U.S. GOVERNMENT’S “SECRET INTERPRETATION” OF PATRIOT ACT: “EVERYTHING” IS RELEVANT–SO SPY ON EVERYONE

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 The second perverse policy is the so called “Global War on Terrorism.” As many critics have pointed out, terrorism is not an enemy. It is a tactic. Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely make the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world. A prudent American president would end the present policy of “sustained hysteria” over potential terrorist attacks, order the removal of most of the new safety barriers in Washington and elsewhere, treat terrorism as a serious but not a strategic problem, encourage Americans to regain their confidence, and refuse to let al Qaeda keep us in a state of fright.  Lt.Gen William Odom Former Director NSA

The second perverse policy is the so called “Global War on Terrorism.” As many critics have pointed out, terrorism is not an enemy. It is a tactic. Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely make the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world. A prudent American president would end the present policy of “sustained hysteria” over potential terrorist attacks, order the removal of most of the new safety barriers in Washington and elsewhere, treat terrorism as a serious but not a strategic problem, encourage Americans to regain their confidence, and refuse to let al Qaeda keep us in a state of fright.
Lt.Gen William Odom
Former Director NSA

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Government’s “Secret Interpretation” of Patriot Act: “EVERYTHING” Is Relevant … So Spy on EVERYONE
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The Washington’s blog | Thursday, July 11, 2013, 13:24 Beijing

Government’s Interpretation of Spying Turns 200 Years of American Law On Its Head

Senators Wyden and Udall – both on the Senate Intelligence Committee, with full access to information on the spying program – have said that for at least 2 years that the government was using a “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act which would shock Americans, because it provides a breathtakingly wide program of spying. And see this.

Wyden and Udall said that they couldn’t reveal to the public – or even other members of Congress who lack top security clearance – what the secret interpretation is … and that most Congress members weretotally ignorant about it.

The author of the Patriot Act and chairman on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner – says that the government has gone far beyond what the Patriot Act intended, and that the Act “was originally drafted to preventdata mining” on the scale that’s occurred.

A top NSA whistleblower told us that the secret interpretation is that the government spies on everyone.

The Wall Street Journal has just disclosed the specifics of the “secret interpretation”:

In classified orders starting in the mid-2000s, the court accepted that “relevant” could be broadened to permit an entire database of records on millions of people, in contrast to a more conservative interpretation widely applied in criminal cases, in which only some of those records would likely be allowed, according to people familiar with the ruling.

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“Relevant” has long been a broad standard, but the way the court is interpreting it, to mean, in effect, “everything,” is new, says Mark Eckenwiler, a senior counsel at Perkins Coie LLP who, until December, was the Justice Department’s primary authority on federal criminal surveillance law.

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Two senators on the Intelligence Committee, Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Mark Udall (D., Colo.), have argued repeatedly that there was a “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act.The senators’ offices tell the Journal that this new interpretation of the word “relevant” is what they meant.

Interpreting “relevant” as meaning “everything” throws more than 200 years of American law on its head … plus a couple hundred additional years of British common law on which early American law was based. The most basic principle of evidence law is that only information actually relevant to the case can be admitted.

Moreover, top national security experts say that pretending that “everything” is “relevant” means that intelligence agencies will be swamped with useless information …which will make them less able to prevent terrorist attacks.

And the courts are providing no checks and balances on the spying program.

The Washington’s blog

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/governments-secret-interpretation-of-patriot-act-everything-is-relevant-so-spy-on-everyone.html

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White House Ducks Out of Senate’s First Guantanamo Hearing in Five Years

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Though president Obama recommitted to closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in May, the first Senate hearing in five years held to discuss precisely that topic was notable for the lack of any White House witnesses.

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA: A U.S. military guard holds leg shackles while preparing to move an 'enemy combatant' within the detention center on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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In May during a major speech outlining US defense topics, including ongoing drone strikes in Afghanistan, Yemen and other regions of the world, Obama addressed the administration’s renewed commitment to push for cleared prisoner transfers out of Guantanamo, with the aim of eventually closing down the prison.

On Wednesday, the Senate held its first hearing since 2009 on whether to shut down Guantanamo, though according to an aide for Senator Dick Durbin who spoke with The Daily Beast, the Obama administration was invited but declined to send a witness to bolster its case to shut down the facility.

Both Thursday’s hearing as well as Obama’s renewed effort to close Guantanamo comes as detainees continue on a hunger strike in protest of their indefinite detention as well as conditions at the prison. The force-feeding of the hunger strikers has in particular become a magnet for criticism by those who argue for the facility’s closure and a growing number of human rights advocates.

“I believe it violates international norms and medical ethics. And at Guantanamo, it happens day after day and week after week,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said at the hearing of the continued force-feedings.

Feinstein, who requested in April that the White House resume cleared prisoner transfers out of Guantanamo, has in the last few months become one of the most visible proponents of drawing down operations at the center.

Both Senators Richard Durbin Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee, urged the administration to outline a process for closing the detention center in July. The two senators also urged Obama to direct the Department of Defense to stop conducting large-scale force feedings at the detention center.

Only a few days before the request made by the two senators a judge had ruled that only Obama himself had the power to intervene in halting the force-feeding of hunger strikes.

Of the 166 prisoners who still remain in the camp, 86 have already been cleared for release. However, owing to political opposition in Congress, early attempts by the Obama administration through the Department of Justice during its first term to transfer prisoners to other locations failed.

The notable absence of any witnesses on the part of the White House in Wednesday’s hearing also indicates that the White House is not behind a plan to repatriate prisoners back to their countries, according to sources who spoke with The Daily Beast.

“I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the administration could be doing more to close Guantánamo,” Durbin said on Wednesday, going on to explain that he and Feinstein had met with “senior White House officials” to discuss how to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo.

The president has been clear that he wants Guantánamo closed, and the national security waiver provides an avenue to start clearing transfers,” said C. Dixon Osburn, the director of Human Rights First’s law and security program. “If the White House believes it does not have the authority, they should tell Congress what authority they need and make it to the Hill and say so.”

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Helen Thomas: Dead at 92

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by Stephen Lendman

On July 20, headlines reported the news. The doyen of the White House House press corps was gone.

After a long illness, the Gridiron Club and Foundation announced her passing. She ended decades covering presidential press conferences saying, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

She was special. She’ll be sorely missed. She spoke truth to power. Too few like her remain. Washington targets those who do.

She withstood tough challenges. She did it throughout her career. She was born on August 4, 1920. She’s a Winchester, KY native. Her father was a grocer. She was one of nine children.

She was the first female White House press corps representative. She worked for UPI. She covered US administrations for five decades. She began during the Kennedy years. Her tenure was unprecedented.

As a high school freshmen, journalism was her ambition. In 1942, she earned a Wayne State University BA in English. Her career spanned six decades.

