Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Headlines for September 9 - September 15

A Stand For Justice

Pentagon proposes huge sale of warplanes to Saudis
The Obama administration is seeking a go–ahead from Congress to sell up to $60 billion worth of sophisticated warplanes to Saudi Arabia and could add another $30 billion worth of naval arms in a deal designed to counter the rise of Iran as a regional power.....Washington plans to counterbalance the sales to Arab nations with $30 billion in military assistance to Israel over 10 years. Israel is buying about 20 advanced American F–35 fighter jets worth $4 billion, to be funded by U.S. military aid to the country.

A Modest Proposal by Philip Giraldi
The Founders knew that endless warfare on the European model would be the death of the American republic and its liberties and they made every effort to avoid it, demanding an open debate and majority vote by the United States Congress as a precondition. This proposal is a great one.

Afghans protest Quran burning plan, torch US flag
Hundreds of angry Afghans burned a U.S. flag and chanted "Death to the Christians" on Thursday to protest plans by a small American church to torch copies of the Muslim holy book on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Economists cut U.S. growth forecast again
"Given the depth of the recession, a forecast of roughly trend growth this year and next amounts to a very disappointing pace of recovery, with little progress expected to be made in lowering the unemployment rate," the forecast said.

Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell 'Appalled' by State's Tracking of Activists
Gov. Rendell said Tuesday that he was "appalled" and "embarrassed" that his administration's Office of Homeland Security has been tracking and circulating information about legitimate protests by activist groups that do not pose a threat to public safety.

States cutting benefits for public-sector retirees
Since 2008, New Jersey and at least 19 other states from Wyoming to Rhode Island have rolled back pension benefits or seriously considered doing do – and not just for new hires, but for current employees and people already retired.....The Pew Center on the States reported this year that in eight states, at least one–third of the future pension obligations for all public employees, including teachers, are unfunded. As of 2008, Pew said, state and local governments had pension obligations totaling $3.35 trillion – $1 trillion of that not covered by the future stream of government and employee contributions specified under current law.

Bombshell from London
The report, presided over by the former deputy director of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI-6, says the threat from al-Qaeda and Taliban has been "exaggerated" by the western powers. The US-led mission in Afghanistan has "ballooned" out of all proportion from its original aim of disrupting and defeating al-Qaeda. The US-led war in Afghanistan, says IISS, using uncharacteristically blunt language, is "a long-drawn-out disaster".......Abandoning its usual discretion, IISS said it was issuing these warnings because the deepening war in Afghanistan was threatening the west’s security interests by distracting its leaders from the world financial crisis and Iran, and burning through scarce funds needed elsewhere.

US accuses Iran of intimidating nuclear inspectors

Doomsday warnings of US apocalypse gain ground
According to a poll by the StrategyOne Institute published Friday, some 65 percent of Americans believe there will be a new recession.

And the view that America is on a decline seems rather well ingrained in many people's minds supported by 65 percent of people questioned in a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll published last week......He said the United Sates is losing its world dominance much in the same way the British Empire began to crumble more than a century ago.

Hey I know: let's attack Iran.

U.S., allies should accept a nuclear-armed Iran
An attack on Iran is coming — if you believe what some analysts in the nation’s capital are saying.

Israel, they predict, will make a pre-emptive strike to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon — and probably sooner rather than later if U.S. conservatives rack up big gains in the Nov. 2 elections.

Let’s hope the pundits are wrong because the Air Force will almost certainly be drawn into the fight — and it doesn’t need to help wage another ill-fated war......Although many Americans want to support Israel, the feeling is not universal. A big reason is the size of the check the U.S. is writing. Just one example: Israel’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program, estimated at $30 billion, will be paid for by American taxpayers. $30 billion dollars? The American taxpayers could put that money to better use than to continue to arm the most rogue nation in the Middle East.

Iran to release one of three captured US hikers

Obama says Islam not the enemy on tense 9/11 anniversary

US to Arabs: Don't Make Israel a 'Pariah' at IAEA
Arab countries, backed by Iran, are seeking to build on a victory at an assembly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last year when they narrowly won support for a non-binding resolution calling on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation treaty. Israel evidently must remain above the law.

Israel-Iran War: Not Inevitable

Now, It's the Jewish Men Who Are Wearing Burqas
over the past years, we’ve seen the birth of the Jewish burqa-wearers, embracing the most uncomfortable of severe Islamic restrictions — a fully covered body and a veil over the face.

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U.S. diplomat fears condemnation of Israel
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog fears Arab ambassadors may condemn Israel at the next board of governors meeting, Asharq al-Awsat reported.

Danny Yatom urges strike on Iranian nuclear sites

Report: Ahmadinejad to visit Lebanon's border with Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will make an official visit to Lebanon next month, the Iranian administration said in an official announcement on Thursday.

