Jun 11 23:46

Israel: Strategic Ally or Liability?

The claim that Israel serves as a valuable ally for the United States is made by both pro-Zionists and much of the anti-war and anti-Zionist Left that is influenced by Noam Chomsky. As a result of the Gaza flotilla massacre, which has caused a world-wide uproar against Israel, the value of Israel to the United States is being publicly questioned in more mainstream foreign policy forums.

Writing shortly before the massacre, the always astute Philip Giraldi critically analyzed the claim of Israel’s value to the United States in “The Strategic Ally Myth,” which focuses on a recent article by Israel Firster Mort Zuckerman entitled, “Israel Is a Key Ally and Deserves U.S. Support.”

Jun 11 21:56

Jeffrey Blankfort: Joe Biden In Israel’s Service

Poster Boy for “Dual Loyalties”

Lest we forget, the first U.S. official to give Israel’s bloody assault on the Mavi Marmara a thumbs up sign was Vice President Joe Biden.

Jun 11 21:53

Unite votes to boycott Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus

Britain’s largest union, Unite, has unanimously passed a motion to boycott Israeli companies at its first policy conference in Manchester on Wednesday.

The motion, which passed unanimously, called the union “to vigorously promote a policy of divestment from Israeli companies”, while a boycott of Israeli goods and services will be “similar to the boycott of South African goods during the era of apartheid”.

Reflecting the University and College Union’s call at their Manchester conference earlier in the week, Unite will similarly host a “Palestine conference” to support trade union action against Israel.

Jun 11 21:44

UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Full Flotilla Inquiry, All Records

From the Project on ExtraJudicialExecutions

Jun 11 21:38

A Global Civil Society Campaign to De-Legitimise Israel?

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4, 2010 (IPS) – If, as expected, the U.N. Security Council remains politically impotent and refuses to penalize Israel for the killings of nine pro-Palestinian civilians on a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, what is the next course of action?

Continue reading :

Jun 11 21:32

Israel Planned Killing of Aid Flotilla Activists

June Sunday 6 2010 (01h58)
Israel Planned Killing of Aid Flotilla Activists
Istanbul, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina)
In a press conference, Yildirim showed two photos in which appeared some plastic paper sheets with the names and pictures of activists who should have been supposedly found in the attack and be killed by the Israeli troops.
"All the Israeli soldiers had a list in their hands with the names of the 16 people who needed to be killed; I was the first and Rahid Salah (leader of Islamic Movement in Israel) was the third in that list. They killed two people looking like me and another looking like Salah," noted Yildirim.

Jun 11 19:25

BP shares bounce back after Thursday's falls

(*does anybody know the sea water to petroleum ratio in their gasoline products ?)

Jun 11 19:11

Ken Salazar Abandons Ethics to Save Job

A team of seven experts recommended by the National Academy of Engineering was bought in to advise President Obama on offshore drilling safety. Ken took their report, changed the conclusions, and presented it to President Obama.

The experts unanimously oppose a six-month moratorium on offshore drilling. Ken edited the report by adding a new conclusion which recommended the six-month moratorium and then claimed that the final document had been peer reviewed by the group of experts.

Jun 11 18:10

Gulf Oil Reaching Atlantic Coast, Ocean By June 20 If Uncontained

A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer.

Jun 11 17:51

Pensacola closes marina as oil breaches bay

Oiled seaweed, sheen and large, orange blobs of oil have been spotted inside Pensacola Bay.

Jun 11 17:16


President Obama and those claiming to have been on top of the Gulf oil spill situation "from day one" assumed that failure is an option and, indeed, may want BP to fail for their own ideological

Jun 11 15:58

Oregon legislator reads CAFR, finds billions, ends budget deficit crisis; all states can do same

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

The below 2-minute video shows an Oregon legislator appropriately outraged to discover the Orwellian lie of omission that his state has available assets valued over ten times the budget deficit.

This is true in every state; documented in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). When Democratic and Republican “leadership” states public goods and services MUST be cut because of budget deficits, the lies become ones of commission.

I fully explain this situation in the following from my article, “CAFR: UC budget fully funded with one-fifth of one percent of state of CA “investments”:

Jun 11 15:17

Israel's Gaza blockade: letting the chips fall where they may

Alan Sabrosky argues that Israel's withholding of food items such as potato chips from Gaza indicates that its strategy is “designed to hurt Palestinians and not to protect Israelis", and that although the Palestinians are now the victims of Israel's "affinity for dominance and inflicting deaths of a thousand cuts", others’ turn will come unless the rogue Jewish state is reined in.

”Too many of us – myself once included – for too long have viewed Israelis as just a particularly nasty variant of a type often seen in the world, something like semi-Semitic Prussians or an apartheid-era South Africa of the Middle East. They are not. They are much worse, and much more dangerous to all of us…”

Jun 11 15:15

Open letter to the Israeli Jewish Public: support the Gaza Flotilla!

Jeff Halper exhorts Israelis to shun the “victim” mentality that blinds them to Palestinian suffering. In an open letter specifically to the Israeli Jewish public before the attack on the Freedom Flotilla, published in Hebrew on the popular website "Ha'oketz", he says Israelis must embrace the campaign to end the Gaza siege – for the sake of humanity and their own self-interest.

Jun 11 13:48

BP Spill Response Plans Severely Flawed

Among the glaring errors in the report: A professor is listed in BP's 2009 response plan for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a national wildlife expert. He died in 2005.

The plan lists cold-water marine mammals including walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals as "sensitive biological resources." None of those animals live anywhere near the Gulf.

Also, names and phone numbers of several Texas A&M University marine life specialists are wrong. So are the numbers for marine mammal stranding network offices in Louisiana and Florida, which are disconnected.

Jun 11 11:32

FAA Closes down Gulf of Mexico Air Traffic

All aircraft operations are prohibited except those flights authorized by ATC, routine flights supporting offshore oil operations; federal, state, local and military flight operations supporting oil spill recovery and reconstitution efforts; and air medical and law enforcement operations.

Jun 11 11:10

Jesse Ventura, Oliver Stone, & Connie Mack, on Larry King CNN

Smack Down :)

Jun 11 11:10

In the Summer of 2010

Are you ready for interesting times and an exodus from the United States? A possibly apocryphal ancient Chinese curse goes "May you live in interesting times." Those words may derive from an authentic Chinese proverb: "It is better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in chaos."

Most economic, political and military events are just business as usual for financial elites and the industries beholden to them. They take advantage of real or contrived economic crises, military operations and foreign conflicts the way stockbrokers churn stocks to generate commissions. The collateral damage, causalities, wealth transfers, confiscation and mass hardship are just tricks of the trade.

Jun 11 11:01

BP Oil Disaster Could Hit Europe Via the Powerful Gulf Stream Current

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Jun 11 10:22

Hypocrisy Reigns. "The World has been taken over by Lying, Hypocritical, Mass-murdering Madmen"

Things internationally are so dispiriting there's nothing left to do but fantasize. I picture Turkey, as a member of NATO, demanding that the alliance come to its defense after being attacked by Israel. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter an armed attack on one member is deemed to constitute an armed attack on all members. That is the ostensible reason NATO is fighting in Afghanistan — the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001 is regarded as an attack on all NATO members (disregarding the awkward fact that Afghanistan as a country had nothing to do with the attack). The Israeli attack on a Turkish-flagged ship, operated by a Turkish humanitarian organization, killing nine Turkish nationals and wounding many more can certainly constitute an attack upon a NATO member.

Jun 11 09:31

Kyrgyzstan imposes emergency as clashes kill 37

Kyrgyzstan's interim government declared a state of emergency and slapped a curfew on southern parts of the country on Friday as ethnic clashes left at least 37 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

Interim President Roza Otunbayeva, whose government has struggled to assert its rule over the ex-Soviet Central Asian state since taking power amid unrest in April, backed off earlier statements that authorities had regained control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very dicey very quickly. The real question is, to whom is the military loyal at this point, President Otunbayeva, or her predecessor?

Jun 11 09:26

Gulf Oil Spill ‘Could Go Years’ If Not Dealt With

What the enormoity of the oil spill does is to also further discredit clearly the oil companies’ myth of “peak oil” which claims that the world is at or near the “peak” of economical oil extraction. That myth, which has been propagated in recent years by circles close to former oilman and Bush Vice President, Dick Cheney, has been effectively used by the giant oil majors to justify far higher oil prices than would be politically possible otherwise, by claiming a non-existent petroleum scarcity crisis.

Jun 11 07:52

3-minute video: comedians Clarke and Dawe explain the European/American debt crisis

*hyperlinks and brilliant video at source*

The following video artfully shows the ridiculous “modern” monetary system of nations creating national “debt supplies” rather than “money supplies.” To understand the mechanics of this problem and the obvious solutions, read,

“Either pay the national debt with monetary reform or kiss your assets goodbye.”

For my academic explanation of our oligarchic economic condition:

“Open proposal to US higher education: end oligarchy economics, save trillions with education.”

For my citizen appeal to end unlawful US wars and Orwellian destruction of the US Constitution the same way Nazi Germany destroyed their constitution in step-by-step fashion:

Jun 11 07:35

How BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil find was originally reported in September 2009

Below are a few media reports from September 2009 discussing the BP Gulf of Mexico Tiber Oil Field find when it originally hit the newswires. This was the deepest oil and gas well in human history, going to a depth of 35,000 feet. Exploratory drilling began in March 2009. Deepwater Horizon did not commence until September 2009. Only the second story from Bloomberg hints at the "volatility" related to the find and the need for "caution."

Read more:

Jun 11 06:50

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 11 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 11 01:40

Governor of Louisiana: National Guard staging for “effort to evacuate” communities impacted by oil spill

"Currently, our Soldiers and Airmen are staging for and are engaged in the planning of the effort to evacuate and provide security and clean up for the coastal communities expected to be impacted by the oil spill. They are engaged in the protection of vital infrastructure to include medical facilities, fuel distribution, interstate highways, water-ice distribution and power facilities which are all vital to the recovery of coastal Louisiana."

Jun 10 21:17

Fear, pain and propaganda: an activist’s story

Fear, pain and propaganda: an activist’s story
Theresa McDermott to David Pratt
6 Jun 2010
"I was on Challenger 1"
"I was told later by those on board the Marmara that the first two soldiers who abseiled down from the helicopter were overpowered and taken and searched by some of the Turkish activists. On the commandos they found plasticised detailed maps of the layout of every boat and pictures of people on board including MPs, bishops and other VIPs. Maybe these were the people the Israelis were trying to avoid harming. I was told there were those on board who really wanted to have a go at the Israeli soldiers who were being detained, but were held back by others."

Jun 10 20:30

Free Bradley Manning! Military whistle-blower

Free Bradley Manning!
Wikileaks video leaker nabbed by creepy snitch
by Justin Raimondo, June 09, 2010
So now we just have the snitch and his enablers to rely on for the “facts,” and they’re spreading the lie that Manning was indiscriminately “vacuuming up” highly classified information just for the hell of it, and just because he could. In reality, however, Manning was horrified by the record of crimes that he uncovered, and rightly decided to blow the whistle on the War Party. For that, the feds will lock him up and throw away the key – unless my readers decide to act, and rally behind this latest victim of the Obama administration’s “security” crackdown.

Jun 10 20:10

Video Shows Israeli Commando Executing American

Original posting:

The Israeli military attempted to confiscate and erase the photographic and video evidence of its brutal asault on the Mavi Marmara aid ship on Memorial Day. But it turns out that digital images can often be recovered after erasure, and can be put on small memory sticks that can be hidden in nooks and crannies of luggage. So some images are in fact surfacing.

The most damaging is a film of an Israeli soldier kicking an American citizen while the latter is on the ground,and then executing him. This film completely refutes the rightwing Israeli government’s narrative of besieged lightly armed troops haplessly fending off naked aggression on the part of the aid workers. The video, which has not been confirmed, is now at Youtube:


Jun 10 17:54

Two Million Gallons of Oil Could be Flowing a Day, Researchers Say

Jun 10 16:50

The American People are Under Occupation

Johnny Punish in Veterans Today

The US Government is Occupied by an Elite Global Force that No Longer has the Interests of the American people
Will Americans Revolt and Take Back the Country?

Obama is NOT a Mahatma Gandhi Savior
Is the USA now the land of Marginalized Mediocrity?

In response to yesterday’s worldwide condemnation of the Gaza Flotilla Massacre, our US government has decided NOT to stand for justice and has again chosen a path outlined and led by a Global Elite Political Movement that is willing to put the interests of their agenda far ahead of interest of the American people and even the lives of American servicemen and women.

Jun 10 16:31

Former Bush Official Josh Bolten Advising BP on How to "Defend Its Interests" and Restore Its Reputation

BP has embarked on an aggressive campaign to repair its public image in the wake of its disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has repeatedly run full-page ads in major newspapers, retained high-powered lobbying and public relations firms, and launched a series of television ads with CEO Tony Hayward looking apologetic. The company has even hired Anne Womack-Kolton, a former top aide to Vice President Cheney, to be its new spokesperson.

Now, joining Womack-Kolton in helping BP repair its image is former chief of staff to President Bush, Josh Bolten:

Jun 10 13:56

RED ALERT! MSM reports "DOOMSDAY scenario" about new Oil Spill developments

Jun 10 12:42

The moral failure of American liberals. A defence of Helen Thomas

Jonathan Cook argues that the overreaction of the US political and media elite to Helen Thomas’s unguarded comments that Jews ought to leave Palestine and return to the countries whence they came highlights the moral failure of American liberals and a blindness to the relations of power in the US, and contribute to the very intolerance they claim to be challenging.

Jun 10 12:30

What’s worse than doomsday? This is it.

These new leaks we are now facing, if confirmed, would mean that there is oil gushing up in multiple disparate places on the Gulf sea floor

Oil could begin leaking from any crack or crevice in the surrounding sea floor and the entire area could be leaking like a sponge.

Jun 10 11:19

Coast Guard’s Expert: “There will be oil off the coast of Miami shortly, if it’s not already there. It’s happening”

“There will be oil off the coast of Miami shortly, if it’s not already there. It’s happening,” says Dr. Robert H. Weisberg, director of the University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group in the school’s College of Marine Science. And Weisberg says he has the forecasts to prove it–four of them to be exact. The latest updates to those forecast has oil from the Gulf spill showing up in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Miami today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oil was being reported off the coast of Fort Lauderdale yesterday.

As a side note, just because water isn't black or brown does not mean it is safe. Methane, or natural gas, is colorless and odorless (the stinky smell is actually added to gas as a safety precaution by the gas company prior to piping it to your home) and dissolves in water the same as oxygen and carbon-dioxide so. Below 1500 feet, the methane and water form a white solid known as methane hydrate, but above 1500 feet, where the Deepwater Horizon wellhead is located, the methane and water remains a clear colorless solution that is not confined to the oil globules. Thus, the biohazard is not confined to the visible pollution areas.

Jun 10 11:12

Oil Spill Citizen Report Map

Webmaster's Commentary: 

font size=4> Since nobody trusts BP, the government, or the media, this website has been set up so that citizens who observe oil contamination in the gulf states can plot their observations. Not every dot is an oil spill, but still useful.

Jun 10 10:41

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 10 of 13

*hyperlinks and PuppetGov video "The Uprising" live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 10 09:52

Smoke Screens & Snake Oil

I think there's a striking smiliarity between the BP OIl plumes and the 'Smoke Monster' from the "Lost" tv series, here's a couple of pics, decide for yourself!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, our smoke monster had WAAAY more style!

(And we could turn it off when we wanted to.)

Jun 10 09:39

Headley reveals ISI role in 26/11: Report

Quoting sources, a news agency reported that the questioning of the Pakistani-American terrorist by the four-member team of National Investigative Agency (NIA) team is on and is expected to continue as the investigative officers try to grill out information regarding the LeT's plans regarding terror attacks in India.

Jun 10 08:37

Bombshell expose'. The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

There is a company called NALCO. They make water purification systems and chemical dispersants.

NALCO is associated with UChicago Argonne program. UChicago Argonne received $164 million dollars in stimulus funds this past year. UChicago Argonne just added two new executives to their roster. One from NALCO. The other from the Ill. Dept of Educaution.

If you dig a little deeper you will find NALCO is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire.

Warren Buffet /Hathaway Berkshire increased their holdings in NALCO just last November. (Timing is everything).

Jun 10 08:29

Senate hearing disrupted as woman pours liquid on self

A Senate hearing on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was disrupted Wednesday as a protester poured an oily-looking liquid on herself before being arrested.

"This is what it feels like to have oil dumped on you," the woman, identified as Diane Wilson, said in comments addressed to Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Wilson issued a statement issued later saying she is a fourth generation shrimper from the Gulf and that her protest was directed against Murkowski for supporting the oil industry and opposing measures such as lifting the liability cap on oil firms in offshore spills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rage that Wilson expressed with this demonstration, coupled with that of all the other people who have lost their livelihoods from BP's having consistently put profits over safety, will be felt by every oil-company "acquisition" in Congress.

The only question is, what shape that rage will take.

Jun 10 08:19

The Crucifixion of Kindness by Gilad Atzmon

Seemingly the Israelis are starting to blame each other. This may look like a positive move, however, not a single Israeli is yet to ask for forgiveness. Seemingly no one in Israel grasps the scale of the atrocity in the high seas. No one in Israel comprehends the level of outrage amongst the nations. Israelis, are instead concerned with their Hasbara failure, their military operational mistakes and so on. Up until now, they fail to see that in the high seas, they have managed to kill Christ again.

Jun 10 08:05

Jack Abramoff released from prison early ... for his part in the 9/11 cover up?

There are tens of thousands of people sentenced to longer terms for doing less than Abramoff did. Of course there was the deal that included 'cooperation' with the FBI.

Why such a sweet deal when a deep investigation into his activities could possibly have seen him and others doing hard time for the rest of their lives?

As an ardent zionist with many ties to Israel and jewish organizations and with a casino operation tailor made for laundering money, could Abramoff have been a source of funds for some of the '19 hijackers/patsies' of 9/11 infamy.

Less than a week before the 9-11 attack on 5 September, the so-called lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and several other hijackers made a still-unexplained visit onboard one of Pro Israeli lobbyist, Jack Abramoff’s casino boats.

Jun 10 07:45

Thoughts on the Oilocolypse

Lengthy ramblings on the Gulf, but some readers might be interested in two things. First, photos taken May 26th of possible oil sheen on the Florida Keys, a week plus before the Coast guard admitted to the sheen, and second, this exchange:

I asked if there was any news about the top kill attempt to plug the hole and he replied, “They’re never going to cap that well. They can’t. If they do, they lose the lease.”


“The reason for the slant drilling is so that they have two more access points before they ‘try’ to cap the blowout. Without new access points, they lose the lease, no more oil.”

I have not seen this issue addressed anywhere, but it helps to make sense of BP's refusal to cap the well on the largest oil field in the Caribbean.

My blog post is here:

Jun 10 07:31

Scientist Awed by Size, Density of Undersea Oil Plume in Gulf

Vast underwater concentrations of oil sprawling for miles in the Gulf of Mexico from the damaged, crude-belching BP PLC well are unprecedented in "human history" and threaten to wreak havoc on marine life, a team of scientists said today, a finding confirmed for the first time by federal officials.

Researchers aboard the F.G. Walton Smith vessel briefed reporters on a two-week cruise in which they traced an underwater oil plum 15 miles wide, 3 miles long and about 600 feet thick. The plume's core is 1,100 to 1,300 meters below the surface, they said.

"It's an infusion of oil and gas unlike anything else that has ever been seen anywhere, certainly in human history," said Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia, the expedition leader.

Jun 10 05:24

Have We Had Enough Yet?

This video speaks to the awakening of the world to the New World order agenda of the elite. I think it is powerful and right on point.

