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US: FBI Targeting Political Activists as Terrorists

Anti-terrorism resources are being used to target environmentalists, peace, animal and political activists who hold different views than the government.

It was recently revealed that a counter-terrorism firm spied on individuals who attended film screenings of the documentary Gasland. The film focuses on the practice of natural gas fracking and what impact it has on the environment and in the communities where it is used.

The FBI and other government agencies are cracking down on those who are not willing to say in line with the status quo.


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A Shameless Secretary General versus Freedom Flotilla 2

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It is expected that at the end of June, Freedom Flotilla 2 will set sail for Gaza carrying various forms of humanitarian aid, including medical, educational, and construction materials. This second flotilla will consist of 15 ships, including the Mavi Marmara sailing from Istanbul, but also vessels departing from several European countries, and carrying as many as 1500 humanitarian activists as passengers. If these plans are carried out, as seems likely, it means that the second flotilla will be about double the size of the first that was so violently and unlawfully intercepted by Israeli commandos in international waters on May 31, 2010, resulting in nine deaths on the Turkish lead ship.

Since that shocking incident of a year ago the Arab Spring is transforming the regional atmosphere, but it has not ended the blockade of Gaza, or the suffering inflicted on the Gazan population over the four-year period of coerced confinement. Such imprisonment of an occupied people has been punctuated by periodic violence, including the sustained all out Israeli attack for three weeks at the end of 2008 during which even women, children, and the disabled were not allowed to leave the deadly killing fields of Gaza. It is an extraordinary narrative of Israeli cruelty and deafening international silence, a silence broken only by the brave civil society initiatives in recent years that brought both invaluable symbolic relief in the form of empathy and human solidarity, as well as token amounts of substantive assistance in the form of much needed food and medicine. It is true that the new Egypt has opened the Rafah crossing a few days ago (but not fully or unconditionally), allowing several hundred Gazans to leave or return to Gaza on a daily basis. At best, this opening even if sustained provides only partial relief. Rafah is not currently equipped to handle goods, and is available only to people and so the blockade of imports and exports continues in force, and may even be intensified as Israel vents its anger over the Fatah/Hamas unity agreement.

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Israel plans to displace 30,000 Palestinians from the Negev

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Israeli media outlets have unveiled a government plan to displace 30,000 Palestinians from their villages in the Negev, which the authorities refuse to recognise. They would be forced to move to existing Palestinian towns that would be expanded, such as Rahat, Kseifa and Hura.

The plan that will be presented to the Israeli government in coming weeks for approval would involve offering the relocated Palestinian bedouins monetary compensation and alternative land in return for giving up their ownership of hundreds of thousands of dunams of land, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday, June 2.

Haaretz added that "the cost of the relocation plan is estimated at somewhere between NIS 6 billion to NIS 8 billion shekels."

"In a briefing this week, Eyal Gabbai, the director general of the Prime Minister's Office, and Ehud Prawer, the head of policy planning in the office, told reporters that the existing situation of the bedouins cannot continue."

According to recent statistics, around 191,000 Palestinians currently live in the Negev, with 71,000 of them living in 36 villages that the Israeli authorities refuse to recognise.

USA

God Bless America. And its Bombs.

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When they bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, El Salvador and Nicaragua I said nothing because I wasn't a communist.

When they bombed China, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, and the Congo I said nothing because I didn't know about it.

When they bombed Lebanon and Grenada I said nothing because I didn't understand it.

When they bombed Panama I said nothing because I wasn't a drug dealer.

When they bombed Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen I said nothing because I wasn't a terrorist.

When they bombed Yugoslavia and Libya for "humanitarian" reasons I said nothing because it sounded so honorable.

Then they bombed my house and there was no one left to speak out for me. But it didn't really matter. I was dead.1

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Israeli billionaires caught trading with Iran lifts lid on Mossad's cooperation with 'the enemy'

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Yuli (left) and Sami Ofer.
Israel's Ofer brothers face a backlash at home and abroad over their business dealings

Ofer Brothers Group, one of Israel's most powerful corporations, is no stranger to scandal, but until now has largely emerged unscathed. But since allegations emerged that it traded with Iran it has been facing an unprecedented domestic backlash that could profoundly shake the Israeli establishment.

Israel's hawkish government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, is the most vocal of Iran's critics, labelling its nuclear ambitions an existential threat to the Jewish state and calling repeatedly for tougher economic sanctions by the international community. But what it demands of others, it apparently fails to do itself, Israeli commentators say.

"Netanyahu, who endlessly preaches the need for firm action against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear arms, is not lifting a finger to stop Israeli companies and individuals indirectly trading with Iran," wrote Yossi Melman in the left-leaning newspaper Haaretz.

