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Hillary Clinton's congressional hearing on Ashraf and MEK
The first U.S. military intervention in Lebanon was embarked on in 1958. We recall Lebanon for the 1983 attack against the U.S. Marines. The US does not want Lebanon to align with Iran or Syria thus the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 “to halt Syrian support for terrorism, end its occupation of Lebanon, stop its development of weapons of mass destruction, cease its illegal importation of Iraqi oil and illegal shipments of weapons and other military items to Iraq, and by so doing hold Syria accountable for the serious international security problems it has caused in the Middle East, and for other purposes Israel is pushing for an invasion of Lebanon. In fact Israel did attack Lebanon in 2006. Hezbollah is one reason for Israeli angst. Hezbollah was organized in response to eighteen years of Israeli military occupation of southern Lebanon. What is definitely on the cards is that if Syria falls so too will Lebanon.
The US plan for a seven nation take over was to end with Iran so why is the West so afraid of Iran?
The US has been trying every trick and strategy available but Iran has stood the tides. Iran is located in the middle of the Greater Middle East and is the direct heir to the great Persian empire. Tehran has always been considered a major regional power. It is the home of the Shiites which poses a threat to Saudi Arabia which is a Sunni country. Iran is also home to the worlds third largest oil reserves which cannot be exploited due to international frictions, Iran's strategic position affords it the ability to blockade the Hormuz strait, the worlds most important oil sea route. Moreover, Iranian plateau is located between Caucasus and the Indian Sea and can be an alternative to export oil and gas from the Caspian basin without crossing Russia. Israel's wrath against Iran is that Iran together with Syria are financing Shiite Hizbullah in Lebanon and Sunnis in the Gaza strip. The US is putting all its energies into planning out how to take on Iran and Iran appears to be far more prepared than the other nations that fell.
The trouble is if the US Congress authorized the invasion of Iraq it is not illegal. It was also authorized by the UN Security Council though in all truth it is an illegitimate war though not an illegal one. It is obvious that Islam is being used as a geopolitical tool to push a new brand of Islam pushed by Saudi funds one in which the moderate Muslims are being subdued not to question the decisions being taken in the name of Islam thus a whole new breed of Islamic radicals are being churned out and exported all over the world with the connivance of the West to provoke troubles and create the ground for foreign interference.
Yet does the US really trust the Saudis? Not if we go by the briefing of the US Defense Policy Board prepared by Rand Corporation analyst Laurent Murawiec says “Saudi supports our enemies and attacks our allies and described Saudi as “the kernel of evil, the prime mover, the most dangerous opponent in the Middle East. The Board included Kissinger, Dan Quayle, Newt Gingrich. This is not US Government policy but it shows that many oppose US links with Saudi since in the counter statement “Saudi Arabia is a long-standing friend and ally of the United States. The Saudis cooperate fully in the global war on terrorism and have the Departments and the Administrations deep appreciation. People indulging in treachery are always dubious of the other this seems to be such a scenario.
For the US and its stooges there is no 'War on Terrorism' it is a War "OF" Terrorism. Here, the American people are always saying their government should listen to its people more, but the US government has been doing just that, through the NSA!!
Clinton lays out Obama administration's policy on Sudan
Getting the MEK off the United States' list of terrorist organizations has become a top priority for "members of Congress, former Bush administration officials, and Iran experts touting an overtly anti-regime policy," according to The Christian Science Monitor. Last month, TPM reported how former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey flew to Paris to speak at an MEK event.
What is the MEK? The State Department website states that the group "advocates the violent overthrow of the Iranian regime and was responsible for the assassination of several U.S. military personnel and civilians in the 1970's." When it was founded by students in the 1960s, the group's philosophy blended Marxism and Islam.
After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the group fell out of favor with Ayatollah Khomeini. In 1981, the MEK attempted to overthrow the regime, which responded by arresting and targeting group members. In a subsequent bombing campaign, the MEK managed to kill Chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, President Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar. One bomb cost current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei the use of his right arm. Popular sentiment in Iran turned against the MEK, and the group fled, first to France, and then, in 1986, to Iraq, where they were offered safe haven by Saddam Hussein.
