Information Clearing House 7 September 2013: Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria

7 September 2013 — Information Clearing House

Pentagon Plans Massive Attack on Syria

By Bill Van Auken

The Obama administration has reportedly ordered the Pentagon to plan a far wider attack on Syria than had originally been indicated.


Engineering Consent For Attack On Syria

CNN Exclusive: Classified Syria Video Released


Disturbing video from Syria is shown by the Obama administration to US senators in an effort to justify military action.


High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officers Say: Syrian Government Didn’t Launch Chemical Weapons

By WashingtonsBlog

Opposition leaders were ordered to prepare their forces quickly to exploit the U.S. bombing, march into Damascus, and remove the Bashar al-Assad government.


Does Obama Have A Legal Right To Bomb Syria?

By Ted Rall

Here in what neofascist politicians and media mouthpieces call the Homeland, we Americans are watching our top officials and boldface notables brush off the basic legal underpinnings of the political culture with impunity.


Stopping Barry O’Bomber’s Rush to War

By Ralph Nader

Dear President Obama: Little did your school boy chums in Hawaii, watching you race up and down the basketball court, know how prescient they were when they nicknamed you “Barry O’Bomber”.


Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria

By Dennis J. Kucinich

This article is a call for independent thinking and congressional oversight, which rises above partisan considerations.


A Serious Question for Democrats on Syria

By Michael Collins

Leaders of the Democratic Party and their media side kicks are giving President Barack Obama a free ride on his proposal to attack Syria.


The Return of the Golems

They gather on call to AIPAC’s command

By William Cook 

What congressman or woman will stand against the master that controls his or her future as a politician?


Shady PR Operatives, Pro-Israel Ties, Anti-Castro Money:

By Max Blumenthal

Inside The Syrian Opposition’s DC Spin Machine.


10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn’t Want You to Talk About

By Wesley Messamore

Here is a list of 10 chemical weapons attacks carried out by the U.S. government or its allies against civilians.


Syria and the Reality at Home in America

By Robert Reich

Yet while attention is focused on Syria, more than one in five American children face hunger.


Criminalize Political Lies to Save Planet Earth

By Carmen Yarrusso

The U.S political system is a deeply corrupt, criminal enterprise largely sustained by ruthless political lies. – In the service of political lies, the U.S. government has flipped morality on its head.


Keeping The NSA Out Of Your Computer

NSA Surveillance: A Guide to Staying Secure

By Bruce Schneier

The NSA has huge capabilities – and if it wants in to your computer, it’s in. With that in mind, here are five ways to stay safe.


16 people killed in Damascus shelling, say Syria activists:

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the mortar and artillery fire on the Moldokhiya agricultural area south of Damascus killed 14 rebels. Two civilians, including a child, also died in the shelling, it added.


Pentagon Is Ordered to Expand Potential Targets in Syria With a Focus on Forces:

For the first time, the administration is talking about using American and French aircraft to conduct strikes on specific targets, in addition to ship-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles. There is a renewed push to get other NATO forces involved.


US Eyes Broader Syrian Strike to Include Bombers:

A senior national security official told ABC News that a U.S. military strike on Syria will do more damage to the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 48 hours than Syrian rebels have done in two years


Engineering Consent ForAttack On Syria? CNN Exclusive:

Videos show glimpse into evidence for Syria intervention:

These are some of the hard-to-stomach images that the Obama administration has shown a select group of senators in closed-door briefings to make the case that a limited military attack on Syria is justified.


Russia warns US against targeting Syria chemical arsenal:

“In this respect we warn US authorities and their allies against striking any chemical facilities and adjacent territories,” the statement said. “Such actions would represent a dangerous new turn in the tragic development of the Syria crisis,” the ministry said.


Here’s Why John Kerry’s Vow Against ‘War’ In Syria Means Nothing (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

11 photos from prior U.S. military engagements. Can you tell which ones are from actual “wars,” which ones are from “not-wars,”


Russia gave UN 100-page report in July blaming Syrian rebels for Aleppo sarin attack:

Russia says a deadly March sarin attack in an Aleppo suburb was carried out by Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, and it has delivered a 100-page report laying out its evidence to the United Nations.


Russia forced to cancel Syria lobbying mission to D.C.;

Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of the State Duma, said the delegation would no longer travel to the U.S. and called the decisions by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to refuse to meet their Russian counterparts deplorable.


Rafsanjani denies comments on Syria chemical arms use:

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani rejected Saturday remarks attributed to him in which he allegedly criticised Tehran’s chief regional ally, Syria, for using chemical weapons against civilians.


The Senate’s Syria Resolution Has a Huge Secret Giveaway to the President:

The draft authorization could actually give him and future presidents sweeping new powers to intervene overseas.


US Congress Finds ‘Overwhelming’ Public Opposition to Force in Syria:

 After three days of non-stop phone calls from hundreds of Colorado constituents opposed to a US military strike on Syria, Rep. Doug Lamborn announced Friday he was “leaning against” a resolution giving US President Barack Obama the authority to take limited action.


