Information Clearing House Newsletter 20 April 2012: Unplugging Americans From The Matrix

20 April 2012 — Information Clearing House

Unplugging Americans From The Matrix
By Paul Craig Roberts

Americans have lost control of the government, and governments that are not controlled by the people are not democracies.

“We Do Not Live in a Free Country”
National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney on Growing State Surveillance

 Must Watch By Democracy Now!

 Whistleblower: The NSA Is Lying-U.S. Government Has Copies of Most Of Your Emails.


Government Misinformation Campaign Targets Reporter

 By Gregory Korte

 A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign.


Still killed and killing in the lost Afghanistan War
By Lindsey German
Has anyone told the media that the NATO forces are losing the war in Afghanistan?


Afghan Screams Aren’t Heard
By Kathy Kelly and Hakim
Last weekend, in Kabul, Afghan Peace Volunteer friends huddled in the back room of their simple home. With a digital camera, glimpses and sounds of their experiences were captured, as warfare erupted three blocks away.


Problems of Empire
Another day, another war
By Justin Raimondo
For the Beltway boys, war is not a threat but an opportunity – a means to expand the empire, line their pockets and the pockets of their friends, and bask in the momentary elation of a very short-lived “victory.”


Surprises in the Israeli-Iranian Duel
By Patrick Seale
The simple truth is that Israel wants to deny its neighbours the ability to defend themselves. None is to be allowed to acquire a deterrent capability!


A Conspiracy of Whores
By John Grant
It’s a challenge to make adult sense of the absurdities coming out of Colombia right now.

25 People Killed In Yemen: Yemeni government troops launched a surprise attack in the south of the country to recapture an al-Qaida stronghold, killing 25 Islamist militants, an official said Friday.


18 security forces killed in Syria attacks: A powerful blast killed 10 members of the security forces in the southern Syrian region of Quneitra on Friday, state television reported, blaming the explosion on “terrorists.”


Four killed in Syria violence: : One civilian was killed during an assault by government forces in the northeastern oil city of Deir Ezzor and three others died from gunfire in the town of Yabrud, north of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Free Syrian Army calls for foreign military intervention
The head of the Military Council Free Syrian Army, Colonel Mustafa al-Sheikh said Annan plan accepted by Bashar al-Assad government does not work, and government forces continue to commit mass killing in many cities across the country.


Pentagon: America will be ready if needed in Syria: Dempsey said if called upon, the military would be ready to act and the services are working on ways to try to halt the violence


Syrian civil war prospects worry Moscow: The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday there were “violations and provocations” to the cease-fire and warned the country was headed toward serious crisis if both sides refused to lay down their weapons.


Russia condemns new Syrian sanctions planned by EU: “Our position concerning such sanctions is well known,” said foreign affairs ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. “We judge them unacceptable from the point of view of international law.


Russia, Europe propose rival resolutions on Syria observers: The key difference in the texts – circulated Friday morning to the Security Council and obtained by The Associated Press – is whether there should be any conditions on the deployment of the larger observer force.


Iran threatens to cut oil to “whole Europe”, claims to have alternative buyers: Iran will cut oil export to all European countries if they do not lift sanctions on Tehran after the next round of talks in Baghdad, country’s Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said on Thursday, Mehr reported.


Al-Qaeda claims Iraq attacks that killed 38: Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said on Friday that it carried out a wave of attacks across the country that killed 38 people, in a statement on jihadist website Honein.


Iraq ‘could break up’, warns Vice-President Hashemi: He said the country was at a crossroads, and that urgent action had to be taken now to prevent it breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines.


Afghanistan: US soldiers among 8 dead in Helmand attacks: Four US soldiers and as many Afghan police were killed in a suicide bombing and in a helicopter crash that came hours after the first incident in a district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.


Growing the Empire:
3 US military personnel among 6 killed in Mali crash : In Washington, a U.S. defense official said one of the three Americans was from U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, and the two others were assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command.


Sudan says it ran South Sudan troops out of oil town
Sudan said Friday its forces drove South Sudanese troops from a contested oil town near the countries’ ill-defined border border while the south tried to put a good face on events, saying it was withdrawing.


Sudan to give neighbour ‘final lesson’: SUDAN‘S president, Omar al-Bashir, vowed yesterday to teach neighbouring South Sudan “a final lesson by force” by “eliminating” the government.


Uganda Warns Sudan Over Threats To Attack South Sudan: Uganda will intervene if the fighting between South Sudan and Sudan escalates into a full-scale war, and would not just sit and witness its northern neighbour is being attacked, said the Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda Aronda Nyakairima on Friday.


WATCH: New video shows shamed IDF officer struck several left-wing activists: In clip taken by Palestinian TV, and released by left-wing NGO B’Tselem, Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner seen beating protesters without clear provocation.


Gilad Atzmon: ‘Never Again’ is an Empty Slogan
Israel is driven by a suicidal inclination in the spirit of Biblical Samson. Yet, being a nuclear super power, Israel’s potential self-inflicted tragedy may as well put an end to the world, as we know it.


Thousands of Bahrain protesters dispersed: Security forces use tear gas to end march against Grand Prix race as crown prince confirms Sunday’s race will go ahead.


Thousands protest military’s rule in Egypt: Tens of thousands of protesters packed Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstration in months against the ruling military, aimed at stepping up pressure on the generals to hand over power to civilians and bar ex-regime members from running in upcoming presidential elections.


China assisting N.Korean missile program-U.S. Defense Sec’y:
“I’m sure there’s been some help coming from China. I don’t know, you know, the exact extent of that,” Panetta told members of the House Armed Services Committee when asked whether China had been supporting North Korea’s missile program through “trade and technology exchanges.”


Breivik describes island massacre: : Anders Behring Breivik, who is on trial in Norway for killing 77 people last July, tells a Norwegian court he shot people who were begging for their lives.


FBI Seizes Riseup Email Network Server: The server was operated by the European Counter Network and ran a program called Mixmaster, which routes emails through anonymous servers in a network. The server also ran a number of mailing lists and websites for political groups.


Secret documents reveal DHS lied about tracking Americans on social media: One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies


In case you missed it: 
Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists: Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”


U.S peace activist Cindy Sheehan vows to continue tax boycott: California peace activist Cindy Sheehan has agreed to meet with Internal Revenue Service agents seeking to collect back taxes she refuses to pay as a protest of U.S. wars, but she vowed on Thursday to persist in her tax boycott.


Georgia Tries to Get to Zero Welfare Recipients: Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed a law requiring that people approved for “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” receive a drug test within forty-eight hours. They also have to pay a $17 fee for the test and it isn’t refunded, even if a person passes


Gulf fisheries in decline after oil disaster
Nearly two years after BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen and scientists say things are getting worse.
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 :2,967


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


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