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In the Fog of War, the U.S. Has Armed ISIS

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Cartoon: US Dollars on ISIS Flag

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/02/van-buren-iraq-idUSL1N0YO25X20150602

Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when Islamic State overran the northern city of Mosul in June 2014. Coupled with previous losses of American weapons, the conclusion is simple: The United States is effectively supplying Islamic State with tools of war the militant group cannot otherwise hope to acquire. Losses to Islamic State include at least 40 M1A1 main battle tanks … 74,000 machine guns, and as many as 52 M198 howitzer mobile gun systems. To help replenish Iraq’s motor pool, the U.S. State Department last year approved a sale to Iraq of 1,000 Humvees, along with their armor upgrades, machine guns and grenade launchers.

The United States previously donated 250 Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers (MRAPs) to Iraq, plus unaccountable amounts of material left behind when American forces departed in 2011. The United States is currently in the process of moving to Iraq 175 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, 55,000 rounds of main tank-gun ammunition, $600 million in howitzers and trucks, $700 million worth of Hellfire missiles and 2,000 AT-4 rockets.

The Hellfires and AT-4’s, anti-tank weapons, are presumably going to be used to help destroy the American armor in the hands of Islamic State. It’s a surreal state of affairs in which American weaponry is being sent into Iraq to destroy American weaponry previously sent into Iraq.

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Canada ‘cultural genocide’ against First Nation

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Aboriginal Experiences

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33000961

A study has found rules that required Canadian aboriginals to attend state-funded church schools were responsible for “cultural genocide”. The report released on Tuesday found that First Nation children were often physically and sexually abused. “They were stripped of their self-respect and they were stripped of their identity,” said Murray Sinclair, one of the study’s authors. More than 130 residential schools operated across Canada. The Canadian government forced more than 150,000 First Nation children to attend these schools from the 19th Century until the mid-1990s.

The schools sought to integrate the children into mainstream Canadian society, but in doing so rid them of their native culture. The policies have been cited as a major factor in an epidemic of substance abuse on reservations. Students said they were beaten for speaking their native language and were separated from their parents and customs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a historic apology in parliament in 2008, acknowledging the physical and sexual abuse that took place in the schools.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which wrote the report, was created in 2006 as part of a $5bn (£3.3bn) class action settlement between the government, churches and the 90,000 surviving First Nation students. The report issued 94 recommendations including an investigation into missing and murdered aboriginal women and an apology from Pope Francis on behalf of the Catholic Church.

Note: Watch powerful evidence in a suppressed Discovery Channel documentary showing that child sexual abuse scandals reach to the highest levels of government. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on sex abuse scandals and violations of basic civil rights.

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For Terrorist Fearmongers, It’s Always the Scariest Time Ever

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https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/02/fear-mongers-always…

For the fearmongers in the West and their allies, it’s always the scariest time ever. In February, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell, arguing for renewal of the Patriot Act, warned that “the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist threat to the United States has never been greater.” In January, an anonymous senior aide to U.K. Prime Minister … argued for a new “snooper” bill by saying that “the terrorist threat has never been greater.” In mid-2014, U.K. Prime Minister Cameron himself raised the threat level to “severe” and announced: “Britain faces the ‘greatest and deepest’ terror threat in the country’s history.” Throughout the Bush years … officials raised their color-coded terror alerts and issued similar warnings so many times that it became a running joke. Years later, the face of that joke, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, admitted he was pressured to issue warnings for political gain.

Here we are 14 years after 9/11, and it’s still always the worst threat ever in all of history. If we always face the greatest threat ever, then one of two things is true: 1) fearmongers serially exaggerate the threat for self-interested reasons, or 2) the threat is always getting more severe, year after year — which might mean we should evaluate the wisdom of “terrorism” policies that constantly make the problem worse. Whatever else is true, the people who should have the least credibility on the planet are [those] who have spent the last 15 years exploiting the terror threat in order to terrorize the American population into doing what they want.

Note: Read an excellent essay by a top US general exposing how war is a racket. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles about corruption in the intelligence community and the manipulation of public perception.

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Major Questions Remain Unanswered in Boston Killing of Alleged ISIS Beheading Plotter

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Reporter Surveillance

 

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/10/major-questions-remain…

Last week in the Boston area, a 26-year-old black Muslim man was shot and killed by agents of the FBI and Boston Police Department. A surveillance video … was finally released on Monday. It’s virtually impossible to know what happened from this highly touted video, other than the fact that [Usaamah] Rahim appears to have been walking peacefully when he was approached by multiple individuals, wearing no police uniforms, in a threatening, military-style formation. Rahim’s family issued a statement detailing the numerous questions raised by the video. Early reports claimed that there was a third conspirator beyond Rahim and [his nephew and accused co-conspirator David] Wright. The FBI affidavit filed against Wright repeatedly references a “third person” who plotted with Rahim and Wright and met with them. Yet there has been no further mention of this “third person,” and apparently no arrest of him. Why not? Is that third person an FBI informant?

