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Mainstream Media Lapdogs Think Muslims Should be 'Grateful' to U.S.

One prominent strain shaping American reaction to the protests in the Muslim world is bafflement, and even anger, that those Muslims are not more grateful to the US. After all, goes this thinking, the US bestowed them with the gifts of freedom and democracy
Injured Egyptian protester
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An injured Egyptian protester looks on during clashes with riot police near the US embassy in Cairo.
- the very rights they are now exercising - so how could they possibly be anything other than thankful? Under this worldview, it is especially confounding that the US, their savior and freedom-provider, would be the target of their rage.

On Wednesday, USA Today published an article with the headline "After attacks in Egypt and Libya, USA Today asks: Why?" The paper appeared to tell its readers that it was the US that freed the Egyptian people from tyranny:

"Attacks in Libya that left four US diplomats dead - including Ambassador Christopher Stevens - and a mob invasion of the US Embassy in Cairo, in which the US flag was torn to shreds, have left many to wonder: How can people the USA helped free from murderous dictators treat it in such a way?"


The Wind and the Sun

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Hellenistic statue claimed to depict Aesop, Art Collection of Villa Albani, Rome.
Aesop tells the story of the North Wind and the Sun: who is the stronger? They chose a traveler to test their strength; which of the two could force him to remove his cloak. The North Wind went first, whirling furiously down on the traveler, whipping his cloak to wrest it from him; but the more furiously he whirled, the more securely the man wrapped himself in his cloak.

The Sun abided his time and smiled gently at the traveler, gradually warming the air and surrounding the traveler with warmth and gentleness. Before he had gone many steps, he was glad to throw off his cloak and walk lightly clad among his brethren. The moral: Persuasion is better than force.

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said the United States had forfeited its moral right to stop Israel taking action against Iran's nuclear program because it had refused to be firm with Tehran itself." (Newsmax.com, Tuesday, September 11, 2012).

Curiously and perhaps ironically, Netanyahu claimed, "The world tells Israel, 'Wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?'"

And the world might well respond, "When Israel decides to join the world community in a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement, and places itself in the same position as all mid-eastern states, bereft of weapons of mass destruction, standing with all other nations as free states, free of its military totalitarianism, free to join its neighbors beyond the walls of isolation it has erected to maintain its tribal nature living in constant fear of its true mid-eastern lineage.

It might find that the communities of the world would find Israel's willingness to abide by international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights justification to join that state as a friend worthy of world-wide acceptance into the United Nations, not a rogue state sustained by the impunity provided by the unequivocal backing of the US.


Killing of US ambassador is likely to have been planned

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The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a security breach, I can reveal.

Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential, but American officials believe the attack was planned. The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the "safe house" in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed "safe".

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.

According to diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions would be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.


U.S. Lawmakers in Bed with Church of Scientology


Shelley Berkley, representing Nevada’s First District in Congress, speaking to Scientologists in Las Vegas
Three U.S. congressmen and a top-level government official attended the opening of the Church of Scientology's National Office in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Their attendance marked a significant endorsement from members of a government that was once partially at war with the organization.

Lawmakers in attendance were Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton and Illinois Democratic Rep. Danny Davis. Liz Gibson, Senior Program Manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency was also in attendance.

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Porn director pegged as man who shot now-infamous anti-Islam film

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According to the cast and crew of The Innocence of Muslims, the man previously thought to have directed it - Nakoula Basseley Nakoula - was just the producer. The moviemaker, it turns out, is known for his work in soft-core porn.

In a story broken by American culture website Gawker.com, it turns out that while filmmaker Alan Roberts has titles like Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood and The Sexpert to his name, he had yet to achieve recognition for his work. But all that may change, if information making him out to be the man who filmed the movie that has caused virulent demonstrations in more than twenty countries turns out to be true.

According to Gawker's Adrian Chen, who spoke to a number of the film's cast and crew, Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacille, was present during the filming - but there was no doubt who was really in charge.

"Alan was working under Sam, sort of," said Eric Moers, a grip and electrician on the set. "But Alan was directing the movie; there was no question about it. Sam would just say [things like] 'Move faster, we have things to do.'"


Turkish Airline Flying Al-Qaeda from Pakistan to Syrian Borders

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Turkey's national air carrier, Turkish Air, has been transiting Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from North Waziristan in Pakistan to the Turkish borders with Syria, sources revealed on Saturday, mentioning that the last group were flown to Hatay on a Turkish Air Airbus flight No. 709 on September 10, 2012.