She became a Washington Daily News copy girl. She advanced to reporter status. She did so quickly. Her talent was too good to hold back.

She began reporting local news. She did women’s stories. In the early 1950s, she covered Washington celebrities and government agencies.

In 1960, she covered President-elect John Kennedy. She attended daily press briefings and conferences. In 1962, she convinced Kennedy to let women attend annual White House dinners. Journalists and photographers were invited.

In 1970, she became UPI’s first female White House Bureau chief. In 1975, she was the first woman admitted to Washington’s Gridiron Club. Later she became its president.

In 1975-76, she was White House Correspondents Association’s first female president.

Over the span of her career, she became a legend in her own time. No one in modern-day mainstream US journalism matched her. She was a fixture at White House press conferences.

She was called “the First Lady of the Press.” It was for good reason. She covered 10 presidents for over five decades. She asked hard-hitting questions.

She wrote about what readers need to know. She sat in the first row. For decades, she asked the first question. It was a special honor perhaps few, if any others, enjoyed.

In 2000, she resigned from UPI. She did so after Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church acquired it. Hearst Corporation hired her as a columnist.

Throughout her career, she received numerous awards. She got over 30 honorary degrees. In 1976, she was named one of the World Almanac’s 25 Most Influential Women in America.

In 1986, she received the University of Kansas William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit. In 1991, she won the Freedom Forum Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

In 1998, the White House Correspondents Association established the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. It did so in her honor.

In 2000, Wayne State University created the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award.

In 2002, the National Newspaper Association gave her a lifetime achievement award. In 2007, so did the Washington Press Club Foundation. The same year, she received the National Research Center for Women & Families Foremother Award.

In 2010, she got the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) lifetime achievement award.

The same year, her career prematurely end. She spoke truth to Israel. She said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine (and) go home.”

She meant Israeli occupiers. She expressed frustration and anger about 62 years of persecution. It’s over 65 now. It’s 46 under brutalizing militarized occupation. It’s horrific enough to enrage any justice defender.

Thomas explained more. Her comments “reflect(ed her) heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon,” she stressed.

She retired days later. In July 2011, she resumed writing for the Falls Church News-Press.

In April 2012, PLO General Mission to America head Maen Areikat honored Thomas for her “long career in the field of journalism, during which she defended the Palestinian position every step of the way.”

According to Washington’s PLO office, its Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi “presented Thomas with the appreciation and blessing of the president and the Palestinian people, for all of her actions supporting Palestine in the West.”

Ralph Nader called her “a pioneering, no-nonsense newswoman.” She’s a “hero of honest journalism and women’s rights.”

She’s “the scourge of dissembling presidents and White House press secretaries.” In 2006, she challenged George Bush saying:

“Your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of Americans and Iraqis. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true.”

In mid-2010, she asked Obama: “When are you going to get out of Afghanistan? Why are we continuing to kill and die there? What is the real excuse?”

Her trademark was asking tough “why” questions. Self-censoring wasn’t her style. She knew lies when she heard them. She challenged duplicitous dissembling.

She rejected sugarcoated rubbish. She didn’t look the other way. She refused to roll over for power.

She challenged wrongs needing exposure. She did so responsibly. She believed good journalism involves “comfort(ing) the afflicted and afflict(ing) the comfortable.”

She took Aldous Huxley’s comments seriously. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored,” he said.

She cared. It showed. She spent a lifetime telling readers what they need to know. She did so reponsibly. It bears repeating. She’ll be sorely missed.

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The Zionist Regime and the IsraHell-Run NSA Busted (Part III)

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“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”—Fourth Amendment[1]

…by Jonas E. Alexis

We have already seen over and over that the NSA’s covert operation stemmed from the Israelis—and most probably from the Mossad.[2] Yet even after it has been shown that the NSA violated basic human rights and civil liberties, the government continues to spy on you:

“A secret U.S. intelligence court renewed an order Friday to continue forcing Verizon Communications to turn over hundreds of millions of telephone records to the government each day in its search for foreign terror or espionage suspects.

“Other major U.S. telephone carriers are similarly ordered to give records of their customers’ calls to the NSA, which also is able to reach into the data streams of U.S. companies such as Yahoo, Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and others, and grab emails, video chats, pictures and more.”[3]

The British newspaper The Independent has recently pointed out that Google has a major project that will be implemented in the future. This project is quite congruent with the NSA’s spying program.

Google’s “goal is to insert a chip inside your head for the most effortless search engine imaginable. Some will find this prospect exciting. Others might want to call for Dick Tracy. The first stage of this new level of intimacy is Google Glass…”[4]

And when companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, among others, get caught by people like Snowden, they want to start “sending” the government letters asking for disclosure.[5] Why they didn’t do this long before Snowden exposed them is beyond my comprehension. Are they implicitly saying that they signed contracts with the government and they never knew what those contracts encompassed? Smart people who operate worldwide companies like Google and Apple did not know what the government was doing? And we are supposed to believe this? How stupid can it be?

Keith Alexander

But director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander complicates things a little when he said that those companies “don’t have a choice. Court order, they have to do this.”[6] The court “approves 99% of government requests for surveillance…”[7]

At the same time, the New York Times tells us the “NSA imposes rules to protect secret data stored on its networks.”[8] Another article states that “in secret, court vastly broadens powers of NSA.”[9]

That always comes with the pathetic rationalization that the government is fighting against terrorism.[10]Yet according to the State Department itself, only 10 Americans were killed by terrorism in 2012, and not one of those incidents happened in the U.S.![11]

More bad news: 9 out of 10 of those Americans were killed in Afghanistan, where Obama has been dropping drones in civilian populated areas! Does it really take a genius to see that the so-called counter-terrorism business has really no legitimate reason to exist?

The NSA and the Zionist establishment create terrorism and tell the American people that they are fighting terrorism. Recently the Washington Post has stated that the “U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones.”[12]

Last March, a poll conducted by the University of Minnesota showed that the vast majority of the American people do not want to be killed by drones. The New Yorker stated,

“The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points, showed that ninety-seven per cent of those surveyed ‘strongly agreed’ with the statement, ‘I personally do not want to be killed by a drone,’ with three per cent responding, ‘Don’t know/No opinion.’”[13]

Pakistani protesters

It has been indicated that U.S. drones have killed 80 percent civilians in Pakistan.[14] There’s more:

“A study at Stanford and New York University titled ‘Living Under Drones’ claimed that only two percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan are top militants, and that the large number of related civilian deaths turn Pakistanis against the US.”[15]

The vast majority of Americans do not want to be killed by drones in the U.S., but the vast majority of Americans have not really made their voice heard about the U.S. killing children and innocent people in places like Pakistan.

