The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, July 14, 2007

News for 07-13-07

07-13-07 - US seizes 'Iranian-backed police militant'

07-13-07 - UN hails Iran nuclear agreement Tehran will allow inspectors into Arak heavy water plant and agree safeguards at its Natanz uranium enrichment plant, the UN nuclear watchdog said.

07-13-07 - White House, FBI Agents Race to Disrupt 'Summer of '07' Threat

07-13-07 - Bush Set To Block Assets of Iranian Quds Force The designation of the IRGC and Quds Force would mark the first time the finance related executive order process, reserved usually for foreign terrorist organizations, would be used against a branch of a foreign military.

07-13-07 - U.S. Soldier Tell Of Rape and Suicide of 15 Year Old Iraqi Girl What this son of a bitch talks about should be investigated, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Disturbing.

07-13-07 - A Different 'Gut Feeling': Israel Attacking Iran ** It always pays to be suspicious when a U.S. official ramps up fear, but Homeland Security czar Michael Chertoff's "gut feeling" remark about an Al Qaeda attack on the U.S. this summer sparks a different suspicion ? and a similar sinking feeling: Israel is about to launch a unilateral strike on Iran. The August 2005 issue of the American Conservative featured this Deep Background column by former CIA official Philip Giraldi: "In Washington it is hardly a secret that the same people in and around the administration who brought you Iraq are preparing to do the same for Iran. The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney?s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing?that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack?but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections." Cheney and the neocons have been looking for another 911-style attack to use as a pretext for an attack on Iran. Looks like they may just get one (like they did for the attack on Iraq). Israel's minions in the US, including Joe Lieberman, are already openly calling for an attack on Iran. Same with Bolton. Latest updates of this topic can be found here, compiled by yours truly.

07-13-07 - Ellison cites Reichstag burning in attacking Bush policies "It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said July 8, addressing a group of Minnesota atheists. "After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."

07-13-07 - Turkey: US arms end up in Kurdish hands Nabi Sensoy said that the United States is not doing enough to influence Kurdish politicians in key positions in the Iraqi government to crack down on the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK, which has been fighting for an independent Kurdistan within Turkey for decades.

07-13-07 - Signing Statements Erode Constitutional Balance by Rep. Ron Paul these statements grant the president power not given by the Constitution, allowing him to usurp powers of the judicial branch. Finally, the idea of agencies refusing to enforce the law as enacted sets precedent for the type of run away administrative actions our constitution was expressly enacted in order to avoid.

07-13-07 - U.S., China clash on exports to Iran The United States and China disagree over whether some Chinese exports to Iran violate sanctions.

07-13-07 - Former Media Mogul Conrad Black Convicted of Mail Fraud, Obstruction of Justice Black is evidently a neocon-sympathizer.

07-13-07 - Israeli PM in secret visit to Jordan: reports According to the Maariv newspaper, the meeting on Wednesday concerned the possible resumption of negotiations between Israel and Syria, which have been suspended since 2000.

07-13-07 - IPF wants more carrots for Iran The bill, proposed by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the Jewish chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, would further restrict presidential waivers on sanctions and would extend sanctions to countries and companies that deal with Iran's nuclear sector.

07-13-07 - Senators urge Rice on Hezbollah Ten U.S. senators urged Condoleezza Rice to work with the United Nations and Lebanon to end arms smuggling according to the terms that ended last summer's Israel-Hezbollah war. Not a matter for the US Congress.

07-13-07 - Iranian general's wife says Israel kidnapped him Israel is responsible for the disappearance of former Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Ali Reza Asgari, who has been missing since February, his wife Ziba Ahmadi said in an interview to Iranian news agency Mehr.

07-13-07 - Refugee crisis threatens Lebanon

07-13-07 - Dallas court agrees to protect Israeli officer's identity In May, Judge A. Joe Fish, a federal judge in Dallas, allowed measures that would conceal the identity of a member of the Shin Beth, Israel's security service, in the trial against five men alleged to have funneled funds raised by the Holy Land Foundation to Hamas

07-13-07 - Robert Fisk: TE Lawrence had it right about Iraq Has the US General David Petraeus read this? Has Bush? Have any of the tired American columnists whose anti-Arab bias is wobbling close to racism, bothered to study this wisdom? I remember how Daniel Pipes - one of the great illusionists of modern American journalism - announced in the summer of 2003 that what the Iraqis needed was (no smirking here, please), a "democratically minded strongman"......But wait, Pipes is at it again. The director of the "Middle East Forum" has been writing in Canada's National Post about "Palestine". His piece is filled with the usual bile. The neocons and thus the Bush administration have 'misunderestimated' those 'backward Arabs'. So too has Israel. They simply will not bend to someone else's will.

07-13-07 - Ackerman marks Goldwasser-Regev anniversary Not a matter for the US Congress.

07-13-07 - Red Crescent provides aid to Palestinians in Syrian

07-13-07 - Death toll climbs as camp battle heats up in north Lebanon Evacuation operations have been stalled since Wednesday when relief workers tried in vain to rescue the fighters' families -- about 45 children and 20 women -- who failed to turn up at an agreed meeting point just inside the camp.

07-13-07 - Conrad Black convicted on three charges A jury convicted the former owner of the Jerusalem Post of obstruction of justice and fraud.


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