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U.S. soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting rampage

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Nidal Hasan
A United States military jury sentenced an Army psychiatrist to death Wednesday for the 2009 shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded, US media reported.

The same military jury that convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan last week had only two options, a death sentence or life in prison with no chance of parole.

Hasan, 42, admitted that he was the gunman who opened fire on Nov. 5, 2009 in a crowded waiting room at a medical processing center filled with troops there to get final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Witnesses in the case said that Hasan yelled "Allahu akbar," or "God is great" in Arabic, before he started shooting.

Comment: Look at this article's picture of Nidal Hasan, and now look at this one:

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We wonder if they 'work on' people like Hasan, McVeigh, Holmes and Manning during their years of solitary incarceration prior to (and during) their trials?

Read Reviving the War of Terror: Patsy framed in Secret Team psy-op to generate public support for wars to learn more.


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The leveraged buyout of America

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Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money?

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dated June 27, 2013, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres. Specifically:
[W]e are concerned about how large banks have recently expanded their businesses into such fields as electric power production, oil refining and distribution, owning and operating of public assets such as ports and airports, and even uranium mining.
After listing some disturbing examples, they observed:
According to legal scholar Saule Omarova, over the past five years, there has been a "quiet transformation of U.S. financial holding companies." These financial services companies have become global merchants that seek to extract rent from any commercial or financial business activity within their reach. They have used legal authority in Graham-Leach-Bliley to subvert the "foundational principle of separation of banking from commerce". . . .

It seems like there is a significant macro-economic risk in having a massive entity like, say JP Morgan, both issuing credit cards and mortgages, managing municipal bond offerings, selling gasoline and electric power, running large oil tankers, trading derivatives, and owning and operating airports, in multiple countries.
A "macro" risk indeed - not just to our economy but to our democracy and our individual and national sovereignty. Giant banks are buying up our country's infrastructure - the power and supply chains that are vital to the economy. Aren't there rules against that? And where are the banks getting the money?

Cult

Pope criminalizes the reporting of sex crimes

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Few eyebrows were raised last week when Pope Francis brought the Vatican's legal system up to date by criminalizing leaks of official information and formalizing laws against sex crimes. But now that the laws have been made public, a closer look revealed that the pope has made it illegal to report sex crimes against children.

According to the new laws, revealing or receiving confidential Vatican information is now punishable by up to two years in prison, while newly defined sex crimes against children carry a sentence of up to twelve years. Because all sex crimes are kept confidential, there is no longer a legal way for Vatican officials to report sex crimes.

"We didn't mean for this to happen, obviously," lamented Vatican foreign minister Monsignor Dominique Mamberti. "It's quite the papal pickle that His Holiness has placed upon our heads. Sex crimes are more illegal than ever, but technically it's illegal to report them." Mamberti said that the simultaneous passing of each law is merely a coincidence and insisted that the Church is not trying to protect itself against further embarrassment, but critics outside the Vatican are skeptical.

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Comedian Russell Brand highlights government propaganda and lies about Syria on BBC TV

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Comedian Russell Brand talks about the push for military strikes on Syria and why he doesn't trust the government


Above, Russell Brand delivers yet another straight talk on government propaganda and lies, in this case around Syria, and why we should not trust governments claiming foreign countries have "morally unacceptable" weapons after Bush and Blair lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction to get us into Iraq.

As YouTube commenter "roman14032″ says, "we got REALLY, REALLY BIG PROBLEMS in our society when the most thoughtful and rational person in mass media or government is an ex-junkie comic."

War Whore

'Intervention' in Syria is another western war crime in the making

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The UK Independent newspaper reports that over this past week-end Obama, Cameron, and Hollande agreed to launch cruise missile attacks against the Syrian government within two weeks despite the lack of any authorization from the UN and despite the absence of any evidence in behalf of Washington's claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the Washington-backed "rebels", largely US supported external forces, seeking to overthrow the Syrian government.

Why the rush to war?

Indeed, one reason for the rush to war is to prevent the UN inspection that Washington knows would disprove its claim and possibly implicate Washington in the false flag attack by the "rebels," who assembled a large number of children into one area to be chemically murdered with the blame pinned by Washington on the Syrian government.

Another reason for the rush to war is that Cameron, the UK prime minister, wants to get the war going before the British parliament can block him for providing cover for Obama's war crimes the way that Tony Blair provided cover for George W. Bush, for which Blair was duly rewarded.

What does Cameron care about Syrian lives when he can leave office into the waiting arms of a $50 million fortune.

Vader

In Syria, Weapons of Mass Destruction redux

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If you ever doubted the erosion of popular democracy in the U.S., the next few weeks should set you straight. The simple fact is that the voting population is the main "constituency" of politicians only at election time.
Right now it is reported that approximately 60% of that constituency does not want the U.S. to attack Syria. However, it is not election time. In the post-election period, the politician's real constituency becomes special interests, some of which are rich enough and influential enough to substitute their own parochial interests for the interests of the nation. There are a bunch of them which are now anxious for an attack on Syria.
The media is presently rife with reports that the U.S. government, along with other countries like the UK and France, operating with the blessing of the so-called Arab League (which has become little more than a front operation for the Gulf Arabs), are going to militarily strike Syria in just a matter of days. This will be done to supposedly punish Damascus for the alleged use of chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war. The U.S. government keeps saying they are sure the Assad government carried out this attack, but where are they getting their information? Well, that is rather shady. Washington won't really say, but one can guess at the most likely sources.

These might well be:

War Whore

UK drafts resolution blaming Assad for 'chemical weapons' attack

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Britain has drafted a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. In spite of uncertainty over who was behind last week's attack, western powers are insisting the Syrian government was responsible.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the resolution would be tabled in New York later Wednesday on his Twitter feed.

Attention

West prepared Syria intervention since last year

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Western countries have been planning a military operation in Syria since last year, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a reliable source in Russia's Security Council.

"The escalation of the threat of military aggression against Damascus is no surprise. This aggression has been prepared since last year. Various options were mapped out and rehearsed by NATO troops," the source said. "Remember the invasion of Iraq? It was also preceded by so-called 'direct proofs" allegedly received by Western intelligence services from their most reliable sources. The opinion of UN specialists was ignored. But later it became known that those 'intelligence sources' were shamefully lying. And we see the result - the Iraqi state almost entirely destroyed, terrorists dominating the country, hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and the dire situation of the Iraqi people," the source said.

Attention

Confirmed: US claims against Syria - There is no evidence

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The Wall Street Journal has confirmed what many suspected, that the West's so-called "evidence" of the latest alleged "chemical attacks" in Syria, pinned on the Syrian government, are fabrications spun up from the West's own dubious intelligence agencies.

The Wall Street Journal reveals that the US is citing claims from Israel's Mossad intelligence agency fed to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a repeat of the fabrications that led up to the Iraq War, the Libyan War, and have been used now for 3 years to justify continued support of extremists operating within and along Syria's borders.

Wall Street Journal's article, "U.S., Allies Prepare to Act as Syria Intelligence Mounts," states:

Flashlight

Remember curveball: dangerous, familiar twaddle precedes US military assault on Syria

Curveball in the Independent
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From Independent's "Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all: Defector tells how US officials 'sexed up' his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion." In retrospect, the corporate-media has no problem admitting the insidious lies that were told to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq - the lead up to the war was another story. A verbatim repeat of these admitted lies are being directed at Syria amidst the West's failure to overthrow the government with terrorist proxies.
Update: Indeed - just as was suspected, according to the Wall Street Journal's piece, "U.S., Allies Prepare to Act as Syria Intelligence Mounts," citing US administration sources, the UN has been urged to end their investigation and withdraw, and both the discredited CIA and their Israeli counterparts claim to have the "intelligence" needed to proceed with military strikes - a verbatim repeat of the fabrications used to rush the world into war with Iraq upon intentionally false pretenses.

The CIA and Israel's Mossad are neither impartial nor objective, and exist solely to support the interests and objectives of their respective nations. As explained below, the goal of military intervention and regime change in Syria was a joint and foregone US-Israeli-Saudi conclusion as far back as at least 2007, and some might argue, the early 1990's.

The Wall Street Journal also reiterated America's intentions to sidestep the UN and international law to carry out the attacks.