ICH 5 August 2013: The US Terror Scare: Manipulating Public Perceptions

5 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Israel-Palestinian Talks

Washington Acts Like Matchmaker… Between Rapist and Victim

By Finian Cunningham

The art of US diplomacy in the Middle East is evidently to give Israel a carte blanche to do whatever it likes with regard to trampling on Palestinian rights and lives.



‘Double Tap’ Drone Strikes

US Deliberately Targeting Rescuers


The Central Intelligence Agency revived the controversial tactic of deliberately targeting rescuers at the scene of a previous drone strike.



The Gods of War: Don’t Believe the Hype

By Neil Harrison

The US empire’s illusion of benign omnipotence has been broken by the heroic acts of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.



Al-Qaeda to the Rescue

By Pepe Escobar

We have US and Western corporate media falling in love with the Terra Terra Terra meme all over again.



The US Terror Scare: Manipulating Public Perceptions

By Patrick Martin

Not a single voice is raised to question the claims or essential premises of the scare campaign.



Members of Congress Denied Access to Basic Information About NSA

By Glenn Greenwald

Documents provided by two House members demonstrate how they are blocked from exercising any oversight over domestic surveillance.



Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying?

By Ron Paul

We do not have to accept being lied to – or spied on — by our government.



Tony Blair: Libya, Lockerbie, Arms and Betrayals.

By Felicity Arbuthnot

This will surely have you falling down with surprise.



Exclusive: U.S. Directs Agents to Cover Up Program Used to Investigate Americans

By John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke

A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.



The “New Economy” Is The No Jobs Economy

By Paul Craig Roberts

Go wave the flag, support the troops, believe the government’s and media’s lies, but unless you are the well-connected one percent, don’t expect any future for your children.



Weapons of War Come Home

Welcome to Post-Constitution America

By Peter Van Buren

What If Your Country Begins to Change and No One Notices?



An Interview With Oliver Stone:

Why the U.S. Was Wrong to Drop Two Atomic Bombs on Japan

By Greg Mitchell

Why are Americans so resistant to having an open mind on the subject of dropping the bomb twice in 1945?



What it’s like to spend years in solitary confinement:


Right now, hundreds of prisoners across California are engaged in a hunger strike to address prison conditions, including solitary confinement. Chris Hayes interviews Steven Czifra, who spent years in solitary confinement in California.



120 Children Slaughtered in Syria’s Tal Abyad:

Terrorists affiliated to the al-Nusra Front massacred 120 children and 330 men and women in Syria’s Northern district of Tal Abyad, media reports said on Monday. Videos posted online by the militant groups showed hundreds of women and children in Tal Aran, lying dead on the ground after their homes and plant fields were bombed.



Assad accused of killing hundreds with missile attacks on civilian areas:

Syrian forces are killing hundreds of civilians by firing missiles into populated areas that have no military targets, according to Human Rights Watch.



Thirty killed in heavy fighting in Syrian mountains: –

Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal Akrad mountains overlooking the Mediterranean on Sunday and a monitoring group said at least 30 people were killed.



Syrian rebels take key village: Activists say:

Syrian rebels battled government troops in the coastal province of Latakia for the second straight day on Monday, making advances in one of President Bashar Assad’s strongholds, activists said.



Video – Syrian rebel missile blowing up a tank:

A video has been released claiming to show Syrian rebels blowing up a government tank with a Russian Konkurs missile in Aleppo.



New video said to show Syrian chemical attack:

New activist video claims to show a chemical weapon attack near the Syrian capital Damascus.



Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As

12 killed in Iraq’s violence:

Twelve people were killed and eight wounded in separate attacks in northern and central Iraq, police said on Monday.



Bomb kills 4 people waiting for bread in Baghdad; gunmen kill father, son:

Police officials say a bomb went off on Monday afternoon as people lined up to buy bread from a bakery in the mainly Shiite area of Kamaliyah in eastern Baghdad.



Cafes shut, sports fields empty as war returns to Iraq:

Attacks have spread to some of the few places left for public entertainment, turning Baghdad into a giant fortified prison of concrete blast walls, where once again few now dare to socialise in public.



General Dempsey in Israel to discuss Iran:

America’s top military officer and his Israeli counterpart Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz will discuss boosting military cooperation between Israel and the United States



Lieberman: There could be no political settlement with the Palestinians:

 Avigdor Lieberman, the former Israeli foreign minister, ruled out the possibility of reaching a political settlement with the Palestinians, affirming that the negotiations would be confined to limited security and economic agreements.



Israel, an “unsustainable and apartheid” entity: US General :

This is James Mattis, former commander of CentCom, a Marine general with 41 years’ experience, the most respected combat leader of the last two American generations.



