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Lebanon PM: It was wrong to accuse Syria of assassinating Rafiq al-Hariri

Sa'ad al-Hariri, Lebanon's prime minister
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Sa'ad al-Hariri, Lebanon's prime minister, has been in talks with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad
Sa'ad al-Hariri signals further rapprochement with Syria, saying it was a mistake to blame Damascus for his father's 2005 murder.

Lebanon's prime minister, Sa'ad al-Hariri, has said it was a "mistake" to accuse Syria of the assassination of his father, Rafiq al-Hariri.

Hariri's comments mark part of the ongoing reconciliation between the two countries following Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon after the "Cedar Revolution" protests that were triggered by the 2005 killing.

"At a certain point we made a mistake in accusing Syria of assassinating the martyred prime minster," Hariri told al-Sharq al-Awsat, the London-based Saudi daily. "That was a political accusation and that political accusation has now come to an end." The UN tribunal investigating the affair would look "only at the evidence", he added.

Comment: Please read Joe Quinn's article, Mossad Murders Former Lebanese PM in Carbon Copy of 1979 Assassination, connecting the hand of Israel's Mossad with Hariri's assassination.


Eagle

The Politics of Terror as the Business of Terror

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The politics of terror are the greatest covert operation ever.

In explaining why, I'll begin by defining some terms, because, when discussing the covert op called "the politics of terror," words and their management are all important.

How are politics and terror actually defined: how are these meanings manipulated; for what purposes, and by whom?

Terrorism is defined as "violence against civilians intended to obtain a political purpose."

This is an ambiguous phrase, which begs the questions: what are politics and violence?

Eye 2

Tony Blair's bloody memoir

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Tony Blair, a man who launched a criminal war with no end, declared once again today that "Radical Islam is the world's greatest threat".

He made the remark in a BBC interview marking the publication of his memoirs.

Blair said radical Islamists believed that whatever was done in the name of their cause was justified, including the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

I can't make up my mind whether Blair's remark is amusing or tragic, for not a single Islamic leader has ever used "chemical, biological or nuclear weapons". If anything, it is Britain and the USA who deployed weaponry that contained depleted uranium. A recent study reveals that the cancer rate in Fallujah, Iraq, is worse than it was in Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

USA

Death of the First Amendment - The Nazification of the United States

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Chuck Norris is no pinko-liberal-commie, and Human Events is a very conservative publication. The two have come together to produce one of the most important articles of our time, "Obama's US Assassination Program."

It seems only yesterday that Americans, or those interested in their civil liberties, were shocked that the Bush regime so flagrantly violated the FlSA law against spying on American citizens without a warrant. A federal judge serving on the FISA court even resigned in protest to the illegality of the spying.

Nothing was done about it. "National security" placed the president and executive branch above the law of the land. Civil libertarians worried that the US government was freeing its power from the constraints of law, but no one else seemed to care.

Encouraged by its success in breaking the law, the executive branch early this year announced that the Obama regime has given itself the right to murder Americans abroad if such Americans are considered a "threat." "Threat" was not defined and, thus, a death sentence would be issued by a subjective decision of an unaccountable official.

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A People That Shall Dwell Alone - Israel's Attack On The Gaza Flotilla

Originally published in the July-August 2010 issue of The Dot Connector Magazine.

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At approximately 4am on May 31st 2010, a group of vessels attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza were attacked by the Israeli navy in international waters off the coast of the occupied Palestinian territories. Nine civilians aboard the largest vessel, the Mavi Marmara, were shot dead by Israeli soldiers and dozens more were wounded. The Israeli government claimed it was exercising its right to self defence. Flotilla members, and much of the international community, saw it as an act of piracy and murder on the high seas that has exposed deep flaws in the Israeli mentality and further alienated it from the rest of the world.

Bad Guys

Outrage at UN decision to exonerate Shell for oil pollution in Niger delta

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Oil pipelines in Okrika, near Port Harcourt. The UNEP denies it has been influenced by Shell, which paid for its $10m, three-year study.
Oil giant blamed for 10% of 9m barrels leaked in 40 years

Report claims rest of leaking oil caused by saboteurs


A three-year investigation by the United Nations will almost entirely exonerate Royal Dutch Shell for 40 years of oil pollution in the Niger delta, causing outrage among communities who have long campaigned to force the multinational to clean up its spills and pay compensation.

The $10m (£6.5m) investigation by the UN environment programme (UNEP), paid for by Shell, will say that only 10% of oil pollution in Ogoniland has been caused by equipment failures and company negligence, and concludes that the rest has come from local people illegally stealing oil and sabotaging company pipelines.

