ICH 10 August 2013: US pick as ambassador to Egypt ran Iraq ‘death squads’

10 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Israel Kills 5 People In Egypt: Officials:

By Associated Press

An Israeli drone strike inside Egypt killed five suspected Islamic militants and destroyed a rocket launcher Friday, two senior Egyptian security officials said.



Brutality Is “In My Veins,” Says Former Israeli Soldier

By Adri Nieuwhof

In my book, I explain how the brainwashing enabled me to feel that I am fighting evil without noticing that I am the evil. This indoctrination that we are the victims, that we have the right to do this. We really have this narrative that the country was empty and waiting for us.



Kerry’s “Peace Talks” Illusion

By Mahdi Darius

Theatrics are part of a stratagem concealing and obscuring the real intentions of the US and Israel in the Middle East.



The U.S. Empire Provokes Terrorism

By Sheldon Richman

Without cost or risk, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), can have a big laugh as they send American officials running around as though their hair were on fire.



Obama to Putin: Do as I say, not as I do…

By Adrian Salbuchi

Putin echoes Russia’s and the world’s growing weariness with America’s hegemonic carrot-and-stick strategy, and its double talk.



Obama Tantrum and US Global Terror Alert Belie Washington’s Inner Panic over Russia and Snowden

By Finian Cunningham

President Obama and senior officials at the NSA have been lying to the American Congress and people about the invasiveness of the surveillance. That is an impeachable offence under US law.



The Power of Edward Snowden

By Philip Weiss

An ordinary citizen, acting in conscience, can exercise power over a president.



Disagree with U.S. Policy? You May be a ‘High Threat’ to the Pentagon

4 Minute Video

The Pentagon has a program that teaches federal workers to view colleagues as potential “insider threats” if they are vocally critical of U.S. foreign policy.



NSA Loophole Allows Warrantless Search for US Citizens’ Emails and Phone Calls

By James Ball and Spencer Ackerman

Exclusive: Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans’ communications.



Some Of Us Have a Conscience: Cornel West & Chris Hedges


Cornel West was joined by former NYT correspondent Chris Hedges and members of the Bradley Manning Support Network for a discussion of the threat to whistleblowers and government transparency posed by Bradley Manning’s trial.



Past Wars on Indians Aren’t Even Past

By David Swanson

Many Native Americans recognize in current U.S. foreign wars echoes of wars against the Indian nations.



August – September 2013

U.S. War Criminal Appearances

By War Criminals Watch

Check out a demonstration in you areas or plan one yourselves.



211 people killed in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan Army reports:

Military officials reported Friday approximately 200 “militants”, mostly foreigners, were killed during operations in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province. the military operation was conducted solely by Afghan security forces, adding around 20 militants were detained during the operation and 11 members of the Afghan army were killed by improvised explosive devices.



Five members of family killed by Afghan roadside bomb:

A roadside bomb in western Afghanistan has killed five members of a family, officials say. The explosion in Farah province killed two women, two children and a man, Khaama Press reported Saturday.



Attack at Pakistan mosque: Six killed, 15 injured:

GUNMEN shot to death six people and wounded 15 in an attack on a former provincial minister outside a mosque in southwest Pakistan yesterday, police said.



Wave of bombings in Iraq kills 64 :

Police said the deadliest of Saturday’s attacks took place when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a residential area in the town of Tuz Khormato, killing eight people and wounding dozens, Mayor Shalal Abdool said. The town is about 200 kilometres (130 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.



Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to defend Kurds in Syria:

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan vowed Saturday to defend the large Kurdish population across the border in neighbouring Syria from al-Qaida-linked fighters.



At least 13 dead in Syria air strike: NGO:

At least 13 civilians, including seven children, were killed in a Syrian regime air strike on Saturday in Raqa, the only provincial capital in rebel hands, a monitoring group said.



Assad sends air force to prevent rebel advances in home province:

Warplanes bombed a village in Syria’s north overnight in an apparent effort by President Bashar al-Assad to prevent rebels fighting him from advancing on communities in the stronghold region of his Alawite sect.



US / Saudi Arabia, Creating Another Afghanistan: –

As Foreign Fighters Flood Syria, Fears of a New Extremist Haven:

As foreign fighters pour into Syria at an increasing clip, extremist groups are carving out pockets of territory that are becoming havens for Islamist militants, posing what United States and Western intelligence officials say may be developing into one of the biggest terrorist threats in the world today.



Saudis Step up efforts to oust Syria’s Assad:

It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia wants to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But just how much Riyadh is willing to use its money to reach that goal can be surprising.



Jordan lets rebel leader cross border into Syria, in show of support for opposition:

Jordan let a Syrian opposition leader cross into Syria from its territory for the first time on Thursday, signaling greater backing from an Arab ally for the opposition battling against Syrian President Bashar Assad.



Moscow ‘rejects’ Saudi ‘offer’ to drop Assad for rich arms deal:

Moscow has said “no” to Saudi Arabia’s alleged proposal of a rich arms deal and protection of Russia’s gas interests in the Middle East in exchange for abandoning Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to Arab and European diplomats.



Demonizing Russia/Putin: Obama says US will ‘pause and reassess’ relations with Putin and Russia:

President cites ‘a number of emerging differences’ on matters including Syria and human rights – but diplomatic talks continue



Obama describes Putin as ‘like a bored kid’:

President Barack Obama said the Russian president can sometimes appear “like a bored kid in the back of the classroom.”



