Category Archives: War On Terror
May 5, 2011
Do you think he could find Pakistan on a map?
May 3, 2011
Following the supposed assassination of Osama bin Laden – who died in late 2001 – various governments and the corporate media are on the hunt for something they can remotely connect to terrorism and attribute to al-Qaeda retaliation.
British authorities arrested five men under the Terrorism Act a few hours after the big announcement that Navy SEALS had taken out Osama.
“They were detained near Sellafield — which handles highly dangerous nuclear material — yesterday afternoon following a stop check on a vehicle by officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, who police the facility in West Cumbria,” Sky News reports. “The arrests come as the world braces itself for a bloody backlash after Bin Laden supporters vowed to avenge his death.”
How do we know they are terrorists? First, they are Asian. Second, they were taking photographs outside of the nuclear plant.
“Police sources said the men may have been taking photographs and the arrests were not intelligence led,” notes Sky News, a Rupert Murdoch operation.
The five were arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which says a “constable may arrest without a warrant a person whom he reasonably suspects to be a terrorist.”
“The police have not confirmed the ethnicity of the arrested men, though they are believed to be from a Muslim background,” reports The Guardian.
The nuclear plant at Sellafield is responsible for decommissioning and reprocessing nuclear waste and manufacturing fuel on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
May 3, 2011
How exciting to order a killing and watch it live, so to speak. How fun, for the rest of us, to see the storied White House “Situation Room” revealed as a dreary government space with a TV, laptops, and paper coffee cups.
UPDATE from Guy Joseph Payne:
How telling is it to see the military guy sitting in the larger “running the meeting” chair while Obama sits off to the side with Joe Biden?
March 25, 2010
Barack Obama spoke with Mexican President Felipe Calderon to “underscore his administration’s commitment to the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico,” National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement earlier this week.
They discussed their “mutual desire to work together for the benefit of the safety and security of citizens on both sides of our shared border,” he added. Calderon’s crackdown, which includes the deployment of some 50,000 troops nationwide is evident in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city and Acapulco as corrupt police officers are replaced with soldiers.
As millions of American constituents were outraged by the passage of national socialized healthcare legislation, a high-level meeting between U.S. and Mexican officials was taking place to focus on long-term cooperation strategies for security that would be funded by American tax dollars.
March 25, 2010
As the US is preparing to prosecute the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has threatened American citizens with new assaults.
Bin Laden issued the new warning in a new audio message broadcast on al-Jazeera television on Thursday.
Prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other people allegedly involved in the 9/11 attacks.
“The day America will take such a decision [to execute Mohammed and any others], it would have taken a decision to execute whoever we capture,” bin Laden said.
He added that US President Barack Obama was “following the footsteps of his predecessor [George W. Bush].”
Mohammed has been in US custody since March 2003, when he was captured in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.
After initially blaming bin Laden and attacking Afghanistan in order to capture the Saudi national, US officials changed focus of their attention and announced that the main culprit has been transferred to the Guantanamo Bay prison.
In March 2007, Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearing in Guantanamo claimed Mohammed and four co-defendants confessed to plotting for the attacks.
On December 8, 2008, they allegedly sent a note to the military judge expressing their desire to confess and plead guilty.
Human rights groups say the harsh treatment inflicted on Mohammed during his stay at Guantanamo amounts to torture, questioning credibility of the confessions under interrogation.
March 25, 2010
Is the Pentagon ready to “rendition” members of WikiLeaks in order to silence the whistleblower website? “If anything happens to us, you know why,” a recent Tweet issued by a member of the website states.
WikiLeaks has told supporters not to worry. “To those worrying about us – we’re fine, and will issue a suitable riposte shortly,” a Tweet stated.
WikiLeaks, the web portal of forbidden information that won Amnesty International’s new media award last year, is under fire for its plan to make public unencrypted footage of an air strike in Afghanistan on May 7 last year that killed 97 civilians. WikiLeaks has promised to reveal a “Pentagon Murder Cover-up” at the National Press Club in Washington on April 5, according to the Mail Online.
The Pentagon initially planned to make the footage public, but backed off after it turned out to be more incriminating than at first thought. Now they are gunning for WikiLeaks because they plan to release the video.
“WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation,” another Tweet claims. “One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer’s seized.”
“We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don’t think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.”
A WikiLeaks editor reported that he was being followed by “State Dep diplomatic cover” in Norway.
WikiLeaks has angered the U.S. government in the past. In 2007, the site posted almost the entire order of battle for American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Earlier this month, the site posted a 2008 report from the Army Counterintelligence Center.
March 25, 2010
“Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough”
What has become of our beloved America? Since Christmas Eve, 1913 our standard of living and quality of life has made a death spiral towards complete and utter despotism.
If you could go back in time to that fateful day when Congress met in the dark hours of the night to relinquish the sovereignty of this nation to the Federal Reserve, would you not do anything and everything within your power to make sure that never came to pass?
|In a perfect world, Nancy Pelosi would be behind bars in an orange jumpsuit awaiting trial for treason.|
Today we face the same dilemma. Just three days ago, Congress yet again met under the cover of darkness to pass a draconian health care bill that will no doubt seal this countries fate. Its 1913 all over again, and the very same banking families that brought us the Federal Reserve are responsible for this latest tax scheme veiled in a façade of socialism. It will be this, combined with an almost certain carbon tax scheme that will deliver the people of this once great Republic into a bondage of the likes the world has never seen.
Every member of the House who voted in favor of this monstrosity bear an equal share of the blame for delivering a deathblow to this nation. Their names will forever be etched into our minds even after the pages of history turn yellow and parched. But of all those responsible, one name stands out from the rest.
I’ve always tried to temper my words when writing about despicable people, but I find it particularly difficult to find the decorum to address the topic of Nancy Pelosi. If there is one creature lurking the halls of Congress who is most worthy of our contempt and disdain, it is this vile and hideous woman. Every criminal syndicate has their contingent of Capos and Lieutenants. Pelosi is one of those Lieutenants; a minion to a larger cabal of murderers and thieves who has placed herself into the spotlight to do their bidding. By way of threats, bribery and lies she and her henchmen have coordinated the most serious breech of Constitutional law in nearly 100 years; and she has done it all without exhibiting the slightest bit of remorse. To the contrary, she has demonstrated an almost sexual exuberance at the prospect of driving another nail into our collective coffin. Examine some of the pictures of this hag gloating over her victories on the floor of the House. She has become known for cocking her head back and letting out a shriek of laughter as she and her fellow traitors celebrate the passage of unlawful legislation that serve no other purpose but to break the backs, hearts and spirits of the American people.
We should never forget who this woman is or where she came from. In short, she is the spoiled rotten daughter of a Baltimore crime boss who didn’t miss a beat hopping from her rich Daddy’s lap to the lap of her multi-millionaire husband. During her quest for power and prestige, she has not once let her feet touch the same ground or travel the same difficult road that you and I travel on a daily basis. Yet there she is, on top of the world, looking down at the rest of us and mandating how we little people are to live our lives. To most Americans, this multi-millionaire-by marriage is the last thing they want to see as their jobs disappear and everything they have worked their entire lives for is taken out from under them. She is a walking insult; salt on a festering wound that aggravates the very conscience. What’s worse is that she flaunts her wealth and status traveling around the globe on her own personal jet with an entourage of groveling servants that are funded at the taxpayer’s expense. This cannot be allowed to continue.
So what are we to do? Is there any remedy? Though this latest legislation is a devastating blow to our economy and civil liberties, many of us are comforted in the likelihood that many of the incumbent Democrats will be voted out of office come November. Unfortunately, this will not affect Mrs. Pelosi in the slightest. Why? The answer to that question resides with her constituents in California’s 8th District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, if not the world. It is home to magnificent architecture, great historical landmarks and breathtaking views. It is also host to some wonderful people, many whom have made significant contributions to the American way of life. But San Francisco is unlike anyplace else in the country. It is perhaps the wealthiest, most affluent liberal stronghold in the nation. Since the late 1950’s, San Francisco has been the epicenter of liberal activism and a Mecca for counter-cultural revolutionaries from around the globe. The city is also a major American financial hub, second only to Wall Street. The Internet revolution of the 1990’s made many young progressive liberals rich beyond their wildest dreams and has given them considerable political clout.
The ideology of Pelosi’s constituents is reflected in their city’s politics. Democrats and Greens dominate it and no Republican candidate for President has ever garnered more than 20% of the vote. In 2005, the city overwhelmingly voted in favor of one of the strictest gun ban’s in the nation, though a legal challenge in California’s Appeal Court eventually overturned it. They’ve also enacted ridiculous environmental laws that prohibit residents from throwing orange peels, coffee grounds and grease-stained pizza boxes in the trash. Plastic shopping bags are outlawed as is bottled water for city employees. Just recently, they moved to expand their anti-smoking laws to encompass practically every outdoor space; making it one of the strictest of any American city. San Francisco is the nanny state on steroids, all with the overwhelming endorsement of their citizens.
And how have all of these draconian laws served to make their city a better place to live? The title of this article by journalist Benjamin Wachs says it all: The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S. In it he writes…
Despite it’s spending more money per capita on homelessness than any comparable city, its homeless problem is worse than any comparable city’s. Despite its spending more money per capita, period, than almost any city in the nation, San Francisco has poorly managed, budget-busting capital projects, overlapping social programs no one is certain are working, and a transportation system where the only thing running ahead of schedule is the size of its deficit. It’s time to face facts: San Francisco is spectacularly mismanaged and arguably the worst run big city in America. This year’s city budget is an astonishing $6.6 billion — more than twice the budget for the entire state of Idaho— for roughly 800,000 residents. Yet despite that stratospheric amount, San Francisco can’t point to progress on many of the social issues it spends liberally to tackle — and no one is made to answer when the city comes up short. The city’s ineptitude is no secret. “I have never heard anyone, even among liberals, say, ‘If only [our city] could be run like San Francisco,’” says urbanologist Joel Kotkin. “Even other liberal places wouldn’t put up with the degree of dysfunction they have in San Francisco.
These same voters who put their dysfunctional city government into power gave us Nancy Pelosi. Is this the model we want for the rest of the nation? Nancy Pelosi currently has an 11% national approval rating. No doubt the vast majority of those who comprise that percentage reside in her district. Yet, the elected representative of this tiny minority has been put into a position of power that wields the most significant influence on public policy and legislation. Everything she does on behalf of her constituents affects the remaining 89% of us who are absolutely opposed to the San Francisco model.
In a perfect world, Nancy Pelosi would be behind bars in an orange jumpsuit awaiting trial for treason. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and we cannot expect the cowards and traitors whose livelihood depends on the Federal government to step up and do the right thing. Don’t expect the people of San Francisco to do anything about it either. In the last election cycle, Pelosi won by a landslide 71.9% of the vote. The people of San Francisco don’t want to see her go. Pelosi espouses the same Marxist, Fabian Socialist ideology as her constituents. They are not concerned with what the rest of the nation wants, and its unlikely they ever will.
It is for this reason that I propose strong and crippling sanctions against the City of San Francisco. They must be made to hear the hue and cry of a nation that demands Nancy Pelosi be removed from office. Until they meet with our demands, we will cease to support their economy with our consumer dollars.
Tourism is the backbone of San Francisco’s economy. Any and all travel into or through San Francisco should cease. All conventions and seminars should be cancelled. If any business trips are planned, accommodations should be arranged outside the city limits. Hotels and restaurants should be notified that they should no longer expect our patronage as long as Nancy Pelosi holds office.
A BOYCOTT of companies headquartered in San Francisco should begin immediately. Some of those companies include The Gap, Levis-Strauss, Gymboree, McKesson Pharmacies, Sega of America, Lucasfilm, Wells Fargo Bank, Ghiradelli, Del Monte Foods, Hills Brothers Coffee and Anchor Brewing Company among others. I suggest a comprehensive list of companies be compiled and posted on an independent website with a view counter to reflect how many have consulted the list.
I also propose a BOYCOTT and letter writing campaign on Pelosi’s most ardent supporters. Among the more well known financial contributors to her campaign are people like Microsoft CEO Mike Balmer, Producer Steve Bing, Fashion Designer Liz Claiborne, Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Actress Jane Fonda, Wine Mogul Ernest Gallo, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, Casino Mogul Kirk Kirkorian, Actor Robin Williams and Men’s Warehouse Founder George Zimmer.
