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May 29, 2009

May 29 10:24

Were Abu Ghraib abuses learned from Israel?

Palestinians who have spent time in Israeli detention say the images of sexual abuse and humiliation from Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison are painful reminders of their own experience at the hands of Israeli interrogators.
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Some, like Hisham Abdel Razzaq, the Palestinian minister for prisoners, believe the similarity is more than coincidental.

"I am inclined to think that the Americans copied the Israeli techniques, " said Abdel Razzaq. "I can't prove it in an objective manner, but the striking similarities are overwhelming."

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May 29 10:14

Why do people laugh at creationists?

May 29 10:09

SIXTY SIX MEMBER AMERICAN DELEGATION ATTEMPTING TO ENTER GAZA TODAY

To increase international pressure for Pres. Obama to call on Israel to end its blockade of war-torn Gaza, just days before Obama delivers his first speech from the Arab world here, TOMORROW a 66-person, largely American delegation will attempt to cross through the heavily policed, blockaded Egyptian city of Rafah into Gaza.

The delegation, which will bring toys and playground building materials for Gazan children, will also collect signatures for an international petition calling on Obama to visit Gaza during his upcoming Middle East tour so he can witness the damage himself. The delegation will deliver to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by June 4 in time for his historic speech.

May 29 10:08

We are returning to Gaza... and not just once but the boats will be sent all summer

May 29 10:07

Transcript of Richard Gage explaining controlled demolition on KMPH in Fresno

Is the dam beginning to break?

In this seven minute interview, Richard Gage, an architect for 20 years, is given plenty of time to explain the overwhelming evidence that the World Trade Center buildings were not brought down by the impact of the planes and ordinary office fires. Unlike the derision and condescension that typically greets 9/11 truth activists at mainstream outlets, these two anchors seem genuinely curious and open to the uncomfortable facts proving that explosives were detonated inside the Twin Towers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, before everyone gets excited, remember that this is a FOX News Affiliate, so this broadcast was show only in Fresno, not nation-wide, and from the clock on screen, at 8:41 in the morning when viewership is very low.

This may be a "bone" tossed by FOX to the truth movement so that FOX can now claim to have covered 9-11 honestly and fairly in case things really unwrap down the road.

May 29 09:52

Mr. Abbas goes to Washington.

"Obama has told Netanyahu firmly that Israel must stop building settlements on expropriated Palestinian land in the West Bank, but such words have been uttered by the president's predecessors. Unless these statements are followed by decisive action -- perhaps to limit American subsidies to Israel -- there's no reason to believe the lip service that failed in the past will suddenly be more effective.

On the Palestinian side, Obama is talking to the wrong man: more than half of residents in the Occupied Palestinian Territories do not consider Abbas the "legitimate" president of the Palestinians, according to a March survey by Fafo, a Norwegian research organization. Eighty-seven percent want the Fatah faction, which Abbas heads, to have new leaders.

May 29 09:52

LONDON 7/7/ BOMBING CASE "SOLVED" WITH CONFESSION EXTRACTED UNDER TORTURE.

After being stripped, beaten and told that his wife would be raped and murdered and her body burned, Rahman says he agreed to make a lengthy tape-recorded confession to a number of terrorist offences, including masterminding the suicide bomb attacks on London’s transport network the previous July.

May 29 09:50

Time for Transparency at Der Spiegel?

Syria was accused in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri of being the ‘real’ assassins. A massive international anti-Syria campaign was launched by the Bush Administration and Israel to demonize its government.

But things have changed. This weekend, a new exclusive, secret, investigative report showing the real assassins was published by the same weekly, Der Spiegel. Same author. Same editor. New target.

This time Der Spiegel’s Erich Follath claimed solo that the international committee investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister martyr Rafik Hariri has reached “surprising new secret conclusions”, this time pointing to Hezbollah.

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... and it is all falling apart as we speak.

May 29 09:47

U.S. Weighs Single Agency to Regulate Banking Industry

Senior administration officials are considering the creation of a single agency to regulate the banking industry, replacing a patchwork of agencies that failed to prevent banks from falling into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is NOT what happened.

Congress, yes, CONGRESS repealed the Glass Steagall act in 1999. This was a law passed in the wake of the great depression to prevent banks and brokerage companies from entering each others' businesses, which created a situation which encouraged runaway speculation.

So it does not matter what new agency is created, because somewhere down the road the bankers will lobby Congress to let loose the chains again and create the same situation all over again.

The only real fix is to close the Federal Reserve and return control of the money supply to the US Treasury Department.

May 29 09:41

Sotomayor on the Supreme Court: A Gun-grabber’s Dream Come True

Obama Supreme Court pick Sonia Sotomayor believes that suspects captured on the battlefield must receive all rights afforded to American citizens under the Constitution. That’s the good news. Now here’s the bad. She thinks American citizens don’t have the right to own firearms.

Sonia Sotomayor has an extensive track record revealing her hostility toward the Second Amendment.

May 29 09:38

Jose E. Concepcion, aka Mylow magnet motor a hoax

LightRider's analysis of the rotation speeds shows that the only time the devices show acceleration is when not all the device is shown, allowing for some kind of external assist to take place (e.g. a quiet, battery-powered Dremel tool). When the entire motor is in view, invariably the motor is decelerating as you would expect if there were no magic taking place in the magnets.

The most blatant demonstration of this is in the March 22 video. The motor accelerates except when it is in full view, at which time it very clearly slows down.

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Dozens of people (whose email addresses I had never seen before) sent me the original videos of this "amazing" motor and insisted that I "simply MUST" post this on my website. I declined, for reasons having to do with my science background, and in turn received quite a bit of email abuse from these operatives clearly intending to force this obvious hoax onto my website.

May 29 09:30

Britain: the depth of corruption

The theft of public money by members of parliament, including government ministers, has given Britons a rare glimpse inside the tent of power and privilege. It is rare because not one political reporter or commentator, those who fill tombstones of column inches and dominate broadcast journalism, revealed a shred of this scandal. It was left to a public relations man to sell the “leak”. Why?

May 29 09:26

FLASHBACK: The Pentagon's Secret Stash Why we'll never see the second round of Abu Ghraib photos.

The images, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress, depict "acts that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel, and inhuman." After Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) viewed some of them in a classified briefing, he testified that his "stomach gave out." NBC News reported that they show "American soldiers beating one prisoner almost to death, apparently raping a female prisoner, acting inappropriately with a dead body, and taping Iraqi guards raping young boys." Everyone who saw the photographs and videos seemed to shudder openly when contemplating what the reaction would be when they eventually were made public.

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More confirmation that the photos Obama is blocking do indeed show what has been reported by the British Press, despite denials from the Pentagon and the White House.

May 29 09:25

US Halts Military Sales to Georgia

Bowing to persistent Russian pressure, the Obama administration quietly has placed a hold on all U.S. military exports to Georgia due to a ‘policy review,’ with no indication as to when it will be completed or what defensive military items will be allowed to be exported,

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If we see a pull back from Pakistan, then we will know that Obama made a deal with Russia for them to not intervene when Iran is invaded.

May 29 09:22

Torrent of greed: MPs' expenses hit £100million a year

The amount of taxpayer money set aside each year for MPs' expenses has risen 60 per cent in seven years and now stands at more than £100million.

The cost of second homes, travel, staff, office equipment and other claims rose from £57.5million in 2001/02 to £92.9million in 2007/08 - a £35.4million increase.

Incredibly, Commons chiefs had set aside a record £109.3million for expenses in the current financial year before the scandal broke.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

£100 million for just 600 people?

IT IS TIME TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT CONGRESS' EXPENSE ACCOUNTS!

May 29 09:20

Fake Rape Photos Re-Emerge Again To Discredit Real Torture Scandal

Staged photos lifted from porn websites purporting to be images of U.S. troops raping female detainees at Abu Ghraib are again circulating at the height of the torture scandal, discrediting the very real and admitted accounts of rape described in Major General Antonio Taguba’s military report into the Abu Ghraib prison.

Despite the fact that these photos were vehemently discredited and proven to be taken from porn websites when they first emerged in 2004, they are again being erroneously cited as examples of photos showing rape that the Obama administration is blocking from public release - providing debunkers with ammunition to dismiss the validity of the torture scandal altogether.

May 29 09:18

FLASHBACK - GOP consultant killed in plane crash was warned of sabotage: report

The Republican consultant accused of involvement in alleged vote-rigging in Ohio in 2004 was warned that his plane might be sabotaged before his death in a crash Friday night, according to a Cleveland CBS affiliate.

45-year-old Republican operative Michael Connell was killed when his single-passenger plane crashed Friday into a home in a suburb of Akron, Ohio (PREVIOUS REPORT). The consultant was called to testify in federal court regarding a lawsuit alleging that he took part in tampering with Ohio's voting results in the 2004 election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of Obama's admission, made during his cyber-security speech, that his campaign computers were subject top hacker attacks from August to October of last year.

May 29 09:15

Jordanian MPs: Break ties with Israel over Knesset proposal

At least 15 Jordanian lawmakers on Friday urged the government to sever diplomatic ties with Israel in protest against debate in the Israeli parliament over regarding Jordan as an "alternative homeland" for the Palestinians.

May 29 09:14

Latest Study Supports View That Iran Attack Unlikely To Work

As Israel continues to proclaim its readiness to launch a military attack on Iran should American diplomacy fail to stop Tehran’s drive for nuclear capabilities, an increasing number of analysts and some political leaders are publicly questioning Jerusalem’s confident portrayal of its chance for military success.

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"Well, shuckies, I guess the US will have to step in and save Israel!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 29 09:09

FLASHBACK - Rumsfeld warns about photos of worse abuses

Embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress on Friday that he wouldn't rule out resigning and warned that yet-undisclosed images of Iraqi prisoner abuse containing what one lawmaker described as "rape and murder" might touch off a new furor.

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More confirmation that the unreleased photos DO show rape, despite the denials from the Pentagon and White House.

May 29 09:08

[Video] 9/11 Coincidences

Mysterious Power-Downs in the World Trade Center.

See also: 9/11 Security Courtesy of Marvin Bush

May 29 09:08

US News and World Report 911 hit piece backfires against the Propagandists

U.S. News and World Report ran an article on May 26th entitled “The Inner Worlds of Conspiracy Believers”. The intention was to demonize the truth/freedom movement by implying that anyone who doesn’t believe the official story of 911 or anyone who mistrusts the government all-together is mentally ill. But the real story isn’t the obvious moronic drivel concocted by this yellow-journalistic rag of disinformation, it is the collection of well-informed comments left on their site…. 147 so far, the overwhelming majority of which are critical of the official conspiracy theory and also of this collection of nonsense that tries to pass itself off as news.

