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Foley family threatened with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom

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This hand out picture courtesy of Nicole Tung taken on November 5, 2012 in Aleppo shows US freelance reporter James Foley
The family of US journalist James Foley - who was kidnapped and killed by the Islamic State - had been "threatened" by the US government with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom for him, Foley's mother told the media.

Obama administration officials repeatedly warned the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to the Islamic State jihadists who were holding and, ultimately, beheaded their son, his mother and brother said this week.

"We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling," Foley's mother Diane said in an interview with ABC News.

"I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance," she elaborated in another interview with CNN."It didn't seem to be in [US] strategic interest, if you will."


Comment: In other words, it would interfere with their plans of using the beheading of the two journalists to bomb Syria. After all, they need a humanitarian pretext to hide behind before they start committing atrocities.

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U.S. backed 'moderate' Syrian rebels sign a peace deal with ISIS

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In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut.
The U.S. backed, Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), have signed a ceasefire agreement with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Rif Dimashq Governate. According to the ceasefire agreement, the two militant groups will not engage in violence with one another in the densely populated city of Hajar Al-Aswad, just south of Damascus. The agreement outlines the purpose of the ceasefire, alluding to their mutual interest in usurping the "Nusayri Government" (Nusayri is a derogatory word used to insult Alawi Muslims) in Damascus.


Comment: Which is as well the goal of the U.S. government, that's why they've been arming these 'moderates.'


Other rebel groups involved in the ceasefire with ISIS are Liwaa' 'Ahrar Turkman Al-Golan, Liwaa' Hittin, and Liwaa' Al-'Ummah Al-Waheeda; these groups operate primarily in the Rif Dimashq, Al-Quneitra, and Dara'a Governates. Recently, ISIS militants have been identified in the Yarmouk Camp District and the village of Babeela in south Damascus. While, rebel group Jaysh Al-Islam has combatted ISIS militants in the East Ghouta, most rebel groups in Rif Dimashq have avoided confrontation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.
Ambulance

200 trucks of Russia's second aid convoy cross border into Ukraine


All 200 trucks in Russia's 2nd convoy carrying long-awaited humanitarian aid for devastated areas of eastern Ukraine have crossed the border after weeks of delays that occurred despite an agreement on relief corridors in the Minsk ceasefire deal.

"At 08:00 Moscow time (04:00 GMT) the customs procedures for all trucks and goods in them were completed," local customs service spokesman Rayan Farukshin told RIA Novosti news agency.

The trucks started passing through Russia's 'Donetsk' checkpoint into the buffer zone shortly before midnight on Friday. Trucks had to wait for several hours to get clearance for further movement from Russian customs officers supervised by their Ukrainian colleagues.

The 200 white Kamaz trucks were waiting for their turn to undergo customs proceedings, as the first group moved into Ukrainian territory early on Saturday morning.
Bad Guys

Dutch police recover metal fragments from MH17 bodies

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Wreckage of flight MH17
One part of the forensic investigation into the MH17 plane crash in the Ukraine focuses on 25 metal fragments that were found on bodies of passengers and baggage.

The investigation is examining where these particles came from. From the aircraft itself, from luggage or from a source external to the aircraft such as the missile, says Patricia Zorko of the national police Friday during a press conference. Zorko is leading the criminal investigation done by the police and justice after the disaster. According to Zorko currently about 500 physical traces have been secured, including 25 metal fragments.

Chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke of the national prosecutor says that the Public Prosecutor is very willing to prosecute the parties responsible for the MH17 plane crash in the Netherlands. The Public Prosecutor in the Netherlands is leading the international crime investigation into those responsible for the disaster.

Comment: Also:
'If we can establish this iron comes from such a missile, that is important of course,' Westerbeke told news agency Reuters. 'At this moment, we don't know that, but that's what we are investigating.'
These ''investigators'' desperately try to "find" any evidence of a missile, but deliberately ignore and do not share crucial information that would expose the people responsible for the destruction of MH17. Needless to say, the separatists in Eastern Ukraine, or Russia, or Putin, are most likely not responsible for this attack.

Read SOTT editor Joe Quinn's latest article to understand why it could not have been a (Buk-M1) missile:
Preliminary report on the crash of flight MH17 full of holes, just like the plane

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OSCE demands that Kiev junta treat media with respect

On September 11 officers of Ukraine's Security Service searched the editorial office, confiscated the equipment, working materials and personal belongings of the Vesti staff.

