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ISRAELI MINISTER THREATENS “HOLOCAUST” AS PUBLIC DEMAND CEASEFIRE TALKS

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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=== News Update ===

ISRAELI MINISTER THREATENS “HOLOCAUST” AS PUBLIC DEMAND CEASEFIRE TALKS

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 29 February 2008

Israeli officials began damage limitation efforts after
the country’s deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai
threatened Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip with a
“holocaust.”

The comments came a day after Israeli occupation forces
killed 31 Palestinians, nine of them children, one a
six-month-old baby, in a series of air raids across the
Gaza Strip. Israel claimed that the attacks were in
retaliation for a barrage of rockets fired by resistance
fighters in the Gaza Strip which killed one Israeli in the
town of Sderot on Wednesday, 27 February. Palestinian
resistance groups, including Hamas, said the rockets were
in retaliation for the extrajudicial execution of five
Hamas members carried out by Israel on Wednesday morning.
Israeli occupation forces have killed more than 200
Palestinians since the US-sponsored Annapolis peace summit
last November. In the same period, five Israelis have been
killed by Palestinians.

Speaking to Israeli army radio today, Vilnai said, “the
more Qassam [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets
reach a longer range, [the Palestinians] will bring upon
themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our
might to defend ourselves.”

A report on the BBC News website headlined “Israel warns
of Gaza ‘holocaust'” noted that in Israel the word
“holocaust” — shoah in Hebrew — is “a term rarely used
in Israel outside discussions of the Nazi genocide during
World War II.”

The BBC later reported that “many of Mr. Vilnai’s
colleagues have quickly distanced themselves from his
comments and also tried to downplay them saying he did not
mean genocide.” An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman,
Arye Mekel, claimed that Vilnai used the word “in the
sense of a disaster or a catastrophe, and not in the sense
of a holocaust.”

The attempt to limit the damage of Vilnai’s comments is
not surprising. It was recently revealed how another
Israeli official, Major-General Doron Almog, narrowly
escaped arrest at London’s Heathrow airport in September
2005, in connection with allegations of war crimes
committed against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
British police feared a gunfight if they attempted to
board the El Al civilian aircraft on which Almog had
arrived and on which he hid until he fled the United
Kingdom back to Israel as a fugitive from justice.

Incitement to genocide is a punishable crime under the
international Genocide Convention, adopted in 1948 after
the Nazi holocaust.

“The 8 Stages of Genocide,” written by Greg Stanton,
President of Genocide Watch, sets out a number of warning
signs of an impending genocide, which include
“dehumanization” of potential victim groups and
preparation, whereby potential victims “are often
segregated into ghettoes, deported into concentration
camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved.”
[1]

Vilnai’s holocaust threat, however much Israeli officials
attempt to qualify it, fits into a consistent pattern of
belligerent statements and actions by Israeli officials.
Israel has attempted to isolate the population of Gaza,
deliberately restricting essential supplies, such as food,
medicines and energy, a policy endorsed by the Israeli
high court but condemned by international officials as
illegal collective punishment.

As The Electronic Intifada has previously reported,
dehumanizing statements by Israeli political and religious
leaders directed at Palestinians are common (see “Top
Israeli rabbis advocate genocide,” The Electronic
Intifada, 31 May 2007 and “Dehumanizing the Palestinians,”
Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 21 September 2007)

On 28 February, Vilnai’s colleagues added their own
inflammatory statements. Cabinet minister Meir Sheetrit
stated that Israel should “hit everything that moves” in
Gaza “with weapons and ammunition,” adding, “I don’t think
we have to show pity for anyone who wants to kill us.”

And today, Tzachi Hanegbi, a senior member of Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party said that Israel
should invade Gaza to “topple the Hamas terror regime” and
that Israeli forces, which now enforce the occupation of
Gaza from the periphery and air, should prepare to remain
in the interior of the territory “for years.”

While Israeli leaders escalate the violence and threats,
some other top officials and a vast majority of the
Israeli public support direct talks with Hamas to achieve
a mutual ceasefire, something Hamas has repeatedly offered
for months.

“Sixty-four percent of Israelis say the government must
hold direct talks with the Hamas government in Gaza toward
a cease-fire and the release of captive soldier Gilad
Shalit,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on 27 February
citing a Tel Aviv University poll. The report noted that
half of Likud supporters and large majorities of Kadima
and Labor party voters support such talks and only 28
percent of Israelis still oppose them.

Knesset Member Yossi Beilin, leader of the left-Zionist
Meretz-Yahad party, called for an agreed ceasefire with
Hamas, noting that “there have been at least two requests
from Hamas, via a third party, to accept a cease-fire,”
Haaretz reported on 29 February. Israel’s public security
minister, Avi Dichter, visiting Sderot the previous day,
criticized Israel’s military escalation, saying, “Whoever
talks about entering and occupying the Gaza Strip, these
are populist ideas which I don’t connect to, and in my
opinion, no intelligent person does either.” And, in an
interview with the American magazine Mother Jones,
published on 19 February, the former head of Israel’s
Mossad intelligence agency, Efraim Halevy, repeated calls
for Israel and the US to negotiate a ceasefire with Hamas.
Dismissing lurid rhetoric about the group, Halevy stated
that “Hamas is not al-Qaida,” and “is not subservient to
Tehran.”

The question remains as to why when the vast majority of
Israelis and Palestinians, some senior Israeli officials,
and Hamas leaders are all talking about a ceasefire, the
Israeli government refuses to accept one and the US
refuses to call for one. US Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice has blamed the escalating bloodshed entirely on
Hamas, and has failed to call for a ceasefire. This echoes
her support for Israel’s merciless 2006 bombardment of
Lebanon which she notoriously celebrated as being “the
birth pangs of a new Middle East.”

The Palestinian and Israeli populations are exhausted by
the relentless bloodshed, however unequal its toll. They
are paying the price of a failed policy, pushed by
Washington and its local clients, which attempts to
demonize, isolate and destroy any movement that resists
the order that the United States seeks to impose on the
region.


Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah is
author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the
Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books, 2006).

Endnotes
[1] See:
http://www.genocidewatch.org/aboutgenocide/
8stagesofgenocide.html

source:
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9354.shtml

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MUSLIMS MADE KEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

MUSLIMS MADE KEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

[By Dr. Mohamed Elmasry – Feb 29, 2009]

Muslim contributions to engineering are not as widely recognized as in
other disciplines such as medicine and architecture. As a diverse applied
science, however, Engineering ranked high from the early years of Islamic
civilization; throughout history, Muslims have made impressive
contributions to this field.

