In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
Islam & the West: The Cult of Cruelty
In the week that George W Bush took to fantasising that his blood-soaked ‘war on terror’ would lead the 21st century into a ‘shining age of human liberty’ I went through my mail bag to find a frightening letter addressed to me by an American veteran whose son is serving as a lieutenant colonel and medical doctor with US forces in Baghdad.
Put simply, my American friend believes the change of military creed under the Bush Administration – from that of ‘soldier’ to that of ‘warrior’ – is encouraging American troops to commit atrocities.
>From Abu Ghraib to Guantánamo Bay to Bagram, to the battlefields of Iraq, and to the ‘black’ prisons of the CIA, humiliation and beatings, rape, anal rape and murder have now become so commonplace that each new outrage is creeping into the inside pages of our newspapers.
9/11 : CIA Mole Killed in Basra
Dead men don’t talk and Omar al-Farouk is dead, so he won’t be telling us about his exploits as a CIA recruit.
As you may recall, Omar escaped from the Bagram torture center in Afghanistan last year. How exactly a supposed high-ranking member of al-Qaeda escaped-by picking locks and navigating a mine field-from a “high value” military detention center was never explained, but the fact he was a CIA asset may have had something to do with it. It is said al-Farouk was a liaison between the al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan and Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia.
Challenge to Mainstream Journalists: Dare to really investigate 9/11
I dare you to tackle 9/11. Come on. Too scared of losing your job? Reputation, prestige, access? Stossel, Palast, Olbermann?? What the hell are you so afraid of? You want fame, an eternal legacy? You want the ultimate story? It’s right in front of your nose. It’s currently being written by on a shoestring by Alex Jones, David Ray Griffin, Daniel Hopsicker and other heroes who have the guts to risk everything for the sake of truth, for our future as a nation.
9-11 Fireman: Bomb In The Building
Video captures fireman reporting on the presence of an explosive device found inside one of the WTC buildings.
Fascism the American Way
Tragically, the forces of avarice, militarism, nationalism, and lust for power have all but extinguished the bright illumination cast by those amongst the Founding Fathers who were deeply influenced by the Age of Enlightenment. Despite its military and technological prowess, the United States is awash in ignorance, superstition, repression, and fear reminiscent of the Dark Ages.
Fear the October Surprise
It wasn’t Adolph Hitler who paid the price for WW II and his illegal war of aggression, it was the German people. We simply cannot torture and murder people on a wholesale basis without paying the butcher’s bill.
The United States Of Torture
The United States now presents itself as what amounts to the globe’s largest and most powerful rogue state—a nuclear-armed superpower capable of projecting military force to the furthest corners of the earth, acting utterly without legal or moral constraint whenever the president proclaims it necessary.
Guantanamo Prisoner Brings Suit in European Court of Human Rights
Boumediene has been tortured and abused at the hands of U.S. forces throughout the course of his imprisonment at Guantanamo. He has been severely beaten and short-shackled, placed in solitary confinement, and deprived of sleep for extended periods of time.
Does America torture?
When Bush refuses to call his “alternative” methods torture, when he wants to clarify “cruel” and “degrading” as allowing waterboarding, he reminds me of what Humpty Dumpty told Alice in Wonderland: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
For God’s Sake
It’s been said the world has changed since 911. That’s true for our government is indiscernible. It’s unrecognizable. It no longer adheres to the principles of our founding papers. It no longer accepts The Bill of Rights as the law of the land. No longer does it recognize treaties, proclamations or conventions.
Combative Bush Releases Parts of Terror Study
Portions of a National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism that the White House released under pressure on Tuesday said that Muslim jihadists were “increasing in both number and geographic dispersion” and that current trends could lead to increasing attacks around the globe.
White House refuses to release full NIE
The White House refused Wednesday to release the rest of a secret intelligence assessment that depicts a growing terrorist threat, as the Bush administration tried to quell election-season criticism that its anti-terror policies are seriously off track.
Declassified : Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate
Trends in Global Terrorism:
“Thank you for not putting a bomb in your luggage.”
The Bush and Blair administrations can not admit to the correlation of terrorism with their policies, but those opposed to their wars should never allow them to avoid the issue.