Hussein armed the MEK with tanks and other heavy military equipment, and deployed "thousands of MEK fighters in suicidal, mass wave attacks against Iranian forces" during the Iran-Iraq war, according to the State Department. In 1991, Hussein used the MEK to crack down on Iraqi Shia and Kurds. ''Take the Kurds under your tanks, and save your bullets for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards," MEK leader Maryam Rajavi commanded her troops at the time, according to The New York Times. During the rest of the 1990s, and through 2001, the MEK was engaged in various anti-Iranian attacks and operations, and it received millions of dollars in Oil-for-Food program subsidies from Hussein. None of the speakers at last week's panel mentioned the MEK's prior ties with Hussein.
The State Department states that the MEK maintains "the capacity and will" to commit terrorist acts across the world.
MEK members are not allowed to marry, attend weekly "ideological cleansings" and children are separated from parents. When Elizabeth Rubin, a New York Times Magazine reporter, toured Camp Ashraf in 2003, she found Rajavi's image displayed "almost as ubiquitously as the image of Saddam in Iraq or Khomeini in Iran."
The Wall Street Journal reports, Gen. James Jones, who was Obama's National Security Adviser and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson were in Brussels, for yet another pro-MEK panel, this one alongside former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.
MEK support is not new in Washington. When the MEK's leader Maryam Rajavi was arrested in France in 2003, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) were among those who protested publicly.
"Watch This Drive"
Foreign Affairs committee hearing with Hillary Clinton about PMOI/MEK
2011 Libya Falls
The lies created for the Libyan invasion surpasses the lies created to invade Iraq. Because there were no rapes, no mercenaries fighting for Gaddafi (it was the opposite), no attacks on civilians by Gaddafi troops. Completely invalidating any need for a "No-Fire-Zone" which was gained by the Security Council so NATO could bomb Libya.
Gaddafi unlike Saddam did not attack neighbor nations or invade them and he had no WMDs. When one million people demonstrate on behalf of Gaddafi that shows you something. The power of the main stream media (MSM) is such that we were all fooled and Gaddafi was sodomized virtually before our eyes.
Whatever Gaddafi's wrongs might have been, he did not deserve to be killed as he was by a country which has no moral right to be preaching to anyone.
In 2009 Gaddafi Proposed Nationalizing Libya Oil. It did not amuse Anglo-Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Hess Corp., Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum and ConocoPhillips, the Spanish Repsol, Germany Wintershall, Austria, OMV, Norway Statoil, Eni and Canada Petro Canada. To make matters worse Gaddafi was on the verge of creating a new banking system that was going to put the IMF, World Bank and assorted other Western banksters out of business in Africa because of the$42 billion dollar African Investment Bank that was planning to give major loans at zero or low interest. Gaddafi implemented the contract changes and gained 5.4 billion dollars in oil revenues which he proposed to distribute the oil wealth directly to Libya's five million citizens.
Its national bank was linked to all of the world Central Banks.
Iran stops a Terrorist Attack carried out / funded by the USA/CIA
By Christopher R Rice
Journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed that the Bush administration secretly trained an Iranian opposition group on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists. Hersh reports the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command trained operatives from Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, at a secret site in Nevada beginning in 2005. According to Hersh, MEK members were trained in intercepting communications, cryptography, weaponry and small unit tactics at the Nevada site up until President Obama took office. The MEK has been listed as a foreign terrorist groups since 1997 and is linked to a number of attacks, spanning from the murders of six U.S. citizens in the 1970s to the recent wave of assassinations targeting Iranian nuclear scientists.
In 2006, Seymour Hersh reported that Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PEJAK) was a US proxy. Hersh said he was told, in November 2006, by a government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon civilian leadership of secret US support for PEJAK for operations inside Iran, stating that the group had been given "a list of targets inside Iran of interest to the U.S".
A report in 2007 claimed that the CIA was supporting Kurdish, Azeri, Baluchi, and Ahwazi Arab separatist groups in Iran that were using terror tactics. The CIA denied involvement.
The PBS documentary series "Frontline", reported, in October 2007, that the CIA were supporting anti-Iranian organizations such as the People's Mujahedin of Iran (also known as the MEK or MKO) which has been involved in terrorist activities within Iran, and that Iran was demanding that the US stop supporting the MEK in exchange for stopping its support of Shiites in Iraq.
New evidence was cited in a 2012 New Yorker article by Seymour Hersh regarding U.S. government assistance to MEK: "It was here [the Department of Energy's Nevada National Security Site] the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training, beginning in 2005, for members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq…. Funds were covertly passed to a number of dissident organizations, for intelligence collection and, ultimately, for anti-government terrorist activities. Directly, or indirectly, the M.E.K. ended up with resources like arms and intelligence. Some American-supported covert operations continue in Iran today, according to past and present intelligence officials and military consultants."