The Qur’an emphasizes the necessity of clean water to sustain every living
being on the planet. Prophet Muhammad taught that to give water to one’s
fellow humans is a deed of great value; and his revered precursor, Is’a
(Jesus), also said that anyone who shares their water with someone in need
is doing God’s work on earth. Thus Muslims became skilled engineers,
through first learning to extract this most precious of liquids from the
deepest natural reservoirs within the earth.

They also experimented with the physics of inertia, momentum, pressure and
gravity, developing theories that resulted in practical water-wheels and
graduated distribution systems for both irrigation and storage. In early
scientific writings, Muslim engineers described some of these key related
achievements, such as wells designed to maintain fixed water levels. The
practical applied engineering inventions of many great Muslim scientists –
al-Razi, al-Biruni, Avicenna, and even the poet-scientist Omar Khayyam
-were passed on and eagerly accepted by the West.

Fascinated by the versatility and potential of machines and mechanics,
Muslim inventors developed many new ones, ranging from the ingenious water-
clock, to enchanting mechanical “automata” (animated figures) that were
regarded as among the most magical of all diversions; these, too, were run
by that vital element, water, and were passionately adopted by European
royalty to adorn lavish gardens and palaces.

Muslims were also innovative pioneers in another major branch of science –
that of optics, or the investigation of vision and the physics of light.

Al-Haytham, born in the 10th century, wrote one of the greatest medieval
scientific works, the Kitab-al-Manazir, or Book of Optics. This work was
the fruit of his detailed exploration of optical illusions, rainbows, and
the camera obscura – the beginning of photographic instruments.

He also made important discoveries about atmospheric refraction, mirages,
and comets. He studied the phenomenon of eclipses and laid the foundation
for later developments, such as the microscope and telescope. Al-Haytham’s
exhaustive studies in optics and related fields influenced Western
scientific thought for centuries.

The experimental method on which modern science (especially chemistry) is
based owes much of its development to Muslim scientists such as Jabir bin
Hyan, who lived during the 8th century.

And nine centuries before Charles Darwin, the Baghdad scientist-historian
al-Masudi spoke of the process of evolution from mineral, to plant, to
animal, to human being. His 10th century foundational concepts were
gradually inherited by Western scholars and only reached fruition during
the 1800s with Darwin.

In Western history, the meeting of science and art happened relatively
recently. But among Muslims nearly a thousand years ago, both served the
faith of Islam so intimately that there was little separation of one
discipline from another.

Muslims understood (and still do) that all human achievements and
creativity were manifestations of the will of God; thus it was accepted
that all fields of endeavor must be known and practiced together.

Distinguished Muslim scientists and scholars in several fields included the
earth and its geology in their studies, arriving at specific densities of
different types of rocks and minerals, as well as recording details of
their formation.

An understanding of these basic physical elements inevitably led to
advances in technology. Islamic artisans and scientists advanced the field
of metallurgy by learning how to achieve complex and elegant shapes through
prolonged forging, and to obtain the desired hardness by quenching and
drawing the metal.

They also advanced the techniques of metal-polishing and etched decoration.
The result was the famed high quality and durability of Muslim-fabricated
arms, armor, precision tools and architectural decoration.

Damascus and Toledo, for example, were known throughout the civilized world
for their flexible sword blades, which combined quality of manufacture with
great aesthetic elegance and are highly desirable collectable antiquities
to this day.

Muslim metalworkers also advanced and refined the complex art of metal
inlay. Techniques of setting gold and silver segments into brass and bronze
vessels were developed in Persia and later carried to Syria and Egypt. Even
after centuries of wear and cleaning, these objects or tools survive in
excellent condition; their smooth surfaces are a tribute to Muslim artistry
and craftsmanship, which permanently influenced later Western metalworking
traditions, such as cloisonné.

The next time you use your camera, or pick up a tool that “fits” so well it
could have been made for you; or your eyes are drawn to a timeless piece of
inlay or engraving; or you marvel at how ingeniously water can be moved
from place to place in any dimension – take a moment to reflect that all of
these wonderful human achievements are the result of a long history of
dedication and development. And holding a distinguished place among those
pioneers that made it all possible, are Muslim engineers.

(Dr. Mohamed Elmasry is national president of the Canadian Islamic
Congress. He can be reached at np@canadianislamiccongress.com)

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Muslim anger mounts over cartoons, movie

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Muslim anger mounts over cartoons, movie

Sudan threatens to ban Danish aid workers; Europe braces for possible protests.

posted February 28, 2008 at 10:46 am EST –

Outrage continued to rise this week in parts of the Muslim world over the depiction of Islam in Danish newspapers earlier this month and the possible release of a film in the Netherlands critical of the religion.

Muslims in Sudan, Pakistan, Turkey, the Middle East, and other parts of the Islamic world, have been angered over the republication of one cartoon from a 2005 series that satirized Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Muslims regard visual depictions of the prophet Muhammad as blasphemous.

Governments in Europe are also bracing for protests against the possible broadcast of an anti-Islamic film by right-wing Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders that links Islam to violence. Mr. Wilders says the film, which he plans to broadcast on the Internet and possibly television, will be finished Sunday, Reuters reports. Pakistan’s YouTube shutdown last weekend has been attributed in part to the film’s appearance on the video-sharing website.

In Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir said Wednesday that Danes would be banned from Sudan and the Danish peacekeeping force faced possible expulsion. He was speaking before a crowd of tens of thousands denouncing Denmark during a government-backed protest against the republications of the cartoons, reports the Associated Press.

“We urge all Muslims around the world to boycott Danish commodities, goods, companies, institutions, organizations and personalities,” Al-Bashir told the crowd.

Mr. Bashir’s Islamist government has used other perceived insults to the prophet to bolster support for the regime and oppose the acceptance of United Nations peacekeepers in Sudan.

Denmark’s foreign aid minister said Thursday she was considering whether Sudan’s call could have an impact on aid to Sudan, South Africa’s Independent Online reports. Sudan is one of the largest recipients of aid from Denmark.

One Muslim blogger living in Denmark, Helen Latifi, criticized the reaction from the Sudan – because it was such a large aid recipient – in comments published in the Sudan Tribune. Ms. Latifi called for a boycott of the boycott, claiming Sudan’s complaints against Denmark were a double standard.

Earlier in February, 17 Danish newspapers reprinted the 2005 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad originally printed in the local Jyllands-Posten newspaper, and Danish police arrested several people for planning to attack a cartoonist who drew the most controversial caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, reports the South African newspaper Mail & Guardian.

The newspapers said they had republished the cartoons to show a commitment to freedom of speech after an alleged plot was discovered.

The second publication of the Muhammad cartoons has pitted sections of the Muslim world against those who defend the media’s right to publish or broadcast what it wishes. The German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Wednesday more European newspapers should publish the cartoons in response to the protests in the Sudan, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.

“All European newspapers should print the [Muhammad] caricatures with the explanation, ‘We also think they’re pathetic, but the use of press freedom is no reason to resort to violence,” Mr. Schaeuble said.

In Egypt, a Muslim-Christian body, the Al-Azhar Vatican interfaith dialogue, denounced the republication of the cartoons on Tuesday, press agency Adnkronos International reports. The Al-Azhar-Vatican committee issued a final statement after a two-day meeting calling on Christianity and Islam to respect each others’ beliefs and symbols. The Al-Azhar mosque is among the most respected sources of learning within Sunni Islam.

Pakistan condemned the republication of the cartoons on Wednesday, saying they had offended Muslim feelings and sentiment, Chinese state-owned news agency Xinhua reports.

“No civilized society should allow disrespect of the belief system of other communities,” the statement said, adding the cartoons had deeply offended Muslims all over the world. The government said the cartoons had incited growing Islamophobia in Europe, undermining efforts to build understanding between Islam and the West.

Tensions have also risen over Wilders’s film. Pakistan telecommunication authorities ordered the video-sharing website YouTube blocked on Feb. 22. The ban disrupted YouTube worldwide on Sunday, but Pakistan lifted it two days later after the video was removed, reports Wired Magazine’s blog Threat Level. Others attributed the ban to Internet videos showing election discrepancies in Pakistan, reports Pakistan’s The News.

So far, Wilders has given few details about the content of his film, “Fitna,” other than saying he intends to present his views about the Koran.

In the past, he has said the Koran should be banned, likening it to Adolf Hitler’s book, “Mein Kampf.” Wilders said the film may be televised and would be available on a special Internet site, www.fitnathemovie.com, aimed at dodging any access restrictions.

This week, Pakistan upper house of parliament adopted a resolution condemning efforts to denigrate Islam and promote hatred, referring to the prophet Muhammad cartoons and Wilders’s film specifically.

The Dutch government also warned Wilders on Wednesday about the dangers of broadcasting his film, Agence France-Presse reported.

The Dutch government said it was worried about its reputation and the security of Dutch citizens living abroad. Since the 2004 murder of Dutch director and columnist Theo Van Gogh, a columnist who directed a film criticizing women’s position in Islam was killed by a radical Muslim, Wilders has been living under police protection.

source: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0228/p99s01-duts.html

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High prison population are one reflection of enormous social contradictions of American society

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

US leads world in imprisoning its people

More than one in 100 adults behind bars

By Kate Randall

29 February 2008

In both raw figures and as a percentage of the population, the US is the world leader in the rate at which it puts its people behind bars. A new report using state-by-state data says a record 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008—one out of every 99.1 adults.

The report by the Pew Center on the States also documents record increases in financial outlays for incarceration, with the 50 US states spending more than $49 billion on prisons last year, almost five times more than the $11 billion spent 20 years ago.

The statistics in the report reflect a society that, while exporting violence in aggressive wars abroad, metes out parallel punishment on its population at home.

The rate of increase for prison costs last year was six times higher than the rate of increase for higher education spending. With many US states strapped for cash and facing budget shortfalls, the spending for prisons and jails has resulted in a proportionate decrease in spending on education and other social needs.

The study notes that mandatory sentencing laws and “get tough on crime” measures pushed by state legislatures have contributed to the burgeoning prison population. Even in states where crime rates have decreased, the numbers of imprisoned continue to grow.

A 1986 federal law mandated prison terms for crack cocaine offenses that are up to eight times longer than those involving powdered cocaine. Minorities, workers and the poor are far more likely to be sentenced for crack cocaine offenses.

The rate of incarceration for African Americans is significantly higher than for the overall population. An astonishing one of every nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars. For black women ages 35 to 39, one in 100 is imprisoned, compared with one in 355 white women of the same age.

Between 1990 and 2000, the prison population increased by about 80 percent. One of the biggest contributing factors was the adoption by states of “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” laws mandating draconian sentences, no matter the nature of the third offense. Legislation was also passed curtailing the discretion of state parole boards in deciding when an inmate can be released.

Notably, these increased incarceration figures have had little or negative impact on the rate of repeat offenders.

The incarcerated population increased last year in 36 states as well in as the federal prison system. The largest percentage increase was in Kentucky, which had 12 percent more inmates in state prisons and jails at the beginning of this year than at the beginning of 2007. While the state’s crime rate has increased by only about 3 percent over the last three decades, the state’s prison population has increased by 600 percent.

As in the US South as a whole, the prison population in Florida has surged, close to doubling over the last 15 years. The state’s inmate population increased from 53,000 to more than 97,000 between 1993 and 1997. The Pew study notes that analysts attribute this growth mainly to a host of correctional policies and practices adopted by the state.

In 1995, the Florida legislature abolished “good time” credits and discretionary release by the state’s parole boards. The study notes that now “all prisoners—regardless of their crime, prior record, or risk to recidivate—serve 85 percent of their sentence.”

A new “zero tolerance” policy adopted by Florida also mandated that probation officers report all technical violations by paroled prisoners. This measure alone has resulted in a 12,000 jump in the prison population while the actual crime rate has declined.

Without a change in these policies, the prison population in Florida is expected to reach nearly 125,000 inmates by 2013. The report notes that based on this projection, “the state will run out of prison capacity by early 2009 and will need to add another 16,500 beds to keep pace.”

The amount spent to keep Americans behind bars is as staggering as the numbers incarcerated. Thirteen states now spend more than $1 billion a year out of their general funds on their corrections systems.

California is the leader, spending $8.8 billion last year on the more than 171,000 prisoners in the state, a 216 percent increase over 20 years earlier. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last year signed a bill authorizing $7.9 billion in additional spending on corrections, to pay for 53,000 more prison and jail beds.

The Pew study shows that state corrections budgets now consume 6.8 percent of state general funds. This means that one in every 15 dollars from states’ discretionary funds goes towards prison costs.

As a percentage, in fiscal year 2006 transportation was the only category of spending by states to increase more than costs for prisons and jails, which increased by 9.2 percent during this period. This increase outpaced spending on education and Medicaid.

A comparison of the funds spent by states on higher education with spending on incarceration provides a revealing glimpse into priorities. In 2007, states collectively spent $72.88 billion on higher education, an increase of 121 percent over the $33 billion spent in 1987. During this same period, prison-related spending rose 315 percent, with states spending a combined $44 billion in 2007, up from $10.6 billion two decades earlier.

As both a percentage of its population and in real numbers, the US prison population outranks the inmate populations of the 26 European countries with the largest numbers of prisoners. The Russian Federation, with a reported prison population of 889,598, is second. Denmark, with 3,626 prisoners, has the lowest rate of these countries.

