ICH 25 April 2013: Chuck Hagel’s Amazing Overnight Transformation on Syria’s Use of Chemical Weapons

25 April 2013 — Information Clearing House


Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria

Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons: Chuck Hagel


President Barack Obama has said the use of chemical weapons would be a “game-changer” in the U.S. position on intervening in the two-year-old Syrian civil war.



Chuck Hagel’s Amazing Overnight Transformation on Syria’s Use of Chemical Weapons

By J.D. Tuccille

Hagel has been traveling in the Middle East, peddling weapons to the various potentates in the region and discussing security concerns that might raise the need for … ummm …. buying U.S. weapons.



US Unveils Iraq WMD “Curveball-Style” Lies Vs. Syria

By Tony Cartalucci

As NATO terror front collapses in Syria, US attempts to justify intervention by drumming up familiar WMD lies.



The US Perpetrates a Boston Bombing Weekly in Pakistan, Yemen & Afghanistan

By Sean A. McElwee

In Pakistan the unconstitutional drone war continues to kill innocents. On April 14, between 4 and 6 Pakistanis died in drone strike and numerous civilians were injured.



Comprehensive Report Finds Evidence of US Torture at Guantánamo

By Nathaniel Rojas

“[Guantánamo] was a major testing ground for the government’s policy of engaging in highly coercive interrogation techniques, practices designed to visit torment on detainees”



Lawyer’s Jail Torment Marks US Totalitarian State

By Finian Cunningham

The US state’s cruel persecution of this woman epitomises the general destruction of human rights and the rise of draconian police powers across America in the aftermath of 9/11 and the fraudulent “war on terror”.



Orwell Does America

By Pepe Escobar

Welcome to the sweet abyss of an Orwellian vortex. 2013 increasingly looks like 1984.



Boston and Freedom

By Andrew P. Napolitano

The American people made a pact with the devil in the weeks and months following 9/11 when they bought the Bush-era argument that by surrendering liberty they could buy safety.



Obama Administration Secretly Allowing Internet Surveillance

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

By Declan McCullagh

US Justice Department immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act.



We Must Fight Back

Authoritarianism Has Quietly Enveloped Every Part of American Life

By John Knefel

Peter King’s recent call for law enforcement to “realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there” was the most explicit endorsement of a largely-in-place policy that many Americans would prefer to ignore.



Dance on Thatcher’s Grave, but Remember, There Has Been a Coup in Britain

By John Pilger

The corruption and inhumanity under Thatcher knew no borders.



Bush Library: Whitewashing War Crimes

80% of GOP Thinks Bush’s Presidency Was a Success

By Abby Martin

The George W. Bush presidential library, serves as nothing more than a place to cement historical revisionism of Bush’s true legacy.



What Does It Mean To Be An “American” Corporation?

By Dave Johnson

The giant American multinational corporations are now set up and structured to avoid paying taxes here, or to any country.



The Bush- Blair Legacy Continues

Iraqi police say 41 killed in clashes between “gunmen” and police in northern city of Mosul:

Iraq’s prime minister appealed for calm following three days of violence that has left more than 150 dead.



Sunni fighters take over town in northern Iraq after clashes with government forces:

Gunmen seized the town of Suleiman Beg, capturing the police station and other government buildings which are now besieged by government troops. There has also been fierce fighting in the Sunni majority city of Mosul where 15 Iraqi policemen and 31 Sunni militants were killed today.



Kurdish rebels to begin withdrawal from Turkey on May 8:

Kurdish rebels announced on Thursday they would on May 8 begin withdrawing from Turkey into their safe haven in northern Iraq amid a peace drive between Ankara and the rebel movement.



Syrian army seizes strategic town near capital:

“The disaster has struck, the army entered Otaiba. The regime has managed to turn off the weapons tap,” a fighter from the town told Reuters via Skype. “The price of a bullet will go from 50 Syrian pounds to 1,000 Syrian pounds (6.5 pounds) now, but we must pay and retake it. It’s the main if not the only route.”



Hundreds of Europeans fighting in Syria, says EU expert:

Intelligence agencies are concerned some could join groups linked to al-Qaeda and later return to Europe to launch terrorist attacks. The UK, Ireland and France are among the EU countries estimated to have the highest numbers of fighters in Syria.



Hague warns of new Syrian terror threat:

William Hague said there was now “uncontested space” in Syria where Islamist groups were free to establish training camps that would equip and train foreign fighters, including British extremists.



Syria says backing rebels risks new attacks on America: –

U.S. support for Syrian rebels may lead to more attacks on American soil like those of September 11, said a senior Syrian official who warned that Islamist fighters would spread “the fire of terrorism” around the world.



Manipulating Public Perceptions:

U.S. Says It Suspects Assad Used Chemical Weapons:

The White House emphasized that, “given the stakes involved,” the United States still needed “credible and corroborated facts” before deciding on a course of action.



McCain: Syria’s crossed the line: Video –

Sen. John McCain says evidence of chemical weapons found in Syria means the U.S. must take action against the regime.



UK Plays WMD Card:

Britain says has information showing Syria chemical weapon use:

“We have limited but persuasive information from various sources showing chemical weapon use in Syria, including sarin. This is extremely concerning. Use of chemical weapons is a war crime,” a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.



Rebels say: ‘Clear proof chemical weapons used’: Rebels say:

“We took some samples of the soil and of blood. The injured people were observed by doctors and the samples were tested and it was very clear that the regime used chemical weapons,” General Salim Idriss told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.



Claims that Syria has used sarin gas should be treated with caution:

Evidence must be made public: If it is true that the UK and French governments have soil samples that show sarin has been used, they should not only be shared with UN investigators but the chain of evidence showing how they came to have the samples must made public.



Syria: Aleppo’s Umayyad mosque destroyed – in pictures:

The mosque, built between the 8th and 13th centuries, is reputedly home to the remains of John the Baptist’s father. It is located in Aleppo’s walled Old City, a Unesco World Heritage site.



Tehran accuses Amman of cooperating with Qaeda and Israel against Syria:

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, General Hassan Firouzabadi, has criticized the Jordan for its “cooperation with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization and Israel against Syria,” and stressed that Amman’s policies are threatening the Muslim community.



With eye on Iran, Hagel seals US arms deal with UAE:

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet United Arab Emirates leaders on Thursday to wrap up a major arms deal that both nations see as a way to thwart Iran’s military power.



Israel ‘shoots down Lebanon drone’:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the incident as an “extremely grave” attempt to breach Israel’s borders.



Israeli incursions into Lebanon:

The most frequent breaches are overflights by Israeli war planes and drones; such violations have occurred since the inception of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict, and have happened continuously and almost daily since the 2006 Lebanon war, being the source of much conflict between Lebanon and Israel.



Diaspora Jews must speak out against the Israeli Law of Return: Op-Ed:

Bahour says, “if Diaspora Jews can accept having an Israeli citizenship being held ‘forever’ for them while Palestinians are denied not only citizenship, but basic human rights, then they too are directly partaking in the continued apartheid against Palestinians.”



Pakistan: 6 Killed In Shootout :

Two policemen and four militants were killed in a fierce shootout in Karak district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province this morning, police officials said. Three more policemen were injured in the skirmish.



Blast near MQM election offce kills 5 in Karachi:

According to police, the bomb, which was planted in a motorcycle, went off outside one of the election offices of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the apparent target.



Musharraf held for Bhutto’s murder:

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was on Thursday formally arrested over the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, prosecutors said.



3 Tibetans Self-Immolate To Protest China, Reports Say:

More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2011 to protest Chinese policies in the region and call for the return of their beloved spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, from exile.



20 killed in DR Congo militia attack:

A military source in Kinshasa confirmed the attack and said he “feared that the death toll could be higher.”



Seven killed in shootout between Nigerian soldiers, “Islamic” extremists;

The attack happened on Wednesday night in the fishing village of Gashua in Yobe State. Teacher Fati Umar, who witnessed the violence, said the Islamic extremists attacked a police station in the village and later a prison.