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OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic called on the Ukrainian authorities with a demand to treat mass media with respect in her statement on Friday that followed a recent raid by law enforcers on the editorial office of the Vesti newspaper in Kiev.

"I call on the Ukrainian authorities to refrain from any measures which could intimidate members of the media and impede the work of media outlets," Mijatovic said. "National security concerns related to the current challenges in Ukraine should not justify disproportionate restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of the media."
Vader

Deja vu: Watch each of the last 4 presidents announce U.S. is bombing Iraq

Did last night's primetime presidential speech announcing expanding authorization for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria feel kind of familiar? Like you've heard it before?

That's probably because you have. You've been hearing for more than two decades, from presidents on both sides of political aisle. At this point, bombing Iraq is practically a American presidential tradition.

And, via the magic of YouTube and The Huffington Post's Sam Stein, you can watch every president back to the first George Bush announce a new plan to launch military strikes in Iraq.

Here's George H.W. Bush in January 1991 announcing that "air attacks are already underway against military targets in Iraq."


Comment: It seems the U.S. may be lamenting getting rid of Saddam Hussein. They had a convenient excuse to bomb innocents and destroy what was a healthy and vibrant, albeit (gasp!) secular, civilization. They had to go and create ISIS in order to continue their indiscriminate killing so as to appease their blood-thirsty puppet masters. While many people point out that ISIS was created and funded by the U.S. (as was Saddam), that will not stop Obama and his bosses from lying to the American people and ramping up the fear in their hearts. As you can see above, it's nothing new.

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Israeli intelligence veterans' letter to Netanyahu and military chiefs - in full

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R to L: Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, defence minister Moshe Ya'alon and chief of staff Benny Gantz look at maps of Gaza during the recent conflict.
Read the letter from 34 reserve soldiers who have served in Unit 8200 explaining why they refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

Prime Minister, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu

Chief of General Staff, Benny Gantz

Military Intelligence Director, Major General Aviv Kochavi

Commander of Unit 8200

We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.

It is commonly thought that the service in military intelligence is free of moral dilemmas and solely contributes to the reduction of violence and harm to innocent people. However, our military service has taught us that intelligence is an integral part of Israel's military occupation over the territories. The Palestinian population under military rule is completely exposed to espionage and surveillance by Israeli intelligence. While there are severe limitations on the surveillance of Israeli citizens, the Palestinians are not afforded this protection. There's no distinction between Palestinians who are, and are not, involved in violence. Information that is collected and stored harms innocent people. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself. In many cases, intelligence prevents defendants from receiving a fair trial in military courts, as the evidence against them is not revealed. Intelligence allows for the continued control over millions of people through thorough and intrusive supervision and invasion of most areas of life. This does not allow for people to lead normal lives, and fuels more violence further distancing us from the end of the conflict.

Millions of Palestinians have been living under Israeli military rule for over 47 years. This regime denies the basic rights and expropriates extensive tracts of land for Jewish settlements subject to separate and different legal systems, jurisdiction and law enforcement. This reality is not an inevitable result of the state's efforts to protect itself but rather the result of choice. Settlement expansion has nothing to do with national security. The same goes for restrictions on construction and development, economic exploitation of the West Bank, collective punishment of inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, and the actual route of the separation barrier.

In light of all this, we have concluded that as individuals who served in Unit 8200, we must take responsibility for our part in this situation and it is our moral duty to act. We cannot continue to serve this system in good conscience, denying the rights of millions of people. Therefore, those among us who are reservists, refuse to take part in the state's actions against Palestinians. We call for all soldiers serving in the Intelligence Corps, present and future, along with all the citizens of Israel, to speak out against these injustices and to take action to bring them to an end. We believe that Israel's future depends on it.
Snakes in Suits

U.S. Puppet Masters ask new Iraqi PM to ask the U.S. to bomb Iraq so the U.S. can bomb Syria

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'Thanks for doing what we tell you, Abadi!' 'No problem, Master Kerry!'
Watch the following video from RT, which includes a clip from Secretary of State John Kerry's joint press statement with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on September 11 in Saudi Arabia. The trip to Saudi Arabia followed Kerry's 'surprise' visit to Baghdad the day before, where newly installed (puppet) Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for the international community "to act immediately to stop the spread of this cancer [IS/ISIS/ISIL]." Who exactly is Iraq's new prime minister?