These 26 countries, with a combined population of 802.4 million, imprison 1.8 million; the US, with a population of about 300 million, imprisons close to 2.3 million. According to the study, China, with an estimated population of 1.3 billion, has the second highest number of prisoners behind bars, 1.5 million.

These extraordinary figures are one reflection of the enormous social contradictions of American society. The United States is the most unequal of any industrialized country and ranks high on every measure of stress, depression, alienation and other social ills. Despite the US’s self-declared status as a beacon of democracy and freedom, American capitalism has no humane, rational or progressive response to social problems. Instead, social problems are treated as police matters.

source: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/feb2008/pris-f29.shtml

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Defense Stalls in 9/11 Case at Guantanamo

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Defense Stalls in 9/11 Case at Guantanamo

The Associated Press

Wednesday 27 February 2008

San Juan, Puerto Rico – The military is speeding ahead with plans to try six men at Guantanamo Bay for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but none of the defendants, who face possible execution if found guilty, has seen a defense lawyer yet.

Only one military lawyer has been assigned to the case, as the unit responsible for organizing the defense struggles with a lack of attorneys and paralegals and argues with commanders at Guantanamo over access to the men held at the U.S. military base in Cuba.

The problems underscore broader concerns that military tribunals – expected to eventually try some 80 Guantanamo detainees – overwhelmingly favor the prosecution, Army Col. Steve David, the chief defense counsel for the war-crimes trials, told The Associated Press.

He said his team faces a variety of disadvantages, including trial rules that allow classified hearsay testimony against the detainees and the fact that prosecutors can use material gathered over years while the men have been in custody – before the defense has even begun to look for its evidence.

“I have grave concerns about the commissions process and grave concerns about the ability to provide them with a fair trial,” David said in a recent phone interview from Washington.

The defense counsel’s office is authorized 25 military attorneys and 12 paralegals but currently has only nine attorneys and six paralegals – and they are already busy with pending cases against six other Guantanamo detainees. The additional legal help, once it arrives, will need extensive preparation, David said.

U.S. officials defend the tribunals and say they are working with defense counsel to ensure adequate attorney access. Last week, legal officials agreed to allow military lawyers to make phone calls to their clients, said a spokesman for the Guantanamo detention center, Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt.

“Joint Task Force Guantanamo takes extraordinary steps to facilitate counsel access to their detainee clients,” Haupt insisted in an e-mail to AP.

David said he expected staffing and access to be resolved eventually – and pledged to give charged Guantanamo detainees “the best representation possible.” But several military lawyers on his staff also shared his concern about the overall fairness of the proceedings.

Prosecutors filed charges Feb. 11 against the six high-profile detainees, who include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, and Mohammed al-Qahtani, who allegedly would have been one of the hijackers if immigration officers had not prevented him from entering the United States.

So far, only al-Qahtani has been assigned a military lawyer. That lawyer, Army Lt. Col. Bryan Broyles, said officials at Guantanamo denied him a joint meeting with al-Qahtani and a civilian attorney earlier this month. It would have been their first encounter. Broyles said the presence of the civilian lawyer was key to establish rapport.

Haupt denied Broyles’ claim that Guantanamo officials blocked the meeting and said al-Qahtani refused to attend.

In a bid to establish rapport with detainees, military defense lawyers have lobbied for the right to wear civilian clothes when they meet with them and to have civilian lawyers present when possible. Loosening its rules somewhat, the U.S. now allows military lawyers to have their first meeting in civilian clothes but requires them to wear their uniforms thereafter.

Army Col. James Sawyers, a defense lawyer who was denied permission to meet with a client in civilian clothes in October, said the change does not go far enough.

He has met with the man about five times in his uniform and that “there is no question in my mind that it has hurt my relationship,” he said.

source: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022808B.shtml

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Prediction of which U.S. cities are the most likely candidates for a ‘false flag’ attack

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Prediction of which U.S. cities are the most likely candidates for a ‘false flag’ attack

False Flag Prospects, 2008 — Top Three US Target Cities

Global Research, February 23, 2008
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The easiest way to carry out a false flag attack is by setting up a military exercise that simulates the very attack you want to carry out. As I’ll detail below, this is exactly how government perpetrators in the US and UK handled the 9/11 and 7/7 “terror” attacks, which were in reality government attacks blamed on “terrorists.”

Although ill health keeps me from working as hard in the area of false flag analysis as I used to, the urging of independent editors and brother intelligence officers has prompted me to write this essay. I’ll keep it short for readers with limited time, but I will include invaluable links for those who want to delve deeper and understand better.

My aim, as a former military intelligence officer who spent five years with the U.S. Army 75th Division conducting military war games, is to convince the American people that the “next 9/11” — constantly promised by officials and the media — is likely to be carried out under the guise of future military exercises. If the American people are aware of pending exercises and the danger they represent, then the exercises cannot “go live” and effect the very terror events that they are supposed to be rehearsing against.

Military Exercises

The 9/11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the 7/7, 2005 attacks in the United Kingdom both have smoking guns proving that the mass murderers were not foreign terrorists but domestic tyrants. Each country’s government was conducting military exercises that simulated the exact events that were to occur.

The US 9/11 Commission stumbled across strong evidence of treason by Dick Cheney when it interviewed Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, who was present in Cheney’s famous command bunker as Flight 77 sped toward Washington, DC. Cheney was at the center of national military exercises simulating terrorist hijackings of US aircraft — at the very time that those hijackings were occurring in real life. On May 23, 2003, Secretary Mineta testified:

“During the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, “The plane is 50 miles out.” “The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to “the plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the Vice President, “Do the orders still stand?” And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”

9/11 Commission co-chairman Lee Hamilton failed to follow up on the bombshell revelation, and quickly switched the topic. Thanks to YouTube, Mineta’s astounding revelation and Hamilton’s amazing reaction are both viewable on a three minute clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDfdOwt2v3Y

In the case of the 7/7 London railway bombings, there is same-day evidence in a BBC interview with former Scotland Yard anti-terrorism agent, Peter Power, who was a contract employee working in government exercises:

POWER: “At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now.”

BBC HOST: “To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened while you were running the exercise?”

POWER: “Precisely.”

For a one minute excerpt containing the statements above, refer to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKvkhe3rqtc

Mainstream Media

It goes without saying that serious media inquiry would quickly ferret out the facts demonstrating high treason in the cases of 9/11 and 7/7. It also goes without saying, unfortunately, that the traitors behind the two false flag attacks understood this very well, and would not have done what they did without a green light from a collaborative media.