House OKs $70 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan
Despite intense partisan divisions over the course of the Iraq war, the House on Tuesday easily approved $70 billion more for military operations there and in Afghanistan. Lawmakers also adopted a record $448 billion budget for the Pentagon. The $70 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan is a down payment on war costs the White House has estimated will hit $110 billion for the budget year beginning October 1st.
BUSH MAY PROVIDE $2 BILLION OF TAXPAYER FUNDS TO PAY FOR ISRAEL’S ILLEGAL WAR
YAAKOV KATZ, JERUSALEM POST – If Israel asks, the US would “seriously consider” granting the Defense Ministry additional financial assistance because of the huge expenses incurred during the war in Lebanon, a high-ranking US diplomat revealed Wednesday. According to ministry estimates, Israel spent close to NIS 30 billion on ammunition, fuel and other expenses during the war. The defense establishment has already asked the Treasury to be compensated for that amount. The US provides Israel with military assistance of more than $2b annually. “A request has not yet come,” the US official said. “But we would consider it seriously.”
Losing a War, Winning a Police State
The downward spiral of the Iraq War and the worsening worldwide terrorism threat are negatives only if one assumes that creating a more peaceful and secure world was the original goal.
If the goal included changing the character of the United States as a free and open society – and consolidating one-party Republican control over the federal budget – then the administration’s policies would seem to be working like a charm.
In the United States, which Bush calls part of the “battlefield” in the “global war on terror,” fear has prompted millions of Americans to surrender constitutional rights willingly and accept government intrusions that would have been unthinkable before 9/11.
‘Not enough cash for war’
George Bush received a serious rebuke about his wartime leadership this week when his army chief said he did not have enough money to fight the war in Iraq.
Chickens are home to roost in Iraq
The Bush administration is running out of troops, money and ideas
U.S. Occupation Forces Kill 4 Civilian Women in a Blood-Soaked Morning
Bodies Strewn About Capital, U.S. Raid Kills 4 “Militants”, 4 Civilian Women
At least 34 Killed in U.S. occupied Iraq
A U.S. raid and air strike killed eight people, including seven members of one family, and wounded two others in Baquba
Controversial group wins U.S. propaganda contract in Iraq
A public relations company known for its role in a controversial U.S. military program that paid Iraqi newspapers for stories favourable to coalition forces has been awarded another multi-million dollar media contract with American forces in Iraq.
Iraqi Man ‘Feared British Soldiers Would Kill Him’
Four US soldiers killed in Iraq
Two US Troops Killed in Action in Iraq
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 26 September 2006.
- US troops abduct 70-year-old grandmother in Hit to try to force her grandson to surrender to occupation forces.
- Pro-American Shi’i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen give Sunnis in Baghdad neighborhoods 72 hours to vacate their homes or their wives and children will be killed, as US-Zionist efforts to split up Iraq on sectarian lines continue.
- Shi’i sectarian gunmen loyal to pro-American cleric Muqtada as-Sadr launch bloody assault on Sunni district, kill defenders, seize two mosques under eyes and ears of US-installed puppet police.
- Bodies of 16 more tortured, murdered Sunnis, found in Baghdad; a total of 152 Sunnis murdered in sectarian torture killings since Saturday.
- Resistance car bomber blasts US column in Baghdad midday Tuesday, leaving four American troops reported dead.
- American soldier reported killed by Resistance sharpshooter in northern Baghdad suburb of at-Taji Monday night.
- Two US troops reported killed in Resistance bombing in al-Mushahadah Monday evening.
- Bomb targets US patrol in al-Fallujah Tuesday morning. US aircraft strike houses in ar-Ramadi.
- Shi’i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen attack Sunnis in al-Khadra’ area of Baghdad Tuesday afternoon.
- Resistance bomb targets puppet police in Ba’qubah Tuesday.
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired a mortar barrage at the puppet police station in Jurf as-Sakhr
Afghani war is winnable
AUSTRALIA’S military presence in Afghanistan is needed for at least another 10 years to eradicate the forces of terror, but the nation’s senior defence commander says the war is winnable.
In likening the scale of the war to Vietnam, Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said yesterday the Howard Government should start planning for a long mission.
