US Mercenaries Murder "Militants" For CIA
Private Guards ‘Took Part in Raids on al-Qaeda Militants’
By Giles Whittell and Tim Reid
According to former Blackwater staff, sent to protect CIA officers in the field, they helped to kill militants targeted in “snatch and grab” raids. Continue
US Refuses to Allow UN Inspectors to Investigate its WMDs
By Agence France-Presse
The United States said Wednesday that it remained opposed to international inspections of biological weapon sites. Continue
In tracing the 2001 bio-terror attacks in the U.S. to the heart of the U.S. bio-defense program, this film raises an alarm. These attacks that helped prepare a country for war have also spawned a multi-billion dollar bio-defense boom. The line between bio-offense and bio-defense is becoming extremely thin. Continue
Networks Still Hosting Military Analysts Without Identifying Massive Conflicts Of Interest
By Laura Bassett
Military strategy is a frequent topic on TV in the wake of President Obama's announcement that he will send more troops to Afghanistan now -- and start bringing them out by mid-2011. But few television viewers have any idea that some of what they're hearing originates from men who are literally profiting from the war. Continue
Following the Money Trail:
Telecoms and ISPs Feed the Secret State's Surveillance Machine
By Tom Burghardt
That the American people have been kept in the dark when it comes to this and other affairs of state, remain among the most closely-guarded open secrets of what has euphemistically been called the "NSA spying scandal." Continue
The Devil and Mr. Obama
Barack promised change -- and sure enough, things changed for the worse
By Joe Bageant
Many who voted for Obama out of disgust for the Bush regime are now listening to the Republicans again on their car radios as they drive around looking for a suitable place to hide their vehicles from the repo man. Continue
Bernanke's Faux Recovery
By Mike Whitney
By usurping powers not granted under its charter, the Fed has resuscitated insolvent institutions and helped them continue the transfer of wealth from one class to another. Continue
Food Stamps Go to a Record 37.2 Million, USDA Says
By Alan Bjerga
A record 37.2 million people, or about one out of every eight Americans, received food stamps in September, as the recession drove a surging jobless rate, according to a government report. Continue
17 militants killed, 49 suspects arrested in NW Pakistan: Seventeen militants were killed and as many as 49 suspects apprehended in ongoing military operations in Pakistan's northwest during the last 24 hours, military sources said Friday.
Drone hit may have killed senior al Qaeda leader: "Nothing has been definitively confirmed, but it's possible that a senior al Qaeda figure has died," said the U.S. official, who declined to be named.
Child killed in Afghan wedding blast: The Afghan Interior Ministry said the explosion happened when a grenade was thrown at the event in a province east of Kabul last night.
Why Do Airstrikes in Afghanistan Keep Killing Exactly 30 People?: On Monday, the anonymous blogger Security Crank noticed something interesting: all the U.S. and NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan seemingly kill exactly 30 people every time. How can that be?
Afghanistan: UK and US seek to cancel 2010 parliamentary election: Britain and America are seeking to cancel next year's parliamentary election in Afghanistan amid fears that it will distract from President Barack Obama's new strategy to bring security to the country.
Seven killed in Iraq attacks: Seven people, including three policemen and two soldiers, were killed by attacks in and around Baghdad on Friday, an Iraqi interior ministry official said.
Are deaths from violence in Iraq being under-reported?: BBC Video Report: The Iraqi government is being accused of under-reporting the number of people killed after weeks of deadly violence.
Who is counting the bodies in Iraq?: Mr Maliki's political reputation was built largely on his apparent success in bringing violence levels down following the US troop surge in 2007. Now, this image of a man who could keep Baghdad safe has been tarnished.
War Criminal Blair ‘would have gone to war without Iraqi WMD’: The former Prime Minister has confessed that he would have had to use different arguments to justify toppling Saddam Hussein. But he says in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow morning that he would still have taken steps to remove the Iraqi dictator from power.
Iraqi-American Christians blast U.S. policies in Iraq: Upset and frustrated, about 300 metro Detroiters with roots in Iraq, most of them Chaldeans, gathered Thursday night in a banquet hall in Warren where Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, spoke to the crowd.
Spoils of war: Iraq oil development rights contracts awarded: Shell and Petronas beat a rival bid from France's Total and China's CNPC.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: US commander says Iran still arming Iraq militias: "Iran still smuggles equipment and aid to terrorists across the border," the general said.
EU ready to accompany UNSC against Iran: The EU has warned that it will accompany the UN Security Council in punitive action should Iran fail to provide a 'clear response' over its nuclear work.
Diplomat, scientist among 11 Iranians 'held by US': The Mehr news agency said the foreign ministry is "vigorously" pursuing diplomatic means to obtain the release of the Iranians, three of whom have allegedly been detained in countries outside the United States on Washington's request.
Take Action: Tell Congress: Don't Limit the President's Ability to Negotiate with Iran: The bill – H.R. 2194, known as the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009 – targets Iran's energy sector in a way that is likely to hurt the Iranian people, not the Iranian government.
IDF simulates missile attacks, war against Syria and Hezbollah: Both drills were two-day affairs for which dozens of reserve officers were mobilized and included scenarios in which ballistic missiles with conventional and nonconventional warheads landed in Israeli cities.
Report: Iran and Syria sign defense cooperation pact: Iran and Syria signed a defense cooperation pact in Damascus on Friday, and pledged to work in coordination to counter the regional threat they see posed by the "Zionist regime," Iranian news agency Al-Alam reported.
Take Action: Tell President Obama to demand that Israel free Bil’in nonviolent leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah: On December 10, 2009 at 2 AM, the Israeli military surrounded the Ramallah home of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a high school teacher and the Coordinator of Bil’in’s Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, and arrested him.
Likud minister: Settler population could grow by 10,000 in next year: The population of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank could grow by 10,000 in the coming year despite a declared temporary freeze on Israeli building in the territory, Likud Minister Benny Begin has said.
Israeli settlers attack mosque: Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian West Bank have vandalised a mosque, torching its library and spraying hate messages in Hebrew on the building.
US warns Latin America against cozying up to Iran: Hillary Clinton said on Friday that "we can only say that is a really bad idea for the countries involved," warning Bolivia and Venezuela in particular. Clinton went on to accuse Iran of being "the major supporter, promoter and exporter of terrorism in the world
Ecuador says U.S. helped Colombia plan 2008 bombing: U.S. intelligence from inside Ecuador was used to plan a 2008 bombing by Colombian troops that killed a top FARC guerrilla chieftain inside Ecuadorean territory, the government said on Thursday.
Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Kidnapping: Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials.
Turley: Obama bags Peace Prize while his lawyers are ‘gutting’ Nuremberg: Turley pointed out that several legal advisors to Germany's Ministry of Justice were convicted during the Nuremberg trials held after World War II for providing the legal advice that justified Nazi war crimes. Now the Obama administration, in its desire to uphold executive privilege at any cost, is willing to toss that principle aside.
President Obama 'creating torture impunity': : Director of ACLU's National Security Project Jameel Jaffer said "the Bush administration constructed a legal framework for torture and now the Obama administration is constructing a legal framework for impunity."
Judge finds Pentagon in contempt in Gitmo case: A federal judge has found the Defense Department in contempt of court for failing to videotape the testimony of a prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay.
Sound familiar? US refuses to allow UN inspectors to investigate its WMDs: The United States said Wednesday that it remained opposed to international inspections of biological weapon sites, even though it stressed its commitment to a UN treaty covering such arms and invaded Iraq in part over its alleged stalling of -- UN weapons inspectors.
Cremated remains dumped in Arlington landfill: Records at Arlington National Cemetery suggest that workers found an urn of cremated remains that had been dumped -- presumably accidentally -- in a dirt landfill, reburied those remains as an unknown soldier, and kept the whole thing quiet.
Leaders of the Rich World Are Enacting a Giant Fraud: Every delegate to the Copenhagen summit is being greeted by the sight of a vast fake planet dominating the city's central square. This swirling globe is covered with corporate logos - the Coke brand is stamped over Africa, while Carlsberg appears to own Asia, and McDonald's announces "I'm loving it!" in great red letters above
Americans Want Government to Spend for Jobs, Send Bill to Rich: Americans want their government to create jobs through spending on public works, investments in alternative energy or skills training for the jobless. They also want the deficit to come down. And most are ready to hand the bill to the wealthy.
House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill: Blending increases for veterans' programs, NASA and the FBI with a pay raise for federal workers and help for car dealers, the legislation wraps together six of the 12 annual appropriations bills.
Max Baucus gave girlfriend $14K raise: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer in 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her, and later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip to Southeast Asia and the Middle East, though foreign policy was not her specialty.
House passes broad Wall Street regulatory overhaul: In a separate vote Friday, Democratic leaders failed to revive legislation that would let bankruptcy judges rewrite mortgages to lower homeowners' monthly payments. The measure was rejected by a 241-188 .