May 29 09:07

Cruise with Rove for $5,000

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Only if you toss in an anchor, some chains, and a set of leg irons.

May 29 09:05

America Held Hostage

Two hundred forty souls reside now inside the American prison at Guantanamo. Most were kidnapped and taken there by U.S. government employees. None has been charged with any crime. None has enjoyed anything resembling due process of law. Some of these 240 men were boys when they arrived – four, five, six or seven years ago. Most of them have been tortured by “trained professionals,” trained and paid by the U.S. government, by us, you and me.

May 29 09:04

George W. finally gives a big (predictable) speech

He added, "I can tell you, the information gained saved lives." And he and Mr. Cheney will keep right on adding that and insisting on that, no matter how many times the actual interrogators say, Bullshit.

As for "protect[ing] the American people," I can't imagine how the more than 4,000 families of the more than 4,000 Americans who needlessly died fighting the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place must feel about George's self-serving inventions.

May 29 09:03

Have We Turned Into Sheep?

Although people joke about France’s laid back, c’est la vie attitude, let’s give French workers credit for knowing how to respond to an outrage. When corporations try to tell French workers they’re going to slash their health care benefits or mess with their pensions, the workers behave the way people should behave when the wealthy and powerful try to snow them. They go totally ape-shit.

Unlike us Americans, who don’t run into the streets unless our houses are on fire or a professional sports team has won a championship, when the French face economic catastrophe, they have, historically, taken to the barricades like fiends; they block traffic, burn cars, and generally raise hell. Win or lose, they show the authorities how seriously they value their standard of living.

May 29 09:01

Write a letter in support of parole for Leonard Peltier.

An innocent man, Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in 1977 and has served over 30 years in federal prison despite proof of his innocence—also despite proof that he was convicted on the basis of fabricated and suppressed evidence, as well as coerced testimony.

The United States Courts of Appeal have repeatedly acknowledged investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case but, by their decisions, have refused to take corrective action. A model prisoner, Leonard also has been denied fair consideration for parole and Executive Clemency. This is clearly an abuse of the legal standards of American justice.

May 29 09:00

Torture And Truth

Throughout, Obama has expressed a desire to concentrate on the "future" rather than the "past." As he put it a while back, he is bent on "getting things right in the future, as opposed [to] looking at what we got wrong in the past." Or as he said in the National Archives speech, "We need to focus on the future" while resisting those "with a strong desire to focus on the past."

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Would that argument have played at Nuremberg? Can you quite down the Holocaust industry by saying we should look to the future and not focus on the past? After all, whatever happened in WWW2 happened in the first half of the previous century, but what happened in Abu Ghraib is still current events; the memory fresh, the victims and perpetrators still very much alive.

Are the war crimes committed by the United States somehow less important than the war crimes committed by the Nazis?

President Obama has completed the transition of the United States to a dictatorship, because when a leader holds himself or herself above the law, and is in turn held to be above the law by the mechanism of government, then the rule of law has failed and we suffer the rule of powerful individuals; people who do anything to achieve power and afterward feel free to do anything with it.

This torture scandal is never going to go away until the crimes are prosecuted and the criminals punished. Only then will it fade into history. And until Obama carries out his oath of office and defends the Constitution from its obvious domestic enemies, then he has lost all credibility.

Bush exceeded his office. Obama has yet to step into it.

May 29 08:57

After Iraq, it's not just North Korea that wants a bomb

The big power denunciation of North Korea's nuclear weapons test on Monday could not have been more sweeping. Barack Obama called the Hiroshima-scale ­underground explosion a "blatant violation of international law", and pledged to "stand up" to North ­Korea – as if it were a military giant of the Pacific – while Korea's former imperial master Japan branded the bomb a "clear crime", and even its long-suffering ally China declared itself "resolutely opposed" to what had taken place.

May 29 08:48

Jim Rogers on the Next Financial Meltdown

nvestment gurus Jim Rogers and Marc Faber agree on one thing. They see a major correction looming in equity markets with a currency effect for the US, since the current rally has been mostly based on printed money, a kind of "reverse Robin Hood policy" of governments, to steal from the peasants to give to the rich.

As with Faber, Rogers is mostly to be seen being interviewed on CNBC Asia or Europe, since their views are to put it mildly, somewhat negative on the US Dollar and the prospects for green shoots in the US economy.

May 29 08:48

Psychologists and the Mitchell Effect

John Mitchell was the Attorney-General during the Nixon administration.

His wife - Martha Mitchell - told her psychologist that top White House officials were engaged in illegal activities. Her psychologist labeled these claims as caused by mental illness.

Ultimately, however, the relevant facts of the Watergate scandal vindicated her.

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Linked in response to the media smears being aimed at the truth movement and the tea parties.

May 29 08:46

WHO'S THE TERRORIST? It might be you!

Walking around downtown Ottawa, I often see the words, "You might be a terrorist" stenciled on newspaper boxes. It makes me smile sometimes, and other times it makes me feel sad because those few words tell a dangerous story for us all.

Who is a terrorist and who is not is more and more becoming a political rather than a factual decision. Sooner or later Canadians will have to awake to the fact that if President Bush can exploit the constantly reinforced fear of terrorism to arbitrarily establish "Executive Orders" that override the American Constitution, it is only a matter of time before it happens here.

