Tara's Blog – November 2009 Archive (35)

Kill enemy children: Jewish edict

By Khalid Amayreh



A Jewish rabbi has issued a book giving Jews permission to murder non-Jews, including babies and children, who may pose an actual or potential threat to Jews or Israel.



"It is permissible to kill the Righteous among non-Jews even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation," Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement in the occupied West Bank, wrote in his book "The King's Torah."





He… Continue

Added by Tara on November 30, 2009 at 9:12am — 2 Comments

Detainee policy appointee quits Pentagon post

BY CAROL ROSENBERG



The Pentagon's top detainee affairs policy appointee has quit the Defense Department just seven months into the job, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.



Phillip Carter, a former Army captain and Iraq War veteran, had been an outspoken critic of Bush-era war on terror detention policy as an attorney and blogging commentator.



He got the job of U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs in April, months after President Barack… Continue

Added by Tara on November 25, 2009 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Who Will Protest Obama’s War? Libertarian youth must take the lead

by Justin Raimondo



Here we are on the verge of a momentous announcement – President Obama’s unveiling of his "comprehensive plan" for escalating the war in Afghanistan – and where is the so-called antiwar movement? Missing in action, as this news report reveals:



“‘There’s this trust that he’s going to fix it all,’ said Shara Esbenshade, 19, a sophomore at Stanford University and member of Stanford Says No To War. She says there are no antiwar marches on her campus, only… Continue

Added by Tara on November 25, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Obama Quietly Backs PATRIOT Act Provisions

by William Fisher



With the health care debate preoccupying the mainstream media, it has gone virtually unreported that the Barack Obama administration is quietly supporting renewal of provisions of the George W. Bush-era USA PATRIOT Act that civil libertarians say infringe on basic freedoms.



And it is reportedly doing so over the objections of some prominent Democrats.



When a panicky Congress passed the act 45 days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,… Continue

Added by Tara on November 24, 2009 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Beware of a false flag attack on the US to justify "defensive" war with Iran

A false flag attack is a military term that describes a nation attacking itself disguised as an attack coming from another nation. The purpose of a false flag attack is propaganda for public support for war. The best known historical example is Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland under Operation Himmler.



If US “leadership” is committed to war with Iran, a predictable… Continue

Added by Tara on November 23, 2009 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

The Twisted Logic Behind the Prosecution of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, A Trial That Will Convict Us All

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS



Republican members of Congress and what masquerades as a “conservative” media are outraged that the Obama administration intends to try in federal court Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 9/11, and four alleged co-conspirators.



The Republican and right-wing rant that a trial is too good for these people proves what I have written for a number of years: Republicans and many Americans who think of themselves as conservatives have no… Continue

Added by Tara on November 23, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Still the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

by Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg



Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

- George Washington



The re-declaration of a national State of Emergency by President Obama on September 10, 2009 is not theoretical; it affects our civil liberties and our ability to live in a free and open society. Not one major media outlet covered the fact… Continue

Added by Tara on November 21, 2009 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

US to drop shooting case against Blackwater guard

By MATT APUZZO

Associated Press Writer



WASHINGTON (AP)- The Justice Department intends to drop manslaughter and weapons charges against one of the Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, prosecutors said in court documents Friday.



The shooting in busy Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. It touched off a string of investigations that ultimately led the State Department to cancel the… Continue

Added by Tara on November 21, 2009 at 12:55am — No Comments

Mr. President Barack Hussein Obama: We, the Palestinian people, are fed up!

An open letter to Barack Obama



Haidar Eid, a professor of English, political commentator and resident of Gaza City, asks whether the president of the United States remembers anything from his long-ago meeting with the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said.



Dear Mr. President:



You will probably not read this letter due to your busy schedule and the huge number of messages you receive from presidents, kings, princes, sheiks and prime ministers. Who is a… Continue

Added by Tara on November 19, 2009 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Campus Watch Copycats Close in on Israeli Professors

by Jonathan Cook



Right-wing groups in Israel want to create a climate of fear among left-wing scholars at Israeli universities by emulating the "witch-hunt" tactics of the U.S. academic monitoring group Campus Watch, Israeli professors warn.



The watchdog groups IsraCampus and Israel Academia Monitor are believed to be stepping up their campaigns after the recent publication in a U.S. newspaper of an Israeli professor’s call to boycott Israel.



Both groups have… Continue

Added by Tara on November 19, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Father of Matthew Bolick, who died in East Grand Rapids police custody, says 911 call was for aid, not arrest-shot with taser 3-4 times

By The Grand Rapids Press staff

November 18, 2009, 4:12AM



EAST GRAND RAPIDS — As Stephen Bolick replayed the scene of his son’s death, he said the details did not add up.



Why, Bolick asked, did it take police three or four Taser stun gun shots to subdue 30-year-old Matthew Bolick, who, at 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed just 135 pounds?



Matthew Bolick

Bolick, described by his family as a loving brother and caring son who loved jazz and camping with… Continue

Added by Tara on November 18, 2009 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

Obama admits Guantanamo won't close by Jan. deadline

By Anne E. Kornblut

Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:52 AM







BEIJING -- President Obama directly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay will not close by the January deadline he set, but he said he hoped to still achieve that goal sometime next year.



Obama refused, however, to set a new deadline.



In an interview in the Chinese capital with Major Garrett of Fox News,… Continue

Added by Tara on November 18, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

I’ve got a mandate for the bastards

We’re quick to point out political corruption around the world. Afghanistan is corrupt. Iran rigs elections. Putin has his oligarchs. It’s all true, but rarely do we take a long hard look at the corruption endemic in our own politics. My esteemed colleague, Dr. Denny, recently penned an important post detailing Congressional corruption. Like so much of our nefarious behavior, it looks relatively civilized because we dress it up nicely. But we all know that our representatives are as crooked as… Continue

Added by Tara on November 17, 2009 at 2:34pm — 2 Comments

CIA says it gets its money's worth from Pakistani spy agency

It has given hundreds of millions to the ISI, for operations as well as rewards for the capture or death of terrorist suspects. Despite fears of corruption, it is money well-spent, ex-officials say.



By Greg Miller



November 15, 2009



Reporting from Washington - The CIA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan's intelligence service since the Sept. 11 attacks, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency's annual budget, current and… Continue

Added by Tara on November 16, 2009 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Palestinian Leaders Seek UN Endorsement of Statehood, Israel Threatens Unilateral Actions Against Palestine in Event of Statehood

by Jason Ditz, November 15, 2009



Frustrated by Israel’s hawkish government having declared the peace process dead several times in the past few months, Palestinian leaders say they are going to unilaterally ask the United Nations to endorse their independence based on pre-1967 borders.



In the 1967 Six Day War, Israel attacked Syria and Egypt, and when Jordan entered the war on the basis of a defense pact with Egypt it occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The… Continue

Added by Tara on November 15, 2009 at 11:49pm — 1 Comment

The Rationing Commission, Meet the unelected body that will dictate future medical decisions

As usual, the most dangerous parts of ObamaCare aren't receiving the scrutiny they deserve—and one of the least examined is a new commission to tell Congress how to control health spending. Democrats are quietly attempting to impose a "global budget" on Medicare, with radical implications for U.S. medicine.



Like most of Europe, the various health bills stipulate that Congress will arbitrarily decide how much to spend on health care for seniors every year—and then invest an unelected… Continue

Added by Tara on November 15, 2009 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Predator Drones: Obama Is Waging A New War

In 2003 as the USA began it's military adventure into Iraq, only a handful of pilotless drones were in the arsenal of the US military. Today, there are over 7,000 drones in operation around the globe. In addition, the liberation force in Iraq possessed no unmanned ground vehicles whatsoever, but today they now exploit the use of more than 12,000 unmanned ground vehicles used for various purposes. One is called the "PackBot," and is made by the manufacturers of the home vacuum cleaner robot sold… Continue

Added by Tara on November 14, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

Israel 'personally attacking human rights group' after Gaza war criticism

Chris McGreal in Washington



America's leading human rights organisation has accused Israel and its supporters of an "organised campaign" of false allegations and misinformation, including "extremely personal attacks" on its staff, in an attempt to discredit the group over its reports of war crimes in Gaza.



Human Rights Watch (HRW) ties the campaign – which has included accusations that the group's reports on the Jewish state are written by "anti-Israel ideologues" and that… Continue

Added by Tara on November 13, 2009 at 3:25pm — No Comments

US seeks to seize 4 mosques, tower linked to Iran

US seeks to seize 4 mosques, NYC skyscraper owned by foundation linked to Iranian government



ADAM GOLDMAN

AP News



Nov 13, 2009 08:22 EST



In what could be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, federal prosecutors sought to take over four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a Muslim organization suspected of being controlled by the Iranian government.



Prosecutors on Thursday filed a civil complaint in… Continue

Added by Tara on November 13, 2009 at 2:53pm — 4 Comments

How the US army protects its trucks – by paying the Taliban

Insurance, security or extortion? The US is spending millions of dollars in Afghanistan to ensure its supply convoys get through – and it's the Taliban who profit





Aram Roston

The Guardian, Friday 13 November 2009



On 29 October 2001, while the Taliban's rule over Afghanistan was under assault, the regime's ambassador in Islamabad in neighbouring Pakistan gave a chaotic press conference in front of several dozen reporters sitting on the grass. On the Taliban… Continue

Added by Tara on November 13, 2009 at 12:58am — 2 Comments

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