani’s on Wall Street chanting ‘Hell No! We won’t go!’

Divisive: Demonstrators had said they would not be going anywhere on Friday morning when Zuccotti Park is schedule to be cleaned, setting the stage for a showdown with police
Divisive: Demonstrators had said they would not be going anywhere on Friday morning when Zuccotti Park is schedule to be cleaned, setting the stage for a showdown with police

Protesters last night surrounded Cipriani restaurant in Manhattan as the Mayor was at dinner in an effort to hand him a petition with 310,000 signatures supporting their right to remain in Zuccotti Park.

Their anger was triggered by the Mayor’s endorsement of a planned clean-up of the ‘unsanitary’ Occupy Wall Street encampment which was postponed at the last minute today.

The city’s deputy mayor made the announcement after protesters, who viewed the clean-up as an ‘eviction notice’, streamed into the plaza this morning.

There was a strong police presence, and a showdown between protesters and authorities had been feared.

Hours earlier, the mayor had refused to leave the restaurant, instead making his exit out of a back door.

The city’s deputy mayor  made the announcement after protesters, who viewed the clean-up as an ‘eviction notice’, streamed into the plaza this morning.

No showdown tonight: New York Mayor City Michael Bloomberg did not come out of the restaurant to address protesters, instead leaving out of a back door

No showdown tonight: New York Mayor City Michael Bloomberg did not come out of the restaurant to address protesters, instead leaving out of a back door

There was a strong police presence, and a showdown between protesters and authorities had been feared.

Hours earlier, the mayor had refused to leave the restaurant, instead making his exit out of a back door.

New York City officials have ordered Wall Street protesters to clear their sleeping bags and tarps from the park where they started a movement that has spread around the globe and forced CEOs and presidential candidates to take notice.

But demonstrators said they wouldn’t be going anywhere, setting the stage for a dawn showdown with police.

The owner of the private park where the demonstrators have camped out for nearly a month said it has become trashed and ‘unsanitary’. Brookfield Office Properties had planned to begin a section-by-section power-washing of Zuccotti Park at 7am.

Rebellion: The march came one day after Bloomberg informed protesters that they would have to leave the park so that it could be 'cleaned'

Rebellion: The march came one day after Bloomberg informed protesters that they would have to leave the park so that it could be ‘cleaned’

Support: The protesters attempted to deliver to Bloomberg a petition with 310,000 signatures supporting the Occupy Wall Street protest and their right to stay in the park

Support: The protesters attempted to deliver to Bloomberg a petition with 310,000 signatures supporting the Occupy Wall Street protest and their right to stay in the parkOccupy Wall Street spokesman Patrick Bruner sent an email to supporters on Thursday asking them to join the protesters at 6am Friday to ‘defend the occupation from eviction’, wary that the clean-up effort is a dirty trick to end their demonstrations.He said Brookfield Properties, the owner of the park, asked for police assistance to clear it of protesters so that it could be cleaned.

Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said in a statement Wednesday that the protest has ‘created unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear on’ Zuccotti Park.

The cleaning was to be done in stages, and protesters were permitted to return to the park after cleaners were finished.

Call to action: The mayor refused to come out of the posh restaurant to meet them and, instead, slipped out the back door

Call to action: The mayor refused to come out of the posh restaurant to meet them and, instead, slipped out the back door

Police presence: The NYPD came out in large numbers as hundreds of demonstrators stormed the streets

Police presence: The NYPD came out in large numbers as hundreds of demonstrators stormed the streets

However, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told the New York Post on Thursday that returning protesters will be prohibited from bringing tents, sleeping bags with them.

He said the demonstrators were notified of the new policy through pamphlets that were passed out to them by police officers.

The notice lists regulations including no tents, no tarps or sleeping bags on the ground, no lying on benches and no storage of personal property on the ground.

All those practices have been common at the park, where protesters have lived, slept and eaten for nearly a month.

Mayor Bloomberg visited the protesters Wednesday to offer assurances – but he didn’t stay long.

