ICH 6 August 2013: Engineering Consent For Preemptive Attacks

6 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

By Robert Scheer

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.



Millions Take to the Streets of Egypt in an Ever-growing Media Fantasy

By Robert Fisk

If that many were demonstrating, who was driving the trains, buses, underground, operating the airports, manning the police and army, the factories, and hotels?



What National Interest?

By Lawrence Davidson

The Zionist lobby (made up of both Jewish and Christian Americans) is so powerful that the vast majority of politicians and both political parties will not defy it. So the U.S. position is always pro-Israel.



Engineering Consent For Preemptive Attacks

Report: US Special Forces on Alert to Strike al Qaeda Targets

By Carlo Muñoz

The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports.



Yemen and Me (and You)

By Thomas DiLorenzo

If the report is true, it has nothing to do with any ordinary American. None of us is in any danger whatsoever.



Al-Qaida in Perspective

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Is terrorism the killer we should fear most and invest the lion’s share of our resources fighting?



Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA Domestic Surveillance?


An administration that has spent two years claiming that it has decimated al-Qaeda decides that there is this massive threat that involves the closing of embassies and consulates around the world.



Washington Thinks You Are Stupid

By Paul Craig Roberts

Officially, the US has been at war with al Qaeda since October 7, 2001. The “superpower” has been battling a few thousand lightly armed al Qaeda for almost 12 years, and what is the result?



The United States as Global Midget

Closing Embassies and Running Scared

By Doug Bandow

Reports of threats from a movement said to be on the run caused the world’s dominant military power to cower in fear.



10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans

By Medea Benjamin

After a decade of wielding the military stick, it’s time for some carrots.



Was His Death A Conspiracy?

Michael Hastings’ Widow Finally Speaks on Piers Morgan


She hammered the New York Times for its “totally classless” obituary on Hastings.



Talk About Police States

By William Boardman

Our current “conversation” is about the size, shape, and authority of our police state apparatus, not whether or not we should have one.



35 killed in Baghdad car bomb attacks:

Six separate car bombs went off in eastern and southern districts of the capital in quick succession.



Syrian state media say a car bomb has struck in a Damascus suburb, killing 18 people



Fact or fiction?

450 people slaughtered in Syria’s Tal Abyad:

al-Nusra Front have massacred 120 children and 330 men and women in Syria’s northern district of Tal Abyad, al-Alam reports.



Syrian gunmen kill pro-regime family:

UNIDENTIFIED gunmen have stormed a Damascus home and killed five members of a family supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group says.



Syrian insurgents’ commander killed in Latakia:

A top commander of foreign-backed militants in Syria has been shot dead in clashes in Latakia port city neighborhood.



Rebels seize key air base in Aleppo:

Rebel groups have been fighting loyalists for Minnigh air base for some eight months, as part of a battle in Aleppo province to stop the regime from using warplanes to strike areas in opposition hands.



Syria: Assad Denies Key Airbase Fell to Rebels:

While rebel groups touted their successful takeover of Minnigh, Assad’s troops reported successes in Homs and surrounding towns and in the Daraa area.

The official state news outlet SANA denied reports of a rebel takeover in Minnigh. “Guards at Minnigh airport in Aleppo are all fine,” the station reported.



Illegal Israeli settlements expanding rapidly:

Figures show increase of 7,700 settlers in occupied West Bank during first six months of 2013, according to army radio.



U.S. kills four people in Yemen:

A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members in Yemen on Tuesday, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Muslim world.



U.S. tells its citizens in Yemen to leave immediately:

The United States told its citizens in Yemen on Tuesday to leave immediately and ordered the evacuation of non-essential U.S. government staff because of the threat of terrorist attacks.



US Air Force flies embassy staffers from Yemen amid terror threats:

The “Department of Defense continues to have personnel on the ground in Yemen to support the U.S. State Department and monitor the security situation,” he said



Tribesmen shoot down Yemeni army helicopter – witnesses:

Tribesmen shot down a Yemeni military helicopter on Tuesday as it fired rockets at gunmen suspected of involvement in blowing up oil pipelines in the centre of the country, witnesses said.



Rouhani calls for ‘serious’ nuclear talks:

“If the United States shows goodwill and mutual respect, the way for interaction will be open” he said.