A full list of contributors to Nancy Pelosi’s campaign can be found at NewsMeat.com or by following this link:
Another source of political campaign contributions can be found at OpenSecrets.org or by following this link:
Of course this is just a primer for a larger project. Hopefully, someone with better organizational skills than I will pick up on my suggestion and capitalize on it. It may be a small gesture, but if we are to defeat this woman we must attack her on all fronts (short of violence of course).
And if that doesn’t work? Maybe we should all consider picking up shop and moving to San Francisco so we can vote her out ourselves. We may not succeed, but a migration of angry, dissident patriots like us is sure to bring down property values.
So what do you say? Are you in, or are you out?
The Corbett Report
March 15, 2010
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds joined The Corbett Report last Friday to discuss the deplorable state of whistleblower “protections” in the United States, including S.372, a bill making its way through the Senate that would allow the FBI and other “national security” agencies to dismiss whistleblowers’ claims without any form of oversight.
The details of Edmonds’ experience blowing the whistle on the FBI—where, in the wake of 9/11, she worked in the Turkish language division of the Washington field office’s translation department—are by now fairly well known amongst followers of the alternative media. The revelations that have emerged from her case have been explosive: that foreign operatives working within the translation department tried to recruit her for their operations; that there exists a nuclear spy ring aided and abetted by high ranking U.S. government officials selling America’s nuclear secrets on the black market; that foreign language intelligence directly pertaining to 9/11 was deliberately withheld from FBI agents in the field; that Osama Bin Laden had an ‘intimate relationship’ with the United States government right up until 9/11. Perhaps the only thing more remarkable than the information she has revealed is that she ever got to reveal it at all.
The route by which Sibel Edmonds became the silent, gagged star of the 9/11 Truth movement and the poster child of the national security whistleblowers club is a long and circuitous one, but to hear Edmonds herself tell it, it was never her intention to become a whistleblower: “What I did was what I had actually taken an oath to do, and that was to report wrongdoing or criminal activities or government waste and fraud and mismanagement to the ‘appropriate’ authorities.” Little did she know this was to be the first step on what has so far been an eight year long quest to bring the truth about what she witnessed to the public’s attention.
In 2002 the Senate Judiciary Committee held public hearings into Edmonds’ case. Also that year she filed suit against the Department of Justice. In October of that year, Attorney General John Ashcroft invoked the state secrets privilege—an obscure piece of common law that allows the government to withhold ’sensitive’ information from discovery—to stop her case from going forward. In 2004, the Justice Department again invoked the state secret privilege to prevent Edmonds from testifying in a lawsuit by families of the 9/11 victims against various Saudi interests. The DoJ even retroactively classified the Senate Judiciary hearings into Edmonds’s claims that took place in 2002. Later that year, an Inspector General report completely vindicated Edmonds, confirming that her allegations cannot be refuted and that she was fired from the FBI simply for having spoken out about the corruption and criminal conduct she had witnessed. Senators who had promised to hold full hearings into her case once the Inspector General issued his report were nowhere to be found in its wake. In 2005, various Democrats pledged their support to Edmonds and other national security whistleblowers, but when they ended up taking over the House Oversight Committee after the 2006 mid-term elections, there was no extra effort made to bring the Edmonds case forward.
Needless to say, Edmonds is no longer waiting for congress to investigate her case properly. “It’s nothing but a cosmetic illusion of protection for whistleblowers,” she says of proper, government-approved channels for whistleblowers to blow the whistle. “If you look at the whistleblower cases brought in court [over the] past 10 or 15 years, you will see how many have really succeeded, which tells you it doesn’t work.”
Unfortunately, the media has not been up to the task either. Despite some early coverage on 60 Minutes, the media have largely ignored Edmonds’ story or failed to convey its significance. Regarding the 60 Minutes piece, she says, “They did not want to cover anything that had to do with corrupt congressional people, about the Turkish lobby. They didn’t want to cover that and they made it clear. […] It just ended up being a kind of an employment drama.”
Last year, Edmonds was finally deposed in the case of U.S. Congressional candidate David Krikorian. The only mainstream media outlet so far to cover her explosive, on-the-record testimony has been Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine.
