Information Clearing House Newsletter 18 June, 2010: You Want us to Kill Women and Children on the Street?

Blowback Confirmed
NYC Bomb Suspect Funded by Pakistani Taliban: Feds:
By Allan Lengel
“The facts alleged in this indictment show that the Pakistani Taliban facilitated Faisal Shahzad’s attempted attack on American soil,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

What Price Afghanistan?
By Pat Buchanan
It is simply not credible that the United States and its NATO allies, some of whom – like the Dutch – are pulling out, can prevail in this war in 12 months so America can begin coming home, as Obama has promised, unless Obama is willing to write Afghanistan off.

Warring for Resources
“U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan”
By David Sirota
Many probably wondered how this information was being presented as “news” in 2010. As Mother Jones magazine’s James Ridgeway said after recalling past public accounts of the ore deposits, “This ‘discovery’ in fact is ancient history tracing back to the times of Marco Polo.”

Wikileaks Soldier Reveals Orders for “360 Rotational Fire”
You Want us to Kill Women and Children on the Street?
By Ralph Lopez
“If someone in your line gets hit with an IED, 360 rotational fire. You kill every motherf*cker on the street.” Myself and Josh and a lot of other soldiers were just sitting there looking at each other like, “Are you kidding me? You want us to kill women and children on the street?”

Truth Through a Soda Straw
By John Grant
There is no reason why Americans should not see what US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are doing in their name and with their tax resources. In a free society, the fact something may discredit the military is the military’s problem. Using the power of courts, prisons or worse to quash the truth is, as a Times editorial put it, disgraceful.

“Americans Have a Right to Know”
By Ray McGovern, Daniel Ellsberg and Coleen Rowley
It is a safe bet that NSA, CIA, FBI and other agencies have been instructed to do all possible to make an example of Wikileaks leader, Australian-born Julian Assange, and his colleagues. Much is at stake — for both Pentagon and freedom of the press.

The Strange and Consequential Case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks
Must Read – By Glenn Greenwald
From the start, this whole story was quite strange for numerous reasons.  In an attempt to obtain greater clarity about what really happened here, I’ve spent the last week reviewing everything I could related to this case and speaking with several of the key participants (including Lamo, with whom I had a one-hour interview last night that can be heard on the recorder below.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
Strong Support For Attack On Iran
Majorities in many Western and some Muslim countries are willing to consider military action against Iran to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, a global poll showed on Thursday.

Iran Responds to UNSC Resolution
By Press TV
How can a regime that is not able to contain an oil well be trusted by the world to contain its arsenal of nuclear weapons that jeopardizes global security?

Gulf Oil Full of Methane, Adding New Concerns
Huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating “dead zones” where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives. “This is the most vigorous methane eruption in modern human history,” Kessler said.

Deficit Terrorists Strike In The UK – USA Next?
By Ellen Brown
“[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert.

A Return to Feudalism and the City-State
“Europe’s Financial Class War Against Labor, Industry and Government”
Must listen interview with Dr. Michael Hudson.
Economic crisis in Europe created by predatory lending.

Kyrgyz toll ‘could touch 2,000’:
Kyrgyzstan’s interim leader, says the death toll from ethnic clashes in the country’s south could reach 2000, manifold higher than the official figure of 200

Turkish Raid May Have Killed 100 Kurdish Rebels:
Turkey’s military said Friday it killed as many as 120 Kurdish rebels in an air raid on rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month and a daylong incursion by elite commandos into Iraq this week.

Three PKK rebels killed in east Turkey:
Three members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in an operation staged by the Turkish security forces in east Turkey on Thursday, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported.

43 Turkish soldiers killed in operations against PKK in past 4 months:
About 43 soldiers of the Turkish security forces have been killed in operations against the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) since March inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, where the PKK rebels take refuge, a Turkish military official said Friday.

8 killed in attacks close to Baghdad:
Eight people were killed and eight others were wounded in two attacks in the Abu-Graib area west of Baghdad, local police said.

Iraq car bomb kills 5, injures 52:
Police said the car bomb was parked outside the house of a Salaheddin provincial council member in a residential area in the town of Tuz Khurmato, a disputed territory 90 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk

Iraqi son kills dad working for US army:
A police official says an Iraqi interpreter for the US military was gunned down by his son and nephew north of the capital.

Top cleric warns Iraq leaders as deal hopes dim:
Iraq’s two main contenders to head a new government remained at odds Friday. The bickering drew an ultimatum from the spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority community, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to intervene if the politicians did not forge a deal quickly.

Deported Iraqis ‘Beaten’ By UK Border Guards:
Rejected Iraqi asylum seekers deported from the UK have claimed they were beaten by British border guards forcing them onto a plane.

Pakistan recovers bodies of six troops, 34 still missing:
Taliban militants have handed over the bodies of six Pak soldiers killed in an attack near the Afghan border but the hunt is still on for 34 who remain missing, officials said Friday.

2 US occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan:
Two Americans were killed in fighting Friday in southern Afghanistan, raising to 33 the number of U.S. troops killed in the war so far this month.

British occupation force soldier killed in Afghanistan blast:
A British soldier was killed by an explosion in southern Afghanistan Friday, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said.

17 Afghan troops disappear from Texas air force base: report:
A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, has learned.

Russia not following the script on Iran:
Russia ‘schizophrenic’ on Iran:
US defense chief: Russia appears to have a “schizophrenic” approach to Iran, viewing Tehran as a security threat while pursuing commercial deals with the country, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
Iran could fire ‘hundreds’ of missiles at Europe: Gates:
US intelligence has shown Iran could launch an attack against Europe with “scores or hundreds” of missiles, prompting major changes to US missile defenses, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said on Thursday.

Stranger than fiction?
Former Spanish PM: If Israel goes down, we all go down :
“Israel is our first line of defense in a turbulent region that is constantly at risk of descending into chaos,” Aznar wrote, adding that “to abandon Israel to its fate, at this moment of all moments, would merely serve to illustrate how far we have sunk and how inexorable our decline now appears.”

Lebanon, Egypt condemn Israeli threat:
The Lebanese and Egyptian premiers have condemned a new Israeli threat against Beirut, saying it “might have dire consequences” for Tel Aviv.

Egypt allows Iranian humanitarian ships to sail to Gaza:
Egypt has permitted Iranian humanitarian ships to enter the Gaza Strip through the Suez Canal, the Turkish Haberturk website reported.

Organizer of German Jewish flotilla: We aren’t betraying Israel:
German Jewish Voice organization plans to send an aid ship to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza in July.

Israel refuses to withdraw Ambassador to Turkey:
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that Israel will not respond to Turkey’s demand that it recall its ambassador to Ankara. Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, the former ambassador to the United States said “the intentions of someone making such demands are not good.”

Demonizing Turkey:
Major Jewish organization declares Turkey unsafe for Jews -advises against travel: Late Thursday the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization, issued a travel advisory urging Jews to not travel within, or to, Turkey unless absolutely necessary.

Knesset to hold session on Armenian genocide:
On Wednesday, several U.S. congressmen from both parties announced that they were reconsidering their own positions on whether Turkey’s treatment of the Armenians during World War I should be labeled genocide. At a press conference, the congressmen expressed concern over Ankara’s deepening ties with Iran at the expense of those with its traditional ally Israel

So what?
Video: IHH leader tells Gaza flotilla activists to ‘throw IDF soldiers into the sea’:
 ”If they board our ship, we will throw them into the sea, Allah willing!” says Yildirim, the head of the Turkish pro-Palestinian group that sent an aid flotilla to Gaza last month.

Haredim hurl racial slurs at Ethiopian officers:
Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox who rioted in Jaffa Wednesday hurled racial epithets at police officers of Ethiopian descent and called others “Nazis.”,7340,L-3906300,00.html

Israel jails Ultra-Orthodox fathers:
The 35 fathers who turned themselves in at the Jerusalem police headquarters on Thursday evening were taken to Maasiyahu prison in the central Israeli city of Ramle to serve an initial two-week jail sentence for contempt of court.

