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REAL NEWS June 30, 2012

Posted by Xaniel777 on June 29, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : June 30, 2012

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Socialist Unity at the Top Fails to Divide the American People

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Henry Shivley


Since the beginning of the 2012 Campaign for the presidential election, the mainstream propaganda machine has spared no effort in their attempt to divide we the people, using every method proven effective over the past fifty years. 

They have tried to turn us against one another through race, gender, religion, and our beliefs in reference to social issues like abortion and gay rights.

The culmination for the attempt to divide has been put forth via the unconstitutional and treasonous Supreme Court ruling on health care, which in reality is an implementation of corporate socialism, wherein the health care industry has acquired the illusion of the authority to directly tax we the American people. 

The mainstream propagandists are moving forward in stating there is now a clear difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and that there is now a clear divide among we the people.

Not so. 

The socialists that support this treasonous act are and have been socialists all along the way. 

And like it or not, their numbers have been diminishing right down the line, as many Americans have been discovering that they have unknowingly beensupporting socialism, in simply not realizing the treason national and soviet socialism represent.

Many have found their way back to our Constitution and are enraged in finding out that they have been deceived by the two major parties, which have turned out to be one party working to bring down our Republic, destroy our Constitution, and bring us into the new world order devoid of our freedoms, liberty, and sovereignty.

The attempts by the elitist owned media to sell the idea of American collectivism through socialism as a fait accompli began to witness failure when the May Day Protests were boycotted by all but the hardcore socialists. 

Their numbers were pathetic and the contempt for them by the rest of us shined.

And on and on as the socialists, both national (neo-con Republiscums) and soviet (Demorats), have been forced to reveal themselves through their actions. 

Now we have had the ultimate affirmation as the neo-con national socialist Chief Justice Roberts joined with his soviet socialists brethren and sisteren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, in affirming the fact that conservatism and liberalism, hence the false left-right paradigm, have all along been nothing more than ploys to divide we the people and have us force socialism upon one another from two different angles.

Now they think they have us divided with no choice other than Leon Trotsky/Romney and a Cheka police state to inflict the tyranny or Joseph Stalin/Obama and a KGB police state to inflict the tyranny.

No sale. 

We reject socialism as the collectivism it represents nullifies the individual freedoms and liberties contained in our Bill of Rights. 

It is treasonous and this is an insurgency. 

We the people, using our overwhelming numbers and the fact that we are armed to the teeth will reinstate our Republic under our Constitution and drive every member of the socialist insurgency into the sea. 

They have done their worst and still we stand united.

They will now attempt to convince us that there is no way we can defeat the great UN army, just like their predecessors tried to convince our founding fathers they could not defeat the greatest army on the planet at the time, the British. 

In the end we will decimate them, as we are fighting for our land, upon our land, just as our forefathers did.

There is no doubt that we are going to have to destroy foreign armies from without, and this we will do. 

But when it comes to the traitors from within, we must levy upon them such a vicious and brutal punishment as to deter any future notions of insurgency within the United States for at least a hundred years.

God bless the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.

END

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court Decision Facilitates Austerity Measures

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Henry Shivley


In economics, austerity refers to a policy of deficit-cutting by lowering spending often via a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided. 

Austerity measures are being instituted in the European socialist countries as a trade off for bailouts to finance further debt. 

As indicated, austerity is socialist term, as socialist countries rely on a system that depends on government control of every aspect of existence.

Since the theft of the $32 trillion from the American people by the international corporate mafia banksters, the socialist insurgents within our government have been mumbling the word “austerity” and looking to see how we react. 

$32 trillion has been borrowed in our grandchildren’s names and given to the international banksters around the world and, as this is a money scam, those who got the money were the ones we borrowed themoney from.

Now they want to enact austerity measures upon the American people to collect, with interest, the money we borrowed from them to give to them.

We’ve all been noticing the volatility in the stock market. 

This is because we had reached the point to where we were either going to accept the establishment of a social democracy in the place of our constitutional Republic or the austerity could not be implemented as you need socialism to have austerity.

With the treasonous Supreme Court’s affirmation of the replacement of our constitutional Republic with a democratic socialist one world state, the door has been opened to implement the socialist austerity measures. 

And the stock market is soaring.

The propagandists are trying to convince us that the rich elite do not like this new tax. 

Bull. 

This is the austerity and as all the money that will be taken from the poor and middle class will be going directly to the corporations, to pretend that the corporations are adverse to the operation is ludicrous.

Cut through all the crap and look at the reality. 

The poor and middle class are about to get a lot poorer and the filthy rich are about to get a lot filthy richer.

God bless the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.

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Expect IRS thugs armed with shotguns knocking at your door 

OBAMA CARE APPROVED – IRS To Force Americans To Buy Health Insurance

360 Degrees Of Alternative Daily News

             From WorldOrderNews

                June 28, 2012


In a victory for President Obama, and a travesty for the Middle Class, the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s health care mandate empowers the IRS to begin to regulate Americans’ health care by 2014.

Expect IRS thugs armed with shotguns knocking at your door to fine you $695 per person (or $2,085 per household) for failure to purchase health insurance, if you fail to pay the outrageous fine,expect to be sued by the IRS. 

The revised health care law has removed the penalty of $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

This historical Supreme Court ruling allows the federal government to force citizens to enter a contract with private corporations to buy health insurance.

This is happening just days before 4th of July, when America won its Independence from British tyranny, and now we face the same tyranny today.

By 2014 all Americans will have to submit or face being fined and sued by the IRS.

The American people are already struggling financially with record unemployment, inflation, and trillions of dollars in national debt, by the time health insurance becomes mandatory the middle class will be financially bankrupt.

This is the reason why the military and police are preparing martial law in U.S. streets, because people will revolt against the system that has turned us into financial slaves.

They are conditioning Americans right now with military and police checkpointsspeed traps, using Army drones to spy on us,  rolling out the tanks, and putting military goons on residential streets to prepare us for what is to come in the near future.

The Bilderberg Group discussed in Spain about wanting to level America into a 3rd world impoverished nation, where we’re all poor under World Government Dictatorship.

Soon the American standard of living will drop significantly, services will be cut, taxes will increase until we become so poor that we are unable to fight, resistance will be futile.

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Big Banks Have Become Mafia-Style Criminal Enterprises

 

From Washington’s Blog

Posted on June 29, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog

Banks Conspire to Fleece the Public

Two stories this week prove once again that the big banks are literally criminal enterprises.

Initially, all of the big banks have engaged in Mafia-style “bid-rigging” of municipal bonds, to bilk money from every city in the nation … to the collective tune of tens billions of dollars.

And Barclays and other large banks – including Citigroup, HSBC, J.P. Morgan Chase, LloydsUBS, Royal Bank of Scotland – manipulated the world’s primary interest rate (Libor) which virtually every adjustable-rate investment globally is pegged to.

And see this. That means they manipulated a good chunk of the world economy.

 Other recent stories also show criminal fraud as well. For example, the big banks have been cheating homeowners … especially veterans.

And as Max Keiser explains, banking giants Mellon and State Street shaved money off of virtually every pension transaction they handled over the course of decades, stealing collectively billions of dollars from pensions worldwide:

 (Details hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere.)

 Indeed, the entire business model of the big banks is fraud. See this, thisthisthisthis and this.

Fraud caused the 1930s Depression and the current financial crisis.

 Regulators Have Become “Cops On the Take”

There’s no recovery because the government made it official policy not to prosecute fraud (and see this,thisthis, and this).

Unfortunately, the cop is on the take … and the government’s only actions are to cover up the fraud and to leave the people holding the bag.

END

 

 

 

 

War for the Weekend?

 

From Urban Survival

By George Ure – June 29, 2012

THE main thing to keep your eyes on over the next few days – while most people will be distracted by either the just-issued Supreme Corps decision – is the chance of global/regional nuclear war in  the middle east, perhaps as early as this weekend. 

Let me assemble some of the pieces for you. 

 First, there’s the  tension over Syria which has continued to escalate going into talks in Geneva because president Assad has rejected any possibility of a Western-dictated solution for his country.  

The US/Europe has a nasty habit lately of kicking out uncooperative dictators which sometimes works (Libya, at least so far) but sometimes fails miserably (Egypt).

 There has been considerable consternation by the Russians about how the West is trying to put forward what the MSM would have you believe is a more “democratic” form of leadership, since we see in the failing conservative wet-dream of an Arab Spring that the reality is that when Arab Spring runs out, the hard-liners in favor of theocratic government, such as the recent victory by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, roll into power.

 I won’t say the US State Department is wrong, or that a fish rots from its head. 

I will simply point out that Russia has lined up behind Syria’s Assad as an ally.

 Now, click over to the US Navy site and note that eight US aircraft carriers have hurriedly left port and are now standing off US shores

Why my this be of interest? 

Although I don’t have any more facts that what’s in the media report, it is entirely possible that following an attack on Iran by Israel, and/or Western intervention is Syria, that tensions could escalate and they might  include reprisal terrorist attacks on targets of opportunity inside the US by sleeper cells, or agents who have walked in via the still porous Mexican border, kept that way by neutering the good efforts of Border Patrol.

 Likewise, president Obama’s trip today to look at fire damage from the blaze near Colorado Springs will bear close scrutiny. 

Should the president elect to stay in Colorado for the weekend – on the pretext of campaigning there since it is a critical swing state, there may be more to this than meets the eye.

 That certain small country on the southeast coast of the Mediterranean has been unusually quiet, given the gravity of events in Syria, and reports on the web that Saudi forces have been raised to their highest possible alert levels in the past few days is another telltale of tensions building. 

 Israel has noted, in press reports like this one, that Iran’s view of US action is taken as merely empty threats.

 Our consulting war gamer notes in part another item to watch is new “super-virus” Flame:

 One must make a number of assumptions to believe the contents of this link, chief among them being that the US would openly release the complete Flame code into the wild, allowing peer competitors (e.g. China and Russia) to effortlessly assimilate and deploy this ground breaking cyber weapon.  

Deception is surely at play. 

 We are in Wonderland, and all is not really what it seems.

My bet is the actual ‘complete’ code will eventually hold more than one world economic and/or military entity hostage. 

After all, Information = power.  Control the information and you own all the power.   

Change you can believe in, just not the kind of change you might have expected.”

 It’s important to watch Iran, since they are firmly behind the Syria regime of Assad, giving him prominent coverage, like this report, on the Iranian government’s English-language web site.

 Iran is also, BTW giving prominent play this morning to the killing of the governor of Jowzjan province in Afghanistan, presumably by Taliban.

 Does this portend a war over the weekend. 

No, of course not! 

 Except, of course, unless it happens. 

And in that case, ships are dispersed to sea, the president is inland near a mountain that could be safe from all but a direct hit, and oh yeah what about all those helicopters Russia is selling to Syria?

 The MSM reports are ramping up their anti-Assad message. 170 killed in one day goes one report. 

 Around here, an UrbanSurvival reader is reminded that 110 people a day die in traffic accidents in the US but that doesn’t splash around like this stuff halfway around the world. 

And somehow, the 1,581 people who will die today of cancer in the US doesn’t get as much traction, either.

[…]  I get all kinds of interesting “heads up!” stuff through here.  Take this email, for instance:

 “I have relatives in TX who learned something at a beauty parlor (!).

The dock workers have decided to go on strike in Sept, and it is expected that no goods will enter the country.

We were being told this so we could stock up in advance. I do not know what this means for the ports of San Diego, NoCal, or Portland.

In a really really strange coincidence, policeman have been calling in to talk shows stating that they are practicing for “an event” in September or October.

My guess is that we’ll become Greece, esp since today it has come to light that JP Morgan’s loss in derivatives was not 2 Billion, but nine billion.

I also saw a headline that the Swiss citizens are stocking up on cash today (they are not in the Euro).

Makes one wonder, doesnt it? 

 Speaking of JPM, my consigliore called this week to gloat, saying something like:

 “Remember on the financial bad news when I said you can take the first number out and multiply it times 3 to 5 to come up with reality?”

 Uh…yeah, something like that.  Next?

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‘Jim’, a Police Officer Warns of an “Event” in October, 2012

 

Published on Jun 26, 2012 by 

 ***NOTE*** This call was uploaded for the sole purpose of placing it in this story on SGTreport:

Watching the Clock: Will a Total Economic Collapse Occur in September-October?
http://sgtreport.com/2012/06/watching-the-clock-is-the-total-economic-collaps...

This call is from the Sunday, June 24th broadcast of the Alex Jones radio show.

Jones announced that he only wanted to take calls from members of the military or police.

A man identifying himself as a police officer named ‘Jim’ called in to report some startling information. 

“We have been told that in October we need to be prepared for an event that will require us to use air and ground support, in conjunction with the military here.”

During the call Jim comes across as passionate, sincere and very shaken by the information he tries to share.

After the commercial break, Jim gets choked up as he tries to convey his appreciation for what Alex Jones has tried to do in terms of waking people up in the effort to save the Republic from the clutches of the forces seeking to destroy it.

Now, nearly in tears, Jim concludes by saying “This country’s dead Alex. It’s gone” before unexpectedly hanging up.

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Clash of the Presidents: Carter vs. Obama

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Admin

All Voices – by Herbert Dyer, Jr.  

On June 24, 2012, former President Jimmy Carter penned an op-ed piece in The New York Times which lambasted the Obama Administration’s human rights record.

Without naming the President directly, it is clear that Mr. Carter is upset with Mr. Obama.

Under Obama, Carter argues, America has completely abandoned its role as a leader, if not the leader of human rights enforcement throughout the world.

On the contrary, the U.S. may now be ranked high among the most serious violators of human rights, both abroad and at home.

Carter’s main concerns are with America’s actions overseas, and are, broadly, twofold:

  • The escalation of unmanned drone attacks in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa; and

  • Obama’s continuing failure to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

Drones. 

President Carter reveals that pursuant to American military (and thus Administration) policy, any man killed in a drone attack anywhere overseas is declared an “enemy terrorist” after the fact.

All women and children killed in such attacks are, as always, the unfortunate but inevitable result of “collateral damage.”

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has demanded that the drone attacks cease inside his country.

The Obama Administration has ignored him. Likewise, drone attacks have been stepped up in non-combat zones in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, killing untold hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent people.

Guantanamo Bay. President Obama has reneged on any number of solemnly, earnestly made promises during his 2008 campaign.

But the failure to follow through on his pledge to close the Cuban prison camp known as “Gitmo” has rankled many of his staunchest supporters to the point of not just disillusionment but disgust as well.

As one of the President’s very high profile supporters, President Carter’s critique of Obama’s Gitmo policy is particularly stinging.

Carter points out that only half of the 169 remaining prisoners there have any hope of ever being released.

He says that some of these men have been tortured in extremis via waterboarding over 100 times, threatened with snarling dogs, power tools, and “threats of sexual assault against their mothers.”

Further, it is almost a foregone conclusion that those who are brought to trial before “military tribunals,” where normal rules of evidence and procedure do not apply, will be given decades-long or life sentences to be served right there in Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.

Carter’s Domestic Issues.

 President Carter also objects to Obama’s support for legislation that allows for the assassination of American citizens and/or their indeterminate “detention” should he, and he alone, determine that they represent a “threat” to “national security.”

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 under Obama has been hollowed out and now allows for virtually unlimited snooping by the government on American citizens’electronic communications devices without judicial warrant.

Finally, the President’s tacit embrace of state laws which allow arrest, detention and prosecution of citizens because of their appearance, national background, or “suspicious” behavior is also decried by Mr. Carter.

November, 2012. 

President Jimmy Carter’s clash with President Obama is not a good omen for the President’s re-election prospects.

There is no doubt whatever that President Carter is a man of principle, and would not and does not levy these charges against President Obama lightly.

He, Carter, is certainly aware that his words may have a detrimental effect on the President’s ultimate vote totals, and, indeed, could contribute to his loss in November.

Thus, he is also surely aware that his criticism may provide more fodder for the right wing media’s propaganda machine.

So, why did he do it?

President Carter called President Obama on the carpet because wrong is just wrong.

And the truth must be told no matter whom it hurts….or when it hurts, or how bad it hurts.

Those who still support the President, must allow the scales covering their eyes to fall away and face the obvious truth.

The President has been acting as would any ordinary, power hungry warmonger.

(George W. Bush comes readily to mind. In fact, most of the President’s bad behavior here is merely enhancement of Bush’s original so-called “doctrines”).

There is little time left for Obama to redeem himself, though.

As a gesture of good faith, however, I suggest that, at the very least, President Obama begin by returning his Nobel Peace Prize.

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UK Report finds Israel breaches International Law

 

Scoop - Independent News

From Scoop

by Julie Webb-Pullman

June 27, 2012

A group of nine British lawyers lawyers from the fields of human rights, crime and child welfare released the Children in Military Custody report on Tuesday, concluding that Israel is in breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Fourth Geneva Convention in its treatment of Palestinian children.

The Report compared Israeli domestic law as it applies to Israeli children, and Israeli military law as it applies to Palestinian children, and found significant differences.

 “What is important is that, whatever the offence charged, an Israeli child and a Palestinian child should from start to finish be treated by the Israeli justice system, whether civilian or military in form, according to the same principles and procedures,” the Report states.

Practices criticised in the report included discrimination, failure to observe the child’s best interests, premature resort to detention, confining children with adult prisoners, delayed access to lawyers, and the use of shackles.

The group also considered that other practices they were informed of, if proven, would constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

The Report contains a litany of abuses of Palestinian children at every stage of the process, from arrest through interrogation, bail hearings and plea bargains, trial, sentencing, detention and complaints.

One section (Section 36, of the 120 in the Report) describing only the detention process, states:

“…those who have been identified as offenders or suspects are arrested by soldiers, usually in nighttime raids on their homes are blindfolded, and, with their wrists painfully bound behind them, are then transported to interrogation centres, sometimes face-down on the floor of military vehicles.

The majority are verbally and / or physically abused and, without being informed of their right to silence or the right to see a lawyer, are sometimes held in solitary confinement, pressured to inculpate themselves and others, and are often made to sign statements which they cannot read because they are written in Hebrew.

Interrogations are not, save on rare occasions, audio-visually recorded, and those tapes that do exist are almost impossible to obtain by defence lawyers representing the children.”

The details of these detentions, as well as the remand and jail conditions, make horrifying reading.

The project was funded by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the reporting group was comprised by The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley, The Rt Hon the Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal QC, Frances Oldham QC, Marianna Hildyard QC, Judy Khan QC, Jayne Harrill, Jude Lanchin, Greg Davies and Marc Mason.

The stature of the reporting group, and the fact that “a substantial and balanced body of relevant information was collated” from key parties, including Israeli Government departments and the military, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, UN agencies, former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children, gives some hope that international pressure will be brought upon Israel to end these illegal and inhumane practices.

Whether Israel bows to the pressure, and observes international law, is quite another matter.

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Bullets in the brain, shrapnel in the spine: the terrible injuries suffered by children of Gaza

 

From The Ugly Truth

An injured Palestinian boy - Bullets in the brain, shrapnel in the spine: the terrible injuries suffered by children of Gaza

Doctors at a hospital near Gaza are almost overwhelmed by the number of Palestinian children needing treatment for bullet wounds to their heads.

telegraph.co.uk
 

On just one day last week staff at the El-Arish hospital in Sinai were called to perform sophisticated CAT brain scans on a nine-year-old, two 10-year-olds and a 14-year-old – each of whom had a bullet still lodged in their brain, after coming under fire during the Israeli ground assault on Gaza.

Dr Ahmed Yahia, the head of the trauma team, broke the news to the grandmother of Anas, aged nine, that the girl was not expected to live.

“Anas was deeply comatose when she came in, and she remains deeply comatose,” said Dr Yahia. “The bullet has damaged a big part of her brain. It came in, hit the skull wall and then changed direction downwards. I’ve seen a lot of gun injuries and the damage here is so extensive I think it may be fatal.”

Dr Yahia, a professor of neurosurgery who has worked in both the United States and Britain, believes that the bullet was shot from close range. “If it changes course inside the brain it has high velocity and its penetrative force is also high,” he said.

“I can’t precisely decide whether these children are being shot at as a target, but in some cases the bullet comes from the front of the head and goes towards the back, so I think the gun has been directly pointed at the child.”

As Israel prepared for a possible ceasefire yesterday its officials continued to deny that its soldiers had deliberately targeted civilians, blaming Hamas fighters for sheltering in the houses of ordinary Gazans and using them as human shields.

But there is no disputing the scale of the suffering in Gaza, or its heavy impact on the young.

The United Nations has counted 346 Palestinian children killed since the Israeli assault began, while Hamas, the radical Islamic movement that Israel has been trying to dislodge, says there are 410 children among the 1,201 Palestinian dead.

An even larger number of children have been wounded – 1,630, according to Hamas – and a disturbing number of them have suffered serious injuries to the head.

Hundreds of victims of Israel’s three-week campaign in Gaza have been transferred across the Egyptian border at Rafah for urgent treatment. They are seen first at El-Arish, nearly 40 miles from the border.

For patients who are often on ventilators it is a hazardous journey across a war zone.

One of the medical team leaders at the hospital, Dr Ayman Abd al-Hadi, said that this was the worst conflict he had experienced.

“We’ve had one child with two bullets in the head and nowhere else,” he said. “We think that this shows something.”

He praised the medical teams in Gaza for managing to save so many lives despite a shortage of staff, supplies and equipment.

“But only a very small percentage of children can survive bullet wounds to the head,” he said. “If we see three children here who have survived bullet wounds to the head, there are probably 97 still in Gaza who have not.”

Doctors at the small but well equipped hospital do not attempt to remove the bullets, but perform a full assessment and attempt to stabilise their patients – most of whom are unconscious – before sending them to hospitals in Cairo, and in some cases abroad, for more complex treatment.

Of those who survive, few are likely to recover fully.

Most child victims of such injuries are likely to be paralysed for life.

Other children have different but horrific injuries – like Samer, not yet three years old, who lay playing with an inflated surgeon’s glove as her Egyptian doctor tried to distract her from the suffering he was about to inflict upon her as he inserted a drip containing painkillers into her hand.

After she was shot in the back outside her Gaza home, it took three hours for medical help to reach the captivatingly pretty child.

Her uncle, Hassan Abedrabo, said that Samer was hit by an Israeli bullet which damaged her spinal cord and has left her paralysed.

Her two sisters, aged two and six, were shot dead in the same close-range attack as they tried to escape from tanks bombarding their home in Jabaliya, north of Gaza City.

The girls’ mother was hit twice but survived; Mr Abedrabo said that their grandmother, waving a white flag at the front of the terrified family procession, lost an arm to another bullet.

Samer has now been transferred to a Belgian hospital but the Egyptian doctors who treated her in El-Arish believe she will never walk again.

If she is too young to grasp what her future now holds, Samer thinks she knows what happened to her.

“The Jewish shot me,” she said in Arabic. “And they killed my little sister.”

Mr Abedrabo, Samer’s uncle, insisted that there were no Hamas fighters in their home when Israeli tanks opened fire last week.

He is a supporter of Hamas’s bitter political rivals Fatah, led by the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

“The tanks opened fire on the fourth storey,” said Mr Abedrabo, as he watched over his niece in hospital.

About 30 people were sheltering on the ground floor as the tanks began pounding the third floor; then the second; then the first.

“The house began to shake and we were terrified,” he said. “The women and children were screaming as they thought the house was going to collapse.

