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CIA, MI6 agents direct massacres in Syria: American analyst

An American author says agents of the CIA and MI6 are directing armed groups to carry out massacres inside Syria, Press TV reports.

Stephen Lendman, writer and radio host from Chicago, said the CIA and MI6 "special forces" are in Syria now, directing massacres.

"They go after pro-Assad loyalists," Lendman stated in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.

"There is no question this is a Washington-orchestrated war."


March of the drones: Map reveals 66 military bases for unmanned aircraft on American soil... and 22 more on the way

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Home base: Many of the sites house smaller drones, like the WASP III, which has a wingspan of less than three feet
The US military operated 66 bases for unmanned drone aircraft on American soil and has 22 more planned across the country.

A new map released by Public Intelligence, a nonprofit group dedicated publishing public government data, reveals the ever-growing footprint of the Department of Defense's newest weapon.

The bases span the entire country -- 33 states either have a base already or are slated to have one.

The existence of a base doesn't necessarily mean drones are stationed there.

Wired Magazine reports some bases are remote cockpits, where soldiers fly the unmanned craft in the skies over Yemen and Afghanistan. Others are training facilities for prospective drone pilots. Others serve as depots where servicemen analyses data the remote-controlled spy planes bring back.

Interactive map.


Russia sends troops to Syria

Russia is sending armed troops to Syria amid escalating violence there, United States military officials told NBC News Friday, in a move certain to frustrate Western efforts to put pressure on the regime of President Bashir Assad.

Moscow has sent a ship carrying a small contingent of combat forces to guard Russia's deep-water port and military base at the Syrian city of Tartus, the US officials said.

The U.S. officials also said Russia has not sent additional attack helicopters to the Syrian government, but replacement parts for the Russian helicopters the Syrians are already flying.

It comes after the conflict was declared by France on Wednesday to be a full-blown civil war.

Comment: "Russia and China [a few key targets after Syria and Iran], both permanent members of the U.N. Security Council with veto power, frustrated attempts [manipulation] by key Western figures, including [Psychopathic] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to enforce a United Nations peace [overthrow] plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan."

How often do we have to hear more propaganda and manipulation? It's obvious that Syria is not a threat to anyone, so Western Governments turn this into a humanitarian crusade to overthrow the current Assad government, which will leave the door open for bastardizing Iran, and while Russia and China attempt to defend Syria, they will continue to be bastardized by Western media. Soon, I expect the United States will claim it is being bullied by Russia and China over the whole affair.

It sounds like Russia is saying: We allow what will be to be.

While the West sounds like: Once we put in a new Government..


German Police Raids on Homes, Mosques Target Islamic Salafists

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Policemen load boxes into a car on Thursday during a raid at the Millatu Ibrahim Mosque in Solingen, western Germany.
Berlin - German authorities launched a nationwide crackdown Thursday on an ultraconservative Islamic organization, raiding homes, meeting halls and mosques, while banning one related group and opening in an investigation of two others.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said he had banned the Salafist organization Millatu Ibrahim, saying that it has been calling on Muslims to fight against Germany's "constitutional order."

The raids, conducted by 850 police officers in seven of Germany's 16 states, focused on two other groups - DawaFFM and DWR, whose initials are the German abbreviation for "The True Religion" - to determine whether evidence exists to ban them as well.

Friedrich said a "comprehensive collection of evidence" had been seized - videos, laptops, cellphones and other things. "All these things will be evaluated over the coming days, and we will see to what extent the evidence is sufficient to ban the two organizations which are being investigated," he said.


Supreme Court Refuses to Reopen Julian Assange Extradition Appeal

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks
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Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in his bid to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations.

The announcement was made today by the Supreme Court.

It is understood that Assange's legal team now has 14 days to apply to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to hear his case.

Dinah Rose QC, appearing for Assange, applied to the Supreme Court justices for permission to make further submissions, but they unanimously dismissed the application, saying it was "without merit".

On May 30, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-2 majority that Assange's extradition was lawful and could go ahead.

The Swedish authorities want Assange, 40, to answer accusations of raping one woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in August 2010 while on a visit to give a lecture.


Egyptians vote incorrectly as US-backed military rulers dissolve parliament

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Egypt Protesters gesture at military police through a barbed wire barricade during a protest against presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt.

Judges appointed by Hosni Mubarak have dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament and ruled his former prime minister eligible for the presidential runoff election this weekend - setting the stage for the military and remnants of the old regime to stay in power.

Thursday's politically charged rulings dealt a heavy blow to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, with one senior member calling the decisions a "full-fledged coup", and the group vowed to rally the public against Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak.

The decision by the Supreme Constitutional Court effectively erased the tenuous progress from Egypt's troubled transition in the past year, leaving the country with no parliament and concentrating power even more firmly in the hands of the generals who took over from Mubarak.

Several hundred people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square after the rulings to denounce the action and rally against Shafiq, the presidential candidate seen by critics as a symbol of Mubarak's autocratic rule. But with no calls by the Brotherhood or other groups for massive demonstrations, the crowd did not grow.


'Human Rights' Groups to Support online Activists in Authoritarian Countries

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From Egyptian bloggers to Russian Twitterati, activists around the world have turned the Internet into a tool for political change, even as governments have learned its usefulness for surveillance.

Now two small American human rights groups, one co-founded by a 30-year-old State Department official turned Google executive and one by an 89-year-old veteran activist who once championed Soviet dissidents, are joining forces to support online activists in authoritarian countries. Google has no direct involvement in the venture, but intends to donate money, with the amount still being discussed, according to a company official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The merger involves Movements.org, co-founded in 2008 by Jared Cohen, now the director of Google Ideas, the company's research arm, and Advancing Human Rights, created two years ago by Robert L. Bernstein, a retired publishing executive who started Human Rights Watch in 1978. Their age difference gives the combination an intergenerational character that both men said added to its appeal.

Comment: When reading the above propaganda, it is best to apply the '180 degree rule'. These 'human rights' groups ARE the authoritarians helping fellow authoritarians in countries on their leaders' hit-list to rebel against governments that care a damn sight better for their people than the US and EU ones do.


Lawmakers Erect Challenges to Drones in US Airspace

Congressional lawmakers are throwing up a web of challenges to the use of domestic drones, as federal and local officials start to pave the way for the surveillance aircraft to buzz freely inside U.S. airspace.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is the latest to propose legislation cracking down on drones in the United States. The senator introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit governments from using drones without a warrant.

"Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued. Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics," Paul said in a statement.

The bill follows a similar proposal earlier this month on the House side from Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga. That bill is now before the House Judiciary Committee.

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TSA Hiring Pedophiles and Child Pornographers

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Never an agency that does much to clear its bad name and terrible reputation for hiring some of the worst dregs of society, all the while failing regularly to live up to its purpose for existing, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is receiving fresh criticism from a Tennessee congresswoman over its hiring of pedophiles and child pornographers.

In an extremely critical report released in early June, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn listed 50 crimes that have been committed by TSA agents, including two who worked at the Nashville International Airport. She said a better screening process should be implemented immediately, to keep such criminals out of the ranks.

"TSA needs to immediately remove themselves from the human resource business. This report details highly disturbing cases where pedophiles and child pornographers wearing federal law enforcement uniforms are not only patting down unsuspecting travelers, but in many cases stealing valuables from their bags," she said. "Enough is enough. It's time for Congress to step in and demand accountability from Administrator (John) Pistole."


UFO shapped Military drone on D.C.'s Capital Beltway

Some folks in the Washington, D.C., area are buzzing about what they thought was a UFO atop a flatbed truck on the Capitol Beltway.

Turns out the disc-shaped object was just a run-of-the-mill military drone.

MyFoxDC reports that what drivers saw - and some photographed - around 11 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 270, and then later on Interstate 495, was an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System being transported from Edwards Air Force Base in California to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland for testing.