Three World Trade Center buildings collapsed in New York City on September 11, 2001: WTC 1 and WTC 2 (the Twin Towers) in the morning, and WTC 7 (the Salomon Building) at 5:20 p.m. EST. Given that all three buildings were said to be unexpected collapses by all official sources, there is no good reason — except for complicity — to explain how it is that the BBC reported the collapse of WTC 7 twenty minutes before it happened:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7SwOT29gbc&feature=related

Fox news damned itself by announcing that WTC 7 had collapsed — even as it showed a live shot of downtown New York with WTC 7 still standing. A few seconds later the building collapsed, understandably confusing the newscasters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwUJ9MhzgK

The owner of all three buildings was Larry Silverstein, who had recently doubled the insurance value of the Twin Towers. Amazingly, “Lucky Larry,” later stated in a PBS interview that he and the New York Fire Department agreed to a controlled demolition of WTC 7. Since skyscrapers are not wired for demolition — unless someone intends to demolish them — Silverstein’s statement is an admission that 9/11 was an inside job:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WYdAJQV100

“The Noble Lie”

I believe that on the strength of the five YouTube links above an objective investigation would have more than enough evidence to warrant impeachment of Bush and Cheney on a charge of high treason, and to summon a grand jury that would indict many others on charges of high treason against Larry Silverstein and other apparent 9/11 collaborators. I believe that the American people, if presented with a single news story containing the five YouTube links above, would demand that the case of high treason be carried to its logical conclusion.

Congress, though, won’t impeach the president. The mainstream media, for which I used to write, will not investigate and report the story. The military that was used as a tool to mass murder American citizens will not take action against traitors in uniform who knew exactly what they were doing on 9/11, or the many more uniformed dupes who thought they were conducting military exercises until the events of 9/11 occurred. To this day there have been no adverse actions — which would require investigation and evaluation — against any military person involved in what even official apologists call the greatest defense failure in American history. All of this shows that the fix is in, and that we are in a fix.

The high officials, media executives and military officers who are bound by law and ethics to serve the American people have become a textbook example of a grand conspiracy. To look at it from their point of view, they are historic actors who are beyond good and evil, who must stimulate the American people to a necessary geostrategic adventure by any means necessary. To them, the official account of the 9/11 “terror” attacks is what Plato once described as the “noble lie,” a necessary falsehood told to a childlike public in order to direct it maturely. The simple fact is that 9/11 has justified an attempt to seize and control the ultimate geostrategic resource: oil. He who controls Middle East oil controls the world.

Top Three US Target Cities

Last year I published “Next 9/11, Summer 2007?” in response to the same kind of requests that have led me to publish this essay as a 2008 update. My 2007 three most likely cities for the next 9/11 were Houston, Chicago and Portland. This year the same three cities are still most endangered, in light of the fact that the US military has designated Texas, Indiana and Oregon as three of its four target states in the 2008 version of its Noble Resolve military exercises. Granted, Chicago is in Illinois, not Indiana, but Indiana is quite close, and has been used to stage forces for terror exercises conducted in Chicago in recent years.

It may come as a surprise to people not acquainted with military preparations that the same cities remain on the list even though analysts like me have publicized them widely. There are considerable difficulties in setting up the political, police, military and media players necessary to support a false flag attack. While many in the 911 truth movement believes that national military forces can simply hit any city at any time, it’s not so easy — thank God. Fortunately, this means that those of us who study false flag prospects and focus on most likely targets; regrettably, this means that target cities can’t breathe easy just because they have detected, exposed and preempted a single false flag attempt.

Here is a brief target analysis of the top three cities:

Primary Target: Houston. Over the past four years military and police veterans like me have been alerting the public to government exercises aiming at the nuclear destruction of Houston petro-suburbs. Five times in those four years we were able to predict to within a day major petrochemical explosions in those petro-suburbs. The odds against this kind of accuracy are astronomical. As the center of Big Oil and the Bush Family, Houston remains the most endangered city in America. Any patriotic group, like mine, trying to alert its home city to the dangers of a false flag attack should read my recent article, “The 1/31 Nuke: Proof for Ron Paul” about the successful interdiction of a 2006 attempt against Texas City:
http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/08/01/28/may.htm

Secondary Target: Chicago. While Houston is the most endangered city, the most endangered building — the best candidate to be the next World Trade Center — is the Sears Tower. Official sources have pronounced it just that ever since the original 9/11 attack, when they said it was on the Al Qaeda hit list. Larry Silverstein, who bought the Twin Towers two months before 9/11, led a group that purchased the Sears Tower on 3/11, 2004, the day of the Madrid bombings. Federal officials have been pointing to Chicago and its Sears Tower as Al Qaeda targets since the original 9/11 attacks, and have repeated the threat ever since. In May 2006,, the government scheduled secret 9/11-type exercises in Chicago, while Chicago Mayor Daley was docked conveniently away in Israel for his first visit there. I sent a widely read communiqué to Illinois Governor Blagojevich as part of a successful Internet attempt to shut down the pending false flag attack:
http://tekgnosis.typepad.com/tekgnosis/2006/05/ghost_troop_com.html

Tertiary Target: Portland. Portland, called “Little Beirut” by Bush cronies because of its enmity to Bush 41 and Bush 43, only made my top three list last summer, when it was designated as a target for a nuclear attack by successive exercises Noble Resolve and TOPOFF. The language in an official press release stated the case plainly enough: “Noble Resolve will coordinate with officials in Oregon to model a nuclear attack on Portland.” In the course of researching Portland for a series of articles I wrote about the city and its exercises. I discovered that Stanford and Harvard had prepared a detailed nuclear fallout map for it, that national military commanders and state National Guard commanders were telling different stories about what the exercises were trying to accomplish, and that Portland’s The Oregonian newspaper was doing everything it could to avoid investigating the frightening anomalies. I wasn’t at all surprised that the last day of the exercises found the Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff in downtown Portland, which was largely closed down by an “unexpected” bomb threat. For another professional perspective on how great the danger was — and may be again — I refer the reader to the analysis of my colleague, Major William B. Fox (USMC):
http://www.lonestaricon.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=2006&z=186

Postscript

“Good morning. At this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning new attacks on our country. Their goal is to bring destruction to our shores that will make September the 11th pale by comparison.” — George W. Bush, Feb. 13, 2008

I can’t think of a more important question than the one of where the next 9/11 will be attempted. Common sense dictates to all of us who understand the truth about 9/11 that its perpetrators must strike again. Indeed, every directive, act and decision of our post-9/11 unitary executive, cowards Congress and Judas judiciary has increased the power of the federal government to wage the Global War and impose the Homeland State.

Why on earth would those already guilty of high treason, mass murder and war crimes fail to follow up on their earlier efforts? They understand quite well that the Global War is going badly and the Homeland State is becoming onerous, and that only a reapplication of false flag terror will force the American people to proceed with our post-9/11 national insanity.