The shock disclosure was made by Mike Cowing, the head of a UN team of 100 people who have been studying environmental damage in the region.

Cowing said that the 300 known oil spills in the Ogoniland region of the delta caused massive damage, but added that 90% of the spills had been caused by "bunkering" gangs trying to steal oil.

Blackbox

China's Rich Have $1.1 Trillion in Hidden Income

China's households hide as much as 9.3 trillion yuan ($1.4 trillion) of income that is not reported in official figures, with 80 percent accrued by the wealthiest people, a study showed.

The money, much of it likely "illegal or quasi-illegal," equates to about 30 percent of China's gross domestic product, the study, conducted for Credit Suisse AG and published last week by the China Reform Foundation, found. The average urban disposable household income in China is 32,154 yuan, or 90 percent more than official figures, according to the report.

Most of that extra cash is going to the wealthiest families. The top 10 percent of China's households take in 139,000 yuan a year, more than triple the official figures, according to the Credit Suisse report. In contrast, the bottom 10 percent earns 5,350 yuan, or 13 percent more. The top 20 percent of households account for 81.3 percent of total hidden income, according to the study, written by Wang Xiaolu of the Beijing-based foundation.

Vader

UK: Can Anthony Blair's five million pounds resurrect Dr David Kelly?

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Either Anthony Blair and Alastair Campbell hounded the weapons inspector Dr David Kelly to suicide for his objections to their lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction or, alternatively, Dr Kelly was murdered by professional, government sponsored assassins from America, Israel or the UK, in order of likelihood. Neither possibility is pleasant to contemplate but we need to know the truth.

All three governments are confirmed liars and although the UK has a new administration, our new prime minister voted for the Iraq war, currently sends our soldiers to continue the destruction of Afghanistan with assassination of Afghan freedom fighters and colludes with America and Israel in their aggression against Iran. The UK voted for this government and will suffer for it as it has under the ruinous Blair and Brown administrations.

At the same time as new calls in the UK media for a new inquest on Dr David Kelly's death, Anthony Blair announced that he will donate the proceeds from his memoirs, estimated at GBP 5 million, to the Royal British Legion for the benefit of injured armed services personnel. They have evidently accepted this gift from the now-rich Mr Blair who is being paid generously by the Americans for his betrayal of both international law and his own country. Perhaps the soldiers who have survived the Bush/Blair war with disabilities will be delighted at Mr Blair's generosity but it will do little for the 179 British men who died in the cause of enriching him, to say nothing of Iraqi deaths and refugees.

MIB

Attorney general may intervene over David Kelly inquest

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Dominic Grieve, (left) said he would need to see new evidence before applying for an inquest into the death of David Kelly (right).
Hutton inquiry into death of David Kelly may have left loose ends, says chief law officer

The government's most senior law officer signalled today that he was prepared to intervene in the controversy surrounding the death of David Kelly to "give the public reassurance".

Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, said those concerned that Lord Hutton's inquiry into the death of the government weapons inspector left unanswered questions "may have a valid point".

Grieve told the Daily Telegraph he would need to see new evidence before he would consider applying for a full inquest into Kelly's death.

Kelly's body was found in woods near his Oxfordshire home in July 2003 after he was identified as the source of a BBC story claiming the government "sexed up" a dossier on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.

Tony Blair appointed Hutton to head a public inquiry into Kelly's death. The then lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, ruled the inquiry should also act as an inquest.

Eye 1

The National Security Letter That Makes You Disappear

One of the creepier weapons in the arsenal of the national-security state is the "national-security letter" or NSL. It's no ordinary letter, and it travels postage-free, but at enormous expense to the taxpayers. The FBI issues roughly 50,000 of them a year, and the Justice Department's own internal review in 2007 concluded that many of them were issued abusively, skirting the law and internal rules. The idea is simple: the device is something like a subpoena, though it doesn't require approval of a judge to issue. Instead, the FBI requires the recipient to help it in an investigation targeting a third party. It might be dropped on a librarian, with a demand that she tell the FBI every book that a certain subscriber checked out, every magazine he perused, and every time he accessed the Internet using a computer at the library. Or it might go to an Internet service provider, requiring information about every website viewed by a certain customer.

But the NSL also imposes a gag order on its recipient: you may not tell anyone you got this letter. On several occasions, the issuance of an NSL has been challenged by the recipient, but then the gag order applies to the litigation as well. The suit is brought by "John Doe," and the claimant is required to keep the whole matter secret. One recipient wrote an anonymous op-ed in the Washington Post: