19 November 2013 — Information Clearing House
Endless Afghan Occupation
Security Agreement Draft Leaked
By The Inquisitr
A newly obtained US-Afghanistan security agreement draft suggests that US forces will stay for much longer than originally expected, possibly indefinitely.
Journalists Censure Syrian Activist?
Bowing Before the Inquisitors on Syria
By Jonathan Cook
One of the problems for the left is the desperate need of too many of its best and brightest to maintain legitimacy “in the mainstream”.
A Pro-Israel Hawk to Draft Kerry’s Peace Plan?
By Noam Sheizaf
That one must be a pro-Israeli Zionist in order to be eligible for the State Department’s Israel-Palestine team is indicative of the problem with U.S. policy in the region.
US Drone Strike Rips Yemeni Community Apart
“The smell of death was everywhere,” “You couldn’t tell who was who – if they were even human. It was sickening.”
Professor Turley: “Obama Is at War with the Rule of Law!”
I am frightened for my children, because of the world we are creating.
A Kinder, Gentler Imperialism?
Kerry: “Era of Monroe Doctrine in Latin America is Over”
By ICH and Agencies
Kerry told the audience a relationship between Washington and Latin America based on U.S. domination was obsolete and needed to be replaced by a recognition of equal partnership and shared responsibilities to advance common goals and secure common interests.
Court Documents Reveal NSA Disregard for Privacy Restrictions
By Spencer Ackerman in New York
The National Security Agency shared its trove of American bulk email and internet data with other government agencies in violation of specific court-ordered procedures to protect Americans’ privacy.
A Conversation With Jeremy Hammond
American Political Prisoner Sentenced to 10 Years
Vivien Lesnik Weisman
You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.
The Two Faces of America
By Shaker Aamer
What did a Guantanamo inmate learn about Americans in Halloween?
“We Are America” – Esperanza Spalding
“My wish is that the information in the video will pique people’s interest enough to go, ‘Hmm, I didn’t know all that,'” and prompt them to learn more, said Spalding.
The Sleeper Cell That Wasn’t
By Retro Report
Six days after 9/11, the FBI’s raid on a Detroit sleeper cell signaled America’s resolve to fight terrorism. But, despite a celebrated conviction, there was one problem – they’d gotten it wrong.
Guns Or Butter?
The Pentagon’s Doctored Ledgers Conceal Epic Waste
By Scot J. Paltrow
The $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996, has never been accounted for. That sum exceeds the value of China’s economic output last year.
Shackles and Chains
Detroit as a Template for Democracy’s Destruction
By Chris Floyd
Over the past year, we have seen the citizens of a major American city openly, ‘legally’ stripped of the right to govern themselves and forced into a form of indentured servitude.
Social Security Under Attack
Elizabeth Warren on Social Security: “It’s Values, Not Math”
Video and transcript
The suggestion that we have become a country where those living in poverty fight each other for a handful of crumbs tossed off the tables of the very wealthy is fundamentally wrong.
Suicide bombers kill 25 near Iran embassy in Beirut:
Two suicide bombers – one driving a rigged car and the other on a motorcycle with an explosives belt – attacked Iran’s Embassy in Beirut Tuesday, killing at least 25 people including an Iranian diplomat and wounding more than 150, security sources said.
Beirut Bomb : Raw Video:
Aftermath as powerful blasts rock Iranian embassy in Beirut.
Six Other Iranian Embassy Staff Confirmed Dead in Beirut Suicide-Blasts:
Head of the Iranian Embassy’s security team and five of his men have also been among more than two dozen people killed in the twin blasts which struck an area near the embassy compound in Beirut Tuesday mornin
Iran blames Israel for Beirut blasts as Al-Qaeda offshoot lays claim:
The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades have claimed responsibility for the Beirut Iranian embassy suicide blast which killed 23 and injured a further 146. Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry has stated that Israeli mercenaries were responsible.
Beirut bombings are ‘a clear message by Saudi Arabia’:
We know that a Lebanese group linked to Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. The group is called Abdullah Azzam and it is affiliated to Al-Qaeda. This is a clear message by Saudi Arabia or it’s an act of war by Saudi Arabia against Iran, this is for the first time the Saudis are crossing the red line by targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.
US Murders 3 People In Yemen:
A drone strike in Yemen’s southeastern Hadramawt province killed three alledged “Al-Qaeda suspects” on Tuesday, local authority officials said. The three men were travelling in the Wadi Houaira area when a missile hit their vehicle, the sources said.
US Officials Admit CIA “Accidentally” Killed a Yemeni Child in a Drone Strike:
Buried in a Los Angeles Times article yesterday was this remarkable government admission.
3 killed in attacks in Iraq: –
Three people were killed and 12 others wounded in separate violent attacks in Iraq on Tuesday, police said.
Syrian troops capture key town: –
Syrian troops captured a key town from rebels near the Lebanese border on Tuesday, days after launching a broad offensive to retake a mountainous western region, state media and activists said.
