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jeudi 9 septembre 2010

L'Autre Monde 9 septembre 2010: Recrutement militaire dans les écoles; tout le monde doit être un héros

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L'Autre Monde 9 septembre 2010: Recrutement militaire dans les écoles; tout le monde doit être un héros


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L'Autre Monde 9 septembre 2010

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Au programme cette semaine, 9 septembre 2010:


Toutes les nouvelles les plus importantes de l'actualité mondiale; en plus d'un tour d'horizon de ce qui se passe au Moyen-Orient et un dossier spécial sur le recrutement militaire en milieu scolaire.

Soyez de la partie les jeudis dès 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l'UQÀM, l'alternative à Montréal et dans le monde!



***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui:


« En ces temps d'imposture universelle, dire la vérité est un acte révolutionnaire » George Orwell



Économie:


Three great waves ... IRS

Webmaster's Commentary:

The bankrupted government is about to wallop you with the largest tax increase in US history.


Construction Spending in U.S. Fell Twice as Much as Forecast

Construction spending in July fell twice as much as forecast, led by a slump in homebuilding that will depress U.S. economic growth.

The 1 percent drop brought spending to $805.2 billion, the lowest level in a decade, after a revised 0.8 percent drop in June that wiped out a previously estimated gain, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Spending on federal government projects fell by the most in a year.

Webmaster's Commentary:

We are not in a "recession", as those in Washington would like to characterize what's happening with the economy right now; we are in a full-on, melt-down depression.


2010-2012 deepening Banking Crisis - second wave of $1.5 trillion home loan defaults


15 Economic Statistics That Just Keep Getting Worse

It is the private sector that actually creates wealth. But unfortunately, over the last several decades we have allowed that wealth to become highly concentrated. Now the giant global predator corporations have decided that American workers aren't really that desirable after all. They are slowly taking away their factories and their offices and they are moving them to where people are willing to work for one-tenth the pay.

So where does that leave middle class American "consumers"?

Well, it leaves us in a world of hurt.

The following are 15 key economic statistics that just keep getting worse and which reveal the horrific economic plight in which we now find ourselves....


Illinois can't even pay office utility bills for legislators

Dave Luechtefeld was in session in Springfield earlier this year when he got a call from his secretary back in his district office.

She was calling from her cell phone because the district office phones, which are paid for by the state of Illinois, had been disconnected for nonpayment.


US sees 54,000 jobs lost in August

The US economy shed another 54,000 jobs in August, the third month in a row that jobs have been lost, official figures have shown.


More than 400 US Banks Will Fail: Roubini

CNBC Senior News Editor

Even if the US and European economies manage to avoid a double dip, it will still feel like a recession, while more than half of the 800-plus US banks on the "critical list" are likely to go bust, according to renowned economist Nouriel Roubini of Roubini Global Economics.

The second half of the year will remain weak as tailwinds become headwinds, Roubini told CNBC on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the Ambrosetti Forum economics conference.

"In the second half, fiscal policy becomes a headwind, no more cash for clunkers," Roubini said. "The positive scenario is that growth will be below par."

Roubini recently said the chance of a double-dip recession in the US was now more than 40 percent.

"The big risk is that there will be a downturn in markets that could impact the bond, the equity and the credit markets," he said.

“Job losses have been higher, the US jobs number will show that. There is no private sector jobs growth," he said. "Consumption is weak, exports are weak and housing is weak."

"If there is no final sales and no final demand, companies will not invest," he added.


Obama vows to expand 'thriving middle class'

US President Barack Obama on Saturday vowed to expand a prosperous middle class and help his compatriots achieve the American Dream as the country prepared to celebrate Labor Day.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Don't listen to what the man says: watch what he does.

His domestic policies have all but obliterated the middle class in this country, and the triple tax whammy people are going to experience come the first of the year will be the sucker punch to the economic gut that will finish the job!



Actualité:


Indonesian volcano blows again, biggest eruption yet

An Indonesian volcano that lay dormant for 400 years shot ash 5 km (3 miles) into the air on Tuesday, its biggest eruption since it became active last week, and experts warned of more blasts to come.

Mount Sinabung, in northern Sumatra island, first erupted on August 29. Villages on its slopes have been evacuated and around 24,500 people are living in refugee camps, disaster officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Mount Sinabung is adjacent to Lake Toba, the remains of a supervolcano whose last eruption produced an extinction level event. While the corporate media has not mentioned the problem (until Al Gore figures out a way to put a tax on it), the frequency of large earthquakes has been rising in the last several months.


New Zealand earthquake rips a new fault line across the world... moving one side of the earth 11ft to the right

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1309194/New-Zealand-earthquake-rips-new-fault-line-world--moving-earth-11ft-right.html

New Zealand's powerful earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted railway lines around Christchurch ripped a new 11ft wide fault line in the earth's surface, a geologist said today.

2010 Earthquake Frequency Graphic

Source: USGS

We’ve gone from a couple Mag 7 earthquakes every other month to 2-3 per month. I can predict right now that September will have at least three Mag 7+ quakes. Before the end of the year, not a week will go by without a Mag 7+ quake.

In a sane world, CERN would be shut down right after that. In our world, the CERNiacs will continue to insist that everything is okay and the politicians will play along. They will blast a hole in the Pacific Ocean where New Zealand used to be before they admit to a mistake of this enormity.

Not that it really matters in the Really Big Picture. The black holes being created now are trivial in comparison to the size of the cumulative black hole already eating at the center of the Earth.

You know how everybody is talking about December 21, 2012? I hope we have that long. The timeline is not encouraging.


Magnitude 6.2 - FIJI REGION


Magnitude 6.2 - VANUATU


Scientists develop fuel cells powered by urine

Efforts to develop alternative, renewable forms of energy have taken a whole new direction as researchers from the University of Edinburgh's School of Engineering and Physical Sciences recently announced a strange, almost humorous, new way to develop energy. Shanwen Tao and Rong Lan, two postdoctoral chemists from the university, have developed fuel cell prototypes that they say run on urine, converting it to both electricity and clean water.


Terry Jones veut brûler le Coran... "sinon nous allons finir comme l’Europe" !

Le 11 septembre 2010 risque d’être assez rock’n roll. Après la polémique soulevée par le projet de grande mosquée près de Ground Zero, des fanatiques évangéliques ont promis pour ce jour si symbolique un autodafé qui risque d’embraser le monde musulman. Le Dove World Outreach Center ("Centre colombe pour aider le monde"), église baptiste située en Floride, prévoit de brûler en public un exemplaire du Coran samedi à l’occasion du neuvième anniversaire des attentats du 11-Septembre.

Le pasteur de l’église, Terry Jones, a assuré sur la chaîne CNN sa détermination à mener à bien son projet, malgré les vives inquiétudes exprimées par le chef des forces internationales en Afghanistan, le général David Petraeus, concernant les conséquences de cet acte sur les troupes américaines. La Constitution américaine garantit à Terry Jones le droit de brûler un Coran s’il le souhaite. Et les pasteurs de l’église "Dove World outreach center" sont convaincus que c’est Dieu qui les appelle à ce geste destructeur. Rien ne semble donc en mesure de les arrêter.

Evangélistes illuminés

Il faut signaler que CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network) est une chaîne du câble qui se revendique très explicitement chrétienne. Elle a été fondée en 1960 par Pat Robertson, un télévangéliste protestant de confession baptiste (comme Terry Jones). Pat Robertson appartient à un courant appelé "sionisme chrétien" qui pense que la colonisation juive des territoires palestiniens et le rassemblement des juifs en terre sainte sont une condition du retour de Jésus sur terre (retrouvez le numéro de Là-bas si j’y suis consacré à ce sujet). Opposé à la séparation de l’Église et de l’État, à l’homosexualité et à l’avortement, Robertson est membre du Parti républicain, dont il fut un candidat malheureux à l’investiture pour l’élection présidentielle américaine de 1988.

Dans son livre New World Order il affirme que juifs, franc-maçons et illuminatis conspirent pour parvenir à la domination mondiale. Pat Robertson a fait scandale en appelant à l’assassinat d’Hugo Chavez, mais aussi en affirmant que l’accident vasculaire d’Ariel Sharon était une punition de Dieu, suite à sa décision de se retirer de la bande de Gaza en 2005. Il a aussi déclaré, après le tremblement de terre en Haïti, que les habitants de l’île étaient damnés pour avoir pactisé avec le diable au moment de leur révolte face à la présence française qui déboucha sur leur indépendance en 1804.

Cette histoire concerne 50 ploucs Américains ; pourtant elle fait le tour des médias occidentaux et est relayé par les plus grands responsables politiques et religieux us. Si ce n’est pas la preuve qu’on essaye de monter une guerre de religion de toutes pièces....

On va vers une confrontation avec l’Iran ! Ils préparent juste le terrain... Et tous ceux qui relayent l’islamophobie à la mode sont complices !


