‘This incisive article by veteran war correspondent Felicity Arbuthnot was published by Global Research a year ago, on February 2, 2012.
You will not read it in the New York Times.
At a time of mounting media fabrications –when “objective truths are fading” and “lies are passing into history”– this analysis reveals the diabolical modus operandi of US-NATO terrorism and how covert intelligence ops are applied to trigger conditions which are conducive to the collapse of nation states. One of these “conditions” is the outright killing of innocent civilians as part of a cover operation and then blaming president Bashar Al Assad of having committed atrocities against his own people
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research , January 27, 2012
“In order to facilitate the action of liberative (sic) forces, …a special effort should be made to eliminate certain key individuals. …[to] be accomplished early in the course of the uprising and intervention, …
Once a political decision has been reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS (MI6) will attempt to mount minor sabotage and coup de main (sic) incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals. …Incidents should not be concentrated in Damascus …
Further : a “necessary degree of fear .. frontier incidents and (staged) border clashes”, would “provide a pretext for intervention… the CIA and SIS [MI6 should use … capabilitites in both psychological and action fields to augment tension.” (Joint US-UK leaked Intelligence Document, London and Washington, 1957)
“’The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.” (George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950.)
For anyone in two minds about what is really going on in Syria, and whether President Assad, hailed a decade ago as “A Modern Day Attaturk”, has become the latest megalomaniacal despot, to whose people a US-led posse of nations, must deliver “freedom”, with weapons of mass, home, people, nation and livelihood destruction, here is a salutary tale from modern history.
Have the more recent sabre rattlings against Syria* been based on US-UK government papers, only discovered in 2003 - and since air brushed (or erroneously omitted) from even BBC timelines, on that country?
In late 2003, the year of the Iraq invasion, Matthew Jones, a Reader in International History, at London’s Royal Holloway College, discovered “frighteningly frank” documents:1957 plans between then UK Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, and then President, Dwight Eisenhower, endorsing: “a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion (of Syria) by Syria’s pro-western neighbours.”’
 Activism Now Terrorism, Yes on Prop 37, Reselling Goods Illegal (by breakingtheset)
‘EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Jeffrey Smith, author of ‘Seeds of Deception’, about the dangers of GMO food and CA’s Prop 37 that would give consumers the right to know what they’re eating. Then Abby then looks into a recent Supreme Court case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons and the potentially dangerous precedent that could be set for international commerce. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with journalist and author of ‘Green is the New Red,’ Will Potter, about the federal crackdown on dissent with laws like the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).’
‘NICK HOPKINS’ Guardian article gives further proof of our leap into an opaque drone age.
It is not that all drones are bad drones; rather, decisions are being made that will ripple through the generations.
Just as the secret Manhattan Project ushered in the nuclear age, so the military and their corporate colleagues are pressing forward with policies with very little public disclosure or debate.
Consider David Cameron’s claim that British drones have killed 124 insurgents in Afghanistan; Hopkins reports that “defence officials said they had no idea where the prime minister got the figure and denied it was from the MoD”. Does this mean that our kill-numbers are being conjured up by politicians?
There are many more questions that beg for an answer. One is the degree to which drones are to be used simply as a weapon of terror. In British Air and Space Power Doctrine, the MoD informs us that “air power is not employed solely for kinetic purposes. The psychological impact of air power from the presence of a UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] … has often proved to be extremely effective in exerting influence, especially when linked to information operations.”
In plain English, the circling drones are used to terrify the citizens below into providing intelligence. Did not the Geneva conventions forbid such a war against civilians? Did we forget so soon how the material frightened out of people in the “war on terror” proved so suspect?
The most harrowing histories I heard in my recent trip to the Pakistan border regions involved the fear factor – 800,000 concededly innocent men, women and children in the region terrified by the sounds of drones overhead, 24 hours a day. To what extent is this to be an intentional policy? Is it regulated? Or even debated?’
‘The FBI have facilitated and possibly groomed yet another individual with apparent extremist views, in to running through a fake terrorist bomb plot, in order to arrest him in a headline friendly sting operation.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21 year old Bangladeshi man was arrested on Wednesday near the New York Federal Reserve bank, allegedly attempting to detonate an inert substance within a vehicle. He had been in contact with several “co-conspirators” during the planning stages, who were in fact undercover agents and confidential informants working for the FBI. It was through these contacts that the FBI supplied Nafis the dud bomb, which he presumably believed to be real.
