Information Clearing house Newsletter 24 February 2012: U.S. Knows Iran Not Building Nuclear Bomb

24 February, 2014 — Information Clearing House


U.S. Does NOT Not Believe Iran is Trying to Build Nuclear Bomb

By Ken Dilanian

Iran continues to enrich uranium at low levels, U.S. officials say they have not seen evidence that has caused them to significantly revise that judgment. Senior U.S. officials say Israel does not dispute the basic intelligence or analysis.


Despite War Drums, Experts Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Possible

By Jim Lobe

The 45-page report, “In Heavy Waters: Iran’s Nuclear Program, the Risk of War and Lessons from Turkey”, called on the United States and the EU to take their cue from Ankara’s approach of full engagement with Iran, instead of isolation, sanctions, sabotage and threats of war on which they have mainly relied to date.


Firsthand Account: Israeli Plot to Murder Former US Senator?

By James Abourezk

“The Lobby had every Senator, except me, scared shitless.”


Adnan’s Victory

By Uri Avnery

A PALESTINIAN village, somewhere in the West Bank. In the middle of the night, banging on the door and shouts in Arabic: “Israeli army. Open up!”


Peaceful Protest Can Free Palestine:


If we do not soon achieve a genuinely independent Palestinian state, we will be forced to press instead for a single democratic state with equal rights and responsibilities for both Palestinians and Israelis.


Gingrich: Obama Should Not Apologize for Koran Burning

By Sarah Huisenga

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said President Obama “surrendered” Thursday when he apologized to the Afghan government for the burning of several Korans at an American military base.


Puppets And Lackeys

By Luke Hiken and Marti Hiken


As the President travels throughout the country, seeking money from the unidentified rich, and carrying out the only campaign promise he will ever keep, namely, to raise a billion dollars to ensure his own re-election, the American people watch docilely, as the last vestiges of democracy in this country are torn asunder.


Conservative Chickens Come Home to Roost:

By Matt Taibbi

The conservative passion for divisive, partisan, bomb-tossing politics is threatening to permanently cripple the Republican party.


Occupy’s Return From Hibernation

By Sally Kohn

While the blood of the 99 percent is still boiling at the injustice of growing inequality, in organizing meetings and workgroups, cooler heads are prevailing. This is Occupy 2.0-the mainstreaming of momentum.


Inside Job

Must Watch Documentary

Narrated by Matt Damon, The first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.


55 killed in wave of bombings across Iraq:

Lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill approving the purchase of 350 armored vehicles for their personal use, worth more than $50 million. As the casualties mounted, Iraqis reacted with outrage and blamed the country’s fractured political leadership for the insecurity that continues to plague the country.


Farmers furious after Iraq stops buying US rice: “That’s just not right,” the 63-year-old Stoesser fumed. “If we’ve got some rice to sell, they ought to pay a premium for it just because this is the country that freed them.”


Nine more killed in Afghan protests over Koran burnings: Seven people were killed and 50 wounded in the western province of Herat, while two more were killed in Khost in the east. Three people were killed earlier during protests.


One Afghan killed as protesters attempt to overrun NATO base: One Afghan was killed on Friday as protesters tried to overrun a Hungarian base in northern Afghanistan, officials said.


Germans ditch Afghan base after Koran burning: Escalating unrest following the burning of the Koran by US soldiers has forced Germany to give up one of its Afghanistan bases earlier than planned.


Three Peshawar police killed by extremist group in revenge for US drone attacks: Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militant group Sheikh Abdullah Azaam brigade has taken responsibility for killing three policemen in a suicide attack at a police station in Peshawar today, in protest against US drone attacks.


Thousands of tribesmen protest US drone strikes:

Up to 10,000 tribesmen gathered in Miranshah bazaar shouting “Death to America” and “Stop drone attacks in Pakistan” at the rally organised by Pakistan’s largest religious party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), witnesses said.


Families of slaughtered children to sue the CIA: Reprieve, a legal action charity based out of London, UK, has delivered a complaint to the United Nations on behalf of the families of slain Pakistani civilians.


US kills 4 people in Somalia missile strike? A missile strike killed four foreign “Islamist militants” south of Somalia’s capital on Friday, an intelligence official said, a day after the country’s prime minister called for foreign air strikes against the al Shabaab rebel group. The United States never comments officially on drone strikes in Somalia


A licence to kill -Saad Hafiz: It is no big secret that since 9/11, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with the support of allied agencies has been fighting a global ‘dirty war’ or applying state-sponsored violence against al Qaeda and its acolytes. The elements of dirty war traditionally include murder, kidnapping, torture, disappearances or simply blowing up the opposition through the use of drone technology.


Four Syrians killed in Homs shelling, thousands protest: “NGO”: At least four civilians were killed on Friday as Syrian forces shelled a rebel-held area of the city of Homs for the 21st straight day, while tens of thousands protested across the country, monitors said.


‘Friends of Syria’ to Assad: Immediate cease-fire or face new punishment: A draft of the conference’s final declaration also states that the Syrian National Council, an umbrella group of opposition organizations, will be recognized as “a legitimate representative of Syrians” and promised additional “practical” support for opposition groups.


Syria Opposition Group Boycotts Tunis Meeting, Rejects Escalated Militarization: “We have seen a dangerous trend towards … specifying who represents the Syrian people … leaving the issue of armament vague and opening the door to accept the idea of foreign military intervention,” a statement said.


Syria Opposition said it has already begun to receive military aid: The leading Syrian opposition group said it has already begun to receive military aid, with increasing support within a newly-created contact group on Syria to provide non-lethal, defensive equipment to help opposition forces fighting a military onslaught in the country.


Report: Syrian opposition getting arms:

CNN reported its diplomatic sources as saying the Syrian opposition is receiving arms from some Arab nations but said the countries were not named. Getting arms to the opposition fighting the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad has become a hot topic as the situation worsens in the country.


Clinton suggests Syrian rebels will get arms: “There will be increasingly capable opposition forces. They will from somewhere, somehow, find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures,” she added.


Syria rebels get arms from abroad: opposition source: “We are bringing in defensive and offensive weapons… It is coming from everywhere, including Western countries and it is not difficult to get anything through the borders,” the source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Syria requires much more than ‘peacekeeping’: Use of the term gives an illusion of pre-existing stability on the ground. It suggests relatively bloodless military operations. This is why the politicians like it. It is for these same reasons that the military tend to dislike it. They know that in the 21st century “peacekeeping” is largely a delusion.


Deserters Battle Assad from Turkey: At first they served the regime, but now they are fighting against it. Operating out of southern Turkey, units of the Free Syrian Army, driven by hatred toward Assad, are infiltrating their home country and fighting soldiers loyal to the dictator. SPIEGEL ONLINE visits the troops.,1518,817225,00.html#ref=rss


‘US believes Iran not trying to build nuclear bomb’: LA Times report claims 16 US intelligence agencies agree that while Iran is pursuing nuclear research it has not sought to build weapon, strengthening disagreement with Israel over military strike,7340,L-4194307,00.html


UN has ‘major concerns’ about nuclear Iran: Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, responded to the report by accusing the West of attempting to institute “regime change” in Iran.


Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran:

Israel claims Iran able to target US in 2-3 years: Israel believes that within 2-3 years Iran will have intercontinental missiles able to hit the United States, an Israeli minister said in remarks aimed at raising awareness of the threat it believes a nuclear Iran would pose to the world, Reuters reported.


Iran hysteria stirring up in US : Video: Anti-Iranian rhetoric from Israel and Western powers seems to be having some impact on the U.S. public, according to opinion polls. The latest survey shows that a third of Americans now see the Islamic Republic as their country’s worst enemy, compared to just 25 percent a year ago.


Israeli police clash with Palestinians in al-Aqsa, kill one: Israeli police have clashed with Palestinian worshipers at the holy site of al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), killling one and injuring at least 15 Palestinians.


Rearrested Palestinian woman on hunger strike: official: A Palestinian woman freed in a mass prisoner swap with Israel, then recaptured, is on the eighth day of a hunger strike, the Palestinian prisoner affairs minister said Friday.


Israeli left slams ‘hallucinatory’ West Bank annexation plan: Peace Now, Labor MK and Geneva Initiative all say former Yesha Council director’s plan to impose full Israeli sovereignty over 62% of West Bank will lead to binational state. ‘It only makes occupation more comfortable,’ leftist says,7340,L-4194213,00.html


Israel to buy 30 Italian jets – with the help of U.S. money: U.S. aid often subsidizes competing companies in Israel and other countries, costing thousands of American jobs.


U.S. refuses to grant visa to Israeli MK due to his membership in ‘terror group’: National Union MK Michael Ben Ari believes he was barred from U.S. for being a member of far-right Kach organization, says in response that this type of ‘U.S. blindness’ is what brought about the 9/11 attacks.


How US Zionists Abuse Peaceful Protesters: Video – UNM Students being attacked at an Israel Alliance event on campus


Libya clashes resume despite army intervention: “The Tibu looted some houses and stole cars, we had to defend ourselves,” Adelbari Idriss, a security official from the Zwai tribe, said by telephone. “The army hasn’t done anything.”


Obama keeps Libya sanctions in place: “The situation in Libya continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, “the US president said.


Bradley Manning charged with ‘aiding the enemy’: He faces 22 counts, including aiding the enemy which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and the others carry a combined maximum of more than 150 years.


Appeals Court Upholds Constitutional Right Against Forced Decryption: A federal appeals court has found a Florida man’s constitutional rights were violated when he was imprisoned for refusing to decrypt data on several devices. This is the first time an appellate court has ruled the 5th Amendment protects against forced decryption – a major victory for constitutional rights in the digital age.


The Kill Switch Comes to the PC: A feature common in phones will let Microsoft remotely disable malware


How To Remove Your Google Search History Before Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect –


Buying Obama:

Bill Maher donates $1M to Obama super PAC: Maher isn’t the only high-profile figure supporting the pro-Obama group — Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, the fifth biggest super PAC player, gave $2 million to Priorities USA Action last May, and Steven Spielberg has also donated $100,00 to the group.


Chart: ‘America’s Per Capita Government Debt Worse Than Greece’: The office of Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, sends along this chart, showing that ‘America‘s Per Capita Government Debt Worse Than Greece,’ as well as Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain:


Argentine advice for Greece: ‘Default Now, bring back the Drachma’: All governments should understand that you either govern for the people and against the bankers; or you govern for the bankers and against the people.


In a world gone crazy:

Police in riot gear break up shoe melee at Florida Mall : Video – The launch of an expensive new basketball shoe – timed to Orlando’s hosting of the NBA All-Star Game – triggered a melee Thursday night at Florida Mall that was quelled by deputies in riot gear.


This is America?

Man shocked by arrest after daughter draws picture of gun at school: A Kitchener father is upset that police arrested him at his children’s’ school Wednesday, hauled him down to the station and strip-searched him, all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun at school.


This is America?

Rep. King Discusses NYPD Surveillance of Muslims – Video


Mystery disease kills thousands in Central America: A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Pacific coast of Central America, killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000 and striking thousands of others with chronic kidney disease at rates unseen virtually anywhere else.


25 million tons of tsunami debris floating toward US shores: Wrecked cars, portions of homes, boats, furniture and more — all swept up by the destructive, magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan 11 months ago — are on a slow-motion collision course with California.


Cost Of War


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: 4,801


Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,903


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001


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