Nato occupation forces soldier killed in Taliban attack
A Nato occupation forces soldier has been killed when his patrol came under fire south of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Jewish state uses American jet to murder 14-year-old girl in Gaza
Gaza– A 14-year-old Gaza girl was killed and 14 others wounded on Tuesday night when an Israeli aircraft targeted a Palestinian house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, witnesses said.
UN says Gaza crisis ‘intolerable’
Standards of human rights in the Palestinian territories have fallen to intolerable new levels, says a UN expert on the Mid-East conflict.
Report: Bombing of Gaza power plant war crime
Human rights group B’Tselem determines bombing of power plant in Gaza constitutes war crime and was carried out as ‘vengeance’
Gaza a prison, says UN envo:
Israel has turned the Gaza Strip into a prison for Palestinians where life is intolerable, a human rights envoy has told the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Israeli Army Invades Hebron, takes prisoners and occupies a home
The Israeli army took prisoner seven residents of the city of Hebron and the nearby Ithna village. Local sources reported that troops stormed the village of Ithna near Hebron and searched and ransacked several homes before arresting seven. Also on Wednesday, the Israeli army took over a house in the West Bank city of Hebron and turned it into a military post.
Thousands of Palestinians have been internally displaced due to the Wall
Thousands of Palestinians have been forced to leave their homes as a direct result of the Wall built by Israel in occupied East Jerusalem, a report by the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights and the Norwegian Refugee Council’s International Displacement Monitoring Centre revealed.
Criminal charges recommended against Olmert
State report implicates Israeli leader in bribe scandals, questionable real estate deals
Hi-tech firm boycotts Israel over ‘war crimes’
Belgian hi-tech company specializing in development consulting notifies manager of Israeli company seeking cooperation that ‘your country has conducted war crimes and is an apartheid regime’
US continues covert action in Somalia
Copies of emails leaked to the Observer newspaper and Africa Confidential, presumably by British diplomats or intelligence operatives, show the United States is continuing its covert operations in Somalia.
Washington is attempting to prop up the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) led by President Abdullahi Yusuf. The discredited regime that the West tried to put together in 2004 is now based largely in the town of Baidoa in opposition to the Islamic Courts Council based in Mogadishu, which now controls the capital and much of the south of Somalia.
Why Bush Will Nuke Iran
The neoconservative Bush administration will attack Iran with tactical nuclear weapons, because it is the only way the neocons believe they can rescue their goal of U.S. (and Israeli) hegemony in the Middle East.
The U.S. has lost the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Generals in both war theaters are stating their need for more troops. But there are no troops to send.
U.S. Again Denies a Visa to Swiss Muslim Scholar Who Was Barred in 2004
Faced with a federal court’s deadline to issue Mr. Ramadan a visa or explain why it would not, the State Department pointed in its latest decision to donations he had made to French and Swiss organizations that provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians, the ACLU said in a written statement. Those donations, made between 2000 and 2004, totaled about 600 euros, which would be worth about $765 today.
World Can’t Wait : Drive Out The Bush Regime!
On October 5, people everywhere will walk out of school, take off work, and come to the downtowns & townsquares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to join us – making a powerful statement: “NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US! AND WE WILL DRIVE IT OUT!”
The five pillars of the U.S. military-industrial complex
In the 1920s, President Calvin Coolidge said, “the business of America is business.” Nowadays, it can be said that the arms industry and permanent war have become a big part of American business, as the offshoot of a well-entrenched military-industrial complex. This is a development that previous American men of vision, men like President George Washington and President Dwight Eisenhower, have warned against as being intrinsically inimical to democracy and liberty. However, the current Bush-Cheney administration is not afraid of such a development; its principal members are part of it and are instead very busy promoting it.
Wars, especially modern electronic wars, are very murderous, but they are also synonymous with big cost-plus contracts, big profits and big employment for those who produce the required military gear. Wars are the paradise of profiteers.
AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER JOHN HOWARD LIES AGAIN TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE
In an effort to position modern terrorism effecting Australia before Australia’s involvement in the invasion, and the resulting fiasco that is the occupation or Iraq, he has stated that because the Bali bombings happened before the invasion of Iraq, Australia’s involvement could not have been the reason why Australians were targeted at Bali. This is an utter deceit.
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW