Jan 11, 2008

Behind the Propaganda about the Iran Speedboat Provocation...

Great news articles linked and commented on by CLG cut behind the propaganda about Israel and Iran, and the recent "speedboat provocation". For those who saw the alleged Iranian speedboats on video...is the Navy paranoid or what? Those were not PT or "swift boats", and the waters were hardly "international". But there is much more now, and the "official story", like it always does, is unravelling. The neocon administration wants another "Gulf of Tonkin" incident to advance the blueprint for a "new middle east" by "pre-emptive war".

Also note what Pakis think of the U.S. (including that democrats like Obama as well as republicans threaten to strike inside another sovereign country)--more of a threat than Islamists--and that Japan is now joining the US and UK in "anti-terror legislation", that usurps extraordinary powers for the government. Fascism is growing, unchecked, while citizens are distracted.

CIA reveals: We said in 1974 that Israel had nuclear weapons 11 Jan 2008 The Central Intelligence Agency, backed by bodies including the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Defense Intelligence Agency, determined in August 1974 that Israel had nuclear "weapons in being," a "small number" of which it "produced and stockpiled." Israel was also suspected of providing nuclear materials, equipment or technology to Iran [LOL!], South Africa and other then-friendly countries. This top secret document, consigned to the CIA's vaults for almost 32 years, was released to the public this week.

A bigger threat than al-Qaeda: Pakistanis See U.S. as Greatest Threat 07 Jan 2008 Amid reports that the administration of U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush is considering aggressive covert actions against armed Islamist forces in western Pakistan, a new survey released here Monday suggested that such an effort would be opposed by an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis themselves. The survey, which was funded by the quasi-governmental U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and designed by the University of Maryland's Programme on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), also found that a strong majority of Pakistanis consider the U.S. military presence in Asia and neighbouring Afghanistan a much more critical threat to their country than al Qaeda or Pakistan's own Taliban movement in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan.

Doubts grow over Iranian boat threats --Pentagon climbdown over 'you will explode' video --Mystery remains over where voice came from [It likely came from the same lab that edits the Osama bin Laden voiceovers and the Adam Pearlman threats.] 11 Jan 2008 Doubts intensified last night over the nature of an alleged aggressive confrontation by Iranian patrol boats and American warships in the Persian Gulf on Sunday, after Pentagon officials admitted that they could not confirm that a threat to blow up the US ships had been made directly by the Iranian crews involved in the incident.

Iran refutes U.S allegations with video evidence 10 Jan 2008 Iran has shown its own video of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz, in a bid to counter Pentagon accusations that Iranian troops had threatened to blow up American vessels. The footage was released by the Revolutionary Guard, the Iranian force involved in the incident, to contradict Pentagon charges that Iranian speedboats swarmed around U.S warships in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, radioing a threat to blow them up. The Revolutionary Guard had said the day earlier that the film released by the Pentagon was a bad fake, with the sound and image not properly synchronised.

Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel 10 Jan 2008 Despite the official and media portrayal of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz early Monday morning as a serious threat to U.S. ships from Iranian speedboats that nearly resulted in a "battle at sea", new information over the past three days suggests that the incident did not involve such a threat and that no U.S. commander was on the verge of firing at the Iranian boats. The new information that appears to contradict the original version of the incident includes the revelation that U.S. officials spliced the audio recording of an alleged Iranian threat onto to a videotape of the incident. That suggests that the threatening message may not have come in immediately after the initial warning to Iranian boats from a U.S. warship, as appears to do on the video.

Post-invasion death toll in Iraq put at over 150,000 10 Jan 2008 At least 150,000 Iraqis died violently in the 40 months following the US-led invasion in 2003, according to an estimate derived from the most comprehensive survey yet of mortality in post-war Iraq.

Bush urges end to Israeli 'occupation' 11 Jan 2008 US President [sic] George Bush, hardening his tone towards Israel, urged an end to "the occupation" of the West Bank and pushed for a peace treaty to be signed within a year to create a Palestinian state. [Yes, and Bush needs to end his occupation of Iraq.]

Japan set to force through terror law 10 Jan 2008 The Japanese government is on Friday expected to use its two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament to ram through controversial 'anti'-terror legislation in what would be the first use of such override powers in more than half a century.