Monday, 27 April 2015

‘Obama Apologizes for Drone Killing Westerners but Not Other Innocents’


President Obama revealing that a CIA drone strike killed two Western hostages in January this year. RT is joined by Talat Masood - a retired three-star General in the Pakistani army.



The drone war policy is intended to prolong or escalate the war on terror which is the replacement conflict for the military-industrial-State-friendly Cold War.

Related News:

Why did Obama not recognize mass killings of Armenians as genocide?


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 27th, 2015.]

Houthi Arms Bonanza Came From Saleh, Not Iran


And in their eagerness to conform to the general theme of an Iran vs. US-Saudi proxy war in Yemen, the media’s treatment of alleged Iranian arms to the Houthis has ignored the fact that the Houthis had forged an alliance by early 2014 with a far larger source of arms: former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It was that alliance that propelled the Houthis into power last September, not their ties with Iran.

After Saleh was forced to step down as president in 2012, the government supposedly reorganized the military and Saleh’s son Ahmed Ali Saleh was ousted as commander of the Republican Guard. But in fact Saleh continued to control the military through his allies in most of the command positions. When the Houthi advanced on Sanaa last September, it was all carefully choreographed by Saleh. The Houthis were able to take one Yemeni military facility after another without a fight and enter the capital easily.
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The one concrete allegation that has been invoked by media stories in recent months is the case of a ship called Jihan 1, said to have been laden with Iranian arms, that was intercepted in early 2013. A Reuters story last December cited a list a list of all the items on board provided by a “senior Yemeni security official,” which included Katyusha rifles, RPGs-7s, tons of RDX explosives and surface-to-air missiles.

But the Hadi government never provided any evidence that the ship was sent by Iran or was intended for the Houthis. And most of the items mentioned were not even Iranian-manufactured weapons. The one odd exception was a reference to “Iranian-made night vision goggles”. That fact suggests that the ship was intended to provide arms to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which carries out large numbers of terrorist bombings and would have needed the large supplies of RDX. The Houthis, on the other hand, are not known to have used that explosive. The UN expert panel formed to support the UN Security Council sanctions against Houthi commanders and Saleh reported that it had been “unable to independently confirm the allegation” about the Jihan 1.
http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2015/04/23/houthi-arms-bonanza-came-from-saleh-not-iran/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 27th, 2015.]

Richard Dolan: Reclaiming our Destiny from a Lifetime of Truth Suppression


In this video we'll see Historian and author Richard Dolan at the Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference, 2013 Boulder, where he starts and goes deeper than ever before to analyze the structure of power and secrecy that has enveloped our world, and describes active measures we can take to reclaim our freedom.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 27th, 2015.]

Keiser Report (E749): Age of False Prophets


Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, in a double-header, reveal the pale riders of the rigged market apocalypse - from the patsy from the hell that is Hounslow to the ‘short of a lifetime’ guaranteed to deliver Armageddon in a wasteland of declining McWages.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 27th, 2015.]

Sunday, 26 April 2015

CrossTalk: The Kiev Regime


Ukraine’s is a complex and a multilevel tragedy – as the economy continues to collapse, the Kiev leadership is hell-bent on destroying civil liberties and eliminating dissent. All awhile Washington and its European allies remain largely silent. And the lack of credible Western media coverage is part of the problem. CrossTalking with James Jatras, Mark Sleboda and Domitilla Sagramoso.



Great assessment of the situation in Ukraine.

Readers should note that the conflict in Ukraine is a direct result of US intervention. Crimea was not forcibly annexed, and only split from Kiev because of the western-backed coup. The aggression here is entirely western, not Russian.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 26th, 2015.]

Stop AIPAC: Jeff Blankfort in 'Israeli Occupied Washington' with Q & A


There is a Q&A at the end with Jeff Blankfort, Grant F Smith, and Seth Morrison
The entire conference can bee seen in HD here
http://www.ancreport.com/podcast/enti...



