ICH 201 August 2013: The NSA: ‘The Abyss from Which There Is No Return’

20 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

How Some Ordinary Egyptians Became ‘Malicious Terrorists’

By Robert Fisk

It is true that gunmen have fired from Brotherhood crowds. A handful at most – and it does not justify the Egyptian press calling tens of thousands of people “terrorists”



Turkey Accuses Israel of Being Behind Egypt Coup

By Reuters

Erdogan Says He Has Evidence Pointing to Involvement.



Painting Turkish Prime Minister As Anti-Semitic

Brotherhood Seeking to Outfox Egyptian Army With New Spiritual Leader

By Zvi Bar’el

With friends like Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt doesn’t need enemies. It’s still got lots, though – mainly in the Egyptian military.



Why Saudi Arabia is Taking a Risk by Backing the Egyptian Coup

By David Hearst

King Abdullah fears the Muslim Brotherhood, which challenges the kingdom’s claim to be the protector of Islam.



Photojournalist Kate Brooks Reveals the Human Cost of War


Immediately after the September 11 attacks, the then 24-year-old photographer Kate Brooks set out to document the impact of war on civilians.



The NSA: ‘The Abyss from Which There Is No Return’

By John W. Whitehead

For those who are not worried about the government filming you when you drive, listening to your phone calls, using satellites to track your movements and drones to further spy on you, you’d better start worrying.



David Miranda: ‘They Said I Would be Put in Jail if I Didn’t Co-operate’

By Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro

Partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald gives his first interview on nine-hour interrogation at Heathrow airport.



Journalism Under Threat:The Day Government Agents Came and Smashed Our Hard Drives

By Alan Rusbridger

Guardian Editor

As the events in a Heathrow transit lounge – and the Guardian offices – have shown, the threat to journalism is real and growing.



Government Threats to Journalist’s ‘Signaling Rise of Fascism’ – WikiLeaks


RT talks to WikiLeaks spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson.



Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free

By Jonathan Turley

The list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company.



Abracadabra: You’re a Part-Timer

By Barbara Garson

How Corporate America Used the Great Recession to Turn Good Jobs Into Bad Ones.



At least 40 killed in Baghdad bombings:

Iraq violence killed 40 people including 15 civilians on Tuesday, officials said, as authorities hailed arrests in a campaign aimed at curbing the country’s worst unrest since 2008.



Egypt: Security Forces Used Excessive Lethal Force: HRW:

Worst Mass Unlawful Killings in Country’s Modern History



Coup government in Egypt kill political prisoners in Abu Zaabal prison :

Video – Warning –



U.S. ‘troubled’ by Egypt prison killings, says Muslim Brotherhood shouldn’t be banned:

“We are … deeply troubled by the suspicious deaths of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in a purported prison escape attempt near Cairo,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, referring to 37 supporters of ousted President Mohamned Morsi who died in disputed circumstances on Sunday.



Egypt draft constitution may ban religious political parties – report:

Egypt’s new constitution may ban all religious political parties, sources told Ahram Online, as the army-backed interim government hints that it may declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization after clashes that have left over 800 dead.



Muslim Brotherhood must be removed like Nazis, Egypt’s ambassador to Britain says:

 Egypt’s ambassador to Britain has said the military-led offensive on the opposition set out to be no different from the British response to the 2011 London riots, but turned bloody when the Muslim Brotherhood started firing on the security forces.



Fact or fiction? :

Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt:

The White House has quietly placed military aid to Egypt on hold, despite not saying publicly whether the Egyptian military takeover was a coup, Josh Rogin reports exclusively.



White House says U.S. has not cut off aid to Egypt:

 Media reports that suggest the United States has cut off aid to Egypt are not accurate, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that the Obama administration is still reviewing its options.



Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie set to face trial Sunday:

The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was arrested early Tuesday, will stand trial with other members of the Islamist organization on charges that include inciting murder, Egyptian prosecutors said.



Egypt ‘anti-coup’ alliance slams Brotherhood arrest: Video –

Egypt’s Anti-Coup Alliance, which opposes the army’s ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, condemns the arrest of the chief of the Muslim Brotherhood.



Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood names Mahmoud Ezzat as interim head:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood today named a new interim head after its chief was arrested. Mahmoud Ezzat was appointed as the supreme guide of the group after its spiritual leader Mohamed Badie was arrested as part of a crackdown on Islamists demanding reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.



