Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Bombing of Damascus: Terror, Lies, Human Rights and Mass Media "Conspiracy Theories"


CIA, Obama neck-deep in the Syrian "uprising;" "mainstream media" gets taste of own "conspiracy theory" charges

Global Research
By Gearóid Ó Colmáin
12/27/2011

On Friday 23rd December two terrorist attacks hit the Syrian capital of Damascus. The attacks struck the State Security Directorate and another security branch in the Syrian capital. Russia, China and other countries were quick to condemn the attacks which murdered 44 people and injured 166.

    In spite of its claims to be concerned about the “protection” of civilians and the state of “human rights” in Syria, the Western press was more concerned with demonizing the Syrian government than the condemnation of the barbarians who carried out the savage terrorist attacks in Damascus.

Syrian victims of military
Attacks of this kind have terrorized countries in the Middle East for decades and have generally been attributed to terrorist groups. Attacks targeting civilians tend to bear all the hallmarks of Al-Qaida. Yet, in an act of obscene cynicism, the Western press attempted to lay the blame on the Syrian government for the attacks. Le Monde carried the headline: « Attentats a Damas. L’Opposition syrienne accusent le régime, qui accuse Al-Qaida »[1]

    The Le Monde headline which translates as "Attacks in Damascus. The Syrian opposition accuses the regime, who accuses Al-Qaida". Terrorist attacks in a given country normally imply an opposition to the government of that country, yet the ludicrous conspiracy theory of a government "inside-job" is given credence in the spin of the French daily's headline, which prioritizes the claims of the Syrian opposition.

    The terrorist attacks in Damascus massacred men, women and children. Bodies were ripped to pieces. Yet Western government and “human rights” organizations and the “independent” press refused to say what any decent human being would say: that these attacks were crimes against humanity and should be unequivocally condemned.

    "Conspiracy theory" was also the order of the day in the editorial offices of Sky News, which gave much credence to the claims of the “opposition” that the Syrian government planted the bombs themselves.

Despite promises Assad continues to kill protesters
Sky news was also convinced of a diabolical plot hatched by the Assad régime so as to discredit the “peaceful pro-democracy” groups who oppose the government.

So, it seems conspiracy theory has finally invaded the pages of the mainstream media.[2]

     According to Wikipedia, the term conspiracy theory “is sometimes used to automatically dismiss claims that are deemed ridiculous, misconceived, paranoid, unfounded, outlandish or irrational.” [3]

    The idea that the Syrian government, which is facing all-out warfare from Western powers under the Orwellian "responsibility to protect" doctrine, is planting bombs on its own security forces in order to discredit the oppositions, is surely worthy of such adjectives as "ridiculous", "misconceived", "paranoid", "unfounded", "outlandish" and "irrational."

CIA involved in Syrian, Iraq bombings
There is not a shred of evidence to support the paranoid and deranged conspiracy theory that claims the Syrian government was behind the attacks in Damascus. However, instead of sympathizing with the victims of these crimes against humanity, the Western media establishment prefers to promote wild conspiracy theories.

What has been proved, however, is that the so-called Syrian opposition are heavily armed; are targeting civilians and security forces and are backed by Western intelligence agencies.[4]

    While there is no evidence that the Syrian government is planting bombs on its own people, there is a plethora of evidence to show that the United States wants regime change in Damascus and is prepared to use all means necessary to achieve this.

   Since the promulgation of the Syrian Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 and the admission of general Wesley Clark to Amy Goodman on March 2, 2007 that Syria was to be one of seven countries slated for US-backed regime change, all the available evidence shows that Syria has long been an object of US military aggression.[5]

    In a time of year so often associated with peace and kindness, the Western political establishment and their public relations servants in the mass media and “human rights” organizations have shown yet again what scant regard they have for human lives.

Blood flows in Damascus even with "observers" present
The nefarious political agenda of the West's most prestigious "human rights" organisations can be clearly seen from the deafening silence of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation of Human rights and their affiliates, as their dear peaceful "pro-democracy" activists blew Syrian citizens to pieces in Damascus.

    Human rights discourse has provided a lethally effective camouflage for Western imperialist strategies in the Middle East since the outbreak of the US-backed people-power coups in Tunisia and Egypt this year.

    Throughout 9 months of incessant bombing of civilian targets in Libya, human rights groups such as the International Federation for Human Rights, inter alia, provided the justification for NATO's mass terror campaign against the Libyan people, under the pretext of "protecting civilians".

    Amnesty International only admitted a paucity of the crimes committed by the putschists of Benghazi, while maintaining a hysterical chorus of neo-colonial war-mongering against the legitimate Libyan Jamahirya, repeatedly pinning crimes committed by the NATO rebels on "Gaddafi's forces".

    In his famous essay "On the Jewish Question" Marx argued that the doctrine of human rights was a creation of the property-owning class or "the bourgeoisie". As the doctrine of human rights prioritizes private property, it follows that the doctrine favours the propertied classes over the poor.

Assad as delusional as Ghadafi, Mubarak
As the human rights doctrine of the French revolution included the sanctification of private property, such abstract human rights as equality before the law, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly would, as Marx predicted, be used to further the interests of the capitalist class, that is to say the class that owned the means of production and communication. By ignoring the reality of class struggle in society, human rights doctrine is nothing more than a codification of bourgeois law, a justification of minority rule.

    As such, the human rights doctrine becomes the religion of ruling elites. My human rights become my right to exploit, dominate and rule over my fellow men through my acquisition of private property. The phalanx of international human rights organisations currently operating in the service of Western imperialism provides the incontrovertible demonstration of Marx's critique.

   The callous silence of so-called human rights groups in the wake of the crimes against humanity committed in Damascus on December 23rd coupled with the paranoid conspiracy theories of the corporate media are a damning indictment of what the German philosopher Oswald Spengler described as "Der Untergang des Abendlandes", the decline of the West.

    The Syrian Human Rights Network have warned the Syrian people of future "mass grave" fabrications by NATO's proxy terrorists which will be blamed as the crimes of the mass media's new bogey-man President Baschar al-Assad. [6 ]

Recent twin car bombings claimed more than 40 lives
The recourse to car-bomb terrorism by the Western-backed jihadists shows that the colour revolution strategy has been a total failure in Syria. The destabilisation of Syria is now likely to require even higher levels of mass media mendacity and more "human rights" hysteria.

   Fabricated stories of mass graves, death camps and mass killings have garnered public support for imperialist adventures in the past.

    In April 1993, James Harff of the American PR firm Ruder and Finn boasted on French TV about how they managed to fool American Jews into supporting US "humanitarian" bombing in Yugoslavia stating:

    "At the beginning of July 1992, New York Newsday came out with the article on Serb camps. We jumped at the opportunity immediately. We outwitted three big Jewish organizations.... That was a tremendous coup. When the Jewish organizations entered the game on the side of the [Muslim] Bosnians we could promptly equate the Serbs with the Nazis in the public mind. Nobody understood what was happening in Yugoslavia.... By a single move, we were able to present a simple story of good guys and bad guys which would hereafter play itself. We won by targeting the Jewish audience. Almost immediately there was a clear change of language in the press, with the use of words with high emotional content such as ethnic cleansing, concentration camps, etc, which evoke images of Nazi Germany and the gas chambers of Auschwitz. "[7]

    The PR firm's "tremendous coup" cost the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and tore a multi-ethnic and tolerant society apart.

    The media demonisation of Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad is likely to intensify in the new year as humanitarian warfare and human-rightism spreads from North Africa to the borders of Russia and China.

Gearóid Ó Colmáin is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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Iran begins trial of CIA operative


CIA reaping the rewards of botched operations, murders, blowback in Middle East

PRESS TV
12/27/2011

An Iranian court has begun the trial of the CIA trained operative who was arrested by Iran's intelligence agents last week on charges of espionage for the US.

Obama:  Savior of the CIA
According to the indictment which was read out at court, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati has been charged with attempting to infiltrate Iran's intelligence apparatus to implicate the Islamic Republic in sponsoring terrorism.

The indictment added that the defendant had been hired by CIA in May 2009 to carry out espionage missions in Iran.

