ICH 7 February 2013: Poll : It’s Illegal to Target Americans: Ok To Kill Foreigners
7 February 2013 – Information Clearing House
U.S. Goading Japan into Confrontation with China
Will Japan Take the Bait?
By John V. Walsh
China has no record of expansionism overseas even going back to 1400 when it was the world’s premier naval power but never conquered or established colonies or took slaves.
Ayatollah Khamenei Rejects Talks With US Under Pressure
By Press TV
Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that during the past four years, nothing has been seen from the United States but continuation of conspiracies, abetting seditionists and supporting the terrorists which assassinated Iranian nation’s scientists.
Washington Speaks With Forked Tongue to Iran
By Finian Cunningham
Only days after American Vice President Joe Biden made a very public and tantalizing offer of bilateral talks between the US and Iran, there then follows another round of punitive trade sanctions imposed by Washington on Iran‘s vital oil industry.
Targeting the Iranian Threat to “Stability”
Israel Enters Syria
By Ben Schreiner
The dream of forging a new Middle East through the destruction of Syria has come to be championed by the U.S. neo-con crowd.
Israeli Myths & Propaganda
Israeli Professor Ilan Pappe reveals the truth about the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
WANTED – A Psychiatric Diagnosis of Nazi Holocaust Denial
By Alan Hart
I stand by my view that holocaust denial (and most aspects of holocaust revisionism) is evil on a par with the commissioning of the slaughter and the slaughtering itself.
Arab Leaders: Waiting To Count The Dead Bodies
By Mahboob A. Khawaja
What have the contemporary Arab leaders done for the interests of the Arab masses and Muslim Ummah?
HRW: Hundreds of Afghan Children Killed in US Attacks
By Human Rights Watch
The committee said it was “alarmed” at reports of the deaths of hundreds of children from US attacks and air strikes in Afghanistan since the committee last reviewed US practices in 2008.
Poll : It’s Illegal to Target Americans: Ok To Kill Foreigners
By FDU MindPoll
By a two-to-one margin (48%-24%) of American voters say they think it is illegal for the U.S. government to kill its own citizens. By a wide six-to-one margin (75%-13%) voters approve of the U.S. military using drones to carry out attacks abroad “on people and targets deemed a threat to the U.S.other.
Tribalism And Agreed-Upon Lies
By John Scales Avery
It seems to be a part of human nature to behave with great kindness towards members of our own group. By contrast we often exhibit terrible aggression towards other groups that are perceived to be competing with or threatening our own.
Extrajudicial Killing: Official US Policy
By Stephen Lendman
“The parallels to the Bush administration torture memos are chilling. Those were unchecked legal justifications drawn up to justify torture; these are unchecked justifications drawn up to justify extrajudicial killing.”
American Foreign Policy
Have Our War Lovers Learned Anything?
By William Blum
When it comes to following international law, is the United States like a failed state? The Somalia of international law?
It Has Happened Here
The police state is real
By Paul Craig Roberts
Ironic, isn’t it, that the president of the United States now murders his political opponents just as Saddam Hussein murdered his. How long before critics move from the no-fly list to the extermination list?
Who’s going to step up?
President Obama Must be Impeached
By Dave Lindorff
Terrorism is not the threat. Passivity in the face of encroaching tyranny is.
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
By Glenn Greenwald
yet again, the US media has been caught working together to conceal obviously newsworthy government secrets.
Lost In Translation
North Korea Video Shows US City Under Attack
Some in the media have presented the video as North Korea perhaps hoping to attack the United States in the future. However, closer inspection of the portions translated, combined with the overall video emphasizing North Korea‘s high tech future, do not seem to indicate a North Korean invasion.
Has Scotland Yard name become toxic?
By Yvonne Ridley
Not a week goes by when someone further tarnishes the image of the world famous Scotland Yard through greed, corruption, lies and sleaze.
“You Don’t Want To Hear The Truth!”
Native American Confronts Protesters on Illegal Immigration
A Native American man, staged his own protest when he came across a rally against illegal immigration in Tucson, Arizona. “You’re all f*cking illegal. You’re all illegal,” “We didn’t invite none of you here.
4 Afghan police killed in bomb attack:
Remote-controlled bomb hits vehicle in Balkh province, killing district police chief and three bodyguards
Half of all Afghans paid bribes to public officials in 2012: UN report:
The report by the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Afghanistan‘s anti-corruption unit says that while there has been “some tangible progress”, the total cost of corruption increased to US$3.9 billion (S$4.8 billioon) in 2012 – 40 per cent up on 2009.
US kills three people in Pakistan:
Three people were killed when a US drone fired missiles at a suspected compound in Ghulam Khan Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday, according to witnesses.
Syria Government retakes town as Damascus clashes rage:
After a 16-day onslaught, troops retook Karnaz on the strategic Damascus-Aleppo highway, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rebel “fighters withdrew from Karnaz, which they seized in December last year, after heavy fighting and regular forces regained control,” he told AFP.
Syria govt reaches out to rebels:
The embattled Syrian government has assigned at least two senior officials to reach out to the political opposition inside and outside Syria, in the latest efforts to start a national reconciliation dialogue proposed by President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters on Wednesday.
Ahmadinejad urges negotiations, elections in Syria;
The two sides should “sit at the negotiations table to find a solution to the crisis, through mutual understanding,” Ahmadinejad, who is on a visit to Egypt, said in the interview broadcast late Wednesday.
Arab League Backs Syrian Opposition’s Call for Dialogue:
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Tuesday backed a call by the leader of Syria‘s main opposition group for talks with the Damascus regime aimed at ending nearly 23 months of bloodshed in the country, AFP reported.
Syria opposition demands all women prisoners freed by Sunday:
Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said the Syrian government had until Sunday to release all women detainees, otherwise he would regard his offer for dialogue as rejected by President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Arabic said.
Panetta, Dempsey support arming Syria rebels -
Panetta, Dempsey: Obama Rejected Plan for US to Arm Syrian Rebels:
Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that they had supported a recommendation to arm Syrian rebels promoted by the State Department and CIA but which President Barack Obama ultimately decided against.
Iran president tells US to correct its attitude:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country cannot hold meaningful talks with the U.S. on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program if Washington is threatening his country.
Turkey’s Halkbank to continue existing Iran transactions- min:
Turkish state-owned Halkbank will continue its existing transactions with Iran but some other banks have pulled back in response to pressure from the United States, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said on Thursday.
Iran broadcasts footage ‘extracted from CIA spy drone’:
Tehran claims to reverse-engineer RQ-170 Sentinel, adding Iran is producing ‘more than 20 types of drones’ and intends to export.
Hamas and Fatah in unity talks, says Khaled Meshaal:
Mr Meshaal also said preparations were being made for presidential and parliamentary elections.
Landmine kills 4 civilians in Mali:
The deadly blast took place on Thursday between the central town of Douentza and the northern city of Gao, some 320 kilometers east-southeast of Timbuktu.
Tunisian govt shake-up: A move away from hardline Islamist rule?:
To quell public fury at the murder of an opposition figure, the Tunisian government has promised elections. Amid claims the ruling Islamist-led Ennahda party was behind the killing, Tunisia’s PM pledged a move towards a more secular system.
ICC orders Libya to hand over ex-spy chief:
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered Libyan authorities to immediately to hand over Abdullah al-Senussi, deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief.
Haiti urged to pursue Jean-Claude Duvalier rights trial:
International human rights groups have urged the Haitian authorities not to drop a rights case against former ruler Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.
Colombia’s FARC guerrillas propose drug legalization in peace talks with government;
Colombia’s main rebel army called on the government Wednesday to legalize the cultivation of marijuana, poppy and coca leaf, as well as the personal consumption of drugs derived from those plants.
Venezuela donates free heating oil to 100,000 needy US households; -
For the eighth straight year, Venezuela’s state oil company is donating free heating oil to hundreds of thousands of needy Americans.
ECB Agrees to Ease Terms for Ireland:
The European Central Bank Thursday agreed to ease the terms under which the Irish government repays €31 billion ($41.92 billion) of debts. Charles Forelle joins Markets Hub
US silences national witness who debunked official 9/11 report:
“Actually, there was an initial explosion in the basement seconds before the plane hit. I spoke about it – they didn’t want me to talk about it,” said William Rodriguez, a janitor working for 20 years in the North Tower of the World Trade Center buildings.
Brennan pressed on drones at confirmation hearing for CIA post;
“It’s the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an American without checks and balances that’s so troubling,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said. “Every American has the right to know when their government believes it’s allowed to kill them.”
U.S. drone use could set dangerous example for rogue powers:Op-Ed:
“I sincerely doubt most members of the U.S. government would be happy with China or Russia or North Korea using drones and lethal force the way the U.S. government is doing, which is outside the bounds of international law,” said Johnson.
Democratic Senator Calls For Greater Declassification Of Drone Program:
More needs to be done to ensure that Americans are aware of the justification used by the administration to target those they deem combatants, Wyden told the panel interviewing him on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Michael Moore asks citizens to stand up to Obama’s ‘dangerous’ erosion of civil liberties:
“We have to work and speak out against the Obama administration and everything they are doing to destroy civil liberties.”
Silent Circle, The New Encryption App That Is Terrifying The Government:
The idea is to “democratize encryption” by making it available to the non-tech-savvy with the push of a button. Will this be used for good or evil? Slate’s Ryan Gallagher explains:
Cost Of War
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590“
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,257
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001