Foul: Protesters are being told to vacate Ducotti Park on Friday because the demonstrators have caused 'unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear'

Foul: Protesters are being told to vacate Ducotti Park on Friday because the demonstrators have caused ‘unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear’

Clean-up: Protesters at Zuccotti Park were given a letter that the park needs to be cleaned on Friday

Clean-up: Protesters at Zuccotti Park were given a letter that the park needs to be cleaned on Friday

Packing it in: Occupy Wall Street demonstrators started cleaning up their belongings today after Mayor Bloomberg told protestors that the park needs to be cleaned

Packing it in: Occupy Wall Street demonstrators started cleaning up their belongings today after Mayor Bloomberg told protestors that the park needs to be cleaned

Luke Richardson, a 25-year-old protester, told the New York Daily News: ‘I think we did the right thing – we booed him out of here.’

Tyler Combelic, a member of the press relations work group for Occupy Wall Street, told CNN: ‘I’m glad that [Bloomberg] finally found what we were doing important enough to visit after dismissing it for several weeks.’

Mr Combelic added: ‘I’m hoping that the city will be willing to work with the Occupy Wall Street occupiers in arranging a way to get the cleaning done, which both does not disturb the encampment nor does it too greatly impede on the cleaning process.’

But Allison Esso of Human Services Council, a group that supports the protesters, was wary.

Clean-up: Brookfield Properties has asked for police assistance to clear Zuccotti Park of protesters so it can be cleaned

Clean-up: Brookfield Properties has asked for police assistance to clear Zuccotti Park of protesters so it can be cleaned

She said: ‘I’m hoping that they’re not trying to undermine their ability to protest.’

The protest, known as Occupy Wall Street, has sympathetic groups in other cities which each stage their own local rallies and demonstrations: Occupy Boston, Occupy Cincinnati, Occupy Houston, Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Philadelphia, Occupy Providence, Occupy Salt Lake, and Occupy Seattle, among them.

The movement is even spreading across the pond.

UK protesters inspired by Occupy Wall Street in the U.S are planning to establish a tent city in London’s financial district this weekend.

Anger at the capital: An Occupy DC protester is arrested after disrupting a Congressional hearing with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Anger at the capital: An Occupy DC protester is arrested after disrupting a Congressional hearing with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Scuffle: Police arrest marchers from Occupy Wall Street, during a protest near JPMorgan Chase bank headquarters last night in New York

Scuffle: Police arrest marchers from Occupy Wall Street, during a protest near JPMorgan Chase bank headquarters last night in New York

Taken down: A demonstrator with Occupy Wall Street is arrested during a march near the financial district in New York yesterday

Taken down: A demonstrator with Occupy Wall Street is arrested during a march near the financial district in New York yesterday

A Facebook page titled ‘Occupy London’s Stock Exchange’ has amassed more than 3,000 people agreeing to attend the event on October 15.

The group, who were behind a protest that saw Westminster Bridge closed on Monday posted on the social networking site that they are ‘part of a global popular movement.’

A post under the name ‘Occupy The London Stock Exchange’ said: ‘Hundreds attended the General Assembly and we are growing stronger every day!

The movement has also drawn reaction from world leaders, including President Obama, former Polish President Lech Walesa and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Walesa said Thursday that he supports the New York protest and is planning to either visit or write a letter to the protesters.

He said the global economic crisis has made people aware that ‘we need to change the capitalist system’ because we need ‘more justice, more people’s interests, and less money for money’s sake.’

Khamenei said Wednesday that the wave of protests reflects a serious problem that will ultimately topple capitalism in America.

Talking: A demonstrator with Occupy Wall Street protests scuffles with a police officer during the march yesterday

Talking: A demonstrator with Occupy Wall Street protests scuffles with a police officer during the march yesterday

Suspicious: Some Wall Street protesters are hoping that the clean-up is not an attempt to undermine their efforts

Suspicious: Some Wall Street protesters are hoping that the clean-up is not an attempt to undermine their efforts

He claimed the United States is in a full-blown crisis because its ‘corrupt foundation has been exposed to the American people.’

