Information Clearing House September 2013: How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria

4 September 2013 — Information Clearing House

Attack Syria Resolution Approved By Senate Foreign Relations Committee

By ICH and Agencies

How did senators vote? Here’s a breakdown:


Disgusting And Depraved – McCain as Tricoteuse

McCain Plays Poker On His iPhone During Syria Hearing


Senator John McCain plays poker on his IPhone during a U.S. Senate Committee on – concerning the use of force in Syria


Full Text: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Resolution on Attacking Syria


Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached agreement late Tuesday on a resolution authorizing military strikes against Syria.


US Boots On The Ground?

New Use-of-force Resolution For Syria


The bill includes a prohibition on using American ground forces for “combat operations,” although it is silent on using troops in emergency situations.


CIA-trained Rebel Unit About to Join Fighting Against Assad Regime, Says President Obama

By Adam Withnall

President Obama says US efforts to support rebels are now in full swing.


US Air Force Not As Prepared As It Would Like To Be: Chief of Staff

By Air Force Magazine

The set of challenges facing the US military is more complicated in Syria than it was in the lead-up to 2011’s military intervention in Libya, Welsh told airmen.


UN’s Ban Casts Doubt on Legality of US Plans for Syria Attack

By Louis Charbonneau

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defense or with U.N. Security Council authorization, remarks that appear to question the legality of U.S. plans to strike Syria.


How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria

By Gareth Porter

We would do well to note the inconsistencies and misleading language contained in the assessment.


Putin: Russia Doesn’t Defend Assad, We Defend International Law


Russia needs convincing proof, not rumors, said the Russian president.


Syria Says Will Never Give In ‘Even if There is World War III’


Syria said on Wednesday it had taken “every measure” to retaliate if hit by a feared US-led military strike and would never give in, even if a third world war erupts.


AIPAC Pushes For Attack on Syria

By Eli Lake

America’s largest pro-Israel lobby has deployed its organization in Congress to push for the president’s war authorization against Syria.


Pictures Shows John Kerry and President Assad Dining in Syria Together

By Heather Saul

The images, believed to have been captured in Damascus in February 2009.


No Syrian War to Save Obama’s Face!

By Pat Buchanan

What it will likely end with, after America is dragooned in, is a U.S. war with Iran; our allies, sitting in their box seats, cheering us on.


American Intervention in Syria: A Moral Obscenity

By Zachary Slayback

The United States government totally lacks the moral authority to enforce such an obligation because the United States government is one of the world’s most guilty users of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction.


We Won’t Stand By. Obama’s War Can Be Stopped

By Chris Nineham

An assault on a scale designed to ‘degrade’ Assad’s military will kill large numbers of innocents.


Tell Obama, Peace Not War in Syria!

Take Action Now!

Join us in telling Obama that violent intervention in Syria is not the answer to resolving the conflict.


Act Now! – Say No To War On Syria


Here’s the Best Way to Tell Congress Your Opinion on Syria.


War Is A Racket

By Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.


Sweden Grants Blanket Asylum to Syrian Refugees


Swedish government announces it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply.


The Attack On Libya and Its Contexts

By Greg Shupak

The Libyan campaign not only caused extensive death and human rights violations, but it may usher in decades of more war.


Edward Snowden Accepts Whistleblower Award 2013


Warns Of ‘Surveillance Gone Too Far.


Why Unions Need to Join the Climate Fight

By Naomi Klein

What I’m going to show you is that confronting the climate crisis requires that we break every rule in the free-market playbook — and that we do so with great urgency.


Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As

83 killed in Iraq violence:

In Wednesday’s attacks, five soldiers were killed and nine wounded when three bombs hit their convoy as they passed through the town of Tarmiyah, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad


Sixteen Shia family members killed in Iraq:

Six children and eight women among those killed in overnight attack in town south of Baghdad.


US Senate Foreign Relations Committee green-lights authorization of use of military force in Syria: –

Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement on Tuesday on a draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria that was much narrower than the request made by President Barack Obama, paving the way for a vote by the committee on Wednesday.


Kerry’s back door:

Kerry says Syria authorization should not preclude ‘boots on the ground’:

At the first public hearing in Congress on potential military action in Syria, Kerry said “it would be preferable” not to preclude the use of ground troops to preserve President Barack Obama’s options if there was a potential threat of chemical weapons falling into the hands of extremists.


FULL TRANSCRIPT: Kerry, Hagel and Dempsey testify at Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Sept. 3 to debate the possible authorization of U.S. military action against the Syrian government , featuring testimony by Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff .


John Kerry’s Very Precise Death Toll: Where Does It Come From?:

Journalists should, at a minimum, attribute these estimates to the government-and note that they are not in line with other reputable estimates of the death toll in Syria.


McCain opposes Senate resolution on Syria:

The Arizona Republican threatened earlier this week to vote against a White House draft resolution unless President Barack Obama promised greater support to Syria’s rebels. McCain then expressed support after meeting Obama at the White House. He now opposes a resolution crafted by Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez


Whip – Count: Tracking Congressional Support for War With Syria

How will your congressperson Vote?


Will Rand Paul filibuster Syria authorization?:

“I can’t imagine that we won’t require 60 votes on this,” Paul said. “Whether there’s an actual standing filibuster – I gotta check my shoes and check my ability to hold my water, and we’ll see. I haven’t made a decision on that.”


U.S. public opposes Syria intervention as Obama presses Congress:

Some 56 percent of those surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria, while only 19 percent supported action, the online poll found. Some 25 percent said they did not know what course of action the United States should take.


A compilation of No War on Syria protest and events


Russians say lab results show Syrian chemical weapon similar to ones made by rebel group:

A statement from the Russian foreign ministry says that expect findings show the weapon used in the Syrian chemical attack was similar to ones made by a rebel group.


Putin demands ‘convincing’ Syria evidence:

Russian president says US must seek UN approval for any military strikes, and does not rule out supporting such action.


Putin warns against ‘illegal’ military action in Syria, bypassing UNSC:

Russia already has deployed S-400 and forthcoming S-500 systems, “[and] these are all certainly very efficient weapons,” Putin noted.


Top US military officer: Russia may boost military aid to Syria if US attacks:

“There is some indication that they (the Russians) have assured the Syrian government that if we destroy something, they can replace it,” General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.


To some, US case for Syrian gas attack, strike has too many holes:

The Obama administration’s public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence, undermining U.S. efforts this week to build support at home and abroad for a punitive strike against Bashar Assad’s regime.


Hagel: Hezbollah Could Acquire Syria’s Chemical Weapons:

At Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee on military intervention in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested that if the United States fails to act, Syria-based Hezbollah or other terrorist groups could acquire chemical weapons and use them against Americans.


War Is A Racket:

Raytheon shares hit record highs on Syria war talk:

The producer of the Tomahawk cruise missile is expected to benefit from any US conflict against Damascus.


Netanyahu says Iran nuke ambitions ‘must be stopped’:

He added that Iran continues to be “of paramount importance” as it pursues its nuclear weapons program. “This poses a great threat to Israel, to the region, to the peace of the world. Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped. We simply cannot allow the world’s most dangerous regime to obtain the world’s most dangerous weapon.”


Peace talks with Israel ‘futile,’ says top Abbas aide:

Yasser Abed Rabbo tells Palestinian radio that negotiations aren’t bearing fruit, calls for greater American pressure on Israel


Official: 27 Taliban “militants” killed in multiple Afghan operations |:

“In the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, army, National Security Directorate and the NATO-led troops carried out several cleanup operations, killing 27 armed Taliban insurgents,” the ministry said its daily update Wednesday.


50-100 Afghan soldiers ‘killed every week’: US General Mark Milley :

“The Afghan security forces are suffering more casualties, no question about it,” Lieutenant General Mark Milley said by video link from Afghanistan.


Al Jazeera reports 2 soldiers killed in Sinai:

Al Jazeera has reported that two Egyptian soldiers have been killed and eight wounded in a rocket attack on a convoy in the Sinai Peninsula.


Egypt interim president defends military coup:

Adly Mansour says country sticking to military-backed transition plan and that his top priority is to restore security.


Egypt jamming Al Jazeera’s satellite signals:

Qatar-based network forced to change frequencies so viewers can tune in as authorities deliberately jam signals.


Libya in crisis as armed groups throttle oil supplies:

 Lawless Libya, these days seen as a major haven for al-Qaida, is facing its greatest crisis since Moammar Gadhafi was toppled and killed in October 2011, as armed groups besiege oil fields and terminals, cutting production to a trickle and threatening economic meltdown.


Brazilian lawmakers call for police protection of Glenn Greenwald and his partner:

Lawmakers in Brazil have asked that American journalist Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda receive protection from federal police, due to the importance of their testimony regarding an ongoing investigation of US spying practices.


Test ‘reveals Facebook, Twitter and Google snoop on emails’: :

Facebook, Twitter and Google have been caught snooping on messages sent across their networks, new research claims, prompting campaigners to express concerns over privacy.


Feds Seeking To Silence The Media Over Barrett Brown, After They Locked Him Up For Posting A Link:

 Brown is the journalist and activist who was arrested on a series of highly questionable charges, mostly focused on taking the astounding step of copying a URL pointing to a bunch of Stratfor emails that people in Anonymous had hacked, and placing it in a chat room


California Senate Votes to Reject NDAA “Indefinite Detention.” 37-0:

The California State Senate voted to approve a bill that will help render toothless the federal “indefinite detention” powers under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


Florida man cites ‘Bush doctrine’ after pre-emptive killing of neighbors:

According to officials in Titusville, Woodward had snuck up on his neighbors while they were having a Labor Day barbecue. Police responding to the scene found that Gary Lee Hembree, Roger Picior and Bruce Timothy had all been shot.


Chinese Chicken Processors Are Cleared to Ship to U.S.:

No U.S.D.A. inspector will be present in the plants.


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 : 3,271


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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