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Insurgents in Syria being armed from Israel

The reconstruction of the Kleyate airport in the north of Lebanon has begun, the Arab media report. According to official reports, the airport is being restored to contribute to the country's economic development and to provide more opportunities for the national tourism industry.

But some experts believe that the airport is being reconstructed for other purposes. At present, the international airport in Beirut with passenger turnover of 6 million people a year fully meets the current needs of the country. It takes 2-3 hours to get to the airport from any corner of the country. In addition, Lebanon has one more airport in the north - the Khamat airport, which was built specially for the needs of the tourism industry and also for export of agricultural products. However the airport has never been used for these purposes because of a civil war which took place in Lebanon in the 1970-1990s.

Now, in peaceful times, it would be logical to start using the Khamat airport, located near the sea coast, for the needs of the country's tourism industry rather than the Kleyate airport, which was built in the mountains as a military airport and lacks civil infrastructure. It is difficult and expensive to transport construction materials using roads which run through mountains.


Santorum: No Apology Needed for Quran Burning

Rick Santorum
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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized President Barack Obama's apology for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistan, adding that Afghanistan should apologize to the U.S. for the deaths of four U.S. soldiers during six days of violence sparked by the incident.

"There was nothing deliberately done wrong here,'' Santorum said Sunday on ABC's This Week'. "This was something that happened as a mistake. Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate.''

More than 30 people have been killed in clashes since it emerged Tuesday that copies of the Muslim holy book and other religious materials had been thrown into a fire pit used to burn garbage at Bagram Air Field, a large U.S. base north of Kabul. Protesters angry over Quran burnings by American troops lobbed grenades Sunday at a U.S. base in northern Afghanistan and clashed with police and troops in a day of violence that left seven international troops wounded and two Afghans dead.

"The response needs to be apologized for by (President Hamid) Karzai and the Afghan people for attacking and killing our men and women in uniform and overreacting to this inadvertent mistake,'' Santorum said on NBC's Meet the Press'. "That is the real crime here, not what our soldiers did.''

Mr. Potato

Santorum stands by John F. Kennedy criticism

Rick Santorum
© Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesGOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Former senator Rick Santorum defended his comment that President John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech about the importance the separation of religion from government "makes him throw up."

"To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?" Santorum said Sunday at a campaign event here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Santorum is locked in a tight race with Mitt Romney in Michigan, whose GOP presidential primary is being held Tuesday.

He made his initial comments about the Kennedy speech during an appearance earlier Sunday on ABC's This Week. "I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute," he said on the talk-show program.


Report: Millions of White House dollars helped pay for NYPD Muslim surveillance

© Corey Sipkin / New York Daily News

Millions of dollars in White House money has helped pay for New York Police Department programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance.

The money is part of a little-known grant intended to help law enforcement fight drug crimes. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush and Obama administrations have provided $135 million to the New York and New Jersey region through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, known as HIDTA.

Some of that money -- it's unclear exactly how much because the program has little oversight -- has paid for the cars that plainclothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods. It also paid for computers that store even innocuous information about Muslim college students, mosque sermons and social events.

When NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly was filled in on these efforts, his briefings were prepared on HIDTA computers.

The AP confirmed the use of White House money through secret police documents and interviews with current and former city and federal officials. The AP also obtained electronic documents with digital signatures indicating they were created and saved on HIDTA computers. The HIDTA grant program is overseen by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.


Assassination Bid on Putin Foiled, Ukraine Says

© © RIA Novosti. Alexei Nikolsky
Russian and Ukrainian security services have foiled a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin after next week's presidential election, Ukraine's SBU counter-intelligence agency said on Monday.

Russian pro-government Channel One television said Ukrainian special services in the Black Sea port of Odessa had held two men linked to a group seeking an Islamist state in Russia's North Caucasus.

"I can officially confirm that they were preparing an (assassination) attempt on Putin," said Marina Ostapenko, a spokeswoman for the SBU.

Ostapenko said two men were under arrest. One was seized in Odessa after being wounded in an explosion at an apartment in the city on January 4 which also killed another alleged plotter.

