Tara's Blog – September 2009 Archive (33)

US Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn’t Add Up

by Gareth Porter, September 30, 2009

The story line that dominated media coverage of the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility last week was the official assertion that U.S. intelligence had caught Iran trying to conceal a "secret" nuclear facility.

But an analysis of the transcript of that briefing by senior administration officials that was the sole basis for the news stories and other evidence reveals damaging admissions, conflicts with the facts, and unanswered… Continue

Added by Tara on September 30, 2009 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Support Lauren Wasson and Fight Police Brutality

Target:Governor Edward G. Rendell

Sponsored by: Lauren Wasson

Lauren Wasson, 23, of Garfield, was charged with obstruction of highways and aggravated assault after she allegedly threw her bicycle at Officer Shawn Dady, striking Officer Dady with it." Lauren was simply trying to slow down a moment so that another pedestrian could move out of her path. A slideshow is… Continue

Added by Tara on September 29, 2009 at 6:15pm — No Comments

The U.S. Creeps Closer to a Police State

by Shamus Cooke

When word first arrived that the G-20 would be meeting in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, activists began organizing protest demonstrations. Events like this are what freedom of speech is made for. What better occasion to protest than a meeting of the world’s 20 top leaders — most of them deservedly hated — where they will be imposing policy on billions of people worldwide?

The majority of protesters consisted of labor and community groups; they… Continue

Added by Tara on September 28, 2009 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

Erdogan:Focus on Israeli nukes not Iran N energy program

The Turkish president has condemned Western countries' focus on Iran's nuclear program, stressing that the world should deal with Israel's nuclear weapons instead.

Turkey's "Radikal" newspaper on Sunday reported that Recep Tayyip Erdogan's strong comments against Israel's nuclear program was similar to his "one minute" stance in Davos in January when he walked out of a televised debate with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres.

Erdogan told reporters in New York that… Continue

Added by Tara on September 28, 2009 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

Who’s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds? The gagged whistleblower goes on the record

By Sibel Edmonds and Philip Giraldi

Sibel Edmonds has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts. She was fired from the FBI in April 2002 after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for… Continue

Added by Tara on September 25, 2009 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

Newly Declassified Files Detail Massive FBI Data-Mining Project

A fast-growing FBI data-mining system billed as a tool for hunting terrorists is being used in hacker and domestic criminal investigations, and now contains tens of thousands of records from private corporate databases, including car-rental companies, large hotel chains and at least one national department store, declassified documents obtained by Wired.com show.

Headquartered in Crystal City, Virginia, just outside Washington, the FBI’s National Security Branch Analysis Center… Continue

Added by Tara on September 24, 2009 at 9:54am — No Comments

Honduras' fallen leader told The Miami Herald he is being subjected to mind-altering gas and radiation -- and that `Israeli mercenaries' are planning to assassinate him.



TEGUCIGALPA -- It's been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power. He's sleeping on chairs, and he claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and ``Israeli mercenaries'' are torturing him with high-frequency radiation.

``We are being threatened with death,'' he said in an interview with The Miami Herald, adding that mercenaries were likely to storm the embassy where he has been holed up since Monday and assassinate… Continue

Added by Tara on September 24, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

Ron Paul: Leave Government Out Of Insurance Plan

September 20, 2009

One of the strongest opponents of government intervention in reforming the health care industry is Ron Paul — a Republican congressman from Texas. He's known to some as "Dr. No" for his opposition to tax hikes and refusal to vote for spending bills. He's a doctor by training — an OB-GYN — and he's written a new book called End the Fed — as in the Federal Reserve. He tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz that he doesn't believe health care is a… Continue

Added by Tara on September 23, 2009 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief

TEHRAN - Pakistan’s former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Blackwater later changed its name and is now known as Xe.

General Beg recently told the Saudi Arabian daily Al Watan that former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf had given Blackwater the… Continue

Added by Tara on September 22, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

How Israel silenced its Gaza war protesters

By Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent

A new report from Adalah shows how the courts and police attempted to stamp out opposition to Operation Cast Lead "This is a time of war, and every incident harms the people's morale."

This was not a sentence in a right-wing journal, but rather a statement by an Israel Police representative during Operation Cast Lead seeking to persuade the Tel Aviv District Court to block anti-war protesters from the city.

Around the same… Continue

Added by Tara on September 22, 2009 at 8:05am — No Comments

Bagram and the fine print

By Huma Yusuf


Monday, 21 Sep, 2009

After championing habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees during his election campaign, Obama seems like a hypocrite for having different rules apply at Bagram. –Photo by AFP

US President Barack Obama dominated headlines last week for tossing out George W. Bush’s plans for a missile defence shield in Eastern Europe.

