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Phony unanimity proves Egypt’s “constitution” a sham

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by  Kevin Barrett, VT Editor

 

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According to the al-Sisi junta, more than 98% of Egypt’s voters have approved a new “constitution” that establishes a permanent totalitarian dictatorship.

That 98% figure says it all.

Whenever 98% of voters supposedly vote for anything, you know the “election” is a sham.

Fake unanimity is the hallmark of dictatorships. People like Stalin, Mao, and al-Sisi are always “elected” by near-unanimous “landslides.”

The Egyptian “election” was held at gunpoint, without safeguards for ballot secrecy. Anyone who voted “no” –  and even that vast majority who stayed home – risked serious reprisals from a government that has deemed all opposition – meaning the vast majority of the population – “terrorists.”

The so-called Egyptian constitution is a joke. It permanently establishes military control of more than a third of Egypt’s economy, without the slightest shred of transparency or civilian oversight.

It is this military domination of Egypt’s economy that is starving Egypt’s people. The Israeli stooge al-Sisi – a Moroccan Jew who appears to have infiltrated Egypt on a mission from the Mossad, and succeeded beyond his/their wildest dreams – is charged with keeping Egypt powerless and impoverished so it can never challenge Greater Israel’s plan to steal everything between the Nile and the Euphrates.

Polling data from the past three decades, and a series of elections during Egypt’s less than two years as a democracy, have shown that roughly two thirds of the Egyptian people support the Muslim Brotherhood – and Egypt’s democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi. The problem: That same two-thirds of Egyptians is disproportionately poor, rural, and powerless.

The military (propped up by US aid) and its supporters are parasites who do no useful work, yet own the lion’s share of the economy. Using its vast unearned financial clout, and with the support of Israeli psy-ops experts and a compliant media, the Egyptian deep state organized a PR lynching of the democratically-elected president Morsi, thereby destroying the only real democracy Egypt has enjoyed in 5,000 years of recorded history…and the only honest, largely non-corrupt leadership Egypt has enjoyed in modern times.

The Egyptian government, led by the hidden deep state, is corrupt from top to bottom. Since the corrupt elite won’t allow democracy, it seems that only a thorough Iranian-style Islamic revolution, ridding Egypt of its entire corrupt elite by whatever means necessary, could possibly save Egypt. When the Egyptian people finally figure out that Al-Sisi’s a Jew, Egypt is Israeli-occupied territory,” that revolution could happen almost overnight.

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I$raHelli Machsoom; Humiliations not Security

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by Sami Jamil Jadallah

Qalandia crossing

NAZI AT WORK

May be it is culture, may be it is religious Talmudic values, may be it is a history of anger and feelings of past humiliations.

When it comes to contempt for and humiliations of others, no one group can match the Israelis for the evil, inventive ways they can make life pure hell for others specially the Palestinians. The “Machsoom” is the perfect reflection of a “core value system” of the “only democracy” in the Middle East.

True, the war criminal Ariel Sharon evacuated land thieves and criminal trespassers Jewish settlers from Gaza, but he made sure Gaza remained locked and under siege. Subsequent Israeli governments, Labor and Likud whose leadership is recipient of the Noble Peace Prize made sure the Occupied West Bank is under total military and settlers control using “Machsoom” to control daily lives for millions of Palestinians. The “Machsoom” has nothing to do with security but intentional intimidation and humiliations of millions of Palestinians under Occupation.

Over the years, Israeli defense establishment have used all of its imaginations recalling past humiliations and experience at the hands of the Nazis and Czarist Russia to developing ways to humiliate millions of Palestinians day in and day out.

The Berlin Wall, the Russian Gulag and Pogroms, the humiliations at the hands of the Nazis, combine all of these and you get what is called in Hebrew: מחסום‎, machsom, the more than 550 different variety of “security” checkpoints and crossings. Most famous or infamous are Qalandia, Huwara, and Bethlehem among others.

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Qalandia crossing

Of course when Arafat negotiated Oslo he made sure that some 3,000 of the so-called Palestinian VIP’s members of the PLO and Fatah who came back to manage the Israeli Occupation, never have to go through these checkpoints. The Palestinian leadership of Arafat and Mahmoud Abbass never made an issue of the enduring humiliations millions of Palestinians had to go through. Never could understand how this “Palestinian leadership” accepts such a privilege when millions have to suffer such humiliation.

All 3.5 million Palestinians who have to travel from one town to another, from their village to their farms, even visit neighbors, have to endure these cruel and humiliating Israeli checkpoints. The Palestinians have to endure, rain and cold, sun and wind hours upon hours, sometimes days, waiting for a young IDF draftee, racists to the core, angry with his life, perhaps with who he/she is, boring job, stop, frisk and search Palestinians young and old, men and women, healthy and sick and they do it with vengeance and joy.

The Israelis became notorious with their creativity building and erecting series of complex, some crude, some very sophisticated “security” crossing all with the same purpose, humiliation and contempt for the Palestinians. One has to see the Apartheid Wall far worst than the Berlin Wall, to see how far in time the Israeli imagination travel back to Europe of the past.

Here at these “Machsooms” Palestinian migrant and day workers have to line up few hours past midnight and wait few more hours in the early morning to go to their jobs in Israel. This is where ambulances with sick people and pregnant mothers have to wait for hours if not days to pass through to a nearby hospital. For many of the sick, these “security” checkpoints became a death trap where life ends while waiting for the OK to pass. Mothers and babies dies, sick and old die while members of the IDF having their coffee, talking on the phone, or send text messages or listening to music and try the few insulting words to communicate with waiting Arabs. Deaf ears and blind eyes, with no sense of humility or humanity. Did G-d made a mistake, sure did.

No one could ever imagine the impact of such wide spread “security checkpoints” on the daily lives of millions. On farmers going to their farms. On students going to their schools, on critically ill patients going to intensive care, on mothers and families visiting relatives, and of course on commerce among people and between communities. The Israelis know this and that is why they make sure the “Machsoom” is  the flag of the Israeli occupation.

Qalandia crossing

Qalandia crossing

I am sure all of you or at least most of you heard or perhaps watch the Oscar winning movie the “Pianists” with Adrian Brody playing the “Pianist”, a sad story of the humiliating dehumanization of Polish Jews at the hands of the Occupying Nazis,

The Pianist came out in 2003 and it seems that one of the Israeli checkpoint officers watched the movie and was so impressed with its message that in 2004 he forced a Palestinians “violinist” to play for him and his buddies while hundreds of people had to wait to get through the check point. Wissam Tayem had to endure these humiliations at the infamous “Huwara” checkpoint outside the city of Nablus.

Of course the story of Wissam hardly made the mainstream media in the US or become a major motion picture or even a subject of apolitical cable from the US counsel in Jerusalem. Yes, indeed, the Israelis learned too well from their tormentors the Nazis and the Czarists, and now they are taking their anger and frustration on the Palestinians. I leave you with this series of images of what is life is under the Israeli Occupation, an occupation generously funded by our tax dollars, the longest occupation in modern times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSTbnzyGyyc

Images from Qalandia crossing. Picture is worth a thousand words.

https://www.google.com/search?q=qalandia+checkpoint&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=vDHcUqTtFMjSywOysYDYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CDgQsAQ&biw=1276&bih=670

http://electronicintifada.net/content/pianist-palestine-reflections-israels-ubiquitous-abuse/5336

http://www.alhaq.org/publications/publications-index/item/death-traps-israel-s-use-of-force-at-checkpoints-in-the-west-bank

http://www.btselem.org/workers/20131021_conditions_in_shaar_efraim_and_tarqumya_checkpoints

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/checkpoints.html

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Simon Shack, obf and the 9/11 “September Clueless” distractors

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by  Don Fox,  Ian Greenhalgh  and  Jim Fetzer

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Of all the positions that have been taken about 9/11, which range from the “official” collapse theory to the use of nanothermite to conventional explosives to DEWs, nukes mini or large, from a purely philosophical point of view, perhaps the most extreme is that adopted by Simon Shack (SS) and his followers, including onebornfree (obf), who claim that all the footage of the destruction sequence in New York City is fake and unreliable.

The term “Clueless” thus applies to their contention that no information on the destruction in the photo and video record is accurate–and for the notion that it was all pre-filmed. This is striking because that footage has virtually universally been regarded as some of the most important evidence about what actually happened there on 9/11.

Since the Twin Towers are shown blowing apart in every direction from the top down, for example, while being converted into millions of cubic yards of very fine dust, it serves as the foundation for one line of argument that demonstrated the “official” account cannot possibly be true, since the Twin Towers are not undergoing any kind of collapse.

This goes well beyond their claims that the media preplanned footage viewpoints, where content was piped in on 9/11 and was being adjusted (doctored, spliced and selected), and their showing many victim identities appear to be fake. If all the videos had been faked, then one might have expected they would show the Twin Towers collapsing in order to confirm the government’s account, not blowing apart in every direction to falsify it instead. And this is not the most bizarre of their positions.

Here is a sample of the kinds of visual studies that support the conversion of the towers into dust:
YouTube – Veterans Today –

Simon Shack and onebornfree, alas, have hinted that they think we should have seen a classic, bottom-up “controlled demolition”, had we had access to authentic footage. But there are many other kinds of evidence which goes far beyond the visual evidence they fixate upon:

(1) They were standing, then they were gone.

(2) It happened in a very brief period of time.

(3) Millions of cubic yards of dust emerged.

(4) They were destroyed below ground level.

(5) We have the so-called “toasted cars”

(6) And massive parts blown great distances

(7) There were videos and there were photos.

(8) There were many witnesses observing.

(9) We have cancer rates among responders.

(10) We have USGS dust samples.

(11) We have seismic readings.

(12) We have acoustical recordings.

The evidence derived from these sources can be used to sort out various alternative possibilities:

(h1) natural causes (earthquake, tornado,…)

(h2) collapse due to plane crashes and fires.

(h3) classic controlled demolitions (a pair).

(h4) non-conventional mode of destruction;

(h4a) lasers, masers or plasmoids;

(h4b) directed energy weaponry;

(h4c) nukes (large/small/micro/mini/)

So far the evidence most strongly supports (h4c), which we have explained repeatedly in a series of articles beginning with “9/11 Truth will out: The Vancouver Hearings II”. Clare Kuehn has offered a list of oddities that would almost certainly not have been present had all of the videos been faked or under control:

While Clare agrees that SS and obf have blundered on the destruction footage, she accents that the Clues andLetsRoll forums have exposed media control and some forms of fakery, for lack of a better term, including evidence of layering to conceal parts of images (for adding planes and in long shots) and the exensive interpolation of fake victims–including one head on as many as eight (8) different bodies.

The SS/obf Gambit

SS and obf do not discuss the evidence apart from the video footage and never address the question of why we cannot possibly know what happened on the basis of the totality of the evidence available for study. Instead, in response to the observation that the video footage is taken from many locations and perspectives, some from the air and some from across the Hudson River, where it all “hangs together” in the right way, they go on the attack, as in this post from obf attacking Jim Fetzer for making this argument:

1] there is never any need or requirement for the investigating “scientist” to ever closely scrutinize/compare even one of the 911 videos or photos, both with other 911 photos/videos, nor with pre-911 imagery, before accepting those videos/photos as indisputably genuine evidence.

2] there is never any need/requirement for the investigating “scientist” to ever try to authenticate even one of the alleged authors of any of the videos/photos before accepting their videos/photos as indisputably genuine evidence.

3] there is never any need/requirement for the investigating “scientist” to ever do extensive background checks on any/all alleged eyewitnesses and their out of court, not under oath testimony before accepting their testimony as indisputably genuine evidence.

The investigating “scientist” is perfectly free to claim anything that he/she feels is real is in fact real evidence, based on nothing more than personal bias/whim.

If, dear reader, any of the above 3 points even remotely apply within the general world of scientific research, [i.e. outside of 911 research] , and Mr Fetzer’s “scientific methodology” [ i.e. “if it looks good without closely checking/cross-checking then its genuine”], is simply par for the course, then I would suggest that the whole field of scientific research is in very, very deep trouble.

But this is a grossly exaggerated distortion of Jim’s actual position that is easier to attack, which makes it a nice example of the straw man fallacy.  1], 2] and 3] would appropriate if there were good reasons to doubt the photographic and video record.  We know that to be the true in the case of the plane videos–and we have taken them apart.  But obf and SS have really not given us any good reasons to doubt that the voluminous record of destruction videos and photos are fake.

There are too many from too many directions of enormous variation in quality, including of high definition, to take their claims seriously. At one point I looked at the wavy clouds of smoke with their repetition and changes in the background and color and tint variations, all of which appear to be post-production in messing with those photos and films–not necessarily for disinformational purposes, but because of multiple cases of copying and other sources of minor distortions.

They made valuable contributions exposing fakery in the airplane footage, but overgeneralized to conclude that all of the video footage had to be fake. So instead of contributing to SOLVING THE PROBLEM of what actually happened in New York City on 9/11, THEY DECLARE THE PROBLEM TO BE UNSOLVABLE. Here is some of the most fascinating footage that is incompatible with standard explosives or with any kind of collapse theory:
YouTube – Veterans Today –

That is completely unscientific, where ofb’s complete lack of understanding of scientific method is no where more manifest than in his disregard for the rest of the evidence, which we enumerated as (1) through (12) above. Indeed, it is a basic principle of scientific reasoning that it be based upon all the evidence available. Failing to do so entails the commission of the fallacy of special pleading, which is common with politicians, editorial writers and used-car salesmen. That is where he stands.

That SS and obf even deny the existence of nuclear weapons tells me we are not dealing simply with persons of diminished capacity for serious research but demonstrable fakes and frauds. And while Clare will continue to treat them with kindness, it has become all too clear that they are shilling for Israel by doing their best to conceal that the towers were nukes and they must have been Israeli.

The US nuclear arsenal is under very tight but not perfect control, while Israeli nukes are not. Israel has not even admitted that it has a vast stockpile of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons–though it is common knowledge in the Middle East and among experts. SS and obf are using the pretense of science to attack those who are exposing the truth about 9/11, as Don Fox and Ian Greenhalgh explain in the study that follows.

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By Don Fox and Ian Greenhalgh

The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Lenin

Simon Shack, hoi.polloi, Ab Irato, El Buggo and Onebornfree are the latest disinfo crew to attempt to conceal the nuclear demolition of the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11 by any and all means necessary. Preceding them have been such luminaries of the “Truth Movement” as Steve Jones, Richard Gage, Christopher Bollyn, Mark Bilk, Judy Wood, Andrew Johnson, Thomas Potter, Emmanuel Goldstein, S. Tiller and Pete Santilli, among others.

A lot of effort has gone into constructing various ruses to fool the public. The Official Conspiracy Theory posits that 19 Islamic hijackers wielding box cutters were responsible for all of the destruction. The woefulness of that theory became readily apparent soon after 9/11 and it gave rise to a number of alternative theories.

The first to gain prominence was the pyrotechnic nanothermite promoted by Jones, Gage, Bilk and Bollyn among others. Alas non-explosive nanothermite has no explanatory power for what happened to the WTC buildings as has been previously documented. As the inadequacy of the nanothermite theory became apparent, Judy Wood’s directed energy weapon (DEW) non-theory started to gain prominence.

While Dr. Wood claims not to have a theory, it states plainly on the cover of her book Where Did the Towers Go?, “Evidence of Directed Free-energy Technology on 9/11″. A key element of Wood’s position is that no bombs (nuclear or conventional) were used on 9/11. Dr. Wood’s non-theory runs out of steam once you realize that the WTC buildings exploded, high temperatures persisted at the WTC site for six months after 9/11, and that evidence for fission and fusion abound at Ground Zero.

However, the indefensibility of the Judy Wood Cult’s non-theory pales in comparison to the utterly ludicrous rantings of the September Clues forum. Simon Shack and others have constructed an utterly bizarre 9/11 mythology which would have you believe that the Twin Towers were completely vacant after the 1993 bombing, that nobody died on 9/11 and that the entire event was a Hollywood-style production, where the actual destruction of the WTC buildings was obscured by military smoke-machines.

Completely Bizarre Scenario

According to posts on their forum, the Twin Towers were actually destroyed from the bottom up by conventional explosive charges. Nobody saw this as the television audience was shown fabricated movie footage prepared in advance of the event. A top-down, near free fall “collapse” of the Twin Towers is impossible to their minds, which means any and all videos and pictures depicting such occurrences have to be fake.

I have never seen a witness report the events as having happened that way. All of the witness reports I have read depict the events as having happened as the available videos and pictures show it. There is a huge gap between the September Clues version of 9/11 and the version that the rest of the world accepts. Here is a summation of the September Clues Forum’s positions:

It is fair to say the September Clues research has established these 4 main points:

1- The 9/11 imagery was nothing but a Hollywood-style film production, complete with actors in the role of ‘eye-witnesses’ or ‘firefighters’, staged ‘running crowds’, 3D-compositing and special cinematic effects. The ’9/11 movie’ was split into a number of short clips and sold to the TV audience as ‘newscasts’. The few clips featuring ‘airplanes’ (or dull silhouettes thereof) were computer-generated images – all of which in stark conflict with each other, as now comprehensively demonstrated in every imaginable manner, angle and method.

2- No commercial airliners were hijacked or – much less – crashed into the WTC towers, the Pentagon or the Shanksville field. No valid/verifiable records exist for : their airport logs/schedules, their numbered parts, their alleged passengers. Their reported speeds at near sea-level as well as the absurd visuals of their total, effortless disappearance into the WTC façades defy the laws of mechanics and physics – and the absence of visible wake vortexes in the WTC impact imagery also defies the laws of aerodynamics.

3- The World Trade Center Complex (9 buildings in all) were demolished with powerful explosives. No image-analyses of the tower collapses can help determine just what type of explosives were employed – since the videos are 3D animations and do not represent the real-life events. In reality, as they collapsed, the WTC complex was most likely enveloped by military-grade smoke obscurants. No real/private imagery exists of the morning’s events – ‘thanks’ to electromagnetic countermeasures.

4- No “3000″ people were trapped in the top floors/nor perished in the WTC towers. Only one thing was more important to the perps than avoiding a mass murder of 3000 US citizens : to sell the notion that “bogeyman Bin Laden” killed 3000 US citizens. We have renamed the ‘victims’ of these psy-operations “VICSIMS” (SIMulated VICtims). In fact, our research has seen the same pattern emerge in all the so-called “Al-Qaeda Terror Attacks” around the world (LONDON 7/7, MADRID 11, BALI, MUMBAI, etc…). In all logic, the very last aggravation the plotters behind these false-flag operations wish to have, are scores of real families hounding them forever with real questions and real class actions. Hence: NO real terror victims = Logical PsyOp rationale.

9/11 is but a giant – and still ongoing – money-making scam. It rotates around the most well-funded and profitable hoax of modern history. Everyone involved in the scheme is reaping a sizable return from their ‘investment bond’ which, naturally, has “SILENCE” printed all over it. For anyone to ‘speak out’ would be both ruinous and suicidal – a most distasteful option. To be sure, ‘suicidal heroics’ only exist in journalistic fairy-tales such as the outlandish news media’s narrative of 9/11 and its “nineteen religious fanatics”. The skeptics objecting that “too many people would have had to be in on this” fail to account for the most fundamental aspect of human nature: our survival instinct.

The master plan of 9/11 was to demolish the redundant, asbestos-filled WTC complex in Lower Manhattan – 9 buildings in all. The area would naturally be evacuated (as for all such demolitions) in order to prevent a slaughterhouse of dreadful proportions – not a good idea at all. To be sure, this was no mass murder scheme – just a formidable opportunity for massive financial gains and military propaganda. The military (and its various intelligence affiliates) would manage the ground logistics, such as securing the area, raising smokescreens to hide the proceedings from public view, and last but not least, electromagnetic countermeasures to keep any private cameras from filming the mayhem. The WTC complex was thus ‘safely’ destroyed in bright daylight. It was a magician’s trick, pulled off by sleight of hand to fool the few (the NY onlookers) – and with computer graphics to fool the world (the TV viewers).

Nobody died? The real destruction of the WTC buildings was somehow hidden from view? So what gives? Either September Clues knows something that the rest of us do not or they are completely out to lunch.

A cursory examination of their forum leads one to believe that the later has a much higher probability of being true than the former. For instance there is an entire thread devoted to proving that satellites are fake. During an interview with Ab Irato on 28 December 2013, for example, Simon Shack denies Earth-orbiting satellites exist:

They appear to be denying the existence of satellites as satellites can be used to prove the Earth is round.Cartesian has an excellent post in the Flat Earth Discussion Boards:

Breaking News: Satellites DO Exist

Flat Earthers don’t believe in satellites as the existence of satellites can be used to disprove that the earth is flat. Satellites can take pictures of a round earth and Flat Earthers don’t like to see them. For Flat Earthers, those pictures are fabricated. Geostationary satellites are even worse. In order for an object to be geostationary, the object must orbit around the earth at the same angular velocity as earth’s rotation and at a certain altitude above the equator such that the centrifugal force due to the orbital movement is equal to the gravitational force.

An object cannot orbit a flat earth while remaining stationary above it. Furthermore, geostationary orbit is at 22,000 miles from earth, way above the Flat Earth sun. So satellite existence simply doesn’t fit into Flat Earth model.

Flat Earthers say GPS works based on LORAN (LOng RAnge Navigation), a terrestrial radio navigation system. Radio can travel long distance in the Flat Earth model because the earth is flat. Flat Earthers also say that satellite TV works based on transmission towers. Dishes don’t get signal from a geostationary satellite but rather from a very tall tower somewhere.

But how tall can these towers be? And where are they exactly located? Before answering my questions, I will show you some pictures taken in some places near the equator for you to ponder.

Satellite Dishes

Everyone who lives where I come from is used to this kind of scenery. We all believe that satellites do exist since birth because the proof is everywhere around us. So yes we are all born Round Earthers.

The Flat Earth Model

Modern hypotheses supporting a flat Earth originated with English inventor Samuel Rowbotham (1816–1884). Based on his incorrect interpretation of experiments on the Bedford Level, Rowbotham published a 16-page pamphlet, called “Zetetic Astronomy”, which he later expanded into a 430-page book, Earth Not a Globe, expounding his views. According to Rowbotham’s system, the earth is a flat disc centered at the North Pole and bounded along its southern edge by a wall of ice (Antarctica), with the sun and moon 3,000 miles (4,800 km) and the “cosmos” 3,100 miles (5,000 km) above earth. He also published a leaflet entitled “The inconsistency of Modern Astronomy and its Opposition to the Scriptures!!” which argued that the “Bible, alongside our senses, supported the idea that the earth was flat and immovable and this essential truth should not be set aside for a system based solely on human conjecture.

One of the many problems with the Flat Earth Model is the Earth rotates on its axis and has a Northern and Southern Hemisphere. The Earth tilts on its axis and this is what gives us the four different seasons. How does a Flat Earth person account for the four seasons? Why do hurricanes spin counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and typhoons spin clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere?

This Just In: Earth is ROUND

The Earth isn’t flat, that’s for sure. And if you look at a photograph, the Earth really looks round. But how round is it?

The actual shape of the Earth is actually an oblate spheroid – a sphere with a bulge around the equator. The Earth is bulged at its equator because it’s rapidly rotating on its axis. The centripetal force of the rotation causes the regions at the equator to bulge outward. And it actually makes a pretty big difference. The diameter of the Earth, measured across the equator is 43 km more than when you measure the diameter of the Earth from pole to pole.

This bulge has some interesting implications. For example, it means that the point on Earth furthest from the center isn’t actually Mount Everest, but Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador. Only because Chimborazo is closer to the Earth’s equator.

Human Remains Found at Ground Zero

If nobody died at Ground Zero on 9/11 then why were human remains found?

Jim Riches pulled his firefighter son’s mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.

“They’ll call you and they’ll tell you, ‘We found a shin bone,’” said Riches, a retired deputy fire chief. “Or: ‘We found an arm bone.’ We held them all together and then we put them in the cemetery.”

Those are the phone calls both dreaded and hoped for among the families of Sept. 11 victims. And as investigators began sifting through newly uncovered debris from the World Trade Center this week for the first time in three years, those anxieties were renewed more than a decade after the attacks.

But there was also hope that more victims might yet be identified after tens of millions have been spent on the painstaking identification process. Two potential human remains were recovered on Monday, according to the medical examiner.

“We would like to see the other 40 percent of the families who have never recovered anything to at least someday have a piece of their loved one,” Riches said. “That they can go to a cemetery and pray.”

About 60 truckloads of debris that could contain tiny fragments of bone or tissue were unearthed by construction crews that have been working on the new World Trade Center in recent years. That material is now being transported to a park built on top of the former Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, where investigators will attempt to find any possible remains during the next 10 weeks, the city said. That’s the material the two potential human remains were found in.

Some 2,750 people died at the World Trade Center in the 2001 terrorist attacks, but only 1,634 people have been identified.

“We have been monitoring the World Trade Center site over time and monitoring the construction,” said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office. “And if they see any material that could possibly contain human remains, we collect that material.”

About 9,000 human remains recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center remain unidentified because they are too degraded to match victims by DNA identification. The remains are stored at an undisclosed location monitored by the medical examiner’s office and will eventually be transferred to a subterranean chamber at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

If nobody died why was so much money paid out to the families?

Paying Off the Victims: September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Just eleven days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. It was a unique, unprecedented commitment to compensate families who lost a loved one on 9/11 and survivors who were physically injured. In its haste, Congress provided very few guidelines as to how the funds should be distributed and set no limit on the size of awards. Instead, it gave a single individual nearly unlimited discretion to manage the program.

Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Kenneth Feinberg to administer the fund, handing him sole responsibility for calculating the dollar value of over 5,500 dead and injured in the worst peacetime disaster in U.S. History. In this he was supported by some 30 lawyers from his law firm and his wife, Diane “Dede” Shaff Feinberg.

Kenneth Feinberg: The Zionist Hush Money Specialist

Kenneth Feinberg is a Jewish lawyer known for wearing expensive Brioni suits, smoking Cuban cigars and his love of opera. He has become (in)famous for his handling of many high-profile litigations. A partial list of cases in which Feinberg has handled settlement payments:

* Penn. State sex abuse scandal involving Jewish football coach Jerry Sandusky

* Agent Orange product liability – class action by 250,000 Vietnam veterans

* Abraham Zapruder JFK film – one of three arbitrators who determined the fair market value of the film

* Holocaust slave labor litigation – one of two arbitrators

* Aurora, CT theatre shootings

* Sandy Hook school shootings

* Virginia Tech. mass shooting – administered the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund

* Boston Marathon bombing

* Hurricane Katrina

* BP Gulf Oil Spill

With a resume like that, it would appear that Kenneth Feinberg is the man the Zionists turn to whenever they need to cover something up and distribute hush money in the form of compensation.

For three years working pro bono as head of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Feinberg reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation and distributed awards. Feinberg spent almost all of his time meeting with the 9/11 families, convincing them of the generosity and compassion of the program and calculating appropriate awards for each and every claim. He personally took part in most of the 1,500 hearings with survivors and victims’ families and his staff of 200 spent 33 months investigating claims and deciding benefits. Feinberg told ABC News on Dec. 19, 2003:

It’s a brutal, sort of cold thing to do. Anybody who looks at this program and expects that by cutting a U.S. Treasury check you are going to make 9/11 families happy is vastly misunderstanding what’s going on with this program.”

When the program was launched, many families criticized it as a brazen, tight-fisted attempt to protect the airlines from lawsuits. The Fund was also attacked as attempting to put insulting dollar values on the lives of lost loved ones. Those who participated in the Fund were required to waive their right to sue the airlines involved in the attacks, as well as other potentially responsible entities including the Israeli airport security firm Huntleigh USA/ICTS. By taking the compensation, the families waived their right to demand a real investigation into 9/11.

More than 98 percent of the families accepted the money from the Feinberg-managed fund.  The amounts of the payments and the amounts paid to Diane Feinberg and the 30 lawyers are not known.  The American people deserve to know how the funds were used and who got paid.

Estimates put the total settlement amount at less than $3.5 billion total for all the victims. Due to the lack of oversight, it’s anyone’s guess where the rest of the tax dollars have gone. Ellen Mariani, a brave and fiery widow and 9/11 plaintiff, included Feinberg in her lawsuit which was eventually forcibly settled. Feinberg’s inclusion in the suit was partially related to his success in bribing Mariani’s attorney to try to coerce his client to accept the fund’s payout and attempt to convince her that she was clinically insane.