Is this yet another case where the director and prime mover of a scary “terror plot” is in fact the FBI itself. What basis exists for the highly inflammatory claim that Rahim was “linked to” or “inspired by” ISIS? He was not only wary of being set up by the FBI, but specifically said he was “preaching AGAINST violence and terrorism.” As AP noted, on social media Rahim “spoke out against the kind of violence Islamic State extremists are fomenting across the Middle East,” and “made none of the violent calls to arms many supporters of armed extremist groups espouse on social media.”

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles about the erosion of civil liberties and the manipulation of public perception.

 

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Washington revolving door speeds up as Obama officials head for lobbying jobs

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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/07/washington-revolving-door….

Washington has long been notorious for its revolving doors. Politicians, regulators and other officials spin out of one capital building only to return at another as highly paid lobbyists. Leading the pack of former White House staff [now] accepting the corporate shilling is Jay Carney, President Obama’s former White House press secretary, who this week joined Amazon as its head of global corporate affairs.

Carney follows David Plouffe, Obama’s former campaign manager and senior White House adviser, who quit the White House in 2013 and joined Uber. Others to have left the Obama administration for the serious cash of the corporate world include Samuel Maruca, who was director of transfer pricing (multinational company taxation) at the Internal Revenue Service, [and] Shara Aranoff, [former] chair of the US International Trade Commission.

Bill Allison, senior fellow of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit that campaigns for open government, said the number of senior government officials switching to lobbying roles in big companies poses “a huge problem for transparency”. Obama was very clear – he didn’t want people to switch between lobbying and the government, but that’s what is happening. When he took office, Obama signed an order that the White House said: “closes the revolving door that allows government officials to move to and from private sector jobs in ways that give that sector undue influence over government”.

Note: For more on this, see Glenn Greenwald’s excellent article.

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Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources

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CIA cartoon

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/07/la-times-editors-advocate-imprisonment…

Two years ago, the first story based on the Snowden archive was published in The Guardian, revealing a program of domestic mass surveillance, which, at least in its original form, ended this week. To commemorate that anniversary, Edward Snowden himself reflected in a New York Times op-ed on the power of an informed public”. The debate provoked by these disclosures [examined] the role journalism ought to play in a democracy and the proper relationship of journalists to those who wield the greatest political and economic power. Of all the revelations over the last two years, one of the most illuminating and stunning has been the reaction of many in the American media to Edward Snowden as a source. There was plenty of journalistic support for the disclosures.But huge numbers of journalists went on the warpath against transparency.

TheLos Angeles Times … believes leaking is criminal and those who do it belong in prison. The LA Times itself constantly publishes illegal leaks, though the ones it publishes usually come from top government officials. Have the LA Times editors called for the criminal prosecution of Leon Panetta, and John Brennan, and the endless number of senior officials who leak not (as Snowden did) to inform the public but in order to propagandize them? Of course not, and therein lies the key media lesson from all of this. These journalists are literally agents of political power.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles about corruption in the intelligence community and the manipulation of public perception.

 

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SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/world/asia/the-secret-history-of-seal-team-6.html?_r=0

The Navy’s SEAL Team 6 … best known for killing Osama bin Laden, has been transformed by more than a decade of combat into a global manhunting machine. That role reflects America’s new way of war, in which conflict is distinguished … by the relentless killing of suspected militants. While fighting grinding wars of attrition in Afghanistan and Iraq, Team 6 … joined Central Intelligence Agency operatives in an initiative called the Omega Program, which offered greater latitude in hunting adversaries.

Team 6 has successfully carried out thousands of dangerous raids that military leaders credit with weakening militant networks, but its activities have also spurred recurring concerns. Afghan villagers and a British commander accused SEALs of indiscriminately killing men in one hamlet; in 2009, team members joined C.I.A. and Afghan paramilitary forces in a raid that left a group of youths dead and inflamed tensions between Afghan and NATO officials. When suspicions have been raised about misconduct, outside oversight has been limited.

“This is an area where Congress notoriously doesn’t want to know too much,” said Harold Koh, the State Department’s former top legal adviser. Like the C.I.A.’s campaign of drone strikes, Special Operations missions offer policy makers an alternative to costly wars of occupation. But the bulwark of secrecy around Team 6 makes it impossible to fully assess its record and the consequences of its actions, including civilian casualties or the deep resentment inside the countries where its members operate.

Note: Drone strikes almost always miss their intended targets. Casualties of war whose identities are unknown are frequently mis-reported to be “militants”. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles about military corruption and high level manipulation of mass media.

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‘Sea change’ in Catholic sex abuse scandal

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Pope Francis


http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/10/us/pope-vatican-bishops-sex-abuse-tribunal/

Pope Francis has created a church tribunal to judge bishops who fail to protect children from sexually abusive priests, the Vatican announced Wednesday, a move long sought by abuse victims and their advocates. The new court will be part of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Catholic Church’s chief watchdog. Since 2001, the congregation has judged priests accused of sexual abuse, but there has been no Vatican office with a similar role to judge bishops. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said the Pope will appoint a secretary and permanent staff for the tribunal. Longtime critics of the Vatican called Wednesday’s move a “sea change” within the Catholic Church. “Priests abuse children, and so do bishops,” said Terence McKiernan, president of the watchdog group BishopAccountability.org. “Bishops who offend are inevitable enablers, and the commission’s plan must confront that sad fact.” Advocates for sexual abuse victims gave the new tribunal qualified approval. “Time will tell whether these moves actually result in holding bishops accountable for cover-ups of crimes,” Boston-based church reform group Voice of the Faithful said. “But these steps are the most promising the Vatican has yet taken.” The new court was advocated by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who has long pushed the Vatican to discipline bishops who failed to protect children.

