Information Clearing House 29 August 2013: US Attack on Syria Would be Illegal ‘Act of War’

29 August 2013 — Information Clearing House

CONFIRMED: US Claims Against Syria – There is no Evidence

By Tony Cartalucci

The Wall Street Journal reveals that the US is citing claims from Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency fed to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)


US Attack on Syria Would be Illegal ‘Act of War’

By Alastair Crooke

For the US to launch a military strike without UN Security Council sanction would constitute an illegal ‘act of war’ against a sovereign state. (The Kosovo precedent cannot make an illegal act legal.)


Is Attacking Syria Necessary For US National Security?

By Glenn Greenwald

“OBAMA: The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.


Kucinich: Syria Strike Would Turn US Into ‘al Qaeda’s Air Force’

By Julian Pecquet

The administration is “rushing” to what could becoming “World War Three” based on questionable evidence. Kucinich said.


Does Obama Know He’s Fighting On al-Qa’ida’s Side?

By Robert Fisk

You can bet your bottom dollar that the one target the Americans will not strike in Syria will be al-Qa’ida or the Nusra front.


Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians in Syria

By Marjorie Cohn and Jeanne Mirer

A military attack would invariably kill civilians for the ostensible purpose of showing the Syrian government that killing civilians is wrong.


When Grown Men Cry

Syrian Father Reunited With Toddler Son He Believed Was Killed In Chemical Attacks


This heartbreaking video shows the moment a Syrian father is reunited with his young son who he thought had been killed.


U.S. Neocon Hawks Take Flight Over Syria

By Jim Lobe

A familiar clutch of neo-conservatives published a letter Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to go far beyond limited military strikes against Syria.


The Broader Stakes of Syrian Crisis

By Ray McGovern

The more the Sunni and Shiite are fighting each other – and thus expending their resources on internecine warfare – the better for Israel.


The War on Iran Begins…in Syria

By Eric Draitser

Despite the high-minded talk of humanitarianism, the US is advancing a transparently neo-colonialist agenda aimed at securing hegemony in the region by destroying what little opposition remains.


The Craziest Detail About the CIA’s 1953 Coup in Iran

By J. Dana Stuster

In 1953, CIA officer Kermit Roosevelt, the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, oversaw the planning of TPAJAX, the CIA’s plan for the “quasi-legal overthrow” (the CIA’s euphemistic term of art) of Mossadegh. The CIA has confirmed his role in declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive.


What the Assault on Whistleblowers Has to Do With War on Syria

By Norman Solomon

Every president who wants to launch another war can’t abide whistleblowers. They might interfere with the careful omissions, distortions and outright lies of war propaganda, which requires that truth be held in a kind of preventative detention.


The Surveillance State

To Make Journalism Harder, Slower, Less Secure

By Jay Rosen

That’s what the surveillance state is trying to do. It has the means, the will and the latitude to go after journalism the way it went after terrorism. Only a more activist press, working together, stands a chance of resisting this.


Abraham, Martin & John – Dion –

Video and Lyrics

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?

Can you tell me where he’s gone?

He freed a lot of people,

But it seems the good they die young.

I just looked ’round and he’s gone.


At least 71 killed, more than 200 injured in Iraq terrorist acts:

About ten car bombs have been exploded in urban districts predominantly inhabited by Shiites.


Syria asks UN to immediately investigate three new ‘chemical attacks’ by rebels:

The attacks took place on August 22, 24 and 25 in Jobar, Sahnaya, and al-Bahariya, Bashar Jaafari told journalists Wednesday. The “militants” used toxic chemical gas against the Syrian army, the diplomat said.


UN To US: Wait 4 Days For Team To Complete Investigation Before Deciding On Military Strike:

The United Nations is calling on the United States and its allies to wait longer on a potential military strike against Syria..


Syria Vote Will Not Approve UK Military Action:

The Government appears to delay a decision on intervention after Labour demands “compelling evidence” on chemical weapons use


Britain proposes Syria resolution; Russia objects:

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council failed to reach an agreement Wednesday on a British-proposed resolution that would authorize the use of military force against Syria. The draft resolution would almost certainly be vetoed by Russia and China


Military intervention in Syria would need UN approval: Brahimi:

Any US military action taken in response to apparent chemical weapons attacks in Syria would need to be approved by the UN Security Council, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday.


Hans Blix: Even if Assad used chemical weapons, the west has no mandate to act as a global policeman: Op-Ed:

By ordering air strikes against Syria without UN security council support, Obama will be doing the same as Bush in 2003


Syrian PM: We’ll surprise invaders like on Yom Kippur:

Addressing possible US strike, Wael al-Halqi says Assad forces will surprise ‘aggressors’ just as they surprised Israel during 1973 war; says West inventing ‘face scenarios’ to justify intervention,7340,L-4423500,00.html


Remember bogus U.S. excuses for Iraq war before attacking Syria:

China’s Xinhua: An attack on Syria would be dangerous and irresponsible, and the world should remember the Iraq war was started by U.S. allegations of weapons of mass destruction which turned out to be false, China’s official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.