A Closer Look At Pastor Terry Jones


Koran book burning will endanger American lives, warns Gen Petraeus

The US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that the lives of American troops will be endangered if evangelical Christians in Florida go ahead with plans to burn the Koran on Saturday's ninth anniversary of September 11.

Gen Petraeus said that burning Islam's holy book would be a propaganda coup for the Taliban in Afghanistan and stoke anti-US sentiment across the Muslim world.

"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan," he said.


Five Steps to Burning Books

From a small right-wing church in Florida, there has gone out a call to burn copies of the Quran on September 11. Instead of being ignored as clearly cuckoo, this call won national media coverage.

As the German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine wrote almost two centuries ago,"Those who begin by burning books will end by burning people."The theater piece for which he wrote those words, called "Almansor," was addressing the Inquisition's burning of the Quran. In 1933, university students in Heine's own beloved homeland burned his books, along with many others. They burned people soon after.

Many American religious communities and organizations, as well as secular groups like Common Cause, have condemned this call for burning. The road to burning people is by no means so open here, now, as it was in Germany in 1933.

But still, we need to face the question: How did we get to the point where some Americans would burn a sacred book, and many more oppose the building of a sacred mosque in their own townnot only in Lower Manhattan, but in many other neighborhoods?


I am old enough to remember the last country that thought it was okay to burn books. They wore armbands with Swastikas on them and their leader copied his mustache from the film actor Charlie Chaplin and as I recall they were pretty much jerks in the long run.
Dare we follow their example any further than we already have?


US church defiant despite condemnation of Koran burning

Webmaster's Commentary:

I wonder where was the world's condemnation when Jews were burning the New Testament?

Of course, what is going on here has nothing to do with burning, or religion. There is a new war being sold to the American people; a war on Israel's enemies, a new crusade with nuclear weapons in which the stupid Christians and stupid Muslims will kill each other off leaving the world for the benefit of Eratz Israel.

This is why Jews can burn the bible and scarcely anyone notices, while the mere threat to burn the Quran holds the intense and endless fascination of ABCNNBBCBS.


Orthodox Jewish youths burn New Testaments in Or Yehuda

Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Message to all those Christians out there lured by Israel's whores to burn the Quran; how does it feel when your holy book gets set on fire by the very people you thought were your friends??


Mosque Protesters Now Pointing Old, Rented Missiles at Park51

Webmaster's Commentary:

If those were Muslims pointing a military missile at a synagogue, imagine how ABCNNBBCBS would react!


Jehovah’s Witnesses Mad That Atheists Won’t Keep Their Views to Themselves

You can now download the latest issue of Awake, the Jehovah’s Witness’s strange little magazine. The theme of this issue is those marching militant atheists, so it’s a little bit personal.

Unfortunately, I was only able to read as far as the second sentence before I was blinded by the irony.

A new group of atheists has arisen in society. Called the new atheists, they are not content to keep their views to themselves.

That’s right. The door-knockin’, rabidly proselytizing cult is rebuking atheists for not keeping their views to themselves.

I guess that’s fair. Twice now I’ve watched in anticipation as the local JWs do their thing, working their way up the street, only to see them look at my house, check a piece of paper they carried with them, and turn around to leave. There was also a third time when a couple actually knocked on my door, started their little spiel, and I interrupted them to tell them I was an atheist, would they like to come in and talk about freedom from religion? And they ran away.

So it’s true, I suppose, that they do have limits on the expression of their views.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Then quit pounding on my door all the time!


Marc Emery to be locked up for 5 years in Seattle: Prosecuter agrees American Marijuana laws are dangerous and wrong

By John McKay

I don’t smoke pot. And I pretty much think people who do are idiots.

This certainly includes Marc Emery, the self-styled “Prince of Pot” from Canada whom I indicted in 2005 for peddling marijuana seeds to every man, woman and child with an envelope and a stamp. Emery recently pleaded guilty and will be sentenced this month in Seattle, where he faces five years in federal prison. If changing U.S. marijuana policy was ever Emery’s goal, the best that can be said is that he took the wrong path.

As Emery’s prosecutor and a former federal law-enforcement official, however, I’m not afraid to say out loud what most of my former colleagues know is true: Our marijuana policy is dangerous and wrong and should be changed through the legislative process to better protect the public safety.


Marijuana better than pharmaceuticals at treating chronic pain, improving mood

Experts from different persuasions often argue about the alleged benefits of using marijuana for pain relief, but a new study out of McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University (MU) has conclusively found that cannabis, the genus name for marijuana, is better than pharmaceutical drugs at relieving chronic neurological pain, and without all the harmful side effects.


64 year old Tasered in own home

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A lawsuit has been launched against the sheriff's office in Marin County, Calif., over an episode in which deputies barged uninvited into a 64-year-old man's home and shot him three times with a Taser, screaming "stop resisting" while the incapacitated victim writhed in pain on the floor.


Seattle Police TASER Man To Death For Refusing To Leave Apartment


Man sues Marin sheriff after being Tased 3 times at home


WA Police TASER Another Man To Death


96 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States

Today we added Adam Colliers (Gold Bar, WA) as the 96th taser-death on our list since January 2009. Something is wrong in America when the police electrocute folks on a WEEKLY basis with their taser arsenal ... and the public is mute in its response.


Analysis: Taser-related deaths in US accelerating

A 2008 report (PDF) from Amnesty International found 351 Taser-related deaths in the US between June, 2001 and August, 2008, a rate of just slightly above four deaths per month.


G20 detainees seek $115M in class action

Recours collectif

A $115-million class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of more than 1,100 people who were arrested or detained or whose business was vandalized during the G20 summit in June.

According to lawyer David Midanik, the 41-page brief to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice asks the court to declare that the constitutional and civil rights of 1,150 people, some of whom were arrested, were violated during the summit.

The suit names the police services boards of Toronto and Peel and the attorney general of Canada.

The class action has not been certified and none of the claims has been proven in court.


LA: Israeli charged with human-trafficking

Mordechai Orian, CEO of manpower firm, suspected of forcing 400 Thai laborers to work on US farms


Trapped Chilean Miners Denied Pay While Underground

The 33 men trapped 2,258 feet below ground in a Chilean mine recently found out that they would be receiving no pay from the company responsible for their ordeal.

Union official Evelyn Olmos stated that San Esteban, the company that operates the mine, has said it has no money to pay their wages and absorb lawsuits, and is not even participating in the rescue (Daily Mail).

Webmaster's Commentary:

Unflipping believable.

One has to wonder just how cozy the mine owners, Alejandro Bohn, and Marcelo Kemeny, are with the current Chilean government, and the Sernageomin (Chile's National Geology and Mine Service).

It is also interesting to note that the current President of Chile, President Pinera, a direct descendant of Chile's former military dictator, Agusto Pinochet.


CANADA : Le recrutement militaire dans les écoles primaires dénoncé

- 2010-08-29

MONTRÉAL, le 29 août / La Coalition contre le recrutement militaire dans les établissements d’enseignement dénonce les nouvelles pratiques de recrutement de l’armée auprès des jeunes en bas âge. Les syndicats enseignants, associations étudiantes et organismes citoyens membres de la Coalition condamnent spécialement les initiatives de recrutement dans les écoles primaires lancées à l’occasion du centenaire de la marine canadienne.

La marine fait maintenant appel aux enseignants pour faire la promotion de l’engagement militaire dès la maternelle. C’est ce que confirme la nouvelle démarche pédagogique de l’armée destinée aux écoles primaires et secondaires. Les enseignants sont notamment invités à faire venir des recruteurs dans les salles de classe, à présenter des vidéos de recrutement, à valoriser l’engagement dans les cadets de l’armée et même à organiser des visites des bases militaires.

« Il est pour le moins alarmant de remarquer que l’armée recrute, dans nos écoles publiques, des jeunes d’âge mineur », s’inquiète Daniel B. Lafrenière, secrétaire-trésorier de la Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ). « Au lieu de constituer des lieux d’embrigadement pour l’armée, les établissements scolaires devraient être des lieux d’éducation à la paix. »

« L’armée vise clairement à mobiliser les enseignantes et enseignants pour diriger, dès la maternelle, les enfants vers la marine et ses ailes jeunesse que sont les corps de cadets. Jamais nous ne collaborerons à cette initiative d’endoctrinement des jeunes pour la guerre ! », dénonce quant à elle Monique Pauzé, présidente du Syndicat de l’enseignement de Champlain affilié à la CSQ.

Au cours de l’année scolaire à venir, la CSQ poursuivra sa campagne d’opposition sous le thème « Faites l'école, pas la guerre ! » avec ses syndicats affiliés. Le lancement de cette campagne l’an dernier a fait fortement réagir les structures militaires jusqu’au sommet de la chaîne de commandement, ce qui témoigne de son succès à contrer le recrutement dans les écoles et à sensibiliser les jeunes aux questions de paix.

