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HEAD OF AIPAC BOASTED ABOUT HIS CONTROL OF POLITICIANS IN 1992
In 1992, Harry Katz phoned the President of AIPAC, David Steiner, to offer contributions. Steiner proceeded to make several claims, including negotiating with then-candidate Bill Clinton over who would be Secretary of State, and had already “cut a deal” with Baker for more aid to Israel.
Unknown to Steiner, Katz taped the phone call and gave the recording to the media, worried that AIPAC’s influence had grown to dangerous levels.
Following the release of transcripts of the phone conversation, David Steiner was forced to resign the Presidency of AIPAC.
The following is a transcript of the Oct. 22, 1992 conversation with President David Steiner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) recorded without his knowledge by New York businessman Haim (Harry) Katz. Its existence was first revealed to the Washington Times and its release triggered Steiner’s resignation. Scans of the original article
Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals
Once again, Israel has been caught with spies at the highest levels of the US Government.
At the heart of the investigation are two people who work at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington. The FBI investigation, headed up by Dave Szady, has involved wiretaps, undercover surveillance and photography that CBS News was told document the passing of classified information from the mole, to the men at AIPAC, and on to the Israelis.
CBS sources say that last year the suspected spy, described as a trusted analyst at the Pentagon, turned over a presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran while it was, “in the draft phase when U.S. policy-makers were still debating the policy.” This put the Israelis, according to one source, “inside the decision-making loop” so they could “try to influence the outcome.” [CBS News]
The Gestapo and Wehrmacht of our time
German Catholic Bishop visiting Israel and the Occupied Territories on 5 March compared Israel’s oppression of Palestinians with Nazi oppression of Jews at Ghetto Warsaw
When a conscientious German Catholic Bishop visiting Israel and the Occupied Territories on 5 March compared Israel’s oppression of Palestinians with Nazi oppression of Jews at Ghetto Warsaw, Israeli apologists got furious.
Gregor Maria Franz Hanke of Eichstatt couldn’t suppress his rectitude and human decency when he was brought face to face with the affronting ugliness of the “separation wall” which has already morphed Palestinian population centers into modern-day concentration camps.
Upon seeing the misshapen creature, which is as ugly and as deformed as the Nazi-like mentality that gave birth to it, the German bishop said the following:
“This morning we saw pictures of the Warsaw ghetto at Yad Vashem and this evening we are going to the Ramallah ghetto.”
The Casualties of War Crimes— Who Weeps for Abeer?
Sandwiched between International Women’s Day on March 8 and the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on March 19 is another date that marks a tragic nexus of the two: the day one year ago when 14-year-old Abeer Qassim Al-Janabi was stalked, gang-raped, shot in the head and her corpse burned in her own home in Mahmoudiya, Iraq. Four U.S. soldiers and one former soldier are charged with the crimes committed March 12, 2006.
The soldiers were so confident of their abilities to achieve their intended crimes that they rounded up the Al-Janabi family from their daily chores in broad daylight. Pfc. Stephen Green allegedly shot Abeer’s parents and 5-year-old sister to death in the room next to where she was being raped by Sgt. Paul Cortez. His buddy, Pfc. James Barker held the struggling, crying teenager down while two other soldiers, Pfc. Jesse Spielman and Pfc. Bryan Howard, reportedly stood watch.
All this in the middle of the day under the hot afternoon sun, March 12, 2006.
Abeer Qassim Al-Janabi : What a War Crime Looks Like
The account below is compiled from testimony given at the courts martial of Paul Cortez and James Barker, from accounts of the Article 32 Hearing and other court proceedings in the cases, and from previous WMC and newspaper reports. Former Pfc. Steven Green, Pfc. Jesse Spielman and Pfc. Bryan Howard are still awaiting trial. References to them are to alleged actions on their part according to the above sources.