A video of the interaction between the voter and Clinton, about an issue the young woman has with Abdi Warsame, a Somali-American City Council representative in Minnesota, shows a super-awkward moment that begins to turn a little hostile. Though the early part of their conversation in the video is hard to hear, Clinton can later clearly be heard saying, “You know what dear, we have a different opinion.”
Somalia is an East African state. Somalia's location is strategic for both European and American imperialists but it also means that they would need to control the Indian Ocean. Half of the worlds container traffic and 70% of the total traffic of petroleum products passes through the Indian Ocean. Somalia has the longest coast of Africa (3300km) and faces the Arabia Gulf and Straight of Hormuz. It serves the US to keep Somalia in a state of chaos. Horn of Africa Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia must get together and solve problems on their own.
A nation of nine million people and the majority live in starvation. European ships loot Somalia's greatest resource 'seafood'. More than $300m worth of tuna, shrimp, lobsters are stolen annually. It is a nation where the West dumps its nuclear waste in the ocean and the peoples food supply has been affected as well as their health. How true is the Somali pirate story? Well when the worlds most powerful government declares war on Pirates you have got to wonder. Especially when Her Majestys ship set sail for Somalia to even chase the pirates onto land! Smell a scandal? While the West found nothing wrong in stealing Somalia's livelihood, dumping waste and causing loss of human life when starving Somalian fishermen decided to react the world cries foul. So which one is really the criminal?
Somalia has been led by warlords since 1990 and this has been US strategy to loot the country of its oil. So when there's oil there is always a military humanitarian intervention. Since 1991 IMF economic measures ensured economic and social chaos which set the stage for civil war. Somalia became a territory for four US oil giants (Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips) who have been allocated two-thirds of Somali (The Times).
In 2006 the US got 50,000 Ethiopian troops to invade Somalia and eventually withdrew in 2009 creating the Al Shabaab which the US arms. A wikileaks cable implicates US Under Secretary of State for Africa, Jendayi Frazer in pressing Ethiopia’s President Meles Zenawi to invade its neighbor. Somalia-Ethiopia rift is the cause of the Ogaden region which has been divided between the two. Now US drones are being used against Somalia.
Why the CIA created ISIS
Iran's nuclear program: Is regime change the way to stop it?
Giuliani, Tom Ridge Go To Paris To Support Iranian Marxist Terrorist Group
Iranian Dissidents Lobby Brussels
On September 28, 2012 The U.S. State Department formally removed MEK from its official list of terrorist organizations, beating the October 1 deadline in a MEK lawsuit. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement the decision was made because MEK had renounced violence and had cooperated in closing their Iraqi paramilitary base. An official denied that lobbying by well-known figures influenced the decision to remove the designation.
The National Iranian American Council denounced the decision, stating it "opens the door to Congressional funding of the M.E.K. to conduct terrorist attacks in Iran" and "makes war with Iran far more likely." Iran state television condemned the delisting of the group, saying that the U.S. considers MEK to be "good terrorists because the U.S. is using them against Iran."
The Haditha killings (also called the Haditha massacre or the Haditha incident) refers to the incident in which 24 unarmed Iraqi men, women and children, all civilians, were killed by a group of United States Marines on November 19, 2005 in Haditha, a city in the western Iraqi province of Al Anbar. The dead included several children and elderly people, who were shot multiple times at close range while unarmed.
Hillary Clinton Played Role In Arming Child Soldiers In South Sudan
Sudan is about wealth and religion with the distribution of both. North Sudan is Arab and Muslim and is where the capital is located (Khartoum) and more developed. Darfur is located North-West. Sudan has over 400 ethnic groups with and a former colony of Britain and Egypt. South Sudan is black African and mostly Christian and extremely poor. Sudan is the largest state in Africa sharing borders with Chad, Egypt, Congo, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya and Uganda. In 2003, Sudan was faced with a situation where militias backed by the Sudanese government were killing civilians of three African communities in Darfur (a region west of Sudan). In 2006, a similar wave of attacks occurred and 500,000 lives are said to have been lost while millions were left homeless. Darfur became the first genocide of the 21st century. The 2004 US bill “Declaring genocide in Darfur, Sudan". Is nothing but a preparation for another war “humanitarian intervention with Sudan now divided, the US pays the salaries of the SLPA (Sudan People's Liberation Army), the national army of South Sudan estimated at $100m in 2011 alone. Is a country independent when another pays its salary? The UN “peace keepers" are supposedly from US client state Ethiopia. The same “peacekeepers" invaded Eritrea. The “peacekeepers" salaries are also from the US. Thus US/UN “peacekeepers" also surround Abeye oil fields which if Abeye-Port Sudan's pipeline is attacked and damaged it would affect China's energy development in Africa. The western supported independence of South Sudan is turning into a nightmare for the people of the region. Little wonder, when one finds out who is actually funding, and now arming, the armed forces in the country.