Dès l’âge de neuf ans, les enfants sont sollicités pour joindre un mouvement militaire pour enfants : les Cadets de la Ligue navale. Les jeunes qui s’y joignent portent l’uniforme militaire, côtoient des instructeurs formés par l’armée et participent à des activités sur les infrastructures militaires. On peut d’ailleurs constater que de nombreux cadets font la visite du navire de guerre NCSM Fredericton présent dans le Vieux-Port de Montréal aujourd’hui. Ils sont ainsi exposés aux outils de guerre, conditionnés à l’obéissance et même initiés au maniement des armes.

« L’armée prétend offrir aux jeunes l’éducation à la citoyenneté via les corps de cadets et ses visites dans les écoles. Dans les faits, elle profite du désir des jeunes d’œuvrer pour la paix alors qu’elle les prépare à s’enrôler pour des opérations offensives », affirme Élaine Bertrand, vice-présidente de l’Alliance des professeures et professeurs de Montréal.

« L’armée canadienne exploite tous les moyens possibles pour attirer la jeunesse dans sa plus grande campagne de recrutement depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Nous allons contrer ses initiatives de propagande jusque dans nos écoles primaires », ont conclu les représentants de la Coalition.

Lancée en 2009, la Coalition contre le recrutement militaire dans les établissements d’enseignement regroupe le Centre des ressources sur la non-violence, la Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), la Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN), l'Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), la Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ), et maintenant s’ajoutent la Fédération des femmes du Québec et l’Alliance des professeures et professeurs de Montréal.

Renseignements : Alexandre Vidal, Centre de ressources sur la non-violence, 514-806-6980

Yves Parenteau, Alliance des professeures et professeurs de Montréal, 514-910-3195

Martin Cayouette, Syndicat de l’enseignement de Champlain, 514-220-9257

Daniel Bussières, CSQ, 514-213-6468

Photos et compléments d’information disponibles sur www.AntiRecrutement.Info


RECRUTEMENT DANS LES ÉCOLES PRIMAIRES : Les enseignants sollicités pour gonfler les rangs de la marine canadienne

- 2010-08-29

Le commandant en chef des Forces canadiennes a donné l'ordre à tous les militaires de participer activement au recrutement de la jeunesse en 2006. Les militaires appellent aujourd'hui les enseignants sous les drapeaux : ils doivent contribuer aux efforts de recrutement, dont les cibles sont de plus en plus jeunes. C’est maintenant dès la maternelle que doit se faire la valorisation de l’engagement dans l'armée. Voilà ce que confirme la nouvelle démarche pédagogique, destinée aux enseignants du préscolaire, du primaire et du secondaire publiée par la Défense Nationale à l’occasion du Centenaire de la Marine Canadienne.

Le militarisme chez les tout petits (1)

On retrouve sur le site internet des Forces canadiennes une démarche pédagogique complète destinés aux enseignants qui vise à « mettre en valeur la Marine actuelle et appuyer la Marine du futur ». La première série de leçons visent les jeunes de la maternelle à la quatrième année. Le programme éducatif invite spécifiquement les enseignants à communiquer « avec les affaires publiques, un centre de recrutement, un navire ou une division de la Réserve navale pour qu’une personne de la Marine vienne parler aux élèves ». On encourage même les enseignants à utiliser des « photos, transparents et films de recrutement » du site de recrutement de l’armée pour faire la « présentation des métiers de la Marine canadienne ». Le programme suggère aussi à nos écoles de faire la « distribution d’articles promotionnels » de l’armée auprès des enfants. Comment le fait de montrer des vidéos destinées au recrutement militaire à des enfants de 5 à 9 ans peut-il être dissocié des efforts de recrutement ?

Lors de la dernière leçon du programme, suite à diverses activités de valorisation de l’armée, on demande aux élèves : « Prévoyez-vous vous joindre un jour à la Marine ou aux cadets ?». Comment cette question peut-elle mener à une prise de position libre et éclairée d’un enfant de 5, 7 ou 9 ans ? N’est-ce pas plutôt une forme de manipulation, où l’on suggère directement la réponse ? Cet effort de promotion de l’engagement militaire s’adresse à un public vulnérable, auquel on omet de fournir les informations complètes nécessaires à une prise de position éclairée. Les enseignants de nos écoles publiques devraient-ils servir à l’embrigadement militaire ?

Le plus odieux, c’est l’intention de mobiliser les enseignants pour identifier, dès la maternelle, des recrues potentielles de la Marine et de son aile jeunesse : les corps de cadets. D’un océan à l’autre, ce sont 3 500 enfants de 9 à 12 ans qui sont enrôlés au sein des cadets de la Ligue navale. Lorsqu’ils atteignent la sixième année du primaire, ces jeunes sont ensuite sollicités pour gonfler les rangs de plus de 10 000 cadets de la Marine royale canadienne âgés de 12 à 18 ans. Combien de ces cadets font par la suite la transition pour devenir militaires ? Le bureau des cadets refuse de le dire.

Un organisme civil ? (2)

Le Ministère de la Défense Nationale présente les corps de cadets comme étant « un organisme communautaire et bénévole consacré au développement des ressources, de la vitalité et du leadership chez les jeunes Canadiens ». Dans les faits, cet organisme dépend totalement de l’armée. Il est dirigé à partir des bases militaires et du quartier général de la défense nationale, et les hautes sphères de son commandement relèvent entièrement des Forces Canadiennes. Les corps de cadets de la Ligue navale bénéficient d’infrastructures, de personnel et de financement militaire. Le financement reçu provient majoritairement d’une subvention du ministère de la Défense, de cotisations des autres corps de cadets et de contributions de diverses organisations militaires, dont un fonds « en vertu duquel 17 entreprises de défense doivent verser une cotisation annuelle ». Selon le dernier rapport quinquennal d’évaluation des ligues de cadets, la principale subvention du Ministère de la défense a été renouvelée dans le but d’« améliorer l'accès à des informations cohérentes et fiables
entre la Ligue navale et l’armée, prévenir ainsi la mésinformation et augmenter le nombre de cadets et de bénévoles ». Dans ce contexte, comment peut-on parler d’organismes réellement civils, communautaires et bénévoles ?

Vers la conscription par la pauvreté ?

L’intéressement au domaine militaire par des activités gratuites de loisir attire particulièrement les jeunes des quartiers défavorisés des milieux urbains, tout comme ceux qui habitent des régions à l’économie chancelante. Le rapport de la Défense conclut : « que les collectivités plus petites offrent généralement moins de programmes officiels pour l'épanouissement des jeunes Canadiens que les grands centres. Il est donc clair que les ligues de cadets ont eu un impact sur les collectivités où les opportunités sont moins nombreuses. Les ligues ont atteint les jeunes Canadiens, leur facilitant ainsi l'accès au Mouvement des cadets ». Ainsi l’armée, grâce à son financement colossal, est en mesure d’offrir un programme jeunesse sur l’étendue du territoire canadien, ce qu’aucun autre organisme bénévole n’a les moyens de faire.

Soulignons que Ligue Navale du Canada est également un lobby militariste. L'institution vise à influencer la prise de décision politique en faveur de l'investissement dans la marine. En plus de son mandat d'accroître le niveau de soutien à l'égard du Mouvement des cadets, la Ligue Navale est membre de la Conférence des associations de la défense, le plus puissant lobby militariste au Canada, dont on voit les régulièrement les porte parole commenter l’actualité dans les médias. Quand un jeune s'enrôle dans les cadets de la ligue navale, il doit adhérer à ce lobby en plus de porter allégeance à la reine du Royaume-Uni. Dans le formulaire d’inscription des enfants de neuf ans dans les cadets ont peut lire : « je promets de faire honneur à la reine, de me conduire de façon à honorer mon pays … et de donner mon appui à la Ligue navale du Canada au meilleur de mes capacités ». Manifestement, l'engagement militaire débute à la petite école.

C’est sous le slogan « Commémorons, célébrons et engageons-nous », qu’est souligné le centenaire de la marine canadienne jusque dans les écoles primaires. Face à une population réfractaire à l’engagement dans des guerres d’invasion, l’armée doit raffiner ses techniques de recrutement. On finance donc, à grands frais, l’endoctrinement militaire en très bas âge.

Célébrons cent ans à endoctriner nos jeunes pour la guerre.

Sources:

1. Matériel éducatif des Forces canadiennes, disponible sur le site web du Centenaire de la marine canadienne
www.navy.forces.gc.ca/centennial/11/11-c_fra.asp?category=99&title=246
2. Évaluation sommative du Programme de subventions pour les bureaux nationaux des ligues de cadets du Canada, disponible sur
www.crs-csex.forces.gc.ca/reports-rapports/2008/147P0854-fra.asp


LE RECRUTEMENT DANS LES ÉCOLES PRIMAIRES - détails et images

Les enseignants sollicités pour gonfler les rangs de la marine


Communiqué - Le recrutement militaire dans les écoles primaires dénoncé

MONTRÉAL, le 29 août / La Coalition contre le recrutement militaire dans les établissements d’enseignement dénonce les nouvelles pratiques de recrutement de l’armée auprès des jeunes en bas âge. Les syndicats enseignants, associations étudiantes et organismes citoyens membres de la Coalition condamnent spécialement les initiatives de recrutement dans les écoles primaires lancées à l’occasion du centenaire de la marine canadienne.