Turkey urges citizens to leave Lebanon:

Turkey urged its citizens Friday to leave Lebanon after two Turkish Airlines pilots were abducted near Beirut’s international airport.



Lebanese shepherd reportedly killed by Israeli bomb:

Local media say 18-year-old was victim of IDF cluster bomb he accidentally stepped on in southern Lebanese village



Egypt a Battleground for Hamas, Fatah Feuding:

As war of words between rival factions mount, seized documents “reveal Fatah plans to incite against Hamas,” says top PA academic.



Egyptian officials cooperate with Israel on drone strikes: Report:

An Israeli drone strike reportedly killed five suspected militants in the Sinai peninsula Friday, according to Egyptian security officials.



Egyptian Apache struck Jihadists in Rafah Friday – official:

A security official said on Saturday an Egyptian Apache, accompanied by a Gazelle, attacked and killed four “Jihadists” to the south of Rafah city, Sinai Peninsula, northeast Egypt, yesterday. The airstrike targeted a site where three missiles were prepared for launching into Egypt. He noted that eyewitnesses verified that the planes were Egyptian ones.



Dozens injured in clashes between Egypt forces, protesters in Fayoum:

On Friday, clashes broke out between the security forces as well as supporters and opponents of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, in the town, south of the capital Cairo.



Egypt’s coup has crushed all the freedoms won in the revolution: Op-Ed:

I supported the opposition to President Morsi until the military takeover, which all supporters of human rights should reject



Anti-U.S. Hostility Ramps Up in Egypt:

A headline in a major Egyptian state newspaper this week referred to the proposed U.S. envoy to Egypt as the “Ambassador of Death.” Posters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a center of pro-government rallies, depict President Barack Obama with a beard and turban, exclaiming his “support for terrorism.



US pick as ambassador to Egypt ran Iraq ‘death squads’:

Egyptians are furious over reports about the designation of the US former ambassador to Syria Robert S. Ford as the next American envoy as he allegedly ran “death squads” in Iraq.



Nigerian military admits 12 soldiers, 7 police killed in recent violence in Islamic uprising:

Earlier the military had said only two soldiers and one police officer were killed when suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist network attacked a military base and police outpost near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon on Aug. 4.



Libyan TV presenter murdered in Benghazi: security:

A Libyan doctor who hosted a television programme on human development was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the restive eastern city of Benghazi on Friday, a security official said.



Libya army deploys in Tripoli:

An AFP correspondent said he saw more than 100 armoured troop carriers and military vehicles mounted with machineguns and anti-aircraft guns rumble into Tripoli



Northern Ireland clashes leave 56 police, 2 civilians injured:

Fifty-six police officers and two civilians were injured in clashes in central Belfast in the latest flare-up in tensions between Northern Ireland’s Republican and Loyalist communities, authorities said on Saturday.



N.S.A. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.S.:

The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.



DOJ memo asserts that all US phone calls are ‘relevant’ to terrorism:

Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the government to collect business records if they are “relevant” to a terrorism investigation. The NSA has acknowledged that it has been using the provision to force phone companies to turn over records on all U.S. phone calls.



The NSA Intends To Fire 90% Of Their System Administrators To Eliminate Future Leaks:

The National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information.



Obama had secret meeting with tech executives to discuss govt surveillance:

US President Barack Obama met in private with executives of prominent technology firms to discuss government surveillance on Thursday. Those present in the talks included CEOs of Apple and AT&T.



Another encrypted Internet service shutting down after Lavabit:

Shortly after the owner and operator of Lavabit.com wrote that his nine-year-old encrypted email service was shutting down in order to avoid becoming “complicit in crimes against the American people,” Silent Circle said Thursday they’d be following suit.



German Web firms to launch encrypted email as standard following NSA-snooping furor:

Two of Germany’s biggest Internet service providers said Friday they will start encrypting customers’ emails by default in response to user concerns about online snooping after reports that the U.S. National Security Agency monitors international electronic communications.



How I Exposed an Undercover Cop:

Spying on protesters is the worst violation of our freedom.



Federal Judge Sentences Lynne Stewart to Death: Op-Ed:

On August 9, The New York Times headlined “Dying Lawyer’s Request for Release From Prison Is Turned Down,” saying: “A federal judge in Manhattan declined on Friday to order the release of Lynne F. Stewart, an outspoken former defense lawyer who is dying from cancer in a federal prison in Texas.”



U.S. says no charges for border agent who shot Mexican teen:

U.S. authorities will not bring charges against a Border Patrol agent in Arizona who shot dead a rock-throwing Mexican teenager two years ago because the fatal injury did not occur in the United States, the Justice Department said on Friday. – Over the past five years, U.S. border agents have fired into Mexico at least 10 times, killing six Mexicans



Syracuse police taser a disabled man for standing on a bus –




This is USA?

Vietnam War Veteran Arrested in Wisconsin Capitol While Standing Up for Free Speech – Video –

Mike Harrington, a Vietnam War veteran with Veterans for Peace, was arrested ofor participating in the Solidarity Sing Along. They handcuffed Harrington and marched him out of the rotunda, followed by his fellow Veterans for Peace activists and a crowd of outraged supporters.



US fast-food workers in vanguard of growing protests at ‘starvation’ wages:

McDonald’s and KFC employees, struggling to support families, lead protests at pay and conditions spreading across America



Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession: Video –

Australia has twice the minimum wage as the US and Big Macs cost roughly the same.



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 : 3,360


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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