“I speak Hebrew so I shouted to the Israelis. The officer said, ‘Come out’ so the women went first, waving a white flag. They opened fire from just 15 metres away. How could they not tell they were children? They could see them.”

Three hours later, when a cousin arrived with Palestinian doctors, eight people remained in the house.

At that point, Mr Abedrabo said, missiles fired by Israeli F16 jets destroyed what was left of the building, killing those still inside.

The hospital’s psychiatrists, who see every patient, were particularly concerned about a 13-year-old boy who lay trapped, terribly wounded by shrapnel, for three days beneath the rubble of his home.

Other family members lay dead around him, and he saw dogs begin to gnaw their bodies.

As international pressure grew on both sides to agree a ceasefire last week, there was little sign within Israel of public opinion turning against the campaign.

In a controversial move, the country’s Association for Civil Rights launched a protest over the plight of Palestinian children by taking out a full-page, obituary-style advertisement in the daily newspaper Haaretz.

It lamented the deaths of children of various ages and featured the word “Stop” in bright red letters.

“There is little desire to address the price the civilian population in Gaza is paying,” said Nirit Moskovitz, a spokesman for the group.

“Israeli society needs to be reminded that actual people and innocent children are getting hurt.Children are everyone’s soft spot and therefore we chose to focus on them.”

The doctors in El-Arish cannot independently verify the accounts given by Gazan victims.

But nothing they have seen discredits claims by civilians that they have been deliberately targeted.

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44 Senators Tell Obama To Do Israel’s Bidding

 

My Catbird Seat

From MY CATBIRD SEAT

 June 23, 2012


by James Wall

War, as Gemeral Sherman once said, is hell. It is also widely perceived to be a failure of diplomacy.

Which would explain why it is that when war-promoting lobbyists want to generate congressional enthusiasm for the next war, all short-term congressional memories must be wiped out.

Wiped out, that is, with the efficiency of that “cricket clicker” used by Agents Kay and Jay, played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith (shown here), in the Men in Black film series.

In the films, one click aimed at a targeted subject erases all recent memory; the clicker also works amazingly well in US elections.

Which is one explanation of why after yet another click-call from AIPAC, 44 US senators found that they no longer remembered what happened the last time the neocons took us to war against a Middle East nation, a war that has thus far cost 4,000 American military dead at a cost of more than $800 billion.

That war further secured Israel’s role as the tail that wags the dog of the US government in all matters pertaining to the Middle East.

Thus it was that with no apparent memory of the last time this nation went to war, 44 US senators dutifully sent a letter to President Obama, telling him what the US must do after the inevitable failure of last week’s round of negotiations with Iran.

These 44 senators forgot about the terrible reviews of the 2003 Shock and Awe production. They just know Shock and Awe: The Sequel, will be a success.

Their June 15 foreign policy letter is reproduced here, complete with signatures.

The signees include 25 Democrats and 19 Republicans. These senators represent AIPAC’s honor roll of loyalists.

Democrats: Menendez NJ; Schumer NY; Cardin MD; Blumenthal; CT Lieberman I-CT; Wyden OR; Lautenberg NJ; Pryor IL; Casey PA; Gillbrand NY; Brown; Stabenow MI; Klobuchar MN; Merkele OR; Coons DE; Nelson NE; Bennet CO; Inouye HI; Mikulski MD; Tester MT; Hagan NC; Nelson FL; Warner VA; Levin MI; Beegich AK. (25)

Republicans: Blunt MO; Collins ME; Isakson GA; Ayotte NH; Risch ID; Vitter LA; Moran KS; Coryn TX; Boman AR; Sessions AL; Scott Brown MA; Crapo ID; Hoeven ND; Coats IN; Murkowski AK; Toomey PA’ Lee UT; Portman OH; Heller NV (19)

The P5+1 negotiators (representatives of the five members of the UN security council plus Germany) delivered an ultimatum to Tehran in the Moscow talks, demandng that Iran agree to three demands, all of which the P5+1 negotiators knew would be non-starters for Iran.

The demands:

One, close the Fordow facility, Iran’s major nuclear development underground project..

Two, freeze enrichment above 5%, a figure far below weapons-grade enrichment. (19.5% is a more reasonable enrichment, a figure still below weapons grade.)

Three, ship all uranium enriched above 5% out of the country

Viewing the negotiations from outside the actual negotiation circle, Israel smugly holds tight to its own nuclear arsenal developed in faux secrecy with the help of western powers.

In his web site, Informed Comment, Juan Cole wrote this week that strong evidence has emerged demonstrating how Israel employed the threat that it would use  nuclear weapons against Iraq if the US did not act on its own in 2003.

Cole reports on the newly serialized memoirs of Alastair Campbell, who in 2002, was then British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director.

Cole writes that, according to Campbell,  in conversations with President George W. Bush in late 2002, Israeli’s then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “threatened to nuke Baghdad if Saddam Hussein hit Israel with rockets again.”

It is an astonishing threat. The Iraqi SCUDs that hit Israel during the Gulf War of 1991 were primitive and hardly the sort of threat to Israel that would trigger a nuclear response among sane people.

It is also clear that the threat was intended to force George W. Bush to act aggressively against Saddam.

Cole speculates that the current Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu might very well be behind the scenes, once again pushing the US toward an attack on Iran. He adds:

I have long wondered why western leaders pay so much attention to Netanyahu, the leader of a small country of 7.5 million with a gross domestic product only a little bigger than that of Portugal.

Is it because, behind closed doors, they still talk the way Sharon did?

Does Israel regularly use its nuclear warheads to blackmail the US and the West more generally?

Good question, which leads to a second question: If Israel is using its stockpile of nuclear warheads as blackmail, who is to blame?

The US and the West are to blame.

We enabled and supported Israel’s nuclear arms program during a period when the US and the West were engaged in a Cold War with the Soviet Union.

This short-term solution was short-sighted.

It was a solution that turned Israel into a nuclear military entity that can no longer be controlled by the US and the West.

In an earlier, more innocent time, we assumed Israel could be trusted to act responsibly with the weapons we helped them develop.

Israel was, we believed then, the “only democracy” in the region, right?

That was then, this is now.

And now we must deal with a nuclear armed Israeli government falling increasingly under the control of the West Bank settler movement with its dangerous ethnic exceptionalism and its Masada-complex.

Uri Avnery describes the settler-dominated government under which he, a longtime Zionist loyalist turned radical leftist, must live out his final years.

He is not pleased:

The whole raison d’être of the settlements is to drive the Arabs out of the country and turn the whole land of Canaan into a Jewish state.

In the meantime their shock troops carry out pogroms against their Arab “neighbors” and burn their mosques.

These fundamentalists now have a huge influence on our government’s policy, and their impact is growing.

With close ties to Iran and a vote on the U.N. Security Council, Russia could play a key role in the coming months in determining whether Israel decides to attack Iran..

Here is just a recent example of that impact: Amy Teibel, who writes for the Associated Press from Jerusalem, reports that Russia president Vladimir Putin(shown here) will visit Israel next week,( Which he did do, as this is an older story) where “the steely Russian president [is] widely viewed as coddling the Iranians”.

Yacov Livne, head of the Russia desk at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, offered this threat to Putin in advance of his visit:

“The message they (the Russians) will receive is that Israel can’t tolerate a nuclear Iran. Of course we prefer a diplomatic solution, but we will use all means to protect Israel’s survival.”

President Obama must now cope with a nuclear-armed Israeli government which has the absolutist backing of 44 AIPAC-guided senators who collectively ignored the old political adage that “foreign policy stops at  the water’s edge“.

The senators sent an Israel-First letter to the president, which concludes with this stern demand:

If the sessions in Moscow produce no substantive agreement, we urge you to reevaluate the utility of further talks at this time and instead focus on significantly increasing the pressure on the Iranian government through sanctions and making clear that a credible military option exists.

As you have rightly noted, ‘the window for diplomacy is closing.

Iran’s leaders must realize that you mean precisely that. 