Cairo court sets trial date for ElBaradei:

Former vice president accused of “betraying national trust” because of resignation after crackdown on Morsi supporters.



Egyptians See Life Worse Now Than Before Mubarak’s Fall:

Eighty percent of Egyptians saw their country as worse off, and half believed their country will still be worse off in five years.



Israel and Egypt strengthen military ties:

Egypt more willing to cooperate with Israel after the fall of the Mursi regime, say observers



US slams Erdogan Israel claim on Morsi ouster:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the comments were “offensive and unsubstantiated and wrong.”



Israel forms spy network to fight Sinai attacks:

Israel has deployed hundreds of intelligence agents on its southern border with Egypt to combat the growing threat of attack from “Jihadist” groups in the neighbouring Sinai peninsula.



Israeli troops kill Palestinian in occupied W.Bank raid: army:

Israeli occupation force troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded two others during an operation early Tuesday to arrest a Palestinian militant in the West Bank city of Jenin, the army said



Israel and Palestinians hold secret meeting:

“A meeting was held today between the Palestinian delegation, headed by Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh, and the Israeli delegation of [Justice Minister] Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.



Syrian army recaptures all rebel positions in Latakia:

The Syrian army has recaptured all rebel-held positions in President Bashar al-Assad’s home province of Latakia, state media said Monday. A Syrian security force said the army still had to retake the Salma region, a key area on the Turkey border.



Afghanistan: Suicide attack kills 5 people in Logar province:

According to local authorities in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan, at last five people including two Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers were killed following a suicide attack in this province.



NATO Occupation Force Soldier Killed in Insurgent Attack in Eastern Afghanistan:

The death marks the fourth NATO casualty this month after three U.S. service members were killed in an insurgent attack in Paktia province on August 11.



Musharraf indicted in Bhutto murder case:

Former military ruler formally charged with murder of ex-PM Benazir Bhutto by court in Rawalpindi.



Nigeria: Gunmen sack police station, kill 3 policemen:

Gunmen sack police station, kill 3 policemen and freed suspects in kaduna village attack.



UK Media Crackdown: Greenwald’s Partner Detained, Guardian Forced to Destroy Snowden Files:

Video – Democracy Now! report – DAVID MIRANDA: [translated] I stayed in a room with three different agents that were entering and exiting. They spoke to me, asking me questions about my whole life. They took my computer, my video game, cellphone, everything.



David Miranda ‘forced to give passwords’ at Heathrow:

A Brazilian man held for nine hours at Heathrow airport under anti-terror laws has said he was forced to divulge email and social media account passwords. David Miranda said his interrogators threatened that he could go to prison if he did not do so.



Britain defends detaining the partner of Edward Snowden journalist:

The British government Tuesday defended the detention of the partner of an American journalist who helped reveal widespread spying by the U.S. National Security Agency, saying that authorities had a duty to act against someone suspected of possessing “highly sensitive stolen information.”



White House was given ‘heads-up’ over David Miranda detention in UK:

As the UK’s anti-terror legislation watchdog called for a radical overhaul of the laws that allowed police to confiscate Miranda’s electronic equipment, the US distanced itself from the action by saying that British authorities took the decision to detain him.



Glenn Greenwald & David Miranda Speak Out: Video-

“Journalism Is Not a Crime and It’s Not Terrorism”



Greenwald partner sues Home Office as UK defends ‘Miranda op’:

Miranda’s lawyer, Gwendolen Morgan, said her client was seeking a judicial review of the legal basis for his detention and wanted assurances that the property seized from him by police would not be examined.



Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches:

If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.



California to force-feed hunger strikers:

A federal judge has approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates participating in an ongoing hunger strike now entering its seventh week



Greece will need new bailout, says Germany’s Schaeuble:

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said for the first time that Greece will need another bailout to plug a forthcoming funding gap. His comments come at a sensitive time for his party as Germany will hold elections in five weeks’ time.



New record: Federal Reserve owes more than $2 trillion in US debt:

The US is said to be in the hole to the amount of $16.9 trillion. University of California, San Diego economics professor James Hamilton has laid other claims as of late, though, going on record recently to estimate the real debt owed by the US is closer to a staggering $70 trillion.



How low can you get: the minimum wage scam:

Wonder why benefit spending is rising? Simple: corporations get away with crappy wages, so government has to make up the rest



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 : 3,258


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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