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Friday, August 3, 2012

3 August - Blogs I'm Following

Social & Policy Innovation in the Obama Admin 2o2Social & Policy Innovation in the Obama Admin 2o2 (Photo credit: dpict.info)Boycott Israel-posterBoycott Israel-poster (Photo credit: Creap)Israel ExistsIsrael Exists (Photo credit: uhuru1701)Street scene from the centre of Burgas.Street scene from the centre of Burgas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)English: The central street of Burgas.English: The central street of Burgas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Mining for coal via mountaintop removal at Kay...Mining for coal via mountaintop removal at Kayford Mountain, WV. The mine operator is Massey Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)English: Valley fill - Mountaintop removal coa...English: Valley fill - Mountaintop removal coal mining in Martin County, Kentucky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A picture of a mountaintop removal siteWork co...A picture of a mountaintop removal siteWork copyright released by owner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)iraqiraq (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)SANGIN, Afghanistan - American and British sol...SANGIN, Afghanistan - American and British soldiers take a tactical pause during a combat patrol in the Sangin District area of Helmand Province April 10 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalio...U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division search for Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)English: Iraq Defense Minister Abdul Qadir pre...English: Iraq Defense Minister Abdul Qadir presents a gift to U.S. Army General David Petraeus during a farewell ceremony in Baghdad on September 15, 2008. Petraeus turned over command of Multi-National Forces - Iraq to Army General Raymond Odierno on September 16. Petraeus has served in three command positions in Iraq since 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)English: General David H Petraeus: This photog...English: General David H Petraeus: This photograph is available for public release. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Which 'terror plots' are relevant to Burgas ?
While the Obama administration and the Israeli government have pointed to murky allegations in Cyprus and Bangkok as relevant to Burgas, it has exhibited no apparent interest in the historical record of actual suicide bombings against Israeli tourists.
The reason, apparently, is that all of the terrorist attacks that fit that description have been claimed by Al Qaeda or an affiliate.
Even if the U.S. national security state does not wish to acknowledge that the Burgas bombing fits the profile of an Al Qaeda terrorist operation rather than one by Hezbollah, there is no excuse for the U.S. news media failure to report that inconvenient truth.
*A version of this article appeared on www.antiwar.com

America's terrorist roots
"Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman, or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed, or 'disappeared', at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame." -- Amnesty International, 1996

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

While CENTCOM Commander from October 2008 until July 2010, General Petraeus received secret and unprecedented permission to unilaterally engage in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, former Russian Republics, Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, the Horn of Africa, and wherever else he deems necessary.
Never before has a nation unleashed so many assassins in so many foreign nations around the world ( 9,000 Special Operations soldiers are based in Iraq and Afghanistan alone) as well as implemented a policy that can be best described as unprecedented, remote-control, large-scale "mechanized assassination." As the N.Y. Times noted in December 2009: "For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out a military mission, selecting people for killing in a country where the United States is not officially at war."
This combination of human and technological murder amounts to a worldwide “Assassination Inc.” that is unique in human affairs.

Chomsky: The Most Powerful Country in History Is Destroying the Earth and Human Rights as We Know Them

The United States is the only country in the first world that imposes life sentences to teenagers for small-time, non-violent drug offenses

In a shocking blow to besieged Appalachian coalfield residents today, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled in favor of a coal industry law suit, striking down the EPA's modest guidance rules on mountaintop removal mining.  
Despite the mounting evidence of devastating human and health impacts linked to the extreme form of strip mining and documented contamination of waterways from mining fallout, which provides less than five percent of national coal production, the judge ruled that the EPA had overstepped its Clean Water Act mandates.
The government and mainstream media like to push studies touting the purported dangers of marijuana, while ignoring scientific evidence that demonstrates the opposite.

What was once radical and taboo have arrived as fixtures in American society.

American foreign policy is weakened in dozens of different ways until it is made very clear that America has repudiated what was done.
I'm sure everyone has herd of the two American journalists who were arrested and have been held by the North Koreans the last couple of months. They are going to be put on trial for "hostile acts" which have been unspecified. Most experts believe they will be traded for something of value eventually.
Reader AZ sent me this, which distills exactly why the Obama administration has to deal with torture and Guantanamo resolutely and transparently:
"The rumor was that they are being housed at one of the guest villas," said Han S. Park, a University of Georgia expert who was visiting North Korea as part of a private U.S. delegation after the women were captured. Park told CNN International that the North Koreans scoffed at any suggestion that the Americans were receiving harsh treatment.
"They laughed. 'We are not Guantanamo.' That's what they said," 

Good Riddance to the Air Force's Religious Intolerance Enabler in Chief 

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