Khamenei’s remarks came a day after U.S. officials said the Obama administration plans to leverage charges that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador into a new global campaign to isolate the Islamic republic.

Protesters busted: Eight people have been arrested in Portland, Oregon, as Occupy Wall Street protests spread to the Northwest

Protesters busted: Eight people have been arrested in Portland, Oregon, as Occupy Wall Street protests spread to the Northwest

Protesters, who have been living, sleeping and eating in the park for the duration, say they are in it for the long haul, despite the onset of cold weather.

On Wednesday, police arrested four people outside JP Morgan Chase offices where Wall Street protesters called in vain for a meeting with Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon. Protesters accused the police of rough handling.

An Associated Press photographer witnessed police officers heading into the crowd of demonstrators to make the arrests.

Meanwhile, about 700 members of the Service Employees International Union marched through the Financial District; the union, which represents 23,000 office cleaners, is gearing up for contract negotiations with the Realty Advisory Board.

More protests are planned in Toronto and Vancouver this weekend, and European activists also are organizing.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for a woman pepper-sprayed during an action last month is demanding that the Manhattan district attorney prosecute an NYPD deputy inspector on an assault charge.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the matter was being investigated by police internal affairs and the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Going nowhere: Occupy Wall Street members sit on the ground after being arrested during a protest march at the JP Morgan Chase Bank tower near Wall Street yesterday

Going nowhere: Occupy Wall Street members sit on the ground after being arrested during a protest march at the JP Morgan Chase Bank tower near Wall Street yesterday

Busted: Occupy Wall Street protests continued today in New York City, with more protesters getting arrested

Busted: Occupy Wall Street protests continued today in New York City, with more protesters getting arrested.

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Documenting US Involvement in Chemical Warfare

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by Ed Mattson

How complicit was the US government in the cover-up attempt with Agent Orange or is “all this” a figment of the imagination of a bunch of disgruntled veterans? It is hard for the public to wrap their arms around the Agent Orange issue. 88% of the total population are 64 years old or younger, and 26% are under the age of 18, meaning the vast majority of people were either not born or too young to know much about the issue.

In passing conversations with those who have never been affiliated with military service, there is little interest in even learning more about Agent Orange. After a few minutes into a conversation it is easy to tell that people tune-out rather quickly. When we talk about the “government cover-up”; the “government being in collaboration with the big chemical companies to hide from any wrong doing” regarding Agent Orange; and how our elected officials apparently sided with Big Chemical

I’m from the VA. I’m just like, and I’m here to help with those Agent Orange claims!

” because of the large campaign contributions made to “make the issue go away”, you can almost read the mind of the listener that they think you have a loose screw or that you are a couple of French fries short of a Happy Meal.

Our nation has grown complacent at simply “accepting things the way they are”. One-half the country doesn’t even vote, and it hasn’t been, except for the last couple of years, that anyone is paying attention to what the hell is going on. Losing your job, paying $5 for 10 lbs of potatoes, handing over $4/gallon for gasoline; having the government tell you can’t build something on your own land for whatever purpose you want because you might disturb some “three-legged brain-damaged rat” that has become an endangered species; or that you find your home on the auction block because inflation just doesn’t leave enough money left at the end of the month to meet the mortgage…then and only then do you take a look around at what’s happening all around you.

Those in Congress depend upon the dumbing-down of the public so they can continue enriching themselves at the public trough. We have made it too easy for elected official to worm their way into office and stay there, with all their power and benefits, until they decide to retire.

Every veteran and active-duty service member, all 25 million of us, have a stake in the game. Not only have we become prime targets in “balancing the budget” by the same government that has sent many off to wars, we allow them to treat us like cattle to be lead around by a rope attached to a big ring in our noses. We took an oath to defend our country from all foes, both foreign and domestic, and right now it looks as “the inside the Beltway Crowd” has managed to work its way into the “Enemy Column” for many veterans. These are harsh words, but the way they government has handled the Agent Orange issue is downright criminal, and the way they have run from their obligation to correct the injustice that has been fostered on not only the veteran but also millions of innocent men, women, and children, is shameful.

