Information Clearing House Newsletter 6 October, 2010: America’s Deepening Moral Crisis
6 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House
Birth of the National Security State
By Philip Giraldi
Three elements are necessary for the creation of a National Security State. First, there must be a narrative that can be sold to the public justifying the transformation. Second, a system of laws and regulations must be created that enable the state to act with impunity and also to protect the government from challenges to its authority. Third, technology must be harnessed to enable the state to surreptitiously monitor and control the activities of its citizens.
The American Propaganda Machine
By Eric L. Wattree
Americans tend to believe that American lives are more valuable than the lives of other people. When Americans are killed we never stop talking about it. It, literally, goes down in the history books. But when we kill innocent women and children in other countries we simply say, “Oops, sorry ’bout that,” then expect the people to forget about it.
New Face, Same Imperialism
By Tariq Ali
There was no fundamental break in foreign policy between the Bush and Obama regimes. The strategic goals and imperatives of the US imperium remain the same, as do its principal theatres and means of operation.
America’s Deepening Moral Crisis
By Jeffrey Sachs
The language of collective compassion has been abandoned in the US, and no politician dare even mention helping the poor.
Al-Qaeda’s Suspect Humanitarianism
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
Is bin Laden’s concern for flood victims a ruse to destabilise Pakistan?
Israel Is Now Punishing Palestinians Shamelessly
By Amira Hass
What is delaying treatment of a 47-year-old Palestinian woman, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers?
The Two State Solution Is Effectively Dead
An interview with John Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and co-author, along with Stephen Walt, of ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.
Record 41.8 Million Americans Receiving Food Stamps
By Michael Krebs
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas, California, New York, Florida, and Michigan represent the top five states in terms of volume of food stamp recipients.
Say No to ‘More Food Stamps’?
Newt Gingrich and the Republicans’ Anti-Poor Agenda
By SARAH GILBERT
“More food stamps? Or more paychecks?” Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, one of the Republican Party’s best rabble rousers, suggests that’s how the GOP should couch the national policy debate in the final four weeks before this November’s midterm elections.
5 Afghan Children Among 9 Dead in Kandahar Blasts:
President Hamid Karzai condemned the “enemies of Afghanistan” on Wednesday after roadside bombs killed nine people, including five children, as insurgents fight intensified NATO-led operations in the south.
US attack kills 5 people in Pakistan:
According to Pakistani security officials, two others were also wounded after a US drone fired two missiles on a house in the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan on Wednesday.
US apologizes for killing Pakistani soldiers:
The US ambassador to Pakistan has apologized for a recent helicopter attack that killed Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border.
Ex-senator: US manipulating United Nations Security Council:
The reason why Washington can carryout non-UN-sanctioned cross-border attacks on Pakistan with impunity is that “the UN Security Council by large is manipulated by the United States. There is no question about it,” Gravel told Press TV on Wednesday.
Pentagon: 100 Pakistan-based “insurgents” killed near border:
U.S. and NATO forces have killed more than 100 fighters from a Pakistan-based faction of the Taliban during two weeks of stepped-up military operations along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
One person killed as more Nato lorries burnt in Pakistan :
Armed men in Pakistan have burned 22 tankers carrying fuel for Nato forces in Afghanistan, killing a lorry driver, according to police.
Clashes in Somalia’s capital leave 4 dead:
Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse says 18 other people were wounded Wednesday as the opposing sides pounded each other with mortars near the capital’s main Bakara Market.
Uganda says can raise whole occupation force for Somalia if needed:
Uganda can raise the entire 20,000-troop force that the African Union says is needed to defeat Somalia’s Islamist rebels and pacify the country, President Yoweri Museveni has said.
Iraq: Gunmen kill 2 civilians in Mosul:
Two civilians were killed Wednesday in two separate incidents in western Mosul, a police source said.
Yemen attacks kill French national, injure British embassy official:
Four people were wounded Wednesday when militants launched a rocket at a convoy carrying British embassy staff in Sanaa, Yemen.
