Alex welcomes back to the show Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern presented morning intelligence briefings at the White House for a number of presidents. Continue reading
(BeforeItsNews) – What Next If Israel Attacks the Iranian Flotilla?
After an extensive history of slaughtering American peace activists, a history that is hidden by the U.S. media, Israel now is playing poker, more specifically Blind-man’s Bluff, with a country that invented chess. Read More Here
(HuffingtonPost) – Lazy Reporters, Politicians and Comedians Bring Helen Thomas Down as an Unquestioning Public Cheers
The fact that writing about Helen Thomas just a few days after she resigned feels like old news, tells you something about what’s wrong with the media and our country today.
After a journalism career spanning almost seventy years, Thomas was taken down in less than two minutes. Which is the running time of the video where she made the remarks that forced her to resign her job, lose her book collaborator, her lecture agent and have a high school cancel a graduation speech she was scheduled to deliver. Read More Here
(CSPAN) – Video: It’s None Of Our Business What Israel Does! – Congressman Poe – Video Link Here
(Zaman) – Israel is not Above the Law: “Not as Untouchable as Before” – Read More Here
(AlJazeera) – Gaza Blockade Illegal: International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip as a violation of the Geneva Conventions and called on the Israeli government to lift it.
In a statement released on Monday, the organisation called the blockade “collective punishment”, a crime under international law. It described Gaza as a territory plagued by frequent power cuts, a ruined economy, and a collapsed health care system.
“The closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is about to enter its fourth year, choking off any real possibility of economic development,” the ICRC said.
“Gazans continue to suffer from unemployment, poverty and warfare, while the quality of Gaza’s health care system has reached an all-time low.”
Crippling shortages – Read More Here
(KurtNimmo) – Gaza Aid Ship Departs Iranian Port
On Sunday an Iranian ship left the port of Khorramshahr and is currently headed for Gaza, according to Reuters. Another ship, loaded with food, construction material and toys, will depart Iran on Friday.
“Until the end of the Gaza blockade, Iran will continue to ship aid,” said an official at Iran’s Society for the Defense of the Palestinian Nation. Read More Here
(Examiner) – Israel video of soldiers attacked on Gaza flotilla an obvious forgery: see video proof for yourself
The Israeli government’s video showing their soldiers being attacked as they descended from helicopters is a forgery; proven irrefutably from the ship’s structural features in the video being visibly different from the actual vessel, the Mavi Marmara. The proof is explained in the below 3-minute video; with this story developing. Additional ship details that prove the Israeli government video forgery are in the second 6-minute video.
As I’ve written, this adds to Israel’s government lies in support of unlawful war; now by creating the world’s largest concentration camp in Gaza, and perhaps soon through war against Iran based all on “emperor has no clothes” obvious lies. Read More Here
(Aletho) – Wheat harvest met with live ammunition in Gaza “buffer zone” – Read More Here
(PressTV) – US emboldens Israel to kill Americans
A recent Israeli attack on a convoy of ships in the Mediterranean Sea is another indication that Israel kills Americans with a sense of immunity from prosecution.
Furkan Dogan, a US citizen who lived in Turkey, was killed on May 31 during an Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla that carried humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
The attack on the six-ship convoy killed at least 20 peace activists, including nine Turkish citizens on board the M.V. Mavi Marmara, and injured over 40 others.
Ray McGovern, a former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in an interview with Press TV, reviewed some other incidents in which Israel “deliberately” had killed Americans without being held accountable by Washington afterwards. Read More Here
(Gisha) – Partial List of Items Prohibited/Permitted into the Gaza Strip – Read More Here
(JPost) – ‘Gaza economy collapsing under siege’
B’tselem: 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted. Read More Here
(AntiWar) – Israeli Deputy FM: 75 al-Qaeda Mercenaries on Aid Ship
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon appeared on CNN’s “GPS” show today, and once again changed the official story related to the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara aid ship two weeks ago.
Ayalon now claims that 75 al-Qaeda linked mercenaries were on board the ship, heavily armed, and that they ambushed the Israeli troops before their eventual capture. Read More Here
(AliAbunimah) – Video reveals European, American weapons used in Israeli attack on Gaza Flotilla – Read More Here
(CNN) – Humanitarian group calls for lifting of Gaza blockade – Read More Here
(WRH) – Fake Al Qaeda
“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook – Read More Here
(NewStraitsTimes) – ‘It was a mission to kill’
SEPANG: “We saw a hit-list with pictures and names of our comrades and they ended up dead. It was a mission to kill.”
This startling revelation came from Noorazman Mohd Samsuddin, who was the chief of the Malaysian delegation on board the Turkish aid ship MV Mavi Marmara, which was attacked by Israeli commandos. Read More Here
(MyCatBirdSeat) – Is there no limit to international duplicity and hypocrisy?
Given the intensity of global outrage over the assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, some of us were beginning to hope that the world might finally confront Israel. We were obviously mistaken — once again. Read More Here
(MyCatBirdSeat) – Nader says reinstate Helen Thomas – Read More Here
(Redress) – Video: Israel’s medieval siege of Gaza
The three year old siege on the Gaza Strip and its 1.5 million inhabitants is a testament to the Israeli regime’s disregard of law, decency and morality. This siege amounts to collective punishment, an action outlawed by various conventions and humanitarian laws. This is not to mention the suffering and humanitarian crisis caused by this law. This siege has been disgracefully condoned by the “international community” and justified by the “free world” as a measure that safegurads the security of the Israeli regime. Continue reading
(Fox) – Commentary from 27-year CIA veteran Ray McGovern. Ray served 7 US Presidents, presenting the morning briefings for many of them. Continue reading
(WorldCantWait) – Casualty figures are still arriving in the wake of Israel’s Sunday night-Monday morning commando attack on an unarmed flotilla trying to bring relief supplies to the 1.5 million Palestinians crowded into Gaza.
Already, at least nine civilian passengers aboard the ships are reported killed, and dozens wounded.
Yet, seldom has an act of aggression been so well advertised in advance. Israel had made clear that it would use force to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza and heard no stern protest from President Obama, who apparently could not overcome his fear of Israel’s legendary political clout. Continue reading
Video: George W. Bush: ‘Starting Wars In Middle East Good For The Economy’
Take a wild guess who convinced George W. Bush that starting wars in the Middle East would be “good for the economy”?
Oliver Stone interviews former Argentina president Néstor Kirchner : Video Link Here
(DailyMail) – Princess Diana ‘was killed for planning to expose senior Brits involved in the land mine trade’
Diana, Princess of Wales was killed because she planned to expose senior members of the British arms trade involved with land mines, a leading lawyer claimed today.
Michael Mansfield QC, who represented Mohamed al-Fayed in the inquest into the death of his son Dodi and the former royal, said Diana claimed she had an ‘exposure diary’ in which she was going to unmask the people most closely involved with the British manufacturing of land mines. Read More Here
(MSNBC) – U.N. official wants C.I.A. drone strikes axed
A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda, complicating the Obama administration’s growing reliance on that tactic in Pakistan. Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Israeli’s Nuclear Policy: From South Africa to Iran – Prof. James Petras – Read More Here
(NYTimes) – U.N. Says Iran Has Fuel for 2 Nuclear Weapons
In their last report before the United Nations Security Council votes on sanctions against Iran, international nuclear inspectors declared Monday that Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that experts say would be enough, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons. Read More Here
(PrisonPlanet) – America’s dead in Afghanistan since 2001 – Read More Here
(EconomicPolicyJournal) – German President’s Resignation Tied to Telling Truth About Afghan War
German President Horst Koehler resigned Monday in a surprise move after being criticized for reportedly linking military deployments abroad with the country’s economic interests — creating a new headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read More Here
(Infowars) – Infowars Poll: Nearly 70% Believe “Total War” Possible On Korean Peninsula – View Poll Here
(GlobalResearch) – The Korean Crisis: Cui Bono? – F. William Engdahl
The alleged North Korean sinking of a South Korean boat in March has dramatically escalated tensions between north and south Korea. It has also caused a reversal of a planned Japanese government push to close the US military base on Okinawa. The major question in the bizarre affair is Cui Bono? Read More Here
(RedactedNews) – The sinking of the Cheonan: Another Gulf of Tonkin incident
History repeats itself. Read More Here
