The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Thursday, March 15, 2007

News for 03-14-07

03-14-07 - Iranian envoy says Iranians may be freed

03-14-07 - Senator calls on Treasury to investigate if Halliburton move to Dubai linked to Iran deals

03-14-07 - US rules of war blamed for 'friendly fire' death British pilots must read back to their air controllers the location and coordinates of their target, their direction of attack and the location of friendly forces in relation to the target, before they can open fire. The American military is thought to have no such rules in place

03-14-07 - 9/11 mastermind confesses in Guantanamo Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a string of others during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a transcript released Wednesday by the Pentagon. According the the findings of the 911 Commission in July of 2004, Mohammed was motivated to mastermind the attacks because of US support for Israel.

03-14-07 - Waxman to Rice: Answer 11 ignored letters on Iraq claims

03-14-07 - Poll: 69 percent oppose pardon for Libby in CIA leak case Just 18 percent said they would support a pardon for Libby

03-14-07 - Military and Gold Star Families, Iraq War Vets, Active Duty Troops, and Veterans of other Wars to Hold Press Conference on Capitol Hill on 4th Anniversary of Iraq War When: Monday, March 19, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.

03-14-07 - Conrad Black trial jurors scrutinized Mentioned as potential witnesses for or against Black are former Pentagon official and fellow neoconservative Richard Perle, Illinois Republican powerhouse and former governor James Thompson, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

03-14-07 - Fitzgerald not talking about CIA leak "I do not believe it would be appropriate for me to offer opinions, as your letter suggests the committee may seek, about the ultimate responsibility of senior White House officials for the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity," Fitzgerald wrote.

03-14-07 - Israel not 'enthusiastic' about strike on Iran: Olmert Israeli officials are making a concerted effort to backpedal away from previous strong language about Iran so as not to be seen as the instigators of an attack on Iran.

03-14-07 - 'US acted like witch hunter in making case for war on Iraq' "They wanted to see anything as evidence that the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction,"

03-14-07 - Solana backs Syria on Golan "We would like to work as much as possible to see your country, Syria, recuperate the territory taken in 1967,"

03-14-07 - Stop Funding for Attack on Iran! Last night, Rep. Pelosi and the democratic leadership decided to pull language from the Supplemental Appropriations bill which stated that no funds may be authorized for military operations in or related to Iran unless specifically authorized by the Congress.

03-14-07 - Syria denies link to group accused of Lebanon bombs Syria denied on Wednesday Lebanese allegations that it had links to a group accused of bombing two buses near Beirut last month and said it was hunting the group down for ties to al Qaeda.

03-14-07 - The AIPAC Caucus Hawkish "pro-Israel" organizations, on the Jewish and Christian right, have been leading advocates of a more confrontational Iran policy. Thousands of supporters are in town for AIPAC's star-studded convention, which as usual drew half of the Senate and a third of the House, including members of both parties' leadership.

03-14-07 - Bloggers vs. the Lobby On New Year's Day, Israeli superhawk Benjamin Netanyahu called for an "intense international public relations front" to persuade Americans of the need for military confrontation with Iran. See yesterday's news batch for Netty's change of tack. It is clear that Israel, the neocons and the Bush admin are all seemingly pursuing the path to negotiations and are giving the appearance that they've relaxed their sphincters a bit. Won't last long.

03-14-07 - Media coalition intervenes in lobbyist case The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 12 other groups, including The Associated Press and the Washington Post, asked Wednesday to enter the case for the limited purpose of challenging the government's apparent request to close the upcoming trial in this matter.

03-14-07 - U.S.-Israel energy act introduced The American Jewish Congress applauded the introduction of the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act to the U.S. Senate.

03-14-07 - Libby Guilty Verdict Spurs Fundraising for Legal Defense Bill Wealthy supporters including actor Fred Thompson, publisher Steve Forbes and Wayne Berman, a Washington lobbyist and leading Bush donor, plan to raise much more.......Other participants are Martin Peretz, former owner of the New Republic magazine; former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp; and R. James Woolsey, a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia, and a director of central intelligence under President Bill Clinton.

03-14-07 - From 2002: Selective Memri Its work is subsidised by US taxpayers because as an "independent, non-partisan, non-profit" organisation, it has tax-deductible status under American law. .....The second thing that makes me uneasy is that the stories selected by Memri for translation follow a familiar pattern: either they reflect badly on the character of Arabs or they in some way further the political agenda of Israel......Evidence from Memri's website also casts doubt on its non-partisan status.....Retrieving another now-deleted page from the archives of Memri's website also throws up a list of its staff. Of the six people named, three - including Col Carmon - are described as having worked for Israeli intelligence.

03-14-07 - 'Israel will never return Golan Heights' Land grabbers say 'Return stolen loot? No way!'.

03-14-07 - Ban concerned over arms smuggling in Lebanon, Israeli overflights The UN secretary general noted that Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora had expressed his country's "frustration with continuing Israeli overflights, the rising civilian toll caused by Israeli cluster bombs and slow progress on the issue of the (disputed) Shebaa Farms."

03-14-07 - AIPAC backed removal of Iran war provision AIPAC lobbying helped remove a provision from a bill that would have required President Bush to seek congressional approval for war against Iran. No kidding?

03-14-07 - Lieberman invokes Czechoslovakia "There are elements in Europe that are willing to sacrifice Israel in exchange for their security, for their trade interests," Lieberman told Israel Radio

03-14-07 - Right-Wing Academic Values features regular denunciations of academic sinners by Horowitz, appearing side-by-side with frothing rants against various other enemies, domestic and foreign. Alan Dershowitz and Daniel Pipes publish there, along with Christopher Hitchens and a lesser constellation of would-be freedom fighters, terrorism experts and expatriate authors based in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

03-14-07 - Liberal Zionists denounce AIPAC "The new approach aligns AIPAC more closely with neoconservatives, placing it in sharp opposition both to the Bush administration and the Israeli government." The positions of AIPAC, neocons, and the Bush admin are virtually identical - and have been for some time (to the detriment of Americans).


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