Since the Zionist gangsters have already convinced the American people that they are dropping drones in the name of fighting terrorism, “most Americans approve of foreign drone strikes.”[16]

Yet when it was announced that Obama was trying to gain power to use drone strikes to kill Americans on U.S. soil,[17] the vast majority of Americans basically say that the government has no right to do so,[18] despite the fact that Eric Holder pathetically tried to argue that drone strike on U.S. soil would be legal.[19]

In a small town called Deer Trail, Colorado, people were even “considering a measure that would allow its residents to hunt for federal drones and shoot them down.” One resident, Phillip Steel, told CNN: “Is it illegal? Of course it is. But it’s also illegal to spy on American citizens.”[20]

What is even more laughable is that somehow we cannot figure out why people in Pakistan hate us! You kill hundreds upon hundreds of their children and then you expect them to love you! The Zionists have locked the American people into this kind of matrix for far too long.

As John Glaser rightly points out,

“Instead of tormenting Afghans in a military occupation that costs more than $120 billion per year; instead of empowering the NSA to snuff out the Fourth Amendment and collect and store the communications of all Americans; instead of wasting almost $1 trillion annually on defense spending mostly as a wealth transfer to rent-seeking corporations; instead of granting the president the kingly power to assassinate anyone, anywhere, at any time – maybe we just shouldn’t go to the above-mentioned countries. Then our terrorism casualty rate will be zero.”[21]

According to the NSA’s weltanschauung, terrorism is in the entire world and the job of the United States is to monitor virtually everyone on this planet! If this is too radical, listen to the Atlantic:

“As an aside during testimony on Capitol Hill today, a National Security Agency representative rather casually indicated that the government looks at data from a universe of far, far more people than previously indicated.”[22]

By spying on millions of Americans, what NSA agents end up implicitly saying is that every American is a suspected terrorist! What’s even more interesting, “a single NSA wiretap could lead to snooping on ‘2.5 million Americans.”

Here’s how it works, “when the NSA requests justification for tapping a “suspected terrorist,” they can also tap that suspect’s contacts, then their contacts, and the contacts of their contacts.”[23]

This is called a “three-hop analysis.”[24] Geoffrey Ingersoll of Business Insider writes,

“Theoretically, at that rate it would take tapping only about 150 suspected terrorists could cover the entire population of the United States.”[25]

The United States government, under the leadership of the Israelis, surely believes that there are more than 150 terrorists in the United States. In other words, the Zionist regime will continue to spy on virtually every single American.

We have certainly reached an intolerable situation. The United States gives Israel at least $3 billion every year, and they obviously use that money to build a spying operation to snoop on Americans! Moreover, they have propagated the lie that they were spying on Americans to protect lives.

In the process, 66 percent of Americans ended up believing that “the Obama administration was right to gather and analyze information from major internet companies to help locate suspected terrorists.”[26] Not only that, Army General Keith Alexander, “the world’s largest intelligence agency,” who also lied about the NSA and who obviously is an indirect Israeli shill, wants to control virtually every activity that goes on the Internet. Business Insider reported,

“In his telling, the threat is so mind-bogglingly huge that the nation has little option but to eventually put the entire civilian Internet under his protection, requiring tweets and emails to pass through his filters, and putting the kill switch under the government’s forefinger.

“‘What we see is an increasing level of activity on the networks,’ he said at a recent security conference in Canada. ‘I am concerned that this is going to break a threshold where the private sector can no longer handle it and the government is going to have to step in.’”[27]

The article moves on to say, “Alexander has asked for nearly $4.7 billion in additional funding in 2014 alone to further bolster the United States’ ‘cyberspace operations.’[28] At the same time, Detroit plans to cut pensions because they do not have enough funding.

“Detroit’s pension shortfall accounts for about $3.5 billion of the $18 billion in debts that led the city to file for bankruptcy last week. How it handles this problem — of not enough money set aside to pay the pensions it has promised its workers — is being closely watched by other cities with fiscal troubles. Kevyn D. Orr, the city’s emergency manager, has called for “significant cuts” to the pensions of current retirees”[29]

You work for your entire life and try to support your family. Now you are retired. How would you like to know that you pensions are going to get cut? How would you like to know that your money is indirectly supporting covert operations which are linked to the Israeli Mossad?

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan said of those retirees, “You’ve got to have great empathy for them. These are hard-working people that are in retirement now — they’re on fixed incomes, most of them — and you look at this and say, ‘This is a very difficult situation…’ It’s not about just putting more money in a situation. It’s about better services to citizens again. It’s about accountable government.”[30]

Fasten your seatbelt, for it gets worse. The Post-Gazette reported back in 2008:

“Over the past seven years more than 1.5 million American troops have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. These men and women have served their nation with honor and distinction. Yet, there is growing evidence that our nation is failing to properly treat hundreds of thousands returning combat veterans, many of whom may end up homeless and on our streets.

“Faced with unforeseeable and anonymous threats in the forms of improvised explosive devices and car bombs, our combat troops today are subject to prolonged psychological stress different from previous conflicts. It should not be surprising to anyone that the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will continue for years to come.

“Unfortunately, our nation has not faced up to the needs of our returning troops and there is a looming crisis of homelessness among veterans.

“A recent study of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan conducted by a respected, independent research organization found that roughly 300,000 of our returning troops suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or severe depression.

“Shockingly, only half of our nation’s Veterans Affairs medical centers currently offer PTSD counseling and six of seven surveyed cannot handle their current case load.

“On any given night, 200,000 veterans, including 3,000 who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are living on the streets of our nation. At some point during this coming year, 400,000 men and women who served this nation in uniform will experience homelessness. Approximately one of four homeless men are veterans, making veterans seven times more likely to be homeless than their civilian counterparts.”[31]

How can the United States continue to give billions of dollars to Israel while our precious citizens and decent veterans are begging for bread on the streets? How can the Israelis continue to snoop on us while we make them rich?

If this is not diabolical in its metaphysical sense,  then nothing is. In a nutshell, this Mephistophelian system is already beginning to lead the average American into a state of literal servitude:

“Retired city workers, police officers and 911 operators said in interviews that the promise of reliable retirement income had helped draw them to work for the City of Detroit in the first place, even if they sometimes had to accept smaller salaries or work nights or weekends.”[32]

Samsung and the CIA
With respect to monitoring the entire world, some interesting things are happening with South Korea’s biggest cell phone company, Samsung:

“Samsung is close to signing a deal to sell its popular line of Galaxy devices to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.

“The deal would be a boost for Samsung, which is increasingly seeking to cater to the needs of government agencies, a niche long dominated by Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd.”[33]

This is quite congruent with the nefarious plan that the Zionist regime is trying to control the entire world. We have already seen in two previous articles that the NSA is the grandchild of the Israelis. In their Mephistophelian goal to police virtually all the major countries in the world, The NSA has worked with illegitimate children such as Google, Yahoo, etc.