Covers spying and subversive operations against activist groups by the ADL with discussion about AIPAC towards the end. If you want to know how the Israelis control US politics, listen to the end.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 26th, 2015.]

The Mena Connection Exposing the CIA, Bush, Clinton, Iran Contra, And Drug Running




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 26th, 2015.]

Abe Lincoln has been Overly Romanticized


Lincoln quotes:
1. On the expansion of slavery:
Lincoln said: There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races ... A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as an immediate separation is impossible, the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. If white and black people never get together in Kansas, they will never mix blood in Kansas ...

2. On shipping blacks back to Africa:

Lincoln said: In the language of Mr. Jefferson, uttered many years ago, "It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation, and deportation, peaceably, and in such slow degrees, as that the evil will wear off insensibly; and in their places be, pari passu [on an equal basis], filled up by free white laborers."

3. On outlawing slavery in the south (before the rebellion).

Lincoln said: I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so
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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 26th, 2015.]

Honest Political Ads - Gil Fulbright for Senate


What would an honest politician actually sound like? Old Gil is running for Senate against Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 26th, 2015.]

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Report Shows US Invasion, Occupation of Iraq Left 1 Million Dead


A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of the country. The report also tallies hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Authors of the report, titled "Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the 'War on Terror,'" have told Truthout that other casualty reports, like the often-quoted Iraq Body Count (IBC), which has a high-end estimate at the time of this writing of 154,563, are far too low in their estimates, and that the real numbers reach "genocidal dimensions."

Joachim Guilliard, the author of the Iraq portion of the study, told Truthout that the new study relied heavily on extrapolations from a previous study published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal, which put Iraq's numbers at 655,000, but the study was published in 2006 and is now dramatically out of date.

"The numbers of Lancet, reaching genocidal dimensions, represent a massive indictment of the US administration," Guilliard said. "Most Western media are not interested in it. The IBC numbers, however, are [seen as] acceptable. They are in line with the general picture of the war in Iraq according to which the Iraqis themselves are primarily responsible for most violence."

The report, produced as a collaborative effort between Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Physicians for Global Survival and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, shows that at least 1.3 million lives were lost in the three countries it surveyed, from the onset of wars following September 11, 2001.

The report notes, however, that its numbers are a conservative estimate, and that the total number of people killed in the three countries "could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely."
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30164-report-shows-us-invasion-occupation-of-iraq-left-1-million-dead

The attack on Iraq had nothing to do with protecting the USA from a terrorist threat. To understand why Iraq was attacked one must look to neocon Middle East policy:

911 and War by Deception


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 25th, 2015.]

Drones Undone: Media Eyes Open After 2 Western Hostages Killed in CIA Operation


The White House is under pressure to disclose the full details of events that led to the death of two Western hostages in a US drone strike on al-Qaeda in Pakistan. President Obama revealed that American and Italian captives were accidentally killed in the CIA operation. This is far from the first time civilians have become casualties of the War on Terror - Gayane Chichikyan looks at some of the stories that receive less media attention.



The obviously failed drone strike policy, that creates more hostiles than it eliminates, is deliberately intended to do so. The overarching strategic goal of the War on Terror is to create enemies in order to replace the Cold War Soviet Union. 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 25th, 2015.]

Oklahoma Bombing was an Inside Job, Timothy McVeigh was a CIA Patsy




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 25th, 2015.]

Stop AIPAC Grant Smith of IRMEP


Grant F Smith on the direction and methods of Israeli lobbies and their nuclear program.



234 Billion is owed by Israel to the US for aid delivered whilst they had an illegal nuclear program. Also, without AIPAC there would have been no war in Iraq, no proxy war in Syria, and no sanctions on Iran.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 25th, 2015.]

