Posts Tagged ‘JSOC’

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With 70,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, President Obama yesterday dropped his 2009 pledge to remove all combat troops before September, extending the target date 15 months, Gareth Porter reported today at Inter Press Services. The drawdown is intended by the Administration to leave 50,000 ‘residual troops’ indefinitely, but investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill notes the so-called “withdrawal” is a replacement of combat troops with ‘private’ mercenary firms. Earlier today, he spoke with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! (11:48):

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Last week, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief discussed the video footage of the Garani Massacre committed by the Obama Administration in May 2009, the U.S. government hunting him down, the ‘rendition’ of alleged leak-source PFC Bradley Manning, the effects of Collateral Murder leading to more leaks, renditions from Somalia to Kenya and Ethiopia, and the recently leaked Afghanistan War Logs with Scott Horton at AntiWar Radio (14:46):

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Glenn Greenwald was on “The Dylan Ratigan Show” at MSNBC discussing the Obama Administration’s extension of the previous administration’s extrajudicial assassination program to include citizens of the U.S. (h/t: Scott Horton – 3:28):

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Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on Blackwater/Xe, broke the story at The Nation. He discussed it at Democracy Now! and on “Morning Joe” at msnbc this morning (8:05):

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Seymour Hersh’s most recent article features a sick peek into the mind of a relatively honest president and explores the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

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Lew Rockwell, Jr.: America ‘headed to national socialism’; Documents detailing Bush’s illegal wiretapping program released; Bush White House blocked three investigations of a 2001 massacre by a C.I.A.-backed Afghan warlord; Obama ‘colonizing Iraq’; More than 800 Uighurs reportedly killed in ethnic clashes with the Chinese gov’t; ‘Terror suspect’ contributing to Afghan society; Georgia and U.S. preparing to invade near Russian borders?; G-8 threatens Iran; Russian president unveils world currency coin; and more… (more…)

C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of a program from 2001 until the his first day that was kept from Congress, revealing the C.I.A. withheld information from, misled, and deliberately lied to the Congress. (more…)

Brian Ross for ABC News in 2007 and Seymour Hersh for The New Yorker in 2008 reported the Bush Administration’s Presidential Finding enacting a C.I.A. plan to use propaganda to push regime change in Iran. Democrats in Congress backed the $400 million dollar appropriation. The July ’08 article by Mr. Hersh quotes a member of the House Appropriations Committee: “[I]t will take another year before we get the intelligence activities under control…. We control the money and they can’t do anything without the money. Money is what it’s all about. But I’m very leery of this Administration.” (more…)

Wolf Blitzer interviews Mr. Hersh on Syria’s aggressive willingness to push MidEast peace, the US role, and Fmr. VP Dick Cheney’s ‘executive assassination wing’. (more…)