ICH 17 April 2013: Did The FBI Know About Boston Bombing Beforehand?

17 April 2013 — Information Clearing House

After Reports of a Bombing Suspect in Custody, Boston Police Say No Arrest



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Blowback at Boston?

By Jacob G. Hornberger

Is it all worth it? That’s what Americans need to be asking themselves.



Let’s Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber is a White American

By David Sirota

Though FBI data show fewer terrorist plots involving Muslims than terrorist plots involving non-Muslims, America has mobilized a full-on war effort exclusively against the prospect of Islamic terrorism.



Letter Sent to Obama Tested Positive for Ricin, Official Says

By Brian Bennett and Kathleen Hennessey

An envelope addressed to President Obama and intercepted at a mail processing facility has tested positive for the poison ricin, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.



The Strategic and Moral Bankruptcy of U.S. Sanctions Policy Toward Iran

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

A diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue, it’s very easy: recognize Iran’s right to safeguarded enrichment, stop trying to get them to suspend, stop trying to get them to go to zero enrichment and we can have a nuclear deal.



US Will Aid Israel if it Strikes Iran: Senate Committee

The Jerusalem Post

Resolution to provide diplomatic, economic, military support to Israel if it strikes Iran adopted by Senate Foreign Relations C’tee.



United States Engaged in the Practice of Torture: Report

By Jesselyn Radack

The Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the government officials who ordered torture, the doctors who supervised it, the lawyers who justified it, or the agents who actually tortured people. Shame on the Obama administration.



It’s Time to Bury Not Just Thatcher – but Thatcherism

By Seumas Milne

She didn’t save Britain or turn the economy round. We need to break with her failed model to escape its baleful consequences.



The Attack on Gold

By Paul Craig Roberts

Little doubt that Americans who believe every fairy tale “their” government tells them will believe this one too.



More Than 10 Million Americans Among the Working Poor

By Kate Randall

More than 14 percent of the estimated 25 million part-time workers currently in the labor force are classified as working poor.



Officials: Attacks across Afghanistan kill 24 people:

April has been the deadliest month this year for Afghan and foreign civilians and security forces. According to an Associated Press tally, 182 people have been killed in violence around the nation this month.



Taliban Beheads 4 Troops, Red Crescent Staff Killed in Jawzjan:

Four Afghan National Army soldiers have been found beheaded after they were kidnapped in the Sheberghan-Andkhoy highway of northern Jawzjan province on Tuesday, local officials said.



Pakistan: Taliban suicide bomber kills 15 :

A hospital official said doctors were treating some 50 people wounded in the explosion, including dozens who were in critical condition.



8 “militants” killed in Orakzai:

Eight militants were killed and one soldier was injured on Wednesday after an exchange of fire in Orakzai Agency.



US Kills Another 5 People In Pakistan:

The attack in the Baber Ghar area of the South Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border, a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants.



16 hurt in ‘terror’ blast in Indian city:

A top Indian official said a blast in the city of Bangalore that wounded 16 people Wednesday, including 11 policemen, was “an act of terror” designed to disrupt upcoming state elections..



Bombings, attacks kill 9 as 21 executed in Iraq -:

In one attack, gunmen in two SUVs opened fire early in the morning on a military checkpoint in Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing two soldiers and wounding five, a police officer said. Another police officer said a parked car bomb went off shortly afterward in another part of Abu Ghraib, killing two civilians and wounding six people



Syria’s Assad warns West over Qaeda, says defeat of his regime ‘not an option’:

“The West has paid heavily for funding Al-Qaeda in its early stages. Today it is doing the same in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price in the heart of Europe and the United States,” Assad said.



Hagel: US sending Army planners to Jordan: –

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells senators he is sending about 200 soldiers from an Army headquarters unit to Jordan to assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border and plan for any operations needed to assure the safety of chemical weapons in Syria.



US Aid Falls into Al Qaeda’s Hands in Syria by Design, Not Chance: Op-Ed:

Huge amounts of US-provided flour smuggled into northern Syria have formed the foundation of Al Qaeda’s public relations strategy, the Washington Post and London Telegraph reveal. Together with huge amounts of US-provided weapons, the aid is fueling Al Qaeda’s continued operations and atrocities inside Syria.



Iran slams innocent killings anywhere : Leader:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran opposes any blast or the killing of innocents be it in Boston in the US or Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria and condemns it,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a group of Army commanders on Wednesday.



U.S. Senate committee passes resolution to back Israel in conflict with Iran:

Resolution 65 goes beyond affirming U.S. commitment to preventing a nuclear Iran to ensure it will ‘authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.’



AIPAC Applauds Passage of Senate ‘Resolution Standing With Israel:

The resolution reiterates that the policy of the United States is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and to take such action as may be necessary to implement this policy.



