Information Clearing House Newsletter August 04, 2011: US Commando War in 120 Countries

4 August 2011 — Information Clearing House

US Commando War in 120 Countries: Uncovering the Military’s Secret Operations In the Obama Era
By Nick Turse
American secret commandos are carrying out raids in 70 countries—just today. By the end of the year, the number will probably be close to 120.

Dancing on the Edge of Oblivion
By Jim Kirwin
Currently our ‘troops’ and mercenaries are committing mass murder and proclaiming that to be necessary ‘for the defense of the national security of the United States – which assumes the corollary to be true: that everyone we kill is an enemy of this nation. That’s bullshit, and everyone with a brain has to know that.

UK’s Secret Policy on Torture Revealed
By Ian Cobain
A top-secret document revealing how MI6 and MI5 officers were allowed to extract information from prisoners being illegally tortured overseas has been seen by the Guardian.

The Hama Affair
How 10,000 Protestors Multiply Overnight to be 500,000

By Pierre Piccinin
This July, I travelled to Syria, with the purpose of finding out for myself the origins of the present political conflict.

Breivik’s “2083” : The Mass Murderer’s Manifesto
By Israel Shamir
2083 reveals that a new, vicious strain of political virus has emerged from the genetic engineering labs within the think tanks of the Neocons.

Barack Obama and the Debt Crisis: A Successful Con Game Explained
By Bruce A. Dixon
The object of the supposed “crisis” was to short circuit public opinion, – in order to deal fatal blows to Medicaid, Medicare, social security, job growth and public expenditures for the common good. It worked. We’ve been conned.

Lieberman Says U.S. Should Cut Social Security
To Pay For Fighting ‘Islamist Extremists

By Zaid Jilani
“we can’t protect these entitlements and also have the national defense…to protect us…with Islamist extremists”

The Beast Is Starved: Welcome to the Next Great Depression
By John Atcheson
The dirty little secret is that we never had a debt “crisis.” We had a jobs crisis.

The Four Great Hypocrisies
Keith Olbermann: Special Comment on the debt deal

Video and Transcript
Every dollar cut from the Safety Net is another dollar added to the citizen’s cost for education, for security, for health, for life itself.

Slouching Toward Guatamala
Reflections on the Impossibility of Government

By Fred Reed
You don’t need to fool all of the people all of the time. Enough of the people, enough of the time is entirely adequate.

Why I Will Be There
By Chris Hedges
“Civil disobedience is the only weapon we have left”

Somalia famine has killed more than 29,000 children under age 5 in last 90 days:
The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, a statistic that suggests the death toll of small children will rise.

Syria: 109 people have been killed today in Hama:
The bodies that have come to al-Hourani hospital were shot at close range and mostly in the head, Avaaz says.

Syria: Military kills ‘seven protesters overnight’:
Seven protesters were killed overnight by the Syrian military when thousands of people demonstrated in a number of cities following the breaking of the Ramadan fast, Abdul-Karim al-Rihawi, head of the Syrian League for Human Rights, told the Xinhua news agency.

Army lays siege as Assad offers multi-party system:
Mr Assad issued a decree yesterday authorising a multi-party political system, the official SANA news agency reported. The decree allows political parties to be established and to function alongside the Baath Party – in power since 1963 with the constitutional status of ”the leader of state and society”.

Moscow warns against interference in Syrian conflict:
“The settlement in this country should be carried out by the Syrians themselves without outside interference and should be based on an all-Syria dialogue, which is the only way to resolve the conflict,” the ministry said in a statement.

13 “insurgents” killed in Afghanistan:
During the raids, ANP also seized five AK-47 guns, a grenade launcher, a satellite radio and various pieces of ammunition.

4 NATO occupation force soldiers killed as Afghan violence flares:
A NATO service member was killed in an apparent “rogue” shooting by a man dressed as an Afghan policeman on Thursday, the coalition said, at least the fourth to be killed in a bloody 24 hours in one of Afghanistan’s most volatile areas.

Foreign soldiers kill imam:
Another resident, Dilawar Maroofkhel, said the foreign troops had killed the imam after capturing him. “I saw injuries on his body,” he said, suggesting the victim had been tortured.

Taliban bomb attack kills Afghan spy:
A bomb attack killed an Afghan intelligence agent and wounded three girls in the country’s north on Thursday, a provincial spokesman said, with the Taliban claiming responsibility.

Roadside bombs kill 9 people in western Iraq:
Two roadside bombs targeting police exploded in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Wednesday, killing nine people and wounding 13, Iraqi officials said.

Kadhafi courts Islamists as tribes flex muscles?
Libya’s tribal and religious fault lines came to the fore Thursday as Moamer Kadhafi’s regime claimed an alliance with Islamists, and rebel tribes banded together in a show of political strength.

Gaddafi son vows to liberate Libya: Video –
Libyan state television has broadcast a defiant message from Colonel Gaddafi’s son, at a time when the conflict shows signs of getting mired in stalemate.

Gaddafi: “Stop the bloodshed” –
Muammar Gaddafi speaks to the people of Tarhouna on July 31, 2011

Israeli warplanes attack Gaza: : Gaza, August 4,
A couple hours after midnight Gaza was shaken by a huge explosion, turns out that the Israeli F16s and other warplanes bombed “Badr” security HQ. that belongs to Hamas which is located in Al Naser neighborhood in Gaza city, its noteworthy that this time security HQ. was bombed countless times before.

Israel approves 900 illegal E.Jerusalem “settlement” homes:
Israel’s interior ministry has given final approval for the construction of 900 new homes in the occupied east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhood of Har Homa, a ministry spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

Palestinians ‘moving ahead’ with UN bid: Erakat:
Palestinians are determined to go ahead with their UN membership bid as an Arab League follow-up committee endorsed a final draft of the request to be presented to the UN General Assembly, a top official said.

For the most part, major media outlets uncritically transmitted the Obama Administration’s charge, without much manifestation of serious effort to verify it, find out more about the sourcing upon which it was based, or place it in any sort of detailed and nuanced historical context.

Russia reaches out to Iran:
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi made a point recently in an interview with the Russian media when he described Iran as the “most significant neighbor” of Russia, which stands in the way of the Western strategy to encircle Russia.

Robert Fisk: Once untouchable, the old despot and his sons faced the wrath of the nation they had terrorised:
This was a moment when a country proved not only that its revolution was real, but that its victims were real

Agent Orange Relief For Vietnam: Rep. Filner’s Bill Offers Hope:
The proposed ‘Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act’ challenges our lawmakers and our nation to finally confront and repair the chemically induced public health and environmental wreckage that remains the most shameful and unresolved legacy of the U.S. war against Vietnam.

Judge allows American to sue Rumsfeld over torture:
A federal judge has ruled that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by a former U.S. military contractor who says he was tortured during a nine-month imprisonment in Iraq.

Most Muslim Americans See No Justification for Violence:
Muslims Americans more likely than other faith groups to reject attacks on civilians:

‘Half of US Muslims face prejudice’:
Nearly half of American Muslims say they have experienced racial or religious discrimination over the past year, a new poll has revealed.

Gov. Christie Defends Appointing Muslim Judge:
‘This Sharia Law Business Is Crap’: The Republican’s appointment of Muslim-American Sohail Mohammed to a state bench this week ruffled some feathers among some who fear the threat of Sharia Law, but when asked about those concerns, Gov. Christie made clear he had no patience for such “ignorance,” calling the complaints “crap.”

Documents: Feds allegedly allowed Sinaloa cartel to move cocaine into U.S. for information:
U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.

DEA Agents Raid Wrong House –
Drug Enforcement Agency Officers bust into a home in Sterling Heights, armed with a search warrant. The only problem? The guy they were looking for doesn’t live there. Fox 2 talked to the man who opened the door, and was stunned by what happened next.

Italy ‘to default’ but Spain may ‘just’ escape:
Debt-laden Italy is likely to default, but Spain might just avoid it, according to the British think tank, the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

World Debt Guide:
The Economist interactive graphic shows how deeply in hock we all are

U.S. eats up most of debt limit in one day:
U.S. debt shot up $239 billion on Tuesday – the largest one-day bump in history – as the government flexed the new borrowing room it earned in this week’s debt-limit increase deal.

Dollar’s Reserve Status Is Waning, U.S. Treasury Borrowing Committee Says:
The committee of bond dealers and investors that advises the U.S. Treasury said the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency “appears to be slipping” in quarterly feedback presented to the government.

Visualization Of U.S. $14 Trillion Debt:
Everyone needs to see this.

Visualization of individual American families increasingly hefty debt load. –

Breakdown of voting on Debt Ceiling: Here it is…
Now you can see how your favorite (?) House Member voted on raising the debt ceiling.

US buys most expensive drones ever:
With $14 trillion in the hole and a slew of wars seemingly no one wants America to be in, what better way for the United States to spend their money by putting $23 billion into spy planes? Each of the four dozen-plus spy crafts comes at a price tag of $218 million apiece – ten times the price of the largest armed attack drone.

Microsoft’s Use Of Low-Tax Havens Drives Tax Bill To 7 Percent Of Profit: –
If you want to know why tax from surging corporate profits isn’t making much of a dent in the United States’ crippling budget deficit, a glance at Microsoft Corp’s recent results provides some clues.

Unemployment rose in 90 percent of U.S. cities in June:
Unemployment rose in 345 large metro areas during the month, according to the report.

Layoffs Explode Nearly 60% In July:
A sudden and unexpected burst in private-sector downsizing pushed the number of announced job cuts to a 16-month high of 66,414 in July, according the latest report on downsizing activity released Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Sharp fall in consumer spending, manufacturing in US:
Economic data released this week provides further evidence that economic growth in the US has virtually come to a halt. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that consumer spending fell by 0.2 percent in June, the first monthly decline since September of 2009.

The Tent City of New Jersey: Desperate victims of the economic slump forced to live in makeshift homes in forest

Help wanted: Pentagon Seeks a Few Good Social Networkers
The Pentagon is developing plans to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as both a resource and a weapon in future conflicts. Its research and development agency is offering $42 million in funding to anyone who can help.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590”
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,792
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,621

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

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