Nafis and an undercover law enforcement officer are said to have assembled the FBI’s fake device at a warehouse outside the city and then drove it to the infamous banking building, before proceeding on foot to the nearby Millennium Hotel. It’s claimed Nafis disguised himself and recorded a “martyrdom video” within the hotel and was then intercepted after attempting to remotely detonate the prop using a cell phone.
Despite the device being completely non-active and provided by the FBI, Nafis was quickly charged in Brooklyn Federal Court for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Early reports that he was also targeting Obama for assassination are completely unfounded and do not appear in his charges. These claims seem to be politically motivated exaggerations during election season.’
‘The Department of Homeland Security’s 70 counterterrrorism “fusion” centers produce “predominantly useless information,” “a bunch of crap,” while “running afoul of departmental guidelines meant to guard against civil liberties” and are “possibly in violation of the Privacy Act.”
This may sound like the words of EFF, but in fact, these conclusions come from a new report issued by a US Senate committee. At the cost of up to $1.4 billion, these fusion centers are supposed to facilitate local law enforcement sharing of valuable counterterrorism information to DHS, but according to the report, they do almost everything but.
DHS described its fusion centers as “one of the centerpieces of [its] counterterrorism strategy” and its database was supposed to be a central repository of known or “appropriately suspected” terrorists. In theory, local law enforcement officers, in conjunction with DHS officials, conduct surveillance and write up a report—known as a Homeland Intelligence Report (HIR)—for DHS to review. If credible, DHS would then spread the information to the larger intelligence community.
Yet, the Senate report found the fusion centers failed to uncover a single terrorist threat.’
9/11: Blueprint for Truth - WTC Building 7 - 10 minute Segment from AE911Truth.org Companion Edition (by ae911truth)
‘Progressives are generally empathetic to the suffering of others, which is their most admirable quality. Like all Americans, progressives should be saddened by the recent Batman shooting in Aurora and the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin.
Yet, establishment media outlets are quick to blame these incidents on right-wing ideology in a clear attempt to divide and conquer the domestic population.
Comments like “Enough is enough, it’s time to ban guns!” echoed beneath countless articles and Facebook posts. Headlines like Right-wing extremist terrorism more dangerous than al Qaeda were featured on CNN. These are dead giveaways to how the agenda is playing out.
These tragic events, whether genuine or staged, are clearly being used to drum up support for more gun control and domestic surveillance of Americans. Progressives seem blinded by their sympathy for the innocent victims to see that they are being played against their fellow Americans, and they are literally begging for their rights to be removed.’
‘A protester belonging to an Occupy Wall Street group in rural Pennsylvania is being charged with felony attempted bank robbery and a terrorism-related charge for holding signs up during a demonstration at a local Wells Fargo branch.
David C. Gorczynski, 22, was charged on Tuesday with attempted bank robbery and terroristic threatening, both felonies, as well as one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Police detained him after he walked into an Easton, PA Wells Fargo branch with a sign that read “You’re being robbed” and another that said “Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob a country.”’
Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe 25/03/09 (by vanhenderson)
‘A psychiatrists (and Charlie Brooker’s) insightful perspective on news coverage’s perpetuation of mass shootings.’
‘A prominent artificial intelligence expert has urged that president Obama is setting a horrendous precedent by embracing drone technology as a means of covert warfare.
Professor Noel Sharkey of Sheffield University, penned a piece in The Guardian today that slams the use of missile strikes using unmanned ariel vehicles, warning that what we are seeing is just the beginning of “the industrial revolution of war.”
Sharkey notes that the CIA is thought to have killed anywhere up to 1035 civilians in drone strikes outside of legitimate war zones in the last eight years, including 200 children.’
‘Scores of British peace campaigners have held a protest rally in London against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, calling him a “war criminal” for his bloody legacy of war in Iraq.
Blair was greeted by chants of “Tony Blair, terrorist” as he appeared at a forum on Religion in Public Life alongside Archbishop of Canterbury Roman Williams at Methodist Central Hall of Westminster in central London. The Stop the War Coalition, which organized the protest rally, said they want Blair to face war crime charges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.’
‘London is more militarized than at any time since WW II. A previous article covered it and what’s really going on. It’s not about foiling terror attacks. An earlier one discussed Olympism profiteering, exploitation and corruption.
There’s little clean and wholesome about Olympic sport. Claiming it is a mirage. It conceals its dark side. Together with militarized preparedness, London is repressively occupied.’