Justice Dept. secret memos
Syria is being targeted because of its ties to Russia. Anglo-Americans are shaping up to a confrontation with both Russia and China and India is helping facilitate the Asian end superbly. Another factor that is relevant to both Libya and Syria is the total domination by the private central banking system because by controlling a nations currency, one essentially controls the nation. Like Libya was, Syria is one of the few nations that has not allowed itself to become subservient to a privately-owned central bank. The Syrian banking system largely consists of four state-owned banks and fourteen private banks, mostly foreign banks providing services to the private sector inside Syria. For at least forty years, the state itself has maintained a total monopoly on the Syrian banking system. The rest of the nations on the list Cuba, North Korea, and, notably, Iran all maintain such government banking systems.
When the WMD in Iraq was a lie, it is the same lie now being used on Syria. No Fly Zones mean that the US and allies are preparing to target 23 places on the excuse that they are chemical storage facilities. And Israel is striking inside Syria even without US consent. The Los Angeles Times reported that the CIA were already training and arming Syria's rebels since 2012 at bases in Jordan and Turkey far before US approved directly arming the opposition. Senator McCain says US will allocate $250 million to Syrian rebels.
Britain has announced a 40 million aid package to foreign-backed terrorists in Syria. Now they are even posing with terrorist rebels! Saudi and Qatar too are both arming and assisting the Syrian rebels. Here's a supposed Muslim nation betraying their own Muslim brethren. We can only watch another Western-sponsored Saudi funded genocide take place. Take out the map and the story is easier to understand.
Khat leaves are chewed. Khat is an Amphetamine like stimulant which makes you alert, euphoric, excited, causes insomnia and suppresses hunger.
Hillary Clinton: War Crimes
By Shenali D Waduge LankaWeb
In 1920 Iraq was punished for asking for their own country back – British had formed the nation of Iraq and installed puppet leaders. The Iraqi people were fed up and began revolting. The Royal Air Force conducted night bombing on civilian targets, used chemical weapons, gassed groups and after victory the British used collective punishment against the tribes. Any tribe not following the line would have its entire village annihilated. The British were ordered to exterminate every living thing within its walls, animals to rebels to children. British conducted random searches, if a single weapon was found it meant the entire area would be burnt to the ground, crops destroyed, wells poisoned and livestock killed.
The former supreme allied commander of NATO during the Kosovo War General Wesley Clark revealed to Amy Goodman in an interview on March 2007 that the US planned in 2001 to take down seven countries in five years starting off with Iraq. The seven nations were Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Iran. (See video below)
Iraq was invaded in 2003 after a fictitious WMD accusation, Libya fell in 2011, Somali has US puppets running its government, Sudan was divided into two states after US sponsored terrorism. Lebanon and Syria are in progress with active use of drones in six different Muslim countries while Iran will be the final stage of a plot combining the efforts of US, European Allies and Saudi funds using Muslims to kill each other in proxy wars that involve Islam and sectarianism to showcase internal conflict.
What are we to take from this?
Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998. Then Bush took over and the rest is history.
29,200 bombs and missiles were used on Iraq in the first month. Killing tens of thousands of civilians in 2003 March.
Epidemiologists estimated 650,000 Iraqi deaths by 2006 and by 2008 that figure would be 1 million.
Air strikes on villages and buildings full of people. Fallujah was declared a "free fire zone" and then thousands of civilians were killed.
US occupation deliberately targeted Sunni Muslims killing over ten percent of all Sunnis and driving them out of their homes. Clear genocide.
And if Bush was not bad enough after Barak Obama took over he added drones to the already grueling checklist of US war crimes.