Pentagon Seeks $220 Million for Israel’s Iron Dome System:

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency for the first time in its regular annual budget contains funds to buy additional Iron Dome missile defense systems for Israel, according to documents and an agency spokesman.



Palestinian hunger striker’s health hangs in the balance on Prisoner’s Day:

Palestinians are marking Prisoner’s Day with acts of defiance across the West Bank and Gaza. The annual event is held to call attention to the plight of inmates held in Israeli jails, who currently number 4,800.



Just another day in the occupied West Bank:

Israeli soldiers blindfold and arrest young boy in Hebron: Video:

Soldiers tear the passports from the internationals’ hands and soon they are flanked by persons who appear to be Jewish settlers.



Egypt’s Mubarak ordered back to prison:

Public prosecutor orders former leader back to jail from hospital, as court sets his retrial for May 11.



Maduro blames US for Venezuela violence that kills 7:

Maduro says the U.S. Embassy has been “financing and leading all the violent acts.” He has also accused the opposition of planning a coup against him.



US refuses to accept Venezuela election result:

The State Department said Tuesday that a full recount of the vote and an investigation into alleged irregularities were needed, given the close tally that almost evenly divided the country.



Bolivia’s president says US planning coup in Venezuela:

“I am certain that behind those remarks, the United States is preparing a coup d’état in Venezuela,” said Morales.



Honduras Most Dangerous Country in World Thanks to US:

Following the 2009 coup Honduras has spiraled into becoming the most dangerous country on earth, with much of the violence funded by the U.S. State Department, and with that Department clearly being less than forthcoming with the U.S. Congress or the public.



Bianca Jagger: Deadly Sins in the Brazilian Amazon: Op-Ed:

The trampling of indigenous rights, military force used against protesters, impunity, megadams and environmental destruction. Is Brazil returning to the bad old days?



More prisoners join Guantanamo Bay hunger strike:

Seven prisoners have joined a hunger strike at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, bringing the total number to 52, US military officials have said. Fifteen of the protesters are being force fed, and three of them are being observed in hospital.



Detainee Report Task Force Condemns Force-Feeding Hunger Strikers At Gitmo:

A new bipartisan report released on Tuesday by the Constitution Project condemned force-feeding terror detainees that are engaged in hunger strikes.



Boston Marathon bombing suspect arrested:

Law enforcement officials in Boston tell reporters that they have arrested a suspect thought responsible for Monday’s deadly bombing.



U.S. sources say no arrest made yet in Boston bomb investigation:

There have been no arrests made yet in the bombings at the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and scores injured, U.S. government and law enforcement sources said on Wednesday.



Question Everything You Hear About the Boston Marathon Bombing:

From Oklahoma City to 9/11 to Newtown, the aftermath of major tragedies is rife with misinformation.



Letter sent to Obama tests positive for ricin, officials say:

A letter addressed to President Barack Obama tested positive for the poison ricin and was from the same sender who mailed a letter to a senator that also tested positive, officials told NBC News on Wednesday.



Suspicious envelopes found in Flake’s Phoenix office:

The Phoenix office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake was evacuated Wednesday morning after a staff member found a powdery substance with two envelopes sent to the Arizona Republican’s office.



HAZMAT crews at Senator Carl Levin’s office in Saginaw Michigan – building evacuated:

We’ve just received word that the former Delphi Tower in Saginaw Michigan has been evacuated, and that it’s being treated as a HAZMAT situation. Police, Fire, and HAZMAT crews are on the scene. The building houses the Saginaw offices of US Senator Carl Levin.



Republican Senator Who Voted With Democrats on Gun Control Receives Ricin Letter:

At first it might seem odd that the junior senator from the deep red state of Mississippi was targeted, but Wicker was one of 16 Senate Republicans who joined with all but two members of the Democratic caucus in voting to advance the enhanced background checks bill in the Senate.



AG Holder: Americans Not Worried Enough About Home-Grown Terrorists:

“It’s a very serious threat. I think what it says is that the scope, our scope, has to be broadened. We can’t think that it’s just a bunch of people in caves in some part of the world,”



European Stocks Plunge Most In Six Months:

Europe’s ‘Dow’, the EuroStoxx 50, has suffered the biggest 4-day rout in 10 months as the broad Bloomberg 500 index plunged by the most in five months today amid terrible consumer, car registration, and economic collapse on the continent.



UK unemployment rises to 2.56mn:

UK unemployment rose by 70,000 between December and February to 2.56 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Wednesday.



Corporate Tax Dodgers: 10 Companies and Their Tax Loopholes:

A new report looks at 10 U.S. corporations that have used an array of tax loopholes and corporate subsidies to slash their tax bills: Bank of America, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, FedEx, General Electric, Honeywell, Merck, Microsoft, Pfizer, and Verizon.



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 : 3,281


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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