EU calls on member states not to turn back Syrian refugees:
The European Union Tuesday criticized the push-back of Syrian refugees by Bulgaria and Greece, saying it is in violation of EU and international laws.
Journalists Censure Syrian Activist? :
Mother Agnes Miriam, a nun who heads the Musalaha (reconciliation) initiative in Syria, was due to speak at the Stop The War conference in London, two journalists also due to speak at the event, Jeremy Scahill and Owen Jones, decided to withdraw participation unless Mother Agnes was removed from the speaking list.
Amid rising tensions, Kerry postpones visit to Israel:
Netanyahu and Kerry traded barbs last week over Israel’s rejection of a possible deal between the P5+1 and Iran. Kerry hinted that the Israeli prime minister was unaware of the details of the deal when criticizing it, while Netanyahu retorted that he is “continuously updated in detail.”
16 killed as rebels attack Somalia police station:
At least 16 people have been killed after al-Shabab attacked a police station in the town of Baladweyne in central Somalia, blowing out the gates of the compound with a car bomb.
Police fire tear gas at Cairo protesters:
Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds of demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday, as the country marked two years since 42 people were killed in protests against military rule.
Pakistan bomb: Seven Taliban killed in North Waziristan:
At least seven Pakistani Taliban militants have been killed in a suicide attack in a tribal area near the Afghan border, intelligence officials say.
US occupation to continue:
US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely:
A draft of a key US-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.
Fisa court order that allowed NSA surveillance is revealed for first time:
A secret court order that authorised a massive trawl by the National Security Agency of Americans’ email and internet data was published for the first time on Monday night, among a trove of documents that also revealed a judge’s concern that the NSA “continuously” and “systematically” violated the limits placed on the program.
NSA broke its own rules in ‘virtually every’ record, declassified documents show:
The National Security Agency systematically broke its own rules and collected information it wasn’t supposed to, according to 1,000 pages of highly redacted classified files released for the first time by the Obama administration.
Norway admits it carried out phone surveillance for NSA:
Norway’s intelligence services said they, not the US National Security Agency, collected data on more than 33 million phone conversations in Norway over the space of one month last year.
The NSA scandal has detonated in Australia – we can no longer look away:
We grant intelligence agencies extraordinary powers to go after violent extremists. But since when did the president of Indonesia, or Germany’s chancellor, join this company?
NSA surveillance hinders Iceland’s attempts to be a haven for free speech:
Iceland’s attempts to become a free-speech haven risk floundering in the wake of revelations regarding the extent of internet monitoring by the US and UK intelligence agencies.
End to privacy? Western firms hawk mass surveillance technology to developing world:
Human rights groups are sounding alarms as Western firms sell mass surveillance technology in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, equipping governments and companies new capabilities to snoop on citizens.
Assange not under sealed indictment, U.S. officials say:
“Nothing has occurred so far,” said one law enforcement official with knowledge of the case. “But it’s subject to change. I can’t predict what’s going to happen. The investigation is ongoing.”
Don’t buy the spin on Guantanamo: “Closing” it doesn’t mean what you think: The dirty truth:
There’s a big difference between “transferring” the prisoners — and actually releasing them
Haiti clashes as protesters demand President Martelly resign:
Protesters in Haiti have clashed with police as thousands rallied to demand the resignation of President Michel Martelly. The police fired tear gas to try to disperse stone-throwing protesters in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Toronto council strips mayor of most powers:
Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack cocaine and binge drinking, relieved of most of his remaining powers.
Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds stabbed as son dies:
A Virginia state senator is in hospital after being stabbed “multiple times” in his home, where his son was found dead of a gunshot wound, police say.
California pastor outraged to find Bible filed under ‘fiction’ at Costco:
“All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” said Kaltenbach, pastor at the nondenominational Discovery Church. “It seemed bizarre to me.”
Pentagon concealed massive fraud for years:
For nearly two decades, the US Department of Defense has concealed waste and fraud totaling $8.5 trillion, according to a new report by Reuters.
Should the U.S. spend billions more on the Navy? No: Op-Ed:
Spending billions on the U.S. Navy is an obscene waste
US Veterans could see benefits cut in effort to reduce federal deficit:
Military members, retirees and veterans have a few more reasons to be wary of politicians who say their top priority is to cut federal spending.
Google will pay U.S. $17 million in privacy settlement (Bribe) :
Google has agreed to pay $17 million to settle an investigation by US states into its use of unauthorized tracking software on Apple Safari Web browsers, officials said Monday.
Chinese supercomputer twice faster than closest US rival:
Despite being far behind – and also with no record-breaking supercomputers in the pipeline for the next couple of years – the US can still console itself with five places in the top 10, and with 265 in the top 500. China is in second place with 63 supercomputers in the top 500.
Top 5 Ways America is Exceptional | Brainwash Update: Video –
Abby Martin defends the notion of American Exceptionalism, highlighting the categories where the US truly is exceptional, from obesity to war making, but not in the areas that Americans should be proud of such as literacy and environmental protection.
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 : 3,397
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001