(BBC) – China and Japan ‘back North Korea financial sanctions’ – Read More Here
(Chosun) – N.Koreans Rally to Accuse S.Korea of Conspiracy
North Korea mobilized some 100,000 people in Pyongyang on Sunday morning for a rally condemning the South Korean version of the sinking of the Cheonan as a conspiracy. Read More Here
(InterFax) – Attack on Gaza aid flotilla “barbaric” – Russia’s Council of Muftis – Read More Here
(YNet) – A war for world’s future
Battle isn’t about Gaza, but rather, about radical Islam vs. liberal West Read More Here
(PressTV) – ‘Israel committed an act of war’ – Hugo Chavez
“Venezuela will continue to denounce the terrorist and criminal nature of Israel’s government, even as it reiterates, today more than ever, its unbreakable commitment to the fight of the Palestinian people for freedom, national sovereignty, and dignity,” he said in a statement issued on Monday. Read More Here
(AFP) – Iran wants Netanyahu to face trial for Gaza raid
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called for Israel’s prime minister and defence minister to face trial for the deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla in the eastern Mediterranean. Read More Here
(JPost) – ‘Next time we’ll use more force’
Israel will use more aggressive force in the future to prevent ships from breaking the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, a top Navy commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Read More Here
(YNet) – IDF chief tells troops they did ‘splendidly’ – Read More Here
(BRussellsTribunal) – Dead: 19. Injured: 60. This is Israel. Appeal of the BRussells Tribunal
Israel’s killing of 19 innocents with 60 more injured must have maximal consequences. Israel impunity is a threat to all Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – What if Iran Had Carried Out the Gaza Carnage? – Read More Here
(SouthLebanon) – Does Israel Rule the World?
As this occurred in international waters, it is not only an act of piracy but could also be construed as an ‘act of war’. This attack on unarmed civilian men and women illustrates the moral depths to which the Jewish state has sunk. An Al Jazeera reporter on board the vessel says the Israelis fired live bullets even after a white flag was hoisted. This atrocity and the potential fall-out should merit loud condemnation from the international community … but don’t hold your breath! We have yet to witness the extent of Turkey’s response. Read More Here
(PalestineThinkTank) – International Activists Cause Their Own Deaths – By Attacking Non-confrontational Israeli Commandos? – Read More Here
(PaulWatson) – Did Activists Attack Israeli Soldiers In Self-Defense?
Newly released video footage of the Israeli raid on a humanitarian aid ship heading to Gaza shows passengers attacking IDF soldiers before they landed on board, but activists claim this was a legitimate response to the fact that commandoes had already fired upon and killed at least one passenger before they attempted to seize the ship. Read More Here
(PressTV) – UN tells Israel to end siege of Gaza
UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has called on Israel to end its “unacceptable” blockade of the Gaza Strip. Read More Here
(PressTV) – Security Council slams Gaza aid raid
The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy, demanding the immediate release of the ships and the civilians onboard. Read More Here
(PressTV) – Israel vows more attacks on aid ships
A defiant Israel downplays international condemnations of its deadly raid against a Gaza-bound aid convoy, vowing to prevent all aid ships trying to break the Gaza siege.
“We will not let any ships reach Gaza and supply what has become a terrorist base threatening the heart of Israel,” AFP quoted Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai as saying on Tuesday. Read More Here
(PressTV) – OIC lashes out at Israeli violence – Read More Here
(CraigMurray) – The Legal Position on the Israeli Attack
To attack a foreign flagged vessel in international waters is illegal. It is not piracy, as the Israeli vessels carried a military commission. It is rather an act of illegal warfare. Read More Here
(PressTV) – ‘Israel has lost all legitimacy’
The Turkish foreign minister has told the UN Security Council that Israel should be held accountable for its deadly attack on the flotilla carrying humanitarian assistance for Gaza.
Ahmet Davutoglu said that Israel has “lost all legitimacy” because of the onslaught that left at least 20 peace activists dead and many others wounded. Most of those killed in the assault were from Turkey. Read More Here
(LiveLeak) – Video: Israelis celebrating attack on Turkish Aid Ship – infront of Turkish Embassy,Tel Aviv – Video Link Here
Veterans For Peace Responds to Armed Attack on Aid Flotilla
The world is reacting in righteous outrage at this moment to Israel’s high seas attack on an international aid flotilla, reportedly killing up to 20 people escorting tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza in an effort to break Israel’s three-year blockade. “Made in the U.S.A.” is stamped on the weapons commandos used to kill and wound the international peace activists.
