Information Clearing House 5 September 2013: A Syrian Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

5 September 2013 — Information Clearing House

Telling It Like It Is: Putin Calls Kerry a Liar on Syria

By David Jackson

Putin called Obama Secretary of State John Kerry a liar over Kerry’s testimony this week before Congress.


Russia Releases Key Findings on Chemical Attack Near Aleppo Indicating Similarity With Rebel-made Weapons


Samples taken at the site of the March 19 attack and analyzed by Russian experts indicate that a projectile carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin was most likely fired at Khan al-Assal by the rebels.


Senate Panel Votes To Make Regime Change The Goal Of Syria Mission

By Dylan Scott

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted by voice vote Wednesday two amendments by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the resolution authorizing military action in Syria that would make it the goal of the mission to “change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria.”


Obama Will Not Get Away With a Syria Strike On My Watch

By Rand Paul

In 1971, Secretary of State John Kerry famously questioned: “How can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?” I would ask Secretary Kerry how can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?


A Syrian Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

By William Boardman

In a fundamentally cowardly Congress, members are unlikely to oppose this kind of threat to the national interest, especially now that they getting their egos stroked by the White House.


Follow The Money

Arab Countries Willing To Pay for US Attack On Syria : Kerry Says


Secretary of State John Kerry told a House committee that countries in the Mideast regions are dedicated to an American attack on Syria and offered to pay for it.


US Is Not ‘Al-Qaeda’s Air Force’: Sen. Ted Cruz

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Cruz noted that of the nine major rebel groups, seven have ties to Al-Qaeda.


Russia Warns of Nuclear Disaster if Syria is Attacked


Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to complete a risk evaluation as the US continues to seek support for military action.


The High Cost Of Saving Face For Obama

By Paul Craig Roberts

The credibility of the Israel Lobby and the neoconservatives will be lost unless America again commits a war crime.


Attacks Against Syria:

Another Illegal War Based on Manipulation and False Pretenses?

By Rodrigue Tremblay

Each time a government is circulating photos of dead babies to justify a military aggression, one has to ask if this is not part of a campaign of artful disinformation to manipulate public opinion.


Which Americans Will Arrive First To Syria?

By Franklin Lamb

Will 1000 American ‘human shields’ stop another criminal war?


Syria in the Cross-hairs

Making the World Safe for Banksters

By Ellen Hodgson Brown

Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.


Lawlessness and Ruin in Libya

By Patrick Cockburn

Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi.


If The Nuremberg Laws Were Applied…

By Noam Chomsky

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.


Tell Obama, Peace Not War in Syria!

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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.


Margaret Heffernan: The Dangers of “Willful Blindness”

Must Watch – Video

In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of “willful blindness”


Oslo Dead but Still Matters:

Abbas’s Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence

By Ramzy Baroud

Suppose several armored vehicles belonging to a branch of the Palestinian Authority raided an Israeli border village at the eve of a new round of peace negotiations.


Privacy Is Dead

US and UK Spy Agencies Defeat Privacy and Security on the Internet

By James Ball, Julian Borger and Glenn Greenwald

NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records.


Welcome To Police State USA

Police Beat Man and Knock his Teeth Out


Long beach police beat man and knock his teeth out he is not resisting and still gets tasered.


Bush- Blair Legacy Continues

As Iraq unrest surges, 33 more killed:

Attacks around Baghdad and north Iraq left 33 people dead on Wednesday, including 18 members of a Shia family killed by militants, the latest in a nationwide surge of violence.


Al-Qaida-linked Syria rebels hit Christian village:

Rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel in the village of Maaloula and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from a convent in the village.


VERY GRAPHIC – Al-Qaida cuts off heads of 2 men:

The man in the footage states that the men were cooperating with the regime. Activists from Aleppo city reported that the execution took place at the end of August near the al-Dweiraniya village of eastern Reef Aleppo.


UK has new Syria chemical evidence – David Cameron:

“We have just been looking at some samples taken from Damascus in the Porton Down laboratory in Britain which further shows the use of chemical weapons in that Damascus suburb,” he told Nick Robinson.


Putin Says Kerry Lied About Al Qaeda Role in Syria:

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of lying to Congress over the presence of militant group al Qaeda in Syria. Mr. Putin said Mr. Kerry had lied by telling Congress that al Qaeda-linked forces don’t have a role in the fight against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.


Propaganda alert:

Kerry: Syrian rebels have not been hijacked by extremists:

Extremist groups make up between 15% and 25% of the rebels fighting Syrian leader Bashar Assad, but moderate forces are growing stronger as a result of support from regional allies, Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress on Wednesday.


75,000 troops needed to secure chemical weapons if Damascus falls:

A recent congressional report says 75,000 troops would be needed to safeguard the WMD caches. The Congressional Research Center (CRS) report, was compiled with the aim of “responding to possible scenarios involving the use, change of hands, or loss of control of Syrian chemical weapons.”


Even Obama Agrees: There’s No Imminent Threat From Syria:

That’s about as plain as it can get: There’s no imminent threat in Syria. What about an “actual” threat? Given that Syria is not to strike the U.S. unless the U.S. strikes first, one could reasonably argue that military action is more likely to create an actual threat than to prevent it.



ABC News has completed whip counts of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and our reporting at this stage has led to one undeniable conclusion: After this week’s full court press by the Obama administration, the president does not yet have the votes to authorize the military strike on Syria


Act Now! – Say No To War On Syria:

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


Russia Boosts Mediterranean Force as U.S. Mulls Syria Strike:

Russia is sending two destroyers, including the Nastoichivy, the flagship of the Baltic Fleet, and the Moskva missile cruiser to the region, Interfax reported today


Russian Ships ‘Able to React’ in Case of Syria Escalation:

“Today we consider our presence in the eastern Mediterranean to be sufficient to solve the tasks. If necessary, together with submarine forces, they (the ships) are capable even today of influencing a military situation,” a general staff source told the Interfax news agency.


What a load of bull!

Syria creates a Russian safe zone, civilian danger zones:

Syria’s military is preparing for a U.S. strike by dispersing its forces into apartment buildings, schools and mosques, and may be hiding its most valuable assets inside a Russian naval base, betting that U.S. missiles will avoid it.


Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus ‘Barbaric Act’ –

Moscow: – Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned, as a “barbaric act,” the shelling earlier that day of the country’s embassy in Damascus.


Christians in Middle East: U.S. attack on Syria would be detrimental:

 “There is major consensus amongst the Christian leaders in this region that any military intervention would have a detrimental effect … on Christians in Syria,” wrote Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general/CEO of World Evangelical Alliance, in a letter to the State Department


A letter from Trappist nuns in Syria: “Blood fills our streets, our eyes, our hearts”:

Will the Nobel Peace Prize winner drop his sentence of war onto us? Despite all justice, all common sense, all mercy, all humility, all wisdom?


John Kerry’s Morally, Linguistically, and Historically Obscene Case for War in Syria:

I counted at least seven moments that qualified in my judgment as obscene, exposing along the way the administration’s empty and contradictory arguments for air-mailing death upon a regime that does not pose a direct threat in the United States


Flashback: A Rare Broadcast of John Kerry’s 1971 Speech Against the Vietnam War Before the Senate –

The young Vietnam veteran says: “Someone has to die so that President Nixon won’t be, and these are his words, “the first President to lose a war… how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”


Iran says US will suffer if Syria is attacked:

Allegations that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons last month are a “pretext” by the West to attack the country, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.


Exposing propaganda:

U.S. Missiles and ‘Pinpoint Accuracy’: CNN-cruise-missile-accuracy:

Whenever war is near, you can count on U.S. media to tout the lethal efficiency of U.S. weapons. Now is no different.,


Ex-World Leaders Urge U.S. to Forego Military Attack on Syria

The United States, which is preparing to launch a military strike on Syria, is being cautioned by several former world leaders and Nobel Peace laureates to seek a political solution to the ongoing crisis – and forego armed intervention in the beleaguered Middle Eastern nation.


