In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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Diplomat’s suppressed document lays bare the lies behind Iraq war
The Government’s case for going to war in Iraq has been torn apart by the publication of previously suppressed evidence that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.
U.K. case for war ‘torn apart’
A committee of Britain’s Parliament has published formerly secret testimony that the newspaper The Independent says has “torn apart” the case for war in Iraq.
Former British diplomat makes public secret evidence on Iraq
Carne Ross says Saddam’s Iraq never posed threat, we knew regime change would cause chaos.
LONDON – Previously secret written evidence submitted to an inquiry on British intelligence failures in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq was made public on Thursday, with a former diplomat alleging that “at no time” did the government assess that Iraq posed a threat to Britain.
Iraq War : Tony Blair’s speech
This is the text of prime minister Tony Blair’s speech opening today’s debate on the Iraq crisis in the house of Commons, as released by 10 Downing Street.
We now know this speech was filled with lies about Iraq’s WMDs, and that Tony Blaire KNEW he was lying at the time.
Blair ‘Knew Iraq Had No WMD’
TONY BLAIR privately conceded two weeks before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein did not have any usable weapons of mass destruction, Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, reveals today.
Unrevealed : Iran’s poison
On Thursday, November 23, 2006, a bomb exploded in a market in Thawra City (Sadr City) that caused the death and wounding of tens of civilians. The culprit was caught the next day by Al-Mahdi army who control Thawra City. His name is Firas Al-Rikabi. He confesses in this video (in Arabic) that Hakam, who lives in the nearby Rashad district, had given him the bomb and the detonator and instructed him to place it among the crowd and blow it up, for $200 bounty.
Both Hakam and Firas are Shi’ites. Hakam belongs to the Badr and SCIRI Iranian backed shi’ite militias who now control the police in the Interior Ministry (who are responsible for the recent mass kidnappings) and the army in the Defence Ministry (being trained to step up by the American occupiers to allow Bush to step down). Hakam is now being sought by the Mahdi Army. They executed Firas after the recording of his confession.
Egypt Releases Name Of American – Grey Warren – Arrested In Terror Investigation
An American, operating in an Egyptian university, recruiting Muslims, teaching them, and sending them into Iraq to “carry out operations via other countries in the region.”
Can you say “set up?”
Survey indicates Iraqis in despair
More than 90 per cent of Iraqis believe the country is worse off now than before the war in 2003, according to new research obtained by Al Jazeera.
A survey of 2,000 people by the Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies found that 95 per cent of respondents believe the security situation has deteriorated since the arrival of US forces.
The Bloodbath We Created : news from occupied Iraq – it
The bloodbath argument foisted on the public by the ISG is really about the refusal of a large segment of the political elite to accept the fact that the United States has broken Iraq in a way that can no longer be fixed by U.S. power-and has lost a war it entered into with such arrogance. It is a statement of ideological belief by an elite still deep in denial.
Tears of Rage; Tears of Grief
Mass death came again to the Iraqi town of Ishaqi last Friday. Nine months after an American raid that killed 11 civilians, including five children under the age of five, another ground and air assault on suspected insurgents in the area left behind a pile of corpses, including at least two children. As with the earlier incident, Friday’s attack has produced conflicting stories of what really happened, but the end result is clear: a multitude of grieving, angry Iraqis further embittered against the American occupation.
Iraqi refugees can’t find peace
Hundreds of thousands spread across Mideast, straining host countries
CAIRO, Egypt – Strolling the alleys and boulevards of this city, Raaid Lafta sometimes thinks he glimpses his old country: in the barber’s face, in the baker’s oven, in the way the restaurant chef serves the spiced dishes he’s known since boyhood.
US Troops Raid Fallujah Hospital Again
FALLUJAH – Iraqi doctors and medical staff are outraged over yet another U.S. military raid at Fallujah General Hospital.
The raid followed a roadside bombing Dec. 7 in which four Iraqi policemen were killed and two injured. The injured were taken to Fallujah General Hospital.
Iraqi Red Crescent accuses U.S. forces of attacks
The Iraqi Red Crescent accused U.S. forces on Friday of carrying out a spate of attacks on its offices over the last three years during operations to flush out suspected militants.
Outraged Shi’i father kills son who joined Jaysh al-Mahdi, robbed and murdered Sunnis.