We are saddened and we are angry. At least one of our own members, retired Army Col., Ann Wright, is among the 700 people aboard the boats attacked in the middle of the night. But we cannot say we are very surprised. Palestinians die quietly and unnoticed every day in Gaza, the world’s largest open air prison, as a result of Israel’s blockade and violent repression Read More Here
(Redress) – The concentration camp that is Gaza
In creating the Gaza concentration camp where food from humanitarian organizations is allowed in to 1.5 million Palestinians on a basis calculated as the minimum necessary to sustain life, Israel is similarly challenging Nazi achievements. Israel claims that it does not ration food to Gaza on this basis but the calculation exists. We must draw our conclusions from it. Read More Here
(Redress) – Israeli butchery at sea
Gilad Atzmon argues that Israel’s murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza was a premeditated act of savagery and that the international community, foremost NATO and the European Union, must respond decisively by cutting all relations with the rogue Jewish state. Read More Here
(MyCatBirdSeat) – CYNTHIA MCKINNEY : End Israeli Impunity Now
Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: People of the U.S. and the world must end Israeli impunity now!
I am calling on the people of the United States to change course now. Read More Here
(RedactedNews) – Turkish Sources – Israeli Advance Target Assassination List Found on Flotilla
Turkish sources and media revealed a document which shows that a death list had been prepared in advance by the Israelis, showing names and pictures of people on board of the ships to be murdered, who, according to Israel, were “involved in the International humanitarian aid for Gaza”. Read More Here
(KurtNimmo) – Video: Mavi Marmara Incident Sabotages Peace Process
A few hours after Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza and met resistance, the Israeli ambassador to Denmark claimed the flotilla had links to al-Qaeda. “Before the flotilla entered Israeli waters, rumor had it that the organizers (of the aid initiative) had links with the al-Qaeda terrorist network,” Arthur Avnon said from Copenhagen.
Israel has a history of creating and funding Islamic terror groups, including al-Qaeda cells. In 2002, Palestinian security forces arrested a group of Palestinians for collaborating with Israel and posing as operatives of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist network, the Sydney Morning Herald reported (the original article has since found its way to the memory hole). Video Link Here
(Haaretz) – ‘The ship turned into a lake of blood,’ says activist on Gaza flotilla – Read More Here
(RawStory) – Witness: No one armed on Gaza flotilla – Read More Here
FLASHBACK – (BelfastTelegraph) – UK Jewish MP: Israel acting like the Nazis who forced my family to flee from Poland – Read More Here
(Lataan) – ISRAEL’S LATEST MURDER SPREE SHOULD BE SEEN IN CONTEXT OF THE BIGGER REGIONAL PICTURE – Read More Here
(AntiWar) – Turkey: Future Gaza Aid Ships Will Have Military Escorts – Read More Here
(BusinessInsider) – Israel Is The New North Korea, And The Latest Crisis Could Affect The Korean One – Read More Here
(AFP) – Israel planning massive attack on Gaza: Ahmadinejad
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran has precise information that Israel plans to launch a “massive attack” on Gaza in the wake of its deadly raid on an aid flotilla. Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Israel Murders Human Rights Workers Delivering Humanitarian Aid – Prof. Marjorie Cohn
On Sunday, Israel murdered human rights workers who were attempting to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, because Gaza has been virtually cut off from the outside world by Israel. At least 19 people were reportedly killed and dozens injured when Israeli troops boarded the 6-ship Freedom Flotilla convoy in international waters and immediately fired live ammunition at the people on board the ships. The convoy was comprised of 700 people from 50 nationalities and included a Nobel laureate, members of parliament from Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey and Malaysia, as well as Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset and a Holocaust survivor. Read More Here
(Uruknet) – Raid on the Gaza Flotilla – Israel’s Attack on Us All – Jonathan Cook
It is quite astounding that Israel has been able to create over the past 12 hours a news blackout, just as it did with its attack on Gaza 18 months ago, into which our main media organisations have willingly allowed Israeli spokespeople to step in unchallenged. Read More Here
(SteveWatson) – Israeli Knesset Member: Israel Wanted High Number Of Fatalities
A member of the Israeli Knesset, the legislative branch of the Israeli government, who was on board the Marmara ship when it was ambushed by IDF troops, has told reporters that the intention of the raid was to kill as many on board as they could in order to ward off others from attempting to reach Gaza by sea. Read More Here
(OilPrice) – Tensions Between Israel and Turkey at Breaking Point – Read More Here
(DesertPeace) – To break the Gaza Siege …. In English and Arabic – Read More Here