Israel pressures Lebanon to cancel Ahmadinejad visit:
With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad due in Beirut next Wednesday for a two-day state visit to Lebanon, his first since he became President in 2005, Israel has already stepped up its military presence along the Lebanese border.
10 days after “settlement” freeze expires, 350 new illegal units under construction:
West Bank settlers satisfied with the momentum; council chair: Building proceeding normally, not at a heightened pace.
Livni tells UN to mind its own business over flotilla probe:
Livni told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that his decision to appoint a panel to investigate the May 31 commando raid, which left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead, was “unacceptable”.
Police Make 12 “Terror” Arrests In France:
Police have arrested 12 people and seized guns and ammunition following two separate anti-terrorism raids in southern France. – A Kalashnikov rifle and a pump-action shotgun were said to be among the arsenal discovered.
Times Square bomb plotter predicts defeat of U.S.:
Expressing no remorse and predicting the “imminent” defeat of the United States at the hands of Muslim forces, Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his attempt to spill blood with a homemade car bomb.
UN report: 22 nations face protracted food crises:
U.N. food agencies said Wednesday that 166 million people in 22 countries suffer chronic hunger or difficulty finding enough to eat as a result of what they called protracted food crises.
Australian police taser video sparks anger:
There has been anger in Australia over a newly released video which shows an unarmed Aboriginal man being tasered 13 times by police officers.
No joke as clown is Brazil’s most voted:
Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, better known by his clown name Tiririca, received more than 1.3 million votes in Sao Paulo state in Brazil’s presidential and congressional elections. That was more than double the votes of the second-placed candidate in Brazil’s most populous state.
Matt Taibbi: Tea & Crackers: How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster:
I’m finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you’d expect: at a Sarah Palin rally. The red-hot mama of American exceptionalism has flown in to speak at something called the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, a gospel-music hoedown in a giant convention center filled with thousands of elderly white Southerners.
Antiwar Activists Refuse to Appear in Court:
Some Midwest antiwar activists say they’ll refuse a federal order to testify this month before a grand jury in Chicago. The FBI served the subpoenas and raided several homes 11 days ago.
Student badges equipped with tracking devices:
Students in Santa Fe have to wear ID badges to class, complete with a built-in tracking device. – All students at Santa Fe Junior High and Santa Fe High School have to wear the radio frequency IDs.
Banks’ $4 trillion debts are ‘Achilles’ heel of the economic recovery’, warns IMF:
More taxpayer support is needed to ensure global financial stability despite the billions already pledged, the International Monetary Fund has warned, as banks remain the “achilles heel” of the economic recovery.
Ireland’s debt rating cut by Fitch:
Ireland received yet another blow today after credit agency Fitch cut the country’s debt rating to A+ from AA- with a negative outlook.
IMF: Real Estate Slump Could Last Eight Years:
The prospects in the global real estate sector are “dismal,” with a downturn that could last eight years, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday.
ADP Estimates U.S. Companies Cut 39,000 Jobs in September:
Employment decreased by 39,000, the biggest drop since January, after a revised 10,000 rise in August, according to figures from ADP Employer Services. The median estimate of 37 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 20,000 gain.
IMF Cuts U.S. Growth Estimates on Weak Consumer Spending:
The International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for U.S. growth this year and 2011, predicting a “slow” rebound restrained by a lack of consumer spending.
Goldman on Economy: Two Scenarios, ‘Fairly Bad’ or ‘Very Bad’:
Here’s another ingredient for the gloom stew after the dismal ADP numbers this morning. Last night, Jan “Johnny the Hat” Hatzius and his crew of Goldman Sachs econowonks were out with a pretty dismal read on the U.S. economy:
Banks Breaking Into Occupied Homes In Foreclosure To Change Locks:
The incidents of lock-changing pile further skepticism on a process recently plagued by scandal.
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,366,350″
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,742
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,130
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
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