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US scenario in Syria: Turkish incursion, Israeli invasion

Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attend a huge rally in central Damascus on February 5, 2012.
Informed sources have uncovered a US plot entailing a Turkish incursion and a full-scale Israeli strike to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

The sources said aspects of the plan such as rejecting calls by Damascus for an Arab League meeting over the crisis in the country, recognizing of the Syrian opposition as the "legitimate" government of the country and granting them offices in Turkey to work against the Syrian government, have already been carried out.

As part of the plan, Syrian embassies and consulates would be attacked in several countries and the diplomatic offices would be used as bases to inflict heavy blows on the Syrian government.


Polls show minority in US and Israel favor military or covert action against Iran

(Preface: Roubini says that attacking Iran would lead to global recession. The IMF says that Iran cutting off oil supplies could raise crude prices 30%. War with Iran would kill the American economy. and see this and this).

So yes, this is a newsworthy economic and financial story.

The Americans and Israelis Beat the War Drums ... But the People Want Peace

While the same neoconservatives who pushed the Iraq war are now loudly beating the drums of war against Iran, neither the American or Israeli people want war.

A new United Technologies/National Journal "Congressional Connection Poll," finds that only 13% Americans think the U.S. should "take covert action against Iran such as sabotage and assassination of scientists working on their nuclear program".


Indefinite detention and torture: NDAA in action

The National Defense Authorization Act took affect less than a month ago and already the US government is making use of the controversial law. Musa'b al-Madhwani is the first Guantanamo Bay prison to feel the effects of the new law that President Obama at one point vowed to veto. The NDAA allows for the indefinite detention and torture of American citizens at home and abroad without a trial and also gives more power to the military and government. David Swanson, campaigner for Roots Action, joins us for more.

War Whore

Obama lies: Drones Kill the Innocent

Barack Obama says the drone attacks he authorises are targeted only at named people on a list of active terrorists who are a direct threat to America. The facts tell a different story.


Max Keiser: Greek economy destroyed by Weapon of Economic Warfare

Greece is being pressured to give all control of the Greek budget to the European Union, which it says threatens its national sovereignty. Behind it all is a network of interlinked private financial interests which is using banking instruments to terrorise whole populations into submission.


National Security Letters: Eviscerating the constitution since 1978

The passage of the Patriot Act in October 2001 is by now an all-too-familiar story. The American people, already suffering from the trauma of 9/11, were pushed into outright panic by the anthrax attacks, a series of anthrax-laced mailings that killed five, injured 17 and shut down congress for the first time in modern history. The Act itself was introduced on a Tuesday and signed into law on Friday, before anyone had read let alone understood the sweeping changes it would introduce to American law.

One of those changes were amendments to a little-known and little-used FBI instrument called National Security Letters.

Find out more about how the US government keeps its opposition silent with these constitution-destroying investigative tools on this week's edition of The Eyeopener.


Social Media "Tactical Intelligence Collection": Spying and Propaganda using Facebook, Twitter

A new study by the Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies' (MCIS) 2012 Intelligence Studies Yearbook points to the use of social media as "the new cutting edge in open-source tactical intelligence collection". IntelNews.org's Joseph Fitsanakis, who co-authored the study, reports:
We explain that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a host of other social networking platforms are increasingly viewed by intelligence agencies as invaluable channels of information acquisition. We base our findings on three recent case studies, which we believe highlight the intelligence function of social networking. (Joseph Fitsanakis, Research: Spies increasingly using Facebook, Twitter to gather data, intelNews.org, February 13, 2012)
What the study fails to mention, however, is the use of social media by intelligence agencies for other purposes. The study leads us to believe that social media is solely an intelligence gathering tool, when in fact, a number of reports have shown that it is used for propaganda including the creation of fake identities in support of covert operations. Those practices are discussed in Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda, Social Media: Air Force ordered software to manage army of Fake Virtual People and Pentagon Seeks to Manipulate Social Media for Propaganda Purposes, published on Global Research in 2011.


Al-CIAda? 'US in bed with Al-Qaeda to oust Assad'

The majority of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution this week, calling on Syria's President to end the oppostion crackdown, and give up power. Russia and China are against the move, and want the rebels to also lay down weapons and join talks.It's a year since the uprising started and Damascus is vowing to reform, even as the killing continues. And a top U.S. intelligence chief has admitted that Al-Qaeda could be operating in Syria. That's led political analyst Kamel Wazne to conclude that Washington is getting friendly with terrorists.

Light Sabers

Escobar: Al-Qaeda agents worm into Syrian rebel army

The EU states are calling for creating humanitarian corridors in Syria, which some fear could open the door to foreign intervention. But Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says it's already underway.


Russian activist Alexey Navalny's dark side ignored by Western media

Russian blogger Alexey Navalny has been heaped in global praise for his anti-corruption campaigning, being compared by some to Wikileaks' Julian Assange. But if abroad he's seen as a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin, back home, he's just as well known for his radical, nationalist views...