Obama administration defends torturers

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by Bill Van Auken
http://www.wsws.org
10 February 2009

All of the Obama administration’s rhetoric about “change you can believe in,” government transparency and democratic ideals went up in smoke Monday morning in a San Francisco federal courtroom.

A federal attorney representing President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, rose to announce that the new administration will be standing pat on the position taken by George Bush and his Justice Department in a case involving some of the most heinous crimes of the previous administration.

Like his predecessor, Obama is invoking the state secrets privilege to quash a case brought on behalf of individuals who were abducted by the CIA, held in secrecy and without charges and transported to third countries to be interrogated under torture.

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Please don’t hate us: UK ad campaign to target extremism

Updated: 2.18.09 added 2 stories

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compiled by Cem Ertür
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10 February, 2009

1) Please don’t hate us: UK ad campaign to target extremism
2) CIA warns Barack Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US
3) British Interior Minister: UK hotels on high terror alert
4) Somali radicals ‘importing terror to UK’ say intelligence analysts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/10/pakistan-advertising-campaign

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Please don’t hate us: UK ad campaign to target extremism

by Riazat Butt, Guardian, 10 February 2009

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Prominent British Muslims are being recruited to star in a government-backed advertising campaign aimed at preventing people in Pakistan from engaging in extremist activity, the Guardian has learned.The three-month public relations offensive, called I Am the West, consists of television commercials and high-profile events in regions such as Peshawar and Mirpur. It is being funded by the Foreign Office which is paying up to £400,000 for a pilot project.

Starring in the first three adverts are Sadiq Khan, the communities minister, Jehangir Malik, the UK manager of Islamic Relief, English cricketer Moeen Ali and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Chaudry Abdul Rashid, who is from Mirpur. Mirpuris represent around 70% of Britain’s Pakistani population.

According to a project synopsis, the target audience is 15-25-year-old males who are “less than well-educated and worldly wise, but potentially susceptible to extremist doctrines”. If successful, it will be implemented in Egypt, Yemen and Indonesia.

The original proposal to the Foreign Office came from Deen International, an organisation set up specifically for the project and headed by Khurshid Ahmed, chair of the British Muslim Forum.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4550144/CIA-warns-Barack-Obama-that-British-terrorists-are-the-biggest-threat-to-the-US.html

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CIA warns Barack Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US

by Tim Shipman, Daily Telegraph, 7 February 2009

American spy chiefs have told the President that the CIA has launched a vast spying operation in the UK to prevent a repeat of the 9/11 attacks being launched from Britain.

They believe that a British-born Pakistani extremist entering the US under the visa waiver programme is the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on American soil.

Intelligence briefings for Mr Obama have detailed a dramatic escalation in American espionage in Britain, where the CIA has recruited record numbers of informants in the Pakistani community to monitor the 2,000 terrorist suspects identified by MI5, the British security service.

A British intelligence source revealed that a staggering four out of 10 CIA operations designed to thwart direct attacks on the US are now conducted against targets in Britain.

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http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2154541.ece

excerpt from: ‘UK hotels on high terror alert

by Graeme Wilson, The Sun, 21 January 2009

BRITAIN is on high alert for a Mumbai-style terrorist attack on a top hotel, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith revealed yesterday. She told MPs that security chiefs have been training staff at major hotels on how to cope with a terror hit. Ministers, police and security services are urgently reviewing the UK’s counter-terrorism plans to beef up protection around hotels and other public buildings. Appearing before the Commons Home Affairs committee, Ms Smith said the atrocities in Mumbai in November – which claimed nearly 200 lives – had triggered an overhaul of Britain’s “protective security arrangements”.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5741300.ece

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Somali radicals ‘importing terror to UK’ say intelligence analysts

by Jonathan Rugman, Times, 16 February 2009

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Dozens of Islamic extremists have returned to Britain from terror training camps in Somalia, the British security services believe.

Intelligence analysts are worried that they may attempt to launch attacks in this country or use the kudos from having trained and fought in Somalia to try to attract new recruits. The issue was raised by Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, in his first interview last month.

In the US, the outgoing head of the CIA, Michael Hayden, has said that Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia in late 2006 “catalysed” expatriate Somalis around the world.

An investigation for Channel 4 News, to be broadcast tonight, also reveals that a suicide bomber who grew up in Ealing is thought to have blown himself up in an attack in Somalia that killed more than 20 soldiers.

The incident is the first reported case involving a Somali based in Britain and will add to pressure on Scotland Yard and the Home Office to tackle the problem within the Somali community, which, at about 250,000 people, is the biggest in Europe.

“Pakistan rightly gets the most attention in terms of external threats,” a senior counter-terrorism source said. “But we believe we should focus more on the Horn of Africa and Somalia in particular.”

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Reform or Revolution? by William Bowles

By William Bowles
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10 February 2009

In 1945, following the defeat of Fascism, the Labour Party was swept into power with a mandate to bring about radical change to British society. There followed the nationalization of transport, energy, communications, the establishment of the National Health System, an overhaul of education (actually done by the preceding Tory government), massive investment in public housing.

We were promised Socialism, what we got however was a ‘reformed’ capitalism, Keynesianism, and for domestic consumption only, elsewise it was ‘business as usual’, except that the state was broke and in debt up to its eyeballs to the US (a debt only recently paid off).

The reality however was that those changes were demanded by the organized working class through its trade unions and constituency (local) Labour Parties and of course supported by our minuscule left. In other words, it was propelled by grassroots activism and importantly, they were demands that could not be ignored. British capitalism was not only broke it was backward in a big way. Had they not reformed capitalism, in all likelyhood there would have been a real revolution (not that the US would have allowed it anymore than it did in France and Italy). It really was the case of the Labour government heading off revolution at the pass, but then this has been the Labour Party’s role since its founding.

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Mosaic News – 2/9/09: World News From The Middle East

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“Israeli election: Where they stand,” IBA TV, Israel
“Mubarak Hints At Hamas-Israel Truce,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Israel and Hamas narrowing gaps on Gaza truce,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Sudan Warns Against Al Bashir Detention,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Khatami to Challenge Ahmadinejad for Job,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Ban Ki-moon applauds Iraq elections during surprise visit,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Iraq Increases Patrols at Iran’s Border,” Alsumaria TV, Iraq
“How to Secure the Border Between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Jim Rogers: I took my money out of UBS + Let IMF sell its gold

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Jim Rogers said on 2009.02.10 that he took his and his family money out of UBS. He also said that fundamentals of commodities continue to improve.

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Jim Rogers: Let IMF sell its gold so I would buy it cheaply and we could dissolve IMF 2009.02.10

Jim Rogers said on 2009.02.10 that there will be massive inflation in future (in 2010 or even 2012), but if IMF will sell its gold it would create opportunity for investors to buy cheaply and it would force IMF to finally dissolve itself.

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Richard Cook: “It’s Time to Fix the Monetary System” by Mike Whitney

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Israeli exit polls: Livni apparent winner

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February 10, 2009

JERUSALEM (JTA)

Tzipi Livni’s Kadima Party appeared to have edged Likud in voting Tuesday, Israeli exit polls showed.

Exit polls released at the close of voting for the 18th Israeli Knesset showed Kadima winning 30 seats and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud winning 28.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu vaulted over Labor to become the Knesset’s third-largest party, with 15 seats, according to polls, and Labor falling to some 13 seats.

Official results were not expected to be available until the wee hours of Wednesday morning in Israel.

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via Israeli exit polls: Livni apparent winner | JTA – Jewish & Israel News.

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Israel: The War Vote

Let Netanyahu win By Gideon Levy

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Richard Cook: “It’s Time to Fix the Monetary System” by Mike Whitney

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by Mike Whitney
February 10, 2009

Richard Cook’s new book, We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform, cuts through the nonsense and reveals the root cause of today’s economic crisis; a privatized credit system gone haywire. This is first-class analysis from a prescient reformer whose message is just now catching fire. While the pundits are still hung up on subprime mortgages and toxic assets, Cook has peeled the cover off our deeply-flawed monetary system and exposed the rot within. This is where the change needs to begin.

We Hold These Truths is a timely book that challenges conventional thinking about credit and the role of banks. As the author points out, “In a system where the banks have a monopoly on the issuance of credit, they inevitably become the most powerful entity in the economy and therefore the most powerful politically as well.” Cook’s observations are particularly relevant today, now that many of the same people who pushed for deregulation during the Clinton and Bush administrations have been appointed as key members of Obama’s economics team. It’s clear that Wall Street has further tightened its grip on Washington even while it continues to wreak havoc on the financial system. It’s no wonder Thomas Jefferson concluded that, “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.”

Cook’s strong suit is taking complex economic ideas and breaking them down for his readers. He devotes a fair amount of time to explaining the fundamental mismatch between what the country produces and its net earnings. This gap between GDP and purchasing power can only be filled through the issuance of credit. The problem is, that as borrowing increases, the ballooning debt becomes more unmanageable and the system begins to teeter. Wall Street’s reckless expansion of credit simulated prosperity for nearly a decade, but when the bubble burst, the financial system collapsed, creating the present downturn.

Cook believes that a National Dividend–which would come in the form of a check from the government to every man, woman and child in America–could make up for the loss in purchasing power and maintain economic stability. This is not “pie-in-the-sky” liberalism, but a reasonable proposal designed to stimulate business activity and avoid disruptive recessions.  He also advocates public control of credit: community-run investment banks which operate as public utilities and provide low interest loans to consumers and businesses. These ideas were implemented during the Great Depression via the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) and the Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) They were successful programs that helped build America’s middle class while seizing control of the mortgage industry from Wall Street speculators.

Cook also supports a basic income guarantee for every American regardless of whether they work or not. This is a defining issue that should be debated in terms of the value we place on human dignity. Everyone deserves a minimal standard of living. The last time Congress considered such an initiative was Nixon’s Family Assistance Act of 1970. The “reverse income tax” was voted down by a coalition of southern Democrats who opposed it mainly on racial grounds.  Senator George McGovern who supported the bill said that “it would have provided a basic underpinning of income for all Americans.” Income guarantees are stimulative and help maintain demand. They are good for the economy and demonstrate the nation’s commitment to provide for those who are most in need.

We Hold These Truths is a book for people who want to understand the current crisis without getting bogged down in hand-wringing and negativity. It’s a blueprint for removing the gangrenous parts of the financial system and for establishing a dividend-based system that better serves the public interest. Richard Cook has presented the ideas that are likely to shape the national debate on monetary reform for years to come. They are certainly worth our consideration. It’s a great read.

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Bailout for the People: “The Cook Plan” by Richard C. Cook

The Cook Plan (video)

Open Letter to Dr. Joseph Stiglitz and Challenge to Debate By Richard C. Cook

Murdered Mexican General a Victim – But of What? by Richard C. Cook

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

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Petraeus Leaked Misleading Story on Pullout Plans by Gareth Porter + video

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Analysis by Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (IPS)

The political maneuvering between President Barack Obama and his top field commanders over withdrawal from Iraq has taken a sudden new turn with the leak by CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus – and a firm denial by a White House official – of an account of the Jan. 21 White House meeting suggesting that Obama had requested three different combat troop withdrawal plans with their respective associated risks, including one of 23 months.

The Petraeus account, reported by McClatchy newspapers Feb. 5 and then by the Associated Press the following day, appears to indicate that Obama is moving away from the 16-month plan he had vowed during the campaign to implement if elected. But on closer examination, it doesn’t necessarily refer to any action by Obama or to anything that happened at the Jan. 21 meeting.

The real story of the leak by Petraeus is that the most powerful figure in the U.S. military has tried to shape the media coverage of Obama and combat troop withdrawal from Iraq to advance his policy agenda – and, very likely, his personal political interests as well.

This writer became aware of Petraeus’s effort to influence the coverage of Obama’s unfolding policy on troop withdrawal when a military source close to the general, who insisted on anonymity, offered the Petraeus account on Feb. 4. The military officer was responding to the IPS story ‘Generals Seek to Reverse Obama Withdrawal Decision’ published two days earlier [link below].

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Afshin Rattansi & Gareth Porter on the war between Obama & The Pentagon

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Frost over the World: Rohitha Bogollagama: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister and Suren Surendiran

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Thanks to Suren Surendiran who sent the link to DS.  His website: http://www.tamilsforum.com

“….Israel’s military aggression against Hamas or Hezbollah – Is it going to resolve the Middle-Eastern problem?..Until there is a two state solution that will create peace and harmony for both the Palestinians and the Israelis..just like that, to have peace and harmony, there should be two states in Sri Lanka so that the Tamils and Sinhalese can live side by side as friendly nations….”

“….Liberation fighting is not about owning land and holding on to land…liberation fighting is about fighting for freedom, fighting against oppression and fighting against military aggression…”

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Let Netanyahu win By Gideon Levy

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By Gideon Levy
ICH
February 09, 2009 “Haaretz

Benjamin Netanyahu will apparently be Israel’s next prime minister. There is, however, something encouraging about that fact. Netanyahu’s election will free Israel from the burden of deception: If he can establish a right-wing government, the veil will be lifted and the nation’s true face revealed to its citizens and the rest of the world, including Arab countries. Together with the world, we will see which direction we are facing and who we really are. The masquerade that has gone on for several years will finally come to an end.

Netanyahu’s election is likely to bring the curtain down on the great fraud – the best show in town – the lie of “negotiations” and the injustice of the “peace process.” Israel consistently claimed these acts proved the nation was focused on peace and the end of the occupation. All the while, it did everything it could to further entrench the occupation and distance any chance of a potential agreement.

For 16 years, we have been enamored with the peace process. We talk and talk, babble and prattle, and generally feel great about ourselves; meanwhile the settlements expand endlessly and Israel turns to the use of force at every possible opportunity, aside from a unilateral disengagement which did nothing to advance the cause of peace.

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Gaza Massacre Foretold in 2005: What May Come After the Evacuation of Jewish Settlers from the Gaza Strip – A Warning from Israel

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by Uri Davis and Ilan Pappe and Tamar Yaron
Global Research, February 8, 2009
Counterpunch2005-07-15

We feel that it is urgent and necessary to raise the alarm regarding what may come during and after evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip occupied by Israel in 1967, in the event that the evacuation is implemented.

We held back on getting this statement published and circulated, seeking additional feedback from our peers. The publication in Ha’aretz (22 June 2005) quoting statements by General (Reserves) Eival Giladi, the head of the Coordination and Strategy team of the Prime Minister’s Office, motivated us not to delay publication and circulation any further. Confirming our worst fears, General (Res.) Eival Giladi went on record in print and on television to the effect that “Israel will act in a very resolute manner in order to prevent terror attacks and [militant] fire while the disengagement is being implemented” and that “If pinpoint response proves insufficient, we may have to use weaponry that causes major collateral damage, including helicopters and planes, with mounting danger to surrounding people.”

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Two years recession, or ten years of hell?

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F William Engdahl: US economy has been hollowed out over the last 15 years and debt load is staggering

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