Information Clearing House Newsletter 10 December, 2010: Halliburton May Pay $500 million to Keep Cheney out of Prison: Report

10 December, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Why Are Wars Not Being Reported Honestly?
By John Pilger
The public needs to know the truth about wars. So why have journalists colluded with governments to hoodwink us?

Lebanon Holds its Breath Over Leaked Revelations
By Robert Fisk in Beirut
The Hezbollah party is using the cables as proof of UN involvement with Washington – and thus, by extension, with Israel – and politicians are desperately denying that they gave intelligence information to the Americans about Hezbollah’s secret communications system.

WikiLeaks Cables Show Deeper U.S. Military Role in Muslim World
From the Saudi-Yemen border to lawless Somalia and the north-central African desert, the U.S. military is more engaged in armed conflicts in the Muslim world than the U.S. government openly acknowledges, according to cables released by the WikiLeaks website.

What’s Behind the War on WikiLeaks
By Ray McGovern
WikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in America, who thrive on secrecy, are trying desperately to stuff the genie back in.

Espionage Act:
How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United States

By Naomi Wolf
This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general.

Halliburton May Pay $500 million to Keep Cheney out of Prison: Report
By Daniel Tencer
Oilfield services company Halliburton is in negotiations with the Nigerian government to keep its former CEO, Dick Cheney, out of prison, according to a news report.

Lying is Not Patriotic
Congressman Ron Paul speaks on the house floor. December 9, 2010 :

15 killed in blast in NW Pakistan:
At least 15 people were killed and 17 others injured in a blast that took place Friday afternoon nearby a hospital in Hangu city in northwest Pakistan, reported local TV channel Geo.

11 “Taliban militants” killed in Pakistan :
Eleven Taliban militants, including a rebel commander, were killed in fighting with the security forces in northwestern Pakistan, Xinhua reported Friday.

US Kills 4 People In Pakistan:
At least four people were killed and two others injured in a U.S. drone strike launched Friday evening in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area along the Afghan border, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo.

US, Pak officials deliberately overlook fatalities:
The United States and Pakistani officials are deliberately overlooking the deaths of civilians that outnumber the militants’ killings in CIA’s drone attacks and last November was the third deadliest month regarding drone hits, says a report. The Brooking Institute revealed last year that drones killed an average of ten civilians to one militant.

US kills three Afghan women:
Three women have been killed when a US remote-controlled drone fired a rocket at a car in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province.

Obama withdraws offer to donate 20 F-35s to Israel :
Congress approved an administration request for $205 million in U.S. funding for Israel’s new Iron Dome short-range missile and rocket defense system. The allocation was expected to finance the production of at least eight Iron Dome batteries.

US cables suggest Burma is building secret nuclear sites:
Fears of bomb plan as witnesses tell US embassy that North Koreans are involved with underground facility in jungle

WikiLeaks cables: Pfizer ‘used dirty tricks to avoid clinical trial payout’:
Cables say drug giant hired investigators to find evidence of corruption on Nigerian attorney general to persuade him to drop legal action

WikiLeaks cables: Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed:
US embassy cables reveal top executive’s claims that company ‘knows everything’ about key decisions in government ministries

WikiLeaks cables: Consult us before using intelligence to commit war crimes, US tells Uganda:
The US told Uganda to let it know when the army was going to commit war crimes using American intelligence – but did not try to dissuade it from doing so, the US embassy cables suggest.

Assange accuser may have ceased co-operating:
Anna Ardin, one of the two complainants in the rape and sexual assault case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, has left Sweden, and may have ceased actively co-operating with the Swedish prosecution service and her own lawyer

Assange Lawyers Prepare for U.S. Spying Indictment:
Attorney Says American Indictment Related to Espionage Act Imminent for Wikileaks Founder

Putin leads backlash over WikiLeaks boss detention:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Thursday led growing support from some world leaders for the beleaguered WikiLeaks founder, describing his detention in Britain as “undemocratic”.

Europeans Criticize Fierce U.S. Response to Leaks:
For many Europeans Washington’s fierce reaction to the flood of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks displays imperial arrogance and hypocrisy, indicating a post-9/11 obsession with secrecy that contradicts American principles

UN rapporteur says Assange shouldn’t be prosecuted:
Frank La Rue says he doesn’t think that the United States Government will be able to make a case against Julian Assange. But he warns it would set a very bad example for free speech if it did take action against him.

Chomsky signs Australian letter of support for Assange:
Renowned American scholar and activist Noam Chomsky signed an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday urging her to make a “strong statement” in support of Julian Assange.

After 12 days of WikiLeaks cables, the world looks on US with new eyes:
Reaction across the globe to the leaked US embassy cables has ranged from anger and bitterness to extreme indifference

WikiLeaks supporters disrupt Visa and MasterCard sites in ‘Operation Payback’:
MasterCard and Visa attacked after restricting dealings with WikiLeaks – and hackers say Twitter is next

Assange didn’t order cyber war: lawyer:
“It is absolutely false. He did not make any such instruction, and indeed he sees that as a deliberate attempt to conflate hacking organisations [with] WikiLeaks, which is not a hacking organisation. It is a news organisation and a publisher.”

WikiLeaks: US ‘lobbied Russia on behalf of two credit card companies’:
New cables released by the WikiLeaks website disclose how Visa and Mastercard received lobbying support from the Obama administration.

Wikileaks donations going well despite Visa, Mastercard shutdown:
After both Visa and Mastercard stopped allowing donations to the whistle-blowing website, DataCell started helping people to donate directly by bank transfer.

WikiLeaks outs Mark Arbib as US informant :
Labor powerbroker Mark Arbib has been outed as a key source of intelligence on government and internal party machinations to the US embassy

Assange Lawyer: Rape Allegations a “Stitch Up”:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s lawyer tells CBS News that rape and sexual molestation allegations against his client in Sweden are a “stitch up,” and the Swedish prosecutor’s failure to provide him with documentation on the claims, or any evidence, makes it impossible to begin crafting a legal response.

US cables: Oil giants squeeze Chávez as Venezuela struggles:
American diplomats say president is now desperate to attract foreign partners after nationalisation frightened many away

Amazon Kindles cash from Wikileaks:
Won’t host the leaked cables but will sell them: : Amazon’s UK tentacle is selling a Kindle version of the Wikileaks documents for £7.37.

WikiLeaks cables: Pfizer used dirty tricks to avoid clinical trial payout:
Cables say drug giant hired investigators to find evidence of corruption on Nigerian attorney general to persuade him to drop legal action

Islamic ‘Pipeline to Extremism’ Turns Out to Be Mostly FBI Set-Ups:
The railroading of suspects into the justice system is reminiscent of tactics used by the FBI and prosecutors during the era of McCarthyism and COINTELPRO.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,421,933″

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,745

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,254

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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