Tuesday, 26 January 2010

News For January 26, 2010

British Invasion of Iraq Was Illegal: Ex-govt Lawyer

By Alice Ritchie

"I considered that the use of force against Iraq in March 2003 was contrary to international law," Michael Wood, chief legal advisor to the Foreign Office between 1999 and 2006, told the Chilcot inquiry in London. "In my opinion, that use of force had not been authorised by the Security Council, and had no other legal basis in international law." Continue

Wanted: Tony Blair for War Crimes.

Arrest Him and Claim your Reward

By George Monbiot

Chilcot and the courts won't do it, so it is up to us to show that we won't let an illegal act of mass murder go unpunished. Continue

Bush Pentagon Hired Conspiracy Theorist As Al Qaeda Specialist

By Justin Elliott

When the Pentagon's internal think tank decided in 2004 it needed a better understanding of Al Qaeda, it turned to an unlikely source: the terrorism analyst Laurie Mylroie, who was known as the chief purveyor of the discredited idea that Saddam Hussein was behind Sept. 11 and many other attacks carried out by Al Qaeda. Continue

The Sanctity of Military Spending

By Glenn Greenwald

Even as the U.S. sunk under increasingly crippling levels of debt over the last decade, defense spending rose steadily, sometimes precipitously. That explosion occurred even as overall military spending in the rest of the world decreased, thus expanding the already-vast gap between our expenditures and the world's. Continue

USA is Bankrupt, Quit Buying Bombs or We're Done

By Ron Paul:

Perpetual War, Perpetual Spending Continue

Is a U.S. Default Inevitable?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

What the looming fiscal crisis of this country portends is nothing less than a test of whether this democratic republic is sustainable. Continue

Rule By The Rich

By Paul Craig Roberts

Obama has reneged on every promise he made, from ending wars, to closing Gitmo, to providing health care for Americans, to curtailing the domestic police state, to putting the interests of dispossessed Americans ahead of the interests of the rich banksters who robbed Americans of their homes and pensions. Continue

Obama: Counterfeit Change and No-Excuse Lies

By Dr. Goldstein

Cheers and applause broke out as Obama assured us "I will never lie to you" while Oprah cried her puddle of tears. Little did we know that Obama was just another smooth-talking politician, telling "the folks" exactly what they wanted to hear. I'll admit it: I was one of the people he suckered. Obama's lies were awesome and they got me really pumped up. Continue

Extrajudicial Killing:

U.S. Mulls Legality of Killing American Citizen


While Awlaki has not been charged with any crimes under U.S. law, intelligence officials say recent intelligence reports and electronic intercepts show he played an important role in recruiting the accused "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Continue

Report Faults State Department, DynCorp for Missing $1 Billion

By Josh Rogin

The State Department cannot account for more than $1 billion it paid out to contractor DynCorp to train police during the first years of the Iraq war, in just one example of management shortcomings that have put at risk $2.5 billion worth of money spent on training policemen around the world, according to a damning new report. Continue

Forget the Deficit; People Need Jobs

By Jesse Jackson

Nearly one in five American workers is unemployed or underemployed. That means wages are losing ground. One in three homes with a mortgage is under water. Millions of Americans are headed to losing their homes. Continue

The Liebarak - Tinges OF Racism And Slick Medicine Salesmen

By Uri Avnery

Netanyahu has never been more than a slick patent medicine salesman. That is a type that appears frequently in American Westerns and sells an elixir that is good for everything: against the flu and against tuberculosis, against heart attacks and against lunacy. The main weapon of the vendor is his tongue: his stream of words builds castles in the air, blows up glistening bubbles and silences all doubt. Continue

Anti-Israelism: Why Zionism Doesn’t And Can’t Get It

By Alan Hart

There is no doubt it. More and more people all over the world, and probably many of their governments behind closed doors, are beginning to see the Zionist state of Israel for what it really is - not only the obstacle to peace but a monster apparently beyond control; and they, more and more so-called ordinary folk everywhere, are beginning to turn against it. Continue

Baghdad police crime lab bombed; 21 dead: A suicide car bomber struck a police crime lab in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring dozens a day after suicide attacks hit several hotels favored by Western journalists, officials said.

UK lawyer: Iraq war was illegal: He also told the hearing in London that Jack Straw, the then foreign secretary, had dismissed his advice that the war was not legal without a UN resolution.

Jack Straw ignored advice the Iraq invasion would be illegal, Foreign Office law chief tells Chilcot inquiry: Top lawyer tells of his amazement at Foreign Secretary's refusal to accept advice : Every lawyer in the Foreign Office agreed that invading Iraq would be illegal

Pakistan: 21 "militants" killed : Eleven militants were killed and six soldiers, including two officers, sustained injuries in clashes and artillery and gunship helicopters’ shelling in the Tindo area of Kurram Agency, official sources said. Four hideouts of the militants were also destroyed during the action.

Pakistan's former spymaster: Taliban leader is ready to talk: The U.S. must negotiate a political settlement to the Afghanistan war directly with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar because any bid to split the insurgency through defections will fail, said the Pakistani former intelligence office`r who trained the insurgent chief.

Four Afghanistan police killed in checkpoint attack: The attack happened at about 2am local time at a checkpoint near the Information and Cultural Affairs Ministry's directorate in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

Bombs kill 2 NATO troops in Afghanistan: Bomb strikes killed two NATO soldiers - a Briton and a Norwegian - while a rocket attack at the major international military base in southern Afghanistan wounded eight other international troops, officials said yesterday. Bulgaria’s defense minister was at the base but was not injured.