Feinberg’s role in covering up the truth about 9/11 is connected to his relationship to the state of Israel.  A year after the settlement of the 9/11 claims he went to Israel at the behest of the Sharon government to work on compensating the 8,000 settlers they were trying to force out of Gaza. Kenneth Feinberg wasn’t working pro bono on the 9/11 victims fund out of compassion for the victims of 9/11, or for America.  He was doing it to serve Israel and the murderous Mossad.

Diane ‘Dede’ Shaff Feinberg and the Jewish Agency

Diane and Kenneth Feinberg were co-chairmen of the recent General Assembly of the Jewish Federation, which hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, two prime suspects in the Israeli terrorism of 9/11.

Diane is also an executive member of the United Israel Appeal and the Jewish Federation of Washington.  She also happens to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency – the parent organization of the Mossad.

To understand why American Jews are willing to commit and cover-up serious crimes, even treason, on behalf of the state of Israel one needs to understand that most religious Jews in America are first obliged to serve Israel – a foreign state.  American Jews are, for this reason, conflicted.  Their religion obliges them to make “aliya” and live in Israel but most would prefer to stay in the United States.  Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have chosen to leave “the Jewish state” and now live in the United States.  While they are unwilling to leave the comfort of the United States and immigrate to Israel (aliya), most religious Jews in the United States feel strongly compelled to support and defend the state of Israel.

To fulfill their obligation to the state of Israel, Zionist Jews in America have created hundreds of organizations to raise funds and support for the Zionist state in Palestine.  These organizations are consolidated under an umbrella organization called the Jewish Agency.  The Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization are two parts of the same Zionist enterprise that operates in the United States and around the world.  The Jewish Agency was the Zionist organization that became the state of Israel in 1948 when a Jewish state was established in Palestine.  The Jewish Agency, then headed by David Ben-Gurion, literally became the apparatus of the Zionist state and Ben-Gurion became the first prime minister of Israel.

The Jewish Agency, head quartered in New York City after World War II, organized and funded the Haganah, the Zionist militia in Palestine, as well as the terrorist groups known as the Irgun and LEHI (the Stern Gang).  Using these groups, the Jewish Agency created the Mossad Le Aliyah Bet (the Agency for Illegal Immigration) in 1938 to smuggle illegal Jewish immigrants and weapons into Palestine.  The Jewish Agency and the Mossad worked together to bring many thousands of Jews to Palestine – illegally – from Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, and Europe.  The Jewish Agency was the Mossad.

The Jewish Agency and the Mossad continued to work together after the creation of the state of Israel to bring Jews to the Zionist state.  The hardline Zionists who run Israel today are actually fighting a losing battle with demographics.  The Arab population around them is growing quickly while many Israelis are leaving the Jewish state.  The Israeli population has become more Russian, more extremist, and less Western in its outlook than at any time since the founding of the state in 1948.  Ariel Sharon, the now comatose prime minister who ran Israel in 2001, dreamed of bringing one million Jews to Israel from the United States.  In this effort he worked closely with the Jewish Agency.

Alvin K. Hellerstein: U.S. Judge but Zionist gatekeeper

Feinberg’s actions were crucial to removing more than 98 percent of the families from the litigation process.  Kenneth Feinberg and Judge Alvin Hellerstein have waged a war of attrition against the 9/11 relatives.  Of the thousands of families that could have used the courts to find justice and legal discovery for what happened on 9-11, Feinberg was successful in removing 98 percent.  Of the 96 families that chose to go to court, all but one or two cases have settled out of court after enduring years of obstruction in the court of Alvin K. Hellerstein.  Thanks to Feinberg and Hellerstein there may never be a trial for a single victim of 9-11.

For the 96 families who initially chose to forgo the fund in favor of a transparent trial, Sheila Birnbaum was appointed special mediator between Hellerstein and the victims’ families. Birnbaum, another dedicated Zionist lawyer at the Israeli law firm Skadden Arps, effectively railroaded these brave families and forced them all to settle. Skadden Arps introduces itself with the following on its website:

Many of our attorneys are thoroughly familiar with the legal structure, business environment and political system of Israel, and several (including at the partner level) are Israeli-born, native Hebrew speakers who have been admitted to the bars of both Israel and New York. A number of our lawyers volunteer a significant amount of their time to Jewish and Israeli causes, including the America-Israel Friendship League, the Anti-Defamation League, the College of Management, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Elem, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Foundation and Miklat.”

Radical Zionist Alvin Hellerstein has controlled all 9/11 litigation. Hellerstein, Feinberg and Birnbaum were the triumvirate that formed the Zionist roadblock to any justice for the victims’ families. Hellerstein’s son, Joseph, worked for the law firm that represented ICTS, the Israeli passenger screening and security company implicated in 9/11. Hellerstein is thus guilty of a criminal conflict of interest in his prevention of a trial in any 9/11 lawsuit.

Alvin Hellerstein is tied to 9/11 directly in his role as head gatekeeper on all 9/11 claims, preventing legal discovery, wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits from trial. Judge Hellerstein is also intimately connected to other key Israeli players of the 9/11 massacre on multiple layers through his son, Joseph. Joseph Hellerstein worked for an Israeli law firm, Amit, Pollack and Matalon, which represented ICTS, the Israeli firm implicated in the attacks via passenger screening and airline security at Newark, Boston Logan, and Dulles, the departure sites of the hijacked aircraft.

ICTS is owned by two Israelis, Ezra Harel and Menachem Atzmon. Atzmon was convicted in Israel of fraud with partner and mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert.  Olmert later became prime minister of Israel. Olmert incidentally also made a secret trip to meet with then mayor of NYC, Rudy Giuliani on the eve of 9/11, ostensibly to oversee their plot.  He and other Israeli officials were allowed to leave the US aboard an El Al plane when all other planes were grounded on 9/11.  ICTS was also implicated in the 7/7 bombings in London.

Hellerstein recently effectively blocked the last victim’s family, the Bavises, from ever having a day of trial against the government and airport security, forcing them to settle out of court after a decade of his dedicated gatekeeping. His callous quote to the 96 families of victims of 9/11 will live in infamy:

We have to get past 9/11. Let it go. Life is beautiful. Life is short. Live out your years. Take the award.

Both father and son Hellerstein also worked for Stroock, Stroock, and Lavan, a Rothschild funded law firm which, incidentally, represented Larry Silverstein in his bid to lease the towers.  How many conflicts of interests can you count?

The Origins of “September Clues”

Around the beginning of June 2007, a new video – called “September Clues” appeared. It presented an analysis of the events as they were shown on TV on 9/11/2001. It tried to present the evidence that some of the images we were shown of the events could not have been real. The person who had produced/edited this video used the pseudonym “Social Service” and he seemed to be associated with a band of the same name.

Over the next few months “Social Service” released several updates to September clues and it finally ended up as 8 ten-minute segments and a couple of additional “epilogue” videos. Around this time, it was revealed that Social Service’s name was “Simon Shack”.

In July or August 2008, on a forum, Simon Shack made a request for some web storage space for his videos. A man called Andrew Johnson offered some of the space to Simon Shack to store his video files etc., and also purchased a domain name for Simon Shack www.septclues.com. A year later when the subscription to that web space expired, Johnson and Shack began to have a series of increasingly serious disagreements, with the bulk of the animosity emanating from the Shack side.
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Who precisely is Simon Shack?

As it turns out, Simon Shack is actually a Pseudonym. Simon Shack’s real name is Simon Hytten, which he disclosed on his forum in March 2011. Simon gave this explanation for his adoption of the Shack pseudonym:

My surname Shack was coined back in 1993 or so by a black, Colorado-born jazz musician named Fontaine Burnette. Try and contact him and ask him about it (I haven’t heard from him in many years). He asked me what Hytten meant – so I told him it means a little house/or hut. So he just quipped… “Like a shack?” – and I said yeah, a bit like a shack. That’s all there is to it. I liked it. So then, as I registered at the STIM (the Swedish Musician’s Union) I was told that my artist name would be accepted – even at legal/bureaucratic levels. So that’s how I signed in at STIM. Ever since, I have used this surname – and all music reviews/articles written about me/my band (The Social Service) as a musician, have had me as Simon Shack. It simply stuck on me – and most people now know me by that name. I certainly had no motive to change my surname back in 1993 – in order to hide from something! At the time, I had no clue whatsoever of how this crazy world is rolling!

Early years in Sicily – disrupting Danilo Dolci’s anti-Mafia crusade

Simon Hytten was born in Stockholm, Sweden from a Norwegian father and a Swedish mother. Simon grew up in Sicily with two brothers and his parents who were part of a ‘workshop’ run by Danilo Dolci in a small town near Palermo called Partinico.

Danilo Dolci was an anti-mafia crusader and it appears that Simon’s father, Eyvind Hytten was sent to infiltrate and disrupt Dolci’s work. In 1967, Dolci held a press conference where he accused prominent members of the government, by name, of collusion with the Mafia. Sometime after this, Eyvind Hytten split from Dolci and planned to establish an institute in Palermo to train development workers. Hytten was quoted as saying:

We did not want to be instruments for maintaining Dolci’s fame. We wanted his fame to be an instrument for our work for Sicilians. I think that we, more than Dolci, now represent the possibility of doing something for Sicily.

However, the motives for Hytten’s work were questioned by the Swedish committee who had originally sponsored his work with Dolci; they stated in a press release:

We deplore the manner in which Hytten has publicly taken a stand against Dolci. We will in no way participate in Hytten’s plans, but will continue to support Danilo Dolci in his tireless campaign to release Sicily from the grip of poverty and a powerful Mafia.

The Swedish group also announced it was fully washing it hands of Hytten and sharply criticized the newspapers who had given the false impression that Hytten had become Dolci’s legitimate successor in Sicily. Sadly, Hytten’s nefarious work had its desired effect, as noted on Dolci’s Wikipedia page:

The smears certainly succeeded in pushing Dolci out of the limelight in Italy – for the last 20 years of his life he disappeared from public view.”

So it appears that Eyvind Hytten was controlled opposition sent in to disrupt and destroy Dolci’s anti-mafia organization, sadly he succeeded. Simon Hytten tried to shift the blame onto American writer Jerre Mangione, author of the book ‘The World around Danilo Dolci’

So what exactly do you think this former Syracuse graduate/Time Magazine/Department Of Justice employee was doing in Sicily interviewing a groundbreaking, upcoming yet “inconvenient”(for the world elite) anti-mafia activist like Danilo Dolci? Was he not there perhaps – just perhaps – to give a bad name to the whole community, and to point out/inflate the workshop’s inevitable, petty squabbles? To be sure, this is what transpires when you scour the chapters of his book

Geneva and the Bin Ladins

Bin Laden stickers on race car

Here is an audio clip in which Simon admits that he put the Bin Ladin stickers on the car:

After their work was done in Sicily, the family moved to Geneva, Switzerland where Eyvind took up employment with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

During this time in Geneva, Simon’s elder brother Mario began a career as a racing driver, he competed for 3 seasons 1982-84 in the Marlboro British Formula 3 Championship before competing in the FIA Formula 3000 Int. Championship for four seasons 1985-88. Mario didn’t have much success, winning only one race and claiming eight podium positions from over 70 starts. He had a handful of races in sports car formulae 1989-92 before retiring in 1993. Nowadays, he lives in Sweden and works as a manager and translator.

During his career, Mario was sponsored by the “Bin Ladin Group.” Apparently, Mario befriended Yeslam Bin Ladin, an entrepreneur and half-brother of Osama Bin Laden. Yeslam is a fully Westernized man, possesses a degree in Economics, speaks four languages fluently, owns several successful businesses and became a naturalized Swiss citizen in 2001.

Yeslam became interested in helping Mario in early 1986. As he was quite influential in Arab elite, the brother of Osama managed to recruit a number of sponsors of the Middle East to support Mario in Formula 3000. The main sponsor was Yeslam’s family company, the Bin Ladin Group and this can be seen from photos of Mario’s F3000 car where the Bin Ladin Group is advertised on the rear wing.

Simon tried to explain this connection on his forum:

I must say that Mario did well for himself in finding wealthy sponsors to forward his car racing career. He was a relentless sponsorship hunter and, at some stage, got to meet Yeslam Bin Ladin in his London office. Yeslam gave him some cash to promote his construction company

Regardless of the truth of the actual relationship, it is clear that Simon Shack aka Simon Hytten, was, for at least a few years in the 1980s, one person removed from the Bin Ladin family.

Apparently, there is little love lost today between Simon and his two elder brothers, as Simon wrote in an internet post:

[A] few lines about my estranged brothers, Nicolai and Mario. They have inexplicably grown into two abject human beings – and I have almost no words to qualify their current behavior.”

Simon describes Nicolai and Mario as ‘two despicable creatures’ and states that “my disdain for them is immense.

Deconstructing the Clues Forum “9/11 Mythology”

“September Clues” has constructed its own bizarre mythology surrounding the events of 9/11. The Clues Forum guys would have you believe that the Twin Towers were vacant after the 1993 bombing, nobody died on 9/11 and all of the footage was produced ahead of time and shown to the television audience while the actual destruction of the World Trade Center buildings was hidden from the view of New Yorkers by military smoke machines.

If I were Larry Silverstein or another of the 9/11 perps, I would certainly want the 9/11 research community to believe these absurd notions. They also weave in ludicrous statements such as nuclear weapons don’t exist, that rockets cannot travel into outer space and that satellites don’t exist. The only good reason to doubt the existence of satellites might be that you believe the Earth is flat.

The “September Clues” 9/11 myth does not withstand even modest scrutiny. Human remains have been found all over the WTC complex and continue to be unearthed to this very day. Numerous people died there. Billions of dollars have been paid out by Zionists to keep the families quiet. The survivors of Stairwell B of the North Tower attest to the fact that the Towers were not empty on 9/11.

Simon Shack, Onebornfree, El Buggo and Ab Irato have spent countless hours posting comments on “The Real Deal” archive forum and attacking the authors of this article. They protest the most vehemently when Israeli nuclear bombs are mentioned as having caused the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings. “September Clues” has all of the earmarks of being a 9/11 gatekeeping operation. Buying into their bizarre 9/11 mythology may be appealing if you believe the Earth is flat.

Don Fox has done extensive research on 9/11 since 2005 and has formulated an account of how it was done relative to very low-yield thermonuclear devices that appear to be of Israeli origin. He also maintains a blog.

Ian Greenhalgh, a photogapher with a background in broadcasting, has a keen interest in the manipulation of the masses through the use of mass media.