Comment: Well, well, well. The Israeli security services recruiting Israeli billionaires to cooperate with Iran! This supports our hypothesis that behind the heavily propagandised outward antagonism between 'enemy states', psychopaths in power actually cooperate with each other. The "destruction of the Jews" is really a goal of the Israeli elite, who have no compunction with embroiling ordinary Israelis in endless war while they prepare to jump ship.


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US pledges record-breaking funding to Israel, for 'system to defend Israel from Iranian missiles coming from outer space'

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Congress pledges record-breaking funds for David's Sling, Arrow, and system to counter Iranian threat

Washington - The US pledged record-breaking funding for Israeli defense programs Wednesday as Congress voted to add $235.7 million dollars in aid for the David's Sling and Arrow 3 missile defense systems.

The additional funding will also go towards additional Arrow 2 batteries, as well as the development of a system to defend Israel from outer space, against Iranian missiles.

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee appropriated the funds in addition to aid already approved by the Obama administration, which amounts to around $205 million used to fund additional Iron Dome batteries.

The overall sum is a record-breaking $440 million for defense systems, in addition to the defense budget Israel receives regularly from the US, which stands at $3 billion.

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As they continue trading with Iran, Israeli elites prepare to jump ship

So Congress just appropriated 235.7 million dollars for the David's Sling and Arrow 3 missile defense systems, alongside investment for the development of a system to defend "Israel from outer space, against Iranian missiles" (serious). That is tossed into the pot atop $205 million to fund the Iron Dome missile batteries, and $3 billion in regular military aid, most of which gets re-routed to American industry.

Even 'David's Sling' is developed by Raytheon, an American company, and Rafael, an Israeli company. Israel is a mecca for high-technology production, which is what military investment is meant to augment. No shock that it occurs with and in Israel when 55 percent of Israel's exports are in high-technology, 71 Israeli companies are listed on the NASDAQ, and Intel has 6,000 jobs over there. Nice investment opportunities, clearly, which get subsidized by the US government, and brokered and lubricated by the lobby, which represents the 20 percent of American "warm Jews" - short-hand for the Jewish upper-class and the liberal opinion-makers and managerial class who know who butters their bread and gives them the illusion of power.

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Syria: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating the Pretext for a US-NATO 'Humanitarian Intervention'

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Tens of thousands of Syrians gather for a PRO-government rally at the central
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There is evidence of gross media manipulation and falsification from the outset of the protest movement in southern Syria on March 17th.

The Western media has presented the events in Syria as part of the broader Arab pro-democracy protest movement, spreading spontaneously from Tunisia, to Egypt, and from Libya to Syria.

Media coverage has focussed on the Syrian police and armed forces, which are accused of indiscriminately shooting and killing unarmed "pro-democracy" demonstrators. While these police shootings did indeed occur, what the media failed to mention is that among the demonstrators there were armed gunmen as well as snipers who were shooting at both the security forces and the protesters.

The death figures presented in the reports are often unsubstantiated. Many of the reports are "according to witnesses". The images and video footages aired on Al Jazeera and CNN do not always correspond to the events which are being covered by the news reports.

There is certainly cause for social unrest and mass protest in Syria: unemployment has increased in recent year, social conditions have deteriorated, particularly since the adoption in 2006 of sweeping economic reforms under IMF guidance. The IMF's "economic medicine" includes austerity measures, a freeze on wages, the deregulation of the financial system, trade reform and privatization. (See IMF Syrian Arab Republic - IMF Article IV Consultation Mission's Concluding Statement, 2006)

Comment: New country, same story: the protestors are being galvanised from without. Compare this situation to what happened in Iran in 2009:

Sickening Hypocrisy: the CIA's Dirty War in Iran

Or more recently in Libya:
They want Libyan leader of 40 years Muammar Gaddafi dead, they want Libya's oil and they want to terrorize Muslims across the region who have been rattling their cages since the beginning of 2011. What's that you say? Gaddafi is an evil tyrant who slaughtered his own people during the initial uprising as it spread from Egypt? Hundreds of thousands fled Libya from his army's brutality? The majority of Libyans have waited decades for this opportunity to come? Yes, that's what we too initially thought. But let's back up and examine recent events in Libya to see if we can discern what's really going on. The idea that the US and British governments are "humanitarian" warmongers all of a sudden just doesn't sit right with us.

The first thing to take note of is the fact that Gaddafi welcomed "this time of popular uprisings" and encouraged Palestinian refugees to return en masse to Israel's shores. That can't have gone down well in Tel Aviv. Of all the countries overdue an uprising of discontented people, Libya would appear bottom of the list for Africa. Libya has the highest income per capita and highest living standard in Africa thanks to Gaddafi's welfare programs in which oil money is ploughed back into the country's development.

If you look back at the initial reports of "Gaddafi slaughtering his own people", you will notice that they are largely based on the testimonies of members of anti-Gaddafi organisations located in Switzerland, the US and UK. One name that was repeated through the world's newswires on February 21st, when the propaganda ramped up to fever pitch, was Adel Mohamed Saleh, a self-proclaimed "political activist". His testimony is included in this Australian broadcaster's reporting of the initial fighting in eastern Libya in late February:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The World Today with Elanor Hall

Tuesday February 22, 2011


[...] Despite the leader's assurances poor communication into the country and a ban on foreign journalists are contributing to a series of conflicting reports. [...]

Many residents spoke of their fears to the BBC and Al Jazeera television.
"We think it is not Libyans, these are not Libyans. They are mercenaries coming from all over the world. I've seen some white people killing. I've seen some black people killing people all over the streets. There is a (inaudible) are killing people."
With few foreign reporters in Tripoli - it's difficult to confirm the cause of the explosions or whether the video is authentic.

But at least one man - identifying himself as a Tripoli resident - claims that Libyan warplanes have been bombing indiscriminately across the city.

Adel Mohamed Saleh calls himself a political activist. He told Al Jazeera the war planes had initially targeted a funeral procession, but were now bombing one area of the capital after another.
What we are witnessing here today is unbelievable. We have never seen anything like this before. Now there is an aerial bombardment all over the city even in the alleys. In the Feshlun (phonetic) neighbourhood, our neighbourhood where I am there is an aerial bombing, intense shelling.

This is a very small area with a population of no more than 10,000. We tried to help the injured people but there are too many of them and anyone who dares to go out to help is being shot at by mercenaries and snipers.
And he went on to say he'd seen quote, "many, many dead".
People are crying. Death is everywhere. Why is the world silent on these atrocities? Why? This is the question. Why the Arab countries are keeping silent, why. Within the next few hours the entire Libyan population can be wiped out if this continues.
Here is the emotional plea from "Saleh" broadcast by Al Jazeera:


In retrospect, that last line is precisely the idea we were all being led to believe. Intervention was urgently required in Libya to protect ordinary people from a madman. If there were no foreign journalists in Libya at the time, whose word do we have to go on that a.) war planes really were carrying out indiscriminate bombing and b.) those war planes were Gaddafi's? Opposition groups based in Switzerland, London and Washington seeking regime change, whose "estimates" lurched to "thousands dead" by the end of February.

The other thing that jumps out at us in the above article is the report of "mercenaries coming from all over the world... white, black... killing indiscriminately." Early on Gaddafi was accusing "al Qaeda and hallucinogenic drugs" of being behind the uprising. Yes, we laughed at that one too and figured the man had lost the plot, as we're consistently reminded by the western media. Let's suppose for argument's sake that "al Qaeda" is really al-CIA-duh, what to make then of the fact that Libya was the first country to request an Interpol arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden, back in 1998? The request was turned down because Britain's MI6 intervened on bin Laden's behalf. A few months later "al Qaeda" killed 200 people in US embassy bombings in Africa and the rest, as they say, is history. The Guardian article on this story goes on:
British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.
Remember the headlines? "Gaddafi's army will kill half a million, warn Libyan rebels." Did you know that the leader of the "rebels" is a known CIA collaborator? Its two leading spokespeople live in Washington and London. Ever wonder why the western media called them "rebels" from the start, and not "terrorists" or "insurgents"?

Writing for Global Research, Julie Lévesque explains that the Benghazi region from which these "rebels" emerged just happens to be a hotbed of armed Islamic fanatics. Not only that, but Sarkozy, Obama and Cameron's Coalition of the High and Mighty are fully aware that the Benghazi rebels' ranks comprise real, actual - to use their own term - "Islamo-fascists". Then there was the report of Israeli arms company CST Global paying some 50,000 mercenaries from central Africa to bolster Gaddafi's suppression of the uprising. Factor in the reports of Libya crawling with British, Dutch and American intelligence agents before and during the initial stages of the uprising/civil war and we then have the perfect recipe for some fun and games in the desert for the Secret Team.

This is why the Obama administration threatened to veto the UN resolution if a clause granting the mercenaries blanket immunity from prosecution was not inserted into the final draft. Minimal digging is required to see the blatantly obvious: the "terrorists" (al Qaeda), the "rebels" (now the legitimate government of Libya, if you are to believe that moron, Sarkozy), the "white and black mercenaries" shooting demonstrators while pretending to be Gaddafi loyalists and the NATO invading forces... ARE ALL THE SAME ENTITY! Even the US mainstream media is scratching its head wondering how the US got itself into a position where it is rushing headlong into another Iraq in order to defend avowed anti-American extremists!

The most high-profile defection from the Gaddafi regime was that of Musa Kusa, the Libyan foreign minister. He "fled" to London, where it emerged that he had "been in close contact with British MI6 and the CIA since the 1980s". He was one of theirs, in other words. He also oversaw whatever torture took place under the regime, so demonising Gaddafi on the basis that he "tortures his own people", then using this to justify an air (and soon to be ground) invasion is so absurd, it makes the head spin!

The fact that the largest military undertaking since the Iraq war walked through the UN this time around shows how much worse things have become since then. There was a least some resistance left in people then. All of the anti-Gaddafi rhetoric was pre-invasion psy-ops to clear the way for shock and awe. The Russian military has stated that it could not verify a single airstrike had taken place against protesters.


Those reports of Gaddafi "bombing his own people" could have actually been his air force taking out the rebels' (CIA et al's) weapons storage facilities. These "rebels" were conscripted to play their part for the empire. Check out this examination of the photos parading the unknown heroes in the world's media (see how many times you can spot the guy wearing goggles). The whole thing is staged. With practically no western media on the ground, who can tell the difference between Pentagon-approved press releases, complete with sound effects and CGI flames (like in the movie Wag the Dog), and objective reports coming from Libya?
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The peak of civilization and the end of the road for the human race.

Lévesque called it correctly when she wrote that the prelude to Odyssey Dawn was a
psychological operation designed to galvanize global public opinion in favour of the NATO intervention and to demonize the Libyan regime [...]

There was the "butcher of Bagdad", the "butcher of Belgrade" and now it's the "butcher of Tripoli". Always the same tactic. Always the same saviours. And people always fall for it.
So we have seen chaos breaking out in Libya as a result of the Secret Team's agents on the ground priming their "rebels" and mercenaries. Gaddafi's response to the initial demonstrations, whether genuinely disproportionate or wildly exaggerated, has played right into the hands of the script for regime change. Don't mind the tripe about precision-bombing; we know better than to believe THAT lie by now. NATO war planes are bombing everything in sight: hospitals, schools, infrastructure, utilities, factories, food sources, you name it. They know that the more they destroy, the more money can be made from issuing contracts for rebuilding (even though nothing will actually be rebuilt - see Iraq). The powers that be are a law unto themselves, launching more wars and using depleted uranium-tipped weaponry even as rainfall right now wherever you are reading this is delivering nuclear poison from Japan. In fact, there is a strong possibility that some form of nuclear weapon has already been used by the Axis of Evil in Libya.



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Russia Warns U.S., NATO Against Military Aid to Syria Protests After Libya

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the U.S. and European nations not to encourage anti-government protesters in Syria by holding out the prospect of military support like they provided in Libya.

"It is not in the interests of anyone to send messages to the opposition in Syria or elsewhere that if you reject all reasonable offers we will come and help you as we did in Libya," Lavrov, 61, said yesterday during an interview in Moscow. "It's a very dangerous position."

Rallies against President Bashar al-Assad's rule have swept Syria, inspired by the uprisings that ousted authoritarian rulers in Egypt and Tunisia. Syrian security forces have killed more than 1,100 people and detained at least 10,000, according to human-rights groups. The government blames the protests on Islamic militants and foreign provocateurs.

Russia abstained from the March 18 vote by the United Nations Security Council that authorized the use of force to protect civilians from Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's forces, saying the resolution might lead to a "large-scale military intervention." Operations led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have stretched far beyond the stated goal of enforcing a no-fly zone, Lavrov said.

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Syria nabs terror group behind protests

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Syria's state television showed guns, grenades and ammunition it said were seized from the terrorist group.
Syria says it has arrested members of a terrorist group that planned acts of sabotage to destabilize the country following weeks of unrest.

According to Syrian security officials, foreign organizations provided the group with financial as well as military assistance to incite unrest in the country.

The head of the armed terrorist group, Anas al-Kanj, has confessed to receiving instructions "to incite people to protest, particularly outside the Ommayad Mosque in the capital, Damascus, and in the towns of Daraa, Latakieh and Banias."

He also confessed that he was ordered to use live ammunition and open fire on "protesters in order to sow disarray and lead people to believe that the security forces were shooting on the demonstrators."