UN peacekeepers for Mali:

The UN Security Council is set to adopt a resolution on Thursday creating a peacekeeping mission in Mali, to take over from French and African forces in the conflict-torn north.



Libyan instability spreads to capital: –

Libya’s central government has long had only a tenuous grip on the eastern city of Benghazi, but the bombing of the French embassy in Tripoli shows its control of the capital may now also be under threat.



Barbaric, force feeding continues as number of hunger strikers in Guantanamo at 92:

16 of the hunger strikers are on feeding tubes, five of whom are hospitalized, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House said in a statement issued earlier this week.



Guantanamo Desperation ‘Unprecedented’ :

The International Committee of the Red Cross told congressional staffers that the level of desperation amongst Guantanamo detainees is “unprecedented,”



Guantanamo strike sparks outcry in Yemen:

An ongoing hunger strike by nearly half of Guantanamo’s 166 prisoners has galvanised street protests outside the US embassy in Yemen, where detainees’ long-suffering families have been raising their voices.



Barack Obama leaves Iraq war out of speech to honour George W Bush.

Instead, he opted for kind words about the man he once castigated day after day on the campaign trail, to cheers from Democratic supporters. In Texas, Obama spoke of Bush’s “generosity”, “strength”, “resolve” and “compassion”.



In a world gone crazy:

Poll: George W. Bush Increasingly Popular:

George W. Bush’s presidential approval rating has risen from 37% in January 2009 to 47%, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll



The Full Power Of Vice President Dick Cheney Is Only Now Becoming Clear:

On Sept. 16, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney said that America would have to “spend time in the shadows” and work on the “dark side.”



Officials: Boston suspect had no firearm when barrage of bullets hit hiding place:

The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing had no firearms when he came under a barrage of police gunfire that struck the boat where he was hiding.



Blaming US-Born Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki for Inspiring Boston Bombing:

There is no concrete evidence that the brothers, who are suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon, were inspired by US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Yet, CNN has posted a report with the headline, “From the grave, the cleric inspiring a new generation of terrorists,” that promotes this new detail as if it is certainly true.



Web censorship: the net is closing in:

Across the globe governments are monitoring and censoring access to the web. And if we’re not careful millions more people could find the internet fractured, fragmented and controlled by the state



Reality Check – Internet Privacy Bill CISPA Means ‘No More Privacy’? : Video –

“It’s not about Left vs. Right… It’s about Liberty vs. Oppression”-Ben Swann



CISPA: The House passed it a week ago, but most don’t know what it is:

Critics of CISPA, say that it is an affront to American civil liberties, and the privacy of its citizens. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), “the bill grants broad new powers, allowing companies to identify and obtain “threat information” by looking at your private information.”



Google reports record spike in government requests to remove content:

Internet giant details requests for material to be pulled from YouTube, Blogger service and from Google search



Senate Immigration Bill Calls For a Drone-Patrolled Border:

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, could soon be patrolling the United States border with Mexico 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s what the major immigration reform bill introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators proposes.



Spain unemployment hits record high of 27.2%:

With more than 6 million people unemployed for the first time, Spain’s jobless rate shot up to a record 27.2% in the first quarter, the National Statistics Institute said Thursday, in another grim picture of the recession-wracked country.



French jobless claims hit all-time high in March:

The number of jobless people in France hit an all-time high in March, piling more gloom on cash-strapped households and fresh doubt on the government’s pledge to reverse the unemployment trend by year-end.



Crisis for Europe as trust hits record low:

Public confidence in the European Union has fallen to historically low levels in the six biggest EU countries, raising fundamental questions about its democratic legitimacy more than three years into the union’s worst ever crisis, new data shows.



UK food bank users triple in a year as economic problems continue:

The largest food bank provider in the UK, warned the dramatic increase in the number of food bank users is to continue in the coming months due to the government’s welfare reforms, including the 1 percent benefit cap, the bedroom tax, and the 10 percent cut in council tax support.



Record Number of Households on Food Stamps– 1 out of Every 5:

The latest available data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that a record number 23 million households in the United States are now on food stamps.



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 : 3,284


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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