Through court martial testimony, including that of the now convicted Paul Cortez and James Barker, a picture is emerging of what took place on March 12, 2006. Almost everything we know about the day one year ago when Abeer Qassim Hamza al Janabi was raped and, along with her parents and sister, murdered comes from her proven and alleged killers. The only other witnesses, the family members themselves, are dead.
On that day, Pfc. Steven Green, Pfc. Jesse Spielman and Pfc. Bryan Howard, all currently awaiting trial, were on duty with Barker and Cortez at Traffic Control Point 2 (TCP2), near Mahmoudiya, Iraq. While others stood guard, Spielman, Green, Barker and Cortez sat outside playing cards, hitting golf balls and drinking canned Iraqi whisky mixed with an energy drink.
As Barker put it, they were “pretty buzzed.” Green started talking about wanting to kill some Iraqis, Barker said, but he didn’t take him seriously. As several soldiers testified, Green had said the same thing on almost a daily basis, to anyone, of any rank, who would listen. This time he was persistent. Instead of challenging him, Barker suggested a house they could go to—one that would be, Cortez later testified, “an easy target” since previous searches had shown that it contained only one adult male. It was fewer than 1,000 feet from TCP2, past one occupied and two unoccupied houses.
Discovering the “Disappeared” and Other Detainees – Ghost Prisoners, Shadowy Prisons & Secret Trials
The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance is but another instance in which a significant number of countries are not waiting for the people of the “world’s greatest democracy” to wake up to the fact that they are sacrificing liberty for a sense of false security. These are extraordinary times, as the Bush administration often declares. But extraordinary times demand extraordinary vigilance against extraordinary efforts by government to accumulate power.
The international community has seen the danger; the U.S. courts have seen the danger. Now “We the People” must do our part and demand the administration both sign the International Convention and roll-back the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
The Future Has Caught Up With Us
For the past five years, the Bush Regime has held people in secret prisons without warrants, charges, or access to an attorney. Most detainees have been tortured and abused. Bush’s real world victims suffer from more disorientation and hopelessness than Kafka’s character, Josef K.
Killing the Constitution
Impeachment is not enough. Our society is in need of a political and economic overhaul. We need to align civic duty with genuine compassion, the desire to make a better world. – Our entire society needs to shift from a materialistic, elitist theocracy living by outdated norms of colonialism to a truly progressive one, where the dignity of all, regardless of nationality, is honoured.
Cheney Sends US Wounded, Militia in Iraq, Scraps its Last Puppets
The United States of Monsters :
- Lack of “US Coalition” Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan
- Coalition of “willing”
- Congress reinforcements
- Sending US injured, madmen, militia back to Iraq
- Who are the “mentally unfit”, really?
- Doubling The tours of US GIs
- US Militia (Military Police) sent in too
- Regional Conference has failed
- Plan B? – Iran’s got it!
- Blank Cheque for Mass Murderer
- Why the Escalation (aka Surge) will fail
Iraq : Total Withdrawal? Who are you kidding?
Though U.S. legislators voted against appropriating funds for permanent bases in Iraq, the White House and Pentagon have ignored that prohibition by portraying the huge construction projects to be for temporary facilities tied to the on-going conflict.
Iraq: Pulled Out Or Pushed Out
Few Americans pay attention to Iraqi politics, but over the past few days something has occurred that could change the course of the war. For the first time since the Iraqi election of 2005, a coalition of Sunni and Shiite Arab parties and leaders is starting to take shape, across the sectarian divide that has fueled the civil war. ‘
The fall guy in Iraq
As Lewis “Scooter” Libby was the fall guy in Washington, Premier Nuri al-Maliki will be the fall guy in Baghdad.
UK: Foreign Office helped set up Iraqi oil deals
The British Government intervened to help UK and US energy giants in their attempts to secure lucrative contracts to exploit Iraq’s ruined oilfields.
Cheney: Iraq withdrawal may harm Israel
Cheney said that a possible withdrawal of US forces from Iraq before goals for a stable Iraqi government were completed could damage Israel.