Obama visits Swedish synagogue, alludes to Syrian crisis:

The American president drew a line between the heroism of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust and the need to act in Syria.


Iranian president tweets Rosh Hashanah greeting:

Rouhani, considered by some to be a relative reformer, took to his Twitter account to say, “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah.”


Nigeria: 20 killed as council, schools and clinic razed by Boko Haram:

No fewer than 20 people were feared dead, several others sustained injuries with the setting ablaze of Nganzai Local Government Area Secretariat, two primary schools, a clinic and some residential houses


Egypt’s Minister Mohammed Ibrahim survives bomb attack:

The explosion took place at about 10:30 local time (08:30 GMT). Mr Ibrahim told state television that his convoy was targeted by a “large” explosive device that might have been detonated by remote control. “It destroyed four of the vehicles of my protection team, along with a vehicle of civilians and a small child who had a leg amputated,” he said.


Libyan police unit admits kidnapping ex-spy chief’s daughter:

The chaos at the heart of the Libyan government was underlined on Thursday when it admitted its own security forces had kidnapped the daughter of Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy chief from police custody this week.


US murders 3 people in Pakistan:

A pair of missiles launched by a suspected U.S. drone killed at least three “foreign militants” in an abandoned seminary near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan on Saturday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.


Afghan police kill 2 militants in shootout at mosque:

Details were sketchy in the immediate hours after the clash Thursday, but the national intelligence service released a video showing the bloodied bodies of the alleged militants, who wore police uniforms.


This is a sick joke:

General: ‘Conditions Are Set’ to Win Afghan War:

The No. 2 American commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday he believes the stage has been set for winning the war, but hard fighting lies ahead for Afghan forces now suffering heavy casualties.


Manning Seeks Presidential Pardon in WikiLeaks Case:

The U.S. soldier convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in the nation’s history has asked for a presidential pardon, supporters said on Wednesday.


Brazil’s Rousseff wants U.S. apology for NSA spying: –

Furious about a report that the U.S. government spied on her private communications, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff may cancel a planned White House visit and downgrade commercial ties unless she receives a public apology, a senior Brazilian official told Reuters


Brazil Said to Cancel Trip to U.S. to Prepare Meeting With Obama:

Brazilian authorities have canceled a trip to Washington that was designed to prepare for President Dilma Rousseff’s state visit next month in response to charges the U.S. spied on the South American nation.


Mexican President Says NSA Spying Illegal, Demands Investigation:

Pena Nieto demanded the United States investigate the allegations aired in a report Sunday night on Brazil’s Globo TV.


Drug Agents Have an NSA-Style Spying Problem:

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s secret Hemisphere Project, news of which broke this week, allows drug law enforcement agencies broad access to billions of AT&T phone records going back a quarter century-to 1987.


In a world gone crazy:

Springfield barricade: John Geer killed in police shooting:

“A police officer came up to me and said, ‘You need to get out of the area right now,'” said another neighbor, Scott Dowling, who walked out of his home and snapped a picture of a heavily-armed officer poised to react.


Police Need to Be Held Accountable for Attacks on the Disabled:

Robert Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome, died after being put in handcuffs by officers outside of a movie theater. That’s only one of dozens of recent incidents.


Family of Man Shown Being Beaten by Long Beach Police Plans to Sue:

Family members said Santos-Lopez was recovering from surgery in the hospital. The family plans to sue Long Beach Police Department, according to Santos-Lopez’s wife, Lee Ann Hernandez.


Dashcam shows cops fighting –

Bergen County Police vs NJ State Police on Turnpike, 2013 – Video


Three Walmart Workers Arrested As 15-City Strike Kicks Off:

Organizers and activists are calling for a minimum annual salary of $25,000 for full-time employees.


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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