    Hekmati stood in the dock and confessed to having been deceived by the CIA to spy on Iran. He explained that his mission was to offer Iran's intelligence agents valid intelligence in return for money and to confirm payment by getting a receipt.

    Judge Salavati, who presided over the session, explained that the receipt was to be used by US intelligence officials to create a negative atmosphere against Iran at international level by charging the country with complicity in terrorist activities.

War Criminals Obama, Bush and CIA support each other
When asked why he had accepted such a mission, Hekmati said, “I was deceived and trusted them because they told me there will be no problem. I told myself that it was their job and they would not allow a CIA agent to be arrested. They never told me that there was possibility of getting arrested.”

    The prosecution said at the end of the hearing that Hekmati aimed to infiltrate Iran's intelligence apparatus and had received necessary training and there was no doubt about his motives to carry out espionage activities.

   The prosecution added that the defendant had met with Iranian intelligence agents three times in line with his mission and without knowing that he had been identified.

CIA boy Amir Mirzaei Hekmati
On Saturday, December 17, Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced that it has arrested a CIA spy of Iranian descent, foiling an intricate American plot to carry out espionage activities in the Islamic Republic.

 

    In a televised confession broadcast on the Iranian television on Sunday night, the US intelligence operative, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, said he joined the US Army in 2001 and underwent decade-long intelligence training.

   He added that he was sent to the US-run Bagram Airbase in eastern Afghanistan and given access to classified intelligence before flying to Tehran.

    Hekmati served with the US Marines as an Arabic translator, and travelled to Iran some four months ago, said his father, adding that Amir was born in the State of Arizona in southwestern US and joined the Marines after he received his high school diploma.

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Demonizing the Enemy: Preparing Americans and the World for an All Out Attack against Iran


The Obama, Netanyahu dictatorships are bent on starting WWIII in order to save their asses from their own people, duck war crimes trials, avoid justice for looting their treasuries

Global Research
By Russ Baker
12/27/2011

A growing body of evidence points to a concerted campaign to prepare Americans and the world for war against Iran. This is not idle speculation. It fits a pattern that repeatedly preceded previous hostilities. 

Here are the recent examples on Iran:

    The claim that Iran is a WMD threat. Pretty much everyone is familiar with the long-term, continuing efforts to paint Iran as some kind of nuclear threat. This ignores the possibility that Iran is telling the truth in contending it is embarked on solely non-military nuclear research (debatable), and serious doubts among many experts that Iran is preparing nuclear weapons. Perhaps most important, it discounts the fact that many countries (including Iran’s arch-enemy Israel) have nuclear weapons, and disregards the undoubted truth that if a country like Iran ever did launch nuclear weapons, it would be wiped out in a nanosecond, creating a very strong disincentive for offensive use. At the same time, by encouraging other countries and internal foes to believe that it has nuclear weapons, Iran creates an inexpensive protective shield for its regime. A dangerous game, to be sure, but without further evidence of Iranian nukes, hardly a reason to launch a war that would surely cause even more death and destruction than the misguided Iraq invasion.

The claim that Iran tried to hire Mexican drug cartel hit squads to kill a Saudi ambassador on US soil (fizzled). Remember this one? So ludicrous that even ultra-cautious corporate news organizations laughed it out of the spotlight. Still, it may have been a test of what will fly—and likely did impact a percentage of the population, particularly those getting their info from jingoistic outlets like Fox.

    The claim that Iran was complicit in the 9/11 attacks (current). A federal judge, reviewing evidence presented in a lawsuit on behalf of 9/11 victims, concluded this month that it proved Iran “provided direct support to Al Qaeda specifically for the attacks…on September 11, 2001.” This one may gain traction due to powerful lingering emotions on the topic. (For complaints about the general operating style of the judge who ruled in the case, click here.) Because this ruling and the underlying lawsuit are based largely on the claims of defectors (and past experience shows that defectors frequently trade politically valuable assertions for personal benefits), more research is needed on this. (Remember discredited CIA Iraq source “Curveball”?) The cited “NSA intercepts” also bring to mind the intercepts put forward as proof that Saddam had WMDs. 

