Militarising space: The Fallujah fallacy Eric Walberg

Defining moments in US military logic: Kim Phuc Phan Thi, centre, gave the Vietnam War a human face as she fled her village after a napalm attack in 1972 (photo: Nick Ut, AP)

The Pentagon has made remarkable strides in militarisation of space this year, but its techno-schemes are built on the same sandy foundations as the rest of its defence policy, laments Eric Walberg

In April, Air Force Space Command activated a new unit —  the 24th Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas — to keep pace with “the rapid changes in information technology and allow space and cyberspace capabilities to be more accessible to military ground commanders”, according to the Space Command’s top military officer General Robert Kehler. Kehler called the activation “the beginning of what will be a deliberate and focused effort to develop and evolve cyberspace forces and capabilities.”

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Re. 9/11 Launching the International Campaign for Mounir El Motassadeq By Elias Davidsson

Dear friends,

The Committee for Mounir el Motassadeq launches today an international campaign for the reopening of his case, after a Hamburg (Germany) court sentenced him to 15 years in prison, for allegedly helping his friends, Mohamed Atta and Co. to prepare the attacks of 9/11. Mounir is doubly innocent. First, he did not know anything of the preparations for 9/11. And second, there is not a shred of evidence that his friends, Mohammed Atta and Co. participated in the attacks of 9/11.

By demanding the reopening of the trial, it is our aim to force a judicial determination that there exists no evidence of Muslim participation in the attacks of 9/11. We expect, evidently, that the US and German governments will fiercely oppose any attempt to reopen the case because such reopening could – if the court acts impartially – undermine the official legend of 9/11, the raison-d’être of the Western Alliance, and the basis of the the War on Terror and the Occupation of Afghanistan. However, the wrongful condemnation of Mounir presents a unique and historical opportunity to reveal to the public the extent of political, judicial and moral rot, that afflicts even a country such as Germany, which claims to have learned lessons from history.

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