Imam says NYC mosque site is not 'hallowed ground'
It is two blocks from ground zero, but the site of a proposed mosque and Islamic center shouldn't be seen as "hallowed ground" in a neighborhood that also contains a strip club and a betting parlor, the cleric leading the effort said Monday

The ‘Meaning’ of 9-11 by Justin Raimondo
Millions pour into the coffers of these groups, all of which are dedicated to one overriding principle, one goal: advancing Israel’s national interests in the US. The serpentine convolutions of the Chernick connection, linking one front group to another, encircle the political and temperamental spectrum, ranging from the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles (over $900k) to the many hundreds of thousands given to hardline neoconservative outfits like the Hudson Institute, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, not to mention Pajamas Media ($7 million, in collusion with venture capitalist James "extensively experienced in multimillion-dollar technology transfer and license agreements " Koshland) and a mass campaign to distribute DVDs of the virulently anti-Muslim film "Obsession." And again.

UN nuclear chief chides Iran, defends monitors
Beyond Iran, the board – and a subsequent assembly of the 151 IAEA member nations – will focus on allegations of a hidden Syrian nuclear program; something Syria denies. Israel – which is commonly considered to have nuclear arms – is also on the agenda, with Islamic nations pushing the Jewish state to open its atomic activities to IAEA perusal.

Clinton resuming 'last chance' Mideast peace talks
More broadly, the status quo is a drag on U.S. interests. The wars and grievances that flowed from Israel's 1948 founding as a Jewish state have divided the Middle East, and U.S. officials have argued that the conflict begets hatred and suspicion of the U.S. as Israel's principal ally.

Matthews says Obama has gone ‘neocon.’ Why?
As for Obama's neoconservativism, anti-Vietnam-war Democrats like Schumer, Berman, and Lieberman voted for the Iraq war, surely in part because of Israel's security. Just as many Democrats are now pushing for an attack on Iran. The Iran saber-rattling is not a partisan issue; both parties are corrupted (as both existing parties were by the slave power); and the cause of the rot is the Israel lobby. Until the media start talking about it, politicians can't run against it, and voters won't be able to vote against it.

Major pro-Israel giver funding Jihad Watch
A woman who with her husband has contributed large sums to pro-Israel and Jewish groups is the principal funder of a leading foe of the Ground Zero Islamic center.....Aubrey and Joyce Chernick, Politico reported, over the years have contributed to, among other groups, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles; the Anti-Defamation League; the Zionist Organization of America; MEMRI, a group that distributes translations of inflammatory Arabic language material; the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a group that tracks what it depicts as the threat of radical Islam; the American Jewish Congress; CAMERA, a group that tracks what it says is anti-Israel bias in the media; the Central Fund for Israel, a clearinghouse for monies directed to pro-settler groups; and a number of conservative think tanks. As I noted in a previous news batch: it is the Israeli lobby that is largely behind this anti-Muslim sentiment in America.

Netanyahu said Iran was 3-5 years away from nuclear capability– back in ‘95!
One has to question Netanyahu's sincerity because Israel uses this alleged threat. It uses it to distract the world from its oppression of Palestinians, and from Obama's pressure on it to stop settlement activities. Netanyahu has never wanted to stop settlement activity. He needs an existential threat to turn attention away.

2 killed in Afghan anti-Quran-burning protest
At previous protests, witnesses said Taliban agitators were among the crowd and Taliban–distributed pamphlets claimed the planned Quran burning showed the Americans were in Afghanistan to wage war against Islam.

Wars of Religion by Patrick J. Buchanan
Read comments section as well.

Bonfire of the Korans by Patrick J. Buchanan
if Obama does not have the power to stop actions like this, imperiling our troops, then we should get out of this war. Comments are interesting too.

UN experts rap US over private security firms
The group highlighted a case brought against US firms CACI and L-3 Services - formerly known as Titan Corporation - over the alleged torture of detainees at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

"CACI and L-3 argued that they should receive immunity because they were contractors and because the violations in this case arose out of detentions in Iraq," noted the working group.

A US court dismissed the case saying that the companies had immunity as government contractors.

Ground Zero mosque Imam blames Sarah Palin for 'growing Islamophobia'

Tony Blair and the Great Islamic Threat
Blair has never publicly acknowledged that Saddam was actually an enemy of radical Islam: admitting that would drain the last dram of logic from his justification for invading Iraq. So he only talks in general terms about fighting “radical Islam” and hopes that the more ignorant part of the public will think that includes the Iraq war.

Fears rise over growing anti-Muslim feeling in U.S.
"The radicals in the United States and the radicals in the Muslim world, feed off each other. And to a certain extent, the attention that they've been able to get by the media has even aggravated the problem," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in an interview with ABC news aired on Sunday.

Fellow Americans' suspicions frustrate US Muslims
Within the U.S., domestic terror has become a greater threat, while ignorance about what Islam teaches is widespread. More than half of respondents in a recent poll by the Pew Forum for Religion & Public Life said they knew little or nothing about the Muslim faith.

Are Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin Cashing in on 9-11

Report: US must deal with domestic radical problem
The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission.

