U.S. Bailouts could near $24 trillion!; Israel to establish an “internet warfare team” to globally propagandize and combat Truth; A new “Obama interrogation unit” being considered; Obama’s Hitler Youth; Gitmo shutdown delayed by Obama; Is Afghanistan just a geopolitical strategy to continue intimidating Iran?; Israel rejects U.S. call to stop construction in the Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem; Georgia’s NATO ambitions ‘dead’; and more…
“He hasn’t bombed Iran, yet,” said Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), when asked of the best and worst of the Obama regime so far. (POLITICO)
Bailouts in the U.S. could cost up to $23.7tn (YES, TRILLION!). The Bush-Obama-McCain-Goldman Sachs robbery is nearing reality in the public rhetoric. The estimates still remain that anywhere from $70tn to $250tn in derivatives remain unfunded.
“Israel’s foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel,” writes Jonathon Cook. “Rona Kuperboim, a columnist for Ynet, Israel’s most popular news website, denounced the initiative, saying it indicated that Israel had become a ‘thought-police state’.” (Counterpunch)
Israeli soldiers talk of using Gaza children as human shields, among other war crimes (AntiWar.com).
“Fearing that Israel is hatching a plan to declare Jordan the official Palestinian state, Jordanian officials have begun revoking Palestinians’ citizenship en masse, stirring panic,” writes Stephen Webster (Raw Story)
Israel rejects U.S. call to stop East Jerusalem housing complex (0:56):
“Israel and the U.S. appear set for a political standoff over an illegal settlement building project in East Jerusalem,” al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports from Jerusalem. (1:52):
“The Israeli army has launched a cross border attack on the Gaza Strip, destroying a three-story house and some farm buildings.” (PTV)
“The Makings of a Police State-Part I” by Sibel Edmonds on Obama’s Hitler Youth (123 Real Change)
“First steps taken to implement preventive detention, military commissions” by Glenn Greenwald (Salon)
“The Obama administration is considering setting up a special unit that will interrogate terrorism suspects.” (3:04):
Recently freed Gitmo detainee Lakhdar Boumediene continuing torture at Gitmo during the Obama regime. “According to Boumediene, a special guard unit continues to beat prisoners to get them out of their cells, and any official claims that such treatment has stopped are untrue.” (Der Spiegel) Jeremy Scahill wrote and discussed in interviews of the “thug squad” which continues to operate at Gitmo in great detail recently.
“As soon as he took office Barack Obama, the U.S. president, ordered Guantanamo Bay closed within a year, but his administration is now wrestling with more than just logistics,” al Jazeera‘s Monica Villamizar reports. (2:24):
“Officials said Monday that it is still unclear how many Guantanamo Bay prisoners might be placed in some system of prolonged detention, and how that system might be structured. But they said that Obama will seek congressional backing for any system and not unilaterally assert his authority to hold detainees indefinitely under the laws of war. Officials had previously said they were considering an executive order to establish a system of indefinite detention.” (WaPo)
The C.I.A. is criticizing Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s ambition to appoint a prosecutor to investigate detainee abuse. “Officials familiar with the referrals have said they were horrific: one involves allegations that a naked prisoner in CIA custody in Afghanistan froze to death after being left in a prison known as the ‘salt pit’,” Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball report. (Newsweek)
A theory that last week’s bombings in Jakarta may be connected with the C.I.A. and Mossad is being voiced by former Naval intelligence officer and journalist Wayne Madsen. Mr. Madsen isn’t always the best source. He can be kind of kooky sometimes. (4:37):
‘The real reason why the U.S. continues its presence in Afghanistan is Iran the country which is an annoyance for Israel,’ said Karen Kwiatkowski, a writer and former U.S. Air Force officer. (5:43):
“The evidence that Obama is ramping up the U.S. effort to encircle and eventually strike at Iran is building: added deployments to Afghanistan and our increasing intervention in Pakistan can always be attributed to the vagaries of the Af-pak front, but one can’t blame the Iranians from looking at it differently,” writes Justin Raimondo (AntiWar.com). “The U.S. military presence, to the south and the east, is looming larger. This, in tandem with an apparent hardening of the U.S. stance – e.g. the ‘muscularity’ of Hillary Clinton’s most recent peroration – can only be seen by Tehran as prefiguring war.”
The U.S. is sending Drug Enforcement Admnistration (D.E.A.) agents to Afghanistan to increase the “counter-narcotics effort” (LAT). Afghan drug harvesters produce 93% of the global heroin market share. The word is that the druglords are financing the militants, but the article portrays this as an effort to fight the Taliban. It’s uncontroversial that the so-called Islamic fundamentalist Taliban eradicated drug cultivation during its terrorizing regime. Can we stop calling every person who resists the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan “Taliban” now?
Georgia’s ambitions to join NATO are “almost dead”, according to its president. ‘The Georgian presidents turnaround on NATO membership plans has been caused by a U.S. recommendation to concentrate on home affairs,’ says Fred Weir, Head of the Russian Bureau of The Christian Science Monitor. (3:34):
The U.S. continues to back Ukraine’s NATO bid. Russia and the majority of the Ukrainian people oppose. (AJE)
Khatami calls for referendum on Iran government’s legitimacy (0:25):
The Chinese gov’t is cracking down on clashes between the Uighurs and Han Chinese in Xinjiang. The clashes have led to at least 190 Uighur deaths. The gov’t has kidnapped 4,000 Uighurs since July 5. (FT)
Honduras talks collapse; Arias warns of civil war (2:01):