ICH 7 August 2013: US; The Real Global Terror Alert

7 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

A Familiar Script in Egypt

By Sarah Gold

Anyone who thinks military rule bends toward democracy in Egypt has misread the country’s history.



Walk Away, Palestinians!

By Stuart Littlewood

Choose new leaders and fight for justice under fair and decent procedural rules.



On Obama’s Cancellation of Summit with Putin and Extradition

By Glenn Greenwald

The US frequently refuses extradition requests where, unlike with Snowden, it involves serious crimes and there is an extradition treaty.



Obama’s Abuse of the Espionage Act is Modern-day McCarthyism

By John Kiriakou

Shame on this president for persecuting whistleblowers with a legal relic, while administration officials leak with impunity.



I Only Regret That I Have But One Life to Give for My Country: Yours

By Tom Engelhardt

Those who run our new surveillance state have not the slightest hesitation about sacrificing us on the altar of their plans — all for the greater good, as they define it.



America’s Emerging Police State: A Brief History

By Justin Raimondo

The “legal” and political outlines of an American police state have been emerging from the fulcrum of war and the turbulence of our domestic politics since World War II.



US; The Real Global Terror Alert

By Finian Cunningham

These American leaders should be in prison, not promulgating to the rest of the world.



Syrian troops kill 70 armed rebels near Damascus:

The Syrian army has ambushed a group of armed rebels who were trying to sneak into a suburb of the capital Damascus, killing 70 of them, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support – sources;’



Explosion kills 6 soldiers in Damascus suburb:

Six soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded when an explosion shook a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus Wednesday



Syrian rebels push into Assad’s Alawite mountain stronghold:

Syrian rebel fighters armed with anti-tank missiles pushed toward President Bashar al-Assad’s hometown of Qardaha on Monday, the second day of a surprise offensive in the heartland of his minority Alawite sect, opposition activists said.



Syria: Opposition to receive $1bn fund – Report:

Three Arab countries are going to set up a one-billion-dollar fund to gather financial support for the anti-government armed groups in Syria, sources close to the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said.



Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support – sources:

Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday.



Internet Report Says Syria has Largest Oil and Gas Fields:

According to the video, this discovery is the real reason behind the Syrian civil war, a war that was instigated by the “Zionists”



Putin to keep Syria line despite Turkish PM Erdogan:

 Prime Minister Erdogan initiated a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 5, asking for support from the permanent member of the UN Security Council for taking measures which would prevent victimized Syrians from leaving their country. Yet, Putin was clear and sharp when he said that Moscow had no intention of changing its current policy regarding Syria.



Car bombs rock Baghdad, killing more than 50:

A series of car bombs in Iraq have left at least 50 people dead and wounded more than a hundred others. The blasts rocked busy markets and shopping streets in and around Baghdad.



Iraq attacks kill 17: officials;

Attacks including a shooting and bombings at a policeman’s home killed 17 people in Iraq on Wednesday, officials said, as authorities struggle to contain the country’s worst violence since 2008.



US kills 7 people in Yemen:

The drone strike killed the militants in Shabwa province, setting two vehicles on fire, security officials said. It was the fifth strike in less than two weeks in Yemen



Fact or fiction?

Yemen’s government says it uncovers Al Qaeda plot;

Military and intelligence officials in Yemen said Wednesday they uncovered an al-Qaida plot to fire missiles at foreign embassies in the capital and to attack naval forces guarding international shipping in the Red Sea.



Yemen Steps Back From Terror-Plot Claims, Highlighting U.S.’s Challenge:

The state news agency SABA, in a statement released late Wednesday that cited security sources, denied there had been a threat against the oil terminal. U.S. officials, meanwhile, had already cast doubt on the veracity of the other claims, saying that the U.S. hadn’t changed its assessment of an al Qaeda threat.



McClatchy Editor Defends Publishing Al Qaeda Detail CNN, NY Times Held Back:

The McClatchy report helped clarify why the U.S. government was taking such extreme caution overseas and included information about the much-discussed terror threat that at least two news organizations, CNN and the New York Times, held back at the government’s request.



Global terror alert inconsistent with U.S. portrayal of weakened al Qaida:

The Obama administration’s sweeping response to an alleged al Qaida plot – closing diplomatic posts in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia – suggests a terrorist organization that’s capable of striking virtually anywhere, not the one U.S. officials have depicted as a group that’s near defeat.