Analysis / Israeli apathy is to blame for ultra-Orthodox arrogance:
Why do the Haredim have their own school system? Because the state lets them get away with it.

Police postpone CCTV scheme targeting British Muslims:
The introduction of a network of more than 200 CCTV cameras giving blanket coverage of two predominantly Muslim areas of Birmingham is to be postponed after furious protests.

Victory for WikiLeaks in Iceland’s Parliament:
At 4 a.m. on Thursday, at the end of an all-night session, Iceland’s Parliament, the Althing, voted unanimously in favor of a package of legislation aimed at making the country a haven for freedom of expression by offering legal protection to whistle-blower Web sites like WikiLeaks, which helped to craft the proposal.

WikiLeaks part II: Adrian Lamo responds:
The hacker at the heart of yesterday’s post about WikiLeaks and military espionage responds with corrections and new info

Judge rules Guantanamo detainee must face strip searches:
A Guantanamo Bay detainee awaiting trial in a federal civilian court cannot evade strip searches that require him to expose his private areas because security would be compromised, a judge has ruled.

US convict executed by firing squad:
Gardner was strapped into a chair with a target pinned over his chest as five anonymous marksmen armed with .30-calibre rifles fired from behind a wall.

BP Oil Slick Now Threatens 60 Percent of America’s Tidal Marshes:
New data has been released showing that the massive BP oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is already contaminating one major protected North American Marine Ecoregion, containing more than 60-percent of America’s tidal marshes, and is threatening at least two more

BP Oil Spill: Against Gov. Jindal’s Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard:
59 Days Into Oil Crisis, Gulf Coast Governors Say Feds Are Failing Them

U.S. scientist warns impact of methane gas as result of Gulf oil spill:
“The mixture coming up is now about 40 percent methane and  60 percent oil from undersea of the Gulf of Mexico,” Kessler explained . “This means there are immense amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, being input into the Gulf.”

ROV films oil leak coming from rock cracks on seafloor :
This video was recorded from the Viking Poseidon — ROV 1 on June 13th, 2010 at 2:58 AM EST.

Bankers: BP seeks $1B loan each from 7 banks: Reuters:
BP raising bilateral loans to bypass expensive bond market

Kick Ass or Buy Gas? :
How Taxpayers Are Subsidizing BP’s Disaster Through the Pentagon

Strikes in China signal end to era of low-cost labour and cheap exports:
China’s rulers make statements supporting workers rights as series of high-profile strikes suggest economic turning point

IMF: France Economic Outlook Subject To High Uncertainty:
Growth in France is sluggish in 2010 and forecast to pick up only slightly in 2011, and the IMF said Paris needed to navigate a delicate balance between fiscal consolidation and stimulating job creation.

Spain not looking for IMF bailout says Zapatero:
The Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has denied rumours that his nation is on the verge of asking the IMF and the EU for a bailout, despite a visit by the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Euro ‘will be dead in five years’:
The euro will have broken up before the end of this Parliamentary term, according to the bulk of economists taking part in a wide-ranging economic survey for The Sunday Telegraph.

US jobless claims in surprise rise:
New claims for jobless insurance benefits in the United States rose unexpectedly for the second straight week, the government said Thursday on concerns unemployment may derail the “economic recovery”.

Nevada’s unemployment rate to reach No. 1 in U.S.:
Nevada now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. The official numbers come out tomorrow, but News 4 has learned that the statewide jobless rate will reach 14 percent for May.

Man Loses Home During Cancer Fight: Despite Pleading, Bank Forecloses On Home:
To the bank, he said, he was just another name and number, not a person trying to provide for his family and fight the cancers that had invaded his body.

In jail for being in debt:
 ”They have no right to do this to me,” said the 57-year-old patient care advocate, her voice as soft as a whisper. “Not for a stupid credit card.”

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:  4,724
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,837

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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