Information Clearing House Newsletter 27 March 2012: Afghan Massacre and the Obama Cover-Up

27 March 2012 Information Clearing House

The Massacre of the Afghan 17 and the Obama Cover-Up

By James Petras

The ever-complicit Obama regime constructed an elaborate cover-up, exposing the Administration up to charges of conspiracy to suppress the essential facts, falsify data and obstruct justice: All are grounds for criminal prosecution and impeachment.

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It’s an (English) dog’s life By William Bowles

4 December 2011

”I had to leave my dog in Iran’ – UK ambassador, BBC News, 2 December 2011

If I remember correctly, my mother told me that it was the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 that prompted her to join the British Communist Party. The parallels with Libya today are not lost on me. Spain was the place that Hitler used to perfect aerial bombardment with Guernica as our testament to that particular piece of barbarity, just as today the Empire uses entire countries as target practice and to try out new weapons systems on ‘them’.

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…and Gaddafi was what? Bad, yes. Now open your Citizenship Readers to page 45….

15 November 2011 — Wild Wild Left

I suppose because the average Libyan is now doomed to years of social chaos, misery and poverty, western consensus media have redoubled their efforts to remind us just how heinous Gaddafi was. I know it’s near to useless to try to hold them responsible or awaken any vestigial conscience lurking in a journalist’s tiny head, but I make the effort occasionally. The specific story I emailed the BBC about is below but the overall coverage is the irritant. Continue reading

Libya Newslinks 27 August 2011

27 August 2011 —

In Libya, Gas Prices Rise As Rebels Seek Control
Libyan rebel leaders say they’re negotiating with regime loyalists in holdout towns. Rebel supporters burn books on the philosophy of Gadhafi in Tripoli on Saturday. Libyan rebel leaders say they’re negotiating with regime loyalists in holdout towns. …

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Libya’s War for “The Abaya”: Women’s Rights and NATO’s Support of Pro-Islamist Rebels By Susan Lindauer

27 July 2011 — Global Research

For European bankers, it’s a war for Libya’s Gold. For oil corporations, it’s a war for Cheap Crude (now threatening to destroy Libya’s oil infrastructure, just like Iraq). But for Libya’s women, it’s a fierce, knock down battle over the Abaya— an Islamic style of dress that critics say deprives women of self-expression and identity.

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This is what empires do By William Bowles

19 June 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

I’m sure that somewhere, in a university or institute, researchers have produced an analysis that measures the rise in the number of armed conflicts as a ratio of the increase in economic instability as capitalism goes into one of its periodic meltdowns. Meltdowns that almost invariably end in large-scale war/s as a means of consuming surplus capital, taking out competitors, getting rid of surplus labour, grabbing new markets, extending the sphere of empire… yada, yada, yada…

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Wikileaks Newslinks 6 June 2011: Wikileaks: Inside story of Megrahi’s return home

6 June 2011 —

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange wades into superinjunctions
The Wikileaks founder, who is currently fighting extradition to Sweden, where he has faced allegations of sexual assault, has decided to ruffle feathers by claiming that the FBI tried to bribe the organisation’s staff. That’s according to the Daily …

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Arms sales to Libya haunt Europeans By Staff Writers

5 April 2011 —

Cairo (UPI) – Large-scale sales of weapons and other military equipment to Libya have come back to haunt European powers as they seek to bring down Moammar Gadhafi, with Britain, France and Italy using the same advanced combat jets they once tried to sell to his regime.

Not for the first time, the world’s arms manufacturers — largely from the United States and Europe — find themselves in the awkward position of having sold weapons to unsavory regimes that became international pariahs and have turned the arms on their own people.

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Lockerbie: Megrahi Was Framed By John Pilger

6 September, 2009 — John Pilger

The hysteria over the release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber reveals much about the political and media class on both sides of the Atlantic, especially Britain. From Gordon Brown’s ‘repulsion’ to Barack Obama’s ‘outrage,’ the theater of lies and hypocrisy is dutifully attended by those who call themselves journalists. ‘But what if Megrahi lives longer than three months?’ whined a BBC reporter to the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond. ‘What will you say to your constituents, then?’

Horror of horrors that a dying man should live longer than prescribed before he ‘pays’ for his ‘heinous crime’: the description of the Scottish justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, whose ‘compassion’ allowed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi to go home to Libya to ‘face justice from a higher power.’ Amen.

The American satirist Larry David once addressed a voluble crony as ‘a babbling brook of bullsh*t.’ Such eloquence summarizes the circus of Megrahi’s release.

No one in authority has had the guts to state the truth about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 above the Scottish village of Lockerbie on 21 December 1988 in which 270 people were killed. The governments in England and Scotland in effect blackmailed Megrahi into dropping his appeal as a condition of his immediate release. Of course there were oil and arms deals under way with Libya; but had Megrahi proceeded with his appeal, some 600 pages of new and deliberately suppressed evidence would have set the seal on his innocence and given us more than a glimpse of how and why he was stitched up for the benefit of ‘strategic interests.’