As we saw in another article, Germany has fallen into the same trap. Der Spiegel declared that Germany, since 2012 and probably beyond that period, was willing “to take risks and to pursue new opportunities for cooperation with the US.”[34] And anyone who deviates from the Zionist plan will get squashed:

“US Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly promised his Venezuelan counterpart to close NATO airspace to the country’s flights and stop crucial oil product deliveries if Caracas grants asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.”[35]

Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor?

A good case can be made that Snowden is protected by international law.

“The UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status under the UN Convention states that a crime should be considered political if ‘it has been committed out of genuine political motives and not merely for personal reasons or gain’ and there is ‘a close and direct causal link between the crime committed and its alleged political purpose and object.’”[36]

Snowden has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.[37] Stefan Svallfors, a Swedish sociology professor , wrote a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee praising Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost.”

Snowden’s bold courage, Svallfors continues, shows that “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms. This example is important because since the Nuremberg trials in 1945 has been clear that the slogan ‘I was just following orders’ is never claimed as an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms,”[38]

Svallfors moves on to say that honoring Snowden with the Prize would “help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award US President Barack Obama 2009 award.”[39]

Stefan Svallfors

A valid point. Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize prematurely. Within a few months of his presidency, he started dropping drones in civilian populated areas.

Many people have said that it is very unlikely that Snowden will get a Nobel Prize. “The head of the International Committee of the Russian State Duma Aleksey Pushkov has also argued that the US won’t let Nobel Peace Prize go to Snowden. ‘Not in a million years will the United States allow Snowden to get the Peace Prize. But his nomination is significant. Many in the West see him as a champion of democracy,’ he tweeted on Monday.”

What Pushkov is indirectly and implicitly saying is that much of the world would have liked to award Snowden with the Prize, but the Zionist regime will not allow that to happen.

I agree with former CIA officer Philip Giraldi that Edward Snowden is not a traitor.[40] Even Sarah Palin, one of Zionism’s cheerleaders and noisemakers, declared that Snowden is not the real problem—it is “Orwellian” state that is the problem.[41] What Palin did not tell her listeners was that this “Orwellian” state was fully at work during the Bush administration. Listen to this:

“Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

“Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible ‘dirty numbers’ linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said….

“While many details about the program remain secret, officials familiar with it say the N.S.A. eavesdrops without warrants on up to 500 people in the United States at any given time. The list changes as some names are added and others dropped, so the number monitored in this country may have reached into the thousands since the program began, several officials said. Overseas, about 5,000 to 7,000 people suspected of terrorist ties are monitored at one time, according to those officials.”[42]

We have already seen that spying on nearly 150 people can ultimately lead to spying on virtually American. In other words, there is no difference between Obama and Bush.

The simple question is this: why didn’t Palin say something about Bush’s covert operation? Bush’s spying machine was known to virtually every elected politician. In 2003, the New York Timespublished an article entitled, “Big Brother Is Tracking You. Without Warrant.”[43]

Bill O’Reilly, like Palin, wants us to believe that he was not aware of Bush’s covert operation. When Snowden began to expose the NSA, Reilly rightly declared that

“‘somebody’s got to be prosecuted’ if the National Security Agency is monitoring email content. ‘This PRISM program should be shut down immediately. If it’s not, a class action suit should be filed and the Supreme Court should hear it as quickly as it can. You can’t just seize everything and say you’re doing so to try and root out terrorism. You have to have probable cause to violate the privacy of Americans.’”[44]

Reilly moved on to cite the Fourth Amendment in his defense.
I am in complete agreement with Reilly here, but is Reilly really that blind? Does he mean to tell us that he knew nothing about the NSA until Snowden deconstructed the Zionist Kingdom?

The answer lies in the fact that both Palin and Reilly, like Obama, are Zionist puppets. Reilly knows too well that the moment he mentions Israel as the culprit behind the NSA, his job as a loud-mouthed TV host and political commentator on Fox News would be over.

“Let’s put a smile on that face”

In 2008, Palin met former Israeli president Shimon Perez, whom she called “my old friend.” After a warm handshake, Palin quickly got to the point:

“I wanted to meet you for many years. The only flag at my office is an Israeli flag, and I want you to know and I want Israelis to know that I am a friend.”[45]

Jewish Republicans declared at the time that having the Israeli flag in her own office helped Palin a great deal. Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, declared then,

“I think it is extremely telling that if you are looking to get some insights into how people think, we came across a video of an interview that was done in Alaska, some sort of outdoors program. Some guy interviewing her as she was climbing up glaciers or something like that.

“Part of the interview took place in the governor’s office in Juneau. What was really telling is that in one point in the interview there was a close up of her and you can see over her shoulder there was a flag of Israel in her window.

“I can assure all of you that is not done to appease the extraordinarily large Jewish community in Juneau. The fact that she has chosen to keep a flag of Israel on her wall tells her she has Israel in her heart.”[46]

In other words, Palin got hired as Alaska’s governor, but ideologically she didn’t really have America or the American people in her heart. Her heart belonged to Israel, despite the fact that the state of Alaska only has a tiny Jewish population.[47] Her words bear repeating: “The only flag at my office is an Israeli flag.”

Dick Cheney and the NSA

Dick Cheney has come out and supported the NSA program.[48] Cheney also said that Snowden is a traitor.[49]

“The pen is truly mightier than the sword”

Perhaps Palin and O’Reilly, if they are really serious, need to tell Cheney to shut up. If they cannot do that, then it is just another piece of evidence that shows that both the Republican and the Democratic parties are two sides of the same coin when it comes to protecting their Israeli bosses and spying on Americans.[50]

Some republicans are infuriated about the NSA program, but they are not brave enough to say that the Israelis are behind the program. Those people are simply forgetting a basic principle: you cannot talk about King Kong without the monkey!

My message to Snowden is simply this: hang in there. You may lose your life in the end, but you have shown the entire world that the Zionist matrix is just a scam. People of reason and of courage are supporting you!

To people of reason: it must be reiterated that the West is outnumbered by the Zionist power, but that is no reason to despair. People of reason should continue to proclaim truth, no matter what the cost, and one day the Zionist power will crumble.

Snowden first recruited Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian, and Greenwald is on the brink of publishing more revelation about the NSA. Greenwald will be writing a book on Snowden and the NSA,[51] and I am sure that it will be a great read.