Did these 44 elected government office-holders meet in solemn assembly in a Senate conference room and reflect prayerfully on what should follow the negotiations on what Iran must do to avoid further economic punishment and a possible military attack?

Did they seriously reflect on the overwhelming evidence that Iran is not an immediate threat to emerge as a nuclear arms power? Evidence like this:

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed in a Senate hearing – following the release of the classified National Intelligence Estimate in 2011 – that he has a “high level of confidence” that Iran “has not made a decision as of this point to restart its nuclear weapons program.

Mohamed ElBaradei – who spent more than a decade as the director of the IAEA, [the International Atomic Energy Agency]

– said that he had not “seen a shred of evidence” that Iran was pursuing the bomb.

Six former ambassadors to Iran within the last decade say that there is no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons, and that Iran is complying with international law.

Former AIPAC staffer turned progressive blogger, MJ Rosenberg, knows a great deal about AIPAC pressure on Congress.

He concludes:

The letter is pure AIPAC/Netanyahu. One, it offers the other party nothing except (2) negotiations themselves which are viewed as a concession to the other side.

The offer is designed to be rejected. Why would Iran give up something for nothing?

The letter is also an AIPAC device for scoring senators in an election year.

Those who sign will be rewarded or left alone.

Those who don’t will hear from AIPAC and its friends. Not a pretty possibility.

This is foreign policy making at its worst, not policy at all but pure special interest politics designed by a lobby to advance Binyamin Netanyahu’s interests and agenda.

Ugly stuff. But not surprising.  Just appalling.

Wait, there is more. Not to be outdone in the Iran-bashing, lust for war department, the US House of Representatives affirmed its own resolution of support for an aggressive position on Iran.

The final vote was 401-11.

For those of you who only consider Republicans to be warmongers: 166 of 190 Democrats voted in support, including some of its ostensibly most progressive members, such as Barney Frank and Rush Holt.

The language used [in the resolution] bodes terribly for the United States’ already disastrous and destructive foreign policy.

The House affirms not merely that Iran will not be allowed to manufacture nuclear weapons, but that it will not be permitted the capability of said manufacturing.

Seeking to create a high standard for the negotiators to follow prior to the Moscow meeting between Iran and the P5+1, negotiators the Britain’s Guardian newspaper offered this guidance:

All sides need to be courageous enough to recognize a fair exchange is a central tenet of dialogue.

Between ordinary people and governments alike, reciprocity can be expressed in many shapes; among them, in the form of mutual respect.

In the context of Iran’s dialogue with the P5+1, this means considering the concerns of all sides as equal and being willing to give at least as much as one takes.

A lofty admonition, to be sure, but not one that the majorities of both houses of the US Congress nor the  P5+1 negotiators, want to embrace.

How will this White House respond?

Will Shock and Awe: The Sequel, open soon in the homes of American parents and tax payers near you?

You already know the answer if Mitt Romney is elected president.

If Barack Obama is reelected in November, what can we expect in a second term?

Well, so far, even in the midst of an election campaign, Obama has resisted AIPAC’s pressure to sanction a Shock and Awe: The Sequel.

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Jim Wall

About the author: Jim Wall – View all posts by 

James M. Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois.

From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine.

He has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat’s 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election.

He has interviewed, and written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region.

Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve.

His website: Wall Writings

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Where are all the dead bodies from swine flu?

CDC’s new estimates of half a million dead prove too comedic to ignore

 

From NaturalNews

CDC

June 27, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles…)

 (NaturalNews) Until a couple of days ago, the CDC had claimed that the swine flu pandemic of 2009 killed roughly 18,500 people. That’s been the “official” number for the last three years.

But suddenly, in a burst of revisionist inspiration, the CDC has retroactive altered medical history and announced that as many as half a million people may have died from swine flu after all! (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/swine-flu-likely-claimed-quarter-million-liv…)

And yet, somehow, we all missed those 500,000 dead bodies in 2009, which would have overflowed from the morgues, filled local gymnasiums and been found dropping dead across our streets.

If 500,000+ people died from swine flu, modern cities would have been littered with dead bodies like something from a war scene.

After all, the entire Vietnam War killed roughly 50,000 Americans, and the CDC is claiming swine flu killed ten times as many people.

So where is the war zone?

Where are all the bodies?

I don’t recall any pictures in the news of bodies stacking up anywhere.

No reports of morgues overflowing with dead people. No mass graves. No footage from the TV news showing the horrors of stacked body bags. 

None of that ever happened!

Half a million people died but somehow nobody noticed

Apparently the CDC’s position is that 500,000+ people died and somehow no one noticed, if you can believe that.

Yep, while we were all watching Dancing With the Stars, hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters were dropping dead on the streets around the world, and then they somehow just vanished into thin air and haven’t been heard from since. (Insert Twilight Zone music here…)

Thank goodness the CDC has finally found them all!

Thanks to the agency’s “computer modeling” — a euphemism for the less technical term “making sh!t up” — all those 500,000+ deaths have finally been accounted for!

But where are the bodies, then?

Any cop knows that if you think you have a murder, you need a body.

No body means no murder… probably just a missing person instead.

So where are the CDC’s bodies?

The only rational conclusion is that the CDC is hiding all the bodies! 

That’s why we haven’t seen them.

Yes, they’ve dispatched teams of literal body snatchers to whisk away all the dead swine flu bodies before we would notice anything.

Check the nursing homes… are your parents still there?

Maybe they got snatched by the CDC and you just never noticed…

Bodies for the zombie apocalypse?

So somewhere deep in the CDC’s basement, alongside the thawed autism brains and level-4 bioweapons they’ve been feverishly working on releasing soon in a Chicago bus station, there’s a gruesome collection of hundreds of thousands of bodies of swine flu victims.

You might wonder, then, for what purpose they are keeping a few hundred thousand bodies on ice.

The answer should be obvious: The CDC is going to re-animate all those bodies and send them back onto the streets during the next zombie apocalypse that the CDC has already warned us about! (http://www.naturalnews.com/032454_zombie_apocalypse_CDC.html)

According to the CDC’s own words posted on May 16th, 2011 — and no, I’m seriously not making this up:

Where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much?

…Zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.

The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder – How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse? (http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zom…)

So now it’s all becoming clear.

The CDC is hoarding swine flu bodies (which we somehow never noticed were missing), and it’s going to re-animate them using Frankenvaccines, then unleash them onto the streets of America as the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse.

Ah, now it all makes sense.

I’m glad there’s a rational explanation behind it all, because for a minute there I thought the CDC was just fabricating numbers out of thin air in order to push more vaccines.

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• CDC warns Americans to prepare for zombie apocalypse (really)

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• CDC Laboratories Revealed as Incapable of Accurate Count of H1N1 Influenza Infections, Deaths

• CDC now calling U.S. households and demanding child immunization records as part of vaccine surveillance and tracking program

• CDC caught in blatant lies about pandemics and vaccines

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Posted by Xaniel777 on June 13, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : June 14, 2012

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U.S.-Israeli War Against Syria Moves To The Next Stage: A Media Coup

From InfoWars.com

Saman Mohammadi
Infowars.com
June 12, 2012

Patriotic Syrians demonstrate in the streets in support of their country, which is under attack from the U.S. and Israel.


The U.S., NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel continue to stir up trouble in Syria to get a larger war going in the region. It is now being reported that the Obama administration wants to impose an illegal no-fly zone on Syria.

Paul Joseph Watson breaks down this latest development in his article, “Report: Obama Prepares Air Strikes On Syria”:

“The likelihood of military intervention has been brought forward by reports that opposition rebels are planning to use chemical weapons and then blame the atrocity on Assad’s regime.

 

Rebels attempted to stage a similar ‘false flag’ recently when British Channel 4 reporter Alex Thomson was purposefully led by rebels into a trap whereby it was hoped he would be killed by government troops and his death used as a propaganda stunt.

