ICH 24 August 2013: Accusations Continue, But Still No Evidence of a Syrian Military Gas Attack

24 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

Engineering Consent For US Attack On Syria?

U S Preps For Possible Cruise Missile Attack An Syrian Gov’t Forces

Video Report By CBS News

The Pentagon is making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces.



Agent Of Destruction

Obama Opts For ‘Tomahawk Diplomacy’

By Anshel Pfeffer

Since the first operational use of the Tomahawk in the opening stages of the Gulf War in January 1991, every U.S. president since, the two Bushes, Bill Clinton and Obama, have all ordered Tomahawk launches.



Accusations Continue, But Still No Evidence of a Syrian Military Gas Attack

By Stephen Gowans

Since this is decidedly against Damascus’s interests, we should be skeptical of any claim that the Syrian government is defying Obama’s red line.



Who Killed Benazir Bhutto?

By Eric Margolis

At the behest of Washington, Musharraf had ordered the deaths of many tribal and religious militants.



Independent News as Vehicle for Character Assassination

By Kim Petersen

Gilad Atzmon “who,” claims Blumenthal, “pretends to be an anti-Zionist but is actually just pure anti-Semitic.” Without specific examples, Blumenthal’s charge amounts to pure ad hominem.



The Real, Terrifying Reason Why British Authorities Detained David Miranda

By Bruce Schneier

Both the U.S. and U.K. intelligence apparatuses have enormous money and power, and they have already demonstrated that they are willing to ignore their own laws.



NSA’s Surveillance Programs

The “Most Serious Attacks On Free Speech We’ve Ever Seen.”

By Josh Levy

The chilling of free speech isn’t just a consequence of surveillance. It’s also a motive.



In Case You Missed It

A Time to Break Silence

By Rev. Martin Luther King

Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.



 Eve Of Destruction

Video – Barry McGuire

Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say

Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?



3,600 patients with neurotoxic symptoms in Damascus hospitals on Wednesday – Doctors Without Borders:

Nearly 3,600 patients with neurotoxic symptoms were treated in three Damascus hospitals on the day a toxic gas attack was reported, say Doctors Without Borders (MSF). 355 patients were reportedly pronounced dead.



Manipulating Public Perceptions:

U.S. detected activity at Syria chemical weapons sites before attack:

Administration officials said Friday that U.S. intelligence detected activity at known Syrian chemical weapons sites before Wednesday’s possible chemical weapons attack that killed at least 1,000 people, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.



Iran says Syria will allow UN to inspect chemical sites:

Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by IRNA news agency as saying he had spoken by telephone with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem. Muallem told him “the Syrian government will cooperate with the United Nations mission now in Syria to create the conditions for a visit to zones where terrorist groups have carried out attacks with chemical weapons.”



Syrian rebels control alleged chemical attack site: Govt can’t grant secure entry:

Syria has no control over the site where the alleged chemical attack took place, argues Oxford University historian Mark Almond to RT, adding that the opposition controls the area and Damascus can’t guarantee security or even entry for UN experts.



Russia: Syrian rebels preventing probe into alleged chemical attack –

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday Syria’s opposition was preventing an objective investigation into allegations the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack.



Syria: Chuck Hagel suggests US is marshalling military forces:

US defence secretary says his department is providing Barack Obama with ‘options for all contingencies’



Syria: US Moves Warship As “Strike Calls Grow”:

The USS Mahan destroyer remains in the Mediterranean as defence officials are asked to devise options to resolve the Syria crisis.



US on Syrian intervention: We have a range of options available:

US President will meet his national security team Saturday. Meanwhile, top military commanders from US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain, Qatar, France, Germany, more will meet in near future at Jordan’s invitation to discuss response to Syrian massacre



In case you missed it:

U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’:

Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying ‘the idea is approved by Washington’



In case you missed it:

The US used chemical weapons in Iraq – and then lied about it:

A chemical weapon can be “any chemical which through its chemical action on life processes can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm”.



In case you missed it

This Could Have Been An Israeli False Flag Operation!” Col Wilkerson :

Video –



Syrian rebels use toxic chemicals against govt troops near Damascus – state media:

Chuck Hagel suggests US is marshalling military forces: US defence secretary says his department is providing Barack Obama with ‘options for all contingencies’



Syrian army finds chemicals in militants tunnels:

Syrian army soldiers have found chemical agents in tunnels dug by the foreign-backed militants in a northeastern suburb of the capital, Damascus, Syrian TV says.



Preliminary analysis of alleged CW munitions used in Syria:

This is a preliminary analysis only, and should be treated as such. My hope in posting this piece is that it will inform the conversation, and help cut through some of the wild guesses and outrageous claims regarding these munitions that I have seen over the past few days. Nothing in this post should be considered definitive



Iran’s Rouhani says chemical weapons killed people in Syria:

“The Islamic Republic gives notice to the international community to use all its might to prevent the use of these weapons anywhere in the world, especially in Syria,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency.