In a dispatch posted at 5:01pm Makkah time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an outraged father had shot and killed his son, who had joined the pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi Shi’i-sectarian militia and taken part in sectarian attacks on Baghdad Sunnis.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses on Baghdad’s Palestine Street as saying that ‘Ali Hasan al-Kannani, a resident of the area, heard from his friends that his son had joined the Jaysh al-Mahdi sectarian militia and had taken part in burning down the Sunni al-’Asharah al-Mubashsharin Mosque in the al-’Amil neighborhood and played a big role in terrorizing Sunni families out of their homes. Witnesses said that after hearing of his son’s sectarian rampages, ‘Ali al-Kannani threatened to kill him.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that when the son showed up at his father’s house with a car full of furniture and money that he had looted from the homes of Sunnis he had terrorized and killed, ‘Ali al-Kannani shot and killed his son in the yard of his home.
Iraq : Take This War and Shove It
Talk about stepping into the abyss. George Bush and his Pentagon allies are considering increasing the number of troops in Iraq by 40,000. The idea is supported by some members of Congress, although John McCain is the only one so far to express his support publicly. This is despite the fact that over 60% of US residents want the troops out of there sooner rather than later. Not only does the Bush position represent another blow to the idea that the people of the US run the country, it is a blatant kick in the voters’ face.
American senator puts onus on Iraqis to end slide into chaos
A group of visiting US senators had blunt words for Iraqi leaders, telling them to put their differences aside to ease the violence that has raised fears of all-out civil war.
“We were very straightforward about how important it is for them to act more effectively as a government and stop some of the divisions that we see clearly within the government,” said Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican.
Translation: we broke your country, now you fix it!
Tribal Leaders Don’t Trust Iraq Soldiers
Tribal leaders and some political groups in the strife-ridden Iraqi province of Diyala are turning to terrorists and insurgents for protection rather than trust Iraqi soldiers and police, the commander of U.S. forces in that area said Friday.
Three US occupation force soldiers killed in Iraq
Two US marines killed in occupied province of Al-Anbar, one soldier killed in Nineveh province.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 14 December 2006.
- American soldier reported killed by Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter near al-Hadithah Thursday morning.
- Residents of al-Hadithah stll banned from using their cars, one month after American prohibition of motor vehicles in the city.
- Resistance bomb blows US Humvee apart in al-Baghdadi midday Thursday.
- US tanks bulldozers crush parked cars, dig up streets and sidewalks in area where Resistance bomb blasted puppet police in Hit, in line with new American policy.
- Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee in eastern ar-Ramadi Thursday morning.
- Resistance ambushes puppet “al-Anbar Salvation Council” puppet police in ar-Ramadi Wednesday.
- Outraged Shi’i father in Baghdad kills son who joined sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi, robbed and murdered Sunnis.
- Eight US troops reported killed in Resistance attacks in Baghdad Thursday; US admits one.
- US soldier reported killed in Resistance grenade attack in al-Mushahadah.
- Resistance bomb blasts British tank in al-Basrah.
- Resistance targets US troops in al-Fallujah area with bombs, mortars Wednesday night.
- Thirty Sunni shopkeepers from automotive stores abducted by Shi’i sectarian gunmen wearing puppet police uniforms in Baghdad late Thursday morning.
- Resistance sharpshooter kills puppet “Iraqi National Guard” on Wednesday.
- Resistance bomb blasts puppet “Order Protection Force” patrol in Baghdad’s al-Mansur area Wednesday.
- Two puppet “Iraqi National Guards” shot by Resistance marksman in Baghdad Wednesday.
- Puppet forces, US troops carry out raids, searches, arrests in Ba’qubah at dawn Thursday.
- Resistance bomb blasts US military vehicle south of al-Hillah Thursday morning.
- Resistance bomb explodes killing bomb disposal expert in Kirkuk Wednesday night.
- The Shi’i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia is run by Muqtada as-Sadr, a Shi’i cleric loyal to Iran, which is seeking to extend its regional hegemony and step into the shoes of the American occupation in Iraq.
9/11 : Guantanamo Detainees To Be Held Even Without Evidence
The hard core of detainees held at America’s Guantanamo Bay detention camp will be held indefinitely even if there is insufficient evidence to bring them to trial, a senior Bush administration official said.
9/11 – ARE AMERICANS THE VICTIMS OF A HOAX?
The time has come to stop using the flag as a blindfold, to stop waving our guns and our gods at each other, to take a close look at the facts which have emerged from the attacks on the World Trade Towers and to recognize the very real possibility, indeed probability, that We The People are the victims of a gigantic and deadly hoax.
Memoir of a great friend
One morning in the spring of 1983, Jimmy Carter left the King David Hotel and went for a morning jog, as he did wherever he was in the world. One U.S. Secret Service agent ran with him, as did two young Israeli soldiers who insisted on showing them the way.
Carter stopped and apologized but the old men didn’t understand him. He told the soldiers to either let him continue alone or not harass anyone else. The soldiers reluctantly consented, and explained that “one could never tell what was being hidden behind newspapers.”