What am I saying? It has already happened here. The Security Certificate is in direct contravention of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Like the Soviet Union of old that we used to love to sneer at, Canada has secret police who can nab anybody they wish by manufacturing evidence and then invoking "National Security" when asked to reveal it.

May 29 08:44

Do Americans Have a Moral Conscience?

Torture is a violation of US and international law. Yet, president George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate US and international law.

The new Obama administration shows no inclination to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting those who abused their offices and broke the law.

Cheney claims, absurdly, that torture was necessary in order to save American cities from nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. Many Americans have bought the argument that torture is morally justified in order to make terrorists reveal where ticking nuclear bombs are before they explode.

May 29 06:47

Torture photos do show rape, Pentagon/Obama denials notwithstanding

The Pentagon is denying the facts: photographs of Abu Ghraib torture are even more sexually explicit than first reported, including rape and sodomy, writes The Daily Beast's Scott Horton.

The Daily Beast has confirmed that the photographs of abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison which President Obama, in a reversal, decided not to release, depict sexually explicit acts, including a uniformed soldier receiving oral sex from a female prisoner, a government contractor engaged in an act of sodomy with a male prisoner and scenes of forced masturbation, forced exhibition and penetration involving phosphorous sticks and brooms.

May 29 06:38

DISGRACED MPS TO GET £100K PAYOFF

All MPs are entitled to severance payments if they quit Parliament at a general election.

Commons sources confirmed that those MPs who are standing down or being deselected because of expenses abuses are still entitled to the cash.

Outgoing MPs get a “resettlement grant” worth between 50 and 100 per cent of their salary, depending on length of service. Backbenchers earn £64,766 a year.

The first £30,000 of the payout is tax free and MPs are also entitled to a “winding up allowance” of £40,799, which is supposed to be used for paying off staff and other administrative costs.

On top of this, all former MPs collect a taxpayer-funded pension from the age of 65.

May 29 06:36

Malaria parasites 'resist drugs'

International scientists say they have found the first evidence of resistance to the world's most effective drug for treating malaria.

They say the trend in western Cambodia has to be urgently contained because full-blown resistance would be a global health catastrophe.

May 29 00:38

AIPAC conference dictates war, Obama updates Iran attack plan

AIPAC meets to write US policy on Iran
Mon, 04 May 2009 08:08:45 GMT
The 2009 AIPAC policy conference kicks off in Washington to ensure that echelons in the United States continue to do Israel's bidding on Iran.

http://news.antiwar.com/2009/05/22/obama-orders-update-to-iran-attack-...
Obama Orders Update to Iran Attack Plan
Gates Says "All Options Are On the Table"
by Jason Ditz, May 22, 2009
On NBC’s Today Show this morning, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that President Obama has ordered him to update the plans for a US attack on Iran, plans which were last updating during the Bush Administration. Gates says the plans are “refreshed” and insists that “all options are on the table” with respect to the potential attack

May 28, 2009

May 28 21:52

Top 10 Ways to Know You're Living in a Medical Police State

#1 - If an armed U.S. Marshall is posted outside your house at night -- just to make sure you don't escape "treatment" -- you're probably living in a medical police state.

May 28 21:43

Russia accuses US of exaggerating Iran missile threat

A senior Russian official today accused the US of grossly exaggerating the missile threat posed by hostile powers such as Iran, predicting there would be no menace from the Middle East "for at least a decade to come".

Alexander Sternik, a senior diplomat at Russia's London embassy, made his comments in the course of a blistering attack on America's plans to site missile interceptors in Poland and a large radar in the Czech Republic.

"For the first time it will add a strategic component for US forward forces close to Russia's borders," he told a conference organised by the Royal United Services Institute, a defence thinktank. If the US took up Moscow's offer to use a radar base in Azerbaijan instead, there would be a "tectonic shift" in their relations, he added.

May 28 21:39

Latest Study Supports View That Iran Attack Unlikely To Work

As Israel continues to proclaim its readiness to launch a military attack on Iran should American diplomacy fail to stop Tehran’s drive for nuclear capabilities, an increasing number of analysts and some political leaders are publicly questioning Jerusalem’s confident portrayal of its chance for military success.

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Their conclusion: Chances of a strong success — defined by how much of Iran’s uranium enrichment program is destroyed or the number of years the attack delays Iran’s acquisition of material sufficient to build a nuclear bomb — seem dubious, while the risks of the undertaking and its harsh military and destabilizing geopolitical consequences seem overwhelming.

May 28 21:37

US Won’t Be Upset if Israel Strikes Iran, Senator Assures

In an interview with the Jerusalem Post today, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) promised that the United States would not object to an Israeli attack on Iran, saying “Israel didn’t ask us permission to drop bombs twice on Syrian nuclear facilities. I didn’t hear America scolding Israel for what it did then. Hypothetically, if Israel were able to get rid of Iran’s nuclear bomb-making capability, I’m sure that America would not send Israel a chastising e-mail message. We have to give Israel the courtesy to make its own decisions.”

May 28 20:10

CSIS: Nothing but trouble and shame

This is exactly why Secret Trials should be abolished and why judges should long ago have refused to get involved in them. The Judges who have disbelieved Harkat in favour of what CSIS tells them behind closed doors have willingly buried their heads in muck, while many of us have watched the dirty dealings of CSIS for years and wouldn't trust them if they were the last source of information on earth.

The collaboration between the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) and CSIS is obvious. The brutal raid they carried out recently on the Harkat's home and privacy was a desperate attempt to find something, anything, that might save CSIS from the inevitable wages of their sins!

How many times does CSIS have to be caught in lies and cover-ups before they are disbanded as more trouble and shame than they're worth? At least the RCMP bring in some tourist revenue. What has CSIS done for Canada other than scrabble under rocks and maintain the myth of Al Qaeda for the benefit of US wars of hegemony? The Secret Trials have cost the taxpayers a mint and years of agony for the accused and their families.

May 28 20:04

Army chief: US able to fight NKorea if necessary

The United States could fight an old-fashioned war against North Korea if necessary, even while newer forms of conflict against terrorists and extremists continue, the Army's top officer said Thursday.
Asked whether the United States would be prepared to fight if war broke out between South Korea and North Korea, Gen. George Casey replied, "The short answer is yes," then added that "it would probably take us a little bit longer to shift gears" away from the type of counterinsurgency fighting that now occupies the Army.

Oh for God's sake not again...

May 28 19:38

Lebanon colonel admits spying for Israel

Lebanese Army Colonel Mansour Diab has reportedly received a princely sum from Israel to perform various acts of espionage against Lebanon and Syria.

According to the Beirut-based As Safir newspaper, Diab pleaded guilty to supplying Israel's Mossad intelligence agency with confidential information on the Hezbollah resistance movement and the Syrian military.

And down they go one by one...

May 28 19:34

US soldiers ordered to share suicide plans

Amid gloomy reports of high suicide rates in the US military, a senior American commander urges his soldiers to "tell somebody" before taking their lives.

May 28 19:33

Israel thumbs nose at Americans

Israel thumbs its nose at US calls for a halt in settlement work, saying that it has every intention to expand its settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

Tel Aviv locked horns with its close ally Washington on Thursday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear that the Israeli leadership should put a stop to its settlement expansion in east Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the West Bank.

May 28 19:18

Schwarzenegger proposes 5% cut in state worker salaries

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a 5% cut in 200,000 state workers’ salaries.

May 28 19:09

Pakistan: all chaos on the western front

The army offensive has sparked an exodus of more than 2 million people. Only a fraction of these refugees have ended up in camps, where food is being distributed. The vast majority have been absorbed into the host community in neighbouring districts in Buner, Swabi and Mardan. World Vision, one of the aid agencies operating in Buner, quoted the example of a man who has taken 37 people into his home. He said the host community, not rich to start with, was simply being exhausted.

May 28 19:06

MoD admits use of controversial 'enhanced blast' weapons in Afghanistan

British pilots in Afghanistan are firing an increasing number of "enhanced blast" thermobaric weapons, designed to kill everyone in buildings they strike, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

Its wider use was disclosed by John Hutton, the defence secretary, in answer to a parliamentary answer from Nick Harvey, the Liberal Democrat defence spokesman. "Given the MoD's reluctance to admit they were even going to use these weapons, they now seem to be getting rather more trigger-happy," Harvey said yesterday. "If these controversial weapons are being fired on a weekly basis in Afghanistan, we need to know that they are being used according to strict rules of engagement."

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The most probably reality is that these weapons are being used indiscriminately, killing all - including women, kids, and the medically infirm - in their wake.

The Afghans do not hate the Brits, Americans, or NATO soldiers "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their wives, their husbands, their infants, their aunts and uncles, and friends, many of whom just want to stay out of the way of combat.

May 28 19:05

FAKE TERROR - THE ROAD TO WAR AND DICTATORSHIP

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Relinked in light of the obvious attempt by the US Government to create yet another new war.

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May 28 16:44

What is Acknowledged and What Remains Unknown Sexual Torture

May 28 16:43

Israel Threatened by Shoes, Toilet Paper And Laundry Detergent

ISRAEL APPARENTLY considers toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap and shoes threats to its security—why else would it add these mundane and harmless items to a laundry list of basic necessities not allowed into Gaza? Nor is the exclusion of these necessities a harmless idiosyncrasy—for, with the exception of goods that are smuggled in (see Jan./Feb. 2009 Washington Report, p. 19), nothing can enter or leave the Gaza Strip without Israeli approval. The besieged and battered 25-mile-long stretch of land, regularly referred to as the world’s largest prison, is home to 1.5 million inadvertent inmates, nearly two-thirds of whom are under the age of 18.

May 28 16:36

At Least 7 of the 9/11 Hijackers are Still Alive

How can the 9/11 Commission be taken seriously when they refer to alive 'hijackers'?

May 28 16:35

Active and retired top military brass met to discuss what really happened on 9/11

WMR has learned from a well-informed source that in the months after the 9/11 attacks, a group of retired and active duty military officers, with ranks as high as general, met in an informal and hush-hush working group to discuss what actually occurred on September 11, 2001.

WMR has been told that those who met did not believe, in whole or in part, the official line that 19 Arabs nationals armed with box cutters hijacked four U.S. passenger planes and flew three of them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

The officers included veterans of Marine Corps Special Operations.

