The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, September 23, 2006

News for 09-22-06

09-22-06 - Libby plans to testify in CIA leak trial Prosecutors oppose the use of many documents, saying Libby is trying to torpedo the case by demanding information that is too sensitive to be released at trial. The tactic they described, known as "graymail," is used to get a case dismissed.

09-22-06 - Iran warns of 'lightning' response to any attack Iran has warned Western powers the armed forces would hit back "like lightning" against any attack as it crowed over its military prowess and showed off firepower at a major army parade.

09-22-06 - War Signals? ** First word of the early dispatch of the "Ike Strike" group to the Persian Gulf region came from several angry officers on the ships involved, who contacted antiwar critics like retired Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner and complained that they were being sent to attack Iran without any order from the Congress......Colonel Gardiner, who has taught military strategy at the National War College, says that the carrier deployment and a scheduled Persian Gulf arrival date of October 21 is "very important evidence" of war planning. The October surpise?

09-22-06 - $70B OK'd for Iraq and Afghan war funds House-Senate negotiators Thursday approved a new $70 billion infusion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as they wrapped up talks on a $447 billion Pentagon funding bill.

09-22-06 - Senior intel official: Pentagon moves to second-stage planning for Iran strike option **

09-22-06 - China, Russia shun U.S.-hosted Asia security talks U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill told reporters the United States did not see China and Russia's decision not to attend the meeting as a snub. "They did not say it was for policy reasons," he said, adding that seven other countries had been there.

09-22-06 - Suspending enrichment unacceptable, says Iranian cleric An influential Iranian cleric says Iran will not halt uranium enrichment work, calling it an unacceptable precondition set by six world powers for talks over the country's atomic activities

09-22-06 - Iraqi Kurds deny receiving training from former Israeli commandos "This information is baseless," Mm k.

09-22-06 - Pentagon: Able Danger Couldn't Stop 9/11

09-22-06 - The Armitage effect - Star prosecutor Fitzgerald faces tough battle in CIA leak probe

09-22-06 - Syria-bound ship free to go but not defence cargo The managers of the vessel told Reuters the pipes were loaded in China. They also said the ship?s charterer was state-owned China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO).

09-22-06 - Coping with an Iran with Nuclear Ambitions

09-22-06 - Déjà Vu on Iran? ** Which brings us to the media and Congress. Each will have to be far more discriminating and diligent than it was the last time around. No automatic transmission belt. No rubber stamp. No forgetting.
I would not bet on that.

09-22-06 - Israel quits two more Lebanese border points: UN

09-22-06 - West bars Arab bid at IAEA to rap Israel atom "threat" "The (Western) blocking manoeuvre is astonishing when innocent blood has not yet dried in Lebanon,"

09-22-06 - New book reveals FBI did not suspect Pollard ties to Israel The publication of the book, with reviews and testimonies from U.S. Navy veterans and other security experts, is indicative of the bitterness still felt over how Israel betrayed the United States and the "colossal" damage Pollard caused to U.S. national security.....Former president George Bush told Olive in 2005 that Pollard "belongs just where he is, in jail. You do know there are a lot of people trying to get him out. That really burns me out." ......According to Olive's calculations, when Pollard is released, he will receive $3.6 million in compensation from Israel Read that last bit again. And then read this. And this.

09-22-06 - 'One-sided' Middle East policy attacked by Labour Arab group "Unfortunately, Mr Blair has failed to treat both sides equally. Instead he has bowed to pressure put on him by Israel backed by George Bush," it says. The group, most of whom are Labour members, includes Jews, Christians and Muslims.

09-22-06 - In surprise move, feds drop count in Hamas terrorism count The decision to drop one count of the indictment came at a hearing after Deutsch asked St. Eve to press federal prosecutors to turn over background material on a prospective government witness, Jack Mustafa. Deutsch asked for information about how much the FBI had paid Mustafa and whether he had an arrest record. He also asked if the prospective witness had met with agents of the Mossad _ Israel's intelligence agency.
Wait a minute here. How much (more) American taxpayer money will be spent on what would appear to be the witchunts of Palestinians in this country who are brought up on charges, only to later see them dismissed due to lack of evidence? And how much are American officials relying on 'evidence' provided by the Israeli government or their lackeys, mm? Is that why the cases are falling apart? We quickly learn the difference between the America's legal system and that of Israel. See some of it described here too (look for the bit about the Fourth amendment, or lack thereof).

09-22-06 - Jewish Dems score Jewish GOP contender Fine has called Ellison "a person who believes the Jews are the scourge of the earth" and, in a debate, appeared to mock Ellison's Muslim name, Mohammed.

09-22-06 - House resolution calls for border force The resolution urges Lebanon?s government "to request without delay a robust international force deployment on the Lebanese border with Syria, so as to prevent the re-supply of weapons to Hezbollah." Why is this a matter for the US Congress?

09-22-06 - Nasrallah says no army can disarm Hizbollah Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday rejected international calls to disarm his Lebanese guerrillas and told a huge "victory" rally they still had more than 20,000 rockets after a month of war with Israel.

09-22-06 - Lebanon war underscores inequality of Arab Israelis Prime Minister Ehud Olmert toured the Israeli north, which had been badly hit by the Hezbollah rockets, and promised that in the reconstruction ahead, Arab villages and townships would get the same treatment as the Jewish ones.

09-22-06 - Israel's Elbit wins US security contract A consortium led by Boeing, the second-largest US defense contractor, and including Israel's Elbit Systems has won the first piece of a $2 billion government contract to develop and provide new technological means to secure the US borders and curb illegal immigration, officials said Thursday. You have got to be #!@$ing kidding me.

09-22-06 - Zelikow's Candor Angers Pro-Israel Activists, Again In a keynote speech before the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy conference on Friday, Philip Zelikow argued that a renewed effort for peace may be needed in order to maintain support for the hardline U.S. position against Iran among our European allies and "moderate" Arab governments Now why would pro-Israelis be so angered at peace, mewonders?...

09-22-06 - Israelis' main fear is a nuclear Iran: poll ** Israel's fears become our fears.

09-22-06 - Tehran says gives spiritual support to Hizbollah Iran's president said on Thursday his country gave cultural and spiritual support to Lebanon but sidestepped questions about whether Tehran would obey a U.N. arms embargo imposed on Hizbollah guerrillas.

09-22-06 - The Doomsday Code End Timers parade through the streets of Jerusalem and take large amounts of cash to illegal West Bank settlements to encourage the residents to entrench themselves more deeply on this Palestinian land. In Jerusalem itself, Jews are being bankrolled by Christian fundamentalists to reside in Arab houses. The End Timers think that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke ('was removed from the scene') because he wanted to give back some of the Palestinian land.

09-22-06 - World Politics and Show Biz


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