Cheney says U.S. ‘unflinching’ on Israel
The U.S. vice president said support for Israel is unflinching and steadfast in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference
Five U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq
A total of five U.S. soldiers were killed and three others wounded in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 11 March 2007
- Resistance bomb kills four puppet troops in ‘Amiriyat al-Falluajah.
- Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter kills two puppet troops in ar-Ramadi Sunday morning.
- US soldier injured in bomb attack near Hit Sunday morning.
- Three US troops reported killed in double Resistance bombing near Hit Sunday afternoon.
- Resistance sharpshooter reportedly kills US Marine in western Baghdad Sunday afternoon.
- Resistance bomb explodes near puppet official in vicinity of German Embassy in Baghdad Sunday afternoon.
- Resistance batters puppet “Shock Troop” base in Baghdad Sunday morning.
- Resistance blasts US base in at-Taji with mortars Sunday morning.
- Resistance bomb reportedly kills two US soldiers near al-Latifiyah early Sunday.
- British troops kill Iraqi man and his son near al-Basrah airport Saturday night.
- Body of drowned Iranian “Revolutionary Guard” found on Iraqi territory.
- Mysterious bomb explodes by vehicle transporting construction workers.
- Resistance bomb targets US patrol in Ba‘qubah.
- After Shi‘i “Virtue Party” withdraws from pro-American alliance, bomb explodes in party offices in as-Suwayrah.
- Resistance bomb wounds two puppet troops in al-Mawsil.
- Resistance sharpshooter kills puppet policeman in al-Mawsil Sunday morning.
- Bomb explodes outside Sunni collaborationist party headquarters Saturday night.
Nine police killed in Afghan blast
Police said that the newly-appointed district police chief and eight of his officers were killed on Monday when the bomb destroyed their vehicle.
British soldiers fighting ‘appalling’ hospital care
A shocking picture of neglect and the appalling treatment of wounded British troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan emerged yesterday in a remarkable series of letters from soldiers’ families.
UN committee: Israel should let Palestinians return to their land
A United Nations committee has called on Israel to allow Palestinian refugees to return to their property and land in Israel and to ensure that the bodies responsible for distributing property, such as the Jewish National Fund, not discriminate against the Arab population.
Netanyahu and Meshal Forever
Enough empty talk about “a Jewish state.” There is no such thing. The fact that the Palestinians live under unequal conditions does not make them subjects of another entity. On the contrary, the state’s control of their lives is immeasurably greater than its control over its Jewish citizens.
Salim Lone: The last thing we need
The new US command for Africa will militarise the continent and inflame a string of regional conflicts
A network of the US secret prisons in Africa
According Le Monde newspaper that the US started a regional network of US secret prisons in East-Africa violating international law.
Democrats call for resignation of Gonzales
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign following disclosures of mass firings of federal prosecutors and a report the FBI improperly obtained information on private citizens, top Democratic senators said Sunday.
“Bush Should Get The Gold Medal For Hypocrisy”
Bush’s trip to Latin America has turned into another public relations disaster. Every time Airforce 1 touches down in a southern capital, the streets turn into battlegrounds between incensed protestors and fully-armored, truncheon-wielding Robo-cops. At the same time, Bush has to be whisked away in an armored-plated limousine to an undisclosed spider-hole in the Andean outback.
Hugo Chavez to George W. Bush: Gringo Go Home
As President Bush tours Latin America, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke before tens of thousands at an anti-imperialist rally in Argentina of Friday. We broadcast excerpts of Chavez’s stinging attack on Bush who was in Uruguay, just thirty miles away across the River Plate.
Missing Iranian official was kidnapped: relatives
The relatives of an Iranian ex-deputy defense minister who went missing in Turkey accused Iran’s arch enemies the United states and Israel of kidnapping him, state radio reported on Monday.
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