In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
US carried out madrasah bombing, American poodle Musharraf took blame to protect Master
THE bombing of a Pakistani madrasah last month, in which 82 students were killed, was carried out by the United States, a Pakistani official has admitted, writes Christina Lamb.
“We thought it would be less damaging if we said we did it rather than the US,” said a key aide to President Pervez Musharraf. “But there was a lot of collateral damage and we’ve requested the Americans not to do it again.”
Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? More Than 655,000
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2888
The War in Iraq Costs $346,738,713,842 – See the cost in your community
Like Hitler and Brezhnev, Bush is in denial
More than half a million deaths, an army trapped in the largest military debacle since Vietnam, a Middle East policy already buried in the sands of Mesopotamia – and still George W Bush is in denial. How does he do it? How does he persuade himself – as he apparently did in Amman yesterday – that the United States will stay in Iraq “until the job is complete”?
NATO has been a useful tool for the United States. It’s helped to conceal America’s imperial ambitions behind the mask of US-European solidarity. Now Bush is putting the alliance at risk by using it to enlist European support for a global resource war.
Bob Gates & Locking You Up Forever
As the next Defense Secretary, Robert M. Gates will be in charge of a new star-chamber legal system that can lock up indefinitely “unlawful enemy combatants” and “any person” accused of aiding them. Yet, despite these extraordinary new powers, his confirmation is being treated more like a coronation than a time for tough questions.
Terrorist case against Denver family ended
A federal judge on Wednesday declared the end of the government’s four-year case against a Denver Pakistani-American family once targeted by the FBI as terrorists. Family members whose lives were turned upside down simply wept. “We’ve lost everything,” longtime Colorado restaurateur Abdul Qayyum said.
Ghosts in the Machine : Encounters With The NSA
Quite some time ago, I am not sure exactly when, the thought police (National Security Agency) clandestinely moved into my computer. It did so without my permission and in violation of the law, not to mention the Constitution. The prying eyes of government are watching my every move, noting my every keystroke and monitoring my every electronic transmission and telephone conversation.
U.S. Rates Travelers for Terror Risk
Without their knowledge, millions of Americans and foreigners crossing U.S. borders in the past four years have been assigned scores generated by U.S. government computers rating the risk that the travelers are terrorists or criminals. The travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments, which the government intends to keep on file for 40 years.
New Rules Make Firms Track E-Mails, IMs
U.S. companies will need to keep track of all the e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees thanks to new federal rules that go into effect Friday, legal experts say.
1 in every 32 U.S. adults behind bars, on probation or on parole in 2005
Racial disparities among prisoners persist. In the 25-29 age group, 8.1 percent of black men — about one in 13 — are incarcerated, compared with 2.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.1 percent of white men. And it’s not much different among women. By the end of 2005, black women were more than twice as likely as Hispanics and over three times as likely as white women to be in prison.
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons
Video – It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.
Iraq : Oceans apart
Tony Blair has been mocked for his belief in the ‘special relationship’ – and now a US State Department official has come out and dismissed it as a myth. So what future is there for the transatlantic friendship?
SAS men get £100,000 to bribe Iraqi fighters
British Army officers in Iraq are being handed stashes of up to £100,000 in cash for “operational expenses” without formal controls on how it is spent.
FLASHBACK: British military investigator found hung in Basra
In recent weeks, Masters was thought to have been involved in the investigation into the events of September 19, when Iraqi police arrested two British undercover Special Air Service (SAS) officers in Basra.
According to the BBC, the SAS men were disguised as Arabs and were travelling in an unmarked car containing “weapons, explosives and communications gear” when they were challenged at an Iraqi security checkpoint.
See article below about British undercover agents playing “Sectarian bomber” in Iraq.
British “Pseudo-Gang” Terrorists Exposed in Basra
Writing for Uruknet, reports two British soldiers held by “Iraqi authorities” in Basra (also described as “Shiite militiamen” in the corporate media), and subsequently freed after the British stormed a police jail, were working undercover as bombers.
Just in case you wondered where the “Sectarian violence” started.
Isn’t this State Sponsored terrorism?
Britain tried to use Fear Propaganda and Starvation against “illiterate Egyptians” by cutting off Nile.