Some interesting facts to remember:
1. The government said they were unaware of all the hazards that defoliants can cause.
2. That the chemical companies assured them chemicals like Agent Orange were safe to use.
3. That products like DIOXIN would quickly dissipate into the environment with no lasting effect.
4. That the benefit of depriving the enemy of jungle coverage and food supplies from using defoliants would shorten the war in Vietnam and make a big difference.
5. That the “U.S. Government tried to claim, for many years, the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam was not responsible for the wide variety of health issues suffered by veterans who served there”.
6. All along they knew the real truth as to the toxicity of the Dioxin component and played CYA (maybe that should read “grab-ass” with the Chemical Companies)

The Congressional Record which I eluded to in Wednesday’s article shows that Congress and therefore the Department of Defense, was well aware that our troops and civilian populations were in grave danger by our country’s use of the Rainbow of Herbicides. Below are some notable quotes:

A. In a Senate discussion regarding Chemical and Biological Weapons (CBW), Senator McIntire refers to words of a bill by Senator Stennis that “eliminate back door financing of programs relating to CBW programs”. Now remember, this is in 1969, 9 years after the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides started being used. The wording was “Except as provided in subsection (g) (2) of this section, no funds authorized to be appropriated by this, or any other later enacted Act may be expended for research, development, test, evaluation, or procurement of any chemical weapon, including any such weapon used for incapacitation, defoliation, or other military operations.” (Page S-9520, dated August 11, 1969-Congressional Record)

B. The Record goes on to say, “makes it clear our opposition to the use of lethal CBW agent as offensive weapons and prohibits expenditure of funds for any device to deliver these agents…and we express concern of many about the deployment or storage of lethal agents and microorganisms outside the United States…about recent accounts of unfortunate incidents involving such deployment or storage have prompted new congressional interest in what we may be doing in this area of CBW activity”.

C. Regarding shipments by rail of lethal agents, many had fear of inherent dangers and that, notice must be given Congress and local civilian agencies of any such shipments”, The section goes on to say, “detoxification of lethal agents before they are shipped off for disposal”, which was never followed and therefore a clear violation of the Act.

D. Senator Pell made an interesting statement, “I am sure we have all been concerned about incidents of the past several years where outdoor testing of lethal agents and micro-organisms have jeopardize both animal and human life” (referring to the accidental death of a herd of 6000 sheep in Dugway, Utah and the severe illness of two dozen CBW workers in Okinawa)

E. Senator Goodell admitted, “I want to clarify the point and that it is a crucial point that we are requiring this procedure of lethal chemical agents that are tested and all disease-producing biological microorganisms, or biological toxins”. He went on to conclude, “the anti-CBW amendment we are presenting here today represents an important break with secrecy over chemical and biological weapons. It is a modest measure to check the vast destruction potential of our CBW arsenal”.

F. The Congressional Record is very detailed on the subject of CBW’s, “We must be guided by the principle that the security of this nation begins with the health and safety of our own people”

G. The Congressional Record also entered a table of Chemical and Biological Weapons but can be summarized as follows:
a. Nerve gases
b. Incapacitating agents
c. Riot control gases
d. Harassing agents
e. Biological agents
f. Defoliants and herbicides: “2,4-D: A weed-killing compound known as dichlorophen-oxyacetic acid that has relatively low level of toxicity to man, IF PROPERLY DISPERSED. Heavier concentrations can cause eye irritation and stomach upsets, however. Dangerous to inhale. Usually used in Vietnam along with 2,4,5-T (trichlorophenoxyametic acid), which has similar-although somewhat more toxic-properties. Effective against heavy jungle. Cacodlyic Acid is an arsenic-based compound used against rice plants and tall grass. Strong plant killer that gives quick results. One serious restriction on its use is the possibility that heavy concentrations will cause arsenical poisoning in humans. Widely used in Vietnam. It is composed of 54.29 percent arsenic.