Record gains for US poverty with elections looming
Should those estimates hold true, some 45 million people in this country, or more than 1 in 7, were poor last year. It would be the highest single–year increase since the government began calculating poverty figures in 1959. The previous high was in 1980 when the rate jumped 1.3 percentage points to 13 percent during the energy crisis.

Mosque retreat will feed extremism, warns NY imam
The Islamic cleric behind plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York warned on Sunday that retreating on the project would only strengthen the hand of the Muslim extremists.

To Know a Muslim
In a 2007 nationwide poll, the Pew Research Center found a similar correlation: 56% of those surveyed who knew Muslims had a favorable impression of them, but that positive view was shared by only 32% of those who didn’t know anyone who practiced Islam. And the pattern extends beyond this particular group.

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth Announces: Hard Evidence of Explosive Demolition of World Trade Center High-rises on 9/11
Read it before you judge. Interesting points are raised, if what they claim is true.

Cuba says U.S. embargo has toughened under Obama
There has been more leniency, too, in granting of licenses for visits by U.S. performers and academics, but progress has stalled since Cuba detained a U.S. contractor in December on suspicion of espionage.

The contractor, Alan Gross, remains behind bars in Cuba, without formal charges. The U.S. says he was not a spy, but was in Cuba installing Internet services for Jewish groups

Let's Stop Fulfilling Bin Laden's Goals By Ted Koppel

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Headlines for September 2 - September 8

A Stand For Justice

The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond
many have wondered aloud whether, absent the Iraq invasion, we would still be stuck in Afghanistan. And this is not the only "what if" worth contemplating. We might also ask: If not for the war in Iraq, would oil prices have risen so rapidly? Would the federal debt be so high? Would the economic crisis have been so severe? All of our money, for a war based on false intelligence. And no one has been made to pay.

Top US commander: Burning Quran endangers troops

First US "Non-combat" Troops Killed in Combat Since "End of Combat Operations" Declared in Iraq

Fed sees 'widespread' signs US economy is slowing

Religious Leaders Condemn Growing Islamophobia
In addition to the planned Qu'ran burning, a major rally in Lower Manhattan against the Proposed Islamic centre is also planned for Sep. 11, led by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, two bloggers who have been leading critics of the project.

Both have until recently been widely considered "fringe" figures, although their work has been praised or supported by a number of prominent far-right or neo-conservative personalities and groups, such as the Center for Security Policy (CSP), which itself is funded by major U.S. defence contractors and several wealthy Jewish donors who also have supported radical Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank; former U.N. Amb. John Bolton of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the Middle East Forum; and the Foundation for Defence of Democracies. All are pro-Israel neocon outfits/individuals. Go figure.They want us to hate all Muslims so that our enemy (Al Qaeda) and theirs (Hamas/Hezbollah/Iran etc) can be conflated into one: Islam. That way, the US can keep fighting Israel's wars. These people have a vested interest in Americans hating Muslims.

Israeli spies wooing U.S. Muslims, sources say
t a retired senior FBI counterintelligence official told SpyTalk, "They have always been extremely aggressive, and seem to feel they can operate whenever and wherever they want, in spite of being called on the carpet more than any other country by probably a factor of three times as often."

Petraeus warns on Koran burning as Muslim world reacts
"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan," said Petraeus of the plan.

Iran says it has the right to bar UN inspectors
In a related development, six Arab nations across the Persian Gulf from Iran issued a statement Tuesday calling on Iran to cooperate with the IAEA, saying they wanted Tehran to adhere to the principles of international law and help efforts to make the Middle East a region free of weapons of mass destruction.

When Would Israel Attack Iran?
Under what conditions would an Israeli leader, left or right, civilian or military, actually consider attacking Iran’s nuclear infrastructure? By my reckoning, the following set of conditions would have to exist in its entirety:

Fifth, it is clear to Israel that neither America nor any other international actor is prepared to deal militarily with Iran, but that Washington is giving Israel at least a “yellow light” to move. This is not the case today; the United States itself frequently hints that it might ultimately resort to military means.

They will try to getAmerica to attack Iran before they take military action.

UN nuke agency warns monitoring of Iran hampered

UN Atomic Agency Curtails Probe of Israel’s Nuclear Capability
Countries including Canada, the U.K. and U.S. opposed the probe, saying that the inquiry risked turning the IAEA into a political battleground, according to the documents. Others, including China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey, supported the investigation

U.N. watchdog says Iran boosts nuclear work
The United States said the new report showed that Tehran was still trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability.

Petraeus seeks 2,000 more troops for Afghanistan

Somebody’s Son or Daughter is Our Tragedy by Philip Giraldi
America’s political culture, increasingly on a permanent war footing, is fueled by the fact that the status quo is painless for the country’s elites, almost none of whom have children in the military and many of whom actually benefit personally from the military industrial complex that exists symbiotically with the unending conflict.

Was Iraq Worth It? by Patrick J. Buchanan
To stampede us into war, the neocons told us that Saddam was tied to al-Qaeda and had a role in 9/11, that he had VX gas, botulism, mustard gas, sarin and anthrax, and was acquiring nuclear weapons. What further proof must you have, demanded Condi Rice, “a mushroom cloud over an American city”?

The truth. Saddam had no tie to al Qaeda, no role in 9/11, no chemical weapons, no biological weapons, no nuclear program.

We attacked a nation that did not attack us, did not threaten us and did not want war with us — to strip it of weapons it did not have.

We were misled. We were deceived. We were lied to.

The cost: 4,400 dead, 35,000 wounded, $700 billion sunk. Uhh, better make that 3 trillion, Mr. PJB.

Russian official: U.S. hindering resumption of talks with Iran

US to Spend $6B a Year on Afghan Troops

US military chief seeks Turkish support over Iran
The United States' top military officer stressed on Saturday the need for Turkey to help enforce United Nations sanctions against Iran aimed at deterring the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

Report: Iran pays $1,000 for each U.S. soldier killed by the Taliban
This story is hard to believe. I'd like to see someone in the know weigh in on it. Clearly there are those that seek to make a case for war against Iran.

Iran could strike Israeli nuclear site if attacked

Powell tells Mainichi Iraq invasion was avoidable, regrets false WMD intelligence
Why haven't those (neocons) who were responsible for this false intelligence been held accountable? Why am I the only one who asks this question?

The Great Jobs Depression Worsens, and the Choice Ahead Grows Starker
All told, about 22 million Americans are now jobless. Add in those who are working part-time who'd rather be working full time, and we're up to 25 million.

Israel: Explosions occurred at Hezbollah depot

Israel urged to open up atomic program

Report: Castro blasts Ahmadinejad as anti-Semitic

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, blogged on the magazine's website Tuesday that he was on vacation last month when the head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington – which Cuba maintains there instead of an embassy – called to say Castro had read his recent article about Israel and Iran and wanted him to come to Cuba.

Goldberg asked Julia Sweig, a Cuba–U.S. policy expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, to accompany him, and the pair spent portions of three days talking with Castro.

The false case for attacking Iran

Clinton calls plan to burn Quran 'disgraceful act'
Holder met Tuesday with religious leaders to discuss recent attacks on Muslims and mosques around the United States. The meeting was closed to reporters, but a Justice Department official who was present confirmed that Holder said the plan to burn the holy book was idiotic. The official, who requested anonymity because the meeting was private, also said Holder was quoting Petraeus when he used the word "dangerous."

Israel Invited to Join Anti-Nuclear Pact
By staying outside the NPT, Israel has maintained secrecy over a programme widely believed to have yielded the region's only atomic arsenal -- perceived as an irritant and threat among its neighbours.

Lebanon PM: accusations against Syria were mistake

Tony Blair: West should use force if Iran 'continues to develop nuclear weapons'
The west should use force against Iran if it "continues to develop nuclear weapons", Tony Blair said today, aligning himself with US hawks who have called for strikes against Iranian nuclear sites......"The reason for that, let me explain it, is that in my view what was shocking about September 11 was that it was 3,000 people killed in one day but it would have been 300,000 if they could have done it," Blair said, appearing to equate al-Qaida with Iran.....Blair's approach to Iran aligns him with US hawks such as John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the UN, who believes that Israel should have attacked Iran before it started loading fuel into its first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr

Foreign report: Israel has one of world's largest 'eavesdropping' intel bases

Washington Post: Pervasive Israeli Spying in the U.S.

Gainesville Rejects Koran-Burning Pastor Terry Jones

Pressure rises on pastor who wants to burn Quran
"This is not the America that we all have grown to love and care about," said Rabbi Steve Gutow of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. "We have to stand up for our Muslim brothers and sisters and say, "This is not OK.'"

For US Muslims, a 9/11 anniversary like no other
Islamic centers as far away as Tennessee and California faced protests and vandalism. In western New York, police said a group of teenagers recently yelled obscenities, set off a car alarm and fired a shotgun during two nights of drive–by harassment at a small–town mosque near Lake Ontario.

The Muslim myth about Obama He's in good company

Richest Lawmakers Grew Wealthier as Economy Faltered
Combined, the 50 lawmakers were worth $1.4 billion in 2009 -- an $85.1 million increase over their 2008 total -- the Hill reports

Pakistani says Beck should oppose Quran protest
Pakistan's ambassador to the United States is calling on conservative radio and television host Glenn Beck to denounce the planned burning of the Quran to show that Americans are tolerant of other faiths.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Headlines for August 26 - September 1

A Stand For Justice

U.S. wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq
As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted — more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency.

Adm. Mike Mullen: 'National Debt Is Our Biggest Security Threat'

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq
As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted – more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency.

Boxed into a Corner on Iran by Philip Giraldi
To be completely and cold bloodedly serious about the respective positions being staked out by Iran and its chief antagonists in Washington and Tel Aviv, one must first of all remember that Tehran does not currently have a nuclear weapon and there is no real evidence that it even has a program to produce one. It has been basically compliant with the UN inspection regime mandated by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory. Nor is there any evidence that the Mullahs are suicidal....The conversation on Iran, such as it is, has been expressly designed to bring about a war rather than avoid it. The mainstream media disinformation campaign orchestrated by AIPAC has worked just fine. Most Americans already believe incorrectly that Iran has a nuclear weapon and most also support attacking it, a product of the steady diet of hokum that they have been fed

'IDF can destroy Lebanon army within 4 hours'

Iran proposes to produce nuclear fuel with Russia
An official at the Russian nuclear agency said the two countries have discussed the possibility of creating a facility to assemble the fuel rods for Bushehr. The facility would operate under Russian license on Iranian territory.

But the official said the uranium enrichment would be performed on Russian soil. Speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, the official added that Russia first will focus on commissioning the Bushehr plant, and then turn its attention to Iran's new proposal.

Russia is currently supplying all the uranium fuel for Bushehr. That fuel is enriched to 3.5 percent, well below the 90 percent enrichment needed for a nuclear warhead.

Report: Israel planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots in Syria
The report is based on Western sources who asserted that Israel has increased its military force level along the northern border in the Golan Heights and Mount Dov areas.

For America's Middle Class, the Hits Just Keep on Coming

Ninth Circuit: The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves (without a Warrant)
Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.

Social Security Cuts Threaten to Hurt Low-Income Americans More
After running a surplus for years and building up a sizable trust fund, Social Security now runs in the red. Though the program is far from bankrupt, more money is pouring out than going in. Economists project that the trust fund will be emptied by 2037. From there, opinions diverge on how far into debt the program will fall if nothing is done.

Congress may sneak through Internet ‘kill switch’ in defense bill
Carper, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), introduced the bill in June in an effort to combat cyber-crime and the threat of online warfare and terrorism.

Record number in government anti-poverty programs
Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

Homelessness Up 50% In New York City

Iraq - An End or an Escalation?
The ongoing war in Iraq takes place against a backdrop of economic crisis at home, as fresh numbers indicate that our economic situation is as bad as ever, and getting worse! Our foreign policy is based on an illusion: that we are actually paying for it. What we are doing is borrowing and printing the money to maintain our presence overseas. Americans are seeing the cost of this irresponsible approach as our economic decline continues. Unemployed Americans have been questioning a policy that ships hundreds of billions of dollars overseas while their own communities crumble and their frustration is growing. An end to this type of foreign policy is way overdue.

Iran has material for 1-2 atom bombs: ex-IAEA aide

Yizkor for Jabotinsky: The Prophet Half-Heeded
At New York’s only memorial for him, an evening organized by Americans for a Safe Israel and held at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue, the keynote speaker was Douglas Feith, a prominent neoconservative who was under secretary of defense for policy in George W. Bush’s administration. Early on in his talk, Feith highlighted this distinction about Jabotinsky. That's the same Douglas Feith that was making the case for war against Iraq. Read Whose War by Patrick J. Buchanan for more information

Obama Resists Pressure for Red Line on Iran's Nuclear Capability
Gates appears to have been trying to maneuver Obama into adopting a policy under which the United States would have a reason for threatening Iran unless it agreed to divest itself of its low enriched uranium stocks and end enrichment.

Leaked CIA memo cites U.S. Jews among exporters of terrorism
"Some American Jews have supported and even engaged in violent acts against perceived enemies of Israel," the report reads. "In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York, emigrated to Israel, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed 29 Palestinians during their prayers in the mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron which helped trigger a wave of bus bombings by Hamas in early 1995."

The only conclusion one can draw, if Israel is not planning to actually invade Iran, which, clearly, it could not, is that Israel is planning to use the gasoline and the diesel fuel for some other ground incursion – and that can only mean an invasion of Lebanon and possibly the Gaza and West Bank when an attack against Iran is launched.

Anniversary of WTC Attack To Prompt Rallies Amid Holy Days
The rally will be held on the corner of Park Place and West Broadway, half a block from the proposed site of the Islamic community center and two blocks from Ground Zero. In addition to Wilders, the rally will feature a videotaped address by John Bolton, ambassador to the United Nations during the second Bush administration, and speeches by Republican political candidates and by a conservative radio host

FBI paid informant in Bronx synagogue bomb plot $97K, who provided terror suspects with fake bombs
Defense lawyers contend that without the informant - who they say entrapped the suspects - their bumbling clients would never have tried to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale and shoot down missiles.

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The Israeli Right’s ‘Post-Nationalism’ Excuse
George Will, the conservative Washington Post columnist, was in the Israeli prime minister’s office a few weeks ago and came away with a fascinating new take on Israel’s image troubles.
George Will, a neocon. Whodda thunk it?

At Ground Zero, a Fight We’re All Losing
said Gingrich, “There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.” (So now the state of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia becomes the standard against which we are urged to measure ourselves.)

Peres warns IAEA chief of Iran nuclear threat
Israel is also widely believed to have an arsenal of around 200 nuclear warheads – but as the country has not signed the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, the IAEA has no inspection rights in the country and has not been allowed access to Israel's main nuclear installation at Dimona.

California mosque vandalized, Ground Zero mentioned

One in 10 with a mortgage face foreclosure
The number of Americans missing payments and falling into foreclosure has followed the upward trend in unemployment, which has shown no sign of easing soon.

Fort Carson soldiers' killing spree after Iraq combat

Poll: Most Americans Say Iraq War Was a Mistake
nearly six in ten say it was a mistake to start the battle in the first place, and most say their country did not accomplish its objectives in Iraq.

Secret 'Kill Lists' Fly in the Face of US and Int'l Law

NYT: The Neoconservatives’ Best Friend

Third World America: 'Fast-Tracking to Anarchy'
Much of poor America, especially in our major cities, has been Third World America for decades. Soon the urban middle classes and even upper classes will become better acquainted with that world.

First They Came for the Sharia Court. Then They Came for the Bet Din
Permitting people to settle their disputes in their own religious courts is not a “replacement” of American law, but a time-honored expression of religious freedom and accommodation.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Headlines for August 19 - August 25

A Stand For Justice

Withdrawal Reports Anger Families and Soldiers Fighting in Iraq
Recent reports have been touting the end of combat operations in Iraq, saying the last of the combat troops have left, but the reports are angering some of the tens of thousands of troops who are still there and will remain there.

Declassified: Massive Israeli Manipulation of US Media Exposed
A huge trove of newly declassified documents subpoenaed during a Senate investigation reveals how Israel’s lobby pitched, promoted, and paid to have content placed in America’s top news magazines with overseas funding. The Atlantic (and others) received hefty rewards for trumpeting Israel’s most vital – but damaging – PR initiatives across America. Wow. How many media outlets, magazines, newspapers, radio programs are they funding now? 99 percent of the mainstream media carries Israel's side of the story 99 percent of the time. Not a coincidence.

Russia: Israel need not fear reactor
Israelis should not be concerned about the uranium fueling of a Russian-built nuclear reactor in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr that is set to take place on Saturday, diplomatic officials at the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv told The Jerusalem Post.

U.S. support for Israel is decreasing, new poll shows
One of the questions that the poll presented was "Does the U.S. need to support Israel?" In August of 2009, 63% of Americans polled said that the U.S. does need to support Israel. In June of this year, 58% of respondents shared the same view; by July only 51% of respondents said the U.S. needed to support Israel. This means that the Israeli PR machine will be in full swing, much stronger than it normally is. Be on the lookout (for increased BS).

Iran unveils long-range bomber drone
The presentation of the drone came a day after Iranian and Russian technicians began fuelling Iran's first nuclear power station, something Israel called "totally unacceptable."

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Mossad in America By Philip Giraldi
As tensions with Iran increase, sources in the counterintelligence community report that Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating against critics. There have been a number of cases reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American communities and have falsely represented themselves as “U.S. intelligence.” Because few Muslims would assist an Israeli, this is done to increase the likelihood that the target will cooperate. It’s referred to as a “false flag” operation...In another bizarre case, U.S.S. Liberty survivor Phil Tourney was recently accosted in Southern California by a foreigner who eventually identified himself as an Israeli government representative. Tourney was taunted, and the Israeli threatened both him and journalist Mark Glenn, who has been reporting on the Liberty story.

Military Computer Attack Confirmed
A top Pentagon official has confirmed a previously classified incident that he describes as “the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever,” a 2008 episode in which a foreign intelligence agent used a flash drive to infect computers, including those used by the Central Command in overseeing combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Russia: Iran entitled to peaceful nuclear energy

Tales from the Northwest Frontier by Philip Giraldi
Americans should be skeptical about anything being promoted by the government or the mainstream media. They should challenge every dollar being demanded by the Defense Department, the intelligence agencies, and by the Department of Homeland Security. Put an end to the American empire and its symbiotic military industrial complex and you can stop writing a blank check every year for the Pentagon, you can stop borrowing money to fund the wars, and you can take sensible steps to reduce the size of governmen Amen, Phil.

Iran says it may halt high-level fuel enrichment

Iran would stop higher-grade enrichment if it is assured of nuclear fuel supplies for a research reactor, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a Japanese newspaper on Friday.

Iran inaugurates nation's first unmanned bomber

Iran hopes Russia's next step be delivery of S-300 missiles system: MP

Anti-Mosque Coalition’s Website Owned By Neo-Conservative Islamophobe Frank Gaffney
the coalition’s website is registered to the Center for Security Policy, a neo-conservative think tank and advocacy group run by Reagan defense official and far-right hawk Frank Gaffney: Big surprise there.

US Military 'Overwhelmed' by Mental Health Problems of Soldiers
Nine months after an Army psychiatrist was charged with fatally shooting 13 soldiers and wounding 30, the nation's largest Army post can measure the toll of war in the more than 10,000 mental health evaluations, referrals or therapy sessions held every month.

Iran condemns possible US military action
Iran has taken its case against the United States to the United Nations and is strongly condemning the top US military chief for saying military action remains a possibility if the country develops nuclear weapons. Iran's acting UN ambassador Eshagh Alehabib reiterated that Iran will respond to any attack.

The Erosion of America's Middle Class
Finley calls them "the new poor." "That is a different category of people that I think we're seeing," he says. "They are people who never in their wildest imaginations thought they would be homeless." They're people who had enough money -- a lot of money, in some cases -- until recently......the United States, in the wake of a real estate, financial economic and now debt crisis, which it still hasn't overcome, is threatened by a social Ice Age more severe than anything the country has seen since the Great Depression......While 90 percent of Americans have seen only modest gains in their incomes since 1973, incomes have almost tripled for people at the upper end of the scale. In 1979, one third of the profits the country produced went to the richest 1 percent of American society. Today it's almost 60 percent. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

Israel Places Order For 20 F-35s; U.S. Picks Up The Tab
To sweeten terms of the deal, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy more component parts for the JSF from Israeli firms; at a price of around $4 billion.

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22 cities in danger of a double-dip recession
A new report from Moody's singled out 22 cities that are at risk of slipping back into a recession in as early as three months. To come to this conclusion, the economists considered dwindling progress in employment, housing starts, home prices and industrial production. (See the map above for the full list.) America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

US Says Bankruptcies Reach Nearly 5-Year High
U.S. bankruptcy filings have reached the highest level since 2005, government data released on Tuesday show, as the economy slows and the unemployment rate hovers just below double digits. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel.

Bad news on homes, goods adds to air of recession
It's starting to feel like another recession. Businesses are ordering fewer goods. Home sales are the slowest in decades. Jobs are scarce, and unemployment claims are rising. Perhaps most worrisome, manufacturing activity, which had been one of the economy's few bright spots, is faltering Let's send a few more billion to Israel.

Prepare For Another 4-5 Million Job Cuts
And again.

Report: Iran needs year to develop nuclear weapon
American and Israeli officials believe that Iran has only enough nuclear materials for two weapons. And to build those two would require the country to kick out international inspectors, which would make it clear what its intentions were.

It would also take some time for Iran to convert its nuclear facilities to produce weapons–grade uranium.

Pentagon computers attacked with flash drive
A foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Pentagon computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop, a top defense official said Wednesday.

Iran says it's ready to sell arms to Lebanon
Iran is prepared to sell weapons to Lebanon if Beirut asks for help in equipping its military, Iran's defense minister said Wednesday.

Senior Hezbollah member killed in Beirut clashes
Two Lebanese men, including a senior member of Hezbollah, were killed in Beirut on Tuesday in clashes between supporters of the Shi'ite militant group and a Sunni faction, security sources said

Fidelity: 401(k) hardship withdrawals, loans up
Let's give a couple more billiion to Israel.

Iran to supply Lebanon with anti-missile system: report
Iran is expected to make the offer to Lebanon during Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Beirut shortly after the holy month of Ramadan. Iran would also offer to supply some other weapons during his visit, said the report.

U.S. to spend $100 million on Afghan bases

40 Bizarre Statistics That Reveal The Horrifying Truth About The Collapse Of The U.S. Economy
What we are now witnessing are the early stages of the complete and total breakdown of the U.S. economic system. The U.S. government, state governments, local governments, businesses and American consumers have collectively piled up debt that is equivalent to approximately 360 percent of GDP. At no point during the Great Depression (or at any other time during our history) did we ever come close to such a figure. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

ACLU Report: Spying on Free Speech Nearly At Cold War Level
The ACLU said that the old political spying tendencies are running high again. Individuals and groups are being monitored and harassed for "little more than peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights."

Only Bigots Oppose the Mosque! by Patrick J. Buchanan
I disagree with some of the arguments Mr. PJB makes here, my comments at the end if they posted them.

America Has Disgraced Itself
Once upon a time, Republicans were so confident that the vast majority of Muslims preferred freedom to jihad that they believed the U.S. could install democracy in Iraq within months. Now, confronted with a group of Muslim Americans who want to build a cultural center that includes Jews and Christians on the board (how many churches and synagogues do that?), GOP leaders call them terrorists because they don’t share Benjamin Netanyahu’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict..... I wonder how David Petraeus feels about all this. There he is, slogging away in the Hindu Kush, desperately trying to be culturally sensitive, watching GIs get killed because Afghans believe the U.S. is waging a war on Islam, and back home, the super-patriots on Fox News have… declared war on Islam. Good point.