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)




Petition:

https://sendto.mozilla.org/page/s/section-215-petition

Personally Send Petition Text to Your Representative:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/


Recently, comedian John Oliver made an informal but important point on the sheer ridiculousness that is Section 215 of the Patriot Act: the NSA has bended their interpretation of the law to access and monitor the most personal of our everyday communications at a frightening scale.1

But we can put a stop to this illegal and unconstitutional mass surveillance if we get loud this week.
Here's the deal: Congress is back in Washington after a two-week recess, and reauthorization of the Patriot Act is on the agenda. According to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the chamber could take up three key sections of the Patriot Act set to expire in June as early as this month2 — including Section 215.

You better believe that the intelligence agencies are going to do everything they can to ensure these provisions are reauthorized. Can you make a phone call to your representative and ask that they vote against reauthorizing Section 215 of the Patriot Act?

Yes, I can make a call.

No, I can't do that — but I'll chip in $5 or $10 to help Demand Progress end mass spying.

Feeling a sudden sense of déjà vu? While the most questionable provisions of the Patriot Act, like Section 215, were only initially authorized for a fixed number of years, Congress has reauthorized them every single time since passage of the law in 2001.


To add insult to the injury that is invasion of our privacy: according to the White House's own Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, mass surveillance hasn't made a difference in making us safer.3  So why the heck is this even under consideration to be continued?

These phone calls to Congress can really make a difference in putting the pressure on our elected officials to protect our civil liberties once and for all. Can you call your representative today?

Yes, I can make a call.

No, I can't do that — but I'll chip in $5 or $10 to help Demand Progress end mass spying.
Thanks for standing with us.

—David, Daniel, Mark, Sara and the rest of the Demand Progress team


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 25th, 2015.]

Keiser Report (E748): Power of Alternative Media


Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how it is that the cultists, conspiracy theorists and crackpots as unemployed journalists refer to bloggers and alternative media have been ages ahead of bootlicking, war-pushing, no-talking about TTIPing mainstream media. In the second half, Max interviews Tom Coughlin of BullionCapital.com about the company’s gold trading platform, the fate of the LBMA and more.



Great first half of the show (11 mins), pointing out that all the mainstream news, NBC, Fox, BBC, Al Jazeera, and RT, are state owned or are representive of corporate interests that tie them closely to (crooked) Government policies/propaganda. The question they ask is which networks adhere to the (security) State script, or provide cover for corporate malfeasance, rather than tell the truth to their audience. People can look at different sources of information with a discerning eye and work out which network(s) are providing the best coverage. Having independent online news sources helps. This is important stuff to consider when our leaders want to send our people off to fight in various overseas conflicts. Patriotism is one thing, but cheerleading in favour of unnecessary wars or proxy conflicts is another. As pointed out in the show, people in command of factual information can actually stop war.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 25th, 2015.]

Friday, 24 April 2015

Foreign Policy Diary 'Yemen' - Codename 'Restoring Hope'


Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes "Decisive Storm" in Yemen. According to the Saudi-led coalition spokesman, all goals set by the “Decisive Storm” have been achieved. These included the destruction of ballistic missiles the Houthis had taken control of. At least 944 people have been killed and 3,487 injured during the month-long conflict in Yemen, World Health Organization reported Tuesday.



The proposed Saudi ground war stalled after they failed to get Pakistan and Egypt to commit troops. The intervention appears to only be suspended whilst the sanctions, on a country that imports 90% of its food, will remain. As of writing limited air srikes have resumed.

The escalation of the war on Yemen was a US-Saudi counter to Iranian influence on the Arabian Peninsula. The aim may have been to drag the Iranians into open conflict. Seeing as they, the Iranians, would not comply, the objective of the war was undermined - hence the present ceasefire.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2015.]

Australia Silently Stopped Testing of Food Imports


The north Pacific Ocean is already contaminated by large amounts of toxins and pollution from dumping into the sea by China, a world leader in pollution, and formerly by the United States during decades of unrestricted development with minimal environmental safeguards.