It is further worth noting that the defendant, Iran, was not present to challenge the assertions. In addition, examination of many of the plaintiff assertions shows that they may misrepresent circumstantial evidence. (Example: “Several of the 9/11 hijackers transited Iran on their way to or from Afghanistan, taking advantage of the Iranian practice of not stamping Saudi passports.” This ignores the fact that Iran, which is an enemy of Saudi Arabia, makes a practice of not stamping Saudi passports so that Saudi nationals, especially minority Shiites, do not get in trouble with Saudi authorities on their return—similar to Cuba’s practice of not stamping American passports.)

    This story has yet to break big, but count on the ruling to be cited increasingly in the months ahead by those pushing for war.

    And here are a few past examples of fake accusations and media distortions (1990 to 2011).

Iranian Special Forces
Blame Saddam for Incubator baby deaths and plots against Bush’s father; provoke him by slant drilling from Kuwait, then imply no objection if he takes action; blame him for 9/11 complicity, falsely tie him to Al Qaeda, claim he possesses WMDs and poses an imminent threat, misrepresent claims to make it seem that he did not destroy WMD stocks as ordered.. More here and here and here.

    Blame Qaddafi for Lockerbie bombing, mass rapes, mass murder, fund an uprising, then bomb him for “humanitarian” reasons when he responds in order to assure his survival. Click here and here for more on this.

You don’t have to approve of these regimes to see that these appear to be (and in many cases certainly were) false provocations that reek of ulterior motives (hint: how many of these countries are oil exporters?) In fact, you can abhor these regimes and hope that they will not survive, and still realize how problematical it is for the American government to repeatedly foist big lies on its own people. This kind of thing is beneath any administration claiming lofty ideals and purporting to serve the public interest—and something that none of us should feel comfortable being party to.

    If the public interest is defined as “seizing oil wherever it may be found,” then, well, that’s a conversation we need to have…and quick. There are severe consequences of this definition. Among them, the empowerment of those forces, both corporate and governmental, that profit most from the unbridled development of fossil fuels—and that have good reasons to block the development of renewable sources of energy. They’re known today as the One Percent, and they are destroying our world.


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Operating/Surviving in a Contaminated Environment : USMC Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Defense

Operating in a Contaminated Environment

Radiological/Chemical/Biological


This is not a survivalist article -  it is written as recent events dictate and the determination of Obama and crew to start WWIII.

Survival will depend on the level of your planning and how educated you are on the subject, and how you apply your knowledge to a given situation.

With that in mind, below are yet more Marine Corps Manuals, these dealing with  NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense).  

http://www.marines.mil/news/publications/Documents/MCWP%203-37%20MAGTF%20Nuclear,%20Biological,%20and%20Chemical%20Defense%20Operations.pdf

http://www.marines.mil/news/publications/Documents/MCO%203500.70.pdf

And this on chemical defense equipment and Atropine injections:

http://www.au.af.mil/AU/AWC/awcgate/medaspec/Ch-16electrv699.pdf



These manuals will cover just about anything you need to know and absorb on the subject.  It is again suggested that you peruse each manual with an eye to hard-copying information that you believe may apply to your situation.  The electricity will most likely be intermittent or non-existent and the Internet down or unavailable.  


Hard copies are bulky and difficult to store and preserve, but that's what this exercise is all about:  Preserving your life and the lives of your family.  The manuals are an invaluable tool and the information will be in great demand as all other means of access fail one by one.  Safeguard these documents as they will not only save your life, but will be information that others will pay handsomely for.  It is an investment that will pay huge dividends in the future, besides keeping you alive.


   
IMPROVISE, ADAPT, OVERCOME.

The Legacy of the Iraq War; The End of American Exceptionalism?


This is not the end of the Iraq war

Counterpunch
By Roberto Rodriguez
12/27/2011

In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war and occupation hardly registers a ripple.

    The reason: the continued belief in American exceptionalism.

Bombings have increased two-fold: CIA involvement?
In the United States, only U.S. casualties matter. According to the Iraq Coalition Count, almost 4,500 U.S. soldiers perished during the war and slightly more than 32,000 U.S. soldiers were officially listed as wounded. No U.S. agency officially keeps track of Iraqi numbers.

