Information Clearing House Newsletter 29 February 2012: Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ Will Make Protest Illegal

29 February 2012Information Clearing House


Manipulating Public Perceptions

U.S. Military Has “Detailed Plans” On Syria Options


Detailed plans developed to carry out military action against Syria have been drawn up by the Pentagon and could be implemented upon orders by President Barack Obama.


Deconstructing Lieberman’s Iran Resolution
By Muhammad Sahimi
Once again, warmonger wolves in sheep’s clothes are trying to bring about an unnecessary war against a nation that has not attacked any other country for hundreds of years, a nation that poses no threat against anyone, least of all Israel and the United States.


President Obama and His Key Advisors are a Gang of War Criminals

By Dave Lindorff

If a bunch of street toughs decided to gang up and beat the crap out of some guy in the neighborhood because they feared he might be planning to buy a gun to protect his family, I think we’d all agree that the police would be right to bust that crew and charge them with conspiracy to commit the crime of assault and battery.


In Search of the ‘Islamic Menace’ in Bolivia

By Belen Fernandez

One US congresswoman is convinced that the Iranian government is a danger to Latin American countries such as Bolivia.


UK Politician Resigns After Saying Israel ‘Will Not Go On Forever’

By Sanya Khetani

Tonge has apparently refused to apologize. She remains a member of the House of Lords under its current system.


10 Ways AIPAC Undermines Democracy at Home and in the Middle East

By Medea Benjamin

AIPAC has tremendous clout but its influence has been disastrous for U.S. foreign policy and U.S. democracy. Here are ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous.


Israel, Zionism, and Jewish Identity Politics

– Audio –

Gilad Atzmon and Rabbi Michael Lerner on KPFA Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein.


9/11 Victims’ Remains Dumped in Landfill


The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware disposed of body parts of some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by burning them and dumping the ashes in a landfill.


Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ Will Make Protest Illegal


Under the act, the government is also given the power to bring charges against Americans engaged in political protest anywhere in the country.


Ron Paul: “Someone Is Stealing Wealth”

“People Lose Trust In The Government Because You Lie To Them About Inflation”


Ron Paul is THE Man! He got Bernanke to ADMIT Silver IS Money today during Bernanke’s Congressional hearing. He also says the inflation rate is B.S. from the Fed.


On Regaining a Spirit of Defiance

‘I’m Worried Now but I Won’t Be Worried Long’

By Phil Rockstroh

If only enough of us awoke to the reality of our common plight.


Medicare For All

By Rose Ann DeMoro

The U.S. stands out for sick adults having cost and access problems with 27 percent unable to pay medical bills in the past year, compared to from 1 to 14 percent in other countries, and 42 percent skipping doctors visits, recommended care, or not filling prescriptions.


Colombia’s Quest for Peace and Justice: The International and National Context

By James Petras

It is time for the new political movements to consider a “Colombian road to socialism” built on public ownership of the commanding heights of the economy, agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture,and environmental protection under democratic control.


6 killed in Iraqi car bombings:

At least six people dead and several others injured in latest attacks in and near Baghdad.


Is U.S. propaganda money well spent?: The “information operations” budget rose from $9 million in 2005 to $580 million in 2009 before dropping to $202 million last year, the newspaper said. The decline came as U.S. involvement in Iraq wound down. While the Pentagon has released few details about how the money is spent, most of it appears to go to radio and TV programming not attributed to the U.S. government


The chronicles of Saddam: Robert Manne, ‘The Australian’ and Iraq’s WMD : Australian news media has come to resemble soap opera:


Syrian Troops Battle Rebel Fighters in Homs: Opposition “activists” said the fighting happened at the al-Bassel football field at the outskirts of Bab Amr, which is controlled by the armed opposition. H Soldiers are reportedly also searching houses and other buildings for army deserters who have since joined the opposition Free Syria Army.


France, US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report: ?

In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that “French and American assistance has reached us and is with us.” When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, “We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad].”


US drafts outline of new UN Syria resolution: By focusing on the humanitarian situation, UN envoys said, Western and Arab powers hoped to make it difficult for Moscow and Beijing to veto council action on Damascus a third time. Russian and Chinese backing for any council resolution, they added, would be a blow to Syrian President Bashar


Demonizing Assad: :

Clinton – Assad fits war criminal status: Testifying before two Senate committees, Clinton was pressed about the months of strife in Syria that a UN official said on Tuesday had killed more than 7500 people and which several lawmakers described as a civil war.


‘19% of Israelis support non-US-backed Iran strike’: Poll finds vast majority of Israelis against unilateral military strike on Iran, Israeli Jews prefer Obama over all republican rivals.


Hezbollah: Israeli attack on Iran would set Middle East ablaze: Deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah says Israel unaware of ‘the scale of consequences’ from a strike on Iran; stresses that Hezbollah fighters are now better equipped to retaliate against Israel than they were in 2006.


Fact or fiction:

Russia upgrades radar station in Syria to aid Iran: Russia has upgraded a surveillance station it maintains in Syrian territory in order to provide Iran early warning of an Israeli attack, according to the Israeli security-related blog Debkafile.


See this film and then say that bombing Iran is ok: You can only think it is morally legitimate when you have dehumanised Iranians as the enemy


Iran and Egypt, want to establish a nuclear weapon free zone: “We do not see any glory, pride or power in nuclear weapons, quite the opposite,” Iranian Foreign Minister, Salehi said in his speech in Geneva.


How the Media got the Parchin Access Story Wrong:

News media reported last week that Iran had flatly refused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to its Parchin military test facility, based on a statement to reporters by IAEA Deputy Director General, Herman Nackaerts, that “We could not get access”.