Like Snowden, Greenwald feels that his life is threatened. He declared that he felt “threatened in the sense that there are very prominent American politicians and even American journalists who have called for my arrest, who have called me a criminal. There’s a very robust CIA presence where I work, in Rio de Janeiro.”[52]

Light in the Zionist Shadow

Recently, it was quite interesting to read CNN itself saying that Netanyahu has been lying to the West for the past 20 years about Iran’s nuclear program. At one point in the article, it stated that “Mr. Netanyahu badly needs a new set of talking points.”[53]

Some commentators wrote of the same article: “The threat Israel poses to the world is unique”; “There is no question Israel poses the biggest threat to peace, fully accepted by all.”[54]

If CNN can bring itself to say something like that, what will it take for the vast majority of the American people to wake up from the Zionist dream?


[3] http://news.yahoo.com/secret-court-oks-continued-us-phone-surveillance-210939398.html; see also “Government Update: We’re Still Collecting All Your Phone Data,” Atlantic, July 19, 2013; Glenn Greenwald, “How Microsoft Handed the NSA Access to Encrypted Messages,” Guardian, July 12, 2013.

[4] Ian Burrell, “Inside Google HQ: What Does the Future Hold for the Company Whose Visionary Plans Include Implanting a Chip in our Brains?,” The Independent, July 20, 2013.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Spencer Ackerman, “NSA Warned to Rein in Surveillance as Agency Reveals Even Greater Scope,”Guardian, July 18, 2013.

[8] David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, “N.S.A. Imposes Rules to Protect Secret Data Stored on Its Networks,”NY Times, July 18, 2013.

[9] Eric Lichtblau, “In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of NSA,” NY Times, July 6, 2013.

[12] Craig Whitlock, “U.S. Military Drone Surveillance Is Expanding to Hot Spots Beyond Declared Combat Zones,” Washington Post, July 20, 2013.

[13] Andy Borowitz, “Poll: Majority of Americans Opposed to Being Killed by Drone,” New Yorker, March 8, 2013.

[14] “U.S. Drones Kill Up to 80% Civilians—Pakistan Interior Minister,” Russia Today, October 18, 2012.

[15] “Pakistani Civilian Deaths in US Drone War ‘in Vain’—Report,” Russia Today, September 25, 2012.

[16] John Sides, “Most Americans Approve of Foreign Drone Strikes,” Washington Post, march 10, 2013.

[17] Jon Swaine, “Barack Obama ‘Has Authority to Use Drone Strikes to Kill Americans on US Soil,’” The Telegraph, March 6, 2013.

[18] “Drone Poll Finds Opposition to Use Against American Citizens in U.S., Even to Stop a Terrorist Attack,”Huffington Post, March 8, 2013; Jason Koebler, “Drone Strikes on American Citizens Banned in New Defense Bill Amendment,” U.S. News and World Report, June 17, 2013.

[19] Ryan J. Reilly, “Eric Holder: Drone Strike to Kill U.s. Citizen on American Soil Legal, Hypothetically,”Huffington Post, March 5, 2013.

[20] Natalia Perez-Segnini, “Colorado Town Residents: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane…No, It’s A Drone—Shoot It!,”CNN, July 19, 2013.

[21] John Glaser, “Scary, Non-Existent Terrorism,” Antiwar.com, July 19, 2013.

[22] Philip Bump, “The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People’s Data Than Previously Revealed,” Atlantic, July 17, 2013.

[23] Geoffrey Ingersoll, “A Single NSA Wiretap Could Lead to Snooping on ‘2.5 Million Americans,’” Business Insider, July 19, 2013.

[24] Ibid.

[25] Ibid.

[26] Brett Ligiurato, “The NSA’s PRISM Program Is Shockingly Uncontroversial with the American Public,”Business Insider, June 17, 2013.

[27] Kyle Russell, “The Director of the NSA Wants the Internet Under His Control,” Business Insider, June 13, 2013.

[28] Ibid.

[29] Steven Yaccino and Michael Cooper, “Cries of Betrayal as Detroit Plans to Cut Pensions,” NY Times, July 21, 2013.

[30] Ibid.

[31] Brian Hampton, “Too Many Veterans Are Living on the Streets,” Post-Gazette, April 29, 2008.

[32] Ibid.

[33] “Samsung Close to Mobile-Device Deal with FBI-Sources,” CNBC, July 20, 2013; See also Will Connors, “Samsung Nears Deals With 2 U.S. Agencies,” Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2013.

[34] “‘Prolific Partner’: German Intelligence Used NSA Spy Program,” Spiegel International, July 20, 2013.

[35] “Kerry Vows to Put the Screws to Venezuela Over Snowden—Report,” Russia Today, July 19, 2013.

[36] Carlo Davis, “Is Edward Snowden Protected By International Law?,” Huffington Post, July 17, 2013.

[37] Ashley Collman, “Swedish Professor Nominates Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Daily Mail, July 14, 2013; “‘Heroic Effort at Great Personal Cost’: Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize,”Russia Today, July 15, 2013.

[38] “Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize,” European Union Times, July 15, 2013.

[39] Ibid.

[40] Philip Giraldi, “Edward Snowden Is No Traitor,” American Conservative, July 16, 2013.

[41] Cheryl K. Chumley, “Sarah Palin: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Is Not the Real Problem,” Washington Times, June 17, 2013.

[42] James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts,” NY Times, December 16, 2005.

[43] James Bamford, “Big Brother Is Tracking You. Without Warrant,” NY Times, May 18, 2003.

[44] Hadas Gold, “Bill O’Reilly: Edward Snowden ‘Great for Ratings,’” Politico, June 11, 2013.

[45] Quoted in “Palin: ‘Only Flag In My Office’ Is Israeli,” NY Sun, September 26, 2008.

[46] Quoted in Sam Stein, “GOP Jews Defends Palin: She Has An Israeli Flag!,” Huffington Post, October 3, 2008.

[47] Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, “Republicans Say Palin’s Israeli Flag Says It All,” Israelnationalnews.com, September 2, 2008.

[48] Ken Walsh, “Dick Cheney, Others Defend NSA Surveillance Program,” U.S. News and World Report, June 16, 2013.

[49] “Dick Cheney: Edward Snowden Is A ‘Traitor’ And Possibly A Chinese Spy,” Huffington Post, June 16, 2013.

[50] The Republican Party is dying on its feet, as it is embracing just about everything that the Democratic Party had. See for example http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20031658-503544/ann-coulter-the-left-is-trying-to-co-opt-gays-/.

[51] Dashiell Bennett, “Glenn Greenwald Will Write a Book on Snowden and the NSA,” Atlantic, July 18, 2013.

[52] “Greenwald: ‘Explosive’ NSA Spying Reports Are Imminent,” Spiegel International, July 19, 2013.

[53] Gary Sick, “Netanyahu’s Crying Wolf on Iran,” CNN, July 18, 2013.

[54] Ibid.

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Helen Thomas, in Memoriam

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by Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

I wrote this essay back in 2011 immediately after Helen Thomas left the AP as senior White House correspondence and after the entire Washington jumped on the bandwagon to destroy an illustrious career of a very brave woman, who dared to ask difficult questions of presidents. Farewell Ms. Thomas, you are the bravest of them all… there are NO brave souls in corrupt, coward Washington. Rest in Peace, God Bless.

President Obama who participated in throwing Helen Thomas to AIPAC dogs and wolves has this to say:

“Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Helen Thomas. Helen was a true pioneer, opening doors and breaking down barriers for generations of women in journalism. She covered every White House since President Kennedy’s, and during that time she never failed to keep presidents – myself included – on their toes. What made Helen the “Dean of the White House Press Corps” was not just the length of her tenure, but her fierce belief that our democracy works best when we ask tough questions and hold our leaders to account. Our thoughts are with Helen’s family, her friends, and the colleagues who respected her so deeply.”

One has to compare the statements made by Helen Thomas and Henry Kissinger about Jews and Israel to see the hypocrisy and double standards that afflict official Washington, the media and public affairs in general in the US. Kissinger did not see any problem of Soviet Jews going to the gas chambers. Helen Thomas only asked why not the Jews of Israel go back to Poland and Germany where they came from. Kissinger was afforded the forum of the Washington Post to apologize for his statement while Helen Thomas was thrown to the wolves and under the train with every body from Obama on down doing their best to “delete” her outstanding contributions to professional journalism. Of course the answer to this hypocrisy is that one is an “Arab”, the other is a “Jew”, simple.
Shortly after meeting with Golda Meir at the White House in 73, Kissinger is quoted as saying to President Nixon “ The immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy, and if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern, may be a humanitarian concern”. 

The statement of course came out to the public after Helen Thomas made her comments to a rabid Rabbi who was pestering her and asking her opinion of Israel. This is exactly the conversation that took place between the Rabbi and Helen Thomas on June 7, 2010, (Wikipedia).

“Nesenoff: Any comments on Israel? We’re asking everybody today, any comments on Israel?
Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.
Nesenoff: Oooh. Any better comments on Israel?
Thomas: Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not German, it’s not Poland …
Nesenoff: So where should they go, what should they do?
Thomas: They go home.
Nesenoff: Where’s the home?
Thomas: Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else[55]
Nesenoff: So you’re saying the Jews go back to Poland and Germany?
Thomas: And America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries? See?
—May 27, 2010, RabbiLive.com [50]

Of course there was never a reference to the gas chamber, no indifference to sending the Soviet Jews the Gas Chambers, as suggested by Henry Kissinger, only calling for immigrating European Jews to go back to their countries of origin in Germany and Poland.

Kissinger offered his apologies in a Washington Post opinion page on December 26, 2010 widely republished around the world even in the Arab press and in the Israeli press. Kissinger argued his statement was taken out of context and offered this apology” Reference to gas chambers have no place in political discourse and I am sorry I made that remarks 37 years ago”. On the other hand Thomas made the following apology “ I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestin-ians. They do not reflect my heart felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

Of course in a bloodthirsty media and politics, no one wanted to hear the apologies from Helen. Every one was out for her blood from President Obama to his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, to Arie Fleischer, to Lanny Davis, to Mike Huchabee, to Victor Davis Hanson to Kevin Smith of the Society of Professional Journalists. All of them found Helen Thomas comments to the pestering Rabbi as “ offensive” and “inexcusable”. No one dared to say the same thing to Henry Kissinger statements, which it seems that every one from President Obama on down found his words not worthy of comments or they all agree to his statement. Henry Kissinger did not mind if the Jews go the gas chamber and no one raised hell about it. Every one find Helen Thomas calls for the return of the Jews to Europe offensive and worthy of every drop of her blood.

It seems every one is jumping on Helen Thomas from Kevin Smith of the Society of Professional Journalist who is seeking and calling for “reconsider” the name of Helen Thomas for Life Time Achievement at their January 8, 2010 meeting. Even a group of Holocaust survivors who are by the way silent about Henry Kissinger statements about sending the Jews to the gas chambers were critical of the Arab American National Museum of Dearborn, Michigan for its plans to put out a “statue” of Helen Thomas. Even Wayne State, no doubt under pressure from American Jewish organizations and threats of cutting off private and public funding discontinued the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in Media Award.

The ironic thing is that no one in Washington or any where in the country is calling for stripping Henry Kissinger of his Noble Peace Prize he received in 1973 for his part and contribution to the death and murder of over a million Vietnamese and Cambodians and no one is calling for striping him of the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed by the late Gerald Ford.

Henry Kissinger the “Jew” is offered every opportunity to explain his statement and offer an apology and that is the end of his indifference to sending the Soviet Jews to the gas chamber, while Helen Thomas the “Arab” is thrown to the wolfs with every one including President Obama is doing their best to “delete” her long contribution to professional journalism, her first as Dean of the White House Press Corps, the first woman officer the National Press Club, the first female member of the Gridiron Club.

With actions like these it makes one wonder if there is separate treatment of “Arabs” from that of “Jews”. Perhaps every one is telling us something we already know. When it comes to Israel, be careful, no one has the right to dare to speak. Welcome to America.

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Whistleblower: ‘Unspeakable Horrors’ for Refugees at Australian Detention Camps

Revelations of torture and abuse comes as conservative prime minister plans to expand refugee ‘processing’ facilities and close Australian borders to all asylum seekers

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - MAY 10: Members of the public wait to see Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard during her tour of the Gerehu Market on May 10, 2013 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense, and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island.The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the Pacific Island Nation and the first visit since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – MAY 10: Members of the public wait to see Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard during her tour of the Gerehu Market on May 10, 2013 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense, and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island.The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the Pacific Island Nation and the first visit since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

By Sarah Lazare

Refugees seeking asylum in Australia face harrowing conditions at a Papua New Guinea detention camp—including rape and torture—a whistleblower and former official at one of the facilities revealed Tuesday on Australian television.

Yet, despite the revelations, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declared Wednesday that he will not budge on his announcement last week that he is cutting off the Australian border to all asylum seekers and deporting them to the PNG ‘processing’ facilities that he plans to drastically expand.

The whistleblower, Rod St. George—a former senior official at one of the PNG facilities—delivered a horrifying account of conditions at these facilities.

“Words can’t describe,” he said. “I’ve never seen human beings so destitute, so helpless and so hopeless before.”

St. George reports that facility authorities stand idly by as inmates suffer rape and torture at the hands of other asylum seekers. This includes forcing victims to remain housed with the men who have assaulted them.

Prisoners took the horrific steps of sewing their mouths shut to protest their conditions, and inmates attempted to take their own lives and inflict self-harm on a ‘near daily’ basis, he said.

