ICH 26 February, 2010: Weekend Edition – An American Cry for Help

A “Good” Terrorist Captured by Iran
By Ray McGovern
If this kind of scenario is allowed to play out, hostilities with Iran will make the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan look like volleyball games between Mount Saint Ursula and Holy Name high schools. Can President Obama be so naïve as to be unaware of the stakes here?

Democrats Pull Provision on Penalizing Intel Personnel for Interrogation Methods
By The Associated Press
The House approved an intelligence agency bill Friday after Democratic leaders hastily removed a provision that would have imposed prison sentences for personnel using “cruel, inhuman and degrading” interrogation techniques.

The Road to Armageddon
By Paul Craig Roberts
If the U.S. government can murder its citizens abroad it can murder them at home, and has done so.

Complexity and Collapse
Empires on the Edge of Chaos
By Niall Ferguson
Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice.

This Is One of the Biggest Wall Street Frauds Ever…
By Porter Stansberry:
Once this fact becomes common knowledge, it will probably mean jail time for several leading Goldman executives and the end of the firm.

Want to Fix Housing? Listen to the Gipper
By Mike Whitney
There is a remedy for the housing crisis. And it doesn’t involve an agonizing decade of uncertainty while supply adjusts to demand. All Obama needs to do is to stop artificially propping up the market and let the chips fall where they may.

It Is Happening Here
Let’s Pause and Give Thanks to Glenn Beck.
By David Sirota
Beck taught us that a once-principled conservative movement of reasoned activists has turned into a mob – one that does not engage in civilized battles of ideas.

An American Cry for Help
Special Comment By Keith Olbermann
If I prove to have trouble getting through this, I apologize in advance. Last Friday Night my father asked me to kill him. We were just shy of six months since he was hospitalized and it was the end of a long day at the end of a longer week.

US Health Insurers Reap Record Profits in 2009
By Kate Randall
The five largest US health insurance companies set new profit records in 2009, while the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression sent millions of Americans onto the unemployment line and into poverty. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24875.htm

Bernanke Delivers Blunt Warning on U.S. Debt
Stage is set in U.S. for a Greek tragedy
By Patrice Hill
With uncharacteristic bluntness, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned Congress on Wednesday that the United States could soon face a debt crisis like the one in Greece.

Exposing the Great American Bubble Barons
Join Us in the Investigation
By Kevin Connor
Today’s super-rich are not robber barons, but bubble barons: they extract their fortunes from intensifying cycles of imaginary wealth creation and destruction, live at a far remove from their businesses, and evade accountability in the public spotlight.

Waiting to be Saved
The Sad Case of the ‘ Unconnected Dots ‘
By Philip A Farruggio
The apathy level seems to be greater now than even under the Bush & Cheney Gang’s rule. Maybe that’s it. Maybe all the good folks, the ones who did not buy into the crap that the Bush & Cheney Gang was selling, maybe they are now locked into Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

Serial blasts kill 17, injure 32 in central Kabul:
According to Afghan officials, the Friday morning attacks took place near a hotel and guest houses that are generally used by foreign nationals.

Two NATO occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan:
Two NATO soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, one in a bomb attack during a major assault on a southern poppy-growing region, the alliance said Friday.

17 “militants” killed in Pakistan military operations:
At least 17 militants were killed and a security personnel was injured in clashes between Taliban fighters and security forces in northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said.

Three Iraqi army personnel killed, 30 civilians injured in booby-trapped:
Three Iraqi army personnel were killed and 30 civilians were injured on Friday in a booby-trapped car blast in Mosul, northern Iraq.

Iraq to reinstate 20,000 officers from Saddam’s army:
Askari said the requests had come since 2008 from former officers either still living in Iraq or residing abroad. The reinstated officers now had “one month and 45 days” to report for duty.

Yemen: Separatists kill policeman in ambush:
Yemeni separatists shot dead a police officer in south Yemen as he drove on his motorcycle, bringing to four the number of people killed in attacks on security men in the south in a week, state media said yesterday.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
Israel wants urgent Iran sanctions :
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak says any sanctions imposed on Iran must prevent them from reaching military nuclear capability.

US woos Brazil over Iran nuclear dispute:
The dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme is casting a shadow over the Americas as Hillary Clinton heads south to push Brazil to take a tougher approach towards Iran.

Iran says UN nuclear watchdog bends to political influence:
Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani on Friday accused the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), of bending to pressure from the world powers.

An appeal to anti-war organizations & activists to oppose the increasing threats against Iran:
The U.S. government claims that Iran represents a serious threat to the Middle East region and the entire world. Without a shred of evidence

Israel OKs another 600 homes in occupied E Jerusalem:
Israel approves the building of 600 illegal new homes in East Jerusalem (Al-Quds), the latest in a series of projects Tel Aviv has given the go-ahead to despite a 10-month construction freeze.

Arab source: Mitchell wanted to quit over U.S. bias for Israel:
An Arab political source said Friday that special U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell has requested to resign due to his frustration with the way the Obama administration has been handling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a Nazareth-based daily.

Dubai police: We have ‘100 percent’ DNA proof of one assassin:
He said police had “categorical DNA proof on one of the assassins” and fingerprint evidence from several other suspects, providing “100 percent” proof of their identities.

14 of Hamas murder team used “real” Israeli IDs – reports:
At least 14 of the 26 suspects named by Dubai police as involved in the murder of Palestinian militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh belong to real people living in Israel, media reports said Thursday.

Thai court seizes Thaksin assets:
More than $1bn to be confiscated after court rules former PM abused his position.

Iranian rebel ‘admits US links’:
An alleged member of a Sunni Muslim group fighting the Iranian government has said in a televised confession that his group received help from the United States.

More Terrorist Blowback from U.S. Foreign Policy:
According to Bush, Cheney, and their cohorts, people in the Middle East were apparently either indifferent to all this death, destruction, and humiliation at the hands of the U.S. Empire or maybe even favored it.

House votes to extend Patriot Act with few changes:
The Democratic retreat is a political victory for Republicans and a major disappointment for Democrats and their allies who believe the Patriot Act fails to protect privacy and gives the government too much authority to spy on Americans and seize their property.

What? House Strips Torture Prohibition From Intelligence Bill:
The House Friday morning at the last minute stripped language from a wide-ranging amendment that would have prohibited U.S. intelligence operatives from engaging in cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Dems pull provision penalizing intel personnel:
The House approved an intelligence agency bill Friday after Democratic leaders hastily removed a provision that would have imposed prison sentences for personnel using “cruel, inhuman and degrading” interrogation techniques.

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:  4,698

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,666

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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