Not counting “enemy” casualties seems to be the ultimate form of dehumanization (The non-governmental Iraq Body Count group officially lists between 104, 308 – 113,962 Iraqi documented deaths). That’s the point of a war; dehumanize and demonize the enemy. No need to count them because they are not worthy of being identified or even acknowledged.
 
    In Iraq, we were able to witness, from start to finish, the ushering in of a preemptive and unjustified illegal war, by the United States, sans legal consequences for those who engineered this massive crime against humanity. We learned, during this same time, that society takes more seriously the lives of dogs (Quarterback Michael Vick was imprisoned for cruelty to animals) than the lives of Iraqis.

Infamous photo of Army PFC Lyndie England in Abu Grahib
In the U.S. narrative – as repeated in U.S. media – this war was waged to prevent Iraq from terrorizing the world, never mind that all the “evidence” was trumped up. It is mind-boggling the notion of killing and maiming untold tens of thousands of Iraqis and displacing hundreds of thousands of them, and for U.S. politicians to continue to invoke notions of U.S. sacrifice and heroic deeds in the same breath. All this at the cost of a trillion dollars, not counting future costs.

    This is how national myths are created. Coupled with the rise of “The Homeland,” since 2001, the United States now shares the ideological space of dictatorships: Everything for the homeland. That was a deft psychological maneuver. Despite being the world’s sole superpower, the United States, with colonial/immigrant roots, could not previously claim a “homeland.” Now, it’s the mother’s milk of politicians: Enter the Homeland Security industry.

U.S. military dead in Iraq
This has led to the exponential growth of the U.S. military machine, for permanent preemptive wars to be fought overseas and at home. In fact, especially with the use of drone technology, the entire world has now become a battlefield, including the United States, obviating the need for trials, etc. The mantra now is that the homeland must also be protected with militarized walls and fences, border patrols, and drone technology.

    This “need” to protect the homeland against evildoers at all costs gave rise to the unquestioned post-2001 logic of: “The Constitution is not a suicide pact.” Such logic caused many of us to willingly sacrifice our rights and freedoms. If truth was the first casualty, the U.S. Constitution was the second. But this is not logic; it is evidence that the entire nation appears to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Either that, or that it is soulless. Not the entire nation, but the merchants of war that have exploited fear and hate.

War Criminals Tony lair and George Bush
In the United States, for the past 10 years, the Black Man has gotten a short reprieve; now, it is the fear and hate of brown men, women and children that is driving this frenzied effort to “protect the homeland.” But there has been no reprieve because in the largest penal system in the world (upwards of 2 million inmates), the inmates are primarily black and brown. There is a direct connection between permanent war, “the homeland,” the expansion and privatization of the U.S. penal system, the criminalization of youths of color and the degradation of both the U.S. Constitution and human rights worldwide.

    All is not hopeless. Domestically, the Occupy Movement is proof that the 99% are no longer falling for the logic of the 1%. And in Arizona, the ultimate symbols of “Homeland Security,” state senate president, Russell Pearce, has been recalled while his political twin, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is reeling from a series of Justice Department investigations that have found his department guilty of engaging in egregious racial profiling. His days are numbered.

In the bigger scheme of things, both are small potatoes. If the World Court were to affirm that there is no statute of limitations for starting illegal wars and indict those that engineered the Iraq War (The Bush-Cheney cabinet, those who made off with book deals as opposed to trials at the Hague), perhaps the world can begin to have a conversation about justice and “American exceptionalism.” It might even prevent further preemptive wars.

Roberto Rodriguez, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, can be reached at: XColumn@gmail.com


Imigran Gelap Tewas di Trenggalek Dikubur 1 Lubang 1 Orang


Australia derives huge benefit from Indonesian Immigration intercepting illegal immigrants

DETIK NEWS
By Laurencius Simanjuntak
12/27/2011

Jakarta -

103 Orang ditemukan tewas akibat kapal tenggelam di Trenggalek, Jawa Timur. Para korban yang merupakan imigran gelap dari Timur Tengah ini akan segera dimakamkan, satu lubang satu jenazah.