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William Blum: Anti-Empire Report, Number 73

2 September, 2009 — Anti-Empire Report, Number 73

‘And on the most exalted throne in the world sits nothing but a man’s arse.’ — Montaigne

William BlumIf there’s anyone out there who is not already thoroughly cynical about those on the board of directors of the planet, the latest chapter in the saga of the bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland might just be enough to push them over the edge.

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the December 21, 1988 bombing, was released from his Scottish imprisonment August 21 supposedly because of his terminal cancer and sent home to Libya, where he received a hero’s welcome. President Obama said that the jubilant welcome Megrahi received was ‘highly objectionable’. His White House spokesman Robert Gibbs added that the welcoming scenes in Libya were ‘outrageous and disgusting’. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was ‘angry and repulsed’, while his foreign secretary, David Miliband, termed the celebratory images ‘deeply upsetting.’ Miliband warned: ‘How the Libyan government handles itself in the next few days will be very significant in the way the world views Libya’s reentry into the civilized community of nations.'[1]

Ah yes, ‘the civilized community of nations’, that place we so often hear about but so seldom get to actually see. American officials, British officials, and Scottish officials know that Megrahi is innocent. They know that Iran financed the PFLP-GC, a Palestinian group, to carry out the bombing with the cooperation of Syria, in retaliation for the American naval ship, the Vincennes, shooting down an Iranian passenger plane in July of the same year, which took the lives of more people than did the 103 bombing. And it should be pointed out that the Vincennes captain, plus the officer in command of air warfare, and the crew were all awarded medals or ribbons afterward.[2] No one in the US government or media found this objectionable or outrageous, or disgusting or repulsive. The United States has always insisted that the shooting down of the Iranian plane was an ‘accident’. Why then give awards to those responsible?

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Megrahi: “I’ll reveal true identity of bomber” By Ben Borland

23 August, 2009 — Scottish Daily Express


Megrahi is to point the finger

AN AMERICAN citizen is to be named by the Lockerbie bomber as the man who really carried out the terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103.

Megrahi’s early release from prison on compassionate grounds.

Lawyers for the bomber were to argue that an ‘elusive’ terrorist codenamed Abu Elias planted the bomb in December 1988, causing the deaths of 270 innocent people.

Megrahi is now expected to identify the man behind this alias.

The Scottish Sunday Express tracked this man down to his home in the US, and he strongly denied having anything to do with the atrocity.

However, we can reveal that he has connections to at least two international terrorists and a Palestinian terror group, as well as links to the US intelligence services.

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Global Poverty and The Economic Crisis – Selected Articles 22-27 August, 2009

27 August, 2009 — Global Research

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Interview with Filmmaker on RBN this Thursday!
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2009-09-08

America’s “War on Terrorism”
Book by Michel Chossudovsky
– 2009-09-07

Selected Articles

Financial Parasites Have Killed the American Economy
A Review of Economist Michael Hudson
– by Washington’s Blog – 2009-08-27

Europe’s Space Program: Will Vega Ever Take Off?
– by Maxim Rubakin – 2009-08-27

Living In A Culture of Delusion, Denial and Ignorance
– by Danny Schechter – 2009-08-27

Artificial Life will be created ‘Within Months’: Genome Experts claim Vital Breakthrough
– 2009-08-27

A Stock Market Rally Engineered by our Government
Stay as far away from it as possible
– by Bob Chapman – 2009-08-27

The Rising Tide of Unemployment in America
How Bad Will It Get, And What Can We Do?
– by Washington’s Blog – 2009-08-26

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CIA Involvement: Police chief: Lockerbie evidence was faked

28 August, 2009 — Global Research – (First published in the The Scotsman – 28 August, 2006)

CIA planted tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people

This report was published by the Scotsman exactly three years ago. ‘the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.’

A former Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.

The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.

The police chief, whose identity has not yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison.

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“Where, I ask, is the justice?”

That is always a good question, but the way it was posed by Robert S. Mueller 3rd, the Director of the FBI, an agency of a Department of “Justice” strains credulity.

Before I get into discussing the responses to his letter to Scottish authorities, a letter that the Herald in Glasgow found “savage,” may I remind us all that his polemical questions criticizing Scotland’s compassionate release of convicted Lockerbie airplane bomber and former Libyan intelligence agent, Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, was coming from, shall we say, a tainted source?

Mr. Mueller had worked on the case in the early 90’s and so seems to have had a personal and emotional stake in it, perhaps a desire for vindication. The press in Britain believes that his angry denunciation of Scottish judge Kenny MacAskill could not have been sent without authorization from the White House.

President Barack Obama said Friday that al Megrahi’s warm reception was “highly objectionable.” British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called it “deeply upsetting.” Notice, they don’t seem to be commenting on the ex-spy’s release as much as the public response to it, by the rarely diplomatic Colonel Quadaffi who was playing to public opinion in Tripoli, as he readies that country for the 40th anniversary of the coup that put him in power.

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