Monday, 13 January 2014

Fwd: [New post] Barack Hussein Obama orders CIA to continue arming and training al-Qaeda linked jihadists in Syria




BareNakedIslam posted: " The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is administering a secret program to further arm, train, and support the anti-government Free Syrian Army, most of whom are now al Qaeda-linked militant extremists in Syria, says the New York Times.  (Photos bel"

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Barack Hussein Obama orders CIA to continue arming and training al-Qaeda linked jihadists in Syria

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The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is administering a secret program to further arm, train, and support the anti-government Free Syrian Army, most of whom are now al Qaeda-linked militant extremists in Syria, says the New York Times.  (Photos below show how these militants like to fight) FARS News  Under the administration's division of labor, […]

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Fwd: [New post] MAINE: Somali Muslim entitlement whores protest proposed cutback in welfare benefits




BareNakedIslam posted: "Maine's Somali Muslim colonizer problem is growing worse with gang violence and welfare abuse threatening the state. Governor LePage's efforts to make Maine's generous benefits system less attractive to Somali Muslim overbreeders who have swarmed the stat"

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MAINE: Somali Muslim entitlement whores protest proposed cutback in welfare benefits

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Maine's Somali Muslim colonizer problem is growing worse with gang violence and welfare abuse threatening the state. Governor LePage's efforts to make Maine's generous benefits system less attractive to Somali Muslim overbreeders who have swarmed the state seeking taxpayer handouts has led to protests from those same Somalis. Press Herald via Frontpage (h/t Susan K)  Immigration advocates and migrants […]

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Re: 10 greatest American rock bands of all time

I didn't make the list.  I am a Wagner and Puccini guy.


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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Re: NSA: China has capability to launch large-scale attack to destroy computer operating systems

Wow really?
We probably can't do that to them.
No they're just too smart for us Travis.
What are their terms of surrender?
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A Brief History of IRS Political Targeting


A Brief History of IRS Political Targeting
One survey found that 75% of IRS respondents felt entitled to deceive or lie to Congress.
By JAMES BOVARD
May 14, 2013 8:18 p.m. ET

Many Republicans are enraged over revelations in recent days that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative nonprofit groups with a campaign of audits and harassment. But of all the troubles now dogging the Obama administration­including the Benghazi fiasco and the Justice Department's snooping on the Associated Press­the IRS episode, however alarming, is also the least surprising. As David Burnham noted in "A Law Unto Itself: The IRS and the Abuse of Power" (1990), "In almost every administration since the IRS's inception the information and power of the tax agency have been mobilized for explicitly political purposes."

President Franklin Roosevelt used the IRS to harass newspaper publishers who were opposed to the New Deal, including William Randolph Hearst and Moses Annenberg, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Roosevelt also dropped the IRS hammer on political rivals such as the populist firebrand Huey Long and radio agitator Father Coughlin, and prominent Republicans such as former Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon. Perhaps Roosevelt's most pernicious tax skulduggery occurred in 1944. He spiked an IRS audit of illegal campaign contributions made by a government contractor to Congressman Lyndon Johnson, whose career might have been derailed if Texans had learned of the scandal.

President John F. Kennedy raised the political exploitation of the IRS to an art form. Shortly after capturing the presidency, JFK denounced "the discordant voices of extremism" and derided people who distrust their leaders­President Obama didn't invent that particular rhetorical line. Shortly thereafter, JFK signaled at a news conference that he expected the IRS to be vigilant in policing the tax-exempt status of questionable (read: conservative) organizations.

Within a few days of Kennedy's remarks, the IRS launched the Ideological Organizations Audit Project. It targeted right-leaning groups, including the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade, the American Enterprise Institute and the Foundation for Economic Education. Kennedy also used the IRS to strong-arm companies into complying with "voluntary" price controls. Steel executives who defied the administration were singled out for audits.

A 1976 report by the Senate Select Committee on Government Intelligence on the Kennedy program noted: "By directing tax audits at individuals and groups solely because of their political beliefs, the Ideological Organizations Audit Project established a precedent for a far more elaborate program of targeting 'dissidents.'"

After Richard Nixon took office, his administration quickly created a Special Services Staff to mastermind what a memo called "all IRS activities involving ideological, militant, subversive, radical, and similar type organizations." More than 10,000 individuals and groups were targeted because of their political activism or slant between 1969 and 1973, including Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling (a left-wing critic of the Vietnam War) and the far-right John Birch Society.

The IRS was also given Nixon's enemies list to, in the words of White House counsel John Dean, "use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies."

The exposure of Nixon's IRS abuses during congressional hearings in 1973 and 1974 profoundly weakened him during the uproar after the Watergate hotel break-in. The second article of his 1974 impeachment charged him with endeavoring to obtain from the IRS "confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner." Congress enacted legislation to severely restrict political contacts between the White House and the IRS.

In the following decades, the IRS regularly sparked outrage by abusing innocent taxpayers, but there was not much controversy about the agency's politicizing until Bill Clinton took office.

In 1995, the White House and the Democratic National Committee produced a 331-page report entitled "Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce" that attacked magazines, think tanks and other entities and individuals who had criticized President Clinton. In the subsequent years, many organizations mentioned in the White House report were hit by IRS audits. More than 20 conservative organizations­including the Heritage Foundation and the American Spectator magazine­and almost a dozen individual high-profile Clinton accusers, such as Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers, were audited.

The Landmark Legal Foundation sued the IRS in 1997 after being audited. Its brief quoted an IRS official who had explained at an IRS meeting in San Francisco that audit requests from members of Congress or their staff had been shredded and also suggested how future requests from Capitol Hill could be camouflaged. The IRS told the court that it could not find 114 key files relating to possible political manipulation of audits of tax-exempt organizations.

One potential bombshell of the Clinton era that went relatively unrecognized was an Associated Press report in 1999 that "officials in the Democratic White House and members of both parties in Congress have prompted hundreds of audits of political opponents in the 1990s," including "personal demands for audits from members of Congress." Audit requests from congressmen were marked "expedite" or "hot politically" and IRS officials were obliged to respond within 15 days. Permitting congressmen to secretly and effortlessly sic G-men on whomever they pleased epitomized official Washington's contempt for average Americans and fair play. But because the abuse was bipartisan, there was little enthusiasm on Capitol Hill for an investigation.

The IRS has usually done an excellent job of stifling investigations of its practices. A 1991 survey of 800 IRS executives and managers by the nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics revealed that three out of four respondents felt entitled to deceive or lie when testifying before a congressional committee.

The agency also has a long history of seeking to intimidate congressional critics: In 1925, Internal Revenue Commissioner David Blair personally delivered a demand for $10 million in back taxes to Michigan's Republican Sen. James Couzens ­who had launched an investigation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue­as he stepped out of the Senate chamber. More recently, after Sen. Joe Montoya of New Mexico announced plans in 1972 to hold hearings on IRS abuses, the agency added his name to a list of tax protesters who were capable of violence against IRS agents.

With the current IRS scandal, we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg. Thorough congressional investigations would no doubt help reveal the extent of the operation, and the criminal investigation announced by the Justice Department on Tuesday may prove fruitful as well. Regardless of what these inquiries uncover, though, we can be almost certain that IRS audits will remain irresistible political weapons.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324715704578482823301630836

Left and right bamboozling you on Benghazi


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Left and right bamboozling you on Benghazi
Ilana Mercer
January 9, 2014

"Us against al-Qaida": This has been – still is – the narrowly conceived narrative among neoconservatives. As the politically provincial neoconservative foreign-policy paradigm has it, those were the forces that played out in the Benghazi affair, in which the American mission was left undefended, resulting in the slaughter of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans (who, given the pecking order in the Empire, generally go unnamed).

Hillary Clinton, the woman who cracked the whip at Foggy Bottom at the time, had clearly resolved to run the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, as one would an open community center. This was meant to signal that her war on Libya had been a success, when in fact Hillary's adventure there had as much "host-nation support" as George Bush's faith-based forays into Iraq and Afghanistan.