May 28 15:40

Kim Jong Il’s provocations to the West may hide a rational purpose

The most common analysis is that it is an effort to capture the attention of the Government that matters most to North Korea — the US Administration of Barack Obama. Mr Kim wants one thing more than any other — a comprehensive peace treaty, with guarantees of North Korean security, in place of the flimsy armistice, and all underwritten by the US. It is towards this end that all his mischief-making, and his nuclear programme, are bent; and he will have eagerly noted Mr Obama’s inauguration promise to reach out a hand to America’s antagonists.

May 28 14:49

Foreclosure woes mount for those with good credit

A record 12 percent of homeowners with a mortgage are behind on their payments or in foreclosure as the housing crisis spreads to borrowers with good credit. And the wave of foreclosures isn't expected to crest until the end of next year, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Thursday.

The foreclosure rate on prime fixed-rate loans doubled in the last year, and now represents the largest share of new foreclosures. Nearly 6 percent of fixed-rate mortgages to borrowers with good credit were in the foreclosure process.

May 28 14:36

Children Raped at Abu Ghraib, General Taguba Calls it a War Crime

Reports of children being raped to force their parent to give information have long been alleged by award winning journalist Sy Hersch (Video) but now a report via the Telegraph UK reveals that this allegation is true, and that their were even pictures.

May 28 14:34

Guns are up in D.C., violence is down

Writing in the Washington Post in March, Nickles bragged about cracking down on gun violations. This, he said, led to a 5 percent decrease in violence in the city.

Which is nice, but the city still needs to answer the question: Instead of giving security guards and little old ladies a tough time in seeking a gun legally, why was the city not going after the gangs all along?

The failure of urban gun laws to reduce violence is based on holding inanimate objects - guns - responsible for the actions of criminals.

Criminals are cowards. They go after easy prey. This is why they target the poor, and not the rich.

Criminals also target the unarmed, which is why Washington, D.C., was a "gangsta paradise," to quote an old rap song.

May 28 14:33

White House spokesman bashes Brit press for torture reports

Following an explosive report that some of the torture photos President Obama is withholding depict graphic sexual abuse, the Department of Defense and White House came out to vigorously refute the claims.

May 28 14:32

Pentagon Denies Photos Show Rape

"That news organization has completely mischaracterized the images," Whitman told reporters. "None of the photos in question depict the images that are described in that article."

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“We do not rape our prisoners. We waterboard them, we electrocute them, we have wild dogs chew on them and we even kill them, but we never rape them. That would be inhuman.” Official White Horse Souse

... and no, that is NOT chocolate smeared all over the prisoner's body.

May 28 14:21

Louisiana Senate bans smoking in bars, casinos

A proposal that would ban smoking in bars and gambling facilities passed the Louisiana Senate on Thursday and is headed to the House.

The state already has a law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and most places of employment. The proposal by Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Livonia, would require bars, casinos, off-track betting facilities and other gambling spots also to become smoke-free.

The 22-10 vote by the Senate sent the bill to the House, where a similar bill by Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, awaits full House debate.

May 28 13:17

Jailed US journalist Roxana Saberi 'had secret document on war in Iraq'

The American journalist Roxana Saberi was jailed for espionage in Tehran after obtaining a confidential Iranian document about the American invasion of Iraq, it was claimed today.

Saleh Nikbakht, one of Ms Saberi's Iranian lawyers, revealed that a document Ms Saberi had obtained while working as a translator for a powerful clerical lobby had been used as evidence to convict her on charges of espionage.

May 28 13:14

Mohamed Khodr - The Three Branches of the AIPAC: The Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial

“Back in the 1950s, the frustrated Secretary of State John Foster Dulles unambiguously stated: We cannot have all our policies made in Jerusalem. ” To the owner of Time Inc. Henry Luce he said: “I am aware how almost impossible it is in this country to carry out a foreign policy not approved by the Jews. [But] I am going to try to have one. This does not mean I am anti-Jewish, but I believe in what George Washington said in his farewell address, that an emotional attachment to another country should not interfere.” -–B. R. Gowani, “The Lobby as Juggernaut”, Counterpunch, September 1, 2008

May 28 12:53

GM Said to Plan for June 1 Bankruptcy, Sale of Assets

General Motors Corp., the world’s largest automaker until its 77-year reign ended in 2008, plans to file for bankruptcy protection on June 1 and sell most of its assets to a new company, people familiar with the matter said.

May 28 12:53

Mortgage Delinquencies, Foreclosures, Rates Increase

Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures rose to records in the first quarter and home-loan rates jumped to the highest since March this week as the government’s effort to fix the housing slump lost momentum.

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In other words, TARP has failed, as everyone not actually getting the cash predicted it would.

May 28 12:51

U.S. Economy: Durable-Goods Orders Hover Near Lowest Since 1996

Durable-goods orders hovered near a 13-year low and the number of Americans collecting unemployment insurance reached a 17th straight record, offering no sign of an imminent rebound from the worst U.S. recession in half a century.

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The government's solution seems to be to trigger a world war and then sell weapons to all the sides.

May 28 12:50

US should consider military options against North Ira-Koreastan: Perry

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Any war will do in a pinch!

May 28 12:48

Worker Faces 10 Years in Jail for Peeing in IRS Elevator

According to this affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan, an IRS worker faces ten years in prison for repeatedly urinating in the elevator at the IRS Service Center in Detroit and causing $4,626.25 of "deep cleaning expense."

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Okay, so I take back some of what I said about IRS rank and file. :)

May 28 12:47

Richard Gage on KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno, CA

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Amazing! FOX News allows an expert to discuss the evidence for controlled demolition on 9-11 without attempting to ridicule him!

May 28 12:43

ADL - White Supremacists and Anti-Semites Plan to Recruit at July 4 Tea Parties

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Desperation on the cusp of madness.

May 28 12:28

Why are these Israeli rabbis so filled with hate and bloodlust?

A Jewish rabbi living in the West Bank has called on the Israeli government to use their troops to kill all Palestinian males more than 13 years old in a bid to end Palestinian presence on this earth.

May 28 12:27

Israeli Parliament OKs Bill to Outlaw Denial of Israel as ‘Jewish State’

In a vote of 47 to 34, the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) has given initial approval to a new bill that would criminalize opposing Israel’s status as a “Jewish state,” punishable by up to a year in prison. The bill is aimed at Israeli Arabs who object to their status as second-class citizens in the nation.

May 28 12:26

Many modified mortgages will default again, Fitch Ratings projects

Modifying nontraditional mortgages will succeed for many people, but most such modifications will end up in default within a year, a major ratings company predicts.

May 28 12:20

Banning Palestinian Students from Israeli Universities

The Israeli Supreme Court, that toothless wonder when it comes to confronting the national security state, has permitted the state intelligence apparatus to throw up an entirely new set of non-security criteria in order to prevent Palestinians from studying at Israeli universities.

May 28 12:19

World Markets Freak Out After Treasury Yields Spike

The big story that everyone will be talking about is the rapidly increasing yield on longer-term maturities, and what that means for both the economic recovery and the US' ability to finance its gigantic debt. Matters of previously theoretical concern (what happens if the world doesn't want to keep financing us anymore) are now coming into the fore.

May 28 12:19

NEWSFLASH: The Housing Crisis Is Getting Worse

You could make a very strong argument that the economy isn't stabilizing, it's getting worse. At least along some measures. Sure, we stepped back from the precipice of total collapse courtesy of massive government intervention, but some of the most basic indicators are only getting worse.

May 28 12:16

Settlements issue overrated, says top Israeli adviser

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Not to the Palestinians, it isn't!

May 28 12:14

Sotomayor Ruled That States Do Not Have to Obey Second Amendment

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor ruled in January 2009 that states do not have to obey the Second Amendment’s commandment that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

In Maloney v. Cuomo, Sotomayor signed an opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that said the Second Amendment does not protect individuals from having their right to keep and bear arms restricted by state governments.

May 28 12:13

Amnesty: Israel repeatedly breached rules of war in Gaza

Amnesty International has accused Israel of repeatedly violating the rules of armed conflict during its recent offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"Israeli forces repeatedly breached the laws of war, including by carrying out direct attacks on civilians and civilian buildings and attacks targeting Palestinian militants that caused a disproportionate toll among civilians," the human rights watchdog said in its annual report.

May 28 12:12

Secret Service Takes Down Woman at LAX

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"Youse wanna talk to da Prez, youse gotta pay thirty grand like everyone else!!!"

May 28 12:11

Vote for Answers

Three 9-11 family members ask unanswered questions about September 11th, part of an appeal by the New York Coalition for Accountability Now (NYCCAN) for a new, independent 9-11 commission. For more information go to NYCCAN.org.

May 28 11:58

Ban on imports for reconstruction in Gaza, including paper, under claim of weapons manufacturing

The document is a dead letter, says Olyyah and hundreds of home owners, due to the blockade imposed by the Israeli government which prevents the import of construction materials into the Gaza Strip.
The Israelis claim that these materials, which include paper and school books, could be used for the manufacture of explosives and weapons.

May 28 11:57

War is Unsuitable for Children: Another YouTube outrage

I got a great response to this and my friend and videographer, Clifford Roddy put together a short film called: finaledit, with the images I posted and with images that he took at a national cemetery in Santa Fe, NM where we were together for my Myth America book tour. I have a Cindy Sheehan You Tube page so we posted it there.

The video was just yanked off of You Tube because it "violates the terms of service" but even before it was yanked, it had a warning: "This video is unsuitable for children."

May 28 11:48

Oh, People...People...

Today, as on many tragically similar occasions in recent years, I am in desperate need of Mrs. Comstock's skills. As Drudge falls to the repellent task of unforgivably enthusiastic war-mongering (hardly for the first and certainly not the last time), he repeats an equally repellent and unforgivable headline: "NKorea Threatens to Attack US, SKorean Warships." All that is omitted are the reasons for these threats, that is, the actions of the United States and South Korea to which North Korea is responding.

May 28 11:46

What threats has Pelosi relayed to China about N. Korea?

Pelosi to push China over North Korea talks
By Ian Swanson
Posted: 05/25/09 06:41 PM [ET]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi later this week will press China¹s leaders to use their influence to bring North Korea back to negotiations on its nuclear program.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) said her delegation had always planned to press the Chinese on the issue, but North Korea¹s announcement Monday that it had successfully completed a nuclear test made the need more urgent.
"These reported tests underscore the message our congressional delegation planned to deliver to top Chinese government leaders during our meetings later this week: the Chinese must use their influence to help bring North Korea to the table for the Six-Party talks," Pelosi said in the statement.

May 28 11:45

Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in West Bank

Wahadin and his brother Hammad, 72, had been farming their land, which produces olives, almonds and grapes, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin, when they were attacked on their way home. Their land in Beit Ummar is near Hebron, about 30 kilometres south of Jerusalem.

Hammad Abdallah was taken to a local hospital where he received 10 stitches for a head wound and treatment for chest injuries.

Settler attacks against Palestinian civilians, and the occasional retaliatory attacks by Palestinians continue to dominate media headlines on an almost daily basis.

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May 28 11:43

Heat-resistant Corals Ignore Climate Change Threats

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The global warming cult has been selling the idea that warmer seas will mean the death of critical coral reefs around the world.

Surprise, surprise; the reefs like warmer water!

May 28 11:41

IRS tax revenue falls along with taxpayers' income

For example, 6 million people lost jobs in the 12 months ended in April — and that means far fewer dollars from income taxes. Income tax revenue dropped 44% from a year ago.

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The numbers do not work out. 6 million lost jobs do not account for a 44% decline in tax revenues. a 44% decline in tax revenues roughly equates to ALL working Americans having lost almost half of their earning ability.

As I mentioned before, the official unemployment figures do not tell the whole story. People who have lost high-paying jobs and been forced to take lower-paying jobs are still counted as employed, yet as the 44% reduction in tax revenues indicates, this is a significant loss of earning ability.

A 44% decline in tax revenues means that Americans are now earning 44% less money, thanks to a misguided tax policy that encouraged corporations to send high-paying American jobs to other countries.

May 28 11:36

New Investor Worry: Treasury Selloff Spiking Interest Rates

The stock market is watching the bond market, wary a spike in interest rates will derail a fragile economic recovery and snuff the market's rally.

May 28 11:35

1 in 8 U.S. homeowners late paying or in foreclosure

May 28 11:33

Murder charge for store employee who shot robbery suspect

D.A. David Prater has charged Jerome Ersland with murder for the shooting at the reliable Pharmacy last Tuesday.

Prater says that shooting was justified, but Ersland allegedly shot Parker five more times in the abdomen.

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This is absurd. The DA admits the shooting was justified as self-defense, but wants to charge the guy with murder because he pulled the trigger too many times?

I have been there; when you get attacked adrenaline flows and you go into survival mode. Guys who are on Angel Dust can and do get right back up after being shot just once. Emptying the clip is a reasonable thing to do under the circumstances. Most of the comments seem to agree with this.

May 28 11:27

Report: North Korea restarts nuclear plant

North Korea launched a tirade Wednesday against world powers threatening to punish it for conducting its second nuclear test, saying it is not afraid of sanctions and calling South Korea's decision to join an operation to prevent the spread of weapons a declaration of war.

May 28 11:26

The Torture Debate (As a Batman Comic)

May 28 11:26

Playing Victim. Again,& again,& again..

In the twisted rubix reality of a Zionist Jew,Christian etc what upsets them upsets the world as a whole – even if the whole world is systematically standing against them.
How, after centuries of alleged persecution, do Israelis and their supporters find it at all satisfying for a Jewish state to be the aggressor?
How can a sane individual still call Jews victims of anything whilst they hold the upper hand in the Middle East as a whole?

May 28 11:26

Validity?Hawkscafe.com, Yahoo messages, Pelosi/WTC 7

May 22, 2009
Dear Sergeant Fozard:
Why Pelosi CAI demolished New York CIA

http://www.hawkscafe.com/107.html
May 1, 2007: FILED BY Field MCCONNELL as Civil Case 3:07-CV-49 IN
Fargo Courthouse, North Dakota
DRAFT 45 PREAMBLE for a CONSTITUTIONAL REMEDY
to PRIVATE-EQUITY RACKETEERING and two-party corruption
IN GLOBAL GUARDIAN 9/11
Claim for Punitive and Treble Damages for Wrongful Deaths on 9/11/2001 resulting from movement of sex, sabotage and murder-for-hire assets by the racketeering use of interstate or foreign commerce networks, financed by Private Equity, Arbitrage, Insurance and Hedge Fund Frauds between October 1970 and September 2001.

May 28 11:23

The Holocaust Educational Trust

"The Holocaust Educational Trust was established
in 1988. Our aim is to
educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the
important lessons to be learned for today. The Trust works in schools,
universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding
of the Holocaust, providing teacher training, an outreach programme for
schools, teaching aids and resource material. One of our
earliest achievements was ensuring that the Holocaust formed part of the
National Curriculum for History.
We continue to play a leading
role in training teachers on how best to teach the Holocaust."

May 28 11:23

ANOTHER CONVOY ENTERS GAZA WITH HUMANITARIAN AID

Like ships passing in the night, the Code Pink Convoy entered Gaza as the Hope Convoy was preparing to leave. There apparently were less hassles for this group as the Egyptian authorities are finally in what seems to be a cooperative mood.

May 28 11:22

ISRAEL REJECTS OWN SOLDIERS’ ACCOUNTS OF GAZA ATROCITIES

“The testimonies conveyed an atmosphere in which one feels entitled to use unrestricted force against Palestinians,” academy director Dany Zamir told Israel public radio.

“The climate in general…I don’t know how to describe it…. the lives of Palestinians, let’s say, are much, much less important than the lives of our soldiers,” an infantry squad leader is quoted as saying in the testimonies.

In another cited case, a commander ordered his troops to kill an elderly female civilian walking on a road, even though she was easily identifiable and clearly posed no immediate threat to the soldiers.

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