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ICH 16 December, 2008: Cheney Admits Authorizing Torture

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,284,105"
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
 
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 4,209
icasualties.org/oif/
 
The War And Occupation Of Iraq Costs
$579,917,643,776
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

Senate Report Links Bush to Detainee Homicides; Media Yawns
By Glenn Greenwald
The culpability which the Report assigns for these war crimes is vast in scope and unambiguous:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21478.htm

Cheney Admits Authorizing Detainee’s Torture
By David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Monday, outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney made a startling statement on a nation-wide, televised broadcast.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21477.htm

It’s not about them…it’s about us
Why We Must Prosecute Bush And His Administration For War Crimes
By Mike Ferner
We are complicit in the horrors of this administration.  We can claim neither ignorance nor innocence.  We are complicit by the very fact that we are citizens of the United States, more so because we paid for the war, and even more so for this reason.  Listen to a village sheik I met in Iraq describe it better than I ever could.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21473.htm

The Failed Logic of Supporting the Troops
By Remi Kanazi
We are led to believe that a soldier can either serve out the rest of his tour or be branded a disgrace and imprisoned for becoming a conscientious objector. In reality the choice is much starker: a soldier can refuse to serve or contribute to the death of a million Iraqis.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21474.htm

Israel’s ‘Crime Against Humanity’
By Chris Hedges
Israel’s siege of Gaza, largely unseen by the outside world because of Jerusalem’s refusal to allow humanitarian aid workers, reporters and photographers access to Gaza, rivals the most egregious crimes carried out at the height of apartheid by the South African regime.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21469.htm

Israel’s Terror Rampage
By Dr. Elias Akleh
The Israeli government is conducting a meditative mass murder operation against Gaza residents while the whole world is silently and complicity watching and the American media is distorting the facts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21471.htm

Why Hezbollah Stiffed Carter
Was it ‘housekeeping’ or personal?
By Franklin P Lamb
Carter and Hezbollah agree that the Bush Administration ‘terrorism list” is by and large nothing more than a “political list” and Carter has been as critical of some aspects of Bush’s criminal crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan as Hezbollah. Hezbollah calls being on the Bush list a “Badge of honor” and former US Senator Jim Abourezk refers to it as an “Honor roll”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21475.htm

The Neo-Alchemy of the Federal Reserve
By Ron Paul
The updated total bailout commitments add up to over $8 trillion now. This translates into a monetary base increase of 75 percent over the last two months. This money does not come from some rainy day fund tucked away in the budget somewhere – it is created from thin air, and devalues every dollar in circulation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21468.htm

The Collapse Of The US Dollar
“Understanding the Next Phase of the Global Systemic Crisis”
By Guns And Butter – Audio
Interview with Director of Research for the GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin, Franck Biancheri. We discuss the global systemic crisis leading to a Very Great Depression in the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21467.htm

Bailout for the People:
“The Cook Plan”
By Richard C. Cook
What I am modestly calling the “Cook Plan” is simply to pay each resident of the U.S. a dividend, by means of vouchers for the necessities of life, in the amount of $1,000 per month per capita starting immediately as our fair share of the resources of the Earth and the bounty of the modern industrial economy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21472.htm

Still Lying, Still Allowed To Lie
By David Michael Green
This astonishing little dialogue packs more deceit, and more permission to engage in deceit, into one passage than any ‘blivet’ (ten pounds of bullshit in a five pound bag) I’ve ever seen.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21466.htm

Muntadar al-Zaidi Did What We Journalists Should Have Done Long Ago
By Dave Lindorff
Al-Zaidi listened to Bush blather that the half-decade of war he had initiated with the illegal invasion of Iraq had been “necessary for US security, Iraqi stability (sic) and world peace” and something just snapped.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21470.htm

Schumer vs. Blagojevich:
No match when it comes to corruption
By Patrick Martin
Blagojevich is distinguished not so much by his much-publicized use of four-letter words as by the penny-ante character of his financial aspirations. To the Illinois governor, a $150,000-a-year sinecure for his wife was truly a bonanza. For the New York senator, that is mere petty cash.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21476.htm

40 “Taliban” killed in Nato-Afghan action:
A joint Afghan-Nato operation in a volatile region in the country’s dangerous south has killed 40 militants, including the Taliban’s leader in that region, a government official said on Monday..
tinyurl.com/54we62

British occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan:
A British soldier was killed by enemy gunfire in Afghanistan yesterday – the fifth British serviceman to be killed there in three days.
tinyurl.com/68fxw2

Officials: Suspected U.S. strike kills 2 in Pakistan:
Officials and a witness say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed two people in a militant stronghold in Pakistan
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/6166622.html

Pak drivers boycott NATO supply delivery:
Pakistani drivers have refused to deliver supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan as the security situation is worsening along the route.
www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=78558&sectionid=351020401

India prepared for strike on Pakistan: US media:
The United States believes that India`s air force began preliminary preparations for a possible attack against Pakistan in the immediate aftermath of the recent massacre in Mumbai, a US news channel reported on Monday.
paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?208929

Terror tactics:
When Lashkar-e-Toiba’s gunmen targeted British and American civilians during their killing spree in Mumbai, it wasn’t just al-Qaida’s tactics they were copying. After seeing that al-Qaida’s entire way of war works, Lashkar’s leaders are trying it out for themselves. And, so far, they are having the same success.
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/
dec/15/india-pakistan-terrorism-taliban

US costs of Iraq, Afghan wars top USD 900 billion:
U.S. military operations, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, have cost USD 904 billion since 2001 and could top USD 1.7 trillion by 2018, even with big cuts in overseas troop deployments
www.focus-fen.net/?id=n163271