Trousse d'information: les enjeux du recrutement dans les écoles

Consultez notre dossier spécial sur la question.


Coalition contre le recrutement militaire dans les institutions scolaires

Les organisations membres de la Coalition unissent leur voix pour dénoncer les pratiques de recrutement de l'armée dans les écoles secondaires, les cégeps et les universités du Québec.

En savoir plus


Dang Vets - veterans should voluntarily give up their disability benefits to help reduce the deficit.

Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) filling in for Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC breaks down deficit commission head Alan Simpson's latest outrageous comments about how veterans should voluntarily give up their disability benefits to help reduce the deficit.


USA Today Will Reorganize and Shed Jobs

USA Today, embarking on the most extensive reorganization in its 28-year history, announced plans on Friday to shed 9 percent of its workforce and shift its emphasis to digital media operations.

Like other print media companies that have struggled to reckon with falling circulation and declining revenue, USA Today has tried to find a way to remain viable in an era when the kind of general news that it specializes in is available in abundance — and free — elsewhere. While USA Today is still the second most widely circulated newspaper in the country, behind The Wall Street Journal, that circulation has been in steep decline.


ABC News to cut half its domestic correspondents, close bricks-and-mortar bureaus [Updated]

As part of the deep cuts announced this week at ABC News, the network plans to close all of its physical bureaus around the country except Washington and halve the number of its domestic correspondents.


Yes, BBC was biased: Director General Mark Thompson admits a 'massive' lean to Left

BBC Director General Mark Thompson has admitted the corporation was guilty of a 'massive' Left-wing bias in the past.

The TV chief also admitted there had been a 'struggle' to achieve impartiality and that staff were ' mystified' by the early years of Margaret Thatcher's government.

But he claimed there was now 'much less overt tribalism' among the current crop of young journalists, and said in recent times the corporation was a 'broader church'.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Okay, you caught us; we were bad before. But trust us, we are all better now! Really! Honest!!" -- ABCNNBBCBS


Travelling light, Obama-style: 20-vehicle convoy, SWAT team, Air Force One and nuclear codes accompany him on holiday

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1306645/Barack-Obamas-holiday-entourage.html

Webmaster's Commentary:

(Reader comment) You know America is in trouble whenever Obama takes a holiday. It's his way of avoiding problems. Health care being debated..... go on a holiday. Oil spill in gulf.... go on a holiday. Illegal Immigration problems.... Go on a holiday.

This is his 7th or 8th holiday since January. He's making Bush look like a hard worker.

Other security measures in the Presidential limousine include unbreakable tyres, an air filtration system to protect against biological attack and a tear gas cannon.

The rest of the motorcade was made up of four bullet-proof vans filled with secret service agents, two buses for journalists and TV crews and an ambulance with six medics on board.

Additional security was provided in the shape of SWAT team van and a radar-jamming vehicle.

Motorcade: The 20-strong convoy containing the presidential limousine includes an ambulance, right, a radar-jamming vehicle (in front) and a SWAT team van (next)

Protection: Cadillac One, also known as The Beast, has five-inch thick bulletproof glass, tyres that can't be burst and an anti-biological warfare system to keep the President safe

Another member of the entourage is a military officer who carries the codes needed to initiate a nuclear attack.

BREAKING! ANOTHER SHOCKER! A look back to DAY ONE - BHO and Executive Orders - Sealing Records


Parliament Hill was likely target of terror plot


Bomb scare empties flight at Toronto's island airport

Parliament was terror target: expert

Sat Aug 28, 2010

By Ian MacLeod, Kristy Nease and Andrew Seymour

OTTAWA — After an early Friday arrest potentially raised the number of people in an alleged Ottawa terror cell to seven, the Citizen has learned there is a possible eighth conspirator in the suspected bomb plot against Parliament Hill and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Friday’s arrest occured at about 7:30 a.m. when several police vehicles and a heavily armed tactical team converged on a dark coloured Honda in the Hunt Club area of the city.

Police handcuffed the driver and searched the car. RCMP said the man has not been charged yet and as a result his identity is being withheld. Nor would they indicate whether he would be charged.

Three other Canadian men were arrested in Ottawa and London, Ont. Wednesday and Thursday. Three others, believed to be non-citizens and out of the country, are named as unindicted co-conspirators in what police believe was a local terror ring linked to the global Islamist terrorism movement.

Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former senior CSIS counter-terrorism agent and one-time RCMP security service officer, said a source close to the investigation has told him at least one suspect, the alleged ringleader Hiva Alizadeh, 30, used Ottawa Public Library computers to communicate with other members of the Ottawa-based cell.

“He was trying to avoid detection and surveillance,” Juneau-Katsuya said. “They wanted to hit Parliament Hill and there was discussion of going against public transportation in Montreal because one of the guys had studied there and new the system.” He added, “they were not excluding the possibility to some major (OC Transpo) hubs,” in Ottawa.


Police swapped circuit boards ahead of terror arrests

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/police-swapped-circuit-boards-ahead-of-terror-arrests/article1690772/

Suspected detonators were replaced with replicas amid fears they were about to be passed to third parties, sources say.

Police snuck into an Ottawa apartment and replaced dozens of detonation devices with harmless replicas before one of Canada’s biggest-ever terrorism busts.

The swap was made as officers spied on a crucial meeting at which three people are alleged to have voted to plot terrorist violence together.

The Globe and Mail has obtained these insights from people close to RCMP Project Samossa, an investigation involving hundreds of federal agents pursuing alleged “homegrown” terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary:

And... just HOW did the Canadian authorities know what the circuit boards looked like or how they operated ahead of the swap ... unless the authorities provided them in the first place in what looks to me like another entrapment operation for PR purposes! Gotta keep up the BOOGA BOOGA if you want to sell that new war to a war-weary people!


Gates Foundation Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Well, well, well. It’s about time. Kind of like when Fox News gave $1 million in campaign contributions to Republicans. It wasn’t exactly a secret before, but now it’s official. The Gates Foundation just bought a whopping 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with buying stock. My parents hold lots of BP stock, and they are hardly guilty of dumping the 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. But this is one more step in a long line of actions by the Gates Foundation in which it is advocating policies and agricultural technologies that will directly benefit and profit Monsanto while screwing over the most vulnerable people on earth: hungry subsistence farmers in developing countries.


David Rockefellers Speech for Population control

David Rockefeller gives a speech about over population. In this video, you will hear and see him discussing how the U.N. should sustain the population.


30 False Fronts Won Contracts for Blackwater

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/04/world/middleeast/04blackwater.html?_r=3&partner=rss&emc=rss

Blackwater Worldwide created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, according to Congressional investigators and former Blackwater officials.

While it is not clear how many of those businesses won contracts, at least three had deals with the United States military or the Central Intelligence Agency, according to former government and company officials. Since 2001, the intelligence agency has awarded up to $600 million in classified contracts to Blackwater and its affiliates, according to a United States government official.

Webmaster's Commentary:

With the super-cozy relationship between the CIA and Blackwater, little things like extrajudicial assassinations of innocent Iraqi citizens wasn't going to get in Blackwater's way!



RC:


Early Snow in Russia


Early Snow in Norway!

NEDSNØDD: Bilene utenfor Juvasshytta er nedsnødd etter siste døgns snøfall. Foto: Juvasshytta ( Privat )


Low temperatures tie records at LAX, Oceanside

Record low temperatures for the date were tied Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport and Oceanside in San Diego County.


Hot it was not... farewell to coldest August for 17 years

The UK has just endured its coldest August for 17 years, which was marked, say forecasters, by a complete absence of 'hot days'.

The month also saw the lowest single-day August temperature for 23 years, with it falling to 55f (12.8c) in Edgbaston, Birmingham, last Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Where I live in Hawaii, the car thermometer only got into the 90s one day in August. Rest of the time it was mid-80s. As a side note I was at the used DVD store yesterday and there is literally a whole pile of Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" collecting dust on the shelves.


Bracing autumn weather set to continue

Autumn has come early to many parts of Sweden, and according to meteorological office SMHI, it is set to stay with cool temperatures expected for the remained of September.

"It has been an unusually cold start to September in the whole country," said Anna Österman at SMHI.

Northern Sweden officially welcomed the autumn already in mid-August, which is considered normal. By August 24th the autumn had reached as far south as eastern Jämtland and by the end of the month autumn temperatures were being felt as far south as northern Svealand.

The beginning of September has continued in the same vein with temperatures in the first three days of the month at unseasonal lows in many parts.

"In Stockholm it has been three degrees (Celsius) under the average daily temperature. Visby has had two degrees colder as has Sundsvall, Östersun and Umeå," said Österman.

SMHI use the period 1961-1990 as a reference with regards to average temperatures.

Even in the southern areas of the country is has been colder than normal and is set to persist for a while yet.

"Götaland and Svealand will continue to have cooler temperatures than normal over the coming five days. Norrland will however experience more normal temperatures," said Anna Österman.