The praise with which that decision was met globally will probably help mask the… Continue

Added by Tara on September 22, 2009 at 7:50am — No Comments

Report: IDF, U.S. military to simulate Iran missile strike on Israel

The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military will soon hold a training exercise in which they will simulate missile attacks on Israel from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Sunday.

The exercise will be carried out as part of the ongoing maneuvers between Israel and the United States, the London-based paper said, which will reportedly be the broadest-ever this year.

According to the paper, the drill is also part of U.S.… Continue

Added by Tara on September 20, 2009 at 9:13pm — No Comments

EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour"

The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing "Orwellian" technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images for "abnormal behaviour".

By Ian Johnston

A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers.

Its main objectives include the… Continue

Added by Tara on September 20, 2009 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

ACLU Condemns Former CIA Directors' Attempt To Derail Justice Department Investigation Into Torture (9/18/2009) Investigation Should Proceed Without Interference


CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

NEW YORK – Former CIA directors, including some of the architects of the Bush administration's interrogation policies, today sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to reverse Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to investigate whether crimes were committed in connection with the interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody overseas.

The American Civil Liberties Union has called on the Justice… Continue

Added by Tara on September 19, 2009 at 1:19am — 1 Comment

Dangerous Crossroads: Missile Defense and Washington’s Foolish Eurasia Strategy, The Obama Biden Policy of Denigration and Confrontation

by F. William Engdahl

Eight months into the Obama Presidency the outlines of Administration foreign policy are becoming very clear and what is emerging is a foreign policy establishment flying blind on automatic pilot, evidently unable to make the fundamental policy changes required of its new geopolitical and economic position in the world since the collapse of the Greenspan “revolution in finance” September 2008. For the first time since it emerged as the world’s dominant power… Continue

Added by Tara on September 18, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

This Constitution Day, Try Something New: Ignore the Feds!

by Michael Boldin

There’s plenty of federal holidays for Americans to celebrate. On July 4th, there’s independence from King George’s England. On the first Monday in September, a holiday was dedicated to the “social and economic achievements of American workers.” Other days throughout the year celebrate autumn harvest, soldiers who died in the civil war and even a person who sailed to this continent nearly three centuries before the country was “founded.”

When… Continue

Added by Tara on September 17, 2009 at 9:27am — No Comments

Cop threatens to ‘harass’ mishap witness, Driver says he saw NOPD officer run a stop sign, hit a pedestrian in French Quarter

by Richard A. Webster

Josh Wexler, a 30-year-old piano player, said he saw a New Orleans police officer run a stop sign and strike a pedestrian with his car in the French Quarter at 12:45 p.m. Jan. 29.

When the pedestrian raised his hands as if to say, “What are you doing?” the officer rushed out of his vehicle and “angrily” grabbed the startled man, Wexler said.

The officer in question, William Torres, reportedly forced the pedestrian to place his hands on the… Continue

Added by Tara on September 17, 2009 at 9:15am — No Comments

Media Targets State Sovereignty Movement

Written by Patrick Krey

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 15:00

Two hundred and twenty-two years ago this week, the Constitution was signed by the Framers in Philadelphia. To commemorate this historic event, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is hosting "Constitution Week."

September 17th celebrates the signing of the Constitution, one of the most influential and important events in American history. All this week, the National Constitution Center is… Continue

Added by Tara on September 16, 2009 at 8:37am — No Comments

Chip Tatum, former CIA Operative/Black Ops Assassin Spoke Out: Tortured/Murdered

By: acquarius74 Monday September 14, 2009 10:40 am

This GoogleVideo is primarily an interview with former CIA black ops operative, Dios Gene "Chip" Tatum. This interview is also on YouTube in 8 segments which are very frustrating to ferret out.

The assassination arm of the CIA has come under fire recently with Panetta and Congress claiming shock and awe. Who are they kidding?


"...Gene… Continue

Added by Tara on September 15, 2009 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Trust in News Media Falls to New Low in Pew Survey


Published: September 13, 2009

Trust in news media has reached a new low, with record numbers of Americans saying reporting is inaccurate, biased and shaped by special interests, according to a survey set to be released Monday.

The survey of 1,506 people interviewed in July by the Pew Research Center showed that self-described Republicans continued to take the dimmest view of news organizations, but discontent among Democrats was catching… Continue

Added by Tara on September 14, 2009 at 8:47am — No Comments

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