"The Turkish intelligence agency sent 93 Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists from Waziristan to Hatay province near the border with Syria on a Turkish Air Airbus flight No. 709 on September 10, 2012 and via the Karachi-Istanbul flight route," the source told FNA on Saturday, adding that the flight had a short stop in Istanbul.

The 93 terrorists transited to the Turkish border with Syria included Al-Qaeda militants from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and a group of Arabs residing in Waziristan, he added.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of his information, further revealed that the Turkish intelligence agency is coordinating its measures with the CIA and the Saudi and Qatari secret services.

FNA dispatches from Pakistan said new al-Qaeda members were trained in North Waziristan until a few days ago and then sent to Syria, but now they are transferring their command center to the borders between Turkey and Syria as a first step to be followed by a last move directly into the restive parts of Syria on the other side of the border.

Bizarro Earth

British Troops Help Fight off Taliban Attack on Afghan Military Base Housing Prince Harry

British troops were involved in the firefight to repel the deadly Taliban attack on the military base in Afghanistan where Prince Harry is currently based, it was revealed this morning.
Prince Harry
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Prince Harry is shown the Apache flight-line by a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan
At least two US Marines were killed in the strike on the base in Helmand province, which houses American and British troops among others.

Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, confirmed British forces had been involved in repelling the attack, alongside American troops.

He said 18 attackers were killed and another one was wounded and being given medical treatment.

The sprawling base was now secure, he said, but it was unclear if operations were still ongoing outside the wire.

Maj Wojack said: "The base is secure and we are assessing damage."

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence in London said: "After swift action by ISAF forces, which included UK personnel, the incident was contained." It is understood that the British troops were directly involved in the exchanges of fire.


Australian Police Tear Gas Anti-US Demonstrators in Sydney

Police in Sydney, Australia, fired tear gas at protesters staging a demonstration against the anti-Islam film that has sparked mass public outrage across the Arab world.

Hundreds of demonstrators threw projectiles at officers outside the US consulate in Sydney, shouting "Down, down USA," AFP reported.
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A protester hits a policeman with a pole in Sydney's central business district, September 15, 2012
Protesters waved banners calling for the beheading of those who insulted the Prophet Mohammed, news outlet the Australian reported.

Police pushed the protesters back, and the crowd later marched to nearby Hyde Park.­

One protester was reportedly hospitalized with a head injury, and is in stable condition.


Anti-Muslim Film Creator Questioned by Police in Los Angeles

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (C) is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers in Cerritos, California September 15, 2012
The filmmaker allegedly responsible for the anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims, which sparked anti-US protests around world, was called in by Los Angeles police for questioning, county officials confirmed.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was taken to a police station in Cerritos, California, where he was interviewed by federal probation officers, L.A. County Sheriff Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore confirmed.

Media and law enforcement officials staked out a house reportedly owned by Nakoula at the end of a cul-de-sac in the southern California city for around 48 hours, until the man emerged wearing a coat, hat, scarf and glasses.

Nakoula's Coptic Christian bishop claimed the man told him that he was not involved in the film, but that the media had linked his name to the video that mocked the Prophet Mohammed.

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Police Seal Area Near U.S. Embassy in Cairo

  • Follows four days of clashes over anti-Islam film
  • Egypt's Islamist president faces tough balancing act
  • United States is major aid donor to Egypt

Thousands protest outside the US embassy in Cairo on September 11 against a film deemed offensive to Islam.
Hundreds of riot police sealed off the area near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Saturday and the interior minister said he would restore calm after four days of clashes between police and Egyptians incensed by a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad.

A 35-year-old protester was killed and dozens of people were injured in clashes overnight.

The authorities closed the street leading to the embassy where the demonstrators had spent four days throwing rocks and petrol bombs at police.

The area was quieter early on Saturday. A Reuters reporter saw police push several young men into trucks. Two of the men looked bruised and one was stripped down to his underwear.

"Not so rough," shouted one as he was hustled away.

Police formed cordons on roads into Tahrir Square near the U.S. mission and plain-clothes officers wielding sticks frisked passers-by. The square, the focus of last year's popular uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak, was strewn with garbage and a torched vehicle was towed away.