"Kita juga sempat memikirkan untuk menyimpan mayat dalam kontainer yang khusus tempat menyimpan mayat, tapi ini risikonya terlalu besar. Kita berencana menguburkan 1 orang 1 lubang," kata Kadiv Humas Mabes Polri, Irjen Pol Saud Usman Nasution, di kantornya, Jl Trunojoyo, Jakarta, Selasa (27/12/2011).

Menurut dia, penanganan para korban kapal ini harus sesuai aturan internasional. Sehingga Polri akan menanyakan ke negara asal korban akan diapakan jenazah korban itu. Dengan dikuburkan satu lubang satu orang, maka bagi keluarga korban yang berniat menggali kubur kembali dipersilakan.

"Kita juga sudah mengecek DNA keluarga korban dari 3 negara Iran, Afghanistan dan Pakistan," terang Saud.


Dia menjelaskan para imigran tersebut adalah bagian dari perdagangan manusia. Sebanyak 215 orang menumpang kapal dari Pantai Popoh, Tulungagung, Jawa Timur dan akan bertolak ke Australia.



"Telah ditemukan 103 mayat dari 215 orang yang berangkat dari Pantai Popoh, Tulungagung yang sudah bisa dilaksanakan autopsi sebanyak 93 orang. Dari 93 mayat itu 84 jenazah di RS Bhayangkara Polri Surabaya dan 19 di RS Sanglah Bali," tutur Saud.

Bagaimana keterlibatan anggota TNI dalam kasus ini? "Kita menunggu hasil dari Polisi Militer (Pom)," ucap Saud.

Kapal berisi 215 imigran gelap tersebut tenggelam pada Sabtu (17/12/2011). Dari 215 penumpang, 33 orang selamat. Sebagian korban selamat mengalami luka robek di tangan atau kaki akibat terlalu lama mengapung di dalam air.

(vit/nrl)


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Gunung Lokon Meletus, Warga Panik


Emergency services working at full speed

KOMPAS
By Asep Candra
12/27/2011

MANADO, KOMPAS.com - 

Gunung Lokon di kota Tomohon, Sulawesi Utara, kembali meletus Selasa pada pukul 03.07 WITA. Seperti dilaporkan ANTARA, meletusnya gunung yang berstatus siaga ini menyebabkan warga di sekitarnya panik dan berlari berhamburan keluar rumah.

AFP / TENGKU
"Kami memang sedang tertidur saat terjadinya letusan. Gemuruh yang keluar memang cukup lama terdengar," kata Junike Agustin, warga Kelurahan Kinilow I Kecamatan Tomohon Utara, Kota Tomohon, Selasa dini hari.

Kepala Pos Pengamatan Gunung Api Lokon dan Mahawu di Kakaskasen, Farid Ruskanda Bina, mengaku sulit memantau aktivitas gunung berapi ini karena diselimuti kabut tebal. "Kami tidak bisa memantau ketinggian debunya karena kondisi Gunung Lokon masih tertutup kabut tebal," ujarnya.


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Iran seeks death for American accused of spying


Ahmadinejad perfect foil for insane Obama and nutcase Netanyahu as all want to start WWIII

Associated Press
12/27/2011

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — 

An American man accused by Iran of working for the CIA could face the death penalty, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported Tuesday.

Ahmadinejad could care less about what Obama has to say
In a closed court hearing, the prosecution applied for capital punishment, the report said, because the suspect, identified as Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, "admitted that he received training in the United States and planned to imply that Iran was involved in terrorist activities in foreign countries" after returning to the U.S.

The prosecutor said Hekmati entered Iran's intelligence department three times.

    The report said Hekmati repeated a confession broadcast on state TV Dec. 18.

    Under the Iranian law spying can lead to death penalty only in military cases .

   The Fars report said Hekmati's lawyer, who was identified only by his surname, Samadi, denied the charges. He said Iranian intelligence blocked Hekmati from infiltrating, and under the Iranian law, intention to infiltrate is not a crime.

    The lawyer said Hekmati was deceived by the CIA. No date for the next court hearing was released.

    Hekmati, 28, was born in Arizona. His family is of Iranian origin. His father, who lives in Michigan, said his son is not a CIA spy and was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.

    Because his father is Iranian, Hekmati is considered an Iranian citizen.

    Iran charges that as a U.S. Marine, he received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission.

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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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