Information Clearing House Newsletter 11 September 2011: Imagine

11 September 2011 — Information Clearing House

New American Ally in Somalia: ‘Butcher’ Warlord
By David Axe
If you thought it was bad that Washington is paying a shady French mercenary to do its dirty work in Somalia, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Taliban ‘Offered Bin Laden Trial Before 9/11’
By Mujib Mashal
Former minister says group was prepared to see bin Laden put on trial prior to 9/11, but US was not interested.

Al-Qa’ida, and the Myth Behind the War on Terrorism
By Patrick Cockburn:
The atrocities against America created the image of Osama bin Laden as the leader of a global jihad upon the West. It was a fantasy that governments willingly, and disastrously, helped to perpetuate.

A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe
By Chris Hedges
The sad legacy of 9/11 is that the assholes, on each side, won.

In Case You Missed It
America Is A Bully. OK. There, I Said It!
By Tom Feeley
The issue is not terrorism. It is injustice!
Must Watch Video
An moment of relief from the pity fest and rampant propaganda poising our minds and air waves today September 11, 2011.

12 insurgents killed, 22 arrested in Afghanistan: –
A total of 12 insurgents have been killed and 22 captured in operations launched by security forces in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

5 killed as Taliban claim deadly Afghan bombing:
Five civilians killed and at least 77 NATO troops injured in Taliban truck bomb attack on coalition base in Afghanistan.

US kills 4 people in Pakistan: :
Local security officials say the missiles fired from a US drone targeted a compound and a vehicle in the Hisokhel village of North Waziristan tribal region. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

12 killed as Libyan rebels attack each other :
At least 12 people have been killed and many more wounded when two groups of fighters opposed to Muammar Gaddafi turned on each other in Libya’s west, two officials say.

Initial assault on Gaddafi stronghold falters:
Missiles fired from Bani Walid repulse first attack on town where ex-leader is rumoured to be hiding

Former U.S. Congressman: Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home-Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing:
The noted civil rights leader, told the Afro that he watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control.

How UK put Libyan dissidents under house arrest at Gaddafi’s behest following Blair’s ‘deal in the desert’:
Top-secret documents discovered abandoned in ambassador’s residence by the Mail on Sunday reveal Blair government’s double-dealing

Former UK minister asked Saif Gaddafi for £1m :
Lord Trefgarne, a former Conservative minister, asked Muammar Gaddafi’s fugitive son Saif al-Islam to help him recover almost £1 million in fees for his efforts to free the Lockerbie bomber, it is claimed.

British firms clamor to get a foot in the door in Libya:
Lord David Trefgarne, chairman of the LBBC, said members of his organization are keen to join him on an upcoming reconnaissance trip to the Libyan capital later this month, even with the UK’s Foreign Office advising against all travel to Libya.

7 killed, 10 injured in Iraq violence:
At least seven people, including three soldiers, have been killed and 10 others wounded in separate incidents of violence in different parts of Iraq, security officials say. Police said a bomb explosion in a cafe on Saturday left two people dead and eight others injured in a village north of the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad.

Iraq’s al-Sadr says no attacks on US forces : (For Now)
Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s Shia radical leader, has ordered his followers not to attack US troops before the completion of their pullout from the country. But Sadr, warned that military operations would resume and would be severe if US forces did not depart on time.

Payback is a *itch:
U.S. Companies Shut Out as Iraq Auctions Its Oil Fields:

Two of the most lucrative of the multi-billion-dollar oil contracts went to two countries which bitterly opposed the U.S. invasion – Russia and China – while even Total Oil of France, which led the charge to deny international approval for the war at the U.N. Security Council in 2003, won a bigger stake than the Americans in the most recent auction,8599,1948787,00.html

War criminal:
Colin Powell regrets Iraq war intelligence:

Former US secretary of state says information he provided leading to the invasion of Iraq is a “blot” on his record. (One million people killed is a “blot” on his record!!!? )

French FM: No UN resolution on Syria a ‘scandal’:
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Sunday increased pressure on Russia to support a U.N. Security Council resolution against the Syrian regime, describing the lack of such a clear statement of condemnation as a “scandal.”

U.S. official criticizes Rai’s comments on Syria: report:
Rai voiced caution over the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, suggesting that its collapse could pose a threat to Christians in the country, and urging the international community to give Assad more time to implement reforms.

Israel may offer military aid to PKK to punish Turkey:
Israel’s hawkish foreign minister is planning a series of measures to retaliate against Turkey in an apology row, including military aid to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a news report said on Friday.

Turkey FM condemns Israeli ‘plan’ to support PKK:
Davutoglu responds to Lieberman’s reported plan to arm PKK in order to harm Turkey, says his country will not be blackmailed.

U.S. told Egypt it must rescue Israeli embassy workers or suffer ‘consequences,’ sources say:
Officials involved in attempt to resolve mob attack on Israeli embassy in Cairo say U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta managed to speak with head of Egypt’s ruling military only after 2 hours of repeated calling.

‘One in 4 Israelis lives under poverty line’:
According to the annual poverty report published by the Israeli institute, 2011 has been a year of crisis for Israelis. The Arab residents across the occupied Palestinian land are the poorest population group.

Yemen says hundreds killed in Qaeda fight:
At least 230 Yemeni soldiers were killed in fighting with militants linked to Al-Qaeda that led to the lifting of the siege of a brigade imposed three months ago, the defence ministry said on Sunday.

Intelligence Community Wants to Monitor Social Media:
A research arm of the intelligence community wants to sweep up public data on everything from Twitter to public webcams in the hopes of predicting the future.

Glenn Greenwald: Public opinion surprises:
The most common claim to justify endless civil liberties erosions in the name of security — and to defend politicians who endorse those erosions — is that Americans don’t care about those rights and are happy to sacrifice them. The principal problem with this claim is that it is false, as a new Pew Research poll demonstrates:

Take The Pledge
“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”

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 : 2,711

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

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