The second man, who was on the international wanted list, was arrested a month later after initially escaping, she said.

"We found him in an apartment and detained him without a single shot being fired on February 4," she said.


"Suicide Attack" Kills 9 Amid Protests in Afghanistan

© The Associated PressAfghan soldiers secure the scene of a "suicide attack" at the gate of an airport in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, February 27, 2012.
Afghan police say nine people have been killed in a suicide car bombing outside an airport in eastern Afghanistan used for civilian and military flights.

Several others were wounded in the blast early Monday at the gates of Jalalabad airport.

Provincial officials say most of the casualties appear to be civilians. Two airport guards and a soldier were also among the dead.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which followed days of unrest across Afghanistan in response to the burning of Qurans by NATO personnel at Bagram Air Base. More than 30 people, including four U.S. military personnel, have died in protests since the Quran burning.

On Sunday, Afghan authorities began an intense search for an Afghan intelligence official suspected of killing two U.S. officers Saturday at the Interior Ministry in Kabul.

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Conclusive Evidence That BP Misrepresented Gulf Oil Spill Sent To Congress

GOM oil spill
© Joel Sartore/National Geographic
Gulf Rescue Alliance (GRA) has just sent a briefing package to the Attorney Generals of Alabama and Louisiana which presents evidence they believe has never seen the light of day concerning the how and why of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and subsequent release of toxic oil into the Gulf - oil that is still gushing from various seabed fractures and fissures.

The evidence provided therein clearly indicates:
  • The unmentioned existence of a 3rd Macondo well (the real source of the explosion, DWH sinking and ensuing oil spill).
  • The current condition of this well being such that it can never be properly capped.
  • The compromised condition of the seabed floor being such that there are multiple unnatural sources of gushers continuing to pour into the Gulf, with Corexit dispersant still suppressing its visibility.
  • That the highly publicized capped well (Well A) never occurred as reported, and in fact was an abandoned well, hence it was never the source of the millions of gallons released into the Gulf.
GRA's special report (a comprehensive compilation of research released by insiders and experts through confidential internet sources) has been forwarded to Congress in advance of BP's upcoming trial on Monday, February 27th in New Orleans, LA. Entitled "An Expert's Analysis of ROV Film Footage Taken at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster Site," it has also been submitted to the appropriate federal, state and county authorities, plaintiff attorneys, and environmental and health advocacy groups who have a stake in the outcome of the trial.

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Israeli Assassinations and American Presidents

"By Way of Deception"
On Jan. 13 the Atlanta Jewish Times featured a column by its owner-publisher suggesting that Israel might someday need to "order a hit" on the president of the United States.

In the column, publisher Andrew Adler describes a scenario in which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would need to "give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel."

The purpose? So that the vice president could then take office and dictate U.S. policies that would help the Jewish state "obliterate its enemies."

Adler wrote that it is highly likely that the idea "has been discussed in Israel's most inner circles."

Numerous Jewish leaders quickly condemned Adler, who has now apologized for the column, resigned, and put the newspaper up for sale. An Israeli columnist noted that the hatred being stirred up against Obama is similar to conditions in Israel that led to the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist.

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Enormous weapons caches, made in Israel, found in Syria

Syrian media showcase images of weapons allegedly produced by Jewish State

Syrian media outlets reported Friday that President Bashar Assad's security forces seized huge quantities of weapons used by rebels across the country, including Israeli-made arms.

According to the unconfirmed reports, Assad's troops seized a machinegun, Israeli-made bombs, automatic rifles, various explosive devices, protective vests, night-vision equipment and military uniforms, among other things.

Syrian television showcased the weapons Friday evening and claimed that some of the arms originated in Israel. Some of the weapons featured Hebrew inscriptions, yet it was unclear who was holding the arms and where the images were photographed.


Best of the Web: CIA or Mossad Snipers Caught in Syria?

The following video was uploaded to YouTube in July 2011. It is a collection of video footage showing snipers firing from the rooftops of tall buildings in Syrian cities. Towards the end, there is also footage of what appear to be Western agents trying to escape the scene with very high-powered rifles.