al-Qa’ida offers truce with the U.S. including no sacrifices of ‘our freedom’; U.K. seeks to mandate ‘Big Brother’ surveillance in private homes; Pentagon wants to accelerate production of new 30,000 pound ‘bunker buster’ bomb; Wall St. ‘reaping outsized profits’ from the Federal [sic] Reserve; Israel steals homes from 50 Palestinians for Jewish settlers and more…
“If Obama wants to (reach) an understanding then he should respond to Sheikh Osama (bin Laden’s) two offers,” al-Qa’ida #2 Ayman al-Zawahri told As-sahab, al-Qa’ida’s propaganda wing (Reuters). “The exit of infidel troops from all of the land of Islam and an end to stealing Muslims’ wealth under the threat of military power… [with and end to backing] corrupt and apostate regimes in the Muslim world.” This ‘conditional truce’ was also offered to the Bush Administration, but al-Qa’ida only hates the U.S. for ‘our liberty’, of course. (h/t: Maamoun Youssef)
“The time has come… to take a deep breath and recognize the reality of what happened after Sept. 11, 2001,” writes C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta, a career political chess player (WaPo). “Judgments were made. Some of them were wrong. But that should not taint those public servants who did their duty pursuant to the legal guidance provided.” Cute, Mr. Panetta. Unfortunately this isn’t about partyarchy; it’s about the law. Gathering intelligence to determine and covertly execute people you view as breaking the law coupled with saying that politics trumps the law is hypocrisy. This hypocrisy invalidates Mr. Panetta’s little opinions, desires, and preferences — which are and always will be far below the objectivity of Truth. If not, the word “wrong” is a false consept, also invalidating Mr. Panetta. (h/t: Stephen Webster)
U.S. healthcare bill would allows the gov’t access to your bank account. “Section 163 of the bill states that the government would be allowed real-time access to a person’s bank records – including direct access to bank accounts for electronic fund transfers,” KFYI Radio reports. (h/t: Kurt Nimmo)
The U.K. Children’s Secy. put out a plan to put cameras in private citizens’ homes to ‘ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals’. Private guard will perform ‘home checks’ in the plan to cost the equivalent of $688m (Daily Express). Charlie Sorrel wrote (Wired): “And remember, this is the left-wing government. The Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling, batting for the conservatives, thinks these plans are “too little, and too late,” implying that even more obtrusive work needs to be done.”
The Pentagon is looking to accelerate the development of a “bunker buster” bomb — a ‘non-nuclear, 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)’ developed by Chicago-based Boeing Co. The bomb would deliver 5,300 lbs. of explosives to apply 10x the amount of force as the 2,000 lb. BLU-109. The U.S. Air Force says the bomb could be ready fot Northrop Grumman Corp’s radar-evading B-2 bomber by July 2010. The accelerated development is said to be a ‘signal to Iran and North Korea’. (Reuters).’
‘No strong evidence to prove the nature of Iran’s nuclear program is military,’ The Foreign Affairs Committee of the French Senate report says (PTV). The Obama Administration is dscussing “the possibility of imposing an extreme economic sanction against Iran” — including “cutting off the country’s imports of gasoline and other refined oil products” — with U.S. allies and Congress, David Sanger reports (NYT).
Military production is up 123% since 200 and the military industrial complex produces 8% of U.S. durable goods — up from 3% in 2000. The 2009 military budget is $651bn — up 11% from $583bn in 2008 (RAW STORY). Military welfare from the U.S. — financed by the FED — artificially inflates the GNP.
‘Wall Street banks are reaping outsized profits by trading with the Federal [sic] Reserve,’ Henny Sender reports. The FED is one of Wall St. biggest customers for shit with no value. “You can make big money trading with the government,” said an executive at a leading investment management firm. “The government is a huge buyer and seller and Wall Street has all the pricing power.” (FT) George Selgin of the Cato Institute’s editorial at the CSM brings us ot the attention that Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) bill to audit the FED has 282 cosponsors now.. If you don’t understand how this works, msnbc’s Dylan Ratigan broke it down recently in a very comprehensive manner (8:39):
The U.S. dollar (USD) fell to its lowest level this year on Monday. “The dollar index, which tracks its progress against a basket of six currencies fell to a low of 77.844, its weakest level since mid-December,” reports Peter Garnham (FT). “Meanwhile, commodity-linked currencies also advanced strongly as raw materials prices pushed higher on hopes for stronger global growth.”
Treasury Secy. Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Larry Summers couldn’t guarantee there’d be no added taxes to the middle class from the Obama Administration (RAW STORY). White House mouthpiece Robert Gibbs dismissed the possibility. Mr. Gibbs and other ‘progressives’ don’t include increased fees on people to live their everyday lives, taxes passed down from elevated corporate taxes or inflation as added taxes because they’re either sinister or stupid.
Israeli settlers immediately occupied the homes of 50 Palestinians evicted by the Israeli gov’t in Palestinian East Jerusalem. The homes were legally purchased by Palestinians in 1958, before Israel’s 1967 occupation (AntiWar.com). “The eviction of families and demolition of homes in east Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israeli obligations and I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions,” U.S. Secy of State Hillary Clinton said. Amy Goodman‘s report (1:09):
Israel Foreign Minister and unapologetic fascist Avigdor Lieberman will resign if corruption charges are brought against him, as Israeli police say there is enough evidence to do (NYT).
After Russia accuses Georgia of launching imortars and grenades at South Ossetia, Georgia accuses Russia of mobilizing troops toward the South Ossetian border. Georgia’s attacks on South Ossetia launched the bloody Five Day War this time last year (AntiWar.com)