American Israeli Political Activity Committee (AIPAC) to lobby Congress for Syria strike: –

Though US Congress is pressured by the American public to vote against a US military intervention in Syria, Israel’s most ardent supporters in AIPAC urge Congress representatives to vote in favor of an intervention.


Kerry urges EU to delay ban on Israeli firms in occupied West Bank:

The EU imposed restrictions in July citing its frustration over the continued expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in territory occupied by Israeli forces in 1967.


Israel regains staunch ally as opposition wins Australia election:

Following election of Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott, all three Jewish lawmakers in federal parliament are expected to return, with Joshua Frydenberg becoming the first Liberal Jewish member of government since the early 1990s.


‘Jews Aren’t Our Enemies,’ Says Iran Foreign Minister:”

Zarif explained his country’s differentiation between Zionism and Judaism with, “Judaism is a divine religion that we respect in accordance with the teachings of our religion and our country’s constitution.” “Zionists are a minority with the Jews,” he said. “They are exploiting the suffering of the Jews to justify their crimes against the Palestinians.


4 killed in attacks north of Baghdad:

Attacks north of Baghdad, including a suicide bombing at a government building and the detonation of a booby-trapped corpse, killed four people Saturday, part of a months-long surge in violence.


Iraq orders Iran exiles to leave camp ‘without delay’:

The UN’s mission to Baghdad said in a statement that it believed the Iraqi government “will move to enforce this order without delay”.


Blasts at Somalia restaurant kill 15, police say:

Somali militants attacked a restaurant near Mogadishu’s seat of government for the second time in less than a year on Saturday, detonating two large blasts that killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly two dozen, police said.


9 “Militants” Are Reported Killed in Egyptian Military Operations in Sinai:

A military spokesman said that the Egyptian Army had killed nine Islamist extremists in an operation on Saturday, part of a campaign lasting weeks to quell militant activity in the lawless Sinai region.


President Morsi detained for four days for “insulting judiciary”

President Mohamed Morsi was detained for four days pending interrogation on charges of insulting the judiciary. The detention decision was taken by the investigative body assigned to interrogate Morsi on Saturday morning, state-owned news agency MENA reports.


Libya’s oil exports plunge, production 10 percent of pre-war levels as government’s woes grow:

Adding to the government’s woes, the capital, Tripoli, has been hit with water cuts for three days and electricity outages for the past few months that last around four hours daily.


Seven Taliban fighters, two children killed in Afghan violence:

Six Taliban insurgents, part of a bomb-making squad, were killed while setting up a roadside bomb in Arghistaan district of Kandahar, the Governor’s office said in a statement. A lone Taliban member was also killed when roadside bomb he was planting in neighbouring Panjwai district exploded, the statement said.


At least 1 killed, 4 wounded in protest at Iran consulate in Afghanistan: Police:

At least one person was killed and four wounded on Saturday when angry demonstrators tried to storm the Iranian consulate in western Afghanistan during a protest over visas, officials said.


With an eye toward peace, Pakistan releases 7 Afghan Taliban insurgents:

In an attempt to improve relations with Afghanistan, Pakistan released seven members of the Taliban Saturday, allowing them to walk out of their cells. Afghanistan called the move a ‘small step.’


Latest Snowden revelation: NSA sabotaged electronic locks:

The latest Edward Snowden-powered exposé published by the New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian is, to me, the most frightening. It reveals that the National Security Agency has moved beyond its historic role as a code-breaker to become a saboteur of the encryption systems


In Its Zeal to Spy, the NSA May Be Leaving Americans Less Secure :

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt: According to news reports, the NSA has covertly weakened the computer security protocols that American citizens and businesses rely on. The NSA has surreptitiously obtained the encryption keys used by major corporations to protect online data.


Putin: U.S. has refused extradition deal for Snowden:”

The United States has refused to make an “extradition deal” to trade fugitive Edward Snowden for Russian criminals, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.


The Department of Homeland Security close to perfecting facial recognition system : Video –

Facial recognition technology matches the 3-D pictures captured and compares them to images stored in the system’s database, like driver’s license photos.


JPMorgan subject of obstruction probe in energy case:

U.S. authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into whether several employees of JPMorgan Chase & Co tried to impede a regulatory investigation into alleged manipulation of power markets, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.


Unemployment at 7.3 percent, but only 63% of Americans are in labor force:

Americans are participating in the workforce at the lowest level in 35 years, according to government data released Friday, as lackluster job growth fails to offset the droves of people who have given up looking for work.


Nearly 100 workers arrested across US in Walmart protests:

Hundreds of employees walked off their jobs in 15 cities including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Orlando and Washington D.C.


One-Sixth of U.S. on Food Stamps?:

Food-stamp use grew 2.3% in June from a year earlier, with nearly one-sixth of the U.S. population receiving benefits.


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 : 3,272


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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