 

Hostility towards Syria from the international community has intensified in recent weeks, particularly after the recent massacre in Houla which was blamed on Assad’s forces despite the fact that eyewitnesses in Houla said opposition rebels were responsible for the slaughter, which killed 108 people – mostly women and children.”

In the past year, Syria has seen a massive infusion of arms and terrorists from outside its borders.

At the same time, the U.S. has attempted to manipulate world public opinion and exploit the chaos it unleashed in Syria.

Washington’s goal is to build up an international consensus to carry out a larger military operation against the Assad government under the cover of a “humanitarian intervention.”

So far, that consensus has been lacking because the case for a military solution is based on total lies and U.S.-Israeli war propaganda, much of which has been repudiated by evidence gathered by independent journalists and eyewitnesses on the ground in Syria.

The cries for a NATO intervention in Syria ring hollow since NATO is the party that is causing the chaos and sponsoring the terrorists who are behind senseless massacres of Syrians.

American journalist Stephen Lendman says Syria is a victim of imperialist aggression and that its government has been on Washington’s sights for quite some time.

 Lendman:

“There is no question this is a Washington-orchestrated war. It is a low-level war to the extent that NATO has not gotten directly involved. But it is exactly what happened in Libya last year.

An insurgency began; Washington orchestrated it; insurgents were recruited; they were funded; they were armed; they were US special forces, British special forces, CIA, MI6, Qatari special forces.

They are in Syria now; they are directing these massacres, these killings. They are funding, they are training; they are picking targets; they are leading these dead squad games to places like Houla [and] Takiba.

They are picking up who to slaughter. They go after pro-Assad loyalists.

You always have to ask, when terrible incidents occur, whether it is car bombings, whether it is massacres of civilians, cui bono, who benefits? Assad gets nothing from this.

Only the opposition gains. Assad is the victim. The victim is being blamed for the perpetrator’s crimes.

But again make no mistake. The nexus of this struggle emanates from Washington, doesn’t matter whether it is Obama, [former US President] George Bush or anybody else.

Syria, and other regional countries, have been targeted for regime change for years, at least a decade.

It was only the question when each one would come up. Syria’s turn came up and violence has been raging since early last year.”

Syria’s national independence and social unity are threats to the U.S.-Israeli empire of genocide.

The cabal of war criminals in Washington, London, and Tel Aviv are using the sectarian card in Syria to its maximum effect.

The CFR and other globalist-imperialist organizations that aim to split Syria along ethnic and religious lines are pushing the false narrative that Syria is in a civil war and innocent Syrians are being massacred by their government.

These are lies.

II. A Media Coup In The Making In Syria?

French journalist Thierry Meyssan says NATO is secretly planning a major psyop campaign against Syria with the triple aim of pushing Assad out, emboldening the foreign-backed terrorists in Syria, and weakening the psyche of the Syrian people.

Meyssan writes:

“In a few days, perhaps as early as Friday, June 15, at noon, the Syrians wanting to watch their national TV stations will see them replaced on their screens by TV programs created by the CIA.

Studio-shot images will show massacres that are blamed on the Syrian Government, people demonstrating, ministers and generals resigning from their posts, President Al-Assad fleeing, the rebels gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself in the presidential palace.

This operation of disinformation, directly managed from Washington by Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way for a coup d’etat. NATO, discontent about the double veto of Russia and China, will thus succeed in conquering Syria without attacking the country illegally.

Whichever judgment you might have formed on the actual events in Syria, a coup d’etat will end all hopes of democratization.”

If NATO’s plan for a media coup is true, then we must do everything in our power to stop this insanity and foolishness before it comes to be executed.

Meyssan advises readers to, “circulate this article on the Internet and alert your elected officials.”

We must also apply moral pressure to the corrupt members of the Western “mainstream” media and force them to report the truth for once, or risk being charged as war criminals for their involvement in war propaganda efforts.

Syria is not Libya. Waging an all-out war against Syria is a further step towards World War III.

People who support a UN or NATO intervention in Syria are by extension in favour of World War III.

Martin Iqbal says that due to the work of so-called human rights organizations many well-intentioned people in the West have been duped into supporting a criminal and covert agenda for war against Syria.

He writes:

“Orwellian ‘human rights’ outfits such as Avaaz have become adept at manipulating well-meaning activists and liberals into supporting the very agenda they purport to oppose – placing them firmly in the same camp as the most virulent Zionists, Neoconservatives, and war hawks one can imagine.

This makes the illusory nature of the left-right dichotomy clearer than ever before, but even more worryingly it expedites the march of the NATO-GCC-Israeli war machine that now has Syria in its crosshairs.”

The challenge for true humanitarians and world citizens is to advocate for real solutions that address the real problems plaguing Syria right now.

Understanding that Syria is under attack from the criminal leaders of the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia is crucial.

And this war goes beyond Syria’s borders.

Prof. Michel Chossudovsky writes, “A war on Syria is also a war on Palestine. It would weaken  the resistance movement in the occupied territories.

It would reinforce the Netanyahu government’s ambitions to create a “Greater Israel”, initially, through the outright annexation of the Palestinian territories.”

So by waging an illegal war against Syria, the Obama administration is throwing the Palestinians under the bus and destroying any chance of a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama is following the Neocon plan down to every last detail.

No one can honestly justify a military solution to a foreign-instigated security crisis in Syria.

The U.S. government is going against history, world public opinion, and international law in Syria.

Bringing down Assad is not moral or legal.

Sponsoring terrorists in Syria and unleashing NATO death squads to terrorize the Syrian people and destabilize the Syrian government is a war crime. Syrians are fighting for their survival.

The international community must get real and hold the leaders of the U.S., Israel, Britain, and Saudi Arabia accountable for their crimes against humanity and crimes against the peace.

These are rogue terrorist states run by plutocrats and banksters, not responsible, democratic, and legitimate international actors.

They want to destroy Syria, not save it from its current regime.

The only moral response by ordinary citizens around the world to the crisis in Syria is to stand with the Syrian people against the war criminals leading the U.S., NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and their Jihadist terrorists.

Saman Mohammadi is the writer and editor at Land Destroyer

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Netanyahu Found Guilty by Israel State Comptroller

 

From Roy Tov.com

Israel State Comptroller 

Micha Lindenstrauss

Israel State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss


Today, June 13, 2012, Israel State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss published his report on the Israeli government behavior in the events related to Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla of May 2010.

The publication timing was not casual, Mr. Lindenstrauss delayed the report as much as he could since there was no way he could portray Netanyahu positively.

As reported in America Pays for Netanyahu’s Luxury Trips, the comptroller must release his last reports before he leaves office.

The report released today doesn’t look into the unjustifiable violence of the IDF during the raid, but into Netanyahu’s handling of the event.

The Prime Minister turned out being rather clumsy and incompetent to the extent of causing an unnecessary disaster.

In the words of the comptroller: “The decision making process regarding the dealings with the Turkish flotilla led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and under his responsibility was found to include essential and significant flaws.”

This report was published after that, on May 24, criminal charges were placed by Turkey against several IDF officers, demanding life sentences for their actions during the Flotilla events.

Among them was former IDF Chief of Staff, General Gaby Ashkenazi (see Criminal Charges Placed against IDF General Ashkenazi), who plays an important role also in the State Comptroller report.

General Ashkenazy behaved like a brute during the event, but before it, he issued a severe warning to Netanyahu.

He was so confident that he would be ignored, that he sent the warning in an official letter to Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak.

The document was posted weeks before the sailing date; the general claimed in it that the flotilla should be thwarted by diplomatic means before resorting to use of force.

A characteristic of military mail is that it gets over-registered; neither Netanyahu nor Barak could claim not to have received it.

Netanyahu didn’t even try to deny that, the comptroller found that Netanyahu held four work meetings with Ashkenazi on the issue.

Yet, Netanyahu said to the comptroller “the Chief of Staff didn’t raise the issue of the threat that flotilla members posed nor did he voice any concern that violence would erupt.