(ABCNews) – Official: US Will Stand with Israel – Read More Here
(TPMCafe) – Israel – You’ve gone too far this time – Read More Here
(PalSolidarity) – US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister – Read More Here
(Guardian) – Gaza flotilla raid draws furious response from Turkey’s prime minister
‘Special relationship’ in tatters as Erdogan demands that Israel be punished for ‘bloody massacre’ Read More Here
(AlethoNews) – The Enemies of Humanity Expose Themselves Again
The recent storming by Israeli state terrorists of a Turkish humanitarian aid ship Mavi Marmara in international waters, killing of twenty people during the illegal seizure, and subsequent kidnapping of nearly seven hundred passengers, is yet another of numerous Israeli operations that have highlighted the essence of Zionism and its utter disregard for humanity. Read More Here
(Breitbart) – Lebanon fires on Israeli warplanes: security official – Read More Here
(Guardian) – Israel should lead investigation into attack on Gaza flotilla, says US
Turkey’s demands for international inquiry blocked at meeting of United Nations security council Read More Here
(YNet) – US veteran on board ‘Liberty’ was flotilla passenger
Man who served on ship bombed by Israel during 1967 war is missing in aftermath of flotilla clashes Read More Here
(PressTV) – Video: Former CIA Officer: Israel Controls U.S. Government & Media
Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst/Presidential Daily Briefer | Phillip Giraldi, Former CIA Case Officer Continue reading
(AlterNet) – How the Pentagon Is Cheating Wounded Vets — Soldiers Aren’t Disposable
The military’s sad legacy of denying the care troops need after combat. Read More Here
(WSWS) – Iran, the US and the UN Nuclear Conference
The Obama administration and the US media have exploited the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York to again threaten Iran with further UN sanctions and military action over its nuclear programs and demonise the Iranian president. Read More Here
(Reuters) – Probe concludes torpedo sank South Korea ship: report
Investigators probing the deadly sinking of a South Korean navy ship in March near the North have concluded that a torpedo was the source of an explosion that destroyed the vessel, a news report said on Friday. Read More Here
(RawStory) – Media promotes far-fetched ‘bin Laden in Iran’ report
According to a new documentary, Osama bin Laden has been living in Iran’s capital of Tehran with his family since 2003, enjoying the protection of the Revolutionary Guard and regularly taking part in the elite sport of falcon hunting. Read More Here
(Uruknet) – The pretext of “security” along Gaza’s buffer zone
Unemployment soars at 60 percent as a result of the closed borders under the Israeli-led and internationally-complicit siege of Gaza and the destruction of 95 percent of industry and factories in the tiny coastal strip. Read More Here
(SouthLebanon) – General ‘tried to cover up truth about death of Rachel Corrie’
Israeli war hero accused of suppressing testimony that could reveal what really happened to Gaza activist Read More Here
(InfoClearingHouse) – Loose Lips on Iran Can Sink America – Ray McGovern
The omnipresent World War II-era poster with the words “Loose Lips Sink Ships” served as a warning to members of the U.S. military to take heed lest they divulge information that could tip off the enemy and result in defeat in battle. Read More Here
(AntiWar) – A Timetable For War – Philip Giraldi
Readers of my articles will know that I am extremely pessimistic about the prospects for peace in the Middle East. I do not believe for a second that the leaders of Israel actually consider Iran to be an “existential” threat but the fact that they have cried wolf so often has convinced the Israeli public that it is so. Worse still, Israel’s friends in the US have convinced the American public of the same thing even though Iran does not threaten the United States at all. Read More Here
(PressTV) – Russia says Iran attack ‘disastrous’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has highlighted the “necessity” of political discourse with Iran in ending an impasse over its civilian nuclear program Read More Here
(CounterPunch) – How to Stumble Into a War: Loose Lips on Iran – Ray McGovern
The omnipresent World War II-era posters with the words “Loose Lips Sink Ships” served as a warning to members of the U.S. military to take heed lest they divulge information that could tip off the enemy and result in defeat in battle. Read More Here
(ChristianScienceMonitor) – Uncle Sam wants Micronesians for US military
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia – The portraits of stern-faced young men on armed forces recruiting posters, hanging from cafeteria walls, seem to gaze down at the mingling teenagers. Below, about 130 high school seniors have gathered to sit for a US military aptitude test required by the school’s administration. Several dozen plan to enlist; many more are still on the fence. Read More Here
(Wired) – Joint Chiefs Chair: No, No, No. Don’t Attack Iran
We are all screwed if Iran gets a nuke. And we may be just as screwed if the United States attacks Iran to keep Tehran from getting that nuke.
Okay, I’m paraphrasing a bit. But that’s the core of the message from America’s top military officer, who reiterated today his canyon-deep reservations about any military solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. Sure, U.S. strikes might set back Tehran’s atomic weapons program — for a while. But the “unintended consequences” of a hit on Iran’s nuclear facilities could easily outweigh the benefits of that delay, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told a forum at Columbia University. Read More Here
(HuffingtonPost) – Benjamin Netanyahu Urges ‘Crippling Sanctions’ Against Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) is calling for “crippling sanctions” against Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapons capability. Read More Here
(Aletho) – Barak: “The Only Way out of Iran Crises is a Bold Israeli Move”
Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio on Monday that the only way out of the current “stalemate” with Iran is a bold Israeli move, adding that he felt that Iran did not pose an “immediate existential threat” to Israel. Read More Here
(TimesOnline) – Video: Pentagon chief raises threat of attack as Iran taunts US with missile display
The Pentagon was ratcheting up pressure for military action against Iran last night as America’s top uniformed official said for the first time that a strike on nuclear targets would “go a long way” towards delaying Tehran’s uranium enrichment programme. View Video Here
(LATimes) – Secret Prison Revealed in Baghdad
Hundreds of Sunni men disappeared for months into a secret Baghdad prison under the jurisdiction of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s military office, where many were routinely tortured until the country’s Human Rights Ministry gained access to the facility, Iraqi officials say.Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – The Pentagon’s Fantasy Numbers on Afghan Civilian Deaths
“The American public is conditionally tolerant of [military] casualties and consistently indifferent to collateral damage” Dr. Karl P. Mueller, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base
The Politics of Counting Dead Afghan Civilians: Responses by the Libertarian Right and Obama Liberals to McChrystal’s Numbers Read More Here
(Reuters) – Mullen: Military “Options” Exist for Dealing with Iran
The nation’s top military officer said Sunday that military options existed to try to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon but that diplomatic efforts were the best way forward now. Read More Here
(AFP) – Afghanistan: More than 100 dead in bloody week
More than 100 people including dozens of civilians were killed in violence related to Afghanistan’s ongoing war against the Taliban in the past week, authorities said Sunday. Read More Here
(TimesOnline) – Israel warns Syria over Hezbollah attacks “We’ll return Syria to the Stone Age”
Israel has delivered a secret warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad that it will respond to missile attacks from Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese-based Islamist group, by launching immediate retaliation against Syria itself. Read More Here
(ConsortiumNews) – Lie to Congress; Get Fourth Star – Cyber-Warfare Chief’s Deception – Ray McGovern
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander may well be harboring the proverbial thought attributed to prevaricator Oliver North upon being spared punishment — and instead getting rewarded handsomely — for lying about the Iran-Contra Affair: “Is this a great country or what!” Read More Here
(AntiFascistCalling) – The Pentagon’s Cyber Command: Civilian Infrastructure is a “Legitimate” Target – Tom Burghardt
When U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates launched Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) last June, the memorandum authorizing its stand-up specified it as a new “subordinate unified command” under U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), one that “must be capable of synchronizing warfighting effects across the global security environment as well as providing support to civil authorities and international partners.” Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Video: Why “Blackwater” is behind suicide bombings in Pakistan – Webster Tarpley – Continue reading
(InfoClearingHouse) – Participants at an otherwise informative discussion on “Iran at a Crossroads” at the Senate on Wednesday seemed at pains to barricade the doors against the proverbial elephant being admitted into the room — in this case, Israel.
This, despite the fact that the agenda virtually dictated that the elephant be allowed in. The cavernous hearing room also could have accommodated it — however awkward and untidy the atmosphere might have become.
Otherwise, as was entirely predictable, the discussion would be lacking a crucial element. Which it turned out to be. Continue reading
(Fox) – Commentary from 27-year CIA veteran Ray McGovern. Ray served 7 US Presidents, presenting the morning briefings for many of them. Continue reading
The Iranian government is celebrating the capture of Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of a violent group called Jundullah (Arabic for Soldiers of God), which Tehran says is a terrorist organization supported by the United States, Great Britain and Israel. Continue reading
(InformationClearingHouse) – Here we go again. A report issued Thursday by the new Director General of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano, has injected new adrenalin into those arguing that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. Continue reading
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
In the past, I have alluded to Panetta and the Seven Dwarfs. The reference is to CIA Director Leon Panetta and seven of his moral-dwarf predecessors — the ones who sent President Barack Obama a letter on Sept. 18 asking him to “reverse Attorney General Holder’s Aug. 24 decision to re-open the criminal investigation of CIA interrogations.” Continue reading
Media commentary on the upcoming 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has raised concern that state secrets may be divulged, including details about how the Bush administration used torture to extract evidence about al-Qaeda. Continue reading
(RealNews) – Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern speaks on disinformation, Iran, and “faith-based intelligence” Continue reading
Alex welcomes back to the show Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer under seven U.S. presidents over 27 years and founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity or VIPS. The organization is dedicated to analyzing and criticizing the use of intelligence, specifically relating to the War in Iraq. In January 2006, McGovern began speaking out on behalf of the anti-war group Not in Our Name. Continue reading
Unlike many of my progressive friends, for me the current administration’s behavior on torture is a glass half full. In my view, the real scandal is how very few have taken a sip. Continue reading
Raymond McGovern is a 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior government officials. Continue reading
(RayMcGovern) – The Speech the President Should Give to Congress, September 9, 2009 Continue reading
I’m going to ask for my money back. I’ve seen this Afghanistan movie before. The first time, Vietnam was in the title. Continue reading
Do you think the wardens will let George Tenet wear his Presidential Medal of Freedom over the orange coverall? Continue reading
Hats off to Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times for ferreting out what it was that sent CIA Director Leon Panetta scurrying over to Congress in late June. Continue reading
Seven years ago this week, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair gathered his top national security advisers at 10 Downing St. to hear a report from U.K. intelligence chief Richard Dearlove, just back in London from face-to-face talks with then-CIA Director George Tenet in Washington. Continue reading
So far the summer has been mild in the Washington, D.C., area. But for former Vice President Dick Cheney the temperature is well over 100 degrees. He is sweating profusely, and it is becoming increasingly clear why. Continue reading
“War on Terror” advocates want civilians to die to justify “War on Terror” Continue reading
Since the June 12 Iranian presidential elections, Iran “experts” have mushroomed like bacteria in a Petri dish. So here is a quiz for all those instant experts. Which major country has elected more presidents than any in the world since 1980? Further, which nation is the only one that held ten presidential elections within thirty years of its revolution? Continue reading
What’s the difference between murder and massacre?
The answer is Terry Halbardier, whose bravery and ingenuity as a 23-year-old Navy seaman spelled the difference between the murder of 34 of the USS Liberty crew and the intended massacre of all 294. Continue reading
Oozing out of the sleazy speech he gave recently at the American Enterprise Institute was an inadvertent truth regarding the Israeli albatross hanging around the neck of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Continue reading
Watching retired Gen. Colin Powell cite Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan during Sunday’s Memorial Day ceremonies on the Mall in Washington, it struck me that Powell was giving hypocrisy a bad name. Continue reading
Well, well. The New York Times has finally put a story together on the key role that two controversial psychologists played in devising the Bush administration’s torture policies. Guess we should be thankful for small favors. Continue reading