Poll Finds Support for Obama’s War Views:
Most Americans support the war in Afghanistan and a slim majority said the conflict there is essential to battling global terrorism, the poll found. Yet, a majority of Americans also believe that the U.S. military action there has been unsuccessful.
tinyurl.com/5zbucj

Attacks in Iraq kill 20 people:
Deadly attacks in northern Iraq on Monday left nine people dead — including seven from one family — while attacks near Baghdad left 11 dead, authorities said.
edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/12/15/iraq.main/index.html

Free Bush shoe-thrower, Iraqis urge:
Thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated in Baghdad’s Sadr City in support of a journalist being held in custody after throwing his shoes at George Bush, the US president.
english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/
2008/12/20081215144834440817.html

Shoe thrower kidnapped once: –
THE Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush was kidnapped once by militants and, separately, detained briefly by the US military.
www.straitstimes.com/Breaking+News/
World/Story/STIStory_314995.html

Agreement in Hamas: Cease-fire to end Friday:
Hamas’ spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Ayman Taha, said the movement had concluded that there was no point in extending the truce “as long as Israel isn’t abiding by its terms” – though he added that talks on continuing the cease-fire were still taking place.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1046923.html

Livni Says Israel Can’t Tolerate Hamas State in Gaza :
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Israel can’t tolerate a Hamas-run state in the Gaza Strip, as a six-month truce with the Islamic militant group comes to an end.
tinyurl.com/6lclel

Gaza Strip in total darkness, limited aid allowed in:
The majority of areas in Gaza Strip spent Sunday night in total darkness after Israel stopped supplying it with fuel, forcing Gaza’s only power plant to close down.
tinyurl.com/6jp4ds

Hezbollah chief calls on Arab, Muslim world to help lift Gaza blockade:
 Nasrallah addressed Arab leaders directly, saying “where are your Arab sensibilities? When a million and a half Arab people in the Gaza Strip are living under a siege, in hunger, under threat.”
tinyurl.com/5nyxjf

UN: Israel’s expulsion of human rights envoy is ‘dangerous’:
Israel’s decision to expel a U.S. expert on human rights was a “dangerous” move that contravened mandates given to rights advocates working for the United Nations, the UN General Assembly president said Monday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1046909.html

Iraqi group files 200 lawsuits against Rumsfeld, US security firms for torture:
“Around 30 lawsuits have been accepted so far,” Qeisi told AFP. The others are still under consideration. “The torture was systemic, and those responsible for it should be punished and the victims should be compensated,” he said.
rawstory.com/news/2008/Iraqi_group_
files_200_lawsuits_against_1215.html

Libya honors Iraqi shoe-throwing reporter:
A Libyan group led by the daughter of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi gives a bravery award to the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at president Bush.
www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=78593&sectionid=351020506

Ducking the issue on Iraq:
One Iraqi journalist shows more willingness to stand up to President Bush than the entire White House press corp
tinyurl.com/62zwen

Bush Excluded by Latin Summit as China, Russia Loom:
Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathering in Brazil tomorrow will mark a historic occasion: a region-wide summit that excludes the United States.
tinyurl.com/6pxch3

Illinois house OKs impeachment inquiry on governor:
The Illinois House of Representatives voted on Monday to begin an impeachment inquiry into Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accused of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE4BA65D20081216

The Real Story Behind the Rushed Blagojevich Bust:
Conventional wisdom holds that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald ordered the FBI to arrest Rod Blagojevich before sunrise Tuesday in order to stop a crime from being committed. But the opposite is true:
tinyurl.com/5d6jpr

From Paris to Tokyo, more Madoff victims emerge:
BNP Paribas, the biggest French bank, said Sunday that it has as much as €350 million, or $472 million, at risk from Madoff’s investment advisory business. Nomura Holdings of Japan has ¥27.5 billion, or $302 million, at risk from Madoff’s funds, while Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria of Spain may face up to €300 million in losses.
tinyurl.com/5uduls

Faber Report — Madoff:
CNBC’s Davif Faber reports on the $50 billion Ponzi scheme run bu ex-NASDAQ chairman Bernard L. Madoff.
tinyurl.com/5aa44u

Report: Elie Wiesel, Steven Spielberg among victims of Madoff affair:
An alleged $50 billion fraud by Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff has caused deep ripples in the Jewish philanthropic world, forcing the closure of two prominent U.S.-based charities and threatening the financial lifeline of a slew of other groups.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1046916.html

Siemens to pay $1.3 billion in fines:
In Washington, Siemens’s general counsel, Peter Solmssen, signed an $800 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to end an inquiry into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The fine is, by a colossal margin, the largest ever imposed under the U.S. antibribery legislation, now 31 years old.
www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/15/business/
siemens.php?WT.mc_id=newsalert

Dollar Staggers as U.S. Unleashes Cash Flood, Deficit :
The biggest foreign-exchange strategists and investors say the best may be over for the dollar after a four-month, 24 percent rally.
tinyurl.com/5rp9ch

Get ready for ‘Toyota shock’:
First came the “Sony Shock.”: No, not news last week that the consumer-electronics giant is cutting 16,000 jobs – the other shock. For investors, the big one came in April 2003, when shares fell 27% in two days.
tinyurl.com/65d698

Americans rich and poor pawn more to pay bills:
Whether it’s a Tiffany diamond or a three-year-old lawnmower, more and more Americans from all social classes are pawning their possessions to make ends meet.
www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE4BE02720081215

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