Scientists Forced To Revise Arctic Sea Ice Projections Upwards

The September Arcus Sea Ice Forecast, August Report, is out, and quite naturally, the doom and gloom projections of a death spiral have returned to the closet, at least until next June.

The mean of the 16 projections provided by scientists is 4.9 +/- 0.51 million square kilometers, which is likely to be lower than what the final result will end up being. The July Report outlook was 4.8 +/- 0.62 million square kilometers. Even that knucklehead Wilson sobered up and realised that his July projection of 1.o million square kilometres was perhaps just a tad too low.


The Cloud Mystery

In this film, the UN climate concensus is seriously challenged - watch it, and judge for yourself. The duration of the documentary is 52 min. and is in 6 parts - called Cloud Mystery 1/6 - 6/6


6 million dead fish, alligators, turtles and dolphins floating down Bolivian rivers

"The extreme cold front that hit Bolivia in mid-July caused water temperatures to dip below the minimum temperatures river life can tolerate. As a consequence, rivers, lakes, lagoons and fisheries are brimming with decomposing fish and other creatures.
Unprecedented
"Nothing like this has ever been seen in this magnitude in Bolivia. Inhabitants of riverside communities report the smell is nauseating and can be detected as far as a kilometer away from river banks.


CLIMATE CHANGE LIES ARE EXPOSED

http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/196642

THE world’s leading climate change body has been accused of losing credibility after a damning report into its research practices.

A high-level inquiry into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found there was “little evidence” for its claims about global warming.

It also said the panel had emphasised the negative impacts of climate change and made “substantive findings” based on little proof.


Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/5067351/Rise-of-sea-levels-is-the-greatest-lie-ever-told.html

Despite fluctuations down as well as up, "the sea is not rising," he says. "It hasn't risen in 50 years." If there is any rise this century it will "not be more than 10cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10cm". And quite apart from examining the hard evidence, he says, the elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by
Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about.


The Great Collapse of the Chicago Climate Exchange

Chicago Climate Exchange or CCX, is North America’s sole voluntary, legally binding greenhouse gas trading and carbon “offset” projects in North America and Brazil. Rueters reported on Aug 11th that Intercontinental Exchange Inc, the operating body for the CCX, will be scaling back major operations this month, a move that includes massive layoffs. This is likely due to the complete market free-fall of their only product… carbon emissions.


Al Gore's global-warming crusade shrinks: Eco-autocrats are exposed as frauds

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/24/al-gores-global-warming-crusade-shrinks/

Poor Al Gore. As if an im- pending divorce and allegations of sexual misconduct from an Oregon masseuse weren't bad enough (he has since been cleared of wrongdoing), the apparent collapse of "cap-and-trade" legislation in the U.S. Senate has driven the former vice president to despair.


Cold empties Bolivian rivers of fish

With high Andean peaks and a humid tropical forest, Bolivia is a country of ecological extremes. But during the Southern Hemisphere's recent winter, unusually low temperatures in part of the country's tropical region hit freshwater species hard, killing an estimated 6 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles and river dolphins.


It's Official: NOAA Finds That Russian Heat Wave Was 100% Natural - CO2 Warming Not Even A Factor

Of course, an actual scientific finding like this crushes the hopes of liberal-left politicians, celebrities and the MSM reporters/pundits everywhere. They are so enamored with the global-warming meme, they literally blame any (every?) earthly condition on it.


Global food shortage fears as Russia extends wheat ban

Vladimir Putin has announced Russia will not lift a ban on grain exports before next year’s harvest, extending the embargo for another year, sparking fears over a global food shortage.

The Russian prime minister said that it was “necessary to note that we will only be able to consider lifting the grain export ban after next year’s harvest ... and we have clarity on the balances”.

---Comment---

Russia has leaders who put Russia first, second, and third. - kdtroxel


Media warming to public's disbelief

After spending years promoting "global warming," the media are beginning to turn in the face of growing evidence that they have been wrong. The London Times recently reported: "Britain's premier scientific institution is being forced to review its statements on climate change after a rebellion by members who question mankind's contribution to rising temperatures."


James Lee, Discovery Channel Hostage Taker, Is From British Columbia?

Webmaster's Commentary:

It's confirmed; the Discovery channel hostage taker is James Lee, who is a global warming cultist!



9/11:


NEWLY RELEASED UNEDITED VIDEO REVEALS WTC 7 EXPLOSION PRECEDES COLLAPSE

Webmaster's Commentary:

All previous versions of this video showing the collapse straight down of WTC7 began after the cave-in of the Penthouse at the top. This unedited video starts before the Penthouse at the top collapses and very clearly one hears the sound of an explosion initiating the collapse sequence.


VIDEO SHOWS FLASHES OF EXPLOSIONS IN WORLD TRADE TOWER.

Webmaster's Commentary:

You have to look closely just above the second ring in the tower. There are at least two quick flashes visible at about the 3 second mark.


Visible Explosion at World Trade Center

An explosion can be seen ejecting a massive object, beginning at about the 0;58 mark.


EXCLUSIVE: New Video of World Trade Center 7 Released Showing Michael Hess Calling Down For Help While He is Stuck in the Building

After the first World Trade Center tower is hit, Barry Jennings, a City Housing Authority worker, and Michael Hess, New York’s corporation counsel, head up to the emergency command center of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is on the 23rd floor of WTC 7. Testimony from Barry Jennings and Michael Hess has rarely been confirmed, until now. This video was just released via a FOIA (freedom of information act request) and New World Order Report has obtained and released it on the internet.

Take a look for yourself. Michael Hess, clearly visible, is stuck in the building. This corroborates the story they told that on the way down trying to evacuate the building, an explosion occurred inside of the building which trapped them. The stairway, where the explosion occurred, blew out the last floors in the stairwell. Barry Jennings gave an exclusive interview with Loose Change creator Dylan Avery where Barry stated that when he was finally found by firefighters, they stepped over dead bodies in the lobby on their way out. After the video publicly aired, Barry Jennings mysteriously died just before the BBC aired a piece about World Trade Center Building 7...


Third plane WTC 911 - never seen

Webmaster's Commentary:

This appears to be the military command aircraft the caller into yesterday's show described, either a NECAP/NAOC or TACAMO.


3rd ("Mystery") Plane Over NYC on 9/11


Shaped Charges and the World Trade Center Collapses

The linear shaped charge demonstrates the sound made by high velocity explosives. The sound which shocked the firefighters is all but identical, thus indicating it was created by a high velocity explosive detonation.

Why were high velocity explosives detonating in the vicinity of the World Trade Center?


Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth: Watch The Ad One Million New Yorkers Will See!

"Our strategy for buying spots is guided by two principles. Firstly, showing it to audiences who will respond productively and influence the public discussion, such as young people, academics, journalists and the political class. And secondly, repetition!"

More info at: http://www.ae911truth.org/news/41-articles/358-watch-the-ad-one-millio...


9-11 TV ad - Building what?

Shaped Charge Explosion Compared to WTC Explosion on 911

" . . . the situation is not of your picking."


Why The Military Knows Israel Did 9/11


Justice Department withheld evidence from 9/11 panel

A U.S. congressman from Virginia charges the Justice Department withheld from Congress and the Sept. 11 Commission key documents concerning the investigation of a fugitive al-Qaida cleric at the heart of the Sept. 11, 2001, plot and other terrorism.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has called on the White House to re-impanel the Sept. 11 Commission to investigate the FBI's post–Sept. 11 probe of Anwar Awlaki, an American-born imam who met privately with some of the Sept. 11 hijackers before fleeing the country and inspiring other terrorists, including the Fort Hood attacker.

Webmaster's Commentary:

See Awlaki American Terrorist - Working for the FBI?? Fox News Notes


9/11: NIST engineer John Gross denies WTC molten steel (extended)

"It's almost a culture of concealment, for lack of a better word. There were interviews made at the FAA's New York center the night of 9/11 and those tapes were destroyed. The CIA tapes of the interrogations were destroyed. The story of 9/11 itself, to put it mildly, was distorted and was completely different from the way things happened."
-- Time magazine article quoting John Farmer, Senior Council to the 9/11 Commission


Dear friends,

Did you know that literally hundreds of respected government officials, professors, and 9/11 survivors and family members have stated there was a major cover-up around 9/11? Did you know that over 1,000 architects and engineers have signed a petition calling for a new investigation into the collapse of the buildings on 9/11? And did you know about the media articles? The below excerpts from eye-opening news articles published on highly respected major media websites raise serious questions about what those in key positions in the U.S. government really knew about 9/11 and who was behind the attacks.

Though this information may be disturbing to read, consider that the more well informed we are, the more effectively we can work together to build a brighter future. By reviewing these articles, verifying them using the links provided, and then spreading the word, you can make a significant difference in helping to make our world a better place to live for all of us. And don't miss the "What you can do" box at the end which provides excellent links to further educate yourself and to spread the word. Thanks for caring, and have a good day.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for PEERS and the WantToKnow.info Team


[9/11] Hijack 'suspects' alive and well
2001-09-23, BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1559151.stm

Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well. The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt. Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September. His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world. He told journalists there that he had nothing to do with the attacks. He has contacted both the Saudi and American authorities. He acknowledges that he attended flight training school at Daytona Beach in the United States, and is indeed the same Waleed Al Shehri to whom the FBI has been referring. But, he says, he left the United States in September last year [and] became a pilot with Saudi Arabian airlines. Abdulaziz Al Omari, another of the Flight 11 hijack suspects ... says he is an engineer with Saudi Telecoms, and that he lost his passport while studying in Denver. Meanwhile ... a London-based Arabic daily says it has interviewed Saeed Alghamdi. He was listed by the FBI as a hijacker in the United flight that crashed in Pennsylvania. And there are suggestions that another suspect, Khalid Al Midhar, may also be alive. FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged on Thursday that the identity of several of the suicide hijackers is in doubt.

Note: Yet these four are all later listed in the 9/11 Commission report as the hijackers. Click here and scroll down a little over half way to see their photos in the official report. For more on this, click here. For an abundance of reliable information suggesting a major 9/11 cover-up, click here.


A New Look at the 9/11 Commission
2009-09-11, Time magazine
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1921659,00.html

Former New Jersey attorney general John Farmer served as senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, tasked with investigating the government response to the attacks. His new book, The Ground Truth, picks up where the commission left off — taking a deeper look at the government's ... response to the attacks and exposing officials determined to hide their failings from the inquiry. Farmer uses newly released transcripts and recordings to cast doubt on the official version of events. He spoke with TIME about the attacks. [Time:] Why do you think officials tried to obscure [the truth about 9/11]? [Farmer:] It's almost a culture of concealment, for lack of a better word. There were interviews made at the FAA's New York center the night of 9/11 and those tapes were destroyed. The CIA tapes of the interrogations were destroyed. The story of 9/11 itself, to put it mildly, was distorted and was completely different from the way things happened. [Time:] Some of the distortions you've discussed have fed various conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. Did you ever see any evidence of a conspiracy? [Farmer:] One of the harmful byproducts of not telling the truth about what happened is that it did fuel all sorts of conspiracy theories about what might have happened. If what the government is telling you isn't true, then the truth could be anything. I think there is evidence that the truth wasn't told and that at least some of that was deliberate.

Note: Many respected scholars, officials and professionals have questioned the 9/11 Commission's report. Click here and here to read some of their statements.


U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba
2001-05-01, ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's ... Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years. The Joint Chiefs even proposed using the potential death of astronaut John Glenn during the first attempt to put an American into orbit as a false pretext for war with Cuba. Should the rocket explode and kill Glenn, they wrote, "the objective is to provide irrevocable proof … that the fault lies with the Communists." The scary thing is none of this stuff comes out until 40 years after.

Note: Many military and political leaders tend to look at the world as a chess board. Sacrificing pawns (innocent civilians) is sometimes necessary to capture the queen. Is it beyond comprehension that this might have been the case with 9/11? And why was ABC the only major news source to report this highly revealing story? To read the shocking declassified documents on Operation Northwoods, click here.


CNN Asks Why Government is Lying about 9/11
2006-08-09, CNN News
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0608/09/ldt.01.html

A shocking new book by the 9/11 Commission co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton says Americans still don't know the whole truth about their government's initial response to those terrorist attacks that day. [The book] outlines repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and Federal Aviation Administration. Fog of war ... could not explain why all of the after-action reports, accident investigations, and public testimony by FAA and NORAD officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue. Untrue -- the military's original timeline of United Flight 93. Equally untrue, the government's timeline for American Flight 77 and details about fighter jets scrambled to intercept it. DOD did not accurately report to the 9/11 Commission on the response to the September 11, 2001 hijackings. So far, government investigators stopped short of calling all of these inaccuracies lies. If all of the after-action reports are untrue, for whatever reason, that's a lie. Incompetence and ineptitude on the part of this government ... in the weeks leading up to 9/11 are established. The fact that the government would permit deception ... the fact that they would continue and perpetuate the lie suggests that we need a full investigation of what is going on and what is demonstrably an incompetent and at worst deceitful federal government.


Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?
2005-01-11, Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/11/opinion/oe-scheer11

Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist? To even raise the question amid all the officially inspired hysteria is heretical. Yet a brilliant new BBC film produced by one of Britain's leading documentary filmmakers systematically challenges this. "The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear" ... argues coherently that much of what we have been told about the threat of international terrorism "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned ... around the world." Why have we heard so much frightening talk about "dirty bombs" when experts say it is panic rather than radioactivity that would kill people? Why did Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claim on "Meet the Press" in 2001 that Al Qaeda controlled massive high-tech cave complexes in Afghanistan, when British and U.S. military forces later found no such thing? The film ... directly challenges the conventional wisdom by making a powerful case that the Bush administration, led by a tight-knit cabal of Machiavellian neoconservatives, has seized upon the false image of a unified international terrorist threat to replace the expired Soviet empire in order to push a political agenda. "The nightmare vision of a uniquely powerful hidden organization waiting to strike our societies is an illusion. Wherever one looks for this Al Qaeda organization, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the 'sleeper cells' in America, the British and Americans are chasing a phantom enemy."

Note: If above link fails, click here. This highly revealing film by one of Britain's most respected documentary makers is available for free viewing on the Internet. For the link and lots more on this amazingly revealing documentary, click here. For an excellent review of the film in one of the U.K.'s leading newspapers, click here.


9/11 conspiracy theorists multiply
2006-09-08, MSNBC/Washington Post
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14723997

A recent Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll of 1,010 Americans found that 36 percent suspect the U.S. government promoted the attacks or intentionally sat on its hands. Sixteen percent believe explosives brought down the towers. A Zogby International poll of New York City residents two years ago found 49.3 percent believed the government "consciously failed to act." The loose agglomeration known as the "9/11 Truth Movement" has stopped looking for truth from the government. The academic wing is led by [Prof. David Ray] Griffin, who founded the Center for a Postmodern World at Claremont University; James Fetzer, a tenured philosopher at the University of Minnesota; and Daniel Orr, the retired chairman of the economics department at the University of Illinois. The movement's de facto minister of engineering is Steven Jones, a tenured physics professor at Brigham Young University, who's ... concluded that the collapse of the twin towers is best explained as controlled demolition. Catherine Austin Fitts served as assistant secretary of housing in the first President Bush's administration. [Robert] Bowman was chief of advanced space programs under presidents Ford and Carter. Fitts and Bowman agree that the "most unbelievable conspiracy" theory is the one retailed by the government. It was a year before David Ray Griffin, an eminent liberal theologian and philosopher, began his stroll down the path of disbelief. He wondered why ... military jets failed to intercept even one airliner. He read the 9/11 Commission report with a swell of anger. Contradictions were ignored and no military or civilian official was reprimanded. Griffin's book, "The New Pearl Harbor" ... never reviewed in a major U.S. newspaper, sold more than 100,000 copies and became a movement founding stone.

Note: If the above link fails, click here.


Connections And Then Some
2003-03-14, Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A25...

The Carlyle Group [is] an investment house famous as one of the most well-connected companies anywhere. Former president George H.W. Bush is a Carlyle adviser. Former British prime minister John Major heads its European arm. Former secretary of state James Baker is senior counselor, former White House budget chief Richard Darman is a partner, former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt is senior adviser -- the list goes on. Those associations have brought Carlyle enormous success. The Washington-based merchant bank controls nearly $14 billion in investments, making it the largest private equity manager in the world. It buys and sells whole companies the way some firms trade shares of stock. But the connections also have cost Carlyle. It has developed a reputation as the CIA of the business world -- omnipresent, powerful, a little sinister. Media outlets from the Village Voice to BusinessWeek have depicted Carlyle as manipulating the levers of government from shadowy back rooms. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) even suggested that Carlyle's and Bush's ties to the Middle East made them somehow complicitous in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It didn't help that as the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, 2001, the news interrupted a Carlyle business conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here attended by a brother of Osama bin Laden. Former president Bush, a fellow investor, had been with him at the conference the previous day. Bush['s] primary function is to give speeches for Carlyle that attract wealthy foreigners in places where the former president is especially revered, such as Asia. The company has rewarded its faithful with a 36 percent average annual rate of return.

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9/11 third tower mystery 'solved'
2008-07-04, BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7485331.stm

The 47-storey third tower, known as Tower Seven, collapsed seven hours after the twin towers. Investigators are expected to say ordinary fires on several different floors caused the collapse. Conspiracy theorists have argued that the third tower was brought down in a controlled demolition. Unlike the twin towers, Tower Seven was not hit by a plane. The National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] ... is expected to conclude in its long-awaited report this month that ordinary fires caused the building to collapse. That would make it the first and only steel skyscraper in the world to collapse because of fire. [NIST's] lead investigator, Dr Shyam Sunder, spoke to BBC Two's "The Conspiracy Files": "Our working hypothesis now actually suggests that it was normal building fires that were growing and spreading throughout the multiple floors that may have caused the ultimate collapse of the buildings." However, a group of architects, engineers and scientists say the official explanation that fires caused the collapse is impossible. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth argue there must have been a controlled demolition. The founder of the group, Richard Gage, says the collapse of the third tower is an obvious example of a controlled demolition using explosives. "Building Seven is the smoking gun of 9/11. A sixth grader can look at this building falling at virtually freefall speed, symmetrically and smoothly, and see that it is not a natural process. Buildings that fall in natural processes fall to the path of least resistance", says Gage, "they don't go straight down through themselves."

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Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto: Osama bin Laden is Dead
2007-11-02, BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7070000/newsid_7075800/7075843.stm

David Frost: Does anyone know exactly who was responsible for this assassination attempt? There is one report that said that you arranged to send President Musharraf a letter ... in the event of your death by assassination, urging him to investigate certain individuals in his government. Is that true? Benazir Bhutto: Yes it is true that I wrote to General Musharraf. I feel these are the forces that really want to stop not just me, but the democratic process and the will of the people [from] triumphing. David Frost: In terms of these three people you mentioned where they members of or associated with the government? Benazir Bhutto: One of them is a very key figure in security. He is a former military officer. He is someone who has had dealings with Jaish-e-Mohammad, one of the band [of] groups of Maulana Masood Azhar, who was in an Indian jail for decapitating three British tourists and three American tourists. And he also had dealings with Omar Shiekh, who murdered Osama bin Laden.

Note: The key statement on bin Laden's murder happens at minute five in the video at the above link. If the link fails, click here. For a Jan. 9, 2010 BBC article also suggesting bin Laden may be dead and his death covered up, click here. Bhutto was assassinated not long after this interview on Dec. 27, 2007.


Is Osama Bin Laden dead or alive?
2010-01-09, BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8444069.stm

Osama Bin Laden died eight years ago during the battle for Tora Bora in Afghanistan, either from a US bomb or from a serious kidney disease. Or so the conspiracy theory goes. The theory that has developed on the web since 9/11 is that US intelligence services are manufacturing the Bin Laden statements ... to justify the so-called war on terror in Afghanistan, Iraq and back at home. Numerous audio and video statements purporting to be from Bin Laden have been released, but their authenticity has been continually questioned. The veracity of all of the videos is questioned by David Ray Griffin, a former theology professor and member of the 9/11 Truth Movement, which also questions mainstream accounts of the attack on the World Trade Centre. "None of them can be proven to be authentic," he says. "At least three of them can be shown to be almost certainly fake. And if somebody is faking Bin Laden videos, then that leads to the suspicion that all the videos and audio tapes have been faked." His first example is a video released by the US Department of Defense in December 2001. In it, [the] Bin Laden [figure] confesses to 9/11, yet Mr Griffin points out that al-Qaeda has only rarely admitted responsibility for terrorist attacks. He also maintains that the Bin Laden figure looks very different to previous footage - fatter, with shorter fingers, and that he is even writing with the wrong hand.

Note: To see how easily audio and video materials can be faked, read excerpts from this Washington Post article. WantToKnow team member David Ray Griffin has written extensively about the evidence regarding whether Osama bin Laden is alive or dead, including his recent book, Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?


Tenet told 9/11 panel that he warned Rice of Al Qaeda
2006-10-03, Boston Globe/Washington Post
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/10/03/tenet_told_9...

Former CIA director George Tenet told the 9/11 Commission that he had warned of an imminent threat from Al Qaeda in a July 2001 meeting with Condoleezza Rice, adding that he believed Rice took the warning seriously, according to a transcript of the interview and the recollection of a commissioner who was there. The meeting has become the focus of a fierce and often confusing round of finger-pointing involving Rice, the White House, and the 9/11 Commission, all of whom dispatched staffers to the National Archives and other locations yesterday in attempts to sort out what had occurred. Members of the commission, an independent bipartisan panel created by Congress to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, have said for days that they were not told about the July 10 meeting and were angry at being left out. As recently as yesterday afternoon, both commission chairman Thomas H. Kean and vice chairman Lee Hamilton said they believed the panel had not been told about the July 10 meeting. But it turns out that the panel was, in fact, told about the meeting, according to the interview transcript and Democratic commission member Richard Ben-Veniste, who sat in on the interview with Tenet. Rice added to the confusion yesterday by strongly suggesting that the meeting may never have occurred at all, even though administration officials had conceded for several days that it had.

Note: Could it be possible that some of our nation's top leaders are lying? How could they have just forgotten about such important matters? For lots more see http://www.WantToKnow.info/911information.


Why I Resigned From the CIA
2004-12-05, Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-scheuer5dec05,1,471321...

Michael Scheuer, a 22-year veteran of the CIA, wrote "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror." Between January 1996 and June 1999 I was in charge of running operations against Al Qaeda from Washington. When it comes to this small slice of the large U.S. national security pie, I speak with firsthand experience (and for several score of CIA officers) when I state categorically that during this time senior White House officials repeatedly refused to act on sound intelligence that provided multiple chances to eliminate Osama bin Laden — either by capture or by U.S. military attack. I witnessed and documented, along with dozens of other CIA officers, instances where life-risking intelligence-gathering work of the agency's men and women in the field was wasted. I was never charged with deciding whether to act against Bin Laden. That decision properly belongs solely to senior White House officials. However, as a now-private American citizen, it is my right to question their judgment; I am entitled to know why the protection of Americans — most selfishly, my own children and grandchildren — was not the top priority of the senior officials who refused to act on the opportunities to attack Bin Laden provided by the clandestine service. Each of these officials have publicly argued that the intelligence was not "good enough" to act, but they almost always neglect to say that they were repeatedly advised that the intelligence was not going to get better and that Bin Laden was going to kill thousands of Americans if he was not stopped.

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The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket
2004-10-19, Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2004/oct/19/opinion/oe-scheer19

It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. "It is infuriating that a report which shows that high-level people were not doing their jobs in a satisfactory manner before 9/11 is being suppressed," an intelligence official who has read the report told me. [The] release of the report, which represents an exhaustive 17-month investigation by an 11-member team within the agency, has been "stalled." First by acting CIA Director John McLaughlin and now by Porter J. Goss, the former Republican House member (and chairman of the Intelligence Committee) who recently was appointed CIA chief. The official stressed that the report was more blunt and more specific than the earlier bipartisan reports produced by the Bush-appointed Sept. 11 commission and Congress. "The report found very senior-level officials responsible." By law, the only legitimate reason the CIA director has for holding back such a report is national security. None of this should surprise us given the Bush administration's great determination since 9/11 to resist any serious investigation. The president fought against the creation of the Sept. 11 commission, for example, agreeing only after enormous political pressure was applied by a grass-roots movement led by the families of those slain. And then Bush refused to testify to the commission under oath. Instead he deigned only to chat with the commission members, with Vice President Dick Cheney present, in a White House meeting in which commission members were not allowed to take notes.

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Transcript: Rice's Testimony on 9/11 (for 9/11 Commissioner Lehman)
2004-04-08, Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61252-2004Apr8_4.html

LEHMAN. Were you told that there were numerous young Arab males in flight training? RICE. I was not. LEHMAN. Were you told that the red team in F.A.A. for 10 years had reported ... that the U.S. airport security system never got higher than 20 percent effective. RICE. To the best of my recollection I was not told that. LEHMAN. Were you aware that I.N.S. had quietly internally halved its internal security enforcement budget? RICE. I was not made aware of that. LEHMAN. Were you aware that it was the U.S. government established policy not to question or oppose the sanctuary policies [which] prohibited the local police from cooperating at all with federal immigration authorities? RICE. I do not believe I was aware of that. LEHMAN. Were you aware of a program that was well established that allowed Saudi citizens to get visas without interviews? RICE. I learned of that after 9/11. LEHMAN. Were you aware of the extensive activities [of] the Saudi government in supporting over 300 radical teaching schools and mosques around the country, including right here in the United States? Were you aware at the time of the fact that Saudi Arabia ... had in their custody the C.F.O. [Chief Financial Officer] and the closest confidante of Al Qaeda, of Osama bin Laden, and that they refused direct access to the United States? RICE. I don't remember anything of that kind. LEHMAN. Were you aware that they would not cooperate and give us access to the perpetrators of the Cobar Towers attack? RICE. I was very involved in issues concerning Cobar Towers. LEHMAN. Were you aware that it was the policy of the Justice Department ... to fine airlines if they have more than two young Arab males in secondary questioning? RICE. No.

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Experts Urging Broader Inquiry In Towers' Fall
2001-12-25, New York Times
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40A11FB3E550C768EDDAB0994D94...

Saying that the current investigation into how and why the twin towers fell on Sept. 11 is inadequate, some of the nation's leading structural engineers and fire-safety experts are calling for a new, independent and better-financed inquiry that could produce the kinds of conclusions vital for skyscrapers and future buildings nationwide. Experts critical of the current effort ... point out that the current team of 20 or so investigators has no subpoena power and little staff support and has even been unable to obtain basic information like detailed blueprints of the buildings that collapsed. Some structural engineers have said that one serious mistake has already been made ... the decision to rapidly recycle the steel columns, beams and trusses that held up the buildings. Interviews with a handful of members of the team, which includes some of the nation's most respected engineers, also uncovered complaints that they had at various times been shackled with bureaucratic restrictions that prevented them from interviewing witnesses, examining the disaster site and requesting crucial information like recorded distress calls to the police and fire departments. Members have been threatened with dismissal for speaking to the press.

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How NORAD Radar Screens Displayed False Tracks All Through the 9/11 Attacks

Military personnel responsible for defending U.S. airspace had false tracks displayed on their radar screens throughout the entire duration of the 9/11 attacks, as part of the simulation for a training exercise being conducted that day. Technicians at NORAD's Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) were still receiving the simulated radar information around the time the third attack, on the Pentagon, took place. Those at NORAD's operations center in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, were still receiving it several minutes after United Airlines Flight 93 apparently crashed in rural Pennsylvania.
No one has investigated why false tracks continued being injected onto NORAD radar screens long after the U.S. military was alerted to the real-world crisis taking place that morning. And yet we surely need to know more about these simulated "inputs" and what effect they had on the military's ability to respond to the 9/11 attacks.


9/11 News Videos Reporting WTC Explosions

"They won't let me go any closer. No-one can go in and get the people out. There's small explosions still going on."


NIST piles it higher and deeper: structural engineer Anders Björkman refutes Dr. Zdenek Bazant

Björkman became a formal critic of the “Progressive Collapse” or “Piledriver” theory promoted by Dr. Zdenek Bazant, a consultant for the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) in its work on 9-11. The Piledriver Theory basically says that prolonged heating weakened the support columns of a single floor which caused the upper section to crush what was below it in a chain-reaction all the way to the bottom.
"I explained on my website that you cannot destroy a building by dropping the top on the bottom; you have to destroy it from the bottom,” Björkman said. “Then a lot of people criticized that and said, ‘But Dr. Bazant says the opposite, and he has written all these papers,’ so of course I looked at these papers, and said, ‘This Bazant is nonsense.’ But others said, 'But he’s peer-reviewed. It has been published in a scientific journal—the Journal of Engineering Mechanics.’”


Lebanese intelligence discovers links between Mossad network and 9/11 false flag operatives

WMR has learned from its Lebanese intelligence sources that the Lebanese government is coming to realize that Israeli intelligence penetration of all political groups in the country is worse than originally believed.

Flashback: Mossad Link Found to One of Key 9-11 Hijackers

A NEW ISRAELI CONNECTION to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 has recently been unveiled. Buried in a New York Times story on Feb. 19 was the eye-opening revelation that a Lebanese Muslim Arab who has been taken into custody by the Lebanon—which has accused him of being a spy for some 25 years for Israeli intelligence—just happens to be a cousin of one of the Muslims alleged to have been one of the 9-11 hijackers.


Glenn Beck: "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9/11 victims"

While conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck is holding his rally on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, the same location where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I have a dream” speech, and on the anniversary date of this speech, it is important for us to remind our readers of what Glenn Beck has said regarding the 9/11 victims and their families.

This is an audio excerpt from Beck's radio show which aired on September 9, 2005 in which he also rants against the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

“You know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year. [...] And when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, "Oh shut up!" I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining. And we did our best for them.” — Glenn Beck


Mosque Protesters Now Pointing Old, Rented Missiles at Park51

Fast Company's Mark Borden tweets this terrifying photo of a rented, decommissioned missile that "Ground Zero" "Mosque" protesters are driving around the proposed Islamic community center site today, and perhaps indefinitely. Take that, "productive interfaith dialogue" prospects!

Webmaster's Commentary:

If those were Muslims diving that missile around New York, what do you think the reaction of ABCNNBBCBS would be?



Pakistan:


Suspected US missile attacks rock NW Pakistan

Two suspected U.S. missile strikes hit militant targets in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, bringing to six the number of such attacks in the region in less than a week. At least 10 suspected members of a group attacking NATO forces in Afghanistan were killed.

Webmaster's Commentary:

They are not suspected of being dead, only that it is suspected that the US maybe might have had a really good reason to blow them all to bloody bits.


UN: 1 million more displaced by Pakistan floods

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis fled floodwaters Friday after the surging River Indus smashed through levees in two places, but many refused to leave the danger zone while others took shelter in an ancient graveyard for Muslim saints.

The new flooding came after the Taliban issued a veiled threat against foreign aid workers helping out in the crisis, a development likely to complicate the massive relief effort. More than 8 million people are in need of emergency assistance across the country.

Webmaster's Commentary:

It is hard to get one's head around the magnitude of this disaster, and the misery it has caused Pakistan's people.

International aid efforts don't seem to be moving very rapidly here, and the Pakistani government appears to be clueless in terms of helping their people receive the basic necessities of life.


Pakistan's Predicament: An Environmental and Humanitarian Crisis Coupled with a Staggering Foreign Debt

Today Pakistan’s external debt amounts to 54 billion dollars with 3 billion paid back every year. This debt, which exploded after 2000, is largely odious. The former regime of General Pérez Musharraf was a strategic ally of the US in the region, particularly after 9/11. Major creditors never baulked at granting Musharraf the funds he needed to pursue his policies. In the fall of 2001 the US asked for Pakistan’s support in its war against Afghanistan. Musharraf had accepted that his country be used as a support base for US troops and those of its allies. Later the Musharraf regime contracted more debts, with the active help of the World Bank and major powers.


PAKISTAN: Minister tasked with saving US airbase at the cost of the displacement of thousands

http://uruknet.com/?p=m69031&hd=&size=1&l=e

It has been reported earlier that the US Air Force has denied the relief agencies use of the Shahbaz airbase for the distribution of aid and assistance. Soldiers of the Pakistan army, a federal minister and the administration of Sindh province are blamed for the incident involving Shahbaz Airbase at Jacobabad district in Sindh province in which it has been reported that flood waters were diverted in order to save the airbase. The diversion of the floodwaters is blamed for inundating hundreds of houses and the displacement of 800,000 people.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Unflipping believable; as though the Pakistani people haven't suffered enough, between grinding poverty, corruption, and a government which has literally declared war against its own people.


State Dept Declares Pakistani al-Qaeda ‘Top Threat’

The US State Department issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism today, declaring that al-Qaeda’s operations in Pakistan remain the “top threat” to US homeland security in the world.
The report was by and large predictable, declaring Iran again the “most active state sponsor of terror” while warning that there was growing risk in Somalia, Yemen, and basically everywhere else.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The US is responsible in large part for creating and perpetuating instability by continuing to support a pathetic series of tinpot dictators in Pakistan, who have no real motivation to fix the corruption, inequity, and grinding poverty which fuel Pakistan's insurgency.
And the US drone attacks against alleged "insurgents", killing innocent non-combatants along the way, haven't helped the situation.
In fact, it almost looks as though creating destabilization in Pakistan is an outcome the White House and Pentagon were looking to achieve.
And what the blazes would that good for, in the eyes of US policy makers?!?
Take a good look at a map:

http://www.map-zone.net/map/pakistan/


Notice that on the western edge of the country, Pakistan borders Iran.
Destabilization in Pakistan would make it very difficult for Russia to supply Iran with supplies or munitions by land, should the US and/or Israel attack Iran.


Presence of U.S. troops on Pakistani soils brings controversy

Presence of U.S. troops on Pakistani soils brings controversy
August 14, 2010

Round-the-clock diligent relief and rescue efforts have further enhanced U.S. military's image in the country, though the entry of 1,000 U.S. marines to join hands in relief operations have presented a scenario with both repercussions and opportunities, local analysts say.

"We trust U.S. Army. It's helping us and can never leave us alone," Al'lan Fakir Jr., a famous folk singer told media on Friday at the site of heavily flooded River Indus in southern Sindh province.

However, despite the favorable sentiments, the presence of U.S. troops might jeopardize the rising positive image of U.S relief aid and assistance. Although, they are here for a good job, it can certainly create image complications, local watchers believe.

Some 60,000 dedicated troops of Pakistani military are involved in relief and rescue operations across the flood hit country where over 1,300 people have lost lives during the past couple of weeks of heavy monsoon rains and floods. Some 15 million have been affected including six million children and some 7.22 million homes damaged, according to UN reports.


"The natural calamity has provided the United States with the best excuse to step onto the Pakistani soil," a foreign journalist touring the flood affected areas in the northwest commented on anonymity in the backdrop of rising anti-American sentiment.
USS Peleliu, a helicopter borne amphibious assault ship moored in open waters off the coast of southern port city of Karachi with 19 "multi-purpose" helicopters and 1,000 marines set to operate in partnership with Pakistani military throughout the country's flood affected areas.


US Drone Strike Destroys House Full of Children in Pakistan

The Obama Administration’s policy of escalating drone strikes took another hit today, after the explosion from a drone attack against the house of “suspected militants” in North Waziristan also destroyed a neighboring house full of women and children.

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