Dennis Kucinich Makes a Serious Push to Ban Govt. Assassinations of US Citizens

(TheNation) – Lawyers for US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who has reportedly been targeted for assassination by the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command, had to fight the US government to have the right to represent him. On Wednesday, following a lawsuit by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Treasury Department issued a license to the pro-bono lawyers. Now the battle for due process begins. In a statement, al-Awlaki’s new lawyers said the license would “allow us to pursue our litigation relating to the government’s asserted authority to engage in targeted killings of American civilians without due process.”

Al-Awlaki is originally from New Mexico and now lives in Yemen. He has been accused of providing inspiration for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged “underwear bomber,” and Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter.

Most lawmakers have been mute about the Obama administration’s policy to target a US citizen for assassination. Representative Jane Harman, who serves on the Homeland Security Committee, said recently that Awlaki is “probably the person, the terrorist, who would be terrorist No. 1 in terms of threat against us.” One of the few who has spoken against the policy is Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich. “The assassination policies vitiate the presumption of innocence and the government then becomes the investigator, policeman, prosecutor, judge, jury, executioner all in one,” Kucinich told me in April. “That raises the greatest questions with respect to our constitution and our democratic way of life.” He called the policy “extrajudicial.” Continue reading

World War

(KabulPress) – American military creating an environmental disaster in Afghan countryside (Part 1 of 3)

The American military presence in Afghanistan consists of fleets of aircraft, helicopters, armored vehicles, weapons, equipment, troops and facilities. Since 2001, they have generated millions of kilograms of hazardous, toxic and radioactive wastes. The Kabul Press asks the simple question:
“What have the Americans done with all that waste?” Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – If Abdulmutallab Trained With Al-Qaeda, Why Did The U.S. Government Let Him On A Plane?

Fuming with the evisceration of the ludicrous official story behind the Detroit plane bomber incident, the dubious Pentagon front IntelCenter has released a video tape which allegedly shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab training with “Al-Qaeda” in Yemen. Unfortunately, the tape still fails to explain why the U.S. government intentionally let a known terror suspect board a commercial airliner. Read More Here

(PressTV) – Iran slams silence on US nuke threat

Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has condemned international human rights groups for remaining tight-lipped on the recent nuclear threat made by the US against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Read More Here

(CounterPunch) – A US-Sponsored Terror Network: Death Squads in Afghanistan

It should no longer be a matter of dispute that US Special Forces in Afghanistan are responsible for an increasing number of murders, whether part of targeted extra-judicial killings or the result of bad intelligence. From the attack on a bridal shower in Gardez on February 12, 2010 that killed numerous civilians, including two pregnant women, to the growing list of executions of insurgents in the Kandahar area, Special Forces have become the US military version of death squads. Read More Here

(Dawn) – Over 700 killed in 44 drone strikes in 2009

PESHAWAR: Of the 44 predator strikes carried out by US drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan over the past 12 months, only five were able to hit their actual targets, killing five key Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but at the cost of over 700 innocent civilians. Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Video: Underwear Patsy Appears in al-Qaeda Video

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the bedazzled underwear non-bomber, has debuted in an al-Qaeda video. The cartoonish video of black-clad Muslims running around in the desert firing Kalashnikovs is intended to underscore Abdulmutallab’s assertion — according to the FBI — that “others like me” are ready to wage holy war against the United States. Read More Here

(Guardian) – Iran’s elite force expanding influence in Venezuela, claims Pentagon

Hugo Chávez dismisses as a ‘disgrace’ the US report claiming Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is making inroads into Latin America Read More Here

(C-Span) – Video: Robert Gates & Ehud Barak Press Conference – Continue reading

Kucinich: White House Assassination Policy Is Extrajudicial

(TheNation) – There has been almost universal silence among Congressional Democrats on the Obama administration’s recently revealed decision to authorize the assassination of a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen, has been accused of providing inspiration for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged “underwear bomber,” and Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter. In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic surge in US government chatter about the alleged threat posed by al-Awlaki, with anonymous US officials accusing him of directly participating in terror “plots” (his family passionately disputes this). Read More Here

U.S. Counterterrorism Officials Insisted that Crotch Bomber Be Let Into Country

(WashingtonsBlog) – Undersecretary for management at the State Department, Patrick F. Kennedy, told Congress that the State Department wanted to keep crotch bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab out of the U.S., but that intelligence agencies insisted that Abdulmutallab be let into the country. Continue reading

Amid Media Blackout: Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber

A January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security established that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Nigerian student, whom US officials suspected of being affiliated with the Yemeni terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, attempted to set off a bomb on Northwest Flight 253 into Detroit on Christmas Day. Revocation of Abdulmutallab’s visa would have prevented him from boarding the airplane. Continue reading

The Obama Administration’s Cover-up of the Flight 253 Affair – “New Smoking Gun” Disclosures

Relevant questions begging for answers include: Who made the decision not to “connect the dots”? Are right-wing elements and holdovers from the previous administration actively conspiring to destabilize the Obama government? Was the attempted bombing a planned provocation meant to incite new conflicts in the Middle East and restrict democratic rights at home? Continue reading

Yemen: Toward Another US Quagmire

(GlobalResearch) – All the signs point to Yemen being the next target in the US-led “war on terrorism”. The Obama administration seized on the failed attempt by Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to set off a bomb on a US-bound flight on Christmas Day to dispatch the CIA and military trainers to the impoverished country. Pressure is being exerted on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to intensify military operations against the organisation known as Al Qaeda in South Arabia. Continue reading

The Bogus Flight 253 ‘One-Way Ticket’ Meme: Anatomy Of A Myth

(GlobalResearch) – In a remarkable example of how bad information can travel far and wide, dozens of media outlets around the world have said Umar Abdulmutallab was traveling on a one-way ticket to Detroit when he allegedly tried to blow up Flight 253, even though that has never been substantiated and appears to be flat wrong. Continue reading

Answering Helen Thomas on Why They Want to Harm Us – Ray McGovern

Thank God for Helen Thomas, the only person to show any courage at the White House press briefing after President Barack Obama gave a flaccid account of the intelligence screw-up that almost downed an airliner on Christmas Day. Continue reading

The Strange Case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Despite some $40 billion dollars spent by the American people on airline security since 2001, allegedly to thwart attacks on the heimat, the botched attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 over Detroit on Christmas Day was foiled, not by a bloated counterterrorist bureaucracy, but by the passengers themselves. Continue reading

MSM: MI5 told US about Detroit bomber’s terror links ‘a year ago’

(Telegraph) – Britain told American intelligence agents more than a year ago that the Detroit bomber had links to extremists, according to Downing Street. Continue reading

Flight 253 Eyewitness: Authorities Are Lying About Terror Attack

Following up on a visit from FBI officials about an eyewitness account first described to MLive.com, Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell described the visit in comment sections across MLive on Wednesday. Continue reading

Plane Bomber News

(AntiWar) – Next Stop: Yemen

The abortive efforts of the “panty-bomber” have inspired the War Party to focus on a new front in our ongoing and seemingly permanent “war on terrorism”: Yemen, a godforsaken outpost of medievalism and sun-scorched desert on the northern shores of the Red Sea, is now taking center stage as al-Qaeda’s latest purported stronghold. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Dutch probe claims of Nigerian bomber accomplice

Dutch military police are investigating the possibility that an accomplice may have helped the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, a spokesman said on Monday. Read More Here

(NYDaily) – Michigan couple claims it saw Nigerian terror suspect trying to board Flight 253 without a passport

A Michigan couple on the Detroit-bound flight that was almost blown up Christmas Day say they saw the Nigerian terror suspect trying to board without a passport. Read More Here

(Guardian) – US plots retaliatory strikes against al-Qaida in Yemen over plane bomber

The US is planning retaliatory strikes in Yemen against al-Qaida over its attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight on Christmas Day. Guardian

(Times) – Al-Qaeda ‘groomed Abdulmutallab in London’

The Christmas Day airline bomb plot suspect organised a conference under the banner “War on Terror Week” as he immersed himself in radical politics while a student in London, The Times has learnt. Read More Here

(PrisonPlanet) – Exclusive: FBI Silent On Plane Bomber’s Accomplice

Flight 253 eyewitness Kurt Haskell has astoundingly revealed how the FBI are deliberately hiding the existence of a second man who was arrested following the Christmas Day plane bombing incident after bomb-sniffing dogs detected a possible second explosive device in his luggage. Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – Officials Admit Second Man Detained As More Witnesses Emerge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have admitted that a second man possibly carrying explosives was detained after last week’s aborted plane bombing attack, contradicting initial statements by the FBI that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was the only person arrested or charged in relation to Friday’s foiled attack. Read More Here

Detroit Airliner Terror Incident – A Convenience Theory

I am not one that sees conspiracies everywhere, but I do like a good Convenience Theory. Like the one that is coming together out of the botched terror attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner in Detroit just as it was arriving. Read More Here

Neocon Gingrich Demands Muslims Be Profiled as Terrorists

(KurtNimmo) – Newt Gingrich said in a twitter the other day that the government needs to begin profiling people in response to the staged Christmas day underwear non-bombing. “We need a new policy of systematically going after terrorists that involves explicit profiling and explicit discrimination for behavior,” said the prominent neocon. “It is time to go to profiling of dangerous people.” Continue reading

Video: BOMBSHELL – Evidence Clearly Indicates Staged Attack on Detroit Flight

(AaronDykes) – CNN Airs Eyewitness Testimony that ‘Well-Dressed’ Indian accomplice helped Abdulmutallab board without passport and that man on plane filmed entire flight and bombing attempt Continue reading