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Rafik Hariri Murder Trial

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by Stephen Lendman

Rafik Hariri

On January 16, the UN’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) convened. It did so in the Hague.

Nine years after Hariri’s assassination, show trial proceedings began. Hezbollah members were wrongfully accused. More on this below.

A crime scene courtroom mockup was displayed. Hariri’s killing took place on Beirut’s waterfront. On February 14, 2005, his motorcade was targeted.

A powerful car bomb killed him. Around 20 others perished. Over 100 were injured. The blast left a 30-foot-wide/six-foot-deep crater.

On arrival at Beirut’s American University Hospital, Hariri was pronounced dead. Fingers straightaway pointed the wrong way. Guilty parties were absolved. Innocent ones were accused.

Washington blamed Syria. Bellicose Bush administration threats followed. Media scoundrels regurgitated White House lies.

Washington Post editors said “(t)he despicable murder of Mr. Hariri benefits no one outside the rogue regime in Damascus – and the world should respond accordingly.”

Killing Hariri was “the panicked act of a cornered tyrant,” they claimed. Washington took full advantage. Its ambassador was recalled. Media reports suggested Bush officials had compelling.

Not so. Hezbollah was later blamed. WaPo editors accused its leaders of “homicidal terrorism.” They “threat(en) Lebanon, Israel and the broader Middle East,” they claimed.

At the same time, they called governments in Syria and Iran “dictatorships.” They ignored the real cause of regional violence and instability. Washington and Israel bear full responsibility.

A so-called Lebanese Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch investigation lied. It claimed compelling evidence of Hezbollah’s involvement.

A UN International Independent Investigation Commission alleged “a network of individuals acted in concert to carry out the assassination of Rafik Hariri and that this criminal network – the ‘Hariri Network’ – or parts thereof are linked to some of the other cases within the Commission’s mandate.”

In February 2006, the UN and Lebanese government proposed establishing a Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). The Netherlands agreed to host hearings.

On March 1, 2009, STL convened. In June 2011, four Hezbollah members were wrongfully indicted. Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra were named.

Court-ordered arrest warrants followed. None were detained. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah refused to do so. He denounced the tribunal.

He justifiably called it a sham. Washington and Israel manipulate things. They divert attention from their own involvement.

“The text in our hands now is based on analysis and not clear evidence,” said Nasrallah. It has no credibility whatever. No legitimate court would accept it.

“Those who were indicted should not be called ‘charged’ but unjustly treated,” Nasrallah stressed.

Earlier he said Washington “pushed” for indictment. Americans controlled (its) form and content.” Israel had its say.

“We will not allow our reputation and our honor to be touched,” Nasrallah stressed.

STL lied saying Badreddine was in charge of killing Hariri. Ayyash headed the hit team, it added. No evidence whatever suggests Hezbollah’s involvement.

Plenty indicts Israel. Targeted killings are an Israeli specialty. Eliminating opponents predated Israel’s creation.

Future prime ministers were involved. They headed Jewish terrorist groups. Menachem Begin led Irgun. Yitzhak Shamir was a Lehi (Stern Gang) leader.

Before and after May 1948, thousands of targeted killings occurred or were attempted. Most aren’t remembered today. Others won’t be forgotten.

In November 1944, Lehi murdered Lord Moyne. He was Britain’s Middle East minister of state. He was killed near his Cairo home.

In September 1948, Lehi assassins killed UN mediator Folke Bernadotte. They did so in Jerusalem. Yitzhak Shamir personally approved his murder.

In July 1946, Irgun bombed Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. Ninety-two Brits, Arabs and Jews were massacred. Another 58 were wounded.

Future prime minister David Ben-Gurion approved the bombing. He led the Jewish Agency at the time.

Israel’s entire history is blood-drenched. It reflects crimes of war, against humanity, genocide, and numerous targeted assassinations.

It includes massacres like Deir Yassin. On April 9, 1948, Irgun and Lehi killers slaughtered over 120 defenseless Palestinian men, women and children.

Houses were machine-gunned randomly. Villagers were killed in cold blood. Survivors were assembled outside. They were shot at point blank range.

Children and infants were murdered like adults. So were elderly and infirm Palestinians. No mercy was shown.

It was typical Israeli viciousness. Ensuing fighting killed dozens more. Many other villages were attacked the same way.

Ethnic cleansing involves mass slaughter and displacement. Leaders are targeted for elimination. Death squads kill without mercy.

Mossad credentials are notorious. Its record is indisputable. Its expertise is acknowledged.

Its rap sheet includes targeted assassinations, satellite, drone and other type spying, hacking and espionage, computer viruses, other cyber attacks, bombings, sabotage, and other lawless practices.

Hariri’s assassination was classic Mossad. Hezbollah obtained compelling video and audio evidence.

It intercepted Israeli aerial surveillance footage. It did so of routes Hariri used on his assassination day. At the time, Nasrallah said:

“We have definite information on the aerial movements of the Israeli enemy the day Hariri was murdered.”

“(A)n Israeli drone was (observed) surveying the Sidon-Beirut-Junieh coastline as warplanes were flying over Beirut.”

(V)ideo (evidence) can be acquired by any investigative commission to ensure it is correct. We are sure of this evidence, or else we would not risk showing it.”

Israeli spies infest Lebanon. Captured ones admitted Israel’s responsibility for killing Hariri.

At the time, criminal law expert/Professor Hasan Jouni called Hezbollah’s evidence compelling.

“Logically and legally…any new finding should be investigated by the general prosecutor,” he said.

“Nasrallah submitted tangible evidence of the Israeli potential role in Hariri’s assassination.”

It appears incriminating. “Furthermore, the previous investigations which were circulated here and there should be revised.”

North Lebanon Bar Association head Antoine Airout agreed, saying:

“Nasrallah’s revelations are very serious and objective.” Washington/Israeli manipulated proceedings ignored it.

Cui bono is key. Syria had nothing to gain. Nor did Hezbollah. They had plenty to lose. Israel, of course, benefits hugely. So does Washington.

Middle East expert Sam Hamod said earlier:

“We must do as they do in other criminal cases, look at who had the most to gain. The Lebanese (and Hezbollah) had a lot to lose, as did the Syrians.

“No matter where else you look, no one else had anything to gain except Israel and the US.”

“America quickly (distanced itself) as did Israel, which was tantamount to convicting themselves because they are the only two countries that would gain by creating unrest in Lebanon.”

At the time, Middle East journalist Patrick Seale agreed, saying:

“If Syria (or Hezbollah) killed (Hariri), it must be judged an act of political suicide.” Doing so would “hand (their) enemies a weapon with which to deliver (a destabilizing) blow.”

Seale named likely suspects at the time. They included “Islamist extremists…and, of course, Israel.” It wants Syria and Hezbollah weakened and destroyed.

It “has great experience at ‘targeted assassinations.” It committed them “across the Middle East.” It “sent hit teams to kill opponents in” numerous countries. “There is far more to (Hariri’s murder) than a struggle between rival(s) in Lebanon.”

Hezbollah threatens no one. It had nothing to do with Hariri’s assassination. Israel is a global menace.

It gains hugely from regional conflict and instability. It does so from its crimes blamed on opponents. Washington benefits the same way.

STL is a hanging tribunal. It’s an illegitimate one. When its proceedings end, expect justice denied. Expect Hezbollah members wrongfully blamed.

Expect Israel and Washington entirely absolved. Expect targeted Middle East countries on the boil to continue. Ravaged ones have visible scars to prove it.

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President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Agence France Presse (AFP) ~January 20, 2014

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Editor’s Note: The goal of US and so-called friends of Syria at the Geneva II Conference scheduled to convene tomorrow, Jan. 22, 2014 is to effect regime change in Syria, while Bashar al-Assad who will also be participating in the conference, insists:

“The most basic element, which we continuously refer too, is that the Geneva Conference should produce clear results with regard to the fight against terrorism in Syria… We are now dealing with one extremist group made up of various factions. As to the fighters that used to belong to what the West calls ‘moderate forces,’ these have mostly joined the extremist factions, either for fear or voluntarily through financial incentives. From our side, when this terrorism stops coming in to our country, ending the war will not take more than a few months… We hope that the Geneva conference will be able to provide an answer to part of this by exercising pressure on these countries.

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Assad- AFP interview

Agence France Presse (AFP): Mr. President, what do you expect from the Geneva conference?

President Assad: The most basic element, which we continuously refer too, is that the Geneva Conference should produce clear results with regard to the fight against terrorism in Syria. In particular, it needs to put pressure on countries that are exporting terrorism, – by sending terrorists, money and weapons to terrorist organisations, – especially Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and of course the Western countries that provide political cover for these terrorist organisations. This is the most important decision or result that the Geneva Conference could produce. Any political solution that is reached without fighting terrorism has no value. There can be no political action when there is terrorism everywhere, not only in Syria but in neighbouring countries as well. From the political side, it is possible for Geneva to contribute to a process of dialogue between Syrians. There has to be a Syrian process within Syria and whilst Geneva could support this, it cannot be a substitute for it.

AFP: After nearly three years of devastating war and the big challenge of reconstruction in the country, is it likely that you will not be a candidate for the presidency?

President Assad: This depends on two things: It depends on personal aspirations or a personal decision, on the one hand, and on public opinion in Syria, on the other. As far as I am concerned, I see no reason why I shouldn’t stand; as for Syrian public opinion, there is still around four months before the election date is announced. If in that time, there is public desire and a public opinion in favour of my candidacy, I will not hesitate for a second to run for election. In short, we can say that the chances for my candidacy are significant.

AFP: In these past years, have you thought for a moment about losing the battle, and have you thought of an alternative scenario for you and your family?

President Assad: In any battle, there is always the possibility of winning and losing; but when you’re defending your country, it’s obvious that the only choice is to win. Should Syria lose this battle that would mean the spread of chaos throughout the Middle East. This battle is not confined to Syria and is not, as Western propaganda portrays, a popular uprising against a regime suppressing its people and a revolution calling for democracy and freedom. These lies have now become clear to people. A popular revolution doesn’t last for three years only to fail; moreover, a national revolution cannot have a foreign agenda. As for the scenarios that I have considered, of course these types of battles will have numerous scenarios – 1st, 2nd, 3rd……tenth, but they are all focused on defending the country not on running away from it. Fleeing is not an option in these circumstances. I must be at the forefront of those defending this country and this has been the case from day one.

AFP: Do you think you are winning this war?

President Assad: This war is not mine to win; it’s our war as Syrians. I think this war has, if you will, two phases. The first phase, which took the form of plans drawn up at the beginning, was the overthrow of the Syrian state in a matter of weeks or months. Now, three years on, we can safely say that this has failed, and that the Syrian people have won. There were countries that not only wanted to overthrow the state, but that also wanted to partition the country into several ‘mini-states;’ of course this phase failed, and hence the win for the Syrian people. The other phase of the battle is the fight against terrorism, which we are living on a daily basis. As you know, this phase isn’t over yet, so we can’t talk about having won before we eliminate the terrorists. What we can say is that we are making progress and moving forward. This doesn’t mean that victory is near at hand; these kinds of battles are complicated, difficult and they need a lot of time. However, as I said, and I reiterate, we are making progress, but have not yet achieved a victory.

AFP: Returning to Geneva, do you support a call from the conference for all foreign fighters to leave Syria, including Hezbollah?

President Assad: Clearly the job of defending Syria is responsibility of the Syrian people, the Syrian institutions, and in particular the Syrian Army. So, there would be no reason for any non-Syrian fighters to get involved had there not been foreign fighters from dozens of countries attacking civilians and Hezbollah especially on the Syrian-Lebanese border. When we talk about fighters leaving Syria, this would need to be part of a larger package that would see all the foreign fighters leave, and for all armed men – including Syrians – to hand over their weapons to the Syrian state, which would consequently achieve stability. So naturally, yes, one element of the solution in Syria – I wouldn’t say the objective – is for all non-Syrian fighters to leave Syria.

AFP: In addition to the prisoner exchange and a ceasefire in Aleppo, what initiatives are you ready to present at Geneva II?

President Assad: The Syrian initiative was put forward exactly a year ago, in January of last year. It’s a complete initiative that covers both political and security aspects and other dimensions that would lead to stability. All of these details are part of the initiative that Syria previously put forward. However, any initiative, whether this one or any other, must be the result of a dialogue between Syrians. The essence of anything that is proposed, whether it’s the crisis itself, fighting terrorism, or the future political vision and political system for Syria, requires the approval of Syrians. Our initiative was based on a process to facilitate this dialogue rather than a process to express the government’s point of view. It has always been our view that any initiative must be collective and produced by both the political actors in Syria and the Syrian people in general.

AFP: The opposition that will participate in Geneva is divided and many factions on the ground don’t believe it represents them. If an agreement is reached, how can it be implemented on the ground?

President AssadThis is the same question that we are asking as a government: when I negotiate, who am I negotiating with? There are expected to be many sides at Geneva, we don’t know yet who will come, but there will be various parties, including the Syrian government. It is clear to everyone that some of the groups, which might attend the conference, didn’t exist until very recently; in fact they were created during the crisis by foreign intelligence agencies whether in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, the United States or other countries. So when we sit down with these groups, we are in fact negotiating with those countries. So, is it logical that France should be a part of the Syrian solution? Or Qatar, or America, or Saudi Arabia, or Turkey? This doesn’t make any sense. Therefore, when we negotiate with these parties, we’re in fact negotiating with the countries that are behind them and that support terrorism in Syria. There are other opposition forces in Syria that have a national agenda; these are parties that we can negotiate with. On the issue of the vision for Syria’s future, we are open for these parties to participate in governing the Syrian state, in the government and in other institutions. But as I mentioned earlier, anything that is agreed with any party, whether in Geneva or in Syria, must be subject to people’s endorsement, through a referendum put to Syrian citizens.

AFP: In this context, could the ceasefire agreements that have been started in Moadimiya and Barzeh be an alternative to Geneva?

President Assad: The truth is that these initiatives may be more important than Geneva, because the majority of those fighting and carrying out terrorist operations on the ground have no political agenda. Some of them have become professional armed robbers, and others, as you know, are takfiri organisations fighting for an extremist Islamic emirate and things of that kind. Geneva means nothing for these groups. For this reason, the direct action and the models that have been achieved in Moadamiyeh, in Barzeh and other places in Syria has proven to be very effective. But this is separate from the political process, which is about the political future of Syria. These reconciliations have helped stability and have eased the bloodshed in Syria, both of which help pave the way for the political dialogue I mentioned earlier.

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AFP: Are you prepared to have a prime minister from the opposition in a future government?

President Assad: That depends on who this opposition represents. When it represents a majority, let’s say in parliament, naturally it should lead the government. But to appoint a prime minister from the opposition without having a majority doesn’t make any political sense in any country in the world. In your country, for example, or in Britain or elsewhere, you can’t have a prime minister from a parliamentary minority. This will all depend on the next elections, which we discussed in the Syrian initiative; they will reveal the real size of support for the various opposition forces. As to participation as a principle, we support it, of course it is a good thing.

AFP: Are you prepared to have, for example, Ahmed Jarba or Moaz Khatib, be your next prime minister?

President AssadThis takes us back to the previous question. Do any of these people represent the Syrian people, or even a portion of the Syrian people? Do they even represent themselves, or are they just representatives of the states that created them? This brings us back to what I mentioned earlier: every one of these groups represents the country that created them. The participation of each of these individuals means the participation of each of those states in the Syrian government! This is the first point. Second, let’s assume that we agreed to the participation of these individuals in the government. Do you think that they would dare to come to Syria to take part in the government? Of course they wouldn’t. Last year, they claimed that they had control of 70% of Syria, yet they didn’t even dare to come to the areas that they had supposed control of. They did come to the border for a 30-minute photo opportunity and then they fled. How can they be ministers in the government? Can a foreigner become a Syrian minister? That’s why these propositions are totally unrealistic, but they do make a good joke!

McCain in Syria slips across borders

AFP: Mr. President, you said that it depends on the results of the elections, but how can you hold these kinds of elections if part of Syria’s territory is in the hands of insurgents?

President Assad: During this crisis, and after the unrest started in Syria, we have conducted elections twice: the first was municipal elections and the second was parliamentary elections. Of course, the elections cannot be conducted in the same way they are conducted in normal circumstances, but the roads between Syrian regions are open, and people area able to move freely between different regions. Those who live in difficult areas can go to neighbouring areas and participate in the elections. There will be difficulties, but it is not an impossible process.

AFP: Now that opposition fighters are battling jihadists, do you see any difference between the two?

President Assad: The answer I would have given you at the beginning of the events or during its various phases, is completely different to the answer today. Today, there are no longer two opposition groups. We all know that during the past few months the extremist terrorist groups fighting in Syria have wiped out the last remaining positions that were held by the forces the West portrays as moderates, calling them the moderate or secular forces, or the Free Syrian Army. These forces no longer exist. We are now dealing with one extremist group made up of various factions. As to the fighters that used to belong to what the West calls ‘moderate forces,’ these have mostly joined these extremist factions, either for fear or voluntarily through financial incentives. In short, regardless of the labels you read in the Western media, we are now fighting one extremist terrorist group comprising of various factions.

AFP: Would it be possible for the army and the opposition to fight against the jihadists side by side?

President Assad: We cooperate with any party that wants to join the army in fighting terrorists, and this has happened before. There are many militants who have left these organisations and joined the army to fight with it. So this is possible, but these are individual cases. This is not an alliance between ‘moderate’ forces and the army against terrorists. That depiction is false and is an illusion that is used by the West only to justify its support for terrorism in Syria. It supports terrorism under the pretext that it is backing moderation against extremist terrorism, and that is both illogical and false.

AFP: The state accuses the rebels of using civilians as human shields in areas under their control, but when the army shells these areas, do you not think this kills innocent people?

President Assad: The army does not shell neighbourhoods. The army strikes areas where there are terrorists. In most cases, terrorists enter particular areas and force out the civilians. Why do you think we have so many displaced people? Most of the millions of displaced people in Syria have fled their homes because terrorists forcefully entered their neighbourhoods. If there are civilians among these armed groups, why do we have so many displaced people? The army is fighting armed terrorists, and in some cases, terrorists have used civilians as human shields. Civilian casualties are unfortunately the consequences of any war. There is no such thing as a clean war in which there are no innocent civilian victims. This is the unfortunate nature of war, and that is why the only solution is to put an end to it.

AFP: Mr. President, some international organisations have accused the government and the opposition of committing abuses. After this war ends, would you be ready for there to be an investigation into these abuses?

President Assad: There is no logic to this claim made by these organisations. How can the Syrian state be killing its own people, and yet it is still standing three year on, despite the fact that there are dozens of countries working against it. Had the Syrian state been killing its people, they would have revolted against it long ago. Such a state could not survive for more than few months; the fact that it has resisted for three years means that it has popular support. Such talk is more than illogical: it is unnatural. What these organizations are saying is either a reflection of their ignorance of the situation in Syria, or, in some cases, it shows they are following the political agenda of particular states. The Syrian state has always defended its civilians; it is well documented, through all the videos and the photos circulating, that it is the terrorists who are committing massacres and killing civilians everywhere. From the beginning of this crisis, up until today, these organizations do not have a single document to prove that the Syrian government has committed a massacre against civilians anywhere.

AFP: Mr. President, we know of foreign journalists who were kidnapped by the terrorist groups. Are there any foreign journalists in state prisons?

President Assad: It would be best for you to ask the relevant, specialised agencies on this issue. They would be able to give you an answer.

AFP: Would a reconciliation be possible, one day, between Syria on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey on the other?

President Assad: Politics changes constantly, but this change depends on two factors: principles and interests. We share no common principles with the states you mention; these states support terrorism and they have contributed to the bloodshed in Syria. As for interests, we need to ask ourselves: will the Syrian people agree to shared interests with these countries after everything that has happened and all the bloodshed in Syria? I don’t want to answer on behalf of the Syrian people. If the people believe they share interests with these states, and if these states change their policy on supporting terrorism, it is plausible that the Syrian people might agree to restore relations. I can’t individually as President, answer on behalf of all the Syrian people at such a time. This is a decision for the people.

AFP: Mr. President, you were welcomed on the occasion of July 14 (Bastille Day) in the Elysee Palace in Paris. Are you now surprised by France’s position, and do you think France may one day play some kind of role in Syria?

President Assad: No, I am not surprised, because when that reception took place, it was during the period – 2008 to 2011 – where there was a attempt to contain Syria’s role and Syria’s policy. France was charged with this role by the United States when Sarkozy became president. There was an agreement between France and the Bush administration over this, since France is an old friend of the Arabs and of Syria and as such it is better suited to play the role. The requirement at that time was to use Syria against Iran and Hezbollah, and to pull it away from supporting resistance organisations in the region. This French policy failed, because its goal was blatantly obvious. Then the so-called Arab Spring began, and France turned against Syria after it had failed to honour the pledge it had made to the United States. This is the reason behind the French position during that period why it changed in 2011. As for France’s role in future, let’s talk frankly. Ever since 2001 and the terrorist attacks on New York, there has been no European policy-making to speak of (and that’s if we don’t look back even further to the 1990s). In the West, there is only an American policy, which is implemented by some European countries. This has been the case on all the issues in our region in the past decade. Today, we see the same thing: either European policy is formulated with American blessing, or American policy is adopted by the Europeans as their own. So, I don’t believe that Europe, and particularly France, which used to lead the European policy in the past, is capable of playing any role in the future of Syria, or in neighbouring countries. There is another reason too, and that is that Western officials have lost their credibility. They no longer have double standards; they have triple and quadruple standards. They have all kinds of standards for every political situation. They have lost their credibility; they have sold their principles in return for interests, and therefore it is impossible to build a consistent policy with them. Tomorrow, they might do the exact opposite of what they are doing today. Because of this, I don’t think that France will play a role in the immediate future, unless it changes its policy completely and from its core and returns to the politically independent state it once was.

AFP: How long do you think Syria needs to rid itself completely of its chemical weapons stockpiles?

President Assad: This depends on the extent to which the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will provide Syria with the necessary equipment to carry out the process. So far, the process of making this equipment available has been quite slow. On the other hand, as you know dismantling and neutralizing the chemical materials is not taking place inside Syria nor by the Syrian state. A number of countries in different parts of the world have accepted to carry out that process; some have agreed to deal with the less dangerous materials, whilst others have refused completely. Since, the timeframe is dependent on these two factors – the role of the OPCW and the countries that accept to neutralize the materials on their territories – it is not for Syria to determine a timeframe on this issue. Syria has honoured its part by preparing and collecting data and providing access to inspectors who verified this data and inspected the chemical agents. The rest, as I said, is up to the other parties.

AFP: Mr. President, what has changed in your and your family’s daily, personal lives? Do your children understand what has happened? Do you talk to them about this?

President Assad: There are a few things that haven’t changed. I go to work as usual, and we live in the same house as before, and the children go to school; these things haven’t changed. On the other hand, there are things which have affected every Syrian household, including mine: the sadness which lives with us every day – all the time, because of what we see and experience, because of the pain, because of the fallen victims everywhere and the destruction of the infrastructure and the economy. This has affected every family in Syria, including my own. There is no doubt that children are affected more deeply than adults in these circumstances. This generation will probably grow up too early and mature much faster as a result of the crisis. There are questions put to you by children about the causes of what’s happening, that you don’t usually deal with in normal circumstances. Why are there such evil people? Why are there victims? It’s not easy to explain these things to children, but they remain persistent daily questions and a subject of discussion in every family, including my own.

AFP: Through these years, what was the most difficult situation you went through?

President Assad: It’s not necessarily a particular situation but rather group of elements. There are several things that were hard to come to terms with, and they are still difficult. The first, I believe, is terrorism; the degree of savagery and inhumanity that the terrorists have reached reminds us of what happened in the Middle Ages in Europe over 500 years ago. In more recent modern times, it reminds us of the massacres perpetrated by the Ottomans against the Armenians when they killed a million and a half Armenians and half a million Orthodox Syriacs in Syria and in Turkish territory.

The other aspect that is difficult to understand is the extent of Western officials’ superficiality in their failure to understand what happened in this region, and their subsequent inability to have a vision for the present or for the future. They are always very late in realizing things, sometimes even after the situation has been overtaken by a new reality that is completely different.

The third thing that is difficult to understand is the extent of influence of petrodollars in changing roles on the international arena. For instance, how Qatar was transformed from a marginal state to a powerful one, while France has become a proxy state implementing Qatari policies. This is also what we see happening now between France and Saudi Arabia. How can petrodollars make western officials, particularly in France, sell their principles and sell the principles of the French Revolution in return for a few billion dollars? These are only a few things, among others, which are difficult for one to understand and accept.

AFP: The trial of those accused of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri has begun. Do you think it will be a fair trial?

President Assad: Nine years have passed since the beginning of this trial. Has justice been served? Every accusation was made for political reasons. Even in the past few days, we have not seen any tangible proof put forward against the parties involved in the case. The real question should be: why the timing? Why now? This court was set up nine years ago. Have the things produced in the last few days been uncovered only now? I believe that the whole thing is politicized and is intended to put pressure on Hezbollah in Lebanon in the same way that it aimed at putting pressure on Syria in the beginning, immediately after al-Hariri’s assassination.

AFP: You have said the war will end when terrorism is eradicated. But the Syrians and everyone else want to know when this war will end. Within months? After a year? In years to come?

President Assad: We hope that the Geneva conference will be able to provide an answer to part of this by exercising pressure on these countries. This aspect has nothing to do with Syria; otherwise we would have put pressure on these states from the beginning and prevented terrorism from entering Syria. From our side, when this terrorism stops coming in, ending the war will not take more than a few months.

AFP: It appears Western intelligence agencies want to re-open channels of communication with Damascus, in order to ask you for help fighting terrorism. Are you ready for that?

President Assad: There have been meetings with several intelligence agencies from a number of countries. Our response has been that security cooperation cannot be separated from political cooperation, and political cooperation cannot be achieved while these states adopt anti-Syrian policies. This was our answer, brief and clear.

AFP: You have said in the past that the state has made mistakes. In your view, what were the mistakes that could have been avoided?

President Assad: I have said that mistakes can be made in any situation. I did not specify what those mistakes were because this cannot be done objectively until the crisis is behind us and we can assess our experience. Evaluating them whilst we are in the middle of the crisis will only yield limited results.

AFP: Mr. President, without Russia, China and Iran’s help, would you have been able to resist in the face of the wars declared against you?

President Assad: This is a hypothetical question, which I cannot answer, because we haven’t experienced the alternative. Reality has shown that Russian, Chinese and Iranian support has been important and has contributed to Syria’s steadfastness. Without this support, things probably would have been much more difficult. How? It is difficult to draw a hypothetical picture at this stage.

AFP: After all that has happened, can you imagine another president rebuilding Syria?

President Assad: If this is what the Syrian people want, I don’t have a problem with it. I am not the kind of person who clings to power. In any case, should the Syrian people not want me to be president, obviously there will be somebody else. I don’t have a personal problem with this issue.

AFP:  Thank you very much Mr. President.

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So when will international justice save Palestine?

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“If you commit war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide you  will not be able to rest easily in your bed: the reach of international justice is long and patient…. There is no expiry date for these crimes….” (William Hague, British foreign secretary).

by Stuart Littlewood

William Hague

Eighteen months ago UK foreign secretary William Hague delivered an important speech at the Hague, home of the International Criminal Court

He was saying all the right things, for example:

“The rule of law is critical to the preservation of the rights of individuals and the protection of the interests of all states.”

“You cannot have lasting peace without justice and accountability.”

“International laws and agreements are the only durable framework to address problems without borders.”

“Such agreements – if they are upheld – are a unifying force in a divided world.”

He spoke of a growing reliance on a rules-based international system. “We depend more and more on other countries abiding by international laws…. We need to strengthen the international awareness and observance of laws and rules….”

Some emerging powers, he said, didn’t agree with us about how to act when human rights are violated on a colossal scale, while others didn’t subscribe to the basic values and principles of human rights in the first place. He was talking about Syria although many in the audience must have had Israel in mind.

“The international community came together in an unprecedented way to address the crisis in Libya last year,” said Hague. “The Arab League, the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council, the European Union, NATO and the International Criminal Court all stepped forward and played their part to protect a civilian population.”

Yeah. Funny how they have never come together for crisis-torn Palestine these last 65 years.

We pledge to fight impunity for grave international crimes wherever they occur’

Hague, positively overflowing with fine words and sentiments, chuntered on. “We have to ensure that when we are trying to build peace, we don’t overlook the need for justice…. Our coalition Government is firmly of the view that leaders who are responsible for atrocities should be held to account…. Institutions of international justice are not foreign policy tools to be switched on and off at will.”

He said referring leaders in Libya and Sudan to the ICC showed that not signing up to the Rome Statute was no guarantee for escaping accountability. “If you commit war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide you will not be able to rest easily in your bed: the reach of international justice is long and patient…. There is no expiry date for these crimes….”

Woweee! Had he told Netanyahu this? Was this tough talking really from the man who watered down Britain’s laws of Universal Jurisdiction to protect Israel’s war criminals from arrest while shopping in London’s Bond Street? Israel and the US, after signing up to the Rome Statute, had second thoughts and ‘unsigned’ in order to escape the long reach of international justice.  At last it was beginning to sound like bad news for TelAviv’s and Washington’s thugs.

At the time of the Libya fiasco Hague announced he had signed a directive revoking Gaddafi’s diplomatic immunity and also that of his sons, his family and entire household. He bragged how the UK “drove” through a Security Council resolution referring what was happening in Libya to the ICC Prosecutor, saying it “sends a clear message to all involved, in the regime and any other groups that if they commit crimes and atrocities there will be a day of reckoning for them.”

Bravo! What a splendidly high-principled chap Hague suddenly seemed to be. And how swiftly he managed to get the International Criminal Court’s attention when he wanted to. But we didn’t hear Hague and his friends call for a reckoning with the psychopaths of the Israeli regime when they committed mega-atrocities against Gaza’s civilians just two years earlier. Instead they tinkered with our laws of universal jurisdiction to enable suspected war criminals to walk free. Gaddafi wasn’t welcome in London but the Foreign Office happily rolled out the red carpet for Livni, Lieberman, Barak and Netanyahu, while Hague conducted the brass band.

Our foreign secretary rounded off his speech by saying: “There is no doubt where Britain stands: we are with those who say that international law is universal and that all nations are accountable to it…. We are a country that believes in and upholds the Responsibility to Protect, and that is prepared to act to save lives – including through military action as a last resort. We actively support a rules-based international system…. We pledge to recommit to the importance of fighting impunity for grave international crimes wherever they occur…. We will be a robust supporter of the International Criminal Court in its investigations.”

Trampled Palestinians dispossessed by a brutal military occupier and sitting among the smoking ruins of their homes, or eking out a squalid existence in their refugee camp, must have been impressed.

UK support for ICC ‘unswerving’

A year after Hague’s splendidly robust performance a policy paper issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, dated July 2013, hammered home the points he had made with these ‘key messages’:

  • Our support for international criminal justice and accountability is a fundamental element of our foreign policy.
  • Our support for the ICC as a court of last resort and the importance of its role when national courts have been unwilling or unable to deliver justice is unswerving.

The document also promised that the UK government would be “a powerful advocate of the ICC in all our diplomatic relations” and “encourage more states to ratify and accede to the Rome Statute…. Widening the reach of the Court beyond the current 122 States Parties will increase accountability and help challenge impunity.”

And if nations didn’t play ball, the British government would consider mechanisms “to enforce cooperation and to take effective action against those who fail to cooperate”.

What, including Israel?

Heavens, no. Although the Foreign Office says: “Our support for the ICC is unswerving,” Agent Cameron, Britain’s PM, has said: “Our support for Israel… is unshakable.”  The two opposing positions, unshakable and unswerving, are hopelessly incompatible.And in this case unshakable trumps unswerving. Sorry folks, international justice automatically switches off when it comes to Israel’s war crimes.

 

Every state should join the ICC… except Palestine?

In a masterly critique, analyst Dr. David Morrison exposes Hague’s dishonestyThe Occupying Power in Palestine – Israel – has long been committing acts that Britain regards as illegal. “Our position on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is clear: they are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and make a two-state solution harder to achieve,” states the FCO’s website.

Not just illegal, settlement building is actually a war crime under the Rome Statute. “It involves the Occupying Power transferring some of its own civilian population to the territory it occupies,” explains Dr Morrison.  “And under Article 8.2(b)(viii) of the Rome Statute the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies is a war crime.”

Since Israel has transferred well over 500,000 Israeli civilians into territory it occupies, and is still doing so, there is a prima facie case that Israelis responsible for the settlement program, including the present Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, are guilty of war crimes.  Americans and others who fund settlement projects may be guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes.

As we’ve seen, the FCO’s strategy paper talks about extending the ICC’s jurisdiction so that it can more easily challenge impunity. But, says Morrison, eagerness to challenge Israeli impunity was conspicuously absent when Hague spoke in the House of Commons a few months later on 28 November 2012.  Then, he offered UK support for a UN General Assembly resolution granting Palestine statehood on condition that Palestinian leaders promised they would not become party to the Rome Statute. Hague told MPs that if the Palestinians pursued ICC jurisdiction over the Occupied Territories at this stage, it could make a return to negotiations impossible.

“Believe it or believe it not” says Dr Morrison, “it is British policy to extend the jurisdiction of the ICC to every corner of the earth, except the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967.  There it is apparently inappropriate for Britain to challenge impunity.”

Two days later, Israel retaliated against the UN granting statehood to Palestine by announcing plans for yet more settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Hague’s response was the same old mantra: “Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and undermine trust between the parties.” If settlements are illegal under international law, then those responsible should be tried in an international court and, if found guilty, punished appropriately. “Dare I suggest,” asks Dr Morrison, “that, to this end, Palestine should be encouraged to accept the jurisdiction of the ICC?”

A state can grant jurisdiction to the Court by becoming a Party to the Rome Statute (Article 12(1)) or by making an ad hoc declaration accepting the Court’s jurisdiction (Article 12(3)). The Palestinian Authority in January 2009 tried to grant the ICC jurisdiction over the Occupied Territories by making an ad hoc declaration, so that Israelis could be prosecuted for atrocities against Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. But the ICC Prosecutor took more than three years to decide that the Court couldn’t accept the jurisdiction. Whether or not Palestine was a “state” within the meaning of Article 12(3) was a question for the UN Secretary General who, in case of doubt, would defer to the guidance of General Assembly.

The UN General Assembly shortly afterwards passed resolution A/RES/67/19 accepting Palestine as a state, apparently settling the question. However, the ICC Presecutor Fatou Bensouda has said, reportedly, that she doesn’t think retrospective claims could be considered going all the way back to the founding of the Court in 2002. The earliest would most likely be 29 November 2012, the date when the UN recognized Palestine as a state.

Nearly 14 months have gone by and the Palestinians still haven’t joined the ICC because they’ve come under fierce pressure, especially from the US, not to do so.  They promised the US not to apply for membership of any of the UN’s bodies until April 2014 when the present round of US-brokered ‘negotiations’ with Israel is due to end.

“It is absolutely outrageous,” says Dr Morrison, “that the US, with the support of Britain and others, has pressurized Palestinians into forgoing a possible legal means of redress against the illegal actions by the power that has held them under military occupation for almost 50 years.”

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Obama Essentially Declared Himself Dictator

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I’ve got a pen and I’ve Got a Phone

…by  J. Speer-Williams – Jsw4@mac.com

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The Executive Branch of our federal government has become a 500-pound tick that’s being fed by a dying 15-pound dog (our country), due to the growing mound of Presidential Executive Orders (EOs).

EOs – not to be confused with Eos, the supernaturally beautiful goddess of Greek mythology – have become an ugly fact of American life ever since our conflagration known as the Civil War.

An Executive Order is an unconstitutional decree made by a president that has the same force and effect as the laws that are constitutionally passed by Congress and signed by the president.

In a representative democracy, laws are made by duly elected representatives who form the legislative part of government (in the US, it is our Congress).

In fascist states, laws are made by a head of state (a president or prime minister) with mere arbitrary edicts, that carry little or no legislative debate or samplings of public opinion. EOs are the hallmarks of fascistic governments; they are dictated into law and become known as “rule by men,” rather than the democratic “rule by law.”

When establishing our US Constitutional Republic, our founding fathers instituted the strict principle of government known as the Rule of Law.

This standard was intended to be a strong safeguard against arbitrary governance and unconstitutional edicts imposed by would-be tyrants.

An Executive Order is an illegal but binding Presidential decree imposed by the might of the state on the American people. EOs are issued by one man – our president – as if he were a king or dictator.

EOs have no place in a democracy.

When a president tries to effect one of his Executive Orders into law, he is attempting to circumvent Congress, contravene our American Constitution, and move us closer to being a country ruled by self-serving men rather than a nation ruled by legislated laws that are hopefully with the consent of the governed.

This whole unconstitutional seizure of congressional power has been done slowly, over time, incrementally. But, if we study our yesterdays, perhaps, we will be better prepared to improve our tomorrows.

Executive Orders began innocuously enough as mere directive-type memos to the various offices of the Executive Branch of our federal government.

George Washington was the first to set the dangerous precedent of issuing orders that had the full force and effect of legislative law. His first Executive Order prevented Americans from trading with or even associating with any of the countries in Europe, who were then at war with each other.

It was not that President Washington’s order was a bad idea in and of itself. But it was, however, patently illegal for him to single-handedly make a law (any law) when he had absolutely no legal authority to do so, either in the Constitution, or in any statute law passed by Congress.

Passing legislation was meant to be the duty of Congress; signing (or vetoing) and then enforcing laws is the job of the president.

George Washington took the law into his own hands and violated our most honored principle of the Rule of Law, the very basis of a constitutional republican form of government.

Allowing presidents to create laws when per the Constitution they can only enforce them, is akin to letting our chiefs of police create laws whenever they choose to do so.

To allow our president such powers begins the destruction of our separation of powers, another fundamental in our Constitutional Republic.

Freedom and living by the Rules of Law have been rare commodities during the long and tumultuous history of Earth. Has America enjoyed the longest run of any nation to have been so ruled? Perhaps.

But since President Washington’s term of office, our Constitution has been breached in thousands of ways until at last we have become a nation ruled by the law of men – very elite and secret men, who have long controlled the Office of the Presidency.

Very few EOs were issued by the fourteen presidents who followed Washington.

It was Lincoln’s “dictatorship” that began the onslaught of laws issued by one man but covertly supported by the hidden men of the International Monetary/Banking Cartel, who wanted to reduce the growing affluence and influence of the United States with a self-defeating civil war. Sadly, Mr. Lincoln fell into the Cartel’s trap.

Yes, the Great Emancipator controlled the Union like a dictator, exercising autocratic rule by claiming war powers that were not his to claim after the April 12, 1861, attack on Fort Sumter by the South Carolina militia.

Then, Mr. Lincoln ran “his” government through his Executive Orders, utterly by-passing the US Congress.

Without Ole Abe there might not have been a war that denuded America of over one million of its finest men, when the entire population of the United States was not much more than thirty million people.

Lincoln’s motivation in prosecuting the Civil War was not to free the slaves, but to keep the Union intact. But he could have done so without waging war against a portion of the nation he had been elected to serve.

Had Mr. Lincoln been far wiser, he might have used his great personal intention and courage to begin eliminating the main reason for the well-founded Southern discontent: the US Tariff of 1828, called the Tariff of Abominations by the antebellum South.

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It was this piece of trade protectionism of 1828 which so discriminated against the South, that did more than anything else to bring on the Southern attack at Fort Sumter.

Instead of using a multitude of EOs to start and pursue a devastating war, President Lincoln could have used one simple EO to save the Union: by abolishing the Tariff Act of 1828.

In fact, even the great American economist Murray Rothbard said, “True free US trade, without the [Banking Cartel’s] imposed Tariff Act of 1828, might have prevented the American Civil War.”

And in time, Lincoln could have worked to convince Congress to pass legislation that subsidized Southern plantation owners for their slaves – thus eliminating slavery – at far less cost to treasure, infrastructure, and American lives than what it eventually cost us for his totally avoidable war against eleven American states.

But Lincoln chose a different path – a war path – and made many enemies in the process. His self-made adversaries ranged from newspaper editors to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, as he repeatedly broke the fundamental law of our land with his Executive Orders.

Lincoln even had editors arrested, and went so far as to actually draft a warrant for the arrest of Chief Justice Roger Taney.

Abraham Lincoln’s war destroyed most of our delicate balance of federalism between the American central government and the sovereignty of our states, thus even further removing government from the individual US citizen.

Nevertheless, we have had presidents of great integrity, and I believe Lincoln to have been such a president, in spite of the huge mistakes he made. Had he lived, he would have healed our nation’s wounds far more quickly than they were ever set to rights.

Remember, it was Lincoln, like President Andrew Jackson, who dared to oppose the International Monetary/Banking Cartel.

Lincoln and his Treasury Secretary, Salmon Portland Chase, were both outraged by what they estimated the Banking Cartel would have charged American citizens in interest on loans to pursue the Civil War.

As a result, Lincoln by-passed the Banking Cartel by convincing Congress to enact legislation authorizing the printing of dollars which carried the full legal tender of US Treasury notes – notes that came to be called Lincoln’s “greenbacks.”

The Monetary/Banking Cartel, based in London, was not at all pleased with Lincoln’s greenbacks, and said so in their Rothschild family flagship newspaper of that era, the London Times:

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“If this mischievous financial policy should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government [Lincoln’s administration] will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It [America] will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the world. The brains and wealth of all countries will go to America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.”

Destroy every monarchy? Hardly! But, Lincoln could have likely severely damaged the dark nemesis of Western Europe and the rest of the world had he lived.

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, however, Abraham Lincoln’s administration ended prematurely when the president was fatally shot in the Ford Theatre while he and his wife were watching the British play “Our American Cousin.”

Abraham Lincoln was an amazing man, but still history must judge him harshly; his Civil War and its attendant Executive Orders cost humanity far more than his greenbacks gained us.

Ever since his administration, Lincoln has been both the model and excuse for almost all other presidents to make up their own laws, to the point that such gross violations of our Constitution are now widely and routinely accepted.

Our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, widely considered one of our greatest presidents (who is even enshrined on Mt. Rushmore, as was Lincoln), used the White House as his “bully pulpit,” and from there issued more EOs than all 25 presidents (other than Lincoln) who preceded him.

Teddy Roosevelt even formed a national police force, an idea that had always been rejected by American congresses, and was deeply abhorred by our nation’s founding fathers, and the public as well.

By Teddy calling his national police force a mere “investigative bureau” of his Executive Branch of government, Roosevelt was able to avoid wide public resistance. In those days, Americans were wisely antipathetic to national police forces; today, however, there is scarcely a citizen who would suggest we do away with Roosevelt’s FBI, or even curb their bestial practices.

William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson, who followed Roosevelt as presidents, were no better than Teddy in obeying our Constitution.

Democratic President Wilson even imprisoned some 5,000 Americans who opposed his World War I, the war he had promised to avoid if he were elected president.

It was Wilson who was the first to declare “National Emergencies,” in order to assume even more powers not granted to the Executive Branch, by either our Congress or our Constitution.

Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt (distant cousin to Teddy Roosevelt), our 32nd president, was presented by his “advisors” with a clever way for presidents to assume even more dictatorial powers: the mere labeling of domestic problems as “wars.” In this way, future presidents could cite the unconstitutional presidentialwar powers, brought into existence by Lincoln, in their pretended wars on CO2, drugs, poverty, or any other irrational excuse to expand presidential powers.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt ended up issuing over 3,000 Executive Orders, thus destroying much of what was left of the American democracy.

In only one term of office, President Jimmy Carter had the nerve to add about 24,500 pages of Executive Orders during his last 90 days in office, in addition to all his other EOs.

Not to be outdone, Democratic President Bill Clinton added another 30,000 pages of EOs during his last 90 days in office.

The Federal Register and the Cato Institute give us the number of Executive Orders (not the number of pages) issued by twentieth-century presidents:

Theodore Roosevelt – 1,006; William H. Taft – 698; Woodrow Wilson – 1,791; Warren G. Harding – 484; Calvin Coolidge – 1,253; Herbert Hoover – 1004; Franklin D. Roosevelt – 3,723; Harry S. Truman – 905; Dwight D. Eisenhower – 452; John F. Kennedy – 214; Lyndon B. Johnson – 324; Richard M. Nixon – 346; Gerald R. Ford – 169; Jimmy Carter – 320; Ronald Reagan – 381; George Bush – 166, Bill Clinton 364; George Bush II – 291, and the numbers of EOs signed by presidents continue from there.

If strictly enforced, the sum total of all the above Executive Orders carry the potential of throwing our nation into gridlock and destroying individual initiatives – a nation wherein only the long entrenched power structure is free to operate.

But there are also Presidential Directives, a form of EO, issued by presidents with the advice and consent of the unelected National Security Council.

These Directives have the full force and effect of constitutionally passed laws.

But the real kicker is these Presidential Directives are classified, using the old “national security” ruse. This is how America, now, officially tortures human beings in military bases all over the world. This is torture done in the name of every American, without most of us ever knowing about these heinous practices that are better left to the Spanish Inquisition of the Dark Ages.

The Neo-cons of yesteryear and the Neo-libs of today, who carry dual citizenships (Israel and US), push for even more torture, destruction, and death of human life in the Middle East from their shadowy positions in “our” US presidential administrations as National Security Council advisors.

It was in Woodrow Wilson’s term of office that such inhuman creatures gained a huge foothold and brought us the horrors of the Federal Reserve Act, income taxes, and World War I.

Additionally, back in 1916, Democratic President Wilson began creating many of our federal agencies by the use of EOs – each of which has ballooned to about the size of a large foreign government, each of which is headed by un-elected directors, who issue their own thousands of orders and directives, which have the full force and effect of constitutionally passed laws.

One such agency, the Internal Revenue Service has issued a tax code that is over 60,000 pages long, and growing.

Moreover, Americans today are burdened with thousands of pages of Presidential Review Directives (PRDS), Presidential Decision Directives (PDDs), National Security Reviews (NSRs), National Security Directives (NSDs), National Security Presidential Directives (NSPDs), and even Homeland Security Directives, all having the full force and effect of law, and all in addition to EOs.

In order to maintain the thin illusion of a democracy, Americans are still allowed a presidential election every four years; and no one president can serve more than two four-year terms.

It is not, however, any one president who has become a dictator; it is the huge and growing Office of the Presidency and those faceless autocrats who chose and control presidents that have become so dictatorial – without many of us ever knowing it.

Our downward slide into ever deeper tyranny has continued with President Barack Obama’s 166 Executive Orders and his bold threat of issuing many more: “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone,” said the president.

How can Americans best describe their government today? Corrupt? Insufferable? Insane? All true. We are not a democracy, much less a Constitutional Republic.

Our beloved United States of America has, at last, become a fascist dictatorship, along the lines of a mere banana republic and will remain so until the majority of Americans wake up, smell the stench of fascism, and object to it.

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The Party Begins – Iran will sue Saudis for terrorism

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Long over due, taking countries to court for sponsoring terrorism could turn into quite a party

 …by  Press TV, Tehran

Update: This story turned out to be the number one read on PressTV in the last 24 hours.

[ Editors Note:  I have been wondering for a long time why the current perpetrators of terrorism in the MidEast and their sponsors were not facing legal action. We know the UN is going to do nothing because it never does. Crimes against humanity prosecution are, to say the least quite selective there, and free passes are a given out to all former colonialists.

The court route strategy will also act as a warmer upper for focusing world attention on the use and abuse of sanctions. Should the US be sanctioned for threatening sanctions on countries because it has been unsuccessful in meddling in their political affairs, as in trying to overthrow a government?

Will we see lawsuits filed against individuals in the US for aiding and abetting Israel in state sponsored terrorism? Could a worldwide push develop to revoke diplomatic immunity when governments can be shown to be doing an expanded type violation of the RICO act of running a continuing criminal enterprise, by seeing that extended to internatioal terrorism violations.

The US has put all of this on the table by its carte blanche use of imposing sanctions without any official body determination about anything, just purely as a commercial competition tool.

Should any country that denies another access to the international banking system then be banned from it itself as punishment for engaging in international financial terrorism?  Yours truly might look upon this as Christmas having been moved to January… Jim W. Dean ]

Will State terrorism sponsors finally reap what they have sown?

Will State terrorism sponsors finally reap what they have sown?

Tehran aims to sue Saudi Arabia in international organizations following the recent terrorist attacks against Iranian targets in the region, says Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman.

“We aim to legally follow the cases [of recent terrorist attacks] in international organizations. The preliminary arrangements [for a legal action against Saudi Arabia] have already been made,” Marzieh Afkham told a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Iranian official added Tehran is gathering the necessary details and documents to prepare the final reports on the Saudi-led terrorist activities against Iranian targets in Lebanon and Yemen so that it can follow the cases “according to legal laws and a more transparent framework.”

“Following the terrorist attack against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s embassy in Lebanon, the proceedings of a [legal] action have started … We are cooperating with the Lebanese officials to gather details in a bid to provide accurate and authentic documents. The same process is underway for the Yemen’s case,” added Afkham.

Saudi Arabia is believed to financially and ideologically fuel the recent terrorist activities in the Middle East region carried out by extremist Takfiri groups.

On November 19, 2013, twin bombings outside Iran’s Embassy in the southern neighborhood of Janah in Beirut killed 25 people, including Iran’s cultural attaché to Lebanon, and injured more than 150. The al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, commanded by the Saudi terrorist Majed al-Majed, claimed responsibility for the bombings.

In another attack on January 18, 2014, the commercial attaché of the Iranian Embassy in Sana’a, Abolqasem Asadi, was gunned down by members of a terrorist group outside the Iranian ambassador’s residence in the Yemeni capital.

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Franklin Lamb – On the scene of the Beirut bombing – Two Updates

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Another one - at the same place

Another one – at the same place

…well, bomb # five went of exactly 35 minutes ago i.e. 11 a.m. beirut time

… via  Franklin Lamb, Beirut

More people randomly killed so someone can make a political point

More people randomly killed so someone can make a political point

Editors Note: Dear folks, this is a peek into how things sometimes come in. Brother Lamb has the distinction of living in a bomber targeted neighborhood. This is the third one that he has reported on from his bicycle…and smart phone this time.

Note his mentioning that the new bomb went off two blocks from the last one. Obviously some one, and it looks like a professional Intel org, is wanting to tell Hezbollah that “we can demonstrate you can’t protect your own neighborhoods”.

These are very densely popoulated areas as you can see above, with access from 360 degrees from around the city. None of it is designed for security really. All they can do is put a lot of security people on the streets to look for anything suspicious, a hit or miss approach really.

PressTV is reporting that Al-Nusra in Syria has claimed responsibility. But who knows? To blame a convenient scapegoat is an old con. The goal here is to crank up a sectarian conflict in Lebanon into a major shooting war like it once was. The first thing an Intel analyst would look for is “Who benefits from that”? The list is short, and we all know who is on it…the usual suspects… Jim W. Dean ]

…blocks away from the SSSP office and with my bike i was at the scene pretty fast….believe it or not the bomb went off  TWO buildings south from the last one….pn Ahmad Quassir road…four dead and 20 wounded when i dropped by Bahman Hosptal just now for an previous appointment……decided not to go in cuz of the choas..talked with two ambulances drivers and some security guys…..spoke with hez mp mousawi who arrived…says its al qeada did it but who knows?

I just left the scene to return to the office because of all the gunmen firing into the air shouting that there might be a second bomb etc and no need to crowed further the packed area…..ambulances pretty much blocked on the narrow street near Abeer travel office which i think you visited……….that’s about what i know…….the news and details will be pouring in but for sure our street and hood is getting spooked.  With the massive security which has intensified since you left last month.. people no doubt ahd hoped Dahiyeh would return to its normal security………..

I saw plenty of al manar media so we will have more details very shortly………
 
I expect to return to Damascus shortly and give some lectures at Damascus Univ……..
best to you,
Franklin

Suicide bombers are much harder to stop

Suicide bombers are much harder to stop

Our friend who lived on the 5th floor, Ali Bachir, is one of so-far four known killed this morning in the apparent suicide operation on the next street over next to Abeer’s Travel agency next to Amro’s restaurant.  I saw Abeer  and she is ok and even asked about you.
You remember Ali I am sure and you spoke with him a few times.  Ali was always a friendly and smiling  kid. He lived above us on the 5th floor and almost as tall as you with his jelled hair.
If fact he would sometimes kid me that he wanted to visit you and Louisa in the USA.  He was  very special young man who also used to play with your little sister Helen.Ali was on his way to classes when at shorty past 11 a.m. this morning the speculated  20 kilo bomb was set off.
The last time I spoke with Ali was last week when i kidded him about why he was growing a beard recently and told him he had better not even think about fighting in Syria.  He mentioned he lost two friends from our neighborhood in Qusar and did even know how to hold a gun and that he was for sure staying in school.
As i rode off and waved and shouted, ‘you are one fine young man Ali!…… and so he was. As often, was the case when we crossed paths he was on the way to football (soccer) practice. He was evidently quite good and at about 6 ft. 7.tall he  must have been rather imposing on the playing field.

People seem unconcerned for delayed fuse car bombs

People seem unconcerned for delayed fuse car bombs

The residents of the building are now gathering and sitting on chairs in the lobby and out front on the sidewalks in mourning.  I will join them shortly also on you children’s behalf and Michaels and Samy’s who both met Ali when they were here.

Hezbollah set up loudspeakers broadcasting solumn chants and music and are looking after the frail and those appearing to be  deeply in shock. Several sheiks are here including Ali Fadlallah who you met……..the son of the great scholar and marja Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.
I am not sure what the Shia custom is but I will put a plant tonight outside their door on the 5th floor with a card from you and the girls and Michael and Samy and Ghada.
It would be considerate if you emailed a short note of condolence to Ali’s family on behalf of you and Louisa  and I will give it to his sister who you also met.Such a lovely young man it breaks one’s heart.  People here are are sickened of all the needless killing. A very sad day.

Not her - just a scarf example

Not her – just a scarf example

Maria Jawhari, a lovely teenager from Hermel works in the dress shop next to our building entrance. I just heard at the wake for Ali a short while ago that Maria was one of the two women killed today. 
I had not known that. I did not know her well but we would say hi and sometimes chat..one subject we would sometimes talk about was her seemingly very  large collection of beautiful head scarves which she seemed proud of….
I am as usual clueless on such matter  but it is true that Shia wear really beautiful head scarves even more so than the Sunni it appears and both sects agree that its true..

Shia women also tie their scarves a little differently so ‘those in the know’ can instantly identify a shia or sunni woman and distinguish i guess..i can’t ..both wear such beautiful scarves……..trivia…but sorta interesting.and there is a whole lot of that in religions these days no?………..

Maria was maybe 18 years old…a dream, like most youngsters…she loved her fancy phone and teased me about by $20 basic old one that does nothing all all but ring and you can often make calls depending on ‘the connection’ around ones location……..it suits me just fine..

Our street is black with mourners as so many streets no doubt are around this region.

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9-11 widow questions why MSNBC host silenced her

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Scarborough Country becomes “9-11 Spin Country” as Ellen Mariani says her microphone was abruptly shut off in the middle of her September 11 expose during an interview Monday night. U.S. intelligence sources say the national cover-up of the mysterious death of host Joe Scarborough’s former female congressional aide—found in his district office—is linked to why the truth about 9-11 was cut off by the MSNBC host

By Stew Webb and Tom Flocco

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I was asked to start posting articles from the past that I was involved with because of the vital information.–Stew Webb

Denver—December 8, 2005—StewWebb.com & TomFlocco.com—9-11 widow Ellen Mariani’s allegations of disrespect by the host Joe Scarborough during herMSNBC interview attempt to explain government involvement in the September 11 attacks raises questions as to whether the national cover-up of the dead body of Scarborough’s former 28-year-old female staffer found in his Fort Walton Beach, Florida congressional office in 2001 is linked to the MSNBC job protecting the public’s right to know—or preventing truth about 9-11 from becoming a factor in exposing White House crime family evidence.

After Mariani called us yesterday in dismay regarding how she was treated on-air by Scarborough, members of U.S. intelligence were contacted to find out why the normally affable Scarborough cut off Mariani’s comments about September 11 since she was the first victim family member to sue the Bush administration for direct involvement in the attacks—also refusing to join the other victim families in accepting millions in congressional “compensation” in return for signing a legal document promising never to sue the U.S. government or seek 9-11 criminal evidence in a courtroom.

Sources within United States intelligence Special Operations Group told us yesterday that former congressional staff aide Lori Kaye Klausutis was found dead at her desk in Scarborough’s office and that she had been reading secret explosive “True Colors” documents, raising questions as to how and why Scarborough was in possession of transcripts detailing illegal covert operations conducted by and linked directly to White House crime families.

U.S. intelligence officials were specific in their reports that “a P-2 team of three operatives from Central Intelligence suffocated her in Scarborough’s Florida district office recently after his divorce,” information blacked out by all U.S. national media outlets.

The source told us he would be willing to come forward at a later date if subpoenaed by the Fitzgerald grand jury or possibly appear on a major cable news outlet.

Intelligence officials said the top-secret True Colors files dealt with 1) government involvement in the 9-11 attacks, 2) White House-sponsored “death squads”—including state and local police known as “red squad” units also involving FBI Division 5 and other federal counter-intelligence groups within government agencies, 3) the Oklahoma City bombing and 4) evidence involving some 150 witnesses implicating former President George H. W. Bush, former President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton and then-Texas Governor George W. Bush and others in the assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr., who told family members he was planning to run against Hillary Clinton or George W. Bush in 2000.

The agents said federal, state and local prosecutors were and still are being employed to frame innocent citizens on false charges to silence and neutralize patriot activists, whistleblowers and public officials.

Creating a cable news media spin doctor?

The strange death of Lori Klausutis received only a few short stories in the Northern Florida press; and the Washington Post printed only 44 words in a Nation-in-brief report dealing with the covered up and mysterious death of a female staffer in a Republican congressman’s district office—a story that shocked us after hearing about it from federal agents because the revelation was kept from the public. The 44 words released were:

“FORT WALTON BEACH, FL—Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old office worker for Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL), was found dead in the congressman’s district office. Police said preliminary findings from the medical examiner’s office showed no foul play or any outward indication of suicide.”

Curiously, Klausutis was reportedly active in Florida’s Bush v. Gore 2000 election recount activity—raising questions about what she knew; and on Friday, July 20th, 2001, her body was found slumped next to a desk on the floor of Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach office where Lori served as a constituent services coordinator since May, 1999.

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Klausutis was found around 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning by a couple arriving for an appointment, and she had been dead for some time as the police cordoned off the office for an investigation; but they later announced that there was no reason to suspect foul play, nor were there signs of suicide—but national news outlets commenced a total television blackout.

Scarborough had recently resigned from Congress—prematurely and unexpectedly—on the heels of reported rumors about his marital fidelity and shortly after his marriage ended in divorce.

Not choosing to bring to bear the substantial power of a U.S. congressional office to get to the bottom of Miss Klausutis’ death or force a full investigation given the secret documents to which she had access according to U.S. intelligence, Scarborough’s office released a short statement several hours after the discovery of her body:

“My staff and family are greatly saddened by the loss of Lori Klausutis. I know Lori will be missed 

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by the thousands of citizens who regularly contact my office to seek assistance with a variety of problems. May God grant Lori’s family the grace, comfort and hope that will get them through this difficult time.”

Intelligence “roster” of autopsy cover-up physicians and hit teams

Reports revealed that Scarborough’s press secretary Miguel Serrano mentioned health problems in Klausutis’ past and Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berkland said “She had a past medical history that was significant, but it remains to be seen whether that played a role in her death.”

A member of her immediate family rejected the Scarborough office intimations that Lori had medical problems, reporting that Klausutis was a fine athlete, having recently run an 8 kilometer race with a good time as a member of the Northwest Florida Track Club.

Dr. Michael Berkland, who found inconclusive results after performing the Klausutis autopsy, had recently relocated to Florida; and public reports reveal that Berkland’s medical license in the state of Missouri was revoked in 1998 as a result of Berkland reporting false information regarding brain tissue samples in a 1996 autopsy report—charges that Berkland does not deny.

A former agency official who spoke to us directly recognized the name of Dr. Michael Berkland and identified him as being “on the roster of secret CIA operatives used in sensitive and controversial deaths involving government officials to cover up evidence and keep families and American citizens from learning the truth about a loved one’s death,” cover-ups which can then be “employed to blackmail particular government officials involved.”

Berkland was also reportedly suspended from his position as a medical examiner in the state of Florida in July, 1999.

According to an August 8, 2001 American Politics Journal (APJ) report, repeated requests to Dr. Stephen Nelson, Chairman of the Medical Examiners Commission, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, failed to verify that Dr. Berkland’s suspension was lifted and that his license and disciplinary record were clear at the time of the Klausutis autopsy. Dr. Nelson was appointed Chairman of the Commission by Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Berkland acknowledged on Monday, August 6 according to APJ, that Lori had sustained a “scratch and abruise” on her head and that his original denials were to prevent undue speculation about the cause of death. “The last thing we wanted was 40 questions about a head injury,” Berkland said.

An August 29, 2001 report in the Northwest Florida Daily News revealed that “Klausutis’ head injury was more severe than previously reported,” raising additional obstruction of justice questions for any future grand jury probe.

The same North Florida newspaper removed its September 1, 2001 story revealing that a “controversial autopsy report by ‘where’s the brain section’ Berkland raises more questions than it answers.” There are no indications why the report was removed.

This, reminiscent of Arkansas medical examiner Dr. Fahmy Malak who was involved with the “dead boys on the railroad tracks” and other important autopsies involving suspicious and curious deaths during the Clinton gubernatorial administrations.

The long-time intelligence official who spoke with us about Dr. Michael Berkland also immediately recognized the name of Dr. Malak as “another one of the ‘roster’ doctors called in to cover up suspicious deaths involving high government officials,” raising more serious questions about similar deaths involving government physicians.

The intelligence agent told us “these physicians are also known in our circles as ‘suicide doctors,’ employed to cover up government-sponsored murders of public officials, legislators, political candidates, whistleblowers, journalists and activists attempting to expose government corruption—in other words, orchestrating a ‘suicide’ to cover up ‘red squad’ hits.”

Toxicology and pregnancy tests have been sealed by Florida authorities according to reports, which adds to speculation concerning why the national media blacked out coverage of the suspicious death of a young female congressional staff aide in the member’s own office.

Interestingly, the Klausutis family refused to acknowledge the fact that their daughter knew or even worked for Scarborough for nearly three years as a congressional aide, leaving her important position of state-wide honor out of her obituary altogether.

Moreover, as a high-profile deceased member of the Young Republicans of America national organization, a search of the Young Republicans web site found no mention of Lori or her contributions to the Florida Republican Party, nor any tribute to her memory, or comments about her passing, or position as Rep. Scarborough’s aide, also according to APJ.

Cutting off White House crime family involvement in 9-11

An NBC insider told U.S. intelligence yesterday that Scarbororgh was drinking heavily in the afternoon while complaints came in to MSNBC questioning his treatment of Mariani and his reasons for shutting off the widow’s microphone just as she was discussing 9-11 evidence never heard before during a national news broadcast in the United States.

Ellen Mariani’s husband Neil was a passenger on United Airlines flight 175 that allegedly crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001—after which it was later reported by the Associated Press that the plane landed at the Cleveland-Hopkins, Ohio airport where the passengers were told that a bomb might be aboard the aircraft and that they were to be taken into the NASA Glen Research Center.

It has further been reported that other 9-11 flights were taken to this clandestine government facility.

Ellen was then asked by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough to express her opinion of the 9-11 Commission’s final report.

When Scarborough asked Mariani what she thought of the 9-11 Commission’s report, she said, “1) 9-11 Report is nothing more than obstruction of justice and a continuous cover-up by the Bush administration, 2) 9-11 commissioners were all hand picked by Mr. Bush to obstruct justice and maintain a cover-up of the facts and the evidence, 3) The Bush crime family was behind the attack on America.”

When the 9-11 widow started with “4) Lets talk about Able Danger, the scripted 9-11 attack on America, the Oklahoma City Bombing, with direct ties to the Philippines and Wachovia Bank and then, let’s connect the dots: Oklahoma City, 9-11 & Able Danger, Scarborough cut off Mariani’s mike, took the camera off her and never allowed her to complete her statements.

Mariani referred to another Scarborough guest last night, Richard Miniter, as a professional presidential spin doctor who referred to Able Danger as a former operation to rid terrorists throughout the world, which Mariani maintains is not true.

Avoiding the 9-11 evidence factor

Mariani explained that she was about to expose and explain her 9-11 research to listeners before she was cut off by Scarborough—evidence that she had heard and learned about from federal whistleblowers Tom Heneghan and Stew Webb’s weekly American-French Alliance U.S. Intel News Hour on Thursday evenings from 8 to 9 PM Eastern, linked through www.stewwebb.com.

She told us, “It is Joe’s privilege as host to cut me off; but he did it before hearing the rest of the facts. How can Americans find the common sense and truth when I’m not allowed to speak out on what I know and believe it to be.”

The widow showed us her notes and went over what she was going to present on MSNBC Scarborough Country:

Able Danger was the secretive bucket shop operation in Brooklyn, New York where alleged terrorist Mohamed Atta, a known Mossad-Defense Intelligence operative, had direct ties to the Bush-Clinton crime families.”

“The bucket shop was known as a cash cow linked to Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg,former CEO of AIG Insurance and the Greenburg-Traurig law firm. Mossad lobbyists and paymaster Jack Abramoff were partners with White House-linked money launderers Leonard & Elaine Millman who owned Silverado Savings where Neil Bush was a director of the failed Savings & Loan. Millman controlled CITI Group-CITI Bank before his death two years ago, and was a direct partner in re-insurance and securities fraud with Greenberg and Meyer Blinder also linked to a failed 1990-91 penny stock collapse during a federal investigation involving billions in securities fraud in Denver, Colorado.”

“New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer, filed a RICO Suit against Greenberg instead of putting him in jail in 2005 after whistleblowers Stew Webb and Tom Heneghan provided evidence to Spitzer who then covered it up. But Greenberg had to resign as CEO of AIG to take the heat off of the connections to Greenberg-Traurig.”

There is substantial evidence that the Greenberg-Traurig firm is connected to the challenge over control of my dead husband’s estate in order to silence my 9-11 RICO suit against the Bush crime family, several stories of which are found at TomFlocco.com.”

“Maurice Hank Greenberg controlled through Greenberg/Traurig a foundation known as the Waymark Group which was set up to finance the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9-11 attack on America. Silverado Savings and Loan owner Leonard Millman laundered narcotics money into the Waymark Group—and the narcotics were brought into Mena, Arkansas, a part of Iran contra which involved George H. W. Bush, Fox News Host Oliver North and Bill and Hillary Clinton.”

“Jack Abramoff had direct ties to Mohamed Atta and Florida casinos. One casino owner linked to the group was murdered. Abramoff was laundering money through the casinos and Mohammad Atta was seen gambling at the Florida casinos.”

“The information documents that Mohamed Atta was a Defense Intelligence Mossad agent were taken out of the national security archives by former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Burger with current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s permission to steal the evidence.”

“Sandy Berger, Bill Clinton’s former NSA Director, took the Able Danger document evidence out of the National Archives and literally ate some of the documents, while stuffing some of the other documents in his underwear and socks. Burger was fined a few months ago and never sent to prison; but U.S. intelligence agents have concrete evidence of Berger’s actions—but he still got away with selling out America.”

“President Bush ordered the Washington, DC missile defense system to stand down in late July 2001. Bush also signed an executive order that told the FBI to back of their investigations of Muslims. The reason Mr. Bush told the FBI to allow the Brooklyn, New York bucket shop cell to operate as an active entity and not be apprehended was so the cell could carry out the planned 9-11-2001 attack on America.”FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, who recently lost her certiorari appeal before the United States Supreme Court after having been ordered gagged by three Republican appeals court judges to help obstruct justice,

intercepted the Turkish American Council communications of Defense Intelligence rogue agent Gary Best and others who were involved in the 9-11 attacks. Best was an Iran-contra Shadow Government player now in French custody for trying to blow up the French satellite launch pad in French Guyanna.”

“Other US intelligence agents also intercepted the Turkish American council communications when George H. W. Bush discussed the 9-11 attack on America. George H. W. Bush and Richard Cheney were 400 feet below ground in the White House situation room controlling the Justice Department Tripod II Brooklyn, New York bucket shop operation attacking America on 9-11-2001. This, while George W. Bush was reading a goat story in a Florida classroom, far away from the action—and why did he select a story about a goat?”

“Federal Whistleblower Karl Swartz’s investigation revealed that missiles were retrofitted by Hughes Corp on one of their A-3 Airplanes at the Ft Collins Colorado Airport and that one of them was the missile that hit the Pentagon—not an airplane.”

“The warehouse was owned by several people including Maurice Hank Greenberg, former CEO of AIG Insurance, the largest U.S. insurance group allegedly linked to narcotics money laundering and re-insurance frauds, and connected to Leonard Millman’s National Acceptance-First National Acceptance Company parent company of First National Banks at 50 S. Steel, Denver Colorado.”EllenMariani2

“Whistleblower Stew Webb provided evidence to New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer who continues the cover-up, which is obstruction of Justice.”

“Let’s look at the facts and evidence that friends of mine, federal whistleblowers and US intelligence agents have and want to present before a Federal Grand Jury and have filed in US DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO (in Denver) Case # 95-Y-107 Filed Aug. 4, 2004 by Stewart Webb which has never been dismissed.”

“My research found a number of 9-11 Commission” conflicts: Jamie Gorelick covered up Iraq-gate/BNL Bank/Gulf War Syndrome—the scandal which keeps changing names. Bob Kerry of Nebraska has been identified by U.S. intelligence as a pedophile and the Clintons have blackmailed him. Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean had oil investments linked to both Bush and the bin Laden family but sold them just before being named chairman of the 9-11 Commission.”

Ellen told us, “I was interviewed in May of 2002 by FOX News Network and their top spin doctor, Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly and Joe Scarborough are nothing more than little boys doing an adult job as spin doctors for the Bushes; and Americans know this,” adding, “I finally realize that the major media in America is nothing but a cover-up machine for the Bush-Clinton crime families.”

Sadly, Mariani told us, “On September 11, I not only lost my husband Neil, but I lost my country as well—especially my freedom of speech and my rights in the federal judicial system.”

The 9-11 widow’s distasteful experience on Scarborough Country and facts uncovered by U.S. intelligence regarding explosive documents in Scarborough’s possession—linked to his congressional aide—raise questions as to whether there is more to this story than meets the eye, the paucity of national media coverage notwithstanding.

“The American people will have to decide whether the potential to blackmail a U.S. congressman with the power to a) send our children to war based on lies, b) allow our pension funds to be stolen or c) bribe 9-11 victims so they promise never to sue the government for the facts is more important than a potentially compromised national cable news host with the power to cut off my microphone before I expose the Bush administration’s involvement in the death of my husband,” said the 9-11 widow.

 

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