James Bamford has done another great deed for the public by revealing the extent of the NSA’s wiretapping on U.S. soil, and how the NSA sub-contracts the vast majority of its work to Israeli high-tech firms bristling with “former” Israeli military intelligence agents, and in the case of Verint, a company with serious corruption issues. It was Bamford who popularized the existence of Operation Northwoods in his 2001 book, Body of Secrets. In The Shadow Factory, he sheds light in the secret rooms of Verizon and AT&T, and shows the NSA to be a very poor custodian of the nation’s security.
This footage of the WTC 7 and North Tower collapse recently appeared on YouTube. Note the vertical column of windows blown out just before the collapse on WTC 7. WTC 7 Collapse - Previously Unreleased Footage. What Really Happened: The BBC's 'WTC 7 Collapsed
At 4:54 p.m.': At 21:54 GMT on 9/11/2001 the BBC announced that WTC 7 had collapsed. There was just one problem with this news: WTC 7 did not collapse until 22:20 GMT.
The revelation, which comes after denials of Israeli and Russian press reports, reinforces speculation that the Israelis played a role in stopping an alleged shipment of Russian arms to Iran. The fact that Mr Netanyahu had used a false cover story for his absence on Monday — his military attaché told reporters that he was busy touring "security facilities" — prompted anger among Israeli commentators, who accused the Prime Minister of bad faith. The visit appears to be linked to the story of the Arctic Sea, a cargo ship meant to be carrying wood whose reported seizure by pirates on July 24 as it passed through Swedish waters.
The Pentagon says a 30-year-old Marine Corps special operations officer from Bastrop has died in action in Afghanistan. The Defense Department says Capt. Joshua S. Meadows died Saturday while supporting combat operations in the western province of Farah, near the Iranian border. North Country Times: Special Operations Marine killed in Afghanistan. AP: US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 745.
The Obama administration’s freak out, as expressed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, over the Associated Press Agency’s belated circulation of a photograph of a dying US soldier in Afghanistan, Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, is the latest of example of the hypocrisy of US authorities who claim to be concerned about the feelings of American military families, while really simply desiring to censor the war’s horrors from the eyes of the American people.
Uruknet: The magic cut-off is revealed to be about 30-40. Such revealed facts tell far more than mere words. Some years ago, Human Rights Watch’s Marc Garlasco when in the employ of the Defense Intelligence Agency as an air strike targeting decision-maker would have to seek higher level clearance for U.S. air strikes if the estimated Afghan civilian deaths ("collateral damage") exceeded thirty. (1) In the past few years, U.S. officialdom and the mainstream press barely take note of dead Afghans unless the number exceeds thirty. On the other hand, when a Taliban’s improved explosive device kills innocent bystanders, meters of newsprint spews forth often accompanied with victims’ photos. For the U.S. press, Human Rights Watch, and U.S. citizenry clearly some bodies are worthy of mention whereas others are not. As I wrote some time ago,
The vast majority of the Palestinians killed in Israel’s aggression in the Gaza Strip last winter were innocent civilians rather than “combatants”, according to a new report published by the B’Tselem organization Wednesday morning. This is the opposite of what the Israel occupation forces has said. According to B’Tselem, 1,387 Palestinians were killed during the three weeks of “Operation Cast Lead”, of whom 773 were “noncombatants” and only 330 were “combatants”. B’Tselem wrote that its figures were “the result of months of meticulous investigation and cross-checks with numerous sources.”
The original story makes it completely clear that once a  kidney was "found", it was tested and the test results sent to Israel so someone needing a transplant could be found.
The Pentagon has proposed transferring U.S. military equipment from Iraq to Pakistani security forces to help Islamabad step up its offensive against the Taliban, according to officials and government documents. The Pentagon request for the authority to "transfer articles no longer needed in Iraq" to the army of Pakistan received a cool reception in the U.S. Congress, where some questioned what safeguards would ensure the arms would not end up being diverted to Pakistan's border with India, a nuclear-armed power like Pakistan. Raw Story: US actually increasing personnel in Iraq: More contractors, fewer troops.
Mr al-Maliki, who is facing a tough election battle, has dismissed three high-profile members of the Ministry of Interior, which oversees the fight against insurgent groups. He has also forced the resignation of the head of the intelligence service and replaced several police and army commanders in the last few weeks. The moves provoked outrage among political opponents, who worry about the rise of a new police state and accuse the Prime Minister of using the aftermath of last month’s massive bomb attack in Baghdad to make a power grab. The sacked officials are expected to be replaced by al-Maliki loyalists.
Europeans remain skeptical on US President Barack Obama's policies in Afghanistan and Iran, despite a rise in the overall support of his foreign policies. The annual Transatlantic Trends survey revealed on Thursday that 77 percent of respondents in the European Union and Turkey support Obama's handling of foreign affairs, which is four times greater than that given to his predecessor George W Bush. However the new survey -- published by the German Marshall Fund of the United States -- found serious transatlantic differences over major issues including Afghanistan, Iran and global warming.
US spy agencies have recently concluded that Iran has deliberately not taken the critical steps to make a bomb, despite having produced enough nuclear fuel. American intelligence agencies reached the conclusion in a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) update they presented to US President Barack Obama in recent months, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The original 140-page NIE report, which was given to former president George W. Bush in 2007, had clarified that Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapon program at the time. The new intelligence information collected by the Obama administration once again confirmed the original reports' findings by asserting that there was no convincing evidence to prove Iran's nuclear work was in any way military.
Purporting to examine President Obama's health care speech, Karl Rove claimed that while discussing "the so-called lies and misstatements about his proposal," Obama "made a series of very glaring misstatements or distortions." In fact, it was Rove who was advancing falsehoods and distortions.
Not long after the speech ended, Wilson issued an apology. "This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill," he said. "While I disagree with the President's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility." Wilson also called the White House to apologize. NYT/Prescriptions: Live Blogging the President’s Speech: Following the speech, Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, approached lawmakers on the floor to ask who had accused Mr. Obama of lying. Mr. Emanuel was told it was Representative Wilson. “No president ever has been treated like that, ever,” Mr. Emanuel told reporters. MediaMatters: Clinton, Bush booed, hissed at in Congress, too.
Ron Paul on the Glen Beck Show September 7, 2009 discusses the changes going on with the entire US economic system. Also take note of what George Soros said at Columbia University last Friday and threat to the United States of America as we know it today. Gerald Celente has said that we are about to experience a scenario “like nothing we’ve ever seen in our life time“, and Ron Paul and George Soros seem to agree. This is far from being over, folks.
Blackwater Mercenaries in Pakistan [VIDEO]
Amnesty's UK Director Kate Allen [has] called on the government to immediately halt executions. Ms Allen called the death row system a "regime of silence, isolation and sheer non-existence". She said that the Japanese practice of informing prisoners that they would be killed with only a few hours notice was "utterly cruel". According to the report - which researchers said had been challenging to compile due to the secrecy of the country's justice system - the conditions faced by many death row prisoners are making them mentally ill. Death row prisoners, according to Amnesty, are not allowed to speak to other inmates and are held in isolation. Apart from twice or thrice-weekly exercise sessions, they are not even allowed to move around their cells but must remain seated, the group says. As a result, many are now suffering from mental illnesses and are delusional.
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