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Cenk Uygur calls out TIME magazine reporter for supporting drone strike on Julian Assange

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on Monday blasted a TIME magazine reporter who said he couldn't "wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out" Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Michael Grunwald made the comment Saturday on Twitter, sparking a huge backlash. Grunwald later deleted the message and apologized, describing it as "dumb."

Uygur said Grunwald was simply an authoritarian. Rather than questioning the government's actions in regards to drone strikes, Grunwald simply accepted whatever the government said.

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'Humanizing the Syrian revolution': CIA agent Matthew VanDyke is fighting alongside Syrian terrorists after 'mission accomplished' in Libya

American soldier of fortune Matthew VanDyke is currently helping to promote al Qaeda in Syria. VanDyke is apparently free to come and go as he pleases. He admits in a talk he gave at his alma mater, Georgetown University, on April 11, 2013 that he is in fact a CIA agent.That's the 'War on Terror' for you folks, brought to you by traitors among you.

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Soldiers of fortune: 'Irish Sam' joins West's bloodbath in Syria

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Soldier of fortune Houssam al-Najjar, aka "Irish Sam," takes a rooftop position with an assault rifle, August 2012, "on a mission to Aleppo before we entered the city, providing recon info before the arrival of the humanitarian trucks delivering food to the fleeing refugees," he wrote. Yeh right, they were fleeing from the likes of HIM!
If Liam O'Flaherty, who died in 1984, were still alive, he might have considered writing another version of his famous short story The Sniper. This time the main character wouldn't be the IRA sniper who killed his brother; instead, it could be Housam Najjair, a Libyan-Irish man who decided to desert the comforts of Europe for the scorches of Libya and Syria.

Housam, aka "Irish Sam," was born in Ireland to a Libyan father and an Irish mother (who converted to Islam 30 years ago). A young man who seems to embrace an ambition that differs from that of fellow fighters. He's now preparing to publish his first book.

I asked him many questions, and he was apparently frank in his answers, telling me why he left Europe for the war zone and explaining why he went to Syria and whether he's going to fight in Mali or not. He explained his family's stance on his move, and how he was welcomed in Ireland when he first returned from the war zone. I asked him too if he regrets any of his kills.

"The reason I suppose that I left the comforts of Europe for the war zone began with watching the atrocities carried out on innocent civilians by the regime," he said, meaning Gahdafi's regime, adding: "I knew I could make a difference and had many talents to offer, namely being a fluent English speaker which could help the media aspect for the rebels, discovering my fighting talents and what I was made of as a soldier was a bonus and gave me new goals to achieve."

Comment: See also:

British women among those joining 'al-Qaeda-in-Syria'

Completing the cycle of terror: French citizens fighting in the ranks of al-Qaeda in Syria

Kurds capture British commander of 'al Qaeda in the Levant and Syria'

WANTED: American mercenary Matthew VanDyke is now in Syria


Irish mercenaries training Syrian death squads

In its weekend supplement devoted to geopolitics French daily Le Monde published 8 March, 2013 a report entitled "Syrie : à Atmé, entre révolution et désenchantement" - "Syria: Atme, between revolution and disenchantment"- Christophe Ayad, a regular embedded journalist with NATO's mercenary forces in Syria, reports on the mixture of despair and chaos that reigns in rebel controlled territory. One of the rebels tells the French reporter that "three former soldiers of the Irish military elite" provided training to Syrian rebels. It is claimed the Irish soldiers were acting as "independent mercenaries". These "former soldiers of the Irish military elite" are acting in violation of international law.

The 1981 UN Declaration on the Inadmissibility and Intervention in the Internal Affairs of States stresses the "imperative need for any threat of aggression, any recruitment, any use of armed bands, in particular mercenaries, against sovereign States to be completely ended, so as to enable the peoples of all States to determine their own political, economic and social systems without external interference or control."

According to the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann), the Irish republic maintains a policy of military neutrality. This policy has been a foundation stone of the Irish state for many years. What relation do these former Irish military have to the Irish defense forces who are soon to be deployed as 'peace-keepers' in the Golan under a UN mandate?

Comment: See also:

Syria's Bloody CIA Revolution - A Distraction?

Mr. Potato

Phony Terror Alert Extravaganza! NSA sez: 'Al Qaeda is targeting entire European rail network!'

Al Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed rail network, German newspaper Bild reported on Monday, citing a leaked National Security Agency (NSA) report.

Al Qaeda has been plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed railways, according to a leaked National Security Agency (NSA) report to a German daily.

The group was potentially targeting trains and tunnels, or planning to sabotage railway tracks themselves and the electric cabling serving them, according to Germany's widely-read Bild newspaper.

The NSA report is based on an intercepted conference call between top al Qaeda operatives, in which the terrorist attacks were reportedly a "central topic".

Berlin has responded to the threat with discreet measures such as deploying plain-clothed police officers at key stations and on main routes, Bild reported.

Comment: What a transparent and pathetic attempt to bolster the NSA's credibility and give it the appearance of doing something useful!


Third force at work in Egypt: Massacre of police by 'unknown gunmen' raises fears of growing jihadi activity in the Sinai


The Powers That Be dealing with revolution the only way they know how: maximising trauma so that extremists and other pathologicals 'of like mind' get into and/or retain power on your behalf.
Egypt has pledged to hunt down an armed group that killed 25 policemen in the Sinai desert on Monday in an incident that will fuel fears about the country's already grave political crisis worsening to involve attacks by jihadi-type movements.

Egyptian state TV reports from the scene near the border with Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip town of Rafah said the terrorists had forced the police conscripts off two minibuses and murdered them in cold blood. Three others were injured. Cairo sources describe the killers as "Takfiris" - a term often used for al-Qaida and like-minded groups.

The policemen were in civilian clothes and had been returning to their base from leave. Their corpses were photographed lined up by the roadside.

A total of 70 troops and police have reportedly died in five days of large-scale bloodshed across Egypt, but this was the largest number of casualties suffered by the security forces in a single incident.


Anglo-American Establishment: White House was given 'heads-up' on David Miranda detention

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Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda talks to the media at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Monday.
US says it did not sanction holding Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow, but was told his name was on passenger list

Britain is facing intense pressure to give a detailed explanation of the decision to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald after the White House confirmed that it was given a "heads up" before David Miranda was taken into custody for nine hours at Heathrow.

As the UK's anti-terrorism legislation watchdog called for an overhaul of the laws that allowed police to confiscate Miranda's electronic equipment, the US distanced itself by saying British authorities took the decision to detain him.

The intervention by the White House will put pressure on Downing Street, which declined to comment on the detention of Miranda on the grounds that it was a police operational matter and added that the Met would decide whether its officers had acted in a proportionate manner.


Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

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If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.

In 2007, the police arrested a Massachusetts man who appeared to be selling crack cocaine from his car. The cops seized his cellphone and noticed that it was receiving calls from "My House." They opened the phone to determine the number for "My House." That led them to the man's home, where the police found drugs, cash and guns.

The defendant was convicted, but on appeal he argued that accessing the information on his cellphone without a warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Earlier this year, the First Circuit Court of Appeals accepted the man's argument, ruling that the police should have gotten a warrant before accessing any information on the man's phone.

The Obama Administration disagrees. In a petition filed earlier this month asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, the government argues that the First Circuit's ruling conflicts with the rulings of several other appeals courts, as well as with earlier Supreme Court cases. Those earlier cases have given the police broad discretion to search possessions on the person of an arrested suspect, including notebooks, calendars and pagers. The government contends that a cellphone is no different than any other object a suspect might be carrying.

Dollar Gold

Not too big to jail: Why Eliot Spitzer is Wall Street's worst nightmare


Elliot Spitzer: If they can't use the honeytrap on him this time, will they try to off him altogether?
Before Eliot Spitzer's infamous resignation as governor of New York in March 2008, he was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption, in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks. It may not be a coincidence that the revelation of his indiscretions with a high-priced call girl came less than a month after he published a bold editorial in the Washington Post titled "Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime: How the Bush Administration Stopped the States from Stepping in to Help Consumers." The editorial exposed the collusion between the Treasury, the Federal Reserve and Wall Street in deregulating the banks in the guise of regulating them, by taking regulatory power away from the states. It was an issue of the federal government versus the states, with the Feds representing the banks and the states representing consumers.

Five years later, Spitzer has set out to take some of that local regulatory power back, in his run for New York City comptroller. Mounting the attack against him, however, are not just Wall Street banks but women's groups opposed to this apparent endorsement of the exploitation of women. On August 17th, the New York Post endorsed Spitzer's opponent and ran a scathing cover story attempting to embarrass Spitzer based on the single issue of his personal life.

Lynn Parramore, who considers herself a feminist, countered in an August 8th Huffington Post article that it is likely to be in the best interests of the very women who are opposing him to forgive and move on. His stand for women's reproductive rights and other feminist issues is actually quite strong, and his role as Wall Street watchdog protected women from predatory financial practices. As New York Attorney General, he was known as the "Sheriff of Wall Street." He is one of the few people with not only the insight and experience to expose Wall Street corruption but the courage to go after the perpetrators.


Police state: New Zealand PM walks out of press conference amid spy bill grilling

John Key
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
Tensions are high in New Zealand over a new bill that would allow the country's GCSB agency to conduct warrantless NSA-style spying on citizens. Prime Minister John Key, who was grilled on the bill at a presser, cut the meeting short and left early.

The country's top official on Monday was showered with questions on the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) amendment bill, answering some of them, and effortlessly evading others. However, after less than 14 minutes of the presser, Key appeared to have lost patience with the journalists and walked off, leaving a question on privacy completely unanswered.

"Prime Minister, numerous legal jurors have informed us publicly that they disagree with you wholeheartedly, that you are taking broad powers, which would allow you to invade privacy...and you are saying that all those people are wrong..." a journalist said to Key.

"Correct," the Prime Minister said before immediately interrupting the rest of the question by asking, "Is this a question buddy?"

He then indicated that the question contains the answer, thanked everyone, and left.

The New Zealand Law Society has published a submission opposing the GCSB amendment bill, in which it summarized citizens' concerns and provided a detailed analysis of the absence of clear justification for several changes in the law.

The document particularly highlighted that "The Bill empowers the GCSB to spy on New Zealand citizens and residents, and to provide intelligence product to other government agencies in respect of those persons, in a way not previously contemplated," saying that this is "inconsistent with the rights to freedom of expression and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (NZBORA) and with privacy interests recognized by New Zealand law."