Steinitz demands ultimatum for Iran
The US should issue a strict ultimatum to Iran, warning that the possibility of a military strike will turn into reality within weeks should Tehran fail to curb its nuclear program, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday. ....Steinitz, who is a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Whose war is this?

Al Qaeda Already Gaming Out War Between Israel and Iran
Israel will stage air strikes on Iran’s nuclear installations to start. Shehri expects the Iranian Shia regime to try to take advantage of an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities to seize the holy cities of Mecca and Medina by blaming Saudi Arabia for helping Israel attack. In turn, the Israelis will seize territory in the Levant to establish “the greater state of Israel.” The Sunni Arab population of the Middle East will be caught between the “Jews in the Middle East and Iran in the Peninsula.”

Obama's Silent Jewish Majority
The Wall Street Journal reported last week, “U.S. military aid to Israel has increased markedly this year. Top-ranking U.S. and Israeli soldiers have shuttled between Tel Aviv and Washington with unusual frequency in recent months. A series of joint military exercises in Israel over the past months has included a record number of American troops.” Even AIPAC is on board, at least when asked a direct question

Glenn Beck spoke of ‘good Muslims’ with Imam Rauf in ’06

The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS
Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway – and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.

US funds restoration of global Islamic sites

NY archbishop worries about tone of mosque debate
The tense climate around a proposal for an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero could put New Yorkers in danger of losing their sense of tolerance and unity, values they embraced in the days after Sept. 11, the leader of the area's Roman Catholics said Tuesday.

9/11 families, others rally in favor of NYC mosque

Supporters: Church ignored in NYC mosque furor

Sex shop and strip clubs near ground zero show double standard over Park51

NY mayor: Stopping mosque compromises terror fight
Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an impassioned speech at an event marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, saying that not allowing a proposed mosque to be built near ground zero would be "compromising our commitment to fighting terror with freedom."

Muslim Cab Driver Stabbing Mosque Madness Blowback
The man, 21-year-old Michael Enright, was visibly drunk. He asked the driver if he was Muslim and, some time after the driver answered yes, attacked the driver while shouting "Assalamu alaikum -- consider this a checkpoint!"

Two Minutes to Midnight?: Cutting Through the Media's Bogus Bomb-Iran Debate
The pièce de résistance in the most recent drum roll of bomb-Iran alerts, however, came from Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic Monthly. A journalist influential in U.S. pro-Israeli circles, he also has access to Israel's corridors of power. Because sanctions were unlikely to force Iran to back down on its uranium enrichment project, Goldberg invited readers to believe that there was a more than even chance Israel would launch a military strike on the country by next summer.

Mideast passions quiet over NY mosque showdown

Man Mistaken for Muslim Harassed at NY Anti-Mosque Rally
An African-American man who was mistakenly thought to be Muslim was harassed at an anti-mosque rally yesterday in New York City. A crowd shouting "no mosque here" confronted the man and called him a "coward." The man is led away by rally organizers while one man shouts "Muhammad is a p*g." One person shouted "he must have voted for Obama." Who will the angry mob of bigots turn on next?

Why Do 20% of Americans Think Obama Is Muslim?

Bahrain: We won't let US attack Iran from our territory
Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said Saturday that his country will not allow the United States to use its military base to attack Iran.

Ankara tells US it won’t adhere to new sanctions on Iran
Foreign Ministry officials said the delegation had offered details about the US sanctions but that Turkey's response was negative, the Anatolia news agency reported. “We told them we don't feel obliged to adhere to sanctions other than those imposed by the UN,” an official said.

War Veterans/Military Family Members Successfully Blockade Fort Hood Deployment to Iraq

US to Fund Israeli Purchase of 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
he $2.75 billion arms deal will be paid for by American taxpayers as part of the US military aid package to Israel. Israel will become the first foreign country to sign an agreement to buy the F-35 outside the eight international partners that helped to develop the plane. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

Statement of Muslim American Imams and Community Leaders on Holocaust Denial

Will US Navy board Iranian ships for AIPAC/Israel next month?!

Gary Hart Is Right
4. Bombing Iran would virtually assure an attack of considerable dimensions carried out against Israel. This would involve both Iranian and Lebanon-based missiles. Israel would necessarily retaliate. We would then have all-out war in the Middle East.

Mosque-Issippi Burning
Salman Hamdani died on Sept. 11, 2001. The 23-year-old research assistant at Rockefeller University had a degree in biochemistry. He was also a trained emergency medical technician and a cadet with the New York Police Department. But he never made it to work that day. Hamdani, a Muslim-American, was among that day’s first responders. He raced to Ground Zero to save others. His selfless act cost him his life.

Mosque Demagoguery Is Bipartisan by Rep. Ron Paul
It has been said, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like the politicians are “fiddling while the economy burns.” Couldn't agree more. While corporate-owned media has everyone in an uproar over a mosque in NYC, the economy is tanking faster than the Titanic. Keep your eyes on the real problem, folks.

Lebanon moves to address widespread use of weapons

Poll: Public doubts Islam more prone to violence