There is a virtual media blackout on the facilities, and St. George says he quit over his inability to create safe conditions.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Tony Burke says he will investigate St. George’s claims.

Australia’s hardline rule against asylum seekers has spurred criticism and protest across Australia from critics who declare it inhumane to issue an absolute rejection of refugees who have already survived war, hardship, and a difficult journey.

“This policy, where we send refugees packing to Papua New Guinea, our poor struggling neighbor, is going to fall apart, in practical terms, within the next couple of weeks,” Co-chair of the Refugee Action Collective, Lucy Honan,recently declared.

Wednesday morning, a boat transporting migrants from Sri Lanka, Iran, and Iraq to Australia sank en route, killing at least three people and leaving scores missing. Critics charge that tragedies like these are bound to increase as asylum seekers are forced to take more drastic measures to reach safety.

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Depleted uranium used by US forces blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq

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The US military’s use of depleted uranium in Iraq has led to a sharp increase in Leukemia and birth defects in the city of Najaf – and panicked residents are fearing for their health. Cancer is now more common than the flu, a local doctor tells RT.

The city of Najaf saw one of the most severe military actions during the 2003 invasion. RT traveled to the area, quickly learning that every residential street in several neighborhoods has seen multiple cases of families whose children are ill, as well as families who have lost children, and families who have many relatives suffering from cancer.

Speaking on the rooftop of her house instead of her laboratory, Dr. Sundus Nsaif says the city has seen a “dramatic rise” in cancer and birth defects since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Nsaif said the alternative location was chosen because there is an active push by the government not to talk about the issue, perhaps in an effort not to embarrass coalition forces.

“After the start of the Iraq war, rates of cancer, leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically in Najaf. The areas affected by American attacks saw the biggest increases. We believe it’s because of the’ illegal’ weapons like depleted uranium that were used by the Americans. When you visit the hospital here you see that cancer is more common than the flu,” Nsaif told RT’s Lucy Kafanov.

“The war isn’t over. Yes, the Americans are gone, but we are still suffering from the Consequences,” said Leila Jabar, whose three children died because they were born with congenital deformities. She blames radioactive ammunition used by American forces during the war for  the health problems of her children. Her only surviving 8-months-old son Ahmed has a nervous system disorder and doctors don’t expect him to survive his first birthday.

Dr. Chris Busby has researched the effects of depleted uranium (DU) in detail. He says the only source of uranium in Iraq was used by American-led forces.

“We went to Fallujah and we found the levels of cancer. We looked at the parents of children with congenital malformation and we did analysis of their hair to see what was inside their hair that might be genotoxic, that might be the sort of thing that can cause congenital malformation. The only thing that we found was uranium. We found uranium in the mothers of the children with congenital malformations,” he told RT.

From 2009 onwards, credible media reports from the city of Fallujah, the scene of intense urban warfare in 2004, brought reports of high rates of congenital birth defects to the world’s attention. At least two platforms that utilize DU munitions were employed in ‘Phantom Fury,’ the most intense operation since the official end of major combat operations in 2003.

At least 440,000kg of DU were used in Iraq, some ending up as DU dust, and some as corroding penetrators – leaving a still unknown number of sites with contaminated vehicles, buildings and soils, according to a Dutch report.

“The exposure risks to civilians from the use of DU in populated areas have been compounded by the US’s persistent refusal to release the data that could have helped facilitate the effective assessment and clearance work, providing that the Iraqi government had the capacity and finances to undertake it. Taken as a whole, these issues cast serious doubts over the legitimacy of the use of DU,” the Dutch report says.

 

25mm rounds of depleted uranium ammunition (AFP Photo / Stan Honda)25mm rounds of depleted uranium ammunition (AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

 

Aside from DU’s potential impact on physical health, it is highly likely that its use and presence in Iraq has led to heightened fear and anxiety, which in turn may have created a measurable psycho-social impact, the authors of the report note.

Another report, funded by the Norwegian government, recently found that depleted uranium was used against civilian targets in populated areas in Iraq in 2003. It emphasizes a lack of transparency by coalition forces over the use of depleted uranium, but also describes one incident in Najaf where a Bradley armored fighting vehicle fired 305 depleted uranium rounds in a single engagement.

“We know that uranium is genotoxic, that it causes these levels of genetic damage, and because of that it also causes cancer. The only source of uranium was the use by the American-led forces of uranium weapons. Not only depleted uranium weapons, but as we later found out slightly enriched uranium weapons, which we believe they were using in order to cover their tracks. So, I think we have more or less proved that these effects are a result of the use during the two wars of uranium, and the particles that the uranium weapons produced,” Dr. Busby explained.

Depleted uranium weapons are known for the ability to penetrate through walls and tanks. One of its most dangerous “side effects” is that when the substance vaporizes, it generates dust inhaled by individuals.

The Pentagon and the UN estimate that US and British forces used 1,100 to 2,200 tons of armor-piercing shells made of depleted uranium during attacks in Iraq in March and April, far more than the [officially] estimated 375 tons used in the 1991 Gulf War, according to a report published in Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2003.

 

Screenshot from RT videoScreenshot from RT video

 

In cities like Basra and Fallujah, where American and British forces used heavy munitions at the start of the war, it is estimated that over half of all babies conceived after the start of the war were born with heart defects. According to a study published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology between October 1994 and October 1995, the number of birth defects per 1,000 live births in Al Basrah Maternity Hospital was 1.37. In 2003, the number of birth defects in the same hospital was 23 per 1,000 live births. Within less than a decade, the occurrence of congenital birth defects increased 17-fold.

The international community has voiced concerns over the actual effects of the use of such weapons. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Iraq are expected to publish a report on this in the near future, but so far it has been delayed. According to the WHO, the report will not examine the link between the prevalence of birth defects and use of depleted uranium munitions used during the war and occupation in Iraq.

“Since the issue of associating congenital birth defects with exposure to depleted uranium has not been included in the scope of this particular study, establishing a link between the congenital birth defects prevalence and exposure to depleted uranium would require further research,” the WHO said in a statement.

Meanwhile, people in Najaf struggle to provide the necessary medical support for their children suffering from a wide range of disorders. Some couples are scared to have more children after having several born with birth defects.

For more on this, watch Lucy Kafanov’s exclusive report.

 

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Christian Zionist-Backers Blast Obama on Peace

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CUFI Slams John Kerry for Pushing Jewish State Into Talks

Forward.com

Christian evangelical supporters of Israel sent a strong message of opposition to President Obama on Iran and the renewal of Mideast peace talks as they convened last night for their annual Washington conference.

A series of speakers who took the stage at the conference, which hosted 4,200 members of Christians United for Israel from across the nation, stressed Israel’s right to defend itself against Iran by taking military action and spoke out against attempts to force Israel to accept a peace plan based on the 1967 borders.

 

For the administration, now fully engaged in Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent success in getting Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, the conference of Israel’s Christian supporters served as a sobering reminder that U.S. efforts on this issue are not shared by all.

“Mr. Kerry, restarting the peace process with the Palestinians is fiddling while Rome is burning,” Rev. John Hagee, CUFI’s founder and president cried out to the cheers of an excited audience expressing its support with lengthy applauds and the blowing of the shofar. “How can you make peace with someone who wants you to unilaterally accept defeat by accepting the 67 borders?” Hagee added.

The fiery pastor spoke strongly about the need to allow Israel to take military action if needed. “The next time we should turn the IDF loose and have a total victory in the Middle East for peace that will last,” Hagee said in his address.

“No return to the 1967 borders,” Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of San Antonio, Texas, said in his the invocation. “No return to the Auschwitz borders.”

“Our government is on the wrong side and we are entering terrible, terrible days if we don’t wake up and turn around,” warned TV pundit Glenn Beck who delivered the keynote address at the conference.

Beck, who presented the audience with a variety of props including a whip made by Nazi guards in Auschwitz and a letter from British prime minister Neville Chamberlin to the Hitler Youth, delivered a sermon-like speech about good and evil in the world. “Hitler thought this to the Middle East,” Beck said.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor who spoke at the conference’s main event, the Night to Honor Israel, argued that Palestinians have refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and therefore their call for two states is no more than a “euphemism for the destruction of the state of Israel.” Prosor insisted that peace with the Palestinians could only be reached once they recognize Israel as a Jewish state and change their anti-Israel curriculum at schools.

The conference hosted a lineup of critics of the administration’s Middle East policy, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz who argued that the United States should take action against Iran if it gets close to reaching a nuclear weapon, congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Senator Lindsey Graham, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Graham told the audience he plans to present a bill to the Senate authorizing the use of military action against Iran’s nuclear plan.

In a passionate speech to the assembled Christian audience, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, added that the “cost of action,” when it comes to Iran, “may be great, but the cost of inaction may be much greater.”

Hoenlein, who was honored with CUFI’s annual Defender of Israel award, called the support Israel receives from Christians in the United States “our nuclear weapon.” Earlier, at a smaller session, Hoenlein joked that “the Jewish lobby is a myth – our job is to make it a legend.”

Rev. Hagee, summarizing the atmosphere at the three-day conference, concluded that Jews in Israel and their Christian supporters in the United States are a “match made in heaven.”

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Leaks Reveal Drones Killing More Than Thought, Particularly Innocents

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The CIA is lying to the American people and the world about drone attacks in Pakistan.

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By Daniel G.J 

A leaked document identified as a report from the Pakistani government indicates that the robotic warplanes have killed more people than the U.S. government has claimed.

The report claims that 746 people, including 94 children, have been killed in drone strikes. The report examined 75 separate drone strikes between 2006 and 2009 that occurred in the Federally Administered ‘Tribal Areas’ of Pakistan, a region along the Pakistani border used by the Taliban as a base area. And as Anthony Gucciardi recently reported, more drone deaths continue to come out with minor recognition from the media.

Real Casualty Numbers Unknown

These claims are probably too low because they don’t list all the drone strikes that have been carried out since 2009. Nor do they list drone strikes that might have occurred outside the Tribal Areas. Last year Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the press that between 2,500 and 3,000 people have been killed by drone strikes. Malik also said that there had been 336 drones in Pakistan.

Both Malik’s claims and the report contradict the CIA’s official story—in 2011 the agency claimed that 50 noncombatants had been killed in all of its drone strikes since Sept. 11, 2001. That claim seems very dubious, particularly since it is not clear that the CIA has been able to examine all of the drone attack sites.

The report itself is questionable because its source is not identified. The organization that uncovered and publicized it, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, did not identify which Pakistani government agency produced it. Although, the report indicates the Pakistani government has extensive details of the attacks. Instead, it simply says the document came from three sources—what three sources?

During the period detailed in the report, the Pakistani government was supporting the strikes because they got rid of its enemies. The drone attacks are unpopular in Pakistan, but the Pakistani army has tolerated them because they kill some of its enemies.

The Pakistani document indicated that a large number of Taliban militants and their commanders died in the attacks. That indicates the CIA has extensive knowledge of the militants and their operations, probably from agents inside the organization. It also means that the CIA itself is well aware of the true casualty figures.

Are Other Nations Carrying Out Drone Attacks in Pakistan?

There is also an intriguing mystery in the report that the Bureau uncovered. Its reporter, Chris Woods, noted that there were five attacks carried out by forces that the Pakistani government could not or would not identify. That is bothersome because it indicates that other governments, perhaps India’s or China’s, might also be carrying out drone attacks in Pakistan. Both India and China have been attacked by militants backed by the Pakistani Taliban in the past.

By carrying out such attacks, the United States sets a precedent for other nations and implies that such killings are a legitimate method of war. A government that claims that it has the right to carry out these drone attacks gives other governments that right as well.

The whole concept of drone warfare needs to be reviewed due to the true mass number of deaths and other devastating consequences that stem from it. We need to ask ourselves if we want to live in a world where drone attacks are an accepted everyday occurrence.  And what about predator drone attacks inside the US? After all, they seem to violate not only the Constitution but the Ten Commandments and basic Christian morality. Especially when it comes to shedding innocent blood.

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WAKE UP AMERICA: Woman Having Diabetic Attack Assaulted by Police (Video)

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Santa Fe County police can be seen on camera attacking a diabetic woman, ripping her out of her car and throwing her on the ground while she was having a diabetic episode.

Photo: Youtube

Photo: Youtube

By JG Vibes

According to KOAT News: Revena Garcia’s blood sugar dropped so low that she became extremely disoriented and could not open her car door. Deputies assumed she was a drunk driver and broke through her window, ripped her limp body from the vehicle, handcuffed her facedown on the hot pavement, where they left her, motionless.

“I was just lost, I was just lost,” Garcia said. She said her blood sugar was so low that she could have gone into a coma.

Even if Garcia was drunk or on some kind of drugs she did not deserve this kind of treatment and was not being violent with anyone or showing any signs of being a threat.

Garcia showed no resistance and there was obviously no reason to attack her and leave her on the hot pavement where her blood sugar reached a critical level.  These kinds of situations occur everyday, and unfortunately it is rare for someone to even get their side of the story and have anyone believe it.

“In this case there was no resistance. We are looking at that very seriously,” Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said.

“What concerns me is there is no need to lay someone on the ground for that amount of time. There were other deputies around that could have assisted in at least sitting her up or having her placed in a cruiser,” said the sheriff.

However, it is likely that the people responsible for this attack will not see any punishment for their actions, aside from the possibility of a paid vacation.

 

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