However the largest nuclear disaster in history, Japan's Fukushima nuclear plants melt-downs have added significantly to the nuclear contamination of the Pacific and affected not only fish and other food from Japan but also USA, China, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
 
Less than one year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, by its own admission, the Australian Government's Ministry of Agriculture all Caesium134 (134Cs), Caesium137 (137Cs) and Iodine131 (131I). Iodine131 (131I) testing ceased in early 2012 based on advice from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
 
Apparently in the interests of big business rather than the Australian public the government stopped all testing for nuclear contamination doing so on the advise of ARPANSA and FSANZ. Meanwhile the maximum safe levels for contamination were increased silently and without any media fanfare twenty fold in 2012.
 
FSANZ also reported that Australia's Department of Agriculture ceased all testing of food from Japan. Correct, the official website itself declares that the Department of Agriculture decided on 23 January 2014 to not only stop testing for nuclear contamination, but to stop testing of any kind on food imports from Japan.
 
Tuna and sardines even from Thailand, far from Japan, canned many years ago and still available for sale with an expiry date later this year have been tested by independent persons with suitable equipment and found to have high levels of radiation:
 
“With these sardines coming from Thailand and not from Japan, I would say the whole Asian region is feeling the effects of the Fukushima melt-downs, so it's not just Japan that the food is being contaminated from but the whole Asian area. With Japan using (a million) gallons of water daily to cool the melt-downs this water is going right into the sea into the (Pacific) Ocean”.
http://mathaba.net/news/?x=634183

What the health authorities have done in Australia (and elsewhere on the planet) is criminal, and will be genocidal when people start succumbing the effects of low level radiation poisoning.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2015.]

The Forgotten Coup: How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their 'Ally', Australia - John Pilger


Whitlam was a maverick social democrat of principle, pride and propriety. He believed that a foreign power should not control his country's resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies. He proposed to "buy back the farm". In drafting the first Aboriginal lands rights legislation, his government raised the ghost of the greatest land grab in human history, Britain's colonisation of Australia, and the question of who owned the island-continent's vast natural wealth.
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Whitlam demanded to know if and why the CIA was running a spy base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs, a giant vacuum cleaner which, as Edward Snowden revealed recently, allows the US to spy on everyone. "Try to screw us or bounce us," the prime minister warned the US ambassador, "[and Pine Gap] will become a matter of contention".

Victor Marchetti, the CIA officer who had helped set up Pine Gap, later told me, "This threat to close Pine Gap caused apoplexy in the White House... a kind of Chile [coup] was set in motion."

Pine Gap's top-secret messages were de-coded by a CIA contractor, TRW. One of the de-coders was Christopher Boyce, a young man troubled by the "deception and betrayal of an ally". Boyce revealed that the CIA had infiltrated the Australian political and trade union elite and referred to the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, as "our man Kerr".

Kerr was not only the Queen's man, he had long-standing ties to Anglo-American intelligence. He was an enthusiastic member of the Australian Association for Cultural Freedom, described by Jonathan Kwitny of the Wall Street Journal in his book, 'The Crimes of Patriots', as, "an elite, invitation-only group... exposed in Congress as being founded, funded and generally run by the CIA". The CIA "paid for Kerr's travel, built his prestige... Kerr continued to go to the CIA for money".
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On 10 November, 1975, Whitlam was shown a top secret telex message sourced to Theodore Shackley, the notorious head of the CIA's East Asia Division, who had helped run the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile two years earlier.

Shackley's message was read to Whitlam. It said that the prime minister of Australia was a security risk in his own country. The day before, Kerr had visited the headquarters of the Defence Signals Directorate, Australia's NSA where he was briefed on the "security crisis".

On 11 November - the day Whitlam was to inform Parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australia - he was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal "reserve powers", Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister. The "Whitlam problem" was solved, and Australian politics never recovered, nor the nation its true independence.
http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-forgotten-coup-how-america-and-britain-crushed-the-government-of-their-ally-australia


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2015.]

Police Torture, Cooked Lab Results - Michael Rivero


Planet wide risk from GMO contamination, US troops back in Iraq, Hillary, FBI forensic fraud 
Guest's website: http://whatreallyhappened.com



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2015.]

TPP: The Dirtiest Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of (RECAP)



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2015.]