In the meeting at the Defense Minister’s office, the possibility that the flotilla was dangerous because of its size or the probability that shots would be fired was assessed as negligible.”

Netanyahu strengthened this apparent contradiction by adding “in no place, in no discussion, not with anyone, not with the Defense Minister, not with the Chief of Staff, not with the Navy Commander… nowhere there was a problem with the operation raised.”

These contradictions are typical of Netanyahu; in the Bibi Tours Affair he recognized the facts but claimed everything was legal (including double-billing!).

Who are Netanyahu’s friends?

Gabi Ashkenazi

 Gabi Ashkenazi | Criminal Charges against former IDF Chief of Staff

Yet, the issue of the IDF early warnings seems secondary when compared to the decision making process used by Netanyahu.

As after the 1973, 1982, and 2006 wars, the process was found tremendously flawed.

Every time, the same errors were repeated by the political system, and the same criticism was made afterwards by the judiciary system; the Israeli Administration has successfully proved that it has the learning power of an amoeba.

The comptroller’s report shows that Benjamin Netanyahu runs the Israeli government as if it were a tiny neighborhood shop, ignoring all legal procedures.

The comptroller reports of awareness at all levels that the event was about to turn violent, as opposed to previous flotillas, which were thwarted peacefully.

Five days before the flotilla’s arrival to Gaza, in the only relevant meeting held by the seven senior ministers, General Ashkenazi warned that a military takeover of the Mavi Marmara ship would lead to a violent confrontation.

“I want to clarify that it isn’t easy, but we will do it. It is no-two minute operation,” he said and added “If anyone wants to make a drama out of it – there’s enough fuel for two or three days – not an hour… I have no doubt that there will be violence there. Let it be made clear. The people will confront us. I think it’s an illusion to think that if 20 people descend onto a ship with 400 people aboard they will be met with applause. They will fight them.”

Three of the ministers—including Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor and Benny Begin—raised concerns over the IDF’s plans, inquired about the details but were silenced by Netanyahu.

The comptroller claims “the meeting’s participants were unaware of the purpose of the debate and its content, and, on any account, did not have enough time to prepare for it;” thus the decision making process was centralized by Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The comptroller emphasized that the ministers received only a general overview of the flotilla, without any complete discussion as to the operation’s consequences, and didn’t hear of any alternative paths.

Netanyahu and Barak were both found at fault.

“Despite the fact that information concerning the Turkish flotilla began accumulating at the beginning of 2010, and despite the recognition by the prime minister that it represented an irregular event, the decision-making process was done without proper coordination,” the comptroller wrote.

The report discloses that the working meetings between Netanyahu and Barak were held without any preparation or documentation on the event. “It wasn’t clear which decisions were made during, decisions that were, on any account, not summed in writing.”

In other words, nobody knows what was decided.

Yet, it was obvious that Netanyahu’s government didn’t take any diplomatic steps and relied entirely on the military option.

This happened while the military warned of unnecessary violence.

“The decision making process regarding the dealings with the Turkish flotilla led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and under his responsibility was found to include essential and significant flaws,” the comptroller summarized the event.

Sadly, no matter how serious this report is, it probably wouldn’t bring to Netanyahu’s resignation or to the placing of criminal charges against him.

Netanyahu proved being inept, causing an unnecessary massacre of civilians bringing humanitarian aid to refugees.

Interestingly, the report went beyond this point, providing a collateral allusion to a point I made in the past in Is Netanyahu an Iranian Spy? 

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said in his official report “in reality, the Prime Minister made the decision as to the way to deal with the Turkish Flotilla based on the discussion held in this forum, and based on the recommendations of his friends.”

“Netanyahu’s Friends” do not appear in this form for the first time in the Hebrew media, but this is probably the first time they appear in an official document issued by the state.

The allusion is to friends who are outside the government and its related organizations; it has been explained in such a way by the major Hebrew newspapers.

If we accept the report—and there is no reason to reject it, after all Israel finally admitted its error—then we must ask Mr. Netanyahu who are his secret friends.

Probably he won’t answer, or will provide yet another r example of double-answering and double-billing.

Yet, this is such an irresistible riddle!

Should we ask CIA Director David Petreus?

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US and Israel violate international law with total impunity: Chomsky

 

From PressTV

A renowned American political analyst says Israel gets away with numerous violations of international law as the Jewish entity is a client of the US and therefore enjoys “total impunity,” Press TV reports.

“…it (Israel) is a client state of the United States; the United States has total impunity and that is inherited by its allies and clients,” American philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky told Press TV in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. 

The comments come as US President Barack Obama on June 5 once again voiced unwavering support for Tel Aviv, reiterating that Washington is “decidedly more attentive” to Israel than it is to the Palestinians. 

Obama, who made the remarks at a meeting between White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and a visiting delegation of the US Orthodox Jewish community, also called on the audience not to cast doubts on his loyalty to his Israeli allies. 

“That’s what power is,” Chomsky noted, “so for example the United States itself cannot be brought before any international tribunal. The one attempt to do so, the International Court of Justice- US simply dismissed it.” 

The celebrated academic went on to say that what the US means when it refers to the international community is different from what is generally understood by the term. 

“Where the term (international community) is used in the West, the international community refers to the United States and anyone who happens to be going along with it. If the world happens to be, most of the world is opposed, they’re just not part of the international community,” Chomsky said. 

VG/MR/JR/AZ

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GOP Delegates Revolt Against Romney & RNC

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Admin


Courthouse News Service  SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) – In a revolt against Romney, 123 would-be convention delegates claim the Republican National Committee has used violence, intimidation and ballot stuffing to deter them from voting for the candidate of their choice on every ballot at the national convention, including the first.

All 123 named plaintiffs are from states in the 9th Circuit.

They sued the Republican National Committee, its Chairman Reince Priebus, and every state party chairman in the 9th Circuit.

“Plaintiffs are delegates elected to nominate the Republican nominee for president of the United States at a national convention to be held commencing the week of August 27, 2012, in Tampa, Florida,” the complaint states.

“Names [sic – recte: Named] plaintiffs and plaintiffs identified as Does 1 through 1,000 are residents of the United States, including all states within the jurisdiction of the 9thCircuit Federal Court who are duly elected delegates, alternate delegates, delegates elected by being denied certification due to their refusal to surrender their voting rights to vote in accordance with the free exercise of their conscience and not be bound to the nominee of defendant’s choice.”

The Republican rebels say they want to be “unbound to vote their conscience free from any intimidation from any person or entity.”

The complaint continues: “Plaintiffs come to Federal Court to seek the guidance of the court regarding the federal question as to whether plaintiffs are free to vote their conscience on the first and all ballots at the federal election known as the Republican National Convention, or whether plaintiffs are bound to vote for a particular candidate as instructed by defendants’ state party bylaws, or state laws, or the preference of political operatives seeking affidavits of loyalty to a particular candidate under penalty of perjury.”

Citing 42 U.S.C., the plaintiffs claim it is illegal to try to force people to vote for a specific candidate: “‘No person, whether acting under the color of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of president.’”

But the Republican mavericks claim that in almost every state, the defendants have violated this law by harassing delegates who don’t support Mitt Romney.

“This harassment included the use of violence, intimidating demands that delegates sign affidavits under penalty of perjury with the threat of criminal prosecution for perjury as well as financial penalties and fines if the delegate fails to vote as instructed by defendants rather than vote the delegate’s conscience …

“Defendants have used threats of violence, including dressing security type people in dark clothing searching out supporters of a candidate defendants do not approve of to harass and intimidate said delegates from voting their conscience.”

They claim that Romney does not have the nomination sewed up despite the machinations of the defendants: “The Republican National Committee (hereafter RNC) and its chairman have been aiding the Governor Romney Campaign for at least 6 months up to and including the present time, notwithstanding that no candidate has won the nomination.

Governor Romney does not have 1,144 delegates, the minimum number of delegates required to win the nomination, and no candidate can be assured that they are the nominee until the delegates vote because the delegates have a statutory and constitutional right to vote their conscience.”