Debate on US Troop Withdrawal fails to Acknowledge War Crimes & Violation of Iraq’s Sovereignty
There is a surreal quality to the nationwide political debate about the Iraq war now taking place in the United States. The primary emphasis of the debate is not upon the unjust, illegal and immoral nature of the war, but upon the Bush Administration’s failure to secure a decisive victory. In his only direct reference to Iraq war policy so far, Robert Gates, President George W. Bush¹s nominee to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was critical this week of the Pentagon’s failure to ‘prepare adequately’ for suppressing resistance to the occupation…
Anti-U.S. rebels dominate Baquba
Fierce clashes are taking place in the city of Baquba, the capital of Diyala Province. U.S. troops are reported to have deployed helicopter gunships and tanks to help contain attacks by rebels. Life has come to a standstill in the restive city, northeast of Baghdad, and most parts of the province. Both U.S. and Iraqi troops are said to have failed in attempts to restore order. Conditions are reported to have worsened following the withdrawal of Iraqi police forces present in the city…
While U.S. Talks of “New Direction” in Iraq – Massacre in Ramadi
Some politicians and media now portray Iraq as a civil war in which U.S. soldiers are “well meaning peacekeepers caught in the middle.” But what happened on November 13 in the city of Ramadi, in the western part of Iraq, tells a different story. On that night, U.S. tanks opened fire on homes in the Al-Dhubat area of Ramadi killing at least 35 people. A 60-year-old man, Haji Jassim, told Inter Press Service (IPS), “We heard the bombing and we thought it was the usual fighting between resistance fighters and the Americans, but we soon realized it was bombing by large cannons. We weren’t allowed by the Americans to reach the destroyed houses to try to rescue those who were buried, so certainly many of them bled to death… There was a big American force that stopped us and told us the usual ugly phrases we hear from them every day.”…
US Soldier Dies Fighting in Iraq’s Capital
Two US Soldiers Killed in Baghdad
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 30 November 2006.
- High-explosive Resistance bomb destroys US armored vehicle in Hit, reportedly killing four US troops Thursday afternoon.
- Resistance bomb in al-Hadithah leaves three US troops reported dead.
- Four US troops reported killed in two Resistance bomb attacks in ‘Anah Wednesday.
- Three US troops reported killed while on patrol in ‘Anah Wednesday.
- Heavy fighting reported in two areas of ar-Ramadi as evening approached on Thursday.
- Resistance fighters mount two-stage attack on US sniper outpost in eastern ar-Ramadi.
- Resistance bomb kills two puppet “Iraqi National Guards” in ar-Ramadi Wednesday.
- Iraqi Resistance calls on Sunnis in Baghdad to stay put, pledges to defend them in the face of pro-Iranian efforts to drive them out, partition Iraq in accordance with US-Zionist “Three State Solution.”
- US imposes curfew, rushes troops to Samarra’ after Resistance fighters take control of five city neighborhoods during Wednesday-Thursday night.
- Resistance men battle US troops in al-Fallujah Wednesday night.
- Resistance bomb targets puppet “National Guard” vehicle in northern Baghdad.
- Resistance bombards US headquarters in Baghdad’s ar-Ridwaniyah district Wednesday.
- Pro-American Badr Brigade lawyer shot dead in Ba’qubah Thursday.
- Resistance bomb blasts US Humvee south of Kirkuk on Wednesday evening.
Human Rights Watch Must Retract Its Shameful Press Release
see also: Human Rights Watch Denies Palestinians the Right of Non-Violent Resistance http://www.counterpunch.org/cook11302006.html
Human Rights Watch Denies Palestinians the Right of Non-Violent Resistance
In its press release “Civilians Must Not Be Used to Shield Homes Against Military Attacks”…(Human Rights Watch) lambasts armed Palestinian groups for calling on civilians to surround homes that have been targeted for air strikes by the Israeli military…Noting almost as an afterthought that more than 1,500 Palestinians have been made homeless from house demolitions in the past few months…the press release denounces Palestinian attempts at non-violent and collective action to halt the Israel(i) attacks.
AMERICA SUPPORTS ISRAEL’S GENOCIDE OF PALESTINIANS
On Nov. 11, the United States for the 38th time since 1972 used its veto in the UN Security Council to protect Israel from condemnation for murdering Palestinian civilians in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.
White House Fears ACLU Campaign
Khaled el-Masri, formerly the victim of a CIA kidnapping operation in Macedonia and now the claimant in an international trial against US President George W. Bush’s anti-terrorism policies, has finally made it to the USA. He was supposed to visit the country last year, but US authorities turned him back at the airport without further explanation. This time the ACLU took the precaution of applying for Masri’s visa.
Lawmaker intends to take oath of office on Quran
As he prepares to become the first Muslim in Congress, Rep.-elect Keith Ellison says the Constitution gives him the right to take the oath of office on the Quran, and that’s what he intends to do Jan. 4.
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