April 19, 2011
“Waco and Libya are only the first and latest examples of U.S. humanitarian atrocities in the post-Cold War era. In both situations, we see the U.S. government leaving behind rubble and death, and the chattering classes agreeing that Washington has the innocents’ best interests at heart, even as it imposes sanctions on civilians or cuts them off from water, disregarding the very humanity of the victims of Uncle Sam’s explosions. When D.C. kills it is never seen as when others, whether private American citizens or foreign despots, do it.
When a private religious separatist allegedly molests children, it is an excuse for gassing children to death. But when the federal government molests children it is merely airport security. When a foreign dictator is allegedly about to kill tens of thousands of innocents, it is an excuse for another non-defensive U.S. presidential war. But when the U.S. government kills millions though sanctions, chemical warfare, conventional bombings and depleted uranium, it is simply the mainstream foreign policy consensus at work.
It is particularly hard to cut through these double standards when left-liberal presidents kill, as both sides of the spectrum benefit from pretending that these politicians are less trigger-happy than the conservatives. Yet Clinton and Obama have both revealed themselves to be as bloodthirsty as the Bushes before them.”
“The Davidian cult in Waco was dealt with by armored vehicles,” remarked Muammar Gaddafi in February, defending his own crackdowns in light of the U.S. government’s. April 19 marks eighteen years since the end of the Waco siege and exactly one month since Obama began bombing Libya. Now that the federal government is again shedding blood in the name of humanitarianism, we might reflect on how it obtains legitimacy for its most brazen acts of violence.
Long ago, when governments slaughtered the enemy merely for being different and thus subhuman or for occupying desired territory, such crude rationales satisfied the states’ agents and subjects. The modern democratic state, however, employs more sophisticated propaganda when it burns, gasses, shoots, and bombs people including civilians. There is always the excuse of security: the targeted people pose a threat. When this argument seems tenuous, it is well complemented by that most insidious of pretenses: The killing is done for the good of others. It is an act of kindness. The American empire, like the Roman and British before it, inflicts violence to civilize and rescue those in need…..(Go to link for the whole story)
Many Happy New Year Wishes to everyone I know and to those who wander here from other links.
To start this year off, here is something that I feel I need to address on a personal level, as I have a son who is in crisis right now.
Many people think that being a Christ follower means being “religious” and getting caught up in the denominational confusion. Having personally been part of that scene and seeing the spiritual life blood drained from so many over petty issues, I came to the conclusion, read the Word for yourself, pray for guidance and the meaning to be revealed and it happens.
Maybe your reveal will not be the same as it was for me, but truth as He sees fit to give, will be given to each of us at the time of His choosing.
Some can easily denounce the love found in the Word or even that of a concerned parent, because of the RULES of CONDUCT stated and advised for us to follow, which they reject. They think they understand all about religion, calling it lame, etc, because of the “hypocrites” that claim to be Christan yet who break those very same rules.
If they would take time to read the Word, they would know that nowhere is it written in the Word, that Our Father in Heaven considers us “perfect” or “Flawless”.
He is Our Father and as such, the Word is set down to help guide us to the best path possible that He wants for us. True, we as parents should live a life that sets a good example for our children and others. But that does not mean we are always perfect or have all the answers or solutions to life’s problems.
Blaming others for ones bad choices does not resolve the problem. But what it does do, is help destroy the trust, love and respect in the relationship, which is why it is used so often by the dark powers.
There is good and not good in this world and we all must choose the path right for us. The not good, evil or dark side is always setting traps for us to fall into, always busy putting up barriers on the righteous path, hoping to lead us far from Our Father and His love and forgiveness.
Being imperfect is part of our human nature and to address this, Our Father loves us so much, that he asks that we acknowledge our faults and wrong doings, try harder to overcome our weakness, and learn by those mistakes and not repeat them.