Obama wants $14.2 billion more to train Afghan forces: President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for another $14.2 billion to train Afghanistan's army and police over the next two years, a move a key lawmaker welcomed on Monday as part of a long-term U.S. commitment to that country's military.

Nato says Afghanistan conference will raise millions to pay Taliban: The Nato Secretary General has said the London Conference on Afghanistan will be used to raise millions of pounds to pay off the Taliban leadership.

Puppeteer complains about puppet: : U.S. Envoy’s Cables Show Worries on Afghan Plans: The United States ambassador in Kabul warned his superiors here in November that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan “is not an adequate strategic partner” and “continues to shun responsibility for any sovereign burden

Ambassador Eikenberry's Cables on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: In November 2009, Karl W. Eikenberry, the United States ambassador to Afghanistan and retired Army lieutenant general, sent two classified cables to his superiors in which he offered his assessment of the proposed U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

Eight killed in battle for key western Somali town: Heavy clashes Tuesday between pro-government militias and Islamist insurgents fighting for control of the western Somali town of Beledweyn have left at least eight dead, officials and witnesses said, AFP informed.

SOMALIA: NEW FIGHTING IN MOGADISHU AND BELEDWEYN: Violent fighting is underway in Mogadishu between regular troops backed by forces of the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and insurgents. According to the local Radio Shabelle, the violence broke out near the Jalle Siad palace, where the AU troops are based, and later spread to various areas of the capital.

Yemeni troops killed in shooting: At least three Yemeni soldiers have been shot dead in an attack southeast of the capital, Sanaa, a government official has said.

Yemen Shiite fighters say withdrawal from Saudi soil completed: Houthi Yemeni Shiite fighters said on Tuesday they had withdrawn completely from the Saudi territory as part of their truce offer. However, Yemeni tribal sources alongside the Yemeni government denied the rebels had withdrawn, Reuters reported.

Saudis declare end to Yemen border conflict: The Saudi-Yemen border conflict is a closed chapter with agreements reached by both sides, a Saudi minister said yesterday.

Haiti PM begs for help as looting grips devastated Port-au-Prince: Haitian police shot two people in the head as people plundered the debris in the ruined heart of Port-au-Prince, while thousands more people joined a mass exodus from squalid tent camps in the capital.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran Pakistan: Intelligence from Tehran Elevates Concern in the West: The officials who have read the dossier conclude that the government in Tehran is serious about developing a bomb, and that its plans are well advanced.

Iran raps Obama's embrace of Bush's policies: Iran says the Obama administration has been pursuing his predecessor's foreign policy approaches, insisting the US policies have not "changed" whatsoever.

German firm cancels deal with Iran port due to Israeli pressure: After heavy diplomatic pressures from the Israeli government, a German construction company on Monday canceled its end of a contract to renovate the Bander Abbas Port in Iran.

Israeli Government plans land giveaway to combat troops: Land will be allocated in the Galilee, the Negev desert, the Jordan valley and the Golan Heights - with the result that the move is likely to be seen as a continuation of the government's controversial policy of encouraging Israeli Jews to reside in rural regions with large Arab populations.

Israel rejects UN call for Gaza war crimes probe: Tel Aviv refuses to conduct independent probe of Gaza war as demanded by UN report.

Israel calls UN Gaza report 'anti-Semitic': A UN report on Israel's 22-day offensive against Hamas-controlled Gaza is anti-Semitic, an Israeli government minister said, as the Jewish state prepares to formally respond to its allegations of war crimes.

Israel accuses Turkish PM of inciting anti-Semitism: Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's humiliation of the Turkish ambassador earlier this month seriously offended Turkey, but also made it clear to Ankara that it had crossed red lines in its relationship with Israel, according to a report on Israel-Turkey relations prepared by the Foreign Ministry.

Auschwitz survivor: 'Israel acts like Nazis': One of the last remaining Auschwitz survivors has launched a blistering attack on Israel over its occupation of Palestine as he began a lecture tour of Scotland.

U.S. lawmakers to Obama: Press Israel to ease Gaza siege: Fifty-four members of the U.S. Congress have signed a letter asking President Barack Obama to put pressure on Israel to ease the siege of the Gaza Strip.

Military-style spy planes 'to be used to target civilians in the UK': Unmanned drones similar to those used in Afghanistan are set to be used in Britain to spy on drivers, campaigners, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, it was revealed today

A POLICE force is to employ Britain’s first full-time “web cop”.: The officer, to be employed in the West Midlands, will also search for criticism of the police and use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Bebo to promote the force.

Lieberman rips FBI on Miranda rights: “We write to urge the administration to immediately transfer Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a foreign terrorist, to the Department of Defense to be held as an unprivileged enemy belligerent (UEB) and questioned and charged accordingly,” said Lieberman,

USA v Aafia Siddiqui: Cageprisoners Inside the Courtroom Coverage: This week the long awaited trial of Aafia Siddiqui began in a federal courtroom in Manhattan. Her case has been one of the most baffling in the annals of post-9/11 terrorism prosecutions.

Report says Al-Qaeda still aims to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S.: The report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for weapons of mass destruction, portrays al-Qaeda's leaders as determined and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons that could inflict widespread casualties.

Blair's £200,000 hedge fund pay-day: Tony Blair is to be paid at least £200,000 by a City firm accused of profiteering from the financial crisis that brought Britain's banks to their knees.

Banks pull another $1 billion from small business lending: The nation's biggest banks cut their collective small business lending balance by another $1 billion in November, according to a Treasury report released late Friday. The drop marked the seventh straight month of declines.

Believe it or not: Calif. Governor Looks South of the Border for Prisons: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that the state could save $1 billion by building and operating prisons in Mexico to house undocumented felons who are currently imprisoned in California.

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