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End Torture, Shut Down the CIA!
Remember back in April, 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on 60 Minutes, angrily telling the program host, “we don’t torture people”? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, “this government does not torture people”? We knew then it was not true because we had already seen the photos of Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib prison four years earlier.

27 July 2014read on...

Israel's 155mm Cure For ‘Terrorism’ In 1956, Britain and France were convinced that Egypt’s charismatic nationalist leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser, was threatening what was left of their Mideast and African colonial empires. London branded Nasser, “Hitler on the Nile.”

27 July 2014read on...

Another 'Saigon': US Evacuates From Libya
One month ago today, President Obama was congratulating Libya on a "milestone" election -- even though the disintegration of the country after the 2011 US invasion was ongoing.

26 July 2014read on...

What Does the U.S. Support When It Supports Israel?
According to the Congressional Budget Office, “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance.”

26 July 2014read on...

‘Hard-Core Libertarian’ Austin Petersen's Advice for 'Soviet' Ron Paul
Austin Petersen, who describes himself in the introduction to his Freedom Report Podcast as a “hard-core libertarian” who cares about “pure freedom,” is upset that Ron Paul wrote an editorial expressing skepticism regarding the US government’s and media’s line on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine.

25 July 2014read on...

Ron Paul: 'I Don't Blame America, I Blame Neocons'
Facing a tough but respectful grilling on Fox Business's The Independents over his recent comments on Ukraine and the apparent downing of a Malaysia Air plane, Ron Paul argues that the US government wants to blame Russia for the shoot-down while providing no evidence for its conclusion.

25 July 2014read on...

Breedlove...or Strangelove?
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, wants to light a torch under the rapidly reconstituting Cold War with Russia. According to the Times (UK), NATO's top military commander has plans to transform an old military base in Poland into a tip of the spear pointed at Russia.

25 July 2014read on...

Ron Paul: What's So Bad About a Split-Up Ukraine?
In an in-depth commentary about the recent Malaysian Airlines crash, Dr. Paul makes the point that no one in western media or government wants us to ponder: if eastern Ukraine wants to be closer to Russia and western Ukraine wants to be aligned with the EU, why can't they just go their separate ways without outsider meddling?

24 July 2014read on...

Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process
The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction.

23 July 2014read on...

On Malaysian Crash, Obama's Case Against Russia Disintegrates
Tuesday the US government admitted it had been bluffing about its certainty that Russia was behind the downing of Malaysian Air Flight MH-17 over Ukraine. 



23 July 2014read on...

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British Press Shills for Syria War With 'Baby Snipers' Story


Baby Bullet

The Times of London yesterday published a sensational Syria story based on an interview with British doctor David Nott, who had volunteered his medical expertise in Syria over the past several weeks. Dr. Nott said that he had seen several pregnant women come in with abdominal wounds. He speculated that snipers must have been playing some sort of game where they would target the fetuses of pregnant women -- a grisly business to be sure.

Said Dr. Nott:
It seemed to me that it was some sort of a game they (the snipers) were having with each other... One day we'd have pregnant women being brought in with gunshot wounds to the uterus. Not just one or two, but seven or eight, which meant to me they (the snipers) must be targeting pregnant women.
Nott "heard local rumors" that these snipers, who seemed were playing a game, were Chinese or Azeri mercenaries fighting with Assad's government forces.

None of this was confirmed in any way. Speculation.

But how did Rupert Murdoch's Times of London report this very imprecise bit of speculation on the part of Dr. Nott -- in a huge dramatic spread?

"Assad’s snipers target unborn babies"

How is that for thorough journalism?

With no additional or collaborating reporting, the Daily Mail took the story several steps further. It reported that Dr. Nott heard "local rumors" that snipers were rewarded a cigarette for each fetus they successfully murdered in the womb. Proof? None. A rumor. How horrific and spectacularly diabolical if true, but does it make sense? If indeed this is some sort of sick game played out by snipers, how exactly do they verify that a fetus has been killed while inside the mother's womb so as to claim their cigarette? It doesn't sound right.

And where is any evidence that the snipers were government troops? We do know that the insurgents make regular use of snipers, and in fact just today they shot and killed Gen. Jameh Jameh, a senior government intelligence official. We also know that insurgent snipers are holed up in the caves above the Christian village of Maaloula, where they terrorize the local civilian population. Insurgent snipers also routinely target journalists.

The Times piece (and several related pieces in the British press) was accompanied by a gruesome-looking x-ray of a fetus with what looked like a large caliber bullet lodged in its skull. Strangely enough, this large bullet seems to have passed through the mother's body and into the skull of the fetus, passing through the soft tissue and resting perfectly and dramatically in the frontal lobe of the brain -- with no visible damage to the baby's cranium. Why no skull damage? Why no visible point of entry?

Also, we are told throughout the article that the doctors there are managing with virtually no medical resources and in a combat situation. Why would a doctor in such a crisis situation take the time and limited resources to x-ray an already dead baby? Does it make sense?

Incidentally, the photograph was provided to a range of British media by a British "NGO" called "Syria Relief," which claims the photo was provided by a "Syria Relief media team inside Syria." This may be a legitimate NGO, but its website is incredibly reticent to provide any information about the organization, its founders, its officers, its trustees, and its funders.

Interestingly, Dr. Nott is listed as one-time doctor to former British Prime Minister and war profiteer Tony Blair...

The Times, Independent, Daily Mail, ITV, and others are Goebbles-like in their transparently pro-war propaganda. They have fallen over themselves to print another "babies yanked from incubators" story. Only the Israeli YNET outlet was skeptical of the bloody British claim. "Record cruelty: Syrian rebels target fetuses," is how the Israeli news site put it. Perhaps, but at least there is solid past evidence of such terroristic acts on the part of the rebels.

Shame on Rupert Murdoch's bloody Times.

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