ICH 6 February 2013: Obama Grants Himself License To Kill

6 February 2013 Information Clearing House


The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

By Stephen Zunes

U.S.-trained Army Captain Amadou Sanogo and other officers staged a coup and called for U.S. intervention along the lines of Afghanistan and the “war on terror.”



Britamgate: Staging False Flag Attacks in Syria

By Voltaire Network

On January 22 a telling leak cropped up in the Internet. British defense contractor’s BRITAM server was hacked and megabytes of classified internal files of the firm were released to the public. – What is the story behind the leakage? Why this scandal is likely to turn around the situation in Syria?



Obama Grants Self License To Kill

This is the power claimed by kings and tyrants.

By Andrew P. Napolitano

Did you consent to a government that can kill whom it wishes? How about one that plays tricks on federal judges? How long will it be before the presidential killing comes home?



Brennan Nomination Exposes Criticism on Targeted Killings and Secret Saudi Base

By Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung

Civil liberties groups described the white paper as an example of the kind of unchecked executive power Obama campaigned against during his first presidential run.



NY Times Reveals Location Of Secret US Base In Saudi Arabia


The Times and other news organizations, including The Washington Post, had withheld the location of that base at the request of the C.I.A.



How Israel is Fueling the Syrian Fire

By Nicola Nasser

Israel is either trying to escalate militarily to embroil an unwilling United States in the Syrian conflict, in a too late attempt to pre-empt a political solution, out of a belief that the fall of the Al – Assad regime will serve Israel’s strategy.



Decade After Iraq WMD Speech at UN

Ex-Powell Aide Lawrence Wilkerson Debates Author Norman Solomon

Video & Transcript

“Was the intelligence politicized in addition to being wrong at its roots? Absolutely. And the leader of that politicization was the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney.”



How Tony Blair and Iraq Robbed a Generation of Their Faith in Politics

By Sam Parker

If every generation lives through an event that opens their eyes to politics for the first time, then perhaps there also an event that closes them again, if not entirely then at least in part.



How I Reached my Breaking Point Ten Years Ago

By Simon Black

The political and banking elite have given us more war, inflation, and epic financial crises. They’ve turned Western civilization into a giant police state. And they’ve managed to brainwash the great masses so effectively that the people are crying out for more.



The U.S. Congress: From One Crisis to Another, The Politics of Debt Default

By Prof Rodrigue Tremblay

Ever since Republicans took control of the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, a fiscal drama with the White House and the U.S. Senate has been replayed time and again. One of the political gimmick is called the “raising of the country’s debt limit.”



19 killed’ in Syria car bombings:

At least 19 members of Syria’s security forces have been killed in two suicide car bombings targeting a military intelligence headquarters in the south-central city of Palmyra, a watchdog said.



Syrian rebels are forging child soldiers into ‘killing machines’:

“When they arrive here, they are children. By the time they leave, they are killing machines,” said Abdel Razzaq, a 38-year-old former army sergeant who trains the boys.



Saudi Arabia confesses support for terrorists in Syria:

The representative of Saudi authorities in Jordan in an interview with the newspaper Al-Hayat, a leading pan-Arab daily reported Monday that since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, some 2,500 Saudis have entered the Arab country.



Syrian rebels open US lobbying agency:

Brian Sayers is a former Nato political officer lobbying in the corridors of Washington on behalf of Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar Al Assad, the country’s president.



Syrian rebels to open NY, Washington offices:

The coalition’s presence in the U.S. capital and near the United Nations is expected to raise its profile in the United States and internationally, the diplomats said.



US concerned over Turkey’s remarks on ‘Israeli Syria attack’:

US State Department’s spokesperson said the US filed a complaint with Turkey and pointed out the primary need to focus on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s violence against his own people



Stray puppy finds own way home:

Obama Plans Visit to Israel This Spring:

President Obama plans to travel to Israel this spring for the first time since taking office, as he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu try to move past the friction of the last four years now that both have won re-election.



Palestinian PM warns PA ‘on the brink’:

“The situation in which we must wait for Israel’s prime minister to decide on a monthly basis whether or not money is transferred to us, places us in an impossible situation. If Israel doesn’t come to its senses – we will be in danger of collapsing,” Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as saying,



Iran is a nuclear state but has no intention to launch attack on Israel – Ahmadinejad:

“[The world] wants Iran to go back to what it was in the past, but they won’t succeed. They assume we’ll give in to pressure, but such thoughts are misguided. We’re already an industrial and nuclear country…we must ensure development and growth and bring them to pass, and the world must acknowledge our progress,”



Sanctions are an act of war:

New U.S. sanctions Iran, locks up oil revenues:

“This will significantly restrict Iran’s ability to make use of the oil revenue that it’s earning,” a senior U.S. official told reporters about the sanctions



The Counterproductive Effects of Leveling Sanctions on Iran :

The U.S.-sponsored sanctions dramatically debilitated Iraq‘s economy. UNICEF, for example, contends that the sanctions led to the deaths of over a million Iraqis, including more than a half million children. We face the same risk today in Iran as we faced in Iraq.



EU court rules for second time against Iran bank sanctions;

A European Union court has ruled that the EU should lift sanctions it imposed on one of Iran’s largest banks, the second such judgment that could complicate Western efforts to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic.



Russia expects ‘serious progress’ on Iran nuclear crisis:

Despite everything, I would very much hope to see the upcoming round result in — if not an outright breakthrough — then serious progress,” Ryabkov said in a wide-ranging interview with the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.



Hezbollah denies Bulgaria bus bomb:

Hezbollah denies Bulgaria bus bombHezbollah has rejected a Bulgarian investigation that blamed it for a deadly 2012 bus bombing which killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver. The report prompted Israel’s PM to call for Hezbollah to be banned as a terror group by EU nations.



Bulgaria appeases US, Israel on bus probe: Op-Ed

The Bulgarian government on Tuesday made a mockery of its political independence by publicly implicating Lebanon’s Hezbollah in last year’s attack on an Israeli bus in the resort city of Burgas, despite the fact that its “official investigation is still going on”



Israel vows “justice” for victims of Bulgaria attack:

Israel’s prime minister has told relatives of victims of last year’s attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria that those responsible for the killings “will pay the price.”



Militants kill 4 policemen, wound 5 in separate attacks in Iraq, officials say;

Assailants opened automatic fire on police checkpoints in central and northern Iraq early on Wednesday, killing four officers and wounding five, officials said.



‘Al-Qaeda making comeback’ in Iraq’s Kirkuk:

There has been rise in the number of terror attacks in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, prompting warnings from government officials that groups linked with al-Qaeda are making a comeback.



Secret US Base in Saudi Arabia for drone Assassinations in Yemen:

Saudi Arabia is home to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the continued presence of US troops after the 1991 Gulf war was one of the stated motivations behind al-Qaida’s 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Khobar Towers bombing five years earlier.



Nigerian Islamists kill 6 park rangers in revenge attack:

Boko Haram insurgents killed at least six park rangers on Tuesday in a reprisal attack after troops backed by helicopter gunships destroyed their base in a Nigerian game reserve.



‘Hundreds’ of rebels killed:

French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels’ last bastion secured, France said Tuesday it will begin withdrawing troops in March.



Killing of Tunisian Opposition Figure Sets Off Protests:

A leading Tunisian opposition politician who had fiercely criticized the Islamist-led government, accusing it of turning a blind eye to violence by religious hard-liners, was fatally shot outside his home in Tunis on Wednesday, officials said.



Tunisia PM to dissolve government amid crisis:

Protesters clash with police, blaming Islamist-led government of failing to protect slain politician Shokri Belaid.



France action in Mali is real war, says Le Drian:

French forces are embroiled in a “real war” with “terrorists” around the Malian town of Gao, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said. Islamist militants were swept from Gao last month, but Mr Le Drian said clashes were continuing in the area.



Tuareg rebels say they extend control in Mali’s northeast:

Pro-autonomy Tuareg rebels in Mali said on Tuesday they had occupied the town of Menaka, extending their control of the remote northeast as they position for talks with the government after the retreat of al Qaeda-linked insurgents.



4 Civilians reported killed in Afghanistan:

Four Afghan civilians, a woman and three children, were found dead following fighting between coalition forces and insurgents in Herat province, officials said.



Obama regime kills 5 people in Pakistan: :

At least five persons were killed when a US drone targeted a house located at Spinwam of North Waziristan on Wednesday, Geo News reported



Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Speaks Out Against Drone Strikes:

Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. has spoken out against American drone strikes in Pakistan, pointing out that they are illegal, create more militants than they kill, and violate national sovereignty.



Naming the Dead: Bureau announces new drones project:

The Bureau is launching an ambitious new investigation, which will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.



Royal Bank of Scotland fined US $615 million for rate rigging:

Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland will pay US and British authorities US$615 million and plead guilty to wire fraud in Japan to settle allegations it manipulated global benchmark interest rates.



UK government plans to track ALL web use:

MI5 to install ‘black box’ spy devices to monitor British internet traffic



U.S.-Canada Harmonizing Border Security and Immigration Measures:

 Without much fanfare, they have signed an immigration agreement that would allow them to share biographic and at a later date, biometric information. As part of a North American security perimeter, both countries are further harmonizing border security and immigration measures.



Congress Is About to Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana:

Democratic Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, left, and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon will introduce sweeping marijuana reform legislation Tuesday. The legislation, which would regulate marijuana like alcohol



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: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,257


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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