Iran Foreign Ministry condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria:

The Iranian official also warned against any foreign military intervention in Syria, saying there is no international mandate for intervention in the crisis-hit country.



Syria: Mideast will burn if we’re attacked:

Amid reports of American preparations for a military operation in Syria, the war-torn country’s information minister warned Saturday that that attacking his country would have dangerous consequences. “A mass of flames will ignite the Middle East,” Omran al-Zoubi said in a television interview, adding that such an attack will not be a “picnic.”



Russia rejects calls for use of force on Syrian gov”t:

Russia said that any calls or Security Council encouragement for the use of force against the Syrian government were “rejected” in light of claims of its use of chemical weapons in attacks on civilians.



Iran warns U. S. against military action in Syria:”

Iran has warned the U.S. against taking military action in Syria. Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted a spokesman for the foreign ministry, Abbas Araqchi, as saying: “No international licence exists for military intervention in Syria. We hope that White House officials are wise enough to not enter such a dangerous battle.’



Hagel: Speedy Response May be Needed in Syria:

 If claims that Syria used chemical weapons several days ago are true, a speedy response will be needed to prevent another such attack, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday.



Iran blasts US Hagel remarks for possible military meddling in Syria:

 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi lashed out at the US for possible military intervention against Syria, and warned any provocative move or remark could fuel tension across the region.



Israel estimates: High likelihood of US attack in Syria:

Following a phone conversation Friday night between IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, Israel is estimating that the US will take action in Syria even without a UN Security Council resolution.



Opposition: inaction on Syria makes international leaders responsible:

“I demand Obama, [French President Francoise] Hollande and [UK Prime Minister David] Cameron and leaders of Arabic countries to be responsible [for] the massacre of the Syrian people,” Ahmed al-Jarba, head of the Syrian National Council, said.



28 killed in suicide bombing in Baghdad:

At least 28 people were killed and 36 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in northern Baghdad on Friday evening, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.



20 Militants Killed in Afghan Operations:

Twenty militants were killed, five wounded and nine others arrested during operations in several Afghan provinces since Friday morning, said the Afghan Interior Ministry earlier on Saturday.



2 Police Killed, 4 Wounded in Attacks in Afghanistan:

 Two policemen were killed and four others wounded in different security incidents in Eastern Nangarhar and Northwestern Badghis provinces, officials said on Saturday.



Polish occupation force soldier killed in action in Afghanistan, Poland’s 42nd trooper killed there: –

Poland’s Defence Ministry says one of its soldiers has died of wounds sustained in action while on a NATO mission in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.



9 killed in firing outside seminaries in Pakistan: –

At least nine people were killed in two separate incidents of firing outside two seminaries in Pakistan on Friday night, local media reported.



Tripoli bombing suspects arrested, death toll rises to 47:

Sheikh Ahmad Gharib, 40, was arrested by the police overnight in his residence in Minyeh, north of Tripoli. Arms, explosives and maps of the northern city were seized at his home, judicial sources said.



Libya Losing Control of Oil Fields:

A group calling itself the Barqa Youth Movement has declared the eastern area to be an autonomous federal province within the framework of the Libyan state. The movement’s statement said that Islamic Sharia “is the source of legislation in the province,” declared the appointment of a temporary president for the province, and declared the establishment of a defense force that would protect the province and maintain security.



Obama administration covers up missile theft:

The Obama administration is covering up the theft of 400 surface to air missiles by “some very ugly people,” the lawyer for a Benghazi whistleblower told WMAL Radio in Washington D.C. last week.



Lockdown by Government Smothers Day of Planned Protest in Egypt:

A tight lockdown on Cairo by Egyptian security forces on Friday all but squelched a planned day of protests by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, suggesting that the new military government had gained a decisive edge in its battle against supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.



Thousands of Bahrainis march peacefully for democratic reforms:

Thousands of Bahrainis were allowed to march peacefully outside Manama calling for democratic reforms on Friday, 10 days after police cracked down on scattered protests organized by an online group inspired by recent demonstrations in Egypt.



Critics decry US cluster bomb sales to Saudi Arabia:

US Department of Defence has authorised $641m worth of the controversial weapons to be sent to Saudi Arabia.



Report: Al Qaeda plan to ‘change face of history’ led to US scare:

Yemen’s President reveals details from intercepted phone call between al-Qaeda leaders which led to closure of dozens of Western embassies. ‘We would carry out attack to change history,’ one of them said



Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files:

Some of Edward Snowden cache shared with US paper after ‘climate of intense pressure’ from UK government. Journalists in America are protected by the first amendment which guarantees free speech and in practice prevents the state seeking pre-publication injunctions or “prior restraint”.



Dollar falls as US housing data dents Fed taper view:

The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday, falling from a three-week peak against the yen, as a steep drop in U.S. new-home sales raised doubts that the Federal Reserve will actually reduce its asset-buying program next month.



“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell:

Pennsylvania’s right-wing governor drains public schools of basic funds — and the sickening details will shock you



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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