New Qatari emir signals policy shift with bow to Saudi Arabia:

Arab diplomatic sources said the one-day visit on Aug. 2 marked an unprecedented gesture to recognize Saudi regional leadership. “The symbolism of this visit cannot be exaggerated,” a diplomat said. “This would never have been possible under [Tamim’s father] Hamad.”



Man killed in car bomb in Libya’s Benghazi:

A bomb exploded under a car Tuesday in Libya’s Benghazi killing the driver, a security official told AFP, the latest in a wave of violence to hit the restive city.



In bid to buy loyalty:

Egyptian government offers Muslim Brotherhood ministerial posts:

Military leaders offer former ruling party three posts in unity government and pardons members held in prison



Egyptian Brotherhood leaders to face trial for inciting murder:

The leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and his deputy will face trial in three weeks’ time for crimes including incitement to murder during protests in the days before the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, a Cairo court announced on Sunday.



Report: Egypt Cancels Erdogan’s Gaza Visit:

A planned visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was canceled by Egyptian authorities. The visit, originally scheduled for several months ago, was postponed several times due to the unrest in Egypt, but last week Erdogan was informed by Cairo that he could not visit at all.



Gunmen kill 13 bus passengers in Pakistan:

Dozens of gunmen disguised in police uniforms shot to death 13 people they pulled off of a convoy of buses in southwest Pakistan and dumped their bodies in a nearby ravine, officials said Tuesday.



India says Pakistani soldiers kill 5 Indian troops:

 India’s army says five of its soldiers were killed and another wounded when Pakistani troops fired at a patrol near the ceasefire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday.



Pakistan denies its troops killed 5 Indian soldiers in Poonch:

“Our military authorities have confirmed that there had been no exchange of fire that could have resulted in such an incident,” a press release by Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.



Fact or fiction?

Afghan government in secret talks with Taliban:

The discussions with members of the Afghan High Peace Council have so far been unofficial and preliminary, seen as an attempt to agree on conditions for formal talks.



Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar vows no power grab:

In a speech marking the Muslim festival of Eid, he said the Taliban will try to reach an understanding with the Afghan people for “an inclusive government based on Islamic principles”.



Fukushima emergency declared as radioactive water spills over:

Nuclear watchdog warns contaminated groundwater has likely breached underground barrier meant to keep it out of sea



Killed Chechen’s father arrives in US to sue the FBI:

The father of a Chechen man who was fatally shot by a Boston FBI agent has arrived in the United States, where he intends to file a lawsuit against the agency and investigate the mysterious death of his son.



Fort Hood shooting trial begins:

Former US army psychiatrist, who faces death sentence for killing 13, opens defence saying “war is an ugly thing”.: “Witnesses will testify that war is an ugly thing. Death, destruction and devastation are felt from both sides, from friend and foe. Evidence from this trial will only show one side. I was on the wrong side but I switched sides,” said Hasan in his two-minute statement.



Outrageous- War criminals Bush & Blair go free as :

Judge agrees to reduce maximum sentence for Manning to 90 years:

Bradley Manning will now face a maximum sentence of 90 years in prison after his judge agreed to merge some of the 20 offenses he was found guilty of last week.



‘Every Single Time It Was Torture’ – Guantanamo Detainees Appeal to Federal Courts to Stop Force-Feeding:

Lawyers for hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees have today filed an appeal with the Federal Court of Appeal in Washington, DC against their ongoing force-feeding by US authorities.



The NSA is giving your phone records to the DEA. And the DEA is covering it up.:

 A day after we learned of a draining turf battle between the NSA and other law enforcement agencies over bulk surveillance data, it now appears that those same agencies are working together to cover up when those data get shared.



DEA agents use NSA intercepts to investigate Americans: Video –

The Drug Enforcement Agency has a secret unit that has been funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, and a massive database of phone records.



The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership:

Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry mobile phones.



Phoenix Police Helicopter responds to a 1&4 Amendment Test : Video –

Tonight I set out to test the Phoenix Police Department with a 1st and 4th Amendment test while open carrying.



NH Police Acquisition of Military-Style Vehicles Raises Questions:

American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war. Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters – New Hampshire is no exception.



Florida executes mentally ill man:

Working through the final hours, Ferguson’s attorney Christopher Handman maintained his client was “insane and incompetent for execution.”



US debt six times greater than declared – study:

The United States has accumulated over $70 trillion in unreported debt, an amount nearly six times the declared figure, according to a new study by University of California-San Diego economics Professor James Hamilton.



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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