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Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling


Michael Asher
Daily Tech
February 27, 2008


World Temperatures according to the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction. Note the steep drop over the last year.

Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming

Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile — the list goes on and on.

No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year’s time. For all four sources, it’s the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.

Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn’t itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it.

Let’s hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans — and most of the crops and animals we depend on — prefer a temperature closer to 70.

Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.

Recent News:

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/colu..s/story.html?id=332289

NOAA: Icecaps Coming Back to Original Levels
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/vie..t-s-the-coldest-winter-in-decades

British Columbia Imposes Carbon Tax On All Fossil Fuels
http://www.canada.com/t..a6-3ad8ba909a98&k=46314

Japan To Consider Carbon Trading System
General Motors Exec Calls Global Warming A Croc
Bill To Require Teaching Kids Global Warming
Skeptical Global Warming Scientists To Challenge “Consensus”
Washington May Charge Greenhouse Gas Tax
Bloomberg: Global Warming “As Lethal” As Terrorism
UN Chief Calls For Climate Change Action
Shutting Off Lamps To Fight Climate Change
G7 Calls For Investment To Fight Climate Change
UN calls water top priority for global agenda
Bill Clinton: Pauperize the Populace to Cure Global Warming

Global Warming Hoax News Archive

 



6.6 million unnecessary deaths in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is the New Auschwitz: Based on UNESCO data, the US invasion of Afghanistan has led to as many as 6.6 million unnecessary deaths

Online Journal
February 15, 2008

According to Gideon Polya, based on UNESCO data, the US invasion of Afghanistan has led to as many as 6.6 million unnecessary deaths. According to Washburn University law professor Liaquat Ali Khan, the “crime of genocide applies to the intentional killings that NATO troops commit on a weekly basis in the poor villages and mute mountains of Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban.” The occupation forces, which ironically include former Axis powers Germany and Japan, have created the New Auschwitz.

Read Full Article Here

 

Half of Baghdad without water

Azzaman
February 15, 2008

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Power failures and maintenance have disrupted running water supplies to almost half of the capital, Baghdad, home to nearly 6 million people.

A Baghdad Municipality source said the project supplying drinking water to Rasafa, the eastern half of Baghdad, was temporarily idle.

The source, refusing to be named, said running water supplies may not resume for a few days.

He attributed the stoppage, which has caused large-scale popular resentment, to blackouts which have recently even affected essential utilities like water.

The stoppage has led to the closure of bakeries and restaurants in Rasafa, aggravating the suffering of Baghdad residents.

Water resumed intermittently and in inadequate quantities through household taps for half a day after a three-stoppage on Thursday. Then the taps dried once again.

US air strikes kill Iraqi family, including five children in Kirkuk
http://wiredispatch.com/news/?id=47129

IRAQ: The Lights Have Gone Out, Who Cares
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41217

Baghdad is engulfed in a lake of sewage so big it can be seen on Google Earth
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jam-lrcdXuQLtrYRSz43-tYNO7fQ

Depleted Uranium Killing Iraqis
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=43357&secti..3510303

4 million Iraqis struggling for food
http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/0212/breaking68.htm

U.S.-led Sunni militias turn guns on Iraqi police
http://www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news/2008-02-11/kurd.htm

War Veterans Make Up Half of Suicides At Home
http://www.editorandpublisher.c..play.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003709846

 



Montel Fired For Criticizing Fox News War Coverage

Speak the truth, get fired: Montel and FOX
Fox-owned stations opted not to renew Montel’s show for the 2008-09 season

Hanlon’s Razor
January 31, 2008

If you’re familiar with The Internets, you undoubtedly caught this video of Montel Williams smacking Fox News Sunday around over their asinine coverage of Heath Ledger (whose death is undoubtedly a tragedy and whose family my heart goes out to) over the more than two dozen Americans who have died in Iraq since the new year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3Spcq6Uzs

Well here’s the followup. Montel’s been booted from FOX.

Fate of “The Montel Williams Show” was sealed when key Fox-owned stations opted not to renew it for the 2008-09 season. But a number of other stations had cleared the show for next season, prompting CBS to offer the “Best of” package. The rerun package is sold on an all-cash basis, which is a boon to stations that had been handing over 3½ minutes of barter ad time per seg to CBS for the firstrun episodes.

Coincidence? Please.

Was Montel Williams Kicked Off the Air for Criticizing Fox News?
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/75800

Montel Fired for Speaking Truth to Fox News
http://nallforgovernor.blogspot.com/200..red-for-speaking-truth-to-fox.html

Two bombs kill 72 in Baghdad
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlene..C_0_UK-IRAQ.xml

Soldier Suicides at Record Level
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-..0/AR2008013003106_pf.html

Federal Reserve Stealing Iraqi Oil Revenues Level
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/010208_stealing.htm

Soldier Suicides at Record Level
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-..0/AR2008013003106_pf.html

Vermont Bill Would End Iraq Guard Use
http://www.timesargus.com/app..EWS01/801300344/1002/NEWS01

Bush Waves Ban On Permanent Iraq Bases
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/01/29/signing-statement-iraq/

 



US Bombing Kills 500 Baghdad Civillians

US forces boast of successful “blitz” as Iraq mourns 500 civilians killed

Presscue
January 22, 2008

Fbiiraqisbein_mn US forces boasted of successfully completing the aerial bombing “blitz” which flattened the Baghdad suburb of Arab Jabour, as Iraqis mourned the more than 500 civilians killed when 114,500 pounds of bombs rained down for ten days on the residential area home to more than 120,000 people.

While Iraqi politicians, both Sunni and Shiite, condemned the air raids which also forced thousands of other civilians to flee their homes, the US commanders justified the aerial bombardment on the grounds that “drop was designed to eliminate al Qaeda’s tactical advantage,” ahead of a ground assault to flush out militants from the area.

“The strikes that we concluded (Jan. 20) were focused on IEDs and caches that we have targeted, that will allow us to get our ground troops further into the zone,” Army Col. Terry Ferrell, commander of 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, with responsibility for the Arab Jabour portion of Multinational Division Center, said.

But Iraqi authorities in the area said described the bombing was “random and indiscriminate”, and claimed that at least 500 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed by the air raids in the Sunni majority town.

Ferrell rejected the claim, saying that great care was taken in selecting targets, as the Army worked side by side with the Air Force to prevent collateral damage to civilians and property.

“The process that we go through to orchestrate an event of this magnitude, or any targeting cycle that we work together with the Air Force, is a very detailed, deliberate process,” Ferrell said. “We identify the targets, and they sit beside us, and through detailed and thorough analysis, we target it, they help analyze it, describe what effects we want to achieve, and then they work back through the Air Force system to get the desired effects.”

“This heinous crime show to the whole world the extent of the viciousness of the perpetrators who are targeting lives of the people, and not to respect the rights and honor of the human being having a place in all heavenly religions,” Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI), the highest Sunni authority in Iraq, stated last week.

The scholars called upon the international community, Arab League and all human right organizations in the world, requesting them to “get out of the circle of silent killers, and to have a role even if at minimal degree to stand against the perpetrators of these crimes.”

US forces carried out a similar massacre in Fallujah in November 2004, which killed more around 3,000 civilians, in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq war.

US Invites Families Back to Arab Jabour… Then Bombs Them
http://presscue.com/node/43825

Colin Powell Confronted on Depleted Uranium
http://www.jonesreport.com/article/01_08/240108_powell_du.html

U.S.-led air raid kills 11 in Afghanistan: doctor
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSSP2164120080124

Government ordered to disclose draft Iraq dossier
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,2245572,00.html

Perino Dismisses CPI Study: Truth On How We Sold The Iraq War Is Not ‘Worth Spending Time On’
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/01/23/perino-cpi/

 



US warplanes pound Baghdad

US warplanes pound Baghdad

Press TV
January 10, 2008


US jet fighters have launched a massive air offensive on parts of Baghdad, hitting nearly 40 targets in the war-torn Iraqi capital.

US warplanes dropped 40,000 pounds of bombs on more than 40 targets on Baghdad’s southern outskirts, the military said in a statement.

The US Air Force dispatched two B-1 bombers and four F-16 fighter jets, aiming at three large target areas in Arab Jabour.

The statement allegedly said that the strike had been on al Qaeda targets. It gave no details of casualties.

US jet fighters have launched a massive air offensive on parts of Baghdad, hitting nearly 40 targets in the war-torn Iraqi capital.

US warplanes dropped 40,000 pounds of bombs on more than 40 targets on Baghdad’s southern outskirts, the military said in a statement.

The US Air Force dispatched two B-1 bombers and four F-16 fighter jets, aiming at three large target areas in Arab Jabour.

The statement allegedly said that the strike had been on al Qaeda targets. It gave no details of casualties.

 

Blackwater drops CS gas on Military in 2005

NY Times
January 10, 2008

The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military personnel.

Suddenly, on that May day in 2005, the copter dropped CS gas, a riot-control substance the American military in Iraq can use only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders. An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint.

“This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous,” Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day. “It’s not a good thing to cause soldiers who are standing guard against car bombs, snipers and suicide bombers to cover their faces, choke, cough and otherwise degrade our awareness.”

Both the helicopter and the vehicle involved in the incident at the Assassins’ Gate checkpoint were not from the United States military, but were part of a convoy operated by Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor that is under scrutiny for its role in a series of violent episodes in Iraq, including a September shooting in downtown Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead.

None of the American soldiers exposed to the chemical, which is similar to tear gas, required medical attention, and it is not clear if any Iraqis did. Still, the previously undisclosed incident has raised significant new questions about the role of private security contractors in Iraq, and whether they operate under the same rules of engagement and international treaty obligations that the American military observes.

“You run into this issue time and again with Blackwater, where the rules that apply to the U.S. military don’t seem to apply to Blackwater,” said Scott L. Silliman, the executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at the Duke University School of Law.

Read Full Article Here

Ex-Marine Testifies On Innocent Civilians Shot In Afghanistan
http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Ex_Mari…n_12620.html

U.S. considers 3,000 more troops for Afghanistan
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN0961758520080110

Occupation Iraq: Low-Balling the Death Toll
http://presscue.com/node/38741

US drops 40,000 pounds of bombs in ten minutes on al Qaeda targets in Iraq
http://www.dailymail.co.uk..cle_id=507320&in_page_id=1811

Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War
http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/72956

Soldier says he randomly shot at Iraqis
http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2008/01/ap_randomfire_080109/

 



U.S. Has “Ethnically Cleansed Most of Baghdad”

Congressman: ‘Sure, there’s less violence, but that’s because we’ve ethnically cleansed most of Baghdad’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poCp59v5HLw

 

‘The President Has Accepted Ethnic Cleansing’

Spiegel Online
September 28, 2007

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was just in New York (more…) for the United Nations General Assembly. Once again, he said that he is only interested in civilian nuclear power instead of atomic weapons. How much does the West really know about the nuclear program in Iran?

Seymour Hersh: A lot. And it’s been underestimated how much the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) knows. If you follow what (IAEA head Mohamed) ElBaradei (more…) and the various reports have been saying, the Iranians have claimed to be enriching uranium to higher than a 4 percent purity, which is the amount you need to run a peaceful nuclear reactor. But the IAEA’s best guess is that they are at 3.67 percent or something. The Iranians are not even doing what they claim to be doing. The IAEA has been saying all along that they’ve been making progress but basically, Iran is nowhere. Of course the US and Israel are going to say you have to look at the worst case scenario, but there isn’t enough evidence to justify a bombing raid.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is this just another case of exaggerating the danger in preparation for an invasion like we saw in 2002 and 2003 prior to the Iraq War?

Hersh: We have this wonderful capacity in America to Hitlerize people. We had Hitler, and since Hitler we’ve had about 20 of them. Khrushchev and Mao and of course Stalin, and for a little while Gadhafi was our Hitler. And now we have this guy Ahmadinejad. The reality is, he’s not nearly as powerful inside the country as we like to think he is. The Revolutionary Guards have direct control over the missile program and if there is a weapons program, they would be the ones running it. Not Ahmadinejad.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Where does this feeling of urgency that the US has with Iran come from?

Hersh: Pressure from the White House. That’s just their game.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: What interest does the White House have in moving us to the brink with Tehran?

Hersh: You have to ask yourself what interest we had 40 years ago for going to war in Vietnam. You’d think that in this country with so many smart people, that we can’t possibly do the same dumb thing again. I have this theory in life that there is no learning. There is no learning curve. Everything is tabula rasa. Everybody has to discover things for themselves.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Even after Iraq? Aren’t there strategic reasons for getting so deeply involved in the Middle East?

Hersh: Oh no. We’re going to build democracy. The real thing in the mind of this president is he wants to reshape the Middle East and make it a model. He absolutely believes it. I always thought Henry Kissinger was a disaster because he lies like most people breathe and you can’t have that in public life. But if it were Kissinger this time around, I’d actually be relieved because I’d know that the madness would be tied to some oil deal. But in this case, what you see is what you get. This guy believes he’s doing God’s work.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: So what are the options in Iraq?

Hersh: There are two very clear options: Option A) Get everybody out by midnight tonight. Option B) Get everybody out by midnight tomorrow. The fuel that keeps the war going is us.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: A lot of people have been saying that the US presence there is a big part of the problem. Is anyone in the White House listening?

Hersh: No. The president is still talking about the “Surge” (eds. The “Surge” refers to President Bush’s commitment of 20,000 additional troops to Iraq in the spring of 2007 in an attempt to improve security in the country.) as if it’s going to unite the country. But the Surge was a con game of putting additional troops in there. We’ve basically Balkanized the place, building walls and walling off Sunnis from Shiites. And in Anbar Province, where there has been success, all of the Shiites are gone. They’ve simply split.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is that why there has been a drop in violence there?

Hersh: I think that’s a much better reason than the fact that there are a couple more soldiers on the ground.

SPIEGEL ONLINE:So what are the lessons of the Surge (more…)?

Hersh: The Surge means basically that, in some way, the president has accepted ethnic cleansing, whether he’s talking about it or not. When he first announced the Surge in January, he described it as a way to bring the parties together. He’s not saying that any more. I think he now understands that ethnic cleansing is what is going to happen. You’re going to have a Kurdistan. You’re going to have a Sunni area that we’re going to have to support forever. And you’re going to have the Shiites in the South.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: So the US is over four years into a war that is likely going to end in a disaster. How valid are the comparisons with Vietnam?

Hersh:The validity is that the US is fighting a guerrilla war and doesn’t know the culture. But the difference is that at a certain point, because of Congressional and public opposition, the Vietnam War was no longer tenable. But these guys now don’t care. They see it but they don’t care.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: If the Iraq war does end up as a defeat for the US, will it leave as deep a wound as the Vietnam War did?

Hersh: Much worse. Vietnam was a tactical mistake. This is strategic. How do you repair damages with whole cultures? On the home front, though, we’ll rationalize it away. Don’t worry about that. Again, there’s no learning curve. No learning curve at all. We’ll be ready to fight another stupid war in another two decades.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Of course, preventing that is partially the job of the media. Have reporters been doing a better job recently than they did in the run-up to the Iraq War?

Hersh: Oh yeah. They’ve done a better job since. But back then, they blew it. When you have a guy like Bush who’s going to move the infamous Doomsday Clock forward, and he’s going to put everybody in jeopardy and he’s secretive and he doesn’t tell Congress anything and he’s inured to what we write. In such a case, we (journalists) become more important. The First Amendment failed and the American press failed the Constitution. We were jingoistic. And that was a terrible failing. I’m asked the question all the time: What happened to my old paper, the New York Times? And I now say, they stink. They missed it. They missed the biggest story of the time and they’re going to have to live with it.

Video: Thousands surrendered but still killed by US
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=699_1198279617

All Iraqis Agree U.S. Occupation Causes Violence
http://www.washington…2/18/AR2007121802262_pf.html

Bush, Maliki Break Iraqi Law to Renew U.N. Mandate for Occupation
http://www.alternet.org/story/71144/

Iraq Vet War Critics Detained at Bragg
http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,158521,00.html?wh=wh

Mobile Labs to Target Iraqis for Death
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/121307.html

 



US prepares 14-ton super bomb to blow up Iran’s nuclear objects

USA prepares 14-ton super bomb to blow up Iran’s nuclear objects

Vremya Novostei
Pravda Russia
October 12, 2007

The USA may not only try to destroy the Iranian army and put an end to the nuclear program of Teheran. It may also turn Iran into a test ground for up-to-date weapons. The chairman of the Iran Policy Committee Advisory Council, the former deputy commander of the US Air Force headquarters, Retired Lieutenant-General Thomas McInerney, says that the key instrument to punish Iran is ready. He says the USA has a powerful 14-ton penetrative bomb capable of reaching targets deep under the surface (supposedly Iran’s nuclear objects). In his live appearance on the US TV channel Fox News the lieutenant-general explained that the bomb’s performance was even superior to the vacuum bomb Russia had previously tested. Iranian President Ahmadinejad should know that there is no target that the bomb can not hit, Thomas McInerney added.

Iran does not want to stop its nuclear program and as the USA insists it also supports Shiite guerillas in Iraq. The other day commander of the US Army in Iraq Major-General Kevin Bergner told that Iranian weapons had been used recently against the American Camp Victory near the international airport of Baghdad. Three missiles aimed at the camp were of the same type weapons that Shiite forces had got from Iranian sources some time ago; these days it is used against the coalition forces.

Fox News reports with reference to well-informed sources in the US Presidential Administration that a probable war campaign against Iran is being actively discussed on all levels. Thomas McInerney insists that it was Germany that unintentionally gave the go-ahead to the anti-Iran campaign. A week ago, Germany refused to support another toughening of sanctions against Teheran proposed by the UN Security Council.

Recently, Teheran has started more active cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the fact produced a really positive impression upon many members of the European Union. However, the general says that Washington considered Berlin’s stand as tacit consent to air attacks on nuclear objects of Iran.

Fox News reports that some politicians and military men are trying to persuade US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that it is no use to solve the Iranian nuclear problem in a diplomatic way and it is high time to start a war operation there. The TV channel adds that secretary’s assistant for international security and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons John Rood, secretary’s senior advisor for Mideast affairs and coordinator for Iraq James Jeffrey, Assistant to the President For National Security Affairs Stephen Hadley and Vice-president Richard Cheney support the idea of using force against Iran. According to Fox News, all of them are ‘mournfully happy’ to remind that they had warned beforehand that Iranians were no disposed to diplomacy.

Meanwhile, vice-president of the Russian Collegium of Army Experts Major-General Alexander Vladimirov thinks it would be reckless for Washington to attack Iran after the dubious success of the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. In an interview to the Vremya Novostei newspaper the major-general said that even if Americans managed to fulfill their military plans concerning Iran it is highly likely that the number of terrorist attacks committed on the USA territory in requital for this war campaign would considerably increase. General Mohammad Ali Jaafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Coprs said the other day that he knew some weak points of the US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan that would be attacked in case of US aggression against Iran.

With reference to well-informed sources in the White House Fox News reports that the US political and military authorities are considering two scenarios of fighting against Iran. The first one supposes absolute blockade of petrol supplies to Iran and end of Iranian oil export. But the action will turn out to be very painful rather for the Iranian civilian population not for the top-management of the country. The second variant includes a large-scale bombing of numerous targets on the territory of Iran from the air. It is planned that before air raids US military men will destroy Iran’s air defense systems.

American experts are sure that it will take at least a week to bomb Iranian nuclear objects. Thomas McInerney thinks it would be better to start a massive air attack on Iran involving 65-70 jet bombers made using the Stealth technology and thus invisible for radars and also with 400 regular bombers. He says that such an air attack could be conducted for at least 48 hours, and after that the Iranian people may take the country back into its own hands.

Major-General Alexander Vladimirov has considered US’s plan of an attack on Iran and now comments on it. He says that US Air Force aircrafts should first neutralize Iran’s anti-missile and anti-aircraft defense objects, then liquidate Iran’s air force, firing pads and destroy the army control system. The actions will help reduce US’s own losses and prevent response attacks on the US forces in Iraq and Israel, the Russian expert adds.

It is only after the above measures that Americans may start liquidating Iran’s nuclear objects, Alexander Vladimirov says. He is sure that such an American campaign will not have any time limits and will continue until Iranian targets are absolutely destroyed. If done this way, the USA will not need any surface operation in Iran at all, and Iran’s nuclear program will be completely destroyed.

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Giuliani Ramps Up Iran Hawkishness, Hires Neocon Michael Rubin
http://bodypolitik.org/2007/10/11/giuliani-ra…-michael-rubin/

Rice Says Iran ‘Lying’ About Nukes
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071011/D8S79UHO0.html

Neocons coming to your campus to promote Iran war. Horowitz, Coulter, Santorum, hundreds more.
http://www.terrorismawareness.org/islamo-fascism-awareness-week/

Iran builds air base near Afghan border
http://en.rian.ru/world/20071009/83198933.html

NATO, U.S. Aiding PKK Terrorists In Turkey
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/october2007/101007_aiding_terrorists.htm

White House denies leaking al-Qaeda info
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22561394-23109,00.html

War clouds loom ever more menacingly over Iran
http://thestar.com.my/columnists/story.asp?fil….3&sec=Midweek

No evidence of Iranian nuclear bomb plan: Putin
http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/10/2056296.htm

Hillary prods Bush to go after Iran
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/newsfull.php?newid=41546

Al-CIAda Video Released Prematurely
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/c….801817_pf.html

Probe Into Leaked AlCIAda Video
http://www.washingtonpost.co…00902055_pf.html

Coup on Iran & False Flag News Archive

 



Lieberman Has No Plans To Investigate Blackwater

Lieberman Has No Plans To Investigate Blackwater, Corrupt Iraq Contractors

Huffington Post
October 10, 2007

Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who chairs the Senate committee responsible for government oversight, says he has no plans to investigate Blackwater and other Iraq war contractors accused of potentially criminal wrongdoing. Roll Call reports (sub req’d):

Though Lieberman said he gets “angry when I hear about fraud or corruption in the spending of American dollars,” he said he in part chooses what to have hearings on by “watching who else is doing what,” noting that [House oversight chairman Henry] Waxman has held several hearings on Iraq oversight, as have the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. “You’ve got to set your own priorities, and it was clear to me that other committees were going to pick this up,” said Lieberman.

Roll Call notes that on the day Iraq revoked Blackwater’s license after the shooting of 17 civilians, Waxman immediately announced hearings on private security contractors. Lieberman “announced two firefighting grants for the towns of Bolton and Willington in his home state.”

Lieberman has held only one hearing all year on “reconstruction challenges in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” compared to eight hearings on Iraq and contracting abuses in the House.

 

US detains nearly 25,000 in Iraq

AFP
October 10, 2007

BAGHDAD (AFP) — The US military is holding nearly 25,000 people in its prisons in Iraq, 860 of whom are under the age of 16, the general in charge of their detention said on Wednesday.

Eighty-three percent of inmates are Sunnis and 16 percent are Shiite, General Douglas Stone told a press conference in Baghdad.

Egyptians, Iranians, Saudis and Syrians number among 280 foreign nationals imprisoned by the US military in Iraq, he said.

There are two prisons run by the Americans on Iraqi soil: one at their Camp Cropper base outside Baghdad, the other at Camp Bucca near the southern port of Umm Qasr.

These prison receive an average of 60 news inmates each day, according to Stone, while the average length of time for incarceration of a detainee is 300 days.

Since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in mid-September, the US military has freed around 50 to 60 prisoners every day.

Civilians killed in military strike
http://www.washingtontimes.com/ar….IGN/110100041/1003

Security guards fired randomly: Iraq official
http://today.reuters.com/news/art…_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ.xml

 



Blackwater Hires PR Giant for Image Change


Blackwater Hires PR Giant for Image Change

AP
October 6, 2007

WASHINGTON – Public relations giant Burson-Marsteller has vast experience steering companies through tough times. But there’s a limit to how much it can help Blackwater USA, a new client that’s been battered by negative publicity.

The State Department, which pays Blackwater hundreds of millions of dollars to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq, has stringent rules barring the private security contractor from discussing with the media the details of its work, according to those familiar with the arrangement.

Under those limitations, it’s difficult to repair a corporate image, said one official close to Blackwater.

The department allows little room for error. On Sept. 16, Blackwater guards were involved in a shoot-out in Baghdad that left 13 Iraqis dead. Blackwater issued a statement to reporters saying its personnel acted lawfully and appropriately to a “hostile attack” from “armed enemies.”

That statement was not cleared first with State officials, a move that prompted complaints from the department because the statement pre-empted official inquiries into the incident. The Iraqis have maintained the Blackwater guards opened fire without provocation.

More recently, Erik Prince, Blackwater’s top executive, appeared with department approval before a congressional committee investigating the company. Although Democrats on the committee were sharply critical of Prince, Blackwater representatives viewed his appearance as a rare and welcome opportunity to respond to their critics.

Even in a hostile hearing room, Prince could at least respond, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.

Burson-Marsteller was brought aboard by the Washington law firms representing Blackwater — McDermott Will & Emery and Crowell & Moring.

One of the Burson-Marsteller executives working on the Blackwater account is Robert Tappan, a former State Department official who joined Burson-Marsteller in July and is president of the company’s Washington office.

At State, Tappan was deputy assistant secretary for public affairs. While at State, he spent six months in Baghdad as director of strategic communications for the Coalition Provisional Authority, the temporary governing body that disbanded in June 2004.

Paul Cordasco, a spokesman for Burson-Marsteller, said the company does not discuss its clients.

According to the Center for Media and Democracy, Burson-Marsteller clients have included cigarette maker Philip Morris, nuclear power plant owner Entergy and Allergan, the pharmaceutical company that makes Botox.

Blackwater did not return a telephone call and an e-mail seeking comment.

The State Department is one of Blackwater’s largest federal customers. Blackwater and two other private security companies protect U.S. diplomats and facilities in Iraq.

Richard Griffin, head of the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, said Tuesday that Blackwater earns about $473 million annually through the umbrella contract.

Formed in 1997 by Prince, a former Navy SEAL, Blackwater’s business has grown since 2001 as the government’s demand for its security services has increased.

According to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Blackwater has received federal contracts worth more than a $1 billion, with the bulk of its earnings coming from the State Department.

On Tuesday, Prince, 38, spent several hours at the witness table as Democrats on the oversight committee accused his company of being above the law and his guards of being indifferent to Iraqi casualties.

The fees Blackwater charges are excessive, they said, and Prince and his associates have become wealthy because of the war.

Prince, younger than most members of the committee, calmly fielded the committee’s questions, saying Blackwater personnel have acted appropriately in a chaotic environment. He received strong support from several Republicans, who said the criticism is motivated mainly by Prince’s connections to Republican causes.

Len Biegel, a crisis management consultant who advised Johnson & Johnson 25 years ago during the Tylenol product-tampering case, said the Blackwater situation has escalated beyond a public relations emergency.

“It’s really threatening the reputation of the company,” Biegel said. “That puts it into the crisis category.”

If Blackwater is to survive the crisis, Biegel said, it needs to show that it’s making the changes necessary to prevent a repeat of situations that have cast it in such a negative light.

“It’s not simply what is said by Blackwater, but what actions beyond the initial steps are they taking,” Biegel said.

At the hearing, Prince said he supported legislation authored by Rep. David Price, D-N.C., that would ensure the U.S. government has the legal authority to prosecute crimes committed by contractors working in war zones.

On Thursday, the House overwhelming approved Price’s bill.

Beau Phillips, a partner with the public relations firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates, said Blackwater needs to continue stressing that most of its employees are former military personnel.

“They need to help people understand that as you attack Blackwater, you’re really attacking soldiers in a sense,” Phillips said. “I think that’s a message that would be helpful.”

That may be a hard sell, however, given the unpopularity of the war in Iraq.

What was acceptable for defense contractors three years ago “will raise investigators’ blood pressure today,” said Richard Levick, a crisis communications expert and president of Levick Strategic Communications.

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