Indeed, "a central figure in the attack," reports David D. Kirkpatrick of the New York Times, "was an eccentric, malcontent militia leader, Ahmed Abu Khattala." Once persecuted and imprisoned by Gadhafi, Abu Khattala is a Libyan Islamist from the el-Leithi region, who considers "the United States not far behind Col. Gadhafi on his list of infidel enemies."

Understandably, Fox-News neocons have been fuming over "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi," Kirkpatrick's exposé in the Times. In their focused blindness, Republicans believe religiously that, to quote Kirkpatrick, "Mr. Stevens died in a carefully planned assault by al-Qaida to mark the anniversary of its strike on the United States 11 years before." Accordingly, the Obama administration has been "covering up evidence of al-Qaida's role to avoid undermining the president's claim that the group has been decimated, in part because of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden."

Uncovered by the Times' investigation, however, was a very different reality in Benghazi – "murkier than either of those story lines suggests. Benghazi," contends Kirkpatrick, "was not infiltrated by al-Qaida, but nonetheless contained grave local threats to American interests. The attack does not appear to have been meticulously planned, but neither was it spontaneous or without warning signs."

In particular are neoconservatives fulminating over the findings that "turned up no evidence that al-Qaida or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault," and that "the attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO's extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Col. Gadhafi."

How can that be? Easily: The history of Libya is festooned with similar ransacking and burning of consulates by angry local mobs. Alas, in the ignorance it cultivates about the past, America is Cicero's perpetual child. By the definition of the great Roman statesman, "Not to know what happened before one was born is to be always a child."

Based on no more than the annals of U.S. intervention in the region, it is fair to say that, to the extent the American-made video lampooning Islam triggered the hatred harbored by the invaded Libyans for the invading Americans – to that extent it is true that the YouTube clip, more so than the mythical al-Qaida, was a catalyst for the attack on our embassy in Benghazi.

Still, the NYT has hardly been unsparingly honest. Rather, the Gray Eminence is as dishonest and politically provincial as the opposing faction.

Discounted in the Kirkpatrick essay is that al-Qaida has devolved into many decentralized operations that mirror the aspirations of the indigenous population to be free of meddling Westerners – unless of course said militia and tribesmen (the Ansar al-Shariah, for example) can get us to bankroll their Baksheesh economy.

Predictably, the double-crossing neoconservative and neoliberal entities cross-pollinate each other.

So wrong was the Times on Iraq that the reporter who piped lies straight from the Bush White House to her Times readers was recruited to Fox News: She is Judith "Chalabi" Miller. (Ahmed Chalabi was the Iraqi exile who agitated for American intervention in Iraq. In the ramp-up to war, Chalabi fed Ms. Miller, the New York Times' birdbrain now perched at Fox News, with the pro-invasion "intelligence" she then presented to the public.)

The facts in the Benghazi affair have likewise been unwoven and retied into two contradictory narratives to suit the respective sides.

Think of lab rats racing through a maze, as you watch the sub-intelligent, dual-panel "dialogue" conducted on the teli. Hosts Stephanie Cutter (left-wing, social-democratic rat) or S. E. Cupp (right-wing, social-democratic rat): Each rat runs with a designated, neatly bifurcated (Republican or Democratic) political orthodoxy. Each is a "maze-bright" rat, and not the possessor and giver of any truth.

"Left" and "right" are bamboozling you on Benghazi.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/left-and-right-bamboozling-you-on-benghazi/

Re: Al-Qaida Just won’t Go Away

I think a better analogy for Al Queada, is "Coca-Cola, Atlanta Georgia".  Everyone knows that this is where Coca-Cola started, and where its corporate headquarters are,  but really, the Cokes that I drink are bottled here in Tampa.  Or Jacksonville. 

And then, there's Pepsi,  (e.g.; the Taliban); and RC Cola,  and Shasta,  and Wal-Mart Cola....A whole bunch of "Coca-Cola/Al Queada"  wannabes.....


On Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM, MJ <michaelj@america.net> wrote:
"As an organization and threat, al-Qaida barely exists.   But as a name, al-Qaida and "terrorism" have become the west's handy universal term for armed groups fighting western influence, corruption or repression in Asia and Africa.  Al-Qaida is nowhere -- but everywhere."

January 11, 2014
Al-Qaida Just won't Go Away
By Eric Margolis

How did al-Qaida, a tiny anti-Communist group in Afghanistan that had no more than 200 active members in 2001 become a supposed worldwide threat?

How can al-Qaida be all over the Mideast, North Africa, and now much of black Africa?  This after the US spent over $1 trillion trying to stamp out al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The answer is simple.  As an organization and threat, al-Qaida barely exists.   But as a name, al-Qaida and "terrorism" have become the west's handy universal term for armed groups fighting western influence, corruption or repression in Asia and Africa.  Al-Qaida is nowhere -- but everywhere.

If you're a rebel group seeking publicity, the fastest way is by pledging allegiance to the shadowy, nowhere al-Qaida.

Take Iraq, where fighting currently rages between the Shia government and Sunni militias in Anbar Province.   Interestingly, the Sunni uprising is centered on Fallujah, which was almost flattened by US Marines and blasted apart by depleted uranium shells and illegal white phosphorus as a dire warning to Iraqis who resisted.

After the US invaded Iraq in 2003,  over a dozen Iraqi resistance groups rose to fight the Americans and their new-found Shia allies.   Chief among them were Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party and Iraqi military veterans. As I kept saying at the time on major US TV networks, there was no al-Qaida and no nuclear weapons in Iraq. Thank George W. Bush for Iraq's so-called al-Qaida.

Thanks to the magic of mass media manipulation, Washington was able to divert attention from all of the Sunni resistance groups – or "terrorists" as they were branded -  to a single group of cutthroats led by a mysterious, renegade Jordanian,  Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.  The rest of the resistance groups simply vanished from our view.

A few have now resurfaced in western Iraq, notably the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Syria), or ISIS.  It is always branded "al-Qaida linked" by western media, though no evidence is offered.  Iraq's increasingly brutal regime has also claimed it is fighting al-Qaida in Anbar Province.

Mention of the al-Qaida buzz-word has sent America's conservative Republicans and neoconservatives into a frenzy. They are demanding that the Obama administration do something.  Maybe re-invade Iraq? There are some 10,000 US combat troops just down the road in Kuwait.

US special forces, drone and manned aircraft, and CIA mercenaries are already in action around Fallujah and Ramadi. As in past years, CIA is paying millions to Sunni tribesmen to fight anti-government forces.

Crazy as it sounds, the US is considering buying attack helicopters from Russia to give to the Baghdad regime, as it is now doing in Afghanistan with the Kabul regime.

Speaking of Afghanistan, former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta admitted that there were no more than 25 to 50 al-Qaida members in Afghanistan.  But now,  al-Qaida has popped up in Pakistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, across North Africa, Nigeria, Mali, Central African Republic, and so on.  Somalia's anti-western resistance group,  Shebab, is also branded "al-Qaida linked."

Back in the Cold War,  almost all groups opposing western domination were called communists.  Today, al-Qaida has replaced communism as a hot button name.  The widespread – but probably mistaken – belief that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida was responsible for the 9/11 attacks has made anything "linked" to al-Qaida fair game for liquidation.

Branding your foes "terrorists" is a fine way of de-legitimizing them and denying them any political or humanitarian rights. Israel did this very effectively with the hapless Palestinians, who  foolishly  cooperated by bombing civilians.

However, the obvious problem here is that doing so creates an endless supply of "terrorists" and pressure to take action against them.   That and oil are the reason US special forces are now beating the bush all over black Africa.   It's the never-ending "long war" that America's militarist and neocon circles want, and against which President Dwight Eisenhower so presciently warned back in the 1950's.

Egypt offers another grim example of propaganda becoming fact.  The majority of its people who voted for a democratic government in a fair election and its leaders are now condemned as "terrorists" by the thuggish generals who overthrew the legitimate government in Cairo.    Anyone daring to oppose the US and Saudi-backed military junta is a "terrorist."  They must drive terrorist cars, eat terrorist food, and have terrorist babies.

www.ericmargolis.com

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