Still, for every one person who republishes or constructively comments on this essay, there will be another who employs division, abuse and ridicule against me or anyone else who asserts the common sense point that false flaggers will continue to false flag, just as murderers will continue to murder and robbers will continue to rob. It’s Newtonian in its simplicity: things continue to drift the way they are drifting until they are stopped.

We can only stop the deadly drift of America by understanding 9/11 and anticipating the next 9/11. Many of the vociferous voices impeding our understanding and anticipation are performing a vital service for treason. The federal government once used counterintelligence programs (COINTELPRO) against the Vietnam era antiwar and civil rights movement, and common sense would suggest that they are using it again in the post-9/11 era, this time against the antiwar and 911 truth movement. The most dangerous voices of all our those from false friends who have infiltrated us to confuse us until the traitors who carried out 9/11 can repeat their performance.

Captain May is a former Army military intelligence and public affairs officer, as well as a former NBC editorial writer. His political and military analyses have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Houston Chronicle and Military Intelligence Magazine.

For more information, or his interview schedule, refer to his homesite:
http://www.spiritone.com/~pazuu/pow-mia/Ghost_Troop_Captain_Eric_H_May.htm


source:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8165

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FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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=== News Update ===

FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report

02/28/2008 @ 8:01 am

Filed by Larisa Alexandrovna

Hijacker had post-9/11 flights scheduled, files say

Newly-released records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request contradict the 9/11 Commission’s report on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and raise fresh questions about the role of Saudi government officials in connection to the hijackers.

The nearly 300 pages of a Federal Bureau of Investigation timeline used by the 9/11 Commission as the basis for many of its findings were acquired through a FOIA request filed by Kevin Fenton, a 26 year old translator from the Czech Republic. The FBI released the 298-page “hijacker timeline” Feb. 4.

The FBI timeline reveals that alleged hijacker Hamza Al-Ghamdi, who was aboard the United Airlines flight which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, had booked a future flight to San Francisco. He also had a ticket for a trip from Casablanca to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Though referenced repeatedly in the footnotes of the final 9/11 Commission report, the timeline has not previously been made available to the public.

The FBI timeline is dated Nov. 14, 2003 but appears to have been put together earlier (since the last date mentioned in the document is Oct. 22, 2001) and was provided to the 9/11 Commission during its 2003 investigation. The final Commission report cites the FBI timeline 52 times.

Post Sept. 11, 2001 flights

The FBI timeline reveals that Al-Ghamdi, the alleged United hijacker, was booked onto several flights scheduled for after the 9/11 attacks, a piece of information not documented in the Commission’s final report. According to the FBI timeline, Al-Ghamdi was booked on another United Airlines flight on the very day of the attack.

On page 288 under an entry pertaining to “H AlGhamdi,” the FBI timeline reads: “Future flight. Scheduled to depart Los Angeles International Airport for San Francisco International Airport on UA 7950.”

The sourcing reads simply: “UA passenger information.”

The timeline similarly documents Al-Ghamdi’s bookings for several other post 9/11 flights, including one on Sept. 20, 2001 from Casablanca, Morocco to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and another on Sept. 29, 2001 from Riyadh to Damman, Saudi Arabia. (FBI Timeline 2, p. 296 under “H Alghamdi”)

No additional information or explanation is offered in the FBI timeline itself.

The Saudi connection

In January 2000, then-FBI Director Louis Freeh and CIA Director George Tenet attended regular briefings as Malaysian intelligence conducted surveillance of a “terrorist summit meeting” in Kuala Lumpur. Among the attendees were Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, two men who would later allegedly hijack American Airlines Flight 77 and crash it into the Pentagon.

A week after the Malaysian summit, al-Mihdar and al-Hazmi traveled to the United States. According to the 9/11 Commission report, they arrived in Los Angeles on Jan. 15 and “spent about two weeks there before moving to San Diego.” (9/11 Commission report, p. 215, chapter 7). The footnote for this item shows that the Commission relied on a different FBI report, “‘Summary of Pentbom Investigation,’ Feb.29, 2004 (classified version), p.16.”

But the FBI timeline contradicts this claim, placing the alleged hijackers in San Diego with specific details. According to the timeline, the two men resided in Apartment 152 at Parkwood Apartments, San Diego, from Jan. 15 through Feb. 2, 2000.

“A rental application shows that before renting Apartment 150 Parkwood Apartments on 02/05/2000, AL-MlHDHAR and Nawaf Alhazmi alleged that they resided with [REDACTED] from 01/15/2000 to 02/02/2000 at Apartment 152 of the same apartment complex,” page 52 of the FBI timeline reads.

Two pages later, the same apartment complex is noted again, this time with its full address: “AL-MIHDHAR and Nawaf Alhazmi resided at Parkwood Apartments, located at 6401 Mount Ada Road, Apartment 150, San Diego, CA. [REDACTED] was the co-signor and guarantor on the lease agreement for this apparement. The rental application shows that before renting Apartment 150, AL-MIHDHAR and Nawaf Alhazmi resided with [REDACTED].” (A photograph of apartment 152 appears atop this article. An image of apartment 150 appears on page 2.)

In other words, according to the only public account, both Al-Mihdhar and Hazmi were in San Diego, not Los Angeles, contrary to the Commission’s report.

Why did the Commission use an alternate source for the whereabouts of the two men, when the FBI’s own timeline said they were in San Diego by Jan. 15, the same day as their arrival in the US?

Paul Thompson, author of the The Terror Timeline: Year by Year, Day by Day, Minute by Minute: A Comprehensive Chronicle of the Road to 9/11–and America’s Response, has been wading through the FBI timeline since its release. His preliminary analysis can be found at the website of the History Commons (formerly known as the Center for Cooperative Research).

Thompson believes that the possible motive for the Commission to alter the dates is to obscure official Saudi ties to the hijackers.

He points to the redaction of the name of a person who is a known employee of a Saudi defense contractor, Omar al-Bayoumi, who lived at the same location.

“We know it’s Bayoumi,” said Thompson, “because after 9/11, the Finnish Government mistakenly released a classified FBI list of suspects that showed Bayoumi living in apartment #152 of Parkwood Apartments.” That information is available here.

“But also important is that it strongly suggests that the hijackers already had a support network in Southern California before they arrived,” Thompson continued.

“In the official version of the story now, the hijackers drift around L.A. listlessly for two weeks before chancing to come across Bayoumi in a restaurant [according to Bayoumi’s account],” Thompson added. “Whereupon he’s an incredible good Samaritan and takes them down to San Diego, pays their rent, etc.”

”But from the FBI’s timeline, we now know the hijackers started staying at Bayoumi’s place on Jan. 15 – the very same day they arrived,” Thompson says. “So obviously they must have been met at the airport and taken care of from their very first hours in the US. That’s huge because the FBI maintains to this day that the hijackers never had any accomplices in the US.”

