Information Clearing House Newsletter 18 March 2012: 20 US Troops In Afghan Rape Massacre?

18 March 2012 Information Clearing House


Up to 20 US Troops Behind Kandahar Bloodbath/Rape – Afghan Probe


He appealed to the international community to ensure that the responsible parties were brought to justice, stressing the Afghan parliament would not rest until the killers were prosecuted.

Washington’s dirty little secret is out!

The Kandahar Massacre

By: M A Niazi

It is an unfortunate truth that in a culture that glorifies violence, the armed forces attract the very kind of persons prone to such sudden outbursts.


Afghanistan: $2 Billion a Week for Hatred is Too Much, FBI Says Now It’s Coming Here

By Ralph Lopez

I want a better deal on the hatred we are buying.


Azerbaijan: The High Cost of Protection

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

A 2009 U.S. embassy political dispatch compared Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to a mafia crime boss. An apt comparison given that Aliyev and the Azeri political elite have been living under the protection of the Capo Crimini – Israel.


How Mossad Justified Its Murder of an Innocent Iranian Electrical Engineer

By Gareth Porter

On July 23, 2011, a 35-year-old Iranian electrical engineering student named Darioush Rezaeinejad was gunned down as he and his wife, who was also wounded in the attack, waited for their child in front of a kindergarten in Tehran.


America and the Middle East:

Psycho Warriors Who Deceive Humanity

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

Global peace, humanity and security of the Middle East region are the net causality of Obama’s egomaniac rhetoric.


Social Media Scam Alert:

Top Ten Ways to Tell Kony is Phony

By Bruce A. Dixon

Kony 2012 is not a search for justice. Kony 2012 is a corporate-style PR and psy-ops campaign, a cynical hoax engineered to justify US and Western military intervention to control the incredibly lucrative oil, mineral, water and strategic resources of the heart of Africa.


Watch What You Say

‘Total Information Awareness’ Surveillance Program Returns, Bigger Than Ever

By Stephen C. Webster

A computing systems that could suck up every electronic communication on the planet and filter them through a smart super-computer that would flag certain conversations, emails, transactions and other items of interest for further review.


Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act

By Charlie Savage

A handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming if the public – or even others in Congress – knew about it.


America’s Hidden History

The Plot To Overthrow FDR


The Plot To Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran’s army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler.


And Now for Something Completely Different

Galaxy Song

3 Minute Video

A little song about the universe and how insignificant we are.


At Least 27 Killed As Car Bombs Rip Through Syrian Capital : . Gruesome images of the scene were aired, with mangled and charred corpses, bloodstained streets and twisted steel.


Palestinian forces targeted in Syria explosion: A vehicle belonging to the Palestine Liberation Army exploded in Damascus’ Yarmouk refugee camp on Saturday, killing several people, sources in the city told Ma’an.


Syrian troops clash with army deserters: Syrian troops clashed with army defectors in several areas near the capital Damascus in the first significant battles there since President Bashar Assad’s forces regained control of the suburbs weeks ago, activists said Friday.


Five Syrian opposition groups form new coalition: Five Syrian opposition groups on Saturday announced the formation of a new coalition, a sign of how difficult opponents of the Damascus regime find it to cooperate, a year after the start of the protest movement.


Top diplomat: Saudi Arabia is smuggling arms to Syria: Arab diplomat says Saudi Arabia is delivering military equipment to Free Syrian Army ‘to stop bloodshed by Assad’s regime’.


U.S. ‘Concerned’ About Iranian Flights to Syria: The United States has expressed concern that Iranian cargo planes overflying Iraq may be shipping weapons to Syria.


Iraq: Iran warned against sending arms to Syria: Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh on Saturday said the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad has been warned against shipping arms through Iraq‘s borders or airspace


Franklin Lamb: : How many violations of US arms laws are too many? The prohibitions against Israel’s use of American weapons against civilians have not, are not and in all likelihood will never be enforced against Israel given the regimes continuing occupation of much of the US government.


Turkey urges citizens to leave Syria, set to cut consular services: Move comes as reports indicate 4 members of the Gulf Cooperation Council will close their embassies in Syria over the ongoing political crisis.


U.K’s Cameron: No justification for Israeli attack on Iran: There is no current justification for an Israeli strike on Iran‘s nuclear facilities, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview to NBC published on Thursday


4 Taliban killed, woman injured in Afghan operation: Four armed insurgents were killed and a woman injured during a joint operation in northern Afghan province of Faryab on Saturday, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.


Probe team: Women sexually assaulted before killing in Panjwai: US soldiers were alleged to have sexually assaulted two female victims before they were killed in the Panjwai massacre in southern Kandahar last Sunday, a high-level Afghan probe team revealed.


Kandahar slaughter preplanned, executed by squad – Afghan top brass: The Afghan Army Chief of Staff says the slaughter of 16 civilians, including nine children, in Kandahar province was a premeditated assassination carried out by a number of servicemen, RIA Novosti reports, citing Afghan media.


Staff Sgt. Robert Bales named as suspect in Afghan massacre: Bales was angry about being passed over for a military promotion, and as a civilian had brushes with the law and spent time in anger management. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in 2002 and was cited for a misdemeanor hit-and-run incident in 2008, for which he paid a $250 fine and received a deferred 12-month sentence.


Moqtada Sadr-linked Iraq militants free ‘US soldier’: A video of the news conference shows a man in US military uniform telling the camera he was kidnapped in June.


Ethiopia stages fresh attacks inside Eritrea: Government official says attacks on alleged rebel bases took place in north of the country and were “successful”.


Eritrea says attack by Ethiopia is meant to divert attention from border dispute: The Eritrean government said Friday that an attack on its military outposts by neighboring Ethiopia was carried out with the help of the U.S. and meant to divert attention from a decade-old border dispute between the two countries.


Aussie Soldiers in AFRICA: Australian media this past week claimed Canberra had deployed special forces to the three African countries on “intelligence-gathering missions”.


White House Says Child Soldiers Are Ok, if They Fight Terrorists: The administration stunned human rights groups last month by sidestepping a commitment to help countries curb the military exploitation of children.


WikiLeaks’ Assange plans to run for Australian Senate: “We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.


$100 to Fly Through the Airport: Hate the full-body scans, pat-downs and slow going at TSA airport security screening checkpoints? For $100, you can now bypass the hassle.


Now even the eurozone admits it has condemned Greece to never-ending austerity: There’s a general view out there that with private creditors having agreed their 50pc haircut, the “Greek problem” has been solved, at least for now. Unfortunately, it has not.


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 : 2,930


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001


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