Supporters of the US’s Agent Orange Campaign prefer to call it an “herbicide program” rather than chemical warfare. But these official documents reveal that the US Senate knew its real name…Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents.

With this much information available to a bunch of Senators in August of 1969, can there be any validity in any government agency, particularly the defense department, in claiming not to know the dangers of Agent Orange? Or that it was classified as a Chemical and Biological Warfare Agent?

That facts are clear, but even the real toxicity dangers of DIOXIN (the key ingredient in Agent Orange) were not totally revealed to Congress, nor was the haphazard training employed for precise dilution ratios, handling, transportation, storage, and disposal, made known. So in essence, the cover-up started long before the fallout began.

In closing it is apparent we must get Congress to open a complete investigation into the Agent Orange debacle and the affect it has had on our veterans, our civilian populations, and the citizens of some many other countries around the globe REGARDLESS of the cost. Monday I’ll clue you in:

The world hasn’t learned a thing from Agent Orange…it is still being used in to control foliage in the Brazilian Rain Forests and we hear they are looking using it in an application in New Jersey. It’s all part of Dow and Monsanto’s bottomline profits. We must act now!

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Nazi police brutalizing Palestinian man

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This video caught my attention this afternoon, but it sure isn’t an isolated incident against Palestinians in IsraHell.

In the video, Nazi police appear to be attacking and brutalizing a Palestinian man in Jaffa in order to evict him and his family from a vacant property in which they sheltered.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Sameer Kassem, the 34 years old man in the video, suffers two black eyes, a broken nose and a bruised rib following the incident, which was filmed by an activist and uploaded to the web on Thursday.

Nazi police assulted Kassem while he was holding on to his 4 years old daughter, Police later brutally assulted his wife and pushed her to the ground (seen at minute 00:30 in the video).

The attack by the police seems to be unprovoked, the Palestinian family doesn’t attempt to resist. This is one sided violence from the Nazi police.

The video speaks for itself, watch:

Earlier today, I read in Ha’aretz that doezens of Nazi settlers attacked an Nazi army patrol in the illegally occupied  West Bank, the report continues:

Soldiers who were called to the scene were able to detain one of the attackers, buthe managed to escape.

I am sure if it was a Palestinian in this case, it would be different and ugly. Even when a Palestinian man tries to defend his family from attacking Nazi settlers, he is killed by Israeli army.

Everyone in IsraHell enjoy equal citizenship, except if they were Palestinians or Non-Jews.

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UK TV regulator rejects Saeb Erekat complaint of unfair coverage of Palestine Papers

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The UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has rejected a formal complaint by PLO “chief negotiator” Saeb Erekat that Al Jazeera English had treated him unfairly in its programs on the Palestine Papers, broadcast over four consecutive nights from 23-26 January.

The Palestine Papers are made up of thousands of pages of documents leaked to Al Jazeera related to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, including minutes of high-level meetings between top American, Palestinian and Israeli officials spanning a period from about 1999 to 2010.

Ofcom also found that any infringement of privacy resulting from using leaked documents “was warranted, given the significant public interest, both in the Middle East and globally, in the issues looked at in the programmes.”

Had Erekat’s complaint been upheld, Ofcom would have had the power to force Al Jazeera, which operates in the UK, to broadcast a summary of its findings.

Dynamite revelations

The documents revealed that Erekat and his associates had, among other things, made major territorial concessions to Israel in and around eastern occupied Jerusalem, colluded in the siege of Gaza, and worked to torpedo a prisoner exchange that could have seen a thousand Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails.

I took part in the Al Jazeera programs as an on-set guest, and also spent some time in Doha at the invitation of Al Jazeera English to examine the leaked documents along with other journalists and experts and write about them for the network.

Erekat was treated fairly, Ofcom finds

The ruling, the full text of which is included in the Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin for 10 October 2011, states:

Ofcom has not upheld this complaint of unfair treatment and unwarranted infringement of privacy made by Dr Saeb Erakat on his own behalf and on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization (“PLO”).