In case you missed it: –

‘FSA Syrian Terrorists’ chemical lab uncovered near Damascus :

Video report: July 14, 2013


The U.S. Has Repeatedly Falsely Accused Others of Chemical and Biological Weapons Use:

 In 1981, the U.S. accused the Soviets of supplying chemical weapons to Communist states in Vietnam and Laos for use in counterinsurgency warfare. The U.S. bombed a chemical weapons factory in Sudan in 1998. It turned out that it only made pharmaceutical drugs. – The U.S. accused Iraq of possessing chemical weapons … even though everyone knew that it didn’t.


Syria evacuates army buildings in Damascus: residents:

Activists in east Damascus said barracks and housing compounds for the Republican Guards and Fourth Division near the suburbs of Somariya and Mouadamiya had been evacuated and troops and their families had gone into the city.


US Marine units positioned near Syria:

Marines in the Middle East, Africa and Europe are poised to reach Syria within hours should President Obama order a strike . The various units include the following capabilities:


Syria: US Asks Greece for Military Base Access: Report:

Washington has asked Greece for permission to use its military bases in Kalamata and Souda for a possible strike on Syria over the alleged use of toxic gas in Ghouta on the eastern outskirts of Damascus.


An attack on Syria will only spread the war and killing: Op-Ed:

All the signs are they’re going to do it again. The attack on Syria now being planned by the US and its allies will be the ninth direct western military intervention in an Arab or Muslim country in 15 years.


Fact or fiction?

Iran army chief warns ‘Zionists will burn’ if US attacks Syria:

Iran’s chief of staff Hassan Firouzabadi was quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 Wednesday declaring that “if the US attacks, the Zionists will burn,” and an Iranian journalist said to be close to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly warned that Israel would “face tens of thousands of missiles.”


Iran Approves Bill to Sue US Over 1953 Coup:

Iran’s parliament gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill requiring the government to sue the U.S. for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected prime minister.


IAEA data suggests Iran’s supply of uranium gas below Israel’s ‘red line’:

Iran has installed about 1,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and is set to test them, a UN nuclear report showed, a development likely to worry Western powers hoping for a change of course under the country’s new president.


16 killed in three Taliban attacks in Afghanistan:

At least 16 people, including three Afghan soldiers, were killed and more than 75 people were injured Wednesday in three Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, officials said, dpa reported.


3 Civilians Killed, 15 Wounded in Afghanistan’s Lashkargah Blast:

Three bodies and 15 wounded people were evacuated from the blast site to the Emergency Hospital, a doctor said. The injured included seven children and an Afghan intelligence operative.


Taliban torch 40 NATO fuel supply tankers:

According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants torched at least 40 oil tankers which was carrying fuel supply for the NATO troops in this province.


Pakistan Rocket Attacks Killed Two Worshipers:

The civilians while worshiping in a mosque in Dangam district hit by a rocket shell fired by Pakistani troops.


UN peacekeeper killed in eastern Congo fighting:

A United Nations peacekeeper killed in fighting in eastern Congo Wednesday in which U.N. helicopters fired on rebels just outside a city of nearly 1 million people, ratcheting up the U.N.’s role in Congo’s current conflict, officials said.


Egypt backs away from plan to dissolve Muslim Brotherhood:

Egypt should not ban the Muslim Brotherhood or exclude it from politics after the army’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, the interim prime minister said Wednesday, reversing his previous stated view.


Egypt: Interior Ministry declares state of alert for Friday demonstrations:

All vacations of officers, conscripts, and security personnel were cancelled and the state of alert was hightened in provinces where mass demonstrations are expected to take place, the Middle East News Agency reported security sources as saying


Nidal Hasan gets death penalty for Fort Hood rampage:

A former US Army psychiatrist has been sentenced to death for killing 13 soldiers at a Texas Army base, a military jury has decided.


Japanese agency labels radioactive leak ‘serious’; :

Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a “serious incident” on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.


Miniature ‘human brain’ grown in lab:

The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.


200 days of Guantanamo hunger strike:

37 detainees currently remain on hunger strike after nearly seven months without food, with 33 of them being force fed, the prison authorities said on Saturday.


50 Days Without Food: The California Prison Hunger Strike Explained:

42 of them are still refusing to eat, putting themselves at extremely high risk of death, according to state medical officials.


America’s private prison companies have expanded across the globe:

As the growth of the U.S. prison population has stalled, American private prison companies have expanded their reach across the globe, operating prisons and detention centers in at least 11 countries, according to a new report by The Sentencing Project, a non-profit advocacy group.


Amputee Says Cops Abused & Mocked Him:

Police forced an innocent, double-leg amputee to get out of his car at gunpoint, with hands up, then beat and ridiculed him as “a cripple crawling around,” the African-American man claims in court.


Fidel Castro denies that Cuba refuses to accept Edward Snowden under US pressure :

“In my opinion, he has rendered a service to the world having revealed the disgusting, vile policy of the powerful empire that is lying and deceiving the world,” Castro wrote. He notes that Cuba has resisted US pressure for 54 years and is not going to surrender.


Obama administration asks court to force NYT reporter to reveal source:

Previous ruling said reporters have no privilege to safeguard confidentiality leaving Risen to reveal his source or go to jail


Surveillance of students in public schools: how much is too much?:

A school district amid the vast suburban sprawl of Los Angeles has hired a self-described social network monitoring service to stalk its students on internet-based platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.


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 : 3,268


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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