May Our Father in Heaven find those in need and bring them to the path that He chose for them. That he setup a barrier of Protection around them and give them strength and courage to defeat the dark powers of this world. With love and in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen
The infamous day of Sept. 11th is fast approaching and yet instead of closure of this crime, for years, the powers that be has given We The People a bunch of propaganda and little facts, if any at all. We were TOLD that the “Terrorist crimes” were committed by Muslim extremist, yet they, the powers that be, the masters of deception and disinformation, have seen to it that any that dare question their inept findings are demonized and belittled as “Truthers”. lol
I’m proud to be considered a TRUTHER and hope to see the truth fully revealed about this attack on our home soil, and those who committed these crimes prosecuted, and finally closure will be found.
Expert after expert has stood tall stating the physical impossibilities of the twin towers collapse, we even have firefighters at ground zero talking about the multiple explosions that took down the buildings, just like they were rigged for demolition. And if that was not enough proof, what about the 3rd building that collapsed in the exact same fashion as the towers, which was NOT hit by a plane? Hmmm…seems the plot was missing a plane that was suppose to hit the building, yet maybe got diverted by some passenger HEROS perhaps?
Though the criminals/ terrorists that committed these crime were surely killed in the crashes, fear mongering fed by agenda driven medias and outraged emotions took hold of our country, myself included after it happened. Add this, along with LIES of WMD which were leaked and next thing you know, we went to war on a nation, that was NEVER 100% proven to have had one thing to do with any of the attacks on that fateful day.
I’ve always wondered why Saddam Hussein claimed the USA had betrayed him? Interesting thing to say when you’re about to get hung IMO. http://www.rense.com/general45/araao.htm
Now flash forward with ten years of media spun hatred against the boogy man Islam and now another outrage ‘crisis’ has developed with the questionable Mosque building, should they or should they not build it near ground zero?
Personally, I think they should not, not because they are Muslim or guilty of the crimes committed on 9/11, but in order to promote goodwill to their fellow Americans,who have been programmed for ten years with media spewing hatred for some unknown agenda not yet revealed. If we go by the Constitution, they have the right to erect their building as code allows….the end.
It is with extreme HONOR that I offer my prayers to the families and to the brave souls who died that day in the planes, on the ground, those who died trying to rescue others, and our soldiers who were sent to a foreign land. I shall never forgot that fateful day, nor shall I ever give up questioning the TRUTH of what really happened that terrible day and afterwards. Below is a video of thousands who also remember and still seek answers of that day.
You are REMEMBERED. May our Heavenly Father bring you peace.
God Bless the USA
CrossTalk about Islam
Okay, let me see if I got this straight…
2006 Brigadier General calls the whole group a ‘MYTH”
Al-Qaida leader killed in 2007.
Then today, 4/20/2010, the media announces this same leader is killed again???
Whatever is going on??? Are the dead walking again over there? Osama has 8 lives left that I know of. Looks like this “Bag-daddi guy is down to 7 now??
“Vice President Joe Biden called this latest “kill” a “potentially devastating blow” to al-Qaida in Iraq.”
All I can to say to VP Biden is: “the devastating blow” became an in our face reality during the 2008 election year and has not eased up since!
Hats off to:
For posting such a wonderful report with GREAT links and info.
Latest UPDATE: 4-23-10
BAGHDAD – A series of bombings mainly targeting Shiite worshippers killed at least 60 people on Friday, officials said, just days after U.S. and Iraqi forces killed the top two al-Qaida leaders in Iraq in what was described as devastating blow to the insurgency.
High-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed
BAGHDAD – Iraqi and U.S. troops killed a regional leader of al-Qaida in Iraq in an early morning raid Tuesday, as security forces continue to put pressure on the terrorist organization following the reported deaths of its two top-ranking figures over the weekend, officials said.
Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri were killed in a joint operation Sunday in what Vice President Joe Biden called a “potentially devastating blow” to al-Qaida in Iraq.
The intelligence that led to the elusive leaders’ desert safehouse about six miles (10 kilometers) southwest of Tikrit came from the same source — a senior al-Qaida operative captured last month — that produced the information leading to Tuesday’s raid, according to a senior Iraqi military intelligence officer who supervised both operations.
Building on information provided by the captured al-Qaida agent, Iraqi intelligence services were able to track down all three of the men, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the clandestine nature of his job.
The killing of the al-Qaida figures comes at a critical moment for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has staked his reputation on being the man who can restore stability to Iraq after years of bloodshed. His coalition came in second in March’s national election, but neither he nor his main rival have been able to muster enough support to form a new government.
The intelligence officer said al-Maliki personally oversaw the operations, and received daily briefings from him.
In Tuesday’s raid, American and Iraqi joint forces launched a morning attack in the northern province of Ninevah, killing suspected insurgent leader Ahmed al-Obeidi, Iraqi military spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said.
Al-Moussawi said the slain insurgent, known as Abu Suhaib, was in charge of al-Qaida in Iraq’s operations in the provinces of Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Ninevah.
Iraqi and American troops routinely share intelligence information, and it was a U.S. tip — which then generated more information from Iraqi informants — that led authorities to the isolated desert area outside Tikrit where al-Masri and al-Baghdadi were hiding, according to a U.S. official.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity so that he could talk more candidly about the operation.
Pictures of the remote one-story safehouse, shown exclusively to the AP by the Iraqi military intelligence officer, showed its roof caved in and its mudbrick walls partially destroyed.
U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza said the bodies of al-Masri and al-Baghdadi were identified using DNA matching, as well as fingerprint analysis and other methods.
“We have extreme confidence that these are the two individuals,” he told the AP.
Lanza said he could not comment at this time on operational details of the mission, but said it involved ground and aerial forces.
The Iraqi officer said Iraqi troops surrounded the safehouse and a firefight began with those inside. Iraqi forces then radioed American helicopters, which fired missiles at the house and the shooting from inside stopped, the officer said.
Iraqi forces had been hesitant to storm the house because they had heard al-Masri might be wearing a suicide vest, he said.
Once the shooting stopped, they went inside and found two women still alive — one was al-Masri’s wife — and four dead men who have been identified as al-Masri, his assistant, al-Baghdadi and al-Baghdadi’s son. A suicide vest was found on al-Masri’s corpse, the officer said.
In the wake of the attack, Lanza said American and Iraqi security forces would be keeping pressure on al-Qaida.
“They’re still a threat here, and we will not lose sight of that,” he told The Associated Press.
The terrorist organization in the past has reacted to the deaths of leading figures with new attacks, but it was not immediately clear whether scattered violence Tuesday across the country was related.
In one incident north of Baghdad, gunmen stormed into the home of a member of a Sunni group that joined forces with the Americans to fight al-Qaida in Iraq, killing his wife, his 22-year-old daughter, and his three other children ages 8 to 12, a police officer said.
The member of the local Sahwa, or Awakening Council, was working a shift at a nearby checkpoint and discovered the bodies when he returned to his home in Tarmiyah, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Baghdad, the officer said. An Interior Ministry official confirmed the deaths.
Elsewhere, a police colonel and his driver were killed by a roadside bomb in the western city of Hit, while seven other policemen and four civilians were injured in bombings in Ramadi and Baghdad, according to police officers in the cities.
The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the press.
U.S. says terrorist in Jill Carroll kidnapping killed
POSTED: 0713 GMT (1513 HKT), May 4, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A U.S. military commander said Thursday that an al Qaeda in Iraq militant believed to be involved in last year’s kidnapping of journalist Jill Carroll has been killed.
He is Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri and was identified as the senior minister of information for al Qaeda in Iraq, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.
Caldwell said al-Jubouri was killed in a fight about four miles (six kilometers) west of the Taji air base north of Baghdad; the body initially was identified by photos, then confirmed by DNA testing on Wednesday.
Caldwell said al-Jubouri was connected with the 2006 kidnapping of Carroll, an American freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor held captive for nearly three months.
“Based on multiple detainee briefings, we know he was responsible for the transportation and movement of Jill Carroll from her various hiding places,” Caldwell said.
Al-Jubouri also was involved in the abduction of Tom Fox, one of four men from the Chicago, Illinois-based peace group Christian Peacemaker Teams, who was found fatally shot in Baghdad in March 2006, Caldwell said.
“Muharib was also the last one known to have had personal custody of Tom Fox before his death,” Caldwell said.
The U.S. general said al-Jubouri was the only top-level militant whose recent death the U.S. military could confirm.
Iraqi officials reported the death of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, said to be head of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella organization of Sunni militant groups.