The plaintiffs accuse state party chairmen of fixing elections and changing ballot results so that all votes will count for Romney.

“Plaintiffs allege there has been a systematic campaign of election fraud at state conventions, including programming a voting machine in Arizona to count Ron Paul votes as Governor Romney votes; ballot stuffing, meaning the same person casting several ballots in several states; altering and falsifying ballot totals for each candidate; the use of violence at several state conventions; [and] altering procedural rules to prevent votes from being cast for Ron Paul,” the complaint states.

They claim that the RNC and its chairman “intimidate delegates in support of the RNC’s position that Governor Romney is the nominee of the party when Governor Romney does not have the minimum number of delegates and no vote has yet taken place and the convention has not begun.”

They claim that delegates who refuse to sign loyalty affidavits to Romney “are told they may not serve as delegates, even though they were duly elected.”

The plaintiffs ask the court to order the RNC to inform delegates that they can vote for the candidate of their choice; to reinstate delegates who lost their seats at the convention because they refused to sign loyalty affidavits; and to recount ballots by hand or hold another convention in areas “where the sanctity of the ballots are untrustworthy.”

“Without the orders requested from this court, plaintiffs will be denied their right to vote in accordance with their conscience on the first and all ballots of the federal election that is the Convention of the Republican Party,” the complaint states.

The delegates are represented by Richard Gilbert & Marlowe, who did not return calls seeking comment.

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Arizona Election Fraud

Pima County Superior Court Judge Kyle Bryson Rules in Direct Opposition to the Appellate Courts

 

From Fatally Flawed:

The State of Elections in the U.S.

Posted by  -June 10, 2012

Attorney Bill Risner Speaks to Judge Kyle Bryson

After Arizona’s Appellate courts ruled in favor of the Libertarian’s argument for prospective relief in rigged elections, Judge Kyle Bryson granted Pima County’s Motion to Dismiss based on the grounds that the courts do not have jurisdiction in elections.  Sound familiar?  

The goal of the Libertarian Party’s suit is to protect the “purity of elections” in the future, starting with this 2012 election season. 

As stated in their initial disclosure statement:

“At the present time it is easy to cheat using our election computers and impossible to challenge a rigged election.

The ease of cheating when matched with the impossibility of challenging any specific election requires court intervention in order to protect the purity of elections and ensure that we will have free elections.”

The need for prospective relief was first brought up in a counter claim by the Libertarian Party as a means to help prevent Pima County from rigging future elections like what appears to be the case for the RTA election.  

The appellate courts already decided that Libertarian party may demonstrate through the courts once and for all that the 2006 Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) election was rigged. 

This is a necessary component for justifying prospective relief.  The RTA ballots for this two billion dollar bond measure are being held under a court order to ensure restricted access to their location at the Iron Mountain storage facility.

Currently, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is using every legal means possible to stand in the way of a proper, independent forensic examination of the ballots. 

Huckelberry’s legal team is blocking this proceeding despite his numerous claims that his elections division would be exonerated by a proper investigation.

Judge Bryson, who replaced Judge Charles Harrington after he erred in his previous ruling,  seems to have cut-and-pasted Judge Harrington’s earlier ruling granting the County’s Motion to Dismiss.

A key element in this court proceeding was Attorney General Terry Goddard’s investigation which is often referenced by the county, yet always proven to be woefully inadequate

So inadequate that it represents the failure of the executive branch to provide sufficient remedy in a rigged election and was part of the argument for winning the initial appeal for prospective relief from rigged elections.

The issue of jurisdiction and when such jurisdiction applies was discussed in the previous Appellate Court ruling ordering the courts to proceed with the hearing for prospective relief.  

Here the argument centered around the failure of the legislative branch, because of the impossible five-day window to challenge elections in the state of Arizona. 

The Appellate Court agreed with the Libertarian Party’s argument that “the court abused its discretion by not exercising equity jurisdiction to consider the lawsuit.” 

This same abuse is repeated by Judge Kyle Bryson.  

Bryson’s ruling is the strongest evidence that Pima County’s court system  should be included in the war of cost and attrition against election integrity. 

As Bill Risner observes, “This lawsuit involves only the issue of preventing cheating in the future.  The Pima County Courts do not want to hear it and do not want to consider ways to prevent cheating.”

Election integrity advocates had previous indications of Pima County Superior Courts’ collusion with its administrators, especially with Harrington’s “wash your hands” incident and the refusal of the courts to grant attorney’s fees for previous court victories.

Add a recent move reminiscent of Pima County’s past shenanigans

No copy of Bryson’s ruling was sent to the attorneys working on behalf of prospective relief for elections. 

Although the County received their copy of the May 4th ruling, attorney Bill Risner (along with his co-counsel Ralph Ellington) were left to make the inadvertent discovery of the ruling 15 days later.  

Part of the mystery behind the ruling was not only how long it took to decide (snuck out in three months), but what on earth Judge Bryson might have been doing with his time during this period. 

It’s difficult to make the assumption he was presiding over something more important and therefore could not include a rudimentary analysis involving the subject matter at hand.

Fortunately the 15 day stall tactic was just a stall tactic and did not eat up the 15 day window legally afforded to make an appeal.  

An appeal that may not be necessary, because Judge Bryson’s ruling seems to have put the cart before the horse.  

As Bill Risner states:

“The Libertarian Party’s counterclaim had simply requested that the court after ‘finding that there was tampering, issue an appropriate permanent injunction to prevent a reoccurrence.’ 

Judge Bryson said that ‘it now appears the Libertarian Party will ask the Court to require Pima County to perform graphic scanning of all ballots case and provide those images to the public in future elections.’ 

He decided that he couldn’t do that so he might as well dismiss the case. 

Such a request had not been made.  A motion to dismiss had not been made on that ground by the county. 

Such an order would have been lawful.  It was only one of many possible orders that the court could have entered.”

Due to this oversight, the county may be looking at a whole new trial. 

A trial addressing additional remedies like immediate access to memory cards for election challenges, adjusting auditing procedures for county and bond races and improved chain of custody procedures to prevent further tampering.

Pima County’s unique form of nepotism provides a living, breathing model of how monopolies work. 

It’s a bureaucracy that might as well be one big corporate oligarchy with arms outstretched to its own judiciary, its own public defenders, its own prosecutors, its own elections division, its own treasurer’s office, its own court vault and its own law enforcement. 

Heads of all these departments have their salaries set by Pima County Administrator, Chuck Huckelberry, the CEO or chief administrator deeply entrenched in this bureaucracy. 

A bureaucracy exclusively funded by taxpayers. 

To soften the blow of public outrage for what is eventually becoming obvious in the 2006 RTA elections case (as well as a number of other conflicts)Pima County has engaged in building a P.R. machine by picking up employment slack from failing local newspaper outlets.  

For example, Gary Duffy, a reporter for the now defunct Tucson Citizen, co-wrote an award winning article shedding light on one of many RTA security breaches entitled, “Record of votes in ’06 RTA election missing”. 

Last month you might have spotted Duffy hanging out behind a booth promoting the RTA as part of his job for the county. 

Reliable sources include ten reporters making the jump to the county trough.  What are the chances of accurate, critical coverage of Judge Bryson’s ruling in the local news outlets?

Despite such adversity, in the decaying “methlab of democracy” known as Arizona, election integrity advocates continue to engage in this battle for clean elections.

Why?  

1.  Information acquired within the past six years includes specific ways to identify red flags in electronic records that are sufficient to challenge elections.

2.  Testimony is on record from officials all over the country confirming that electronic voting machines and their software are insecure and unreliable. 

3.  Despite the stall tactics used by Pima County’s giant bureaucracy, this litigation will set a precedent to help others throughout the country pursue and achieve election integrity.

4.  Similarly flawed electronic voting machines and software are currently in use throughout the country.

5.  Prospective relief through this precedent-setting court case could provide a tangible, timely means to improve election transparency nationwide.

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