Jun 10 04:35

The Campaign to Vilify Turkey Has Begun

By Daniel Larison

Mr. Erodogan’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, is a proponent of a philosophy which calls on Turkey to loosen Western ties to the U.S., NATO and the European Union and seek its own sphere of influence to the east. ~Robert Pollock

If we actually take seriously what Davutoglu has said, this is a gross distortion at best and dishonest at worst. Just last month, Davutoglu said this:

Jun 10 04:31

Ilan Pappé: The deadly closing of the Israeli mind

The decline in Israel’s reputation since the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla is unlikely to influence the country’s leaders.

At the top of Israel’s political and military systems stand two men, Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu, who are behind the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla that shocked the world but that seemed to be hailed as a pure act of self-defence by the Israeli public.

Although they come from the left (Defence minister Barak from the Labour Party) and the right (Prime Minister Netanyahu from Likkud) of Israeli politics, their thinking on Gaza in general and on the flotilla in particular is informed by the same history and identical worldview.

Jun 09 22:59

Strange "flames" in oil leak video.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know what the orange lights are. And the only reason I linked this is that earlier tonight I was watching the life feed over at PBS and I saw the exact same thing. I have no idea what the flashes are. I doubt is is a volcano like this commentator says, and fire lacks both a supply of oxygen and an ignition source. So I admit I am currently at a loss to explain it, except that I did see myself it on the live feed earlier tonight.

Jun 09 22:30


Feeling the Heat in Tel Aviv: By Max Blumenthal

On June 1, 2010, thousands of Israelis gathered spontaneously in front of the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv to demonstrate in support of the Israeli Naval commando unit that killed nine passengers on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-backed boat from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Egged on by the Israeli government and media, the demonstrators lashed out at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support of the Marmara, accusing him and passengers on the ship of terrorist ties. Besides with the massacre of Turkish aid workers, the spectacle of massive Israeli protests against Turkey threatens to permanently rupture Israel’s ties to its closest Muslim ally and further isolate the country on the world stage.

Jun 09 22:25


Why is Helen Angry? Helen Remembers JFK.

“Caught in the act, Israelis tape edit alters “get this man a doctor” to “go back to Auschwitz”…more bungling….”

When I heard about Helen Thomas demanding that all Jews in Palestine go back to Germany and Poland I imagined her confused and outraged at the vicious war crimes committed this week and how angry she felt at President Obama for his weakness. I saw an edit, with some cuts, and it almost seemed that this was what she was saying. Then I saw story after story, Ari Fleisher, Abe Foxman and the gang at the ADL demanding she resign.

Jun 09 20:15

Vote for Helen! WP Poll - Should Helen Thomas be removed from the White House Press Room?

Should Helen Thomas be removed from the White House Press Room?

Veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who recently made controversial comments about Israel and Palestine, agreed Sunday not to appear as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda.

Thomas, 89, who has covered the White House for decades, provoked criticism by her response in an impromptu video interview that was posted online. In a brief comment, she said Israelis should "get the hell" out of Palestine and go to places including Poland, Germany and the United States

The poll results are currently running 80% ‘No’...Please, vote:

Jun 09 19:46

Obama Pledges New Aid to Palestinians

“The US president has said his nation is set to unveil a $400m aid package for the Palestinians, as he called the situation in the Gaza Strip “unsustainable.” Barack Obama made his pledge on Wednesday after meeting Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, at the White House.

WASHINGTON — President Obama urged the Israeli government to loosen its blockade of Gaza on Wednesday, as the United States continued to scramble to find a way out of the stalemate in the Middle East and address the outcry over Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last week.

Jun 09 16:46

Israel's Chutzpah and the New York Times

The New York Times ran a propaganda piece from the Israeli ambassador, in which he justifies the Mavi Marmara massacre. What do you think?

Jun 09 15:45

Pro-peace lobbying in US Congress conspicuous by its absence

Sama Adnan argues that the failure of American pro-peace organizations to extend their work to lobbying in Congress has allowed the Israel lobby to control the US legislature as well as the state and defence departments because the Senate “through confirmation hearings for the president’s appointees, can confirm or deny the job to candidates deemed by AIPAC as ‘unsympathetic’ to Israel”.

Jun 09 15:43

Israeli MP who joined flotilla faces witch-hunt. Officials try to strip Haneen Zoubi of citizenship

Jonathan Cook reports that an Israeli Arab MP, Haneen Zoubi, who has testified that she had seen passengers on board the Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara shot in the head by Israeli soldiers and others left to bleed to death, is now facing a possible trial and revocation of her citizenship for speaking the truth.

Jun 09 15:41

Israel’s cult of victimhood. “Barefoot” soldiers on the high seas

Jonathan Cook considers the collective psychosis which leads Israelis to view Jews by definition as victims even when they are aggressors and the gentile victims of Jewish violence as Jew-haters set on eliminating the Jews.

Jun 09 14:33

Oil slick spotted 12 miles off Ft Lauderdale coast by yacht captain

Jun 09 13:12

SCARY: What We Are Not Being Told About The Gulf Oil 'Spill'

Very Frightening set of articles. Well sourced and documented. Must read. Probable: BP has not capped it because they CANNOT; if they do the seafloor will give out.

This could trigger an extinction level event.

No joke. Please read.

...and pray...

Jun 09 12:58

Helen Thomas: Human Sacrifice For A Dying "Free" Media

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Helen Thomas: Human Sacrifice For A Dying "Free" Media
I have been asked to comment on the Helen Thomas issue that seems to be all over the press these days. It seems that this saga came at just the right time to divert American media sources away from their inadequate and inept coverage of the murder of Humanitarian workers by their cherished state of Israel.
Here is my take: Helen Thomas spoke the truth, and she was made a sacrificial lamb and scapegoat for speaking that truth. Many are now aware of her short video response where she said that Israel should get the hell out of Palestine. Well, guess what... She is absolutely correct.

Jun 09 12:55

Did The IDF Execute Mavi Marmara Victims?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Did The IDF Execute Mavi Marmara Victims? (Is The Sky Blue And Do Bears Crap In The Woods?)
It is so amazing how the Media in the United States is completely controlled by Israeli Interest. It is also confounding how most people in the United States (and Canada as well) are still totally unaware of the massacre of Humanitarian Aid workers on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla bound for the concentration camp called Gaza on the morning of May 31st, 2010.
"According to this new report from Counterpunch at, it seems that the passengers on the Mavi Marmara were killed execution style by being shot in the back by the Commandos!"

Jun 09 11:48

Defense Dollars Building Boom: Pentagon Looks to Construct New Military Bases in Central Asia

The Pentagon is preparing to embark on a mini-building boom in Central Asia. A recently posted sources-sought survey indicates the US military wants to be involved in strategic construction projects in all five Central Asian states, including Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

According to the notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website in mid-May, the US Army Corps of Engineers wants to hear from respondents interested in participating in “large-scale ground-up design-build construction projects in the following Central South Asian States (CASA): Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; and Uzbekistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at a map:

Looks like the US military is placing a "supply chain arc" to enable it to continue its war in Afghanistan, ringing Russia from the south(with the base in Kazakhstan), China to the east (with bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan), Pakistan to the north (with the base in Tajikistan), and Iran and Afghanistan to the north, with these bases in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

This is the US's new "Maginot Line", which is ultimately doomed to fail.

Jun 09 11:04

US places No. 85 -- behind Libya -- in Global Peace Index

The 2010 Global Peace Index is an attempt to quantify which countries are the most secure and the least violent. New Zealand is No. 1, Iraq is last, and the US is in the middle.

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Not exactly an enviable position the US has in this lineup.

Jun 09 11:01

Was Freedom Activist Jim Purcey 'Suicided'?

Jim had been receiving death threats for quite some time, and according to friends, he had a new grand-daughter on the way and everything to live for. The “facts” are not adding up.

Jun 09 10:38

Pentagon Tightens Grip on the Obama Administration and the Intelligence Community

President Barack Obama's appointment of retired Gen. James Clapper as the director of national intelligence (DNI) demonstrates the Pentagon's enormous influence over the president and indicates that there is little likelihood of genuine reform of the hidebound intelligence community. Once again, the president has appointed a general officer to an important strategic position that should be in the hands of an experienced civilian who understands the need for change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Bushbama presidency strikes again!

Jun 09 10:37

Attorney: Deepwater Horizon Managers Knew About Oil Rig Problem Before Explosion

Top Houston attorney Tony Buzbee says he has new evidence which indicates that Deepwater Horizon’s managers knew that the BP oil rig had major problems before its explosion on April 20, citing the eyewitness account of a crew member who rescued burning workers on the rig of a conversation between Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell and someone in Houston. According to the witness, Harrell was screaming, “Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

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We expect corporations to place profits ahead of safety. We DEMAND that the US Government maintain the safety of the nation's infrastructure, but while the White House and Congress were totally focused on helping Israel bitch-slap the Gazans, the Iraqi, the Afghani, the [watch this space] the Minerals Management Service, the official government oversight body funded with your tax dollars, spent their taxpayer-funded time watching porn on their taxpayer-funded computers, while the oil companies they were supposed to be keeping an eye on supplied them with hookers, drugs, and filled out the safety and audit paperwork themselves.

Obama is going to scowl and kick ass now that the disaster has happened, but in truth his job was to take care of the United States, not Israel, and he flat-out failed.

Jun 09 10:29

North Sea oil platform evacuated

Around 90 workers on the Gullfaks C oil platform in the North Sea were evacuated late Thursday evening, following a sudden pressure change during the drilling of a new well, TV 2 reports.

It was discovered that there was a fault on one of two valves, designed to prevent a blow-out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time to seriously invest in new energy sources, rather than these token "polite efforts" that never challenge the oil oligarchy. There could be quintillions of barrels of oil still inside the Earth but if the technology cannot bring it to the surface safely and economically then the party is over and it is time to evolve or perish.

Jun 09 10:21

FBI cash funded shoot 'slay' trip

Federal agents trying to build an extortion case against Joran van der Sloot secretly gave him the cash that wound up funding his trip to Peru, where he killed a young woman exactly five years after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, The Post has learned.

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The Keystone Cops strike again!


"[Your information is] too precise, too complete to be believed. The questionnaire plus the other information you brought spell out in detail exactly where, when, how, and by whom we are to be attacked. If anything, it sounds like a trap."

FBI response to the top British spy, Dusko Popov (code named "Tricycle") on August 10, 1941, dismissing Popov's report of the complete Japanese plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor: The Verdict Of History by Gordon Prange, appendix 7 published in 1986. Based on records from the JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Nov 15, 1945 to May 31, 1946.

Jun 09 08:33

BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says

Leifer said that based on satellite data he's examined, the rate of flow from the well has been increasing over time, especially since BP's "top kill" effort failed last month to stanch the flow. The decision last week to sever the well's damaged riser pipe from the its blowout preventer in order to install a "top hat" containment device has increased the flow still more _ far more, Leifer said, than the 20 percent that BP and the Obama administration predicted.

Leifer noted that BP had estimated before the April 20 explosion that caused the leak that a freely flowing pipe from the well would release 100,000 barrels of oil a day in the worst-case scenario.

Jun 09 08:32

Forsaken: The USS LIBERTY, Gaza, The Rachel Corrie and You

It is June 6th, 2010, a Sunday morning. The MV Rachel Corrie was illegally seized yesterday by the Israelis and forcibly hauled to Ashdod. Today’s Washington Post made no mention of this event whatsoever. It didn’t happen. This is why that loathsome organ is called the Jerusalem Washington New York Times Post on this blog. The sins of the Washington Post are innumerable....

Jun 09 08:30

Outrage as PG&E Plans to Spray Clouds With Toxic Chemical to Increase Rainfall

In November 2008, McCloud resident Angelina Cook discovered a Notice of Intent buried in the local paper announcing that, in two weeks, PG&E was going to begin a cloud seeding project in the McCloud-Pit River basin, just east of Mt. Shasta. On the heels of a successful campaign to prevent Nestle, the multinational water giant, from building a water bottling plant in nearby McCloud, Cook was immediately alarmed.

Cook holds a degree in International Environmental Policy, but she abandoned her dreams of working abroad when she discovered Mt. Shasta. "I love this place," she said when we met for lunch at one of the tiny town's two health food stores. Despite her education, Cook told me, her first question on discovering PG&E's plan was simple: "What is cloud-seeding?

Jun 09 08:09

Paranoid, Resentful, Isolated Will Israel Buckle?

Peace activists aren't anti-Semites or terrorists. If the tables were turned---and 1.5 million Jews were trapped in the Gaza's Hell-hole instead of Muslims--- these same activists would have come to their aid. They put themselves at risk because they believe in their cause.

Jun 09 07:06

Israel is a lying, rogue nuclear state enabled by the lying, rogue United States. Public uprising?

*hyperlinks and outstanding PuppetGov video, "The Uprising" live at source*

Israel was accepted as a member of the United Nations (UN) in 1948 contingent upon their acceptance of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 194, which included:

11. Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible;

Israel has never fulfilled this condition.

Jun 08 23:58

Letter to the Honorable and Noble Helen Thomas

Monday, June 7, 2010
Letter to the Honorable and Noble Helen Thomas: You are not alone in facing smears by Ari Fleicher et al. We're with you.
Mohamed Khodr M.D., M.P.H.
"Indeed there is free speech in America except if the Eleventh Commandment is violated which states: Thou shall not speak ill of Jews and Israel lest you be cursed.
Your comments that Jews came from Europe to settle a foreign nation, Palestine, is absolutely true and undeniable. Many courageous Israeli politicians, diplomats, academicians and journalists such as Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappe, Benny Morris, Tom Segev, and Simha Flapan who used declassified Israeli documents to prove the creation of Israel by European Jews through ethnic cleansing (called then by Israeli politicians"transfer")"

Jun 08 23:02

Gulf oil leak may be bigger than BP says

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, you think?

Jun 08 19:38

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 9 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 08 19:14

Are the defenders of ‘Antisemitism’ losing their edge ?


A year ago, Americans were reluctant to discuss Zionism or anti-Zionism or read the stuff, even “moderate Arabs and Muslims” (whatever that means) , shied away from the communities around these two camps and lacked the strength to support the few that might have had, the guts to stand up and confront real controversy.

Jun 08 18:56

Republican Jewish Coalition Hosts Birther Taitz As 'Special Guest' At Annual Bash

Witness the mainstreaming of Orly Taitz?

The longtime Birther agitator and dentist who is now running for the GOP secretary of state nomination in California was a "special guest" of the Republican Jewish Coalition at the group's "annual summer bash" at the Beverly Hills Hilton Sunday. Also in attendance: GOP heavyweights Karl Rove, former Senator Norm Coleman, and California Senate candidates Chuck DeVore and Carly Fiorina.

An RJC staffer confirmed the program posted by Taitz is authentic. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks was not immediately available for comment

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It's obvious that this woman is being groomed for higher office where she can protect a certain foreign government's interests over those of citizens of the US.

Unflipping believable.

Jun 08 16:25

You’re talking bollox, Mr Regev. A short primer on Israeli propaganda for media dummies

Stuart Littlewood deconstructs the Israeli propaganda that has been flooding the airwaves following Israel’s murder of humanitarian activists aboard the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla, most notably from the orifice of the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman, Australian-born Mark Regev, and debunks the propaganda manual used by Israeli officials and stooges to hoodwink Westerners.

Jun 08 14:50

Thomas sabotaged to take media heat off Israel's crimes

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Israel’s political occupation of the White House press corps
By Yvonne Ridley
Hold the front page!
"It seems the most famous gaggle of journalists in the world finally got steamed up about a comment made by one of their own… against Israel."
"What a gutless, feckless collective of cabestros.
Just a few days ago, no less than 60 journalists on board the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla were shot at, abused, beaten up, and robbed by the military representing the Zionist regime of Israel. Was there one word of anger, one word of recrimination, or a statement released about the treatment of fellow journalists who were on board a series of ships which were attacked in international waters?"

Jun 08 14:38

Senator Nelson: The BP Well May Have Lost Structural Integrity Beneath the Sea Floor

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes sense. For 50 days now the inside of the drill pipe and well casing have been sandblasted with gravel and rock being spewed upward by thousands of tons of pressure of oil and gas. The well casing and drill pipe have to have eroded and breakthough was inevitable.

Jun 08 14:21

Two More Gulf Spills?

That would mean there are potentially two other operations in the Gulf leaking oil. So just how common are such leaks? The sad reality is, we really don't know.

Jun 08 11:19

Another Gulf oil spill: Well near Deepwater Horizon has leaked since at least April 30

The Deepwater Horizon is not the only well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for the last month.

A nearby drilling rig, the Ocean Saratoga, has been leaking since at least April 30, according to a federal document.

While the leak is decidedly smaller than the Deepwater Horizon spill, a 10-mile-long slick emanating from the Ocean Saratoga is visible from space in multiple images gathered by, which monitors environmental problems using satellites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once in an accident, two a coincidence, but three a decayed and neglected infrastructure!

As a side note, some people had pointed to the dumping of oil stocks prior to the Deepwater Horizon explosion as evidence of a conspiracy, but it seems more likely that the sell-off was triggered by the expected publicity fallout from this other lea, which was ultimately overshadowed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Jun 08 11:14

Swedish oil company accused of war crimes

Swedish oil company Lundin Petroleum and the consortium it belonged to in Sudan were involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a new report. The company has denied the accusations.

And of cause, the current Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt was on the board of Lundin until 2006..
The corruption is so impregnated into the western world so it's not funny anymore.

Jun 08 11:08

Disaster in 50th Day-Obama wants Ass to Kick

Is there a way that you can kick your own ass?

Jun 08 10:25

BP 'manipulating search results' on Google following oil spill

BP is being accused of trying to manipulate the search results on sites like Google and Yahoo, as it attempts to salvage its battered image following the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company is purchasing terms such as “oil spill”, “Deepwater Horizon” and “Gulf of Mexico”, so that when a user types these words into the search engines, the results prominently feature a “sponsored link” to BP’s official page on its response to the spill.

Critics have described BP’s move as unethical. Maureen Mackey, a writer on the Fiscal Times, an online news site, said: “What it effectively does is that it bumps down other legitimate news and opinion pieces that are addressing the spill... and \[BP are\] paying big money for that.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jun 08 10:22

BP accused of judge-shopping for seeking Republican judge to handle lawsuits

BP has been accused of “judge shopping” after pushing for a specific judge in Houston, Texas — the centre of America’s oil and gas industry — to handle the lawsuits against it.

In a move condemned yesterday by several legal experts as indicative of corporate arrogance but defended by others as accepted tactical manoeuvring, the British energy group has filed papers requesting that all pre-trial matters in litigation relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster be assigned to US District Judge Lynn Hughes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

Jun 08 09:40

BP suffers $1bn setback in Siberia

The political storm engulfing BP intensified yesterday as the group came under renewed pressure on its Russian front.

Gazprom, the Kremlin-controlled gas monopoly, has raised new questions over the future of a giant gasfield in Siberia controlled by the British group’s Russian joint venture TNK-BP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The pipeline catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is going to have governments around the world re-think their relationship with BP.

Jun 08 09:37


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Looks like the leakage is getting worse.

Jun 08 09:16

Norwegian oil company struggles to normalize pressure at oil rig

Last Thursday, Norwegian oil company Statoil partly evacuated the Gullfaks oil rig off the western coast after unexpected fluctuations in pressure were encountered while drilling.

The company said all 89 non-essential workers were taken off the rig as a precaution, while the other workers remained to normalize well pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another "Balrog" about to blow?

UPDATE: NOrway has just put all deep water drilling on hold.

Jun 08 08:50

Current Oil Spill Images

Jun 08 08:45

Osama bin Laden and top aides are hiding in Sabzevar, Iran

Osama bin Laden's hiding place was pinned down for the first time Monday, June 7, by the Kuwaiti Al-Siyassa Monday, June 7, as the mountainous town of Savzevar in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan, 220 km west of Mashhad. He is said to have lived there under Tehran's protection for the last five years, along with Ayman Al-Zawahiri and five other high-ranking al Qaeda leaders.


Jun 08 08:43

PRESS TV: International Lawyer Franklin Lamb on Gaza Peace Flotilla Legal Rights

Dr. Franklin Lamb says that the Gaza flotilla survivors can certainly take legal action in their own countries. The family of the American who was murdered can sue Israel under the Federal Tort Claims Act – this will allow the family to use American Federal Court.
He added, cases may be brought against Israel for murder,

Continue reading:

Jun 08 08:12

God bless Helen Thomas

By Roger Tucker

As everyone knows, Helen Thomas, the doyenne of the Washington Press Corps, has gone into retirement after making some heretical remarks about Israel and Israelis. The current wikipedia entry reads in part as follows:

Jun 08 08:11


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Are they all time bombs waiting to go off? Remember, the Deepwater Horizon received a safety award from the US Government before it blew up. Does that mean the other rigs are even more at risk of disaster?

Jun 08 07:07

EUMM Concerned over Gali Incidents

EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) said it was "concerned" about reports of recent incidents in the Gali district of Abkhazia, which had resulted in the deaths of three local officials, injuries to others, various detentions and reports of some homes being set on fire.

"This is a rapidly changing situation and the details remain unclear," EUMM said in a statement on June 7. "Restraint is needed to ensure that the confidence of the local population is not harmed and stability not endangered."

Jun 08 05:51

Senator confirms reports that wellbore is pierced; oil seeping from seabed in multiple places

Senator Bill Nelson was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell this morning on MSNBC and confirmed reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Jun 08 04:10

Poll: Criminaly prosecution of BP for oil spill

Almost two-thirds of Americans agree "strongly" or "somewhat" that the federal government should pursue criminal charges against BP and other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

(*I'm sure the execs at BP are really troubled by this poll .)

Jun 08 00:21

Helen Thomas resigned? Nothing surprising here

Debbie Menon

Helen Thomas always asks the right questions! That is why she is known as a “top US journalist.”

Helen Thomas, 89, began her long career with the wire service United Press International in 1943, and started covering the White House in 1960, according to a biography posted on her website. She became a columnist for Hearst in 2000. She (born August 4, 1920) is an American news service reporter, a Hearst News papers columnist, member of the White House Press Corps and author. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and, later, White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas covered 10 U.S. Presidents.

Jun 07 21:43

New NOAA Forecast: Oil spill 35 miles from Tampa Bay area by June 8

By June 8 the outer boundary of the BP oil spill is forecast to be under 40 miles from the Tampa Bay area.

Jun 07 21:03

“Defending your Life” 5-minute video: overcome fear to have the ride of your life

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Faith in religion or spiritual justice ends fear. When a human being declares a loving God who has command of Life, then there is literally nothing to fear. This is equally true if one declares karma is a law.

Therefore, growing in spiritual strength and eliminating fear go hand-in-hand.

Spiritual strength and embracing factual reality also go hand-in-hand in almost everyone’s vision. I understand the facts I present (among hundreds of writers) shine light upon fear-evoking reality of unlawful US wars and “leaders” who intentionally collapse our economy; conclusions self-evident from this academic paper, “Open proposal to higher education,” and my citizen paper, “Government by dicts.”

Jun 07 17:35

White House Blasts Absent Thomas In Today’s Briefing;

(*with everything they never dared say when she was present)

Jun 07 17:10

Senator confirms reports that wellbore is pierced; oil seeping from seabed in multiple places

Senator Bill Nelson was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell this morning on MSNBC and confirmed reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor.

Jun 07 16:36

US Navy Veterans Continue to seek Justice for Israeli Attack (2010)

By: Dahr Jamail

On June 8, 1967, while sailing in international waters, the US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked by air and naval forces of the state of Israel. Of the Liberty’s crew of 294, more than half were killed or wounded. More than 40 years later, survivors are still seeking justice.

The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that the Liberty was an American ship, yet survivors have been forbidden to tell their story under oath to the American public.....

Jun 07 15:01

US would accept 'reformed' Taliban in Afghanistan if 'red lines' respected: Holbrooke

you can't have a settlement with Al Qaeda, you can't talk to them, you can't negotiate with them, it's out of the question.

(* sure you can . You ever hear that slang expression ; Praying To The PORCELAIN God ?)

Jun 07 10:35

Drugs for Europe: Protected by Powerful Western Interests, Afghanistan Heroin Transits Through Kosovo

Two years ago a joke was being circulated on the Runet that a heroin producer has recognized its distributor’s independence. It was about Afghanistan, which was to the first to recognize the independence of the Serbian province of Kosovo which had illegally separated from Yugoslavia.

Kosovo has since become a transit point for drugs, channelled from Asia to Europe.

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When there is control of drug trafficking, there is also control of where the drugs wind up.

Jun 07 10:17

What NOAA wants us to believe about hurricanes and the mess in the Gulf

From their recent glib PDF. With commentary.

Will there be oil in the rain related to a hurricane?

No. Hurricanes draw water vapor from a large area, much larger than the area covered by oil, and rain is produced in clouds circulating the hurricane.


Jun 07 09:43

Intel chief nominee Clapper held disputed Iraq WMD view

President Obama's choice to be the next director of national intelligence supported the view that Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq sent weapons and documents to Syria in the weeks before the 2003 U.S. invasion.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and current undersecretary of defense for intelligence, will be the next DNI. President Obama announced Gen. Clapper as his nominee Saturday, saying he must not fall victim to Washington politics.

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Translation: this serial liar who "...supported the view (a view completely unhinged from anything remotely resembling facts) that Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq sent weapons and documents to Syria in the weeks before the 2003 U.S. invasion" is about to get promoted.

Tel Aviv's politicians must be dancing in the streets at this nomination, because once confirmed, this guy will now be screaming from the rooftops that Iran has "weapons of mass destruction", and can hit Washington with them in less than 30 minutes, paving the way for a war against Iran.

And just as happened in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it will be American kids who will be fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying to neutralize yet another of Israel's "existential enemies" in the region.

Jun 07 08:43

Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage

The reception that Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democrat, received here one night last week as he faced a small group of constituents was far more pleasant than his encounters during a Congressional recess last summer.

Then, he was hanged in effigy by protesters. This time, a round of applause was followed by a glass of chilled wine, a plate of crackers and crudités as he mingled with an invitation-only audience at the Point Breeze Credit Union, a vastly different scene than last year’s wide-open televised free-for-alls.

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A memo to all those in public office in Washington; we have been lied to, ignored, and taxed to death to the point where it will be interesting to see how this outrage shapes the political landscape of the future - if this country has a future, given that US debt is expected to outstrip the GDP by 2012.

Jun 07 07:49

Press TV Live Stream Feed

Great coverage of the Flotillas and world wide protest .

Jun 07 07:42

Yahoo slipped, fell, handed your email contact list to third parties.

You did want the upgrade, didn't you?

Oh yes. No warning. This feature is opt-out, so woe betide all who eschew webmail; little will they know, buffered as they are by Thunderbird or Outlook, that their entire social network information has just been plundered, only to be relinked, visualized, mined. Opting-out procedure is of course non-intuitive. Info at link.

Jun 07 07:36

Our Enemies, the Israelis: When will we wake up to the threat?

By Justin Raimondo

One of my readers, in the comments section below, wrote the following in response to my last column on Israel’s hijacking of the Gaza flotilla: “Again I ask the question: What do the Israelis have on our politicians that makes them such whores? Dirty pictures? Threats of withholding campaign contributions? It’s really embarrassing as well as infuriating to see congress with its collective pants down around their legislative ankles just waiting for Israel to do it again.”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that …

Jun 07 07:26

An Exclusive on: Israel’s Dr. Strangelove – Uzi Arad

This is the man who probably should be criminally indicted for Israel’s high-seas massacre of people on the Peace Flotilla.The latest total is 64 badly wounded, killed, or missing.Turkey, Egypt, and other countries should certainly blacklist him from any further visits. He is Israel’s Dr. Strangelove.
Like with so many other sensitive things about Israel, the question needs to be asked: Why are the major US newspapers and TV networks not telling the American people about Uzi Arad, arguably the most important and most dangerous man in Israel when it comes to war and peace, the man who really has his finger on Israel’s nukes, the man who has publicly threatened to totally destroy Iran, as well as the man thought to be most responsible for the 31 May massacre?

Jun 07 07:17

US midwest storms: tornadoes hit Ohio and Michigan, leaving at least seven people dead

A tornado unleashed a path of destruction in northwest Ohio, destroying dozens of homes and an emergency services building as a line of storms killed at least seven people. The tornado ripped the roof and back wall off Lake High School's gymnasium several hours before the graduation ceremony was supposed to begin there. The school board president said one of the victims was the father of the class valedictorian

Jun 07 07:09

How Israeli propaganda shaped U.S. media coverage of the flotilla attack

But now that the passengers and journalists have been released from Israeli detention and are speaking out, a much different story is emerging. As I noted yesterday, numerous witnesses and journalists are describing Israeli acts of aggression, including the shooting of live ammunition, before the commandos landed. The New York Times blogger Robert Mackey today commendably compiles that evidence -- I recommend it highly -- and he writes: "now that the accounts of activists and journalists who were detained by Israel after the raid are starting to be heard, it is clear that their stories and that of the Israeli military do not match in many ways."

Jun 07 06:01

Half of Federal Judges Have Conflicts of Interests In Oil Spill Lawsuits

A long standing judicial rule is that judges should not preside over cases in which bias and prejudice may exist. Bias and prejudice exists where a judge may have a financial interest in the case. Where such a conflict of interest occurs, a judge can “recuse” him or herself from the case, which means “remove” him or herself from the case, allowing another judge, who lacks a conflict of interest, to reach a disposition on the merits of the lawsuit...

Jun 07 05:58

Who Gives a Shalit?

Despite Israel’s expansion of illegal settlements, despite the recent Massacre in the Mediterranean, Despite issuing evacuation orders to forcibly remove Palestinians from the Gaza and west bank, President Obama still called Israel a “beacon of democracy.”..

Jun 07 05:52

MORE LIES: Experts Say Oil Spill Will Have Mild Effect On People

Images of oil-soaked birds and soiled beaches, combined with a general mistrust of industry and government, are making it hard for a skeptical public to believe there won’t be serious health effects from the devastating spill in the Gulf of Mexico...

Jun 07 05:49

Iran Red Crescent to send aid to Gaza, reports say

Iran's Red Crescent Society will try to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza by sending food and medical supplies "in the next few days," Iranian media reported Monday, citing an official with the organization.

Abdul Rauf Adibzadeh said relief goods will arrive in Gaza via Egypt by the end of the week.

The aid group also is preparing to send two relief ships to the coast of Gaza, including a hospital ship with doctors, nurses and operating rooms and another vessel with more relief goods such as food and medication, the IRNA and Mehr news agencies reported.

Jun 07 05:49

British PM: Country Facing 'Decades' Of Cutbacks

Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that Britain’s financial situation was “even worse than we thought” and that the country would have to make savage spending cuts to bring its swelling deficit under control...

Jun 06 22:59

Press TV interviews it’s Reporter Hassan Ghani – Survivor of Gaza Flotilla

Press TV correspondent, Hassan Ghani, was aboard one of the Freedom Flotilla ship that came under the Israeli attack and in this 3-part video interview, he gives a most credible and measured account of the events of that tragic night, despite the horrors he had witnessed. He mentions in Part 3, a friend Ken O’Keefe who was severely beaten by the Israelis and a picture of Ken in a shocking condition is provided below. Also provided is Ken’s statement given in Istanbul after being deported by Israel.

Hassan Ghani was released from Israeli captivity and went to Turkey to attend the funerals before visiting Iran.

The following is a rush transcript of Press TV’s interview with Hassan.

Press TV: Tell us about your ordeal Hassan, What happened on the day of the attack?

Jun 06 21:54

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe
By Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter, June 6, 2010
Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, has learned.
SPC Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer, 40 miles east of Baghdad, where he was arrested nearly two weeks ago by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. A family member says he’s being held in custody in Kuwait, and has not been formally charged.

Jun 06 21:49

Our Enemies, the Israelis

Even when the Israelis blew up a US Navy ship, the USS Liberty, a military reconnaissance vessel that was monitoring Israeli troops movements prior to the Six Day War, Washington went along – in public – with Tel Aviv’s fairy tale claiming it was an “accident.” This disgrace is repeated, today, as the beaten and battered Americans who lived to tell the tale of what happened aboard the flotilla return to bear witness to Israeli brutality. An American citizen is killed, and Washington looks the other way. The ghost of Rachel Corrie is not surprised. Nor am I. Because the Israelis, after all, are our enemies.

Jun 06 20:23

BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released

At BP’s Texas City refinery, more than 400 pounds a day of benzene — 40 times the state reportable levels — was released during a 40-day period while a subunit of the refinery’s ultracracker unit was offline, according to a company filing with the state’s environmental agency Friday.

In all, BP officials said more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and nonpollutants were released while the company increased flaring as they tried to repair a compressor on the faulty unit.

Jun 06 20:20

BP gets break on dumping in lake

The massive BP oil refinery in Whiting, Ind., is planning to dump significantly more ammonia and industrial sludge into Lake Michigan, running counter to years of efforts to clean up the Great Lakes.

Indiana regulators exempted BP from state environmental laws to clear the way for a $3.8 billion expansion that will allow the company to refine heavier Canadian crude oil. They justified the move in part by noting the project will create 80 new jobs.

Jun 06 20:06

BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill

The chief executive of BP sold £1.4 million of his shares in the fuel giant weeks before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused its value to collapse.

Jun 06 18:57


This technique should have served two purposes based on this 80s film. The first one should be obvious for those old enough to remember the use of these microbes in oil spills. The second would have curtailed fashion trauma since polyester suits for men, and women's Captain Kangaroo style suit skirts of the late 70s and 80s, were made of combining two petroleum products, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol.

In essence, these same microbes could have been used early enough to save us from this ocular blight. But I digress...

Jun 06 15:29

IDF Shayetet 13 specializes in underwater explosive devices

On Shayetet 13, State Terror and Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla
The unit apparently specializes in placing mines on foreign ships in Israeli ports using underwater personal vehicles (i.e. vehicles with specific gravity equal to the one of sea water); certain subunits of the fleet apparently use what is known in Hebrew as “Toshvei Hutz” (namely “Foreign Residents”) – apparently a military code name for large marine mammals – for the same terrorist activities; the unit apparently employs maritime biologists trained in the Tel Aviv University. Shayetet 13 was the main force used by Israel during the attack on Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla.

Jun 06 13:52

Oil Impacting Florida's Economy

Jun 06 13:40

There's another BP oil spill? - Shhh!! says BP, the Bushs' and Their CIA a Federal Judge Finds Out

In one case, BP's CEO of Alaskan operations hired a former CIA expert to break into the home of a whistleblower, Chuck Hamel, who had complained of conditions at the pipe's tanker facility. BP tapped his phone calls with a US congressman and ran a surveillance and smear campaign against him. When caught, a US federal judge said BP's acts were "reminiscent of Nazi Germany."

Jun 06 13:28

Congressional Record: JP Morgan & Co purchased all major media for propaganda: 1917. And now…?

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Congressman Oscar Callaway lost his Congressional election for opposing US entry into WW 1. Before he left office, he demanded investigation into JP Morgan & Co for purchasing control over America’s leading 25 newspapers in order to propagandize US public opinion in favor of his corporate and banking interests, including profits from US participation in the war. Mr. Callaway alleged he had the evidence to prove Morgan associates were working as editors to select and edit articles, with the press receiving monthly payments for their allegiance to Morgan.

Jun 06 13:25

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 8 of 13

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David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 06 13:00

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons

Corexit is lethal in as little as 2.6 parts per million where oil is lethal in 11 parts per million meaning that Corexit is over 4 times more toxic than oil.

Furthermore scientific studies show that oil dispersed with Corexit is 11 times more lethal than oil alone.

In fact the study referenced showed that crude oil was lethal at 4250 parts per million to killifish but combination of oil mixed with Corexit was lethal in as little as 317.7 ppm.

Jun 06 12:35

Top PR firm for BP tied to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Over at The Next Right, the've pieced together some interesting connections about the White House's ties to British Petroleum, better known as the company currently polluting the Gulf of Mexico. We all know Obama was the biggest recipient of BP's campaign cash in Washington, but it seems BP's ties to the White House run even deeper.

According to The Next Right, PR firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner "helped BP plan and evaluate its successful re-branding campaign, focusing the company's branding on energy solutions, including the development of solar and other renewable energy sources."

Jun 06 12:02

Read the Govt’s Report Blasting Drilling Regulators on Ethics, Drugs and Porn

The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General released a report [2] this morning indicating as much. At one Gulf Coast office of MMS, agency officials attended sporting events [3] on the dime of oil companies, stored porn [4] on company computers, used cocaine and crystal meth [4], and falsified inspection reports [5].

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The Federal Government is so busy taking care of poor widdle Israel that they forgot to take care of the United States!

Jun 06 11:40

BP Live Webcam Working Again.

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BP is yammering on about how much oil they are pumping up from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon oil well and into a tanker, soon to be headed for your local gas station, and I am certain from BP's point of view, salvaging saleable product is a great improvement over the last going on fifty days of total losses.

But the issue for America and the world is not how much oil is being pumped into BP's tankers but how much is still flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.

As can be seen here, the problem is actually far worse than it was before. When the old riser pipe was still in place, it restricted the amount of oil flowing out of the broken BOP, but once that pipe was cut off for the LMRT, the flow became unrestricted and the LMRT failed to seal off the pipe as had been the plan.

In other words, the LMRT failed and BP failed and now things are much worse. If the reports of a second botched drilling sight leaking oil nearby are true, and/or if BP's statement about a broken safety valve 1000 feet below the floor of the Gulf of Mexico are true, then together with what we see here on this video there is no way to stop this thing. The drillers, as Tolkien would put it, delved too deeply and too greedily and woke the nameless horror that dwells in the dark. A real-life Balrog wreathed in flame and black smoke has awoken, and lays waste the halls of Moria!

Jun 06 11:28

FLASHBACK - MAY 28 - BP says oil spill stopped

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Why we cannot trust anything these bastards say now!

Jun 06 11:26

Gulf coast Birds in Oil: AP video

Jun 06 10:45


After two days in an Israeli jail, 64-year-old Paul Larudee speaks out...

Sixty-four-year-old Paul Larudee, an American citizen and longtime pro-Palestinian activist, was on board one of the ships carrying humanitarian relief to Gaza that was raided by the Israeli navy on Monday. He dove into the Mediterranean Sea, only to be captured and held in an Israeli prison for two days.
This was not Larudee’s first brush with Israeli authorities, but it was easily his most dramatic. He spoke with Salon about the raid and his captivity this afternoon from Greece, where he arrived after being released by Israel.


Ken O’ Keefe

I have for many years understood that we, people of conscience, are the true holders of power in this world.

Jun 06 09:47

James Cameron? Really? Seriously...Really?

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Some frustrated film maker's gratuitous bash on James Cameron, who at the very least can do no worse than the US Government or BP with regard to solving the Gulf Oil disaster.

Jun 06 07:31

William N. Grigg On Flotilla Attack: We Bought The Bullets

Apologists for the Israeli government's actions insist that the commandos who invaded the Turkish-flagged ships were forced to defend themselves when they found themselves outnumbered by civilians armed with knives and pipes. But just as pirates and armed robbers have surrendered the right to self-defense, the commandos had no moral or legal right to continue their aggression through violent means once they met resistance.

Jun 06 06:00

US attendees at ‘world government’ meeting may be breaking law: activists

Activists protesting outside this year's meeting of the secretive Bilderberg Group say American citizens attending the meeting may be breaking the law.

The 56-year-old group, which hosts some of the world's most influential financiers and politicians on annual basis, is alleged to have been the driving force behind the launch of several wars and behind a push to create a single global government -- a claim that many observers describe as not credible.
Daniel Estulin, an investigator who has written two books about Bilderberg, told RT that the big question at this year's meeting is whether the Euro will survive the continent's fiscal crisis.

Jun 06 02:10

The Flotilla Gaza Activists Shot in Head at Close Range by IDF

by Robert Booth – The

Nine Turkish men on board Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times, autopsy results reveal

Israel was tonight under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla after autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range.

Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine, which carried out the autopsies for the Turkish ministry of justice today.

Jun 05 23:20

The Hammer of Heaven and the Synagogue of Satan

I suspect we are looking at ‘The Israeli Mistake’, as predicted by the Half Past Human Report. A lot of people are outraged by this vicious, criminal act by the criminal Rothschild Crime and Banking Family consortium that operates as a nation, for the purpose of every permutation of crime for profit and pleasure. Aside from the loss of life which attends nearly every act committed by this crime syndicate, this is actually a good thing. There will be more, because the entire nation is insane and made militarily powerful through their control of the United States government.

Jun 05 20:26

Flashback: Dual Americn-Israeli soldier citizens, Traitors on a Plane

Traitors on a Plane
October 24, 2009
1. I’ve had it being Mr. Nice Mantiq al-Tayr. These United States are permeated with traitors who pretend to be part of our society but whose loyalties lie elsewhere; said fact being a cause of tremendous damage to this country.
"I’m talking instead about the likes of traitor Tsvi Mark who recently completed his first year at West Point. He then got on a plane with 237 other traitors from North American countries and flew off to Israel. He did so in order to join an “elite” unit (the Hebrew word for “elite” means “really good at murdering Palestinians”) in the Israeli military. On that very same plane, over 50 others, at least, were going right into the Israeli military.

Jun 05 20:14

GORDON DUFF: Is Israel Planning Act of Desperation ?

It still holds two stolen nukes for possible port attack

Jun 05 20:10

Gordon Duff: Pakistan’s Role In Afghanistan



US policy in Afghanistan hasn’t so much failed as it hasn’t even materialized. With the original rationale for overthrowing the Taliban their relationship with Osama bin Laden now long forgotten, buried with, not only the death of bin Laden many years ago but much more. No ties between bin Laden and 9/11 have ever been established, none of the training camps seen in the online videos existed anywhere but in fiction, truth is such a delicate thing. Children in Afghanistan are taught to be fighters from birth. Training an Afghan to fight is like training a fish to swim.

Jun 05 20:05

JEFF GATES: How Israel Wages War on the U.S.—By Way of Deception

The Manipulation of U.S. General Colin Powell and Pakistani Cricket Star Imran Khan

Mass media and popular culture are powerful tools of manipulation when wielded by those skilled at waging way by way of deception. When shaping the opinion of an unsuspecting public, the star power of military leaders and sports heroes is routinely appropriated.

That duplicity was on display in February 2003 when Colin Powell gave false testimony to the U.N. Security Council that helped launch the U.S.-led invasion of a Muslim nation. Similar duplicity was deployed in May 2005 when Pakistani cricket icon Imran Khan launched from Islamabad a false story that provoked outrage at the U.S. in Muslim nations.

Jun 05 17:45

Anger Continues in Turkish Street

Jun 05 16:42

What legitimacy does Israel have? UN recognition of Israel is fatally flawed

Christopher King argues that beneath Israel’s litany of crimes against the Palestinians, and most recently its murder of humanitarian workers aboard the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla, lies the fact of its own illegality.

Jun 05 16:40

Rise people, rise: call for zero tolerance of Israeli crimes

Rich Wiles views Israel’s murder of peace activists aboard the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla against the background of a long history of Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. He reminds us that, even as the world was mourning the murder of the peace activists, Israeli soldiers and settlers continued to murder Palestinians.

”People of the world, you can see what is happening. You are taking to the streets. You are rightly angry at this inhumanity. For the sake of your fellow human beings this barbarity must be stopped for ever. All inalienable rights must be enforced, and all occupied lands must be liberated. Now must be our time; Rise people, rise!”

Jun 05 16:08


Jun 05 13:26

Understanding Israel's criminal seige of Gaza; one facet of US Orwellian "leadership"

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I previously wrote that if Iran had carried out the Gaza carnage, the US and Israel would have already initiated war against Iran.

In my comprehensive resource article, "Government by dicts," is the documentation of acknowledged US military/CIA control of corporate media that explains why US public understanding of Israel's criminal Crime against Peace and War Crimes are unclear.

Jun 05 11:31

Oil Stains Beaches, Beachgoers in Alabama

Three stories from Alabama Press-Register/ Alabama Live at above link, but the photos say it all -- well all except the implication that this is all that will be washing up inherent in 'No New Beached Oil'....

Jun 05 10:49

Illinois - A State In Crisis

Illinois is a microcosm of the nation. Facing the largest per capital budget deficit in America, equal to half its operating budget, it's in deep crisis, one of many problems being poverty, the issue the Heartland Alliance addressed in its May 5 report titled, "2010 Report on Illinois Poverty," deepening under budget-balancing social safety net cuts, making a bad situation worse for growing numbers throughout the state, suffering under dire economic conditions, exacerbated by bad public policy.

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American citizens are of no use or value to their government, except as an allegedly endless supply of tax money for wars without end, the betterment of their own personal lifestyles, and unlimited funds and arms for Israel.

Jun 05 10:00

Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world

President Obama has secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US special forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world, with American troops now operating in 75 countries.

When Mr Obama took office US special forces were operating in fewer than 60 countries. In the past 18 months he has ordered a big expansion in Yemen and the Horn of Africa — known areas of strong al-Qaeda activity — and elsewhere in the Middle East, central Asia and Africa.

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Note to President Obama; the alleged "Al-Qaeda" have nothing to do with the buildup of Special Forces, particularly in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, as you well know.

This is about the US wanting and needing the natural resources up which, or adjacent to which, the countries being infiltrated with US Special Forces, are sitting.

Afghanistan is a perfect example, literally cursed by its geography. Afghanistan was a target for invasion and occupation because it was the perfect place to install the pipelines with which to potentially control Eurasian oil.

There is only one small problem here, however, nearly 9 years on; the Afghan people want their country back, and are doing everything they can thing of to cause that to happen.

I would like to remind you, Mr. President, that as late as August of 2001, the Bush Administration was negotiating with the Taliban government on the rights to the pipeline routes, but considered the price being asked "too high". Then, conveniently, we had 9/11, and we were off and running with a war of occupation, which has still not brought about the outcome of "pacifying" the Afghan people enough to install the pipelines.

This is what our kids have been fighting for, getting maimed for life for, and dying for. Apparently, this price, in American blood and American money, is not considered "too high", either by the Bush Administration, or the Obama Administration.

I would also like to point out, Mr. President, that Russia and China have been making deals, rather than waging wars, to secure the energy their countries will need for the future of their countries.

Perhaps, just perhaps, the US has something to learn here.

Jun 05 09:20

"A Human Rights Nightmare is Occurring on Our Watch"

With 5% of the world's population, the United States today boasts 25% of its prison population. Despite declining crime rates in the last three decades (even in the midst of our current recession), rates of incarceration in the U.S. have been stunning.

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The American model of prisons and incarceration does not work; the rate of recidivism is incredible.

As reported, June 2006, in:

"Within three years of their release, 67% of former prisoners are rearrested and 52% are re-incarcerated, a recidivism rate that calls into question the effectiveness of America's corrections system, which costs taxpayers $60 billion a year. Violence, overcrowding, poor medical and mental health care, and numerous other failings plague America's 5,000 prisons and jails."

We could learn much from Scandinavian countries, which have a far more enlightened goal of rehabilitation, rather than punishment per se, and the recidivism rates are far lower in these countries.

Jun 05 08:59

Booms wouldn't keep oil from Pinellas beaches

If the BP oil spill ever reaches the Tampa Bay area, there are plans to set out floating booms to protect environmentally sensitive marshes and estuaries and mangroves.

But what about the beaches that are the lifeblood of the local economy?

Jun 05 08:57


Jun 05 08:21

Egyptian Men With Israeli Wives Lose Citizenship in New Ruling

A Cairo court on Saturday upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women... and their children, of their citizenship..... a ruling that cannot be appealed.... to prevent the creation of a generation "disloyal to Egypt and the Arab world." Children of such marriages "should not be allowed to perform their military service"...

Jun 05 07:47

What if BP Never Stopped the Oil in the Gulf of Mexico?

What if nothing worked at all? What if the oil just kept coming out of the ground until it stopped naturally? How long would it take? What would be the consequences?

The quick answer is that they would be severe -- though nobody is quite sure how much oil might escape because nobody, even at BP, is sure how much is down there.

"It's huge. It's a big oil field," said Roger Anderson, an oil geophysicist at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. "If 20,000 barrels a day are escaping, it could stay there for years, then drop off. It could flow at a small rate for a very, very long time."

Jun 05 07:26

Florida Gulf oil spill: Plans to evacuate Tampa Bay area are in place

Gulf Oil Spill 2010: Plans to evacuate Tampa Bay area are in place

As FEMA and other government agencies prepare for what is now being called by some, the worst oil spill disaster in history, plans to evacuate the Tampa Bay area are in place.

The plans would be announced in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, if wind or other conditions are expected to take the toxic fumes through Tampa Bay.

Jun 05 07:25

Open letter to president Obama by Dennis Kucinich

" is incumbent upon the Commander in Chief to call Israel to an accounting for its conduct in planning and executing the deadly military attack in international waters upon a peaceful flotilla carrying citizens from over 50 countries."

Jun 05 07:19

Joe Meadors Interviews

Joe Meadors was on the same Free Gaza boat that Israel seized in the Mediterranean on Monday. He is also a survivor of the 1967 attack by Israel on the US military ship the USS Liberty. Meadors says that the attack on the flotilla was illegal and that Israel needs to be held accountable for its actions.

Jun 05 07:10

People Power! The Swedish dockers' union decides on a blockade against Israeli ships and goods

People ask themselves how to react to Monday's bloodbath on the Mavi Marmara. Svenska hamnarbetarförbundet, the Swedish dockers' union, has made a first contribution to that debate: it has decided on a blockade against Israeli ships and goods from June 15 at 00.00 hour to June 24 at 24.00 hour. Here is their press release, in Swedish and in English translation:

Jun 05 06:47

Gazan Survivalism by Karen Kwiatkowski

As Israel is increasingly the North Korea of the Middle East, Gaza is perhaps the Harrison Bergeron of our modern era. Sadly, Harrison’s destruction is the aim of the Handicapper General, just as a wholesale and final destruction of Gazan society and economy is clearly the Israeli government objective. The small strip of desert, once a food exporter has been made a modern concentration camp, not unlike the fantastical case of Manhattan in the dystopian Escape from New York.

Jun 05 06:27

Israeli commando who shot six passengers in aid convoy in line for medal

Six of the nine passengers killed in an Israeli raid on an aid convoy bound for Gaza were shot by a single Israeli commando, who is being considered for a medal of valour for saving his injured comrades as passengers attacked them with clubs, knives and even guns they had taken from downed Navy Seals.

Jun 05 05:28

Massacre on the Mediterranean: Synopsis

There is a great deal to discuss regarding the recent episode in the Middle East specifically the attack on the humanitarian-aid vessels, or flotilla, that were headed to Gaza by the IDF, Israeli Defense Forces. In the aftermath 9 civilian deaths, including one nineteen-year-old American, were reported and countless more injured. The Prime Minister of Turkey called the attack a “bloody massacre”...

Jun 05 05:13


Join as they travel to Gaza. Witness what happens on board the Flotilla. Watch their videos.

Just before 9am this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction
supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its
passengers hostage and towing the ship toward Ashdod port in SouthernIsrael. It is not yet known whether any of the Rachel Corrie’s passengers
were killed or injured during the attack, but they are believed to beunharmed.

Jun 05 04:52




Report: Autopsy shows Gaza activists were shot 30 times
Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship, including one with U.S. citizenship, were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain’s Guardian newspaper says.


Jun 05 00:55

Abkhaz Local Official Killed in Gali

The head of the local administration of the village of Rep in the Gali district of Abkhazia, Dmitry Katsia, was shot dead late on Thursday evening. Katsia’s car was reportedly attacked by 3 armed men.

Two days earlier before this murder, one Abkhaz customs officer was killed and two others were wounded when their car was attacked close to the village of Saberio in the Gali district.

Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, who summoned a national security council session on June 4, said "the Georgian trace in quite obvious" in both of these incidents.

Jun 05 00:49

Rep. Brad Sherman: prosecute U.S. citizens involved with Gaza flotilla

Rep. Sherman: prosecute U.S. citizens involved with Gaza flotilla
Ali Gharib
June 4, 2010
On a press call hosted by a pro-Israel organization, Rep. Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, told reporters that he intends seek the prosecution of any U.S. citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom Flotilla.
"The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 [PDF] makes it absolutely illegal for any American to give food, money, school supplies, paper clips, concrete or weapons to Hamas or any of its officials," Sherman said on the Israel Project call, conflating Hamas and Gaza’s civilian population. "And so I will be asking the Attorney General to prosecute any American involved in what was clearly an effort to give items of value to a terrorist organization."

Jun 05 00:23

Israelis had shoot-to-kill policy, says activist

Israelis had shoot-to-kill policy, says activist
Friday, June 04, 2010 - 02:50 PM
Israeli commandos shot passengers at the rate of one a minute during the bloody raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, a Briton on board the main vessel said today.
"Mr Patel said he was not visited by anyone from the British mission and Ms Harrison said the consul told her that Israeli officials had prevented him visiting captured Britons."
“I see that as an insult from Israel to the British, that they were denying the British consul the right that citizens have.
“I also see it as a sign that the British don’t have the strength to stand up to Israel.”

Jun 04 22:49

JAMES PETRAS: Israeli War Crimes: From the U.S.S. Liberty to the Humanitarian Flotilla

This is dedicated to the brave Turkish martyrs on the Mavi Marmara, May 31, 2010, and to the 34 murdered American sailors on the USS Liberty, June 8, 1967 – all victims of an unrepentant criminal state – Israel.

Introduction: Israel Crimes on the High Seas

Jun 04 22:37


Join as they travel to Gaza. Witness what happens on board the Flotilla. Watch their videos.

Stay tuned for news about MV Rachel Corrie as she makes her way to Gaza. About 10 minutes ago, they have been trying every two minutes to contact passengers onboard MV Rache Corrie. No answer.

Email information about worldwide protests and demonstrations to protests at


Jun 04 20:29

Rachel Corrie aid ship 'seized by Israeli navy'

One of the last ships on a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, the Rachel Corrie, has been intercepted by the Israeli navy, according to reports.

The activists on board the Irish-owned shup reported via Twitter that three boats were following them for around twenty minutes.

Israeli forces then boarded and reportedly placed passengers under arrest.

Irish-Malaysian ship MV Rachel Corrie, named after an American woman killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, had been making its slow journey towards Gaza despite the deadly commando attack by Israeli troops earlier in the week.

Jun 04 19:05

Israel attacked with US supplied weaponry, illegal use (AECA).

Josh Ruebner
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"It doesn't sound as if the Obama Administration will be scrambling fighter jets anytime soon to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak for ordering these attacks against U.S. civilians.
Since the Obama Administration is having trouble deciding how to punish Israel for injuring and killing U.S. citizens, here's a suggested first step: launch an investigation into whether Israel violated the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

Jun 04 18:44

US Navy destroyer USS San Jacinto stops pirate attack on Maltese flagged ship

Thursday, 3rd June 2010 - 10:26CET
US warship disrupts pirate attack on Maltese flagged ship
The American Navy destroyer USS San Jacinto (CG 56) on Monday disrupted an attack by nine Somali pirates on a Maltese-flagged vessel, the Navy said.
"The American Navy vessel arrived quickly and followed the pirate skiff in a helicopter. Navy sailors boarded the skiff and arrested the pirates, who threw their weapons into the sea.
The USS San Jacinto has detained 22 pirates so far in the last seven days. The pirates were turned over to Yemeni Naval Forces."

Jun 04 17:52

BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill

The chief executive of BP sold £1.4 million of his shares in the fuel giant weeks before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill gusher caused its value to collapse.


Jun 04 17:39

Shame behind the silence of America over Israeli crimes

Paul J. Balles answers some poignant questions regarding the United States’ double standards on Israel and its failure to condemn Israel’s murder of peace activists aboard the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla.

Jun 04 16:09

Gilad Atzmon on Israeli collective madness

Gilad Atzmon, a British writer and musician who was born in Israel and served in the Israeli army, believes that the raid will lead the world to “see what Israel is all about”.

“They are convinced that the more people they kill, the more people will be deterred to jeopardise what they regard as their security,” Atzmon told Russia Today (RT)

Jun 04 16:06

Is Israel planning act of desperation? It still holds two stolen nukes for possible port attack

Gordon Duff warns that unless the international community takes decisive action by stripping Israel of its nuclear weapons and demanding regime change in Tel Aviv, the world might soon be subjected to an Israeli-concocted false-flag nuclear disaster.

Jun 04 16:04

“No citizenship without loyalty!” Fascism in Israeli society

Neve Gordon detects a disturbing trend in Israeli society, manifested recently in the way pro-government demonstrators reacted to protests by Israeli Jews and Arabs against the murder of peace activists on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla.

Jun 04 12:18

Another War Is Required to Burn $13 Trillion of U.S. National Debt

US Treasury slips into the red announcing $13 trillion debt

Anna Bodrova also said that the US economy uses another reliable method to cope with such problems. The United States takes either physical or financial participation in military actions somewhere across the ocean.

It is not ruled out that the US will soon increase the defense spending to write off a big part of its debt,” the expert suggested.

Indeed, the USA has been using military actions for its economic revival since the Great Depression of the 1930s. A war boosts the industrial development, gives more jobs to people, etc.

Experts believe that the war in Iraq was launched to postpone the American crisis, which started brewing in the USA at the end of 2000.

Jun 04 11:15


Jun 04 10:49

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes and start a new government? 7 of 13

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David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 04 10:36

Plutocrats Convention

The secretive Bilderberg club of the rich and powerful, meeting in Barcelona, may decide the fate of the Euro, and much else.

Jun 04 10:26

BP, Coast Guard withheld video showing massive scope of oil spill

Federal officials and the oil giant BP effectively conspired to keep the worst images of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico from the public, according to a report Thursday.

The US Coast Guard, which is coordinating response efforts to the spill on behalf of the government, had hours of video showing the extent of the spill within nine days after the spill began. But by that point, they'd released only a single fuzzy still image.

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Jun 04 10:16

Contractor: BP Is Trying To Hide Dead Animals, Since The Ocean Will Eventually Wash Away The Evidence

In recent weeks, reporters and photographers for major news organizations around the country have been speaking out about the attempts by BP to prevent them from getting a first-hand look at the Gulf Coast oil spill. A CBS News crew was threatened with arrest when it tried to photograph the spill, and a BP representative in Louisiana told a Mother Jones reporter that she couldn’t visit the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge without a BP escort.

Jun 04 09:51

A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a "Failed State"

Question: Dr. Roberts, the United States is regarded as the most successful state in the world today. What is responsible for American success?

Dr. Roberts: Propaganda. If truth be known, the US is a failed state. More about that later. The US owes its image of success to: (1) the vast lands and mineral resources that the US “liberated” with violence from the native inhabitants, (2) Europe’s, especially Great Britain’s, self-destruction in World War I and World War II, and (3) the economic destruction of Russia and most of Asia by communism or socialism...