Fact or fiction:

Exclusive: Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts:

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.



Israeli soldiers wounded in Lebanon:

The Lebanese military said a group of Israeli soldiers crossed the border into Lebanon and were wounded in an unspecified explosion early Wednesday – a rare incident along the heavily guarded and volatile frontier.



Egypt: Sixty Killed, 103 Arrested in Sinai Security Operation:

 Egypt’s army spokesman said on Wednesday that sixty people have been killed while tens were injured and 103 arrested in a joint security operation launched by police and army forces on July 5 in the Sinai Peninsula.



Two police officers killed in Upper Egypt attack:

A police patrol came under fire by wanted gunmen in Dayrout, 350 km south of Cairo, leaving two young officers dead and a third injured, Assiut security chief Abu al-Qassim Daif said in press statements



Egypt says foreign mediation has failed to resolve crisis:

The Egyptian presidency declared in a statement that the “phase of diplomatic efforts has ended today”. “These efforts have not achieved the hoped-for results,” said the statement.



Egyptian authorities plan clampdown on protest camps:

Egypt’s caretaker prime minister Hazem Beblawi said yesterday the decision to disband Cairo’s protest camps was final and called on Egyptians demanding the reinstatement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to leave promptly.



Attacks kill 28 people across Pakistan:

Twenty-eight people have been killed in a series of attacks early this week in Pakistan, including a Wednesday morning bombing at a soccer field that left 11 dead.



Afghan police kill 6 militants: official:

Six militants had been killed and 25 others arrested as Afghan National Police (ANP) launched cleanup operations in six provinces, the country’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday morning.



Female Afghan senator injured, daughter killed, in highway ambush:

A female senator and her husband were injured and their daughter killed Wednesday when they were ambushed on a section of highway prone to Taliban attacks.



More revelations on German spy agency sharing phone, email data with NSA:

Germany’s BND intelligence service sends “massive amounts” of intercepts to the NSA daily, according to a report based on Edward Snowden’s leaks. It suggests a tight relationship has been developed between the two agencies – which the BND claims is legal.



Brazilian Senators Don ‘Snowden’ Masks To Protest NSA Surveillance:

During the fight over ACTA in Europe, you may remember that a key turning point was when Polish politicians donned Guy Fawkes “Anonymous” masks to show their disapproval of ACTA and its non-transparent process. We may have just had a similar moment down in Brazil.



Veteran civil rights leader: Snowden acted in tradition of civil disobedience:

John Lewis, the man Obama called the ‘conscience of the US Congress’, said whistleblower could lay claim to ‘higher law’



Snowden, Greenwald and Wikileaks are winning:

Americans are becoming more concerned that government ‘anti-terror’ programmes are actually restricting civil liberties.



Unhappy With U.S. Foreign Policy? Pentagon Says You Might Be A ‘High Threat’ :

A security training test created by a Defense Department agency warns federal workers that they should consider the hypothetical Indian-American woman a “high threat” because she frequently visits family abroad, has money troubles and “speaks openly of unhappiness with U.S. foreign policy.”



Feds Are Suspects in New Malware That Attacks Tor Anonymity:

 The malware showed up Sunday morning on multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting. That would normally be considered a blatantly criminal “drive-by” hack attack, but nobody’s calling in the FBI this time. The FBI is the prime suspect.



The Cops Can Take Away Your Cash, Car, Or House – Even If You’re Never Convicted Of A Crime:

The New Yorker’s Sarah Stillman has a heartbreaking story out on an appalling police tactic – civil forfeiture, which lets local police departments make tons of money from taking supposed criminals’ property.



US government sues Bank of America over mortgage securities:

The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission filed parallel suits in North Carolina. Attorney General Eric Holder said the government wanted “justice for those who have been victimized.”



Pump and pray: Tepco might have to pour water on Fukushima wreckage forever:

Fukushima is a nightmare disaster area, and no one has the slightest idea what to do. The game is to prevent the crippled nuclear plant from turning into an “open-air super reactor spectacular” which would result in a hazardous, melted catastrophe.



Low-wage America:

Of the lackluster total of 162,000 jobs added last month, a staggering two-thirds were part-time, and most were in low-wage sectors, according to the latest US jobs report, published last Friday by the Labor Department.



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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