Why hasn't the US been made to pay war reparations to Iraq for aggression, genocide and war crimes?
US soldiers in addition to humiliating Iraqi soldiers carry out dead-checking, killing wounded fighters, 360 degree rotational fire on streets with civilians. Yankee go home!
Iran: What the Media is not Telling
Endless War = Endless Profits (How Congress Profits from War)
Americas War Criminals (living freely today)
Iran's state-run IRNA news agency, citing the Intelligence Ministry, said the attack was supposed to come on the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's wife, Khadija, which was marked Thursday in small ceremonies across Iran.
Further information about the terrorist plot will be announced in the following days as the investigation process advances, it added. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman claimed that Saudi Arabia "supports terrorists. while executing and suppressing critics inside the country". A total of 22 jihadists and Kurdish rebels were killed as well as three soldiers and a policeman.
In Washington D.C., a prominent group of former government officials gathered for a panel on Iran. Among them were a former National Security Adviser, a former CENTCOM Commander, a former Democratic Senator, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, a former Republican Attorney General, a former Republican Homeland Security Secretary, a former CIA Director and a former FBI Director. Almost to a man -- and they were all men -- they expressed support for a group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
NYTIMES: Many of the American supporters, though not all, accepted fees of $15,000 to $30,000 to give speeches to the group, as well as travel expenses to attend M.E.K. rallies in Paris. Edward G. Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, said in March that he had been paid a total of $150,000 to $160,000.
In 2008, in response to an inquiry from the Washington Post regarding a story by Seymour Hersh appearing in the July 7, 2008 issue of The New Yorker, which claims that the Bush administration undertook a greatly expanded program of covert actions inside Iran beginning the previous year, agency spokesman George Little said, "The CIA does not, as a rule, comment on allegations regarding covert operations." Hersh detailed US covert action plans against Iran involving CIA, DIA and Special Forces. According to Hersh, the United States was materially supporting Jundallah, a Sunni and Baluchi group, which was performing acts of violence inside Iran.
Iran's intelligence minister says Sunni extremists arrested last week were planning 50 bombings in the capital.
Mahmoud Alavi was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency Tuesday as saying that 10 "terrorists" were arrested in Tehran and three border provinces. He did not specify which border.
He says the suspects planned to carry out suicide attacks and other bombings in heavily-populated parts of Tehran. He says authorities confiscated 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives and thwarted the delivery of another 1,000 kilograms.
Iran said Monday it had broken up one of the "biggest terrorist plots" ever on its soil.
Alavi says investigations into the plot are still being carried out inside and outside Iran, without elaborating.
Last week, the troops from the Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps were involved in clashes with "terrorist cells" in the northwest of the country, killing several militants, according to the semi-official FARS news agency.
Authorities also seized bombs and ammunition during the operation, the report says.
This also comes a month after the Iranian Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi, said that some 20 "terrorist groups" across the country planning to carry out bomb attacks had been arrested by the authorities.
Shia Iran has been active in helping both the Syrian and the Iraqi government in their battles against Islamic State.
The report did not identify those arrested but referred to "a major plot by the Takfiri-Wahhabi groups".
Wahhabism is a conservative form of Sunni Islam that originated in Saudi Arabia and whose followers include members of al-Qaeda and Islamic State. The kingdom cut diplomatic relations with Tehran following those attacks.
The hajj pilgrimage is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their lifetime.
A video produced by Iranian-American opponents of an Iranian exile group, the Mujahedeen e-Khalq, features excerpts from speeches in support of the group by former U.S. officials.
Secretary Clinton Remarks on the New Sudan Strategy
The pirates’ success is that they avoid “symmetrical” conflict—challenging their targets head on by, for example, lining up against the Western navies patrolling the waters—battles they would surely lose. Instead, they use stealth and surprise, attacking targets at their weakest point. In this way, with only a dozen-or-so sailors, they wrest control of huge assets, in the form of oil tankers.
The US got rid of Somalian President General Mohammed Farrah Aidid in 1996.
If the money spent yearly on anti-piracy was given to produce food in Somalia, piracy would die.
There are a lot of vested Western interests, Somalia's fish is being stolen -nay decimated, by American and European companies.
If I were born in Somalia, I would be a war lord trying to save my country from the blood sucking vested interests.
In 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brushed off any suggestion that Somali piracy could be solved by addressing its root causes. "You've got to put out the fire before you can rebuild the house. And, right now, we have a fire raging."