Minister of communications in the post-invasion Iraqi government for 2003-2004, Abadi has served in various posts since then, and has been deputy leader of the Islamic Dawa Party since 2007. Prior to returning to Iraq in 2003 he had spent at least the last 25 years in 'voluntary exile' in the UK being groomed by her Majesty's finest for his future role in post Saddam Iraq.

Pay attention to Kerry's words, in response to the Abadi's request for help in dealing with IS.


He says:
"The government of Iraq has invited the United States of America and asked for help. It has asked for help from the United States; it has asked for help from its neighbors, from other countries in the region. And under international law, when a country is invaded and a country invites somebody to come in and help them, we have every right in the world to respond to that request."
Sounds reasonable, right?
Moon

The abject horrors of War

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As wars rage around the globe, the world continues its descent into the lower circles of Dante's Inferno - all with the help of an insatiable global empire, run by warmongering opportunistic Machiavellians and amoral realists, aided by masses of Uncommitted Souls, who will do nothing for either good or evil, as long their consumerist desires, created by the empire's nightmarish 'dream-making' machine, are satisfied and their wealth and power (or aspirations to them) are preserved.

In the case of psychopathic Machiavellians, fixated on money, power and competition, it is their low emotional intelligence and lack of empathy and conscience that prevents them from having concerns for the victims of their wars or the poor. Amoral realists, on the other hand, view events on the international arena solely in terms of power - morality has no place, only national interests count. As for the Uncommitted Souls - they are just gullible dupes, whose beliefs and values are spoon-fed to them by media and advertising, the choices they focus on are those of a consumer, not of a human being.

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We can play the game too: Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators as lobbyists

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Former Senator John Breaux, D-La and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.
Gazprombank GPB, a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions, according to a new disclosure filed with the Senate.

Gazprombank is controlled by Russia's state-owned energy company Gazprom, the country's largest gas producer; it supplies about a third of Europe's natural gas.

In a filing submitted Friday and effective that day, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and former Senator John Breaux, D-La., are listed as the main lobbyists under the Gazprombank account for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, lobbying on "banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions."

Gazprombank GPB (OJSC) is a subsidiary of Gazprombank, Russia's third largest bank. On July 16th, the U.S. Treasury Department added it to a list of Russian firms barred from debt financing with U.S. institutions.

Lott and Breaux left public service almost a decade ago and are among more than 300 members of Congress who've become lobbyists, and begun petitioning former colleagues on behalf of clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, they started a lobbying firm with their sons, Breaux Lott Leadership Group, which was acquired by D.C.-lobbying powerhouse Patton Boggs in 2010. Patton Boggs merged with Squire Sanders to form Squire Patton Boggs in June.

Gazprom has been in the news a lot. In July, The Permanent Court of Arbitration, an intergovernmental organization located in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled that the Russian government should reimburse $50 billion to certain shareholders of former Russian oil company Yukos. The tribunal said the government, in a series of actions starting in 2003 "accompanied by serious due process violations," had dismantled and seized the assets of Yukos and transferred them to Gazprom and state-run oil company Rosneft.


Comment: Some background on the Hague ruling:
  • Politically Motivated: Netherlands Court Orders Russia: Pay Criminals $50 Billion
  • Khodorkovsky created the myth that he is Putin's political opponent AFTER he was sent to prison for being a corporate thief
"Khodorkovsky [...] was a criminal who would have been sentenced to life in other jurisdictions for the crimes he committed. Khodorkovsky can hardly have been called a businessman either - he, like other oligarchs during the 1990s, stole, extorted, and even possibly ordered murders when making empires from looted state property. He was also a political fraudster - buying political influence from virtually anyone who would take his dirty money."
Putin had every right to seize the assets of a criminal operation. And despite his egregious behavior, Putin pardoned him years ago.


Last month, Russian gas firm OAO Novatek retained Washington, D.C., public relations firm Qorvis to lobby the administration and Congress after one of its largest shareholders, an associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was similarly targeted for sanctions by the United States.
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