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Al Qaeda (AQAP) terrorists in Yemen publicly execute two Yemeni men

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accused of spying for U.S and hang their corpses from a road bridge much to the delight of the large crowds

Shocking images have been released which show the corpses of unidentified men hanging from a road bridge after they were publicly shot dead in the Zio-Wahhabi Al Qaeda-controlled city of Mukalla, just one day after group’s leader is killed in American drone strike.

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The two ‘spies’ were later seen hanged in front of a huge crowd, beneath a banner reading: ‘The House of Saud directs American planes to bomb the holy warriors.’  

A spokes terrorist for the group said the men had been accused of infiltrating the jihadist network to provide information connected to the death of Nasir Wahisi, a former senior lieutenant of Osama bin Laden.

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Witnesses said Saudi Zio-Wahhabi al-Qaida gunmen in the southern city of Mukalla read out charges before shooting the two men, one of whom was accused of guiding the drone that killed commander Nasr al-Ansi and a media liaison known as Muhannad Ghalab in April.

Al-Qaeda supporters posted pictures online that showed the two men blindfolded on a sandy beach, said to be the site of a previous drone strike. Another picture showed a body in bloody clothes lashed to a pole, dangling off a bridge.

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The killings came a day after Saudi Zio-Wahhabi al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni affiliate is known, said its leader, Nasir al-Wahishi, was killed in a US drone strike last week.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Al-Qaeda captured Mukalla in April after Yemen’s army splintered between allies and opponents of rebels known as Houthis. But the city has proven to be something of a death trap, with US drone strikes in and around Mukalla killing not only al-Wahishi and al-Ansi, but also a senior religious ideologue, Ibrahim al-Rubaish.

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In series of online postings, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi al-Qaida members said one of the two men shot dead Wednesday was a Yemeni national loyal to the Islamic State group, which controls vast regions of Iraq and Syria. They identified him as Musaed al-Khaweitar and said he ran an Saudi Zio-Wahhabi al-Qaida-linked media outlet and was close to top leaders.

The second man, identified as Abu Ayman al-Mutairi, is also believed to be Yemeni.

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Zio-Wahhabi Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch is widely seen as the terror network’s most dangerous offshoot. It claimed the attack on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January and has been linked to a number of attempts to attack the US.

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“Jewish Earmark” set to double in 2016

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As if we needed any more proof that the entire “Homeland Security” paradigm of American domestic security policy operates as a Jewish racket, we have even more courtesy of The Jewish Daily Forward this morning.According to the Forward, the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee has “voted to more than double funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $25 million for the coming year.” Virtually all of the funds allocated to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program go to Jewish organizations for “security” purposes. The Forward is even bold enough to admit in its headline that the Grant Program amounts to a “Jewish Earmark”.

[…] The increase approved Tuesday by the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 2016, up from the current $13 million, was actively supported by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of AmericaAgudath Israel of America and the Jewish Federations of North America. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the funding on Thursday.

Funds from the security grant program are used to assist synagogues, day schools and other Jewish nonprofits in making their buildings more secure.

“We have seen a disturbing rise in threats and attacks on community institutions and, when finalized, the funds provided under the NSGP will not only keep our community safer it will also be a statement of solidarity and support in the face of such threats,” said Nathan Diament, OU executive director for public policy.

The increase in the appropriation for security grants is “a profoundly important development,” said Rabbi Abba Cohen, Washington director of Agudah. “It represents the subcommittee’s understanding that the terrorist risk to American lives is real and continuing and that the safety of these lives rises above political differences — that, in today’s world, more resources need to be devoted to increase the level of protection for our vulnerable institutions and populations, not less,” he said.

William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of JFNA’s Washington Office, noted the importance of the grants. “These funds have been critical in protecting our communities. The increase comes at a time when anti-Semitism in the U.S. has risen by more than 21% between 2013 and 2014, and when terrorist groups like ISIL, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Hezbollah continue to incite violence against Jews in the West.”

It is truly remarkable how effective the organized Jewish community is at communicating its message, lobbying the government for services and funding, and achieving success, with the government and political establishment eagerly acceding to their demands with very few exceptions.

We see the same tactics utilized by the organized Jewish community time and time again as well. The Jews hysterically hype a perceived “threat” (i.e., the rising tide of “anti-Semitism” or “terrorist attacks” against Jewish organizations) to their well-being and interests as a group, and then demand the government take steps to combat said perceived “threat” (criminalizing thoughts, ideas, and expressions Jews do not like to combat “anti-Semitism or giving Jewish organizations millions of dollars for “security” in order to prevent “terrorist attacks”). And it works every time.

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