Summarizing its findings, Ofcom states:

  • Material facts in relation to the negotiation meetings looked at in the programmes were not presented or omitted in a way that resulted in unfairness to Dr Erakat.

  • The use of dramatic reconstructions of negotiation meetings was not inappropriate and did not result in an unfair portrayal of Dr Erakat.

  • Dr Erakat was given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond to the criticisms of him in the programmes. Although he did not participate, his position (and that of the PLO) was included in the programmes.

  • To the extent there was an infringement of privacy in relation to obtaining and using documents, the infringement was warranted, given the significant public interest, both in the Middle East and globally, in the issues looked at in the programmes.

The ruling by Ofcom is a blow to Erekat who has claimed – as recently as last week in an interview with The Electronic Intifada – that Al Jazeera’s coverage of the Palestine Papers was variously part of an in-house, CIA or Israeli Mossad or Qatari plot against the Palestinian Authority.

In February, Erekat allegedly resigned, acknowledging that the documents had been leaked from his office. He now claims that his resignation was never accepted and therefore never took effect.

All of the Palestine Papers were made public by the Al Jazeera Transparency Unit and can be searched and examined by anyone. Some of the key documents were compiled in a book along with analysis, by Al Jazeera’s Clayton Swisher.

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LIAM FOX IS NOT A ‘USEFUL IDIOT

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 GILAD ATZMON

A rather stinky Israeli espionage mole has just been exposed in Britain. Yesterday, Liam Fox the Defence Secretary resigned following revelations about his dubious relationship with Adam Werritty. Some 17 years younger than Fox, Werrity has been involved with Fox both in business and in the conservative Atlanticist think-tank ‘The Atlantic Bridge’. While Fox was Defence Minister, Werrity visited Fox at the Ministry on many occasions, accompanied Fox on numerous official trips, attended some of his meetings with foreign dignitaries and used official-looking business cards which announced him as an ‘adviser’ to Fox – and all despite having no official government post whatsoever. However, it has now also been revealed that Fox and Werritty were heavily financed by the Israeli lobby and ‘beyond’.

In the The Daily Mail Craig Murray wondered whether Mossad was using both Fox and Werritty as ‘useful idiots’.

“Not only was Werritty being paid to act as an unofficial part of the Defence Secretary’s entourage, the money was coming from people who may have been ready to promote the interests of certain foreign governments, particularly the United States, Israel and Sri Lanka,” writes Murray. “While the United States is a very close ally, its commercial and other interests are not always identical to UK interests. Israel is not a military ally of the UK. There are often tensions between its interests in the Middle East and the UK’s interests, as in the attack on the Gaza Aid convoy which resulted in the death of Turkish citizens. Turkey is an ally of the UK, being a vital member of NATO.”

Murray suggests that “Key funding sources for Werritty were from the Israeli lobby and a rather obscure commercial intelligence agency,” and then wonders, “might Mossad be pulling Werritty’s strings, with or without his knowledge?”

I’m afraid the answer is only too obvious. For a long time I have contended that there are no Jewish conspiracies. Fox and Werritty were not ‘useful idiots’ – individuals who seem to naively support a foreign ideology or thought but in practice are cynically used by a foreign power. They knew exactly what they were doing and who they were aiding. Fox, who In 2006 said, “Israel’s enemies are our enemies and this is a battle in which we all stand together or we will all fall divided.” is a strong supporter of Israel and is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel. Fox also supported the illegal war against Iraq, a war regarded by many as just another Israeli war but fought by American and British soldiers and in 2003 he voted for the invasion of Iraq. He also supports action against Iran.

So Fox and Werritty were not naïve. They knew exactly what they were doing and who were their donors. They fully understood their role and willingly did what was required. And I’m just as convinced that PM David Cameron and his cabinet knew exactly what they were doing when they amended Britain’s jurisdiction laws two weeks ago just so visiting Israeli war criminals could enjoy their stay.

But the tide has changed. The duplicity of our elected politicians and their ties with the Jewish lobby is now being closely scrutinized. The time has come for all of us in this country to put as much distance as we can between ourselves and Jerusalem.

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