Robert Baer, a former CIA case officer in the Middle East whose See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism became the inspiration for the award winning film Syriana, concurs with Thompson’s view.

“There are enough discrepancies and unanswered questions in the 9/11 Commission report that under a friendly administration, the 9/11 investigation should be re-opened,” Baer wrote in an email message Tuesday night.

“Bayoumi clearly offered material assistance to [the 9/11 hijackers].”

FULL ARTICLE AT: http://rawstory.com//printstory.php?story=9467

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Sudan bans imports of Danish products

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Sudan bans imports of Danish products
   
 
   

Sudanese president Omar al BashirThe Sudanese Trade Ministry has announced a national boycott of Danish products for reprinting the cartoons that depict Prophet Muhammad. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir ordered the boycott on Monday, which became effective immediately. Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Trade, al-Samih Siddik, said customs authorities have ordered importers not to purchase any Danish products.
According to the AP, local media reports said the action would affect about 60 Danish imported items available in Sudan, largely dairy products. Various Sudanese groups and organizations have called for a massive demonstration in Khartoum on Wednesday.

Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which published the cartoons, issued an apology late on Monday in a statement to Arab countries sent to the Jordanian news agency, Petra.

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DISTURBING: Never before seen Abu Ghraib pictures including children being sodomized

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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=== News Update ===

DISTURBING: Never before seen Abu Ghraib pictures including children being sodomized

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/02/ted_zimbardo … the slide show is very disturbing and shows seens of death, nudity and man whose skin has been removed from his knee.

Plus: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/7/14/193750/666 …. Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib. Pentagon has videos.

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Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war

January 24, 2008

 

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935
false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two
years following September 11, 2001, according to a study released
Tuesday by two nonprofit journalism groups.

 

“In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis
of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that
culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003,” reads
an overview of the examination, conducted by the Center for Public
Integrity and its affiliated group, the Fund for Independence in
Journalism.

 

According to the study, Bush and seven top officials — including Vice
President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and
then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice — made 935 false
statements about Iraq during those two years.

 

The study was based on a searchable database compiled of primary
sources, such as official government transcripts and speeches, and
secondary sources — mainly quotes from major media organizations.

 

VideoSee CNN viewers’ reactions to the study »
The study says Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former
leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28
false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

 

Bush has consistently asserted that at the time he and other officials
made the statements, the intelligence community of the U.S. and
several other nations, including Britain, believed Hussein had weapons
of mass destruction.

 

Responding to the study Wednesday, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel
did not speak directly to the “false claims” characterization.
But he said the United States was part of a broad coalition of nations
that took part in the Iraq invasion and that the invasion was based on
intelligence from multiple countries.

 

He called Hussein a threat to international security and a sponsor of
terrorism, and said the world is better off without him. White House
press secretary Dana Perino called the study “flawed.”

 

“They only looked at members of the administration, rather than
looking at members of Congress or people around the world,” she said.
“Because as you’ll remember, we were part of a broad coalition of
countries that deposed a dictator based on a collective understanding
of the intelligence.”

 

“And the other thing that that study fails to do is to say that after
realizing that there was no WMD, as we thought as a collective body
that there was, that this White House, the President set about to make
reforms in the intelligence community to make sure that it doesn’t
happen again.”

 

Bush has repeatedly said that despite the intelligence flaws, removing
Hussein from power was the right thing to do.
The study, released Tuesday, says Powell had the second-highest number
of false statements, with 244 about weapons and 10 about Iraq and al
Qaeda.

 

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Press Secretary Ari
Fleischer each made 109 false statements, it says. Deputy Defense
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz made 85, Rice made 56, Cheney made 48 and
Scott McLellan, also a press secretary, made 14, the study says.
“It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of
mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al Qaeda,” the report
reads, citing multiple government reports, including those by the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the 9/11 Commission and the
multinational Iraq Survey Group, which reported that Hussein had
suspended Iraq’s nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to
revive it.

 

The overview of the study also calls the media to task, saying most
media outlets didn’t do enough to investigate the claims.
“Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations —
have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months
was far too deferential and uncritical,” the report reads. “These mea
culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage
provided additional, ‘independent’ validation of the Bush
administration’s false statements about Iraq.”

 

The quotes in the study include an August 26, 2002, statement by
Cheney to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons
of mass destruction,” Cheney said. “There is no doubt he is amassing
them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

 

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Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’ : How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America

By Zbigniew Brzezinski

Sunday, March 25, 2007; B01

 

The “war on terror” has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush
administration’s elevation of these three words into a national mantra
since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on
American democracy, on America’s psyche and on U.S. standing in the
world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to
effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may
use terrorism against us.

 

The damage these three words have done — a classic self-inflicted
wound — is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the
fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting
against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless.
It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies.
Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare — political
intimidation through the killing of unarmed non-combatants.

 

But the little secret here may be that the vagueness of the phrase was
deliberately (or instinctively) calculated by its sponsors. Constant
reference to a “war on terror” did accomplish one major objective: It
stimulated the emergence of a culture of fear. Fear obscures reason,
intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to
mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue. The
war of choice in Iraq could never have gained the congressional
support it got without the psychological linkage between the shock of
9/11 and the postulated existence of Iraqi weapons of mass
destruction. Support for President Bush in the 2004 elections was also
mobilized in part by the notion that “a nation at war” does not change
its commander in chief in midstream. The sense of a pervasive but
otherwise imprecise danger was thus channeled in a politically
expedient direction by the mobilizing appeal of being “at war.”

 

To justify the “war on terror,” the administration has lately crafted
a false historical narrative that could even become a self-fulfilling
prophecy. By claiming that its war is similar to earlier U.S.
struggles against Nazism and then Stalinism (while ignoring the fact
that both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were first-rate military
powers, a status al-Qaeda neither has nor can achieve), the
administration could be preparing the case for war with Iran. Such war
would then plunge America into a protracted conflict spanning Iraq,
Iran, Afghanistan and perhaps also Pakistan.

 

The culture of fear is like a genie that has been let out of its
bottle. It acquires a life of its own — and can become demoralizing.
America today is not the self-confident and determined nation that
responded to Pearl Harbor; nor is it the America that heard from its
leader, at another moment of crisis, the powerful words “the only
thing we have to fear is fear itself”; nor is it the calm America that
waged the Cold War with quiet persistence despite the knowledge that a
real war could be initiated abruptly within minutes and prompt the
death of 100 million Americans within just a few hours. We are now
divided, uncertain and potentially very susceptible to panic in the
event of another terrorist act in the United States itself.

 

That is the result of five years of almost continuous national
brainwashing on the subject of terror, quite unlike the more muted
reactions of several other nations (Britain, Spain, Italy, Germany,
Japan, to mention just a few) that also have suffered painful
terrorist acts. In his latest justification for his war in Iraq,
President Bush even claims absurdly that he has to continue waging it
lest al-Qaeda cross the Atlantic to launch a war of terror here in the
United States.

 

Such fear-mongering, reinforced by security entrepreneurs, the mass
media and the entertainment industry, generates its own momentum. The
terror entrepreneurs, usually described as experts on terrorism, are
necessarily engaged in competition to justify their existence. Hence
their task is to convince the public that it faces new threats. That
puts a premium on the presentation of credible scenarios of
ever-more-horrifying acts of violence, sometimes even with blueprints
for their implementation.

 

That America has become insecure and more paranoid is hardly
debatable. A recent study reported that in 2003, Congress identified
160 sites as potentially important national targets for would-be
terrorists. With lobbyists weighing in, by the end of that year the
list had grown to 1,849; by the end of 2004, to 28,360; by 2005, to
77,769. The national database of possible targets now has some 300,000
items in it, including the Sears Tower in Chicago and an Illinois
Apple and Pork Festival.

 

Just last week, here in Washington, on my way to visit a journalistic
office, I had to pass through one of the absurd “security checks” that
have proliferated in almost all the privately owned office buildings
in this capital — and in New York City. A uniformed guard required me
to fill out a form, show an I.D. and in this case explain in writing
the purpose of my visit. Would a visiting terrorist indicate in
writing that the purpose is “to blow up the building”? Would the guard
be able to arrest such a self-confessing, would-be suicide bomber? To
make matters more absurd, large department stores, with their crowds
of shoppers, do not have any comparable procedures. Nor do concert
halls or movie theaters. Yet such “security” procedures have become
routine, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and further
contributing to a siege mentality.

 

Government at every level has stimulated the paranoia. Consider, for
example, the electronic billboards over interstate highways urging
motorists to “Report Suspicious Activity” (drivers in turbans?). Some
mass media have made their own contribution. The cable channels and
some print media have found that horror scenarios attract audiences,
while terror “experts” as “consultants” provide authenticity for the
apocalyptic visions fed to the American public. Hence the
proliferation of programs with bearded “terrorists” as the central
villains. Their general effect is to reinforce the sense of the
unknown but lurking danger that is said to increasingly threaten the
lives of all Americans.

 

The entertainment industry has also jumped into the act. Hence the TV
serials and films in which the evil characters have recognizable Arab
features, sometimes highlighted by religious gestures, that exploit
public anxiety and stimulate Islamophobia. Arab facial stereotypes,
particularly in newspaper cartoons, have at times been rendered in a
manner sadly reminiscent of the Nazi anti-Semitic campaigns. Lately,
even some college student organizations have become involved in such
propagation, apparently oblivious to the menacing connection between
the stimulation of racial and religious hatreds and the unleashing of
the unprecedented crimes of the Holocaust.

 

The atmosphere generated by the “war on terror” has encouraged legal
and political harassment of Arab Americans (generally loyal Americans)
for conduct that has not been unique to them. A case in point is the
reported harassment of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) for its attempts to emulate, not very successfully, the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Some House
Republicans recently described CAIR members as “terrorist apologists”
who should not be allowed to use a Capitol meeting room for a panel
discussion.

 

Social discrimination, for example toward Muslim air travelers, has
also been its unintended byproduct. Not surprisingly, animus toward
the United States even among Muslims otherwise not particularly
concerned with the Middle East has intensified, while America’s
reputation as a leader in fostering constructive interracial and
interreligious relations has suffered egregiously.

 

The record is even more troubling in the general area of civil rights.
The culture of fear has bred intolerance, suspicion of foreigners and
the adoption of legal procedures that undermine fundamental notions of
justice. Innocent until proven guilty has been diluted if not undone,
with some — even U.S. citizens — incarcerated for lengthy periods of
time without effective and prompt access to due process. There is no
known, hard evidence that such excess has prevented significant acts
of terrorism, and convictions for would-be terrorists of any kind have
been few and far between. Someday Americans will be as ashamed of this
record as they now have become of the earlier instances in U.S.
history of panic by the many prompting intolerance against the few.
In the meantime, the “war on terror” has gravely damaged the United
States internationally. For Muslims, the similarity between the rough
treatment of Iraqi civilians by the U.S. military and of the
Palestinians by the Israelis has prompted a widespread sense of
hostility toward the United States in general. It’s not the “war on
terror” that angers Muslims watching the news on television, it’s the
victimization of Arab civilians. And the resentment is not limited to
Muslims. A recent BBC poll of 28,000 people in 27 countries that
sought respondents’ assessments of the role of states in international
affairs resulted in Israel, Iran and the United States being rated (in
that order) as the states with “the most negative influence on the
world.” Alas, for some that is the new axis of evil!
The events of 9/11 could have resulted in a truly global solidarity
against extremism and terrorism. A global alliance of moderates,
including Muslim ones, engaged in a deliberate campaign both to
extirpate the specific terrorist networks and to terminate the
political conflicts that spawn terrorism would have been more
productive than a demagogically proclaimed and largely solitary U.S.
“war on terror” against “Islamo-fascism.” Only a confidently
determined and reasonable America can promote genuine international
security which then leaves no political space for terrorism.

 

Where is the U.S. leader ready to say, “Enough of this hysteria, stop
this paranoia”? Even in the face of future terrorist attacks, the
likelihood of which cannot be denied, let us show some sense. Let us
be true to our traditions.

 

Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy
Carter, is the author most recently of “Second Chance: Three
Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower” (Basic Books).

source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/23/AR2007032301613_pf.html

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Iraq war vet faces trial on charge of raping 3-month-old girl

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 4, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraq war vet faces trial on charge of raping 3-month-old girl

2/20/2008

The Associated Press


JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — An ex-Army paratrooper who served two tours of
duty in Iraq has been ordered tried on charges of raping and
critically injuring a 3-month-old girl.

Kirk Coleman is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct
and first-degree child abuse, charges that carry up to life in
prison.

Authorities say the then-27-year-old Coleman attacked the baby Sept.
14 in her home in Jackson County’s Blackman Township, about 65 miles
west of Detroit.

The girl sustained brain damage and 17 broken bones and is
undergoing therapy.

Coleman told investigators he blacked out after drinking heavily and
taking pain killers and awoke to find the injured baby in her crib,
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported. WILX-TV says he remains free
on $100,000 bond.

District Judge R. Darryl Mazur ruled Tuesday there’s enough evidence
to warrant a trial.

source: http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/news-51/1203488359261110.xml&storylist=newsmichigan

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