West turned blind eye to Israel’s involvement in Sabra and Shatila ‘slaughter’:

Between 800 and 3,500 people were killed – mostly older men, women and children – by Israeli-backed, far-right Christian Phalangist militias between September 16 and 18, 1982.



Clashes kill dozens in northern Nigeria:

At least 35 dead after Boko Haram fighters attack soldiers and a police station, according to the army.



Tunisia: Second Soldier Killed in Mine Blast:

The explosion of an anti-tank mine on Sunday afternoon at Mount Chaambi, killed a second soldier, TAP news agency learnt from a military source.



U.S. Sens. McCain, Graham to arrive in Egypt during political stalemate:

The two Republican senators will meet with interim President Adly Mansour, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, said Egyptian foreign affairs spokesman Badr Abdelatty..



Underage Girls Are Egypt’s Summer Rentals:

“Some girls have been married 60 times by the time they turn 18,” says El-Ashmawy. “Most ‘marriages’ last for just a couple of days or weeks.”



CIA Was Smuggling Weapons to Syrian Rebels During Benghazi Embassy Attack:

The CIA was smuggling weapons from Libyan weapons depots to the Syrian rebels during the 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. According to a report by CNN



Libya Oil Strikes Cause Power Outages:

The Libyan capital is experiencing recurrent power outages lasting several hours, with parts of Tripoli losing electricity twice a day.



Four killed in bombing at Afghanistan market:

Four civilians have been killed by a bomb hidden inside a cart at a livestock market in southern Afghanistan, a provincial official said.



Afghanistan: Taliban backers win £100m in US contracts:

The US government has awarded more than $150m (£98m) in contracts to companies and individuals in Afghanistan that are known to support the Taliban, according to a US spending watchdog.



US warns Pakistan of sanctions if it pursues gas pipeline deal with Iran:

In a major setback to Pakistan’s efforts to overcome energy crisis in future, United States has warned of imposing sanctions against the country if it pursues $7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project.



Al-Qa’ida terror threat ‘is the most specific since 9/11’:

The alert is “one of the most specific and credible threats I’ve seen, perhaps since 9/11”, Congressman Mike McCaul, the House Homeland Security chairman, said yesterday. Speaking to CBS’s Face the Nation, Mr McCaul said that the US was on a “high state of alert”.



Peter King says talk of terror-threat conspiracy ‘absolutely crazy’:

The top Republican on the House Homeland Security committee has challenged suggestions that the Obama administration may have issued recent terrorism alerts to make a stronger case for the National Security Administration’s controversial electronic surveillance program.



NSA handing over non-terror intelligence:

The National Security Agency is handing the Justice Department information, derived from its secret electronic eavesdropping programs, about suspected criminal activity unrelated to terrorism.



Glenn Greenwald : Members of Congress denied access to basic information about NSA:

 Documents provided by two House members demonstrate how they are blocked from exercising any oversight over domestic surveillance.



Michael Hastings: New Surveillance Video Shows Fiery Crash:

A new surveillance video from a nearby business obtained by San Diego 6 News and posted by LA Weekly graphically shows multiple explosions consuming his 2013 Mercedes Benz.



Was FBI Watching Investigative Reporter?:

Just before he died, Hastings “sent multiple emails, including to the attorney for the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, stating that the FBI was investigating him,” according to the lawsuit.



Licensed criminals: FBI informants authorized to break the law 5,600 times in one year:

In at least 5,658 cases in a single year alone, the FBI authorized its informants to commit crimes varying from selling drugs to plotting robberies, according to a copy of an FBI report obtained by USA Today.



I’m fasting to highlight the plight of the Guantánamo hunger strikers:

Unlike me, the prisoners of Guantánamo Bay don’t have the luxury of knowing when their hunger strike will end



California Prison Early Release Plan Won’t Be Delayed, Supreme Court Rules:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year’s end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they’re forced to open the prison gates.



Celebrities Join Prison Strikes In California, Protest Isolation:

A-list celebrities including Gloria Steinem, Jay Leno, Jesse Jackson, and Bonnie Rait have joined in on hunger strikes to protest solitary confinement in California prisons, according to The Los Angeles Times.




Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?



40 Percent Of U.S. Workers Make Less Than What A Full-Time Minimum Wage Worker Made In 1968:

According to the Social Security Administration, 40.28% of all workers make less than $20,000 a year in America today.



Homeless shelters overflowing in small Wisconsin city:

Kelly Christianson, executive director of Beacon House, which houses homeless families in the downtown area, confirmed to this reporter that they are compelled routinely to turn away five to twenty families nightly.



World’s first $332,000 lab-grown burger to change the global diet:

A Dutch scientist is offering the world’s first cultivated beef made of stem cells to taste. He believes the lab-grown meat will feed the world and help save the environment. The tasting event happens amid UN calls to invest more in food innovation.



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 : 3,359


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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