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War on Terror (News/Activism)

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  • Book: Military feared use of terrorist's comments

    06/07/2012 1:13:40 AM PDT · by Saije · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/7/2012 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON—Military prosecutors won't say whether they plan to use newly disclosed tape recordings in the upcoming trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed even though the tapes could solve the prosecution's problems with tainted evidence. A new book says Justice Department prosecutors were stunned to learn three years ago that the U.S. military had secretly tape-recorded incriminating comments that Mohammed made to fellow detainees during daily prison yard conversations but was not planning to use them at military tribunals. In "Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency," journalist Daniel Klaidman says Mohammed was...
  • India not sold on closer military ties with U.S.

    06/06/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2012, 6:27 p.m. | David S. Cloud and Mark Magnier
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta urged India on Wednesday to build a closer military relationship with the United States, but Indian leaders appeared more interested in buying U.S. weapons than in aligning strategically with Washington. Senior Indian officials made it clear in two days of talks that they will continue to set their own course on U.S. national security priorities, including isolating Iran and building up Afghanistan's military forces, sometimes in tandem with Washington and sometimes not. Panetta is visiting Asia this week to bolster military ties as the Obama administration, wary ofChina's growing clout in the region, seeks to...
  • Alarming Assaults On Women In Egypt's Tahrir

    06/06/2012 7:14:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | June 6, 2012, 08:24 pm ET | (by The Associated Press)
    Her screams were not drowned out by the clamor of the crazed mob of nearly 200 men around her. An endless number of hands reached toward the woman in the red shirt in an assault scene that lasted less than 15 minutes but felt more like an hour. She was pushed by the sea of men for about a block into a side street from Tahrir Square. Many of the men were trying to break up the frenzy, but it was impossible to tell who was helping and who was assaulting. Pushed against the wall, the unknown woman's head finally...
  • We're Now Selling The Most Advanced Missile System To This Islamic State (Guess which one...)

    06/06/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2012 | Walter Hickey
    The U.S. is selling one of the most advanced missile systems on the planet to a country with an abysmal human rights records. Lockheed Martin's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is the most effective weapon when it comes to shooting incoming missiles right out of the sky. As of yesterday, a total of 138 of these launchers are headed to the United Arab Emirates. Lockheed Martin will be getting $2 Billion for the contract. The UAE is a federation of absolute monarchies. It's comprised of seven principalities, each with its own absolute monarch. It's got the sixth largest...
  • Exclusive: Drones "inhumane", dead al Qaeda man's family says

    06/06/2012 2:09:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/6/12 | Hadeel Al Shalchi
    (Reuters) - The brother of al Qaeda's second-in-command, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, said Washington's use of the remote-controlled weapons is inhumane and makes a nonsense of its claims to champion human rights.U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Libyan-born al Qaeda operative Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, in what was described as a major blow to the militant group.The attack is likely to fuel an increasingly fierce debate about the legality and morality of the drones, which have become one of the chief U.S. weapons against al Qaeda but which opponents...
  • Iran Charges IAEA 'Spying' for West

    06/06/2012 1:55:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Iran accused the United Nations nuclear watchdog of spying and vowed never to suspend uranium enrichment on Monday, Bloomberg reported. The move cast doubt on whether a deal between Tehran and the P5+1 allowing wider atomic inspections is possible. Tehran's IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh in Vienna said “Iran will resist to the end” and “will not permit our national security to be jeopardized” by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors working for Western intelligence agencies. Soltanieh added, “Iran will never suspend its enrichment activities." His comments came as the agency’s 35-member board of governors concluded its quarterly review of the...
  • Damascus 'Risking Genocide'

    06/06/2012 1:40:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Italian foreign minister Guilo Terzi on Wednesday warned Bashar al-Assad's policies in Syria risk creating a genocide in Syria unless there is "rapid intervention." "The strategy of Damascus risks causing a genocide without rapid intervention," Mr Terzi said. Italy was among those countries who expelled the Syrian ambassador to Rome last month in a coordinated action with other Western powers after a massacre in the town of Houla. The Syrian leadership "is fighting for its survival with an ever more direct and brutal escalation, with terror against the civilian population and with the artificial fuelling of internal conflict," Mr Terzi...
  • Egypt: Mubarak's health said deteriorating

    06/06/2012 1:36:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 6, 2012 1:05 PM ET | HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    Hosni Mubarak's health entered a "dangerous" phase on Wednesday, and doctors had to administer oxygen five times to help the deposed Egyptian leader breathe, according to security officials at his prison. Mubarak's health crisis came days after he was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that unseated him last year. The officials at Torah prison south of Cairo said Mubarak, 84, was suffering from shock and high blood pressure as well as breathing problems. Specialists were called in to examine him, and a transfer to a military hospital was being...
  • Peace Now Upset Beit El will Grow

    06/06/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hardline nationalist MKs were upset with the Knesset vote Wednesday against the Regulation Law, but leftists were not happy with the prime minister's promises to build 300 more homes in Beit El. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said angrily: "The Likud's true nature has once yet been exposed. It talks loudly about the settlement enterprise but at the same time saws at its foundations." "The Likud ministers have turned out to be cowards who prefer to run away or surrender in the face of the prime minister's threat to fire them, rather than stand behind their commitments and principles," he...
  • Peace Now Upset Beit El will Grow

    06/06/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hardline nationalist MKs were upset with the Knesset vote Wednesday against the Regulation Law, but leftists were not happy with the prime minister's promises to build 300 more homes in Beit El. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said angrily: "The Likud's true nature has once yet been exposed. It talks loudly about the settlement enterprise but at the same time saws at its foundations." "The Likud ministers have turned out to be cowards who prefer to run away or surrender in the face of the prime minister's threat to fire them, rather than stand behind their commitments and principles," he...
  • Jihad's Willing Executioners

    06/06/2012 10:36:23 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 05JUN12 | Clare M. Lopez
    Quietly, behind the scenes, the Muslim Brotherhood is enforcing censorship of all U.S. government training about Islam and the forces of Islamic jihad. Under the co-opted direction of National Security Council official, Quintan Wiktorowicz, key Cabinet Departments, including Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State are purging their curriculum materials of any references about Islam that their Muslim Brotherhood advisors find objectionable. In effect, the national security policy of the U.S. government is being brought into compliance with Islamic law on slander. Under Islamic law (sharia), “slander” means “to mention anything concerning a person [a Muslim] that he would dislike.” Telling...
  • John McCain: Security leaks coming from ‘highest levels’ of White House

    06/06/2012 9:14:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/06/2012 | By Meghashyam Mali
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration over the disclosure of classified intelligence operations, leaks he said came from the “highest levels” at the White House. “This is the most highly classified information and it’s now been leaked by the administration at the highest levels at the White House and that’s not acceptable,” McCain said on CBS "This Morning." On Tuesday, McCain said the Senate Armed Services Committee would hold hearings about leaks detailing a U.S. cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear program and called for a special counsel to investigate the matter. A report last week in The...
  • France Once Again a Hell for Jews

    06/06/2012 5:08:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 6, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - France Once Again a Hell for JewsPosted By P. David Hornik On June 6, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Earlier this week, as reported in Algemeiner, three yarmulke-wearing young Jews in Villeurbanne, France were attacked with hammers and iron bars by a mob of over a dozen Muslim youths. The victims had to be hospitalized and then were released.The Times of Israel reports that police are still looking for the perpetrators, and that they’re believed to be of North African extraction.It was only in March, of course, that...
  • Ulpana Bill Falls, Nationalists in Coalition Cave In

    06/06/2012 4:07:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Nationalists in the coalition caved in and abstained from the Knesset vote Wednesday afternoon that rejected a bill to legalize five homes in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El, forcing the expulsion of 30 families. The vote as 22 for the bill and 69 against. Absent from the vote were all of the ministers and deputy ministers who vowed to test Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ultimatum to vote against the bill or be fired. Among those who left the Knesset before the vote were Jewish Home leader Daniel Hershkowitz and Likud ministers Yuli Edelstein and Ayoub Kara. Prime Minister Binyamin...
  • Demonstration Near Supreme Court to Support Regulation Law

    06/06/2012 4:01:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Chana Yaar
    Protesters showed their support of the Regulation Law in a demonstration near the Supreme Court shortly before a vote on the bill. Dozens of youths and young adults blocked the road near the court house in Jerusalem before the Knesset plenum was scheduled to decide on the measure, which would retroactively legalize Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood. The so-called Regulation Bill requires anyone claiming ownership of land upon which homes are being built to file a challenge and prove ownership within four years of the start of construction upon the property. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who arranged for the five apartment...
  • Obama Leaks Risk National Security For Political Gain

    06/04/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Security: From leaks about Osama bin Laden to those detailing cyberattacks on Iran, a disturbing pattern of publicly disclosing classified material to give Barack Obama a political boost is emerging. Under this president, our enemies don't need spies. The fact that the Allies in World War II had the ability to intercept and decode German and Japanese military transmissions, leading to critical military victories at Midway and elsewhere, remained a secret until long after World War II was over, and it didn't matter who knew it. "Loose lips sink ships" was then more than a clever wartime slogan. The pattern...
  • Senate Democrats blast national security leak on Iran cyberattack

    06/05/2012 6:38:48 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 8 replies
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday blasted leaks to the press about a cyberattack against Iran and warned the disclosure of President Obama’s order could put the United States at risk of a retaliatory strike. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said the leak about the attack on Iran’s nuclear program could “to some extent” provide justification for copycat attacks against the United States. “This is like an avalanche. It is very detrimental and, candidly, I found it very concerning,” Feinstein said. “There’s no question that this kind of thing hurts our country.”
  • Palestinians: US refugee bill may delay peace

    06/05/2012 5:16:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-5-12 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    06/05/2012 04:36 Legislation would force State Department to differentiate between Palestinian refugees and descendants of refugees. WASHINGTON – Palestinian advocates are warning that a new US Senate amendment dictating a reporting requirement on the issue of Palestinian refugees could set back efforts to reach a peace deal. The amendment to a bill, recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, mandates that the secretary of state must report how many of the Palestinians serviced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency fled or left homes in Israel during the War of Independence and how many are only their descendants. Related:...
  • Palestinian female Olympian: 'Miracles do happen'

    06/05/2012 4:44:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | May 17, 2012 | Matthew Chance and Caroline Cheese
    (CNN) -- Woroud Sawalha knows she won't win a medal at the London Olympics. She isn't likely to get beyond the first round of the 800 meters. But for the 20-year-old and her three teammates, just competing under the Palestinian flag is a source of pride. The appearance itself is controversial: the U.N. does not recognize a Palestinian state but athletes have been allowed to compete under a Palestinian flag by the International Olympic Committee and soccer's ruling body FIFA since 1996 and 1998 respectively. "It means a lot for me that I am female and representing Palestine," she told...
  • WASHINGTON TIMES PRINTING NAZI PROPAGANDA (re Serbia)

    06/05/2012 4:01:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    JuliaGorin.com ^ | 6*5*12 | Julia Gorin
    Republican Riot Saying it, so you don’t have to. June 04th 2012 06:49:15 AM WASHINGTON TIMES PRINTING NAZI PROPAGANDA Posted by Julia Gorin  Well we knew it wouldn’t be long. If nationalists win a Serbian election, it follows that there will be an article in the Washington Times by Croatian-supremacist Jeffrey Kuhner, as usual angling for a new war against Serbia — by making the argument that Serbia wants it. As a typical rapist would.Below is the letter I submitted to Washington Times, followed by a deconstruction of Kuhner’s latest excuse for Serbia needing another good bombing. Dear Editor:Are...