Japan nears deal to cut Iran oil imports: Japan is nearing agreement with the US on a deal to make deeper cuts to its Iranian oil imports, a move designed to head off sanctions against Japanese banks operating in the US


Bank in Dubai Says It Cut Ties With Iranian Institutions: An Islamic bank in the United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday that it “took pre-emptive action” to end business relationships with some Iranian banks when it learned that the United States planned to apply economic sanctions against those banks.


The Arrogance of Power: NATO showing ‘restraint’ in Afghanistan: Rasmussen: NATO troops are displaying “great restraint” in Afghanistan in the face of a wave of violent unrest that left four US troops dead and others wounded, the alliance’s secretary general said Tuesday.


Senator J. William Fulbright on the Arrogance of Power, 1966: The attitude above all others which I feel sure is no longer valid is the arrogance of power, the tendency of great nations to equate power with virtue and major responsibilities with a universal mission.


U.S. Secures New Afghan Exit Routes: The U.S. secured approval from several countries in Central Asia to move military cargo out of Afghanistan, the military’s top logistics officer said, allowing for a withdrawal without relying mainly on Pakistan.


Israel criticizes Palestinians’ invitation to Security Council to visit occupied territories: Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. observer, told reporters after a council meeting on the Mideast on Tuesday that he sent a letter inviting the 15 council members “to see with their own eyes the reality of the Palestinian people in the occupied territory” including Israel‘s “illegal” settlement building.


North Korea agrees to suspend nuclear activities, US says: State department says North Korea will allow IAEA inspectors to confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbon


Probe finds Japan withheld risks of nuke disaster: The Japanese government withheld information about the full danger of last year’s nuclear disaster from its own people and from the United States, putting US-Japan relations at risk in the first days after the accident, according to an independent report released Tuesday.


Tour of ‘fragile’ Fukushima nuclear plant shows shocking state of disrepair: The equipment that serves as the lifeline of the cooling system is shockingly feeble-looking. Plastic hoses cracked by freezing temperatures have been mended with tape. A set of three pumps sits on the back of a pickup truck.


9/11 victims’ remains were sent to landfill: Partial remains from some victims of the September 11 attacks were dumped in a landfill, the US defence department has said.


Kelly Defends Surveillance of Muslims: Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly defended the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism program on Monday, saying “people have short memories as to what happened here in 2001.”


Obama is out-Bushing Bush, and no one minds: That Obama has received so little flak over police spying on Muslims suggests Democrats can get away with far more than Republicans.


Exclusive: Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street: It’s never a good thing to see a government agency talk in secret about the need to “control protestors” – especially when that agency is charged with protecting the homeland against terrorists, not nonviolent demonstrators exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceable dissent.


Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive: A privacy row has erupted as hundreds of companies queue up to purchase users’ personal information from the new database.


Anonymous shuts Interpol site in revenge: Anonymous said it shut down Interpol’s Web site to avenge the worldwide police agency’s arrest of 25 suspected members of the activist Internet hacking group.


Protest Disrupts World Bank News Conference in Beijing :

Citibank is selling plastic opium in China. To get the Chinese hooked on predatory loans is glorious.


Irish EU treaty vote threatens chaos: Ireland has shocked Europe with plans for a referendum on the EU‘s fiscal treaty, a move that risks an unprecedented fragmentation of the eurozone and a major clash with Germany.


Irish Seek to Tempt Millionaires With Visa Bonds:

Under proposals to be laid out next month, the government will offer the visas to investors who spend at least 2 million euros ($2.7 million) on a new “low-interest” security, 1 million euros on property or invest in an Irish company


Police charge protesters in Barcelona: An AFP photographer at the scene saw riot police in helmets charging students and striking them with batons. Photographs on Spanish news websites showed containers burning in the streets and smashed windows.


Spanish & Greeks unite in austerity rage : It’s a day of mass protests across the EU, as people rail against austerity, cuts and economic hardships – which they say are not their fault. Fresh demonstration are brewing across Greece – as the government seeks to implement the drastic austerity measures that came with the latest EU bailout.


Enough is enough: EU austerity rage in PHOTOS:

Europe is being wracked by strikes and mass anti-austerity demonstrations ahead of Thursday’s EU summit in Brussels. Thousands took to the streets in Spain, Greece and France to protest against harsh budget cuts.


Romney: Peddling the Indefensible: Romney’s “plan” simply doesn’t add up. He wants to lower taxes, raise spending on the military, protect Social Security and Medicare for a decade, and cut $6 trillion out of spending to balance the budget. He gets there only by projecting fantastical rates of growth and using magic asterisks to indicate cuts or loophole closings that he isn’t prepared to reveal.


Romney’s Tax Plan Would Add $3T To Deficit Over A Decade: Last week, Mitt Romney proposed a new tax plan that would, among other things, reduce individual tax rates by 20 percent across the board and repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. To get a rough sense of what those two tax cuts would cost, the Tax Policy Center crunched the numbers. The result: They would be really, really expensive.


U.S.: Obama’s 2013 Budget Slashes Aid for Working Families:

First, Obama has proposed a 50-percent cut to the CSBG program that funds an array of services – which differ in each county – including emergency rental and utility assistance, dental clinics, Head Start (pre-kindergarten education), home weatherization, job training, GED (high school diploma equivalency) classes, and entrepreneurship training.


How Much is That Politician in the Window?: Sarah van Gelder on a record season of corporate-funded political advertising and what it means for the 99 percent.


Fannie asks gov’t for almost $4.6B after 4Q loss: Mortgage giant Fannie Mae said Wednesday that it lost money in the fourth quarter and is asking the federal government for nearly $4.6 billion in aid to cover its deficit.


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 : 2,905


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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