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White Paper = Whitewash of Targeted Killing

by Debra Sweet                Tuesday on Democracy Now, Daniel Ellsberg pointed out that President Obama is "thinking like John Yoo." The White Paper leaked just as the drone-in-chief/assassination czar John Brennan begins hearings to become the new head of the C.I.A. doesn't rise to level of the more sophisticated memo like the one Yoo wrote to justify torture (download PDF) but it's just as chilling. Apparently the Obama administration is giving the memo which this White Paper is based on to Congress today.

Media Mayor Cory Booker Bombs in Home Town of Newark

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


Cory Booker, the charismatic Democratic mayor of Newark, NJ currently considering a campaign for the U.S. Senate, enjoys extraordinary media exposure -- exposure that exceeds that of many top-tier entertainers and professional athletes. However, that fawning media coverage from CNN to Vogue Magazine of this mayor rarely reports facts like the increasing ire among Newark residents over Booker’s practices and the right-wing political roots of this politician who is generally portrayed as possessing solid center-left credentials.

Air travel security data? TSA has no idea

 The Salt Lake Tribune has done a comprehensive, detailed analysis of TSA data, such as it is, and has concluded that . . . there isn’t much.

Over two years ago, the Salt Lake Tribune made a FOIA request that the TSA release data on the number and type of prohibited items confiscated at checkpoints — you know, those items the TSA is always bragging about in its weekly show-and-tells?

Big Oil's in Good Hands with Sally Jewell

 

Big Oil’s in Good Hands with Sally Jewell

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 6, Obama chose Jewell as new Interior Secretary. More on her below. 

 

She'll replace Ken Salazar. He supported BP's Deepwater Horizon operation. He ignored environmental risks. He approved BP's exploration plan with no environmental analysis.

 

New York Times Misinformation on Syria

 

New York Times Misinformation on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Managed news misinformation reflects official Times policy. It's standard practice. It's longstanding. 

 

Truth is verboten. It's systematically avoided. Readers are betrayed. They're lied to daily.

 

Syria News - Feb 8

 

 

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict through "serious dialogue" between the regime and its foes - NOW

VIDEO; Muslim leaders urge Syria dialogue - euronews, world news

Egypt's Morsi hopes for Syria ceasefire 'soon' - Morocco World News

Ahmadinejad urges negotiations, elections in Syria - hurriyetdailynews.com

Moscow Welcomes the Syrian Opposition's Readiness for Dialogue- SANA

Syrian opposition chief demands regime release women prisoners or he'll scrap offer of talks - Fox News

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Pentagon leaders favored arming Syrian rebels, A position that put them directly at odds with the White House - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Panetta, Dempsey testify that supported arming Syria rebels - YouTube

Damascus Repels Another Rebel Attack, Nusra’s call was backed by the various factions of the FSA - Al Akhbar English

Kurdish militias proliferating in Syria, Calling for greater autonomy - NYTimes.com

Exponential Increase' in Kidnappings of Christians Occurring in Syria - Fides

Tentative Jihad: Syria’s Fundamentalist Opposition - International Crisis Group

Kuwait, 'the back office of logistical support' for Syria's rebels - The National

The Syrian Islamic Front: A New Extremist Force - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

VIDEO: Syrian rebels burning Jobar's central Mosque : Damascus - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Fighting rages in Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus - YouTube

VIDEO: FSA Rebels run back to Turkey after Syrian Soldiers go after them - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Rebels in Syria cry: We have been dying for three days - Liveleak.com

VIDEO: Shell targets FSA child during interview - YouTube

VIDEO: Latakia countryside: a tour of the training camps for national defense committees - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO:  Soldiers beating rebel on bus - LiveLeak.com

 

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TSA in Atlanta: theft, theft, and more theft

We’ve written umpteen times about the prevalence of theft by TSA agents. TSA agents themselves have come forward to say that TSA theft is rampant.

Making It Right: The Heart IS a Lonely Hunter

 

By John Grant


In The New York Times February 6th on pages 20 and 21, across from each other, there were two tragic stories centered around the themes of sex, race and power. You might call them love stories, though they were definitely not Hallmark card or Harlequin romances.

Who’s going to step up? President Obama Must be Impeached

 

By Dave Lindorff


If the Constitution is to have any relevance, and if America is to remain a free society, then there is really no alternative: there must be a bill of impeachment drawn up and submitted in the House, and there must at least be a hearing on that bill in the House Judiciary Committee.


A gift to TSA headquarters

Our buddy at Taking Sense Away has a new post up, which he’s given us permission to cross-post here:

Read the rest at TSA News.

Extrajudicial Killing: Official US Policy

 

Extrajudicial Killing: Official US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since taking office, Obama headed America toward full-blown tyranny. He enforces Bush administration police state laws. He added more of his own. He governs like a tinpot despot.

 

He targets free expression, dissent, whistleblowing, and other constitutional freedoms. He usurped diktat authority. 

Israeli State Terror Crowd Control Weapons

 

Israeli State Terror Crowd Control Weapons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

State terror is official Israeli policy. Community incursions, assaults, and other violent incidents occur daily. Palestinian suffering follows.

 

They have no rights. Peaceful demonstrators are attacked. In August 1967, Israel issued Military Order No. 101 ("Order Regarding Prohibition of Incitement and Hostile Propaganda Actions," as later amended). 

John Brennan on Deck

Drone Memo Puts Brennan on Spot

February 7, 2013

Exclusive: President Obama is finally giving the congressional Intelligence Committees a look at a Justice Department legal opinion justifying the killing of Americans in senior al-Qaeda positions plotting attacks on the U.S. The disclosure comes as the Senate considers John Brennan to be CIA director.

By Ray McGovern

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director presents a rare public opportunity for Congress to insist that the White House publicly defend whatever legal reasoning has been adduced to justify the killing of alleged American terrorists working with al-Qaeda on plots to attack the United States.

Syria News - Feb 7

 

Arab League Backs Syrian Opposition Call For Dialogue With The Regime - Israel National News

Islamic Summit Opens With Calls for Syrian Dialogue - NYTimes.com

Syria govt assign two senior officials to reach out to the political opposition - Globaltimes.cn

Elements in Syrian Opposition Call on Alkhatib to Resign - Asharq Alawsat English Mobile

Syria's domestic opponent supports exiled opposition's call for dialogue with gov't - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Syrian opposition group to open New York, Washington offices - Reuters

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Heavy fighting breaks out in Syrian capital, while two car bombs kill 19, activists say - Fox News

Islamists Fighting Kurds in Syria Admit to Turkish Military Support - Rudaw.net - English

Syria rebels train 'killing machine' teenagers - AFP

VIDEO; FSA recruiting and training child soldiers - YouTube

VIDEO: Kurdish Army ready to protect Syrian Kurds ! - YouTube

VIDEO: Rebel Threatening Opposition Chief Moath Khatib - YouTube

VIDEO: Syrian rebels Whipping Women for Supporting President Assad - YouTube

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Nearly 800,000 refugees flee fighting in Syria, US officials say - Fox News

State Department won’t disperse aid through the Syrian opposition - The Cable

US ambassador says Obama's 1st Israel visit to address Iran, Syria and Palestinians - AP

US condemns Turkey's 'inflammatory comments' on Israel attack to Syria - The Times of Israel

Israel boosts defenses along Syria, Lebanon borders - Reuters

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Robert Pollin: There Is No Fiscal Crisis

There is no fiscal crisis. There is an unemployment crisis. And there is a solution: tax the banks. The support for this argument is explained by Robert Pollin, the co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.  His latest book and papers discussed during the program are here: http://backtofullemployment.org

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The Colin Powell Memorial BS Award

John Brennan's performance at his Rejection Hearing in the Senate Lack of Intelligence Committee on Thursday will likely be a contender for this year's Colin Powell Memorial Bullshit Award.

Colin Powell set the standard on Feb. 5, 2003, at the United Nations.

Powell relied on the testimony of Saddam Hussein's son-in-law to persuade us of the supposed need to attack Iraq.  Powell recited his claims about weapons of mass destruction but carefully left out the part where that same gentleman had testified that all of Iraq's WMDs had been destroyed.

Think of that.  Someone tells you about a bunch of old weapons and at the same time tells you they've been destroyed, and you choose to repeat the part about the weapons and censor the part about their destruction. How would you explain that?

Well, it's a sin of omission, so ultimately Powell could claim he forgot. "Oh yeah, I meant to say that, but it slipped my mind."

But how would he explain this:

During his presentation at the United Nations, Powell provided this translation of an intercepted conversation between Iraqi army officers:

"They're inspecting the ammunition you have, yes.

"Yes.

"For the possibility there are forbidden ammo.

"For the possibility there is by chance forbidden ammo?

"Yes.

"And we sent you a message yesterday to clean out all of the areas, the scrap areas, the abandoned areas. Make sure there is nothing there."

The incriminating phrases "clean all of the areas" and "make sure there is nothing there" do not appear in the official State Department translation of the exchange:

"Lt. Colonel: They are inspecting the ammunition you have.

"Colonel: Yes.

"Lt. Col: For the possibility there are forbidden ammo.

"Colonel: Yes?

"Lt. Colonel: For the possibility there is by chance, forbidden ammo.

"Colonel: Yes.

"Lt. Colonel: And we sent you a message to inspect the scrap areas and the abandoned areas.

"Colonel: Yes."

Powell was writing fictional dialogue. He put those extra lines in there and pretended somebody had said them. Here's what Bob Woodward said about this in his book, Plan of Attack.

"[Powell] had decided to add his personal interpretation of the intercepts to rehearsed script, taking them substantially further and casting them in the most negative light. Concerning the intercept about inspecting for the possibility of 'forbidden ammo,' Powell took the interpretation further: 'Clean out all of the areas. . . . Make sure there is nothing there.' None of this was in the intercept."

For most of his presentation, Powell wasn't inventing dialogue, but he was presenting as facts numerous claims that his own staff had warned him were weak and indefensible.

Powell told the UN and the world: "We know that Saddam’s son, Qusay, ordered the removal of all prohibited weapons from Saddam's numerous palace complexes." The Jan. 31, 2003, evaluation of Powell's draft remarks prepared for him by the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research ("INR") flagged this claim as "WEAK."

Regarding alleged Iraqi concealment of key files, Powell said: "key files from military and scientific establishments have been placed in cars that are being driven around the countryside by Iraqi intelligence agents to avoid detection."

The Jan. 31, 2003, INR evaluation flagged this claim as "WEAK" and added "Plausibility open to question." A Feb. 3, 2003, INR evaluation of a subsequent draft of Powell's remarks noted:

"Page 4, last bullet, re key files being driven around in cars to avoid inspectors. This claim is highly questionable and promises to be targeted by critics and possibly UN inspection officials as well."

That didn't stop Colin from stating it as fact and apparently hoping that, even if UN inspectors thought he was a brazen liar, U.S. media outlets wouldn't tell anyone.

On the issue of biological weapons and dispersal equipment, Powell said: "we know from sources that a missile brigade outside Baghdad was disbursing rocket launchers and warheads containing biological warfare agents to various locations, distributing them to various locations in western Iraq."

The Jan. 31, 2003, INR evaluation flagged this claim as "WEAK":

"WEAK. Missiles with biological warheads reportedly dispersed. This would be somewhat true in terms of short-range missiles with conventional warheads, but is questionable in terms of longer-range missiles or biological warheads."

This claim was again flagged in the Feb. 3, 2003, evaluation of a subsequent draft of Powell's presentation: "Page 5. first para, claim re missile brigade dispersing rocket launchers and BW warheads. This claim too is highly questionable and might be subjected to criticism by UN inspection officials."

That didn't stop Colin. In fact, he brought out visual aids to help with his lying

Powell showed a slide of a satellite photograph of an Iraqi munitions bunker, and lied:

"The two arrows indicate the presence of sure signs that the bunkers are storing chemical munitions . . . [t]he truck you [...] see is a signature item. It's a decontamination vehicle in case something goes wrong."

The Jan. 31, 2003, INR evaluation flagged this claim as "WEAK" and added: "We support much of this discussion, but we note that decontamination vehicles – cited several times in the text – are water trucks that can have legitimate uses... Iraq has given UNMOVIC what may be a plausible account for this activity – that this was an exercise involving the movement of conventional explosives; presence of a fire safety truck (water truck, which could also be used as a decontamination vehicle) is common in such an event."

Powell's own staff had told him the thing was a water truck, but he told the UN it was "a signature item…a decontamination vehicle." The UN was going to need a decontamination vehicle itself by the time Powell finished spewing his lies and disgracing his country.

He just kept piling it on: "UAVs outfitted with spray tanks constitute an ideal method for launching a terrorist attack using biological weapons," he said.

The Jan. 31, 2003, INR evaluation flagged this statement as "WEAK" and added: "the claim that experts agree UAVs fitted with spray tanks are ‘an ideal method for launching a terrorist attack using biological weapons’ is WEAK."

In other words, experts did NOT agree with that claim.

Powell kept going, announcing "in mid-December weapons experts at one facility were replaced by Iraqi intelligence agents who were to deceive inspectors about the work that was being done there."

The Jan. 31, 2003, INR evaluation flagged this claim as "WEAK" and "not credible" and "open to criticism, particularly by the UN inspectorates."

His staff was warning him that what he planned to say would not be believed by his audience, which would include the people with actual knowledge of the matter.

To Powell that was no matter.

Powell, no doubt figuring he was in deep already, so what did he have to lose, went on to tell the UN: "On orders from Saddam Hussein, Iraqi officials issued a false death certificate for one scientist, and he was sent into hiding."

The Jan. 31, 2003, INR evaluation flagged this claim as "WEAK" and called it "Not implausible, but UN inspectors might question it. (Note: Draft states it as fact.)"

And Powell stated it as fact. Notice that his staff was not able to say there was any evidence for the claim, but rather that it was "not implausible." That was the best they could come up with. In other words: "They might buy this one, Sir, but don't count on it."

Powell, however, wasn't satisfied lying about one scientist. He had to have a dozen. He told the United Nations: "A dozen [WMD] experts have been placed under house arrest, not in their own houses, but as a group at one of Saddam Hussein's guest houses."

The Jan. 31, 2003, INR evaluation flagged this claim as "WEAK" and "Highly questionable." This one didn't even merit a "Not implausible."

Powell also said: "In the middle of January, experts at one facility that was related to weapons of mass destruction, those experts had been ordered to stay home from work to avoid the inspectors. Workers from other Iraqi military facilities not engaged in elicit weapons projects were to replace the workers who’d been sent home."

Powell's staff called this "WEAK," with "Plausibility open to question."

All of this stuff sounded plausible enough to viewers of Fox, CNN, and MSNBC. And that, we can see now, was what interested Colin. But it must have sounded highly implausible to the UN inspectors. Here was a guy who had not been with them on any of their inspections coming in to tell them what had happened.

We know from Scott Ritter, who led many UNSCOM inspections in Iraq, that U.S. inspectors had used the access that the inspection process afforded them to spy for, and to set up means of data collection for, the CIA. So there was some plausibility to the idea that an American could come back to the UN and inform the UN what had really happened on its inspections.

Yet, repeatedly, Powell's staff warned him that the specific claims he wanted to make were not going to even sound plausible. They will be recorded by history more simply as blatant lies.

The examples of Powell's lying listed above are taken from an extensive report released by Congressman John Conyers: "The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War."

David Swanson is the author of War Is A Lie at http://warisalie.org

Obama Declares Global Cyberwar

 

Obama Declares Global Cyberwar

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Throughout his tenure, Obama governed lawlessly for the monied interests that own him. He's waged no-holds-barred war on humanity. 

 

Israel's One of the World's Biggest Land-Grabbers

 

Israel's One of World's Biggest Land-Grabbers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It shouldn't surprise. Israel stole Palestinian land for decades. In 1948, it stole 78% of historic Palestine. In 1967 it took the rest.

 

Man harassed, detained by TSA at Boston Logan

A young man who goes by the name Sai — yes, that’s his full name — was abused by TSA agents at Boston Logan International Airport on January 21st. And he’s not about to take it lying down.

Israel's 19th Knesset

 

Israel's 19th Knesset

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 22, Israelis elected 120 19th Knesset members. Over 80% of its members are extremist hardliners. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) assessed prospects ahead.

 

Do We Care About People Even if They Live in Bahrain?

Monday evening I went early to my local City Council meeting in Charlottesville, Va., where the council passed a resolution I supported against drones.

Going early in order to line up to speak means conversing with a Fox News viewer or two who always go super early in order to speak first.  One nice and beautifully unapathetic, but deeply misinformed woman, has on more than one such occasion let me know what a threat to our safety the evil Iranians are and how tyranical the Iranian government. 

At the January meeting, as she seemed to be outraged about 1979 as if it were yesterday, I asked if she remembered 1953.  She was old enough to remember that year, as I am not, and she proudly said so.  But she had no idea what had happened then, so I tried to tell her.

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 1, Hillary Clinton ended her tenure as Secretary of State. John Kerry was sworn in to replace her.

 

Two recent articles discussed him. One called him a reliable imperial warrior. The other said he's Israel's man at State.

 

Does Netanyahu Want Regional War?

 

Does Netanyahu Want Regional War?

 

Israel and America are longstanding imperial partners. Washington OK's naked aggression on Syria. Doing so declared war. Admitting it may or may not follow later.

 

Events require close watching. Disturbing ones occur regularly. Late Sunday, Tyre, Lebanon was rocked. A suspicious explosion occurred.

 

First City in U.S. Passes Resolution Against Drones

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, February 4th, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., passed what is believed to be the first anti-drone resolution in the country.  According to my notes, and verifiable soon on the City Council's website, the resolution reads:

WHEREAS, the rapid implementation of drone technology throughout the United States poses a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people, including the residents of Charlottesville; and

WHEREAS, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia have thus far failed to provide reasonable legal restrictions on the use of drones within the United States; and

WHEREAS, police departments throughout the country have begun implementing drone technology absent any guidance or guidelines from law makers;

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorses the proposal for a two year moratorium on drones in the state of Virginia; and calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being; and pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones.

The same City Council passed a resolution on January 17, 2012, calling for an end to drone wars, as well as ground wars, excessive military spending, and any possible attack on Iran.

(Photo by Ted Strong of Daily Progress)

The wording of Monday's resolution comes largely from a draft suggested by the Rutherford institute. An initial line was deleted and two amendments were made to the final paragraph, one endorsing a two-year moratorium on drones (something that had passed in committee in both houses of the Virginia legislature as of Saturday in the House and Monday in the Senate), the other committing the City not to use drones for surveillance or assault.

The wording was not as comprehensive as the draft that had appeared in the City Council's official agenda for Monday's meeting, a draft I had authored.  See it here in the city agenda or on my website

At the previous meeting of the City Council on January 7, 2013, I and a few other residents had spoken in support of a resolution, and three of the five city council members agreed to put it on the agenda for the February 4th meeting.  Some of the public comments were excellent, and the video of the meeting is on the city's website

On Monday, citizens speaking in favor of the anti-drone resolution dominated the public speaking period at the beginning of the meeting, shortly after 7 p.m.  Many were quite eloquent, and the video will be available soon on the city's site.  The council members did not discuss and vote on the matter until shortly after 11 p.m.  The discussion was quite brief, coming on the heels of hours devoted to other matters. 

The same three city council members who had put the item on the agenda voted in favor of the resolution, passing it by a vote of 3-2.  They were Dave Norris, Dede Smith, and Satyendra Sing Huja.  Norris and Smith negotiated the slight improvements to the Rutherford Institute's draft with Huja, who initially favored passing that draft as it was written.  Norris and Smith favored banning the City from purchasing drones, but Council Member Kristin Szakos argued that there might be a positive use for a drone someday, such as for the fire department.  Kathy Galvin joined Szakos in voting No.

Norris has been a leader on the City Council for years and sadly will not be running for reelection at the end of his current term.

Following the January meeting, I submitted my draft to the city, asked people to phone and email the council members, published a column in the local daily newspaper, and organized an event in front of City Hall on Sunday, the day before the vote.  Anti-drone activist John Heuer from North Carolina delivered a giant model drone produced by New York anti-drone activist Nick Mottern.  Our little stunt produced coverage on the two television channels and in the newspaper.  I asked people to commit to attending the meeting on a FaceBook page.  The room ended up packed, and when I asked those who supported the resolution to stand, most of the room did so.

No organized pro-drone lobby ever developed.  We met and confronted the argument that localities shouldn't lobby states or Washington.  And, of course, some people are opposed to drones in the United States but eager to see them used however the President may see fit abroad.  Charlottesville's City Council ended up not including the section in my draft that instructed the federal government to end its practice of extrajudicial killing.  But there was no discussion on that point, and several other sections, including one creating a local ordinance, were left out as well.  The problem there, according to Smith, was that "we don't own the air."

Yet, we should. And Oregon is attempting to do so with its draft state legislation.

In the past, Charlottesville has passed resolutions that have inspired other localities and impacted federal and state policies.  Let us hope this one is no exception.

Syria News - Feb 5

 

Syria opposition heads wants to talks to Assad's deputy - globalpost.com

US backs Syrian opposition leader's call for talks - globalpost.com

Turkey says Syrian opposition should not be pressured into talks with Assad regime - Washington Post

Two Russian hostages, one Italian freed in Syria: Moscow - Yahoo! News

Aleppo bishop speaks out against Christian kidnappings - globalpost.com

New protests of the Christians of Syria against the scourge of kidnapping - Fides Service

Religious minorities: ‘We’re all losing in this battle’ over Syria | The Desert Sun

Abbas to send delegation to Damascus to take up Palestinian refugee plight in Syria : Voice of Russia

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White House rebuffed Clinton-Petraeus plan to arm Syrian rebels: report | Reuters

Clinton: Syrian rebels getting ‘messages’ from Pakistan region known as Qaeda haven - Washington Post

Al-Nusra Front: Seeking a Lebanese Base in Ain al-Hilweh | Al Akhbar English

Syrian Islamist groups announce they would unite - pietervanostaeyen

Terrorists Assassinate Former MP Ibrahim Azzouz, His Wife and 2 Daughters - Real Syria Updates

Syria: Horrific 6 Hour Torture of Kidnapped Civilian by Syrian rebels (PHOTO) - Real Syria Updates

VIDEO: Syrian rebels decapitate civilian - LiveLeak.com

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Syria’s National Defense Forces: New Style of Fight against Insurgents - .almanar.com

VIDEO: New Syrian paramilitary organization, National Defense Forces - LiveLeak.com

 

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Colinoscopy

Colin Powell: Conned or Con-Man?

February 4, 2013

Editor Note: A decade ago, President George W. Bush was hurtling toward an aggressive war against a country not threatening the United States. Only a few people had a chance to stop the rush to war with Iraq, but one – Colin Powell – instead joined the stampede.

By Ray McGovern

Ten years ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations in a speech which routed what was left of American resistance to the Bush/Cheney push for invading Iraq. The next day, the Washington Post’s editorial pages spoke for the conventional wisdom, filled with glowing reviews of Powell’s convincing arguments.

Today, of course, we know that much of what Powell said on Feb. 5, 2003, was wrong. He himself has acknowledged that the speech was a “blot” on his record.

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