Now with S.372, the government is merely adding insult to injury. “I really didn’t think it could get any worse until it was brought to my attention that this was what the Senate was looking at and this is what they wanted to do. And once I started reading, I said ‘Well, I was wrong, it can get worse.’” Now, Edmonds and her National Security Whistleblowers Coalition have teamed up with the National Whistleblowers Center to denounce the pending legislation that would actually strip national security whistleblowers of what few options they currently have for protesting their case. As a recent letter penned by Edmonds and other national security whistleblowers outlines, S.372 is set to make things all but impossible for future would-be whistleblowers:
[…]the scope of the new “State Secrets” summary dismissal powers is radically expanded. S. 372 accomplishes this by giving the heads of every agency defined under 5 U.S.C. 7532 the power to summarily fire whistleblowers, with no administrative or judicial appeal. Under S. 372 not only do the directors of the CIA and NSA have the power to summarily throw out whistleblower cases, this power is also granted to agencies and departments such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce. Section 7532 covers over one half of the entire federal workforce.
Given just how stacked the system is against the whistleblowers, Edmonds is not likely to be celebrating should S.372 be stopped in its legislative tracks: “Even if this doesn’t go through[…]we won’t be celebrating as national security whistleblowers. We would just say ‘Well, good that it didn’t get worse.’”
So what is Sibel Edmonds trying to do now to bypass the corrupt government oversight channels and controlled mainstream media? Recently, she’s started a new website called BoilingFrogsPost.com. “We’ve put together a good team of reporters.[…]These are some of the best so-called alternative [reporters] who want to do this reporting, who want to go after these stories and keep bringing attention to it.” The site is only four months old, but already has an impressive list of op-eds, articles and audio interviews. “With the internet today we do have the opportunity for sending the links and sending the articles,” she points out. “That helps with raising awareness.”
Given the abysmal state of whistleblowing in the U.S. these days, perhaps ‘raising awareness’ is the best we can hope for at this time. After all, as Howard Beale in Network so sagely advised us, we have to get angry about things before we can hope to change them. And we will never get angry if we continue to rely on officially sanctioned government whitewash inquiries and milquetoast 60 Minutes reporting that fails to even ask people like Sibel Edmonds what she was trying to blow the whistle about. The internet is the last great hope for people like Sibel to get their story out.
Still, it is a long, slow and painstaking process to bring the public up to speed on these issues and why they are so important. It could take years before the American public starts to get angry enough to demand real answers to Edmonds’ questions en masse. But given the tenacity of this woman to have pursued this topic for nearly a decade, I imagine that when the public does reach that point, Sibel Edmonds will be ready.
March 24, 2010
“It takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps… to control the people.”
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
If the health care bill was such a positive act of reform, as establishment Democrats and the corporate media are pitching it, then how come it needs to be enforced by means of coercion at the hands of thousands of armed IRS thugs?
That was the context of the discussion during Ron Paul’s appearance on Fox Business’ America’s Nightly Scoreboard last night, as the Congressman continued to speak out against the tyrannical nature of Obamacare.
Paul emphasized the need to protect the private option in health care as a fundamental right for all Americans not to be reliant on the government for their services.
“During this debate they talked a whole lot about the public option, I just wish they would protect the private option, give us a chance to have it private, just like you should have a chance to have private education, home schooling, you should always protect that….if you always had a private option in medicine some of us could survive and at least we could set an example for the type of medicine that the people should be getting,” said the Congressman.
Host David Asman pointed out that it would now be illegal to have private health care and that people would be forced to buy insurance under the constant glare of the 16,000 plus new IRS agents being hired to harass people into compliance to the new program.
Under Obamacare, $10 billion dollars is allocated to pay for 16,500 IRS agents who will collect and enforce mandatory “premiums.”
Paul said that the people who previously needed to carry the least insurance would now be forced to carry the maximum, and be hounded by the IRS as a result.
“This is a command society now and medicine is right at the forefront of this….16,500 armed bureaucrats coming to make this program work – if it was a good program and everybody liked it, you wouldn’t need 16,500 thugs coming with their guns and putting you in jail if you didn’t follow all the rules,” said Paul.
The Congressman highlighted the fact that people don’t trust the government’s record on social programs, pointing out that Medicare, Medicaid and the Post Office are all bankrupt, and that the majority of Americans have little confidence in Obamacare being any different.
Paul said there was a chance parts of the bill would be overturned if Republicans were victorious in November, but that the biggest threat to the legislation was the probability that the entire system would collapse, labeling Obamacare a “Horrendous new burden that we have placed on the economy.”