Carter is apparently aware of the symbolic cliches in the story: There is enough room for everyone here; soldiers abuse people with no reason; misunderstandings; “the press is to blame.”
Here is what happens when you challenge Zionism
David Horowitz: Jimmy Carter: Jew-Hater, Genocide-Enabler, Liar
MURDER LEGALISED IN ISRAEL
Despite the fact that there were 339 targeted assassinations in the Occupied Territories since the year 2000, despite the fact that 210 of those murdered were targets and the rest (129) were innocent bystanders, the Supreme Court of Israel declared it legal for Israel to continue such operations.
This practice has received condemnation from most European countries, but once again, Israel does not give a damn… it will continue doing what it wants to…. legal or not. This is a most dangerous precident that must be protested by the civilised world…. it cannot be allowed.
The following AP report deals with the court’s decision….
Gaza border shots ‘targeted PM’
The Palestinian Hamas group says a rival faction has tried to assassinate Prime Minister Ismail Haniya as he crossed back into Gaza from Egypt.
Hamas says Abbas wants war
A senior Hamas official has accused Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and leader of Fatah, of starting a war after his security forces opened fire on a Hamas rally in the West Bank and firefights broke out in Gaza.
U.S. fermenting civil war
U.S. training Fatah in “anti-terror” tactics :
U.S. officials training Palestinian security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas are emphasizing urban anti-terrorist techniques as part of a systematic effort to bolster Abbas and his Fatah loyalists to counter the political success of Hamas, according to Palestinian analysts and officers receiving the training.
The enemy within
There are hundreds, possibly thousands of Palestinians working covertly for the Israeli intelligence services.
Israel boycott may be the way to peace
Ten Palestinians are killed for every Israeli death; more than 200, many of them children, have been killed since the summer
Who’s Running Lebanon?
Devastated by Israel’s bombs, threatened by the looming might of Iran and Syria, and divided from within by its own ethnic bloodletting – Lebanon is an unfolding tragedy with little hope of salvation.
In case you missed it: U.S. funding Somali warlords – intelligence experts
The United States has been funnelling more than $100,000 a month to warlords battling Islamist militia in Somalia, according to a Somalia expert who has conferred with the groups in the country.
Arar still on U.S. watch list: U.S. ambassador
Four years ago, the RCMP mistakenly labelled Arar as an Islamic extremist and asked Washington to place a lookout for Arar. The former Ottawa engineer was detained at a New York airport in late 2002 and deported to Syria, where he spent a year being tortured in a prison.
The RCMP has since apologized for its mistake and its commissioner, Giuliano Zaccardelli resigned after telling a commons committee he gave incorrect information during earlier testimony.
Late last week, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said he didn’t know whether Arar was still on the American watch list, telling a Commons committee he had recently posed the question to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Continue Article
Decision to Deport Secret Trial Detainee Mohammad Mahjoub to Egypt Found to be “Flawed, Perverse, Patently Unreasonable”
Canadian Government Delegate Deliberately Ignores Evidence of Widespread Torture in Egypt While Dismissing Credibility of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch
December 15, 2006 — In another setback for the Canadian government’s determined efforts to deport secret trial detainee Mohammad Mahjoub to torture in Egypt, Federal Court judge Dani�le Tremblay-Lamer has ruled “patently unreasonable” a decision by a delegate of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to return Mr. Mahjoub to Egypt.
Why Did They Torture Jose Padilla
What makes this case so insidious is that, according to a psychiatrist who examined him over a 22-hour period, the treatment Padilla received in the South Carolina brig was such that he now “lacks the capacity to assist in his own defense.” In other words, a U.S. citizen was secretly worked over for 21 months to the point he is unable to think well enough to engage with his lawyer.
Dictatorship : Even if they’re off, cellphones allow FBI to listen in
It should come as no surprise that cellphone calls may be tapped by law enforcement.
But authorities also can use cellphones to eavesdrop on suspects, even when the devices are off.
Leave your cell phone on the TV while a really boring show is on.
The Cash Cows of Personal Debt : The Credit Card Industry and Predatory Capitalism
The booming credit card business is one of the most profitable and destructive industries to ever emerge from the inventive capitalist mind. Citibank is raking in more money than Microsoft and Wal-Mart. Obscene profits are realized without lifting a finger to perform any physical work. In 2004 a single credit card company—the MBNA—realized 1.5 times the profits of fast food industry giant McDonald’s. Collecting on credit card debt is a very lucrative business.
Judge: Florida woman didn’t break law by exposing breasts
Sooooooooo, it’s illegal for women to show their breasts in public, but at the airport we all gotta let some total stranger look at us naked in those new machines they have?
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW