MSM: Counterterrorism Boss: Irresponsible Not to Assassinate Suspected Terrorists Without Trial

(CNN) – The director of the National Counterterrorism Center says the U.S. government believes that U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki had “a direct operational role” in the attempt to bring down an airliner bound for Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day.

Al-Awlaki is thought to be in Yemen. U.S. officials have said he had contact with Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, who tried to ignite a bomb concealed in his underwear aboard the Northwest Airlines flight.

Speaking to the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday, Michael Leiter did not confirm that al-Awlaki is on a CIA hit list, but told the seminar, “If someone like Anwar al-Awlaki is responsible for part of an operation to try to kill more than 300 people over the city of Detroit, I think it would be wholly irresponsible for individuals like me, or (CIA Director) Leon Panetta, for Secretary (of Defense Robert) Gates and ultimately the president, not to at least think about and potentially direct all elements of national power to try to defend the American people. I think that is what the American people expect.” Read entire article

US used cluster bombs on Yemen civilians: Amnesty

(RawStory) – A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said on Monday.

The London-based rights group released photographs that it said showed the remains of a US-made Tomahawk missile and unexploded cluster bombs that were apparently used in the December 17, 2009 attack on the rural community of Al-Maajala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province.

“Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions appear to have been used in Yemen,” said Mike Lewis, the group’s arms control researcher. Continue reading

Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways – Michel Chossudovsky

“Whoever attains maritime supremacy in the Indian Ocean would be a prominent player on the international scene.” (US Navy Geostrategist Rear Admiral Alfred Thayus Mahan (1840-1914))
The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80 kilometres off the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by (UNESCO), as a World Natural Heritage Site.

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Yemen on the Brink: Implications for U.S. Policy – Ron Paul

Mr. Chairman, I am extremely concerned over current US policy toward Yemen, which I believe will backfire and leave the United States less safe and much poorer. Increasing US involvement in Yemen may be sold as a fight against terrorism, but in fact it is more about expanding US government control and influence over this strategically-placed nation at the gateway to Asia. Continue reading

CIA Has Program to Assassinate U.S. Citizens

(TheNewAmerican) – The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has maintained an assassination list of U.S. citizens for the last eight year and has actually assassinated Americans, according to January 27 Washington Post story. Continue reading

Fake “War on Terrorism”: In Yemen the US is Fighting against Democracy, not against Al Qaeda

A pair of trousers catches fire in an aeroplane close to Detroit and missiles rain down on Yemen. Is this is what is called the butterfly effect? For Mohammed Hassan, the terrorist threat is only an excuse. In this latest chapter in our series “Understanding the Muslim world”, our specialist explains what is really at stake in Yemen: i.e. undermining democracy in the Gulf in order to keep control over its oil. Continue reading

Presidential Assassinations of US Citizens – Glenn Greenwald

The Washington Post‘s Dana Priest today reports that “U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people.”  That’s no surprise, of course, as Yemen is now another predominantly Muslim country (along with Somalia and Pakistan) in which our military is secretly involved to some unknown degree in combat operations without any declaration of war, without any public debate, and arguably (though not clearly) without any Congressional authorization.  The exact role played by the U.S. in the late-December missile attacks in Yemen, which killed numerous civilians, is still unknown.
But buried in Priest’s article is her revelation that American citizens are now being placed on a secret “hit list” of people whom the President has personally authorized to be killed: 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

Video: US wants “obedient servants of the state” – Ron Paul

(RussiaToday) – “The greatest threat to a government is people who think for themselves,” believes US Congressman Ron Paul.

“If you condition people to everyday, all day, depend on the government to do their thinking for them – they will become more obedient.” Continue reading

US think tank seeks to connect Iran, Yemen, Qaeda

(PressTV) – A report says a high-profile neoconservative think tank in the United States is reportedly working to establish a link between Iran, the Yemeni opposition groups and al-Qaeda militants. Continue reading

Obama’s Alternate Universe – Scott Ritter

As America enters the year 2010 and President Barack Obama his second year in office, the foreign policy landscape presented by American policymakers and media pundits appears to be dominated by two physical problems—Iraq and Afghanistan—which operate in an overarching metaphysical environment loosely defined as a “war on terror.” The ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, entering their seventh and ninth years respectively, have consumed America’s attention, treasure and blood without producing anything close to a tangible victory. 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

MSM: Defiant Yemen tells US soldiers to keep out

(Independent) – Yemen insisted yesterday that it could handle its own mounting security challenges without any direct foreign intervention, pointedly warning Washington to learn the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue reading

Given Everything That’s Happened, Shouldn’t We At Least ASK?

Given that Cheney is apparently at least partly responsible for creating the terror problem in Yemen

And that one of the most highly decorated soldiers of all time says that “war is a racket” …

Given that FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, constitutional law expert professor Jonathan Turley, Time Magazine, Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post have all said that U.S. government officials “were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power” … Continue reading

Video: The Daily Show – Terror 2.0 by Yemen

The Al Qaeda masterminds attempt the same plot to blow up a U.S. airliner that they tried eight years ago.

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Obama’s War On Yemen – Stephen Lendman

Besides waging direct or proxy wars on multiple fronts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, the Philippines, Sudan, Eastern Congo, elsewhere in Africa, and likely to erupt almost anywhere at any time, Yemen is now a new front in America’s “war on terror” under a president, who as a candidate, promised diplomacy, not conflict, if elected. 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

Video: The Next False Flag: An Attack On the U.S. Embassy in Yemen

(KurtNimmo) – Earlier today, the Daily Telegraph reported that a truck of explosives and weapons managed to slip past a surveillance operation in Sana’a, Yemen. Continue reading

Video: Obama Sends Brennan to Sell Yemen Attack on Sunday News Shows

(KurtNimmo) – It is a glaring example that there is precious little difference between so-called liberals and conservatives on the subject of the government’s response to manufactured terrorism — the “progressive” Chris Matthews claims to be worried about terrorists boarding planes who know Kung Fu. Continue reading

MSM: Detroit terror attack – Britain sends counter-terrorist forces to Yemen

(Telegraph) – Britain has dispatched a special counter-terrorist unit to Yemen as the mountainous Arab state emerges as the new frontline in the war against al-Qaeda, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. Continue reading

Video: False Flag Event in Detroit a Pretext to Invade Yemen

(KurtNimmo) – The UK PM Gordon Brown called for an “emergency summit of world leaders last night to stop Yemen becoming a new terror center,” reports The Sun. Brown declares the poverty-stricken country — increasingly described as a “failed state” by government officials and the corporate media (the same way Afghanistan and Iraq were deemed failed states before they were invaded) — represents an “evolving threat” threat and an “incubator” for terrorism. Continue reading

The Road Ahead – Another year of debunking the War Party’s lies

(AntiWar) – You’ll have to pardon me if I utter a long, drawn-out sigh, but the prospect of facing yet another year of phonycrises,” official fabrications, and Obama-esque double-talk is daunting, to say the least. My task, as I see it, is to unpack the hyperbole, debunk the hysterics, and give my readers a clear-headed and fact-based analysis of what in the world our rulers are up to. It’s more than a fulltime job, and the holidays provide no respite: indeed, it’s starting early this year, and, nose to the grindstone, I’m on their case …. Continue reading

Billions in Recent Yememi Investments and The Underwear Bomber’s Daddy. It’s a Small World Ain’t It?

Why are we attacking the people of Yemen?  Because some kid is alleged to have sewn a big fire-cracker into his underwear then sat on it in a plane over Detroit?  Nope.  Not even close. If you want to know what this is all about, follow Daddy’s money all the way to the IMF and Jaiz Bank. Continue reading

US-backed raid killed 49 Yemeni civilians, officials said

(TheNational) – Following a military operation in Yemen targeting suspected al Qa’eda militants, a local official said on Sunday that 49 civilians, among them 23 children and 17 women, were killed in air strikes which he said were carried out “indiscriminately,” Agence France Presse reported. Continue reading

Video: Attack Yemen? – Ron Paul

(C4L) – Congressman Ron Paul gives his thoughts on Yemen, the attempted airline bombing, the motivations of Al Qaeda, the radicalization of the Middle East, and the negation of our liberties to government provided “security.” Continue reading

Video: Ron Paul Says Agenda Behind Bombing Incident Is More War, More Attacks On Liberty

(PaulWatson) – Congressman Ron Paul fears that the agenda behind the Flight 253 bombing incident is to expand the war on terror into Yemen while stripping Americans of more liberties, warning that it’s time people woke up and realized that the government cannot guarantee their safety. Continue reading

Video: Corporate Media Steps Up al-Qaeda in Yemen Propaganda

Infamous and documented CIA fabrication takes responsibility for the absurd Christmas day terror attack attempt. Continue reading

MSM: U.S. quietly takes terror war to Yemen

(MSNBC) – In the midst of two unfinished major wars, the United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against Al Qaeda in Yemen. Continue reading

Video: Ron Paul on Terrorism and Security

(C4L) – Congressman Ron Paul gives his thoughts on Yemen, the attempted airline bombing, the motivations of Al Qaeda, the radicalization of the Middle East, and the negation of our liberties to government provided “security.” Continue reading

Lieberman: Yemen is ‘tomorrow’s war’ if pre-emptive action not taken

(TheHill) – Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) Sunday said that Yemen could be the ground of America’s next overseas war if Washington does not take preemptive action to root out al-Qaeda interests there. Continue reading

MSM: Yemen – New frontier in US ‘war on terror’

(BBC) – The increased violence in Yemen is a clear indication that military campaigns to crush al-Qaeda-inspired violence extend far beyond the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Continue reading

Video: US Attack Kills 120 In Yemen

(RussiaToday) – On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News in a report broadcast on ABC World News with Charles Gibson. Continue reading

US air raids kill 63 civilians in Yemen

(PressTV) – Yemen’s Houthi fighters say scores of civilians, including many children, have been killed in US air-raids in the southeast of the war-stricken Arab country. Continue reading

Middle East News

(CNN) – Twitter hacked by ‘Iranian Cyber Army’

The popular microblogging Web site Twitter was hacked overnight, leaving the millions who use the site tweetless. Read More Here

(AP) – Israel: Iran nearing atomic bomb capability

Iran is close to a “technological breakthrough” that would enable it to build nuclear weapons, Israel’s military intelligence chief said in a rare public assessment Tuesday. Read More Here

(FinancialTimes) – Hamas vows to aid Iran if it is attacked

The exiled leader of Hamas gave warning on Tuesday that the Palestinian Islamist movement would support Iran if Israel were to launch a military strike against its nuclear facilities. Read More Here

US military intervention in Yemen: reports

Saudi Arabian warplanes bombed a market in Bani Maan village in Yemen killing 70 civilians, rebels in the north of the country said Dec. 14. The rebels, known as Houthis, have accused the Saudis of several cross-border raids. Additionally, Iran’s Press TV, citing claims on the rebels’ Almenpar website, reported that US fighter jets took part in the air-raids in the northwestern province of Sa’ada. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Gulf petro-powers to launch currency in latest threat to dollar hegemony

The Arab states of the Gulf region have agreed to launch a single currency modelled on the euro, hoping to blaze a trail towards a pan-Arab monetary union swelling to the ancient borders of the Ummayad Caliphate. Read More Here

Yemen: Pentagon’s War On The Arabian Peninsula

Yemen will become a battleground for a proxy war between the United States and Saudi Arabia – whose state-to-state relations are among the strongest and most durable of the entire post-World War II era – on one hand and Iran on the other. Continue reading

US ‘Sends Special Forces to Yemen’ Amid Crisis

(PressTV) – US special forces have been sent to Yemen to train its army, as the Yemeni military backed by the Saudi Arabian army has been fighting local Houthi fighters in the north of the country. Continue reading

Houthis: Riyadh Keeps Dropping Phosphorus Bombs

(PressTV) – Yemen’s Houthi fighters say Saudi Arabia continues to strike Yemeni villages using phosphorus bombs, as the fight between security forces and fighters goes on in northern Yemen. Continue reading

HRW Urges Civilian Protection in Yemen, Houthi Crisis

(PressTV) – Human Rights Watch is calling on those fighting against Yemeni Houthis to take all necessary measures to spare civilian lives and ensure they receive humanitarian assistance. Continue reading