Caldwell said it is not known who al-Baghdadi is or whether he exists, and Iraqis may have mistaken al-Jubouri for al-Baghdadi.
However, a Web posting purportedly from the Islamic State of Iraq acknowledged “the good news of the martyrdom” of al-Jubouri, but it said al-Baghdadi was not killed and “is among his kin, the subjects of the Islamic State of Iraq.”
The Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday night that Carroll did not recognize the military’s photo of al-Jubouri.
“She says the photo might be of a kidnapper whom she had taken to be a low-status guard, but couldn’t be sure,” the Monitor article, slated for Friday editions, said.
Earlier, Monitor editor Richard Bergenheim reacted to the news of al-Jubouri’s death by praising the U.S. military’s work in Iraq.
“While much remains to be done to improve conditions there, we appreciate all the U.S. military did to win Jill’s safe release and continuing efforts to make Iraq a safer place,” Bergenheim said.
Caldwell also said U.S. officials could not confirm reports of the death of another militant, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.
On Tuesday, tribal leaders in Abu Ghraib and Falluja told the Iraqi government that al-Masri was killed in fighting.
Al-Masri is the “war minister” in the Cabinet of the Islamic State of Iraq — which has claimed responsibility for a number of insurgent actions.
Iraqi authorities also said they can’t confirm al-Masri’s death, reports of which were dismissed by the Islamic State of Iraq.
A statement issued by the insurgent group said al-Masri is “safe” and “still battling the enemies of God.” (Watch how al Qaeda in Iraq evolved under al-Masri )
Al-Masri is an Egyptian who replaced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as head of al Qaeda in Iraq after al-Zarqawi’s death in a U.S. airstrike last June.
Perhaps, THIS is the REAL STORY we should be paying attention to???
Senior Qaeda figure in Iraq a myth: U.S. military(Reuters) – A senior operative for al Qaeda in Iraq who was caught this month has told his U.S. military interrogators a prominent al Qaeda-led group is just a front and its leader fictitious, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.
Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner told a news conference that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq, which was purportedly set up last year, did not exist.
The Islamic State of Iraq was established to try to put an Iraqi face on what is a foreign-driven network, Bergner said. The name Baghdadi means the person hails from the Iraqi capital.
Bergner said the information came from an operative called Khalid al-Mashadani who was caught on July 4 and who he said was an intermediary to Osama bin Laden.
He said Mashadani was believed to be the most senior Iraqi in the Sunni Islamist al Qaeda in Iraq network.
“In his words, the Islamic State of Iraq is a front organization that masks the foreign influence and leadership within al Qaeda in Iraq in an attempt to put an Iraqi face on the leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq,” Bergner said.
U.S. military officials in recent weeks have been pressed to explain the link between al Qaeda in Iraq and bin Laden’s global network given the military’s heightened focus on al Qaeda in Iraq as the biggest threat to the country.
The military blames al Qaeda in Iraq for most of the major bombings in Iraq, saying the group is trying to spark all-out civil war between majority Shi’tes and minority Sunni Arabs.
Bergner said Mashadani served as an intermediary between the al Qaeda in Iraq leader, Egyptian Abu Ayyab al-Masri and bin Laden and also the Egyptian cleric Ayman al-Zawahri, who is the global network’s No. 2 commander.
The Islamic State of Iraq was set up in October, comprising a group of Sunni militant affiliates and tribal leaders led by Baghdadi. In April, it named a 10-man “cabinet”.
The Islamic State of Iraq has claimed many high-profile acts of violence.
But Bergner said Mashadani and Masri had co-founded a “virtual organization in cyberspace called the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006 as a new Iraqi pseudonym for AQI”.
“To further this myth, Masri created a fictional head of the Islamic State of Iraq known as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi,” he said.
“To make al-Baghdadi appear credible, al-Masri swore allegiance to al-Baghdadi and pledged to obey him, which is essentially pledging allegiance to himself since he knew Baghdadi was fictitious and a creation of his own,” he said.
“The rank and file Iraqis in AQI believe they are following the Iraqi al-Baghdadi. But all the while they have been following the orders of the Egyptian Abu Ayyab al-Masri.”
Voice recordings purporting to be from Baghdadi have appeared on the Internet, although Bergner said he had been played by an actor. He did not refer to any video clips.
Bergner said Mashadani was al Qaeda’s “media emir” for Iraq.
He said the operative was “providing significant insights into the nature and circumstances of al Qaeda in Iraq”.
The U.S. military has always said al Qaeda in Iraq was run by foreigners.
Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
By Rowan Scarborough
Photo: March 31, 2004: Iraqis chant anti-American slogans as the charred and mutilated bodies of U.S. contractors hang from a bridge over the Euphrates River in Fallujah, Iraq.
Support The SEALs: Drop the Unfair and Outrageous Charges NOW!
Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.
The three, all members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral’s mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.
Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named “Objective Amber,” told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it. (You gotta be KIDDING ME!!)
Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.
Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.
Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.
Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.
The three SEALs will be arraigned separately on Dec. 7. Another three SEALs — two officers and an enlisted sailor — have been identified by investigators as witnesses but have not been charged.
FoxNews.com obtained the official handwritten statement from one of the three witnesses given on Sept. 3, hours after Abed was captured and still being held at the SEAL base at Camp Baharia. He was later taken to a cell in the U.S.-operated Green Zone in Baghdad.
The SEAL told investigators he had showered after the mission, gone to the kitchen and then decided to look in on the detainee.
“I gave the detainee a glance over and then left,” the SEAL wrote. “I did not notice anything wrong with the detainee and he appeared in good health.”
Lt. Col. Holly Silkman, spokeswoman for the special operations component of U.S. Central Command, confirmed Tuesday to FoxNews.com that three SEALs have been charged in connection with the capture of a detainee. She said their court martial is scheduled for January.
United States Central Command declined to discuss the detainee, but a legal source told FoxNews.com that the detainee was turned over to Iraqi authorities, to whom he made the abuse complaints. He was then returned to American custody. The SEAL leader reported the charge up the chain of command, and an investigation ensued.
The source said intelligence briefings provided to the SEALs stated that “Objective Amber” planned the 2004 Fallujah ambush, and “they had been tracking this guy for some time.”
The Fallujah atrocity came to symbolize the brutality of the enemy in Iraq and the degree to which a homegrown insurgency was extending its grip over Iraq.
The four Blackwater agents were transporting supplies for a catering company when they were ambushed and killed by gunfire and grenades. Insurgents burned the bodies and dragged them through the city. They hanged two of the bodies on a bridge over the Euphrates River for the world press to photograph.
Intelligence sources identified Abed as the ringleader, but he had evaded capture until September.
The military is sensitive to charges of detainee abuse highlighted in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The Navy charged four SEALs with abuse in 2004 in connection with detainee treatment.
Here is my response to this insanity!
When EVIL is defended as a ‘right’ and those that combat said “Evil” are condemned for doing their job and service to country and mankind, you KNOW in your heart there is something VERY WRONG within our government!!!
It is DISHONORABLE for our government to BETRAY those that are willing to give ALL for their country!! Where’s your SHAME? You people disgust and sicken me to the core!
- Loss of honor, respect, or reputation.
- The condition of having lost honor or good repute.
- A cause of loss of honor: was a dishonor to the club.
- Failure to pay or refusal to accept a note, a bill, or another commercial obligation.
- To bring shame or disgrace upon.
- To treat in a disrespectful or demeaning manner.
- To fail or refuse to accept or pay (a note, bill, or check, for example)
- To give aid or information to an enemy of; commit treason against: betray one’s country.
- To deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance: betrayed Christ to the Romans.
- To be false or disloyal to: betrayed their cause; betray one’s better nature.
- To divulge in a breach of confidence: betray a secret.
- To make known unintentionally: Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.
- To reveal against one’s desire or will.
- To lead astray; deceive. See synonyms at deceive.
What else will it take for people to wake up and smell the corruption and see the demi-gods for what they really are?
God have mercy on our country and bless us with the power and strength to overthrow the evil that has taken over our great nation.
To our soldiers who are serving our country, know that this American Family STANDS with you! WE give great thanks to all that you endure in the name and struggle for our freedoms.
God bless you all. You are NOT forgotten nor forsaken by us.