Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Local Mother Of S. Florida Marine Jailed In Mexico Holds Protest, Marine Has Been Held Now For 36 Days

Sgt. Tahmooressi in somewhat better spirits knowing now that he has the support of his Marine Brothers, Veterans, media but is need of urgent medical attention; THE 5TH ESTATE CALLS ON THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE SGT. TAHMOORESSI IMMEDIATELY ON HUMANITARIAN MEDICAL GROUNDS:  Please sign this Petition for his release

CBS 4 MIAMI
05/05/2014

MIAMI (CBSMiami) –

The mother of a South Florida marine jailed in Mexico after he accidentally crossed the border with several firearms protested his imprisonment and treatment Monday in Miami.


Sgt. Tahmooressi has been held now for 36 Days
Jill Tahmooressi and several supporters staged a protest in front of the Mexican Consulate, at 1399 SW 1st Avenue, from noon to 1 p.m.

Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, from Weston faces three fire arm charges in Mexico.

Andrew’s mother was able to get a meeting with the Consulate General of Mexico.

She explained to him why she was there said she wanted to make sure Mexico knew that they knew that her son was in jail.


Jill Tahmooressi said that Zabalgold her she should “be patient” but did explain that there would be due process for her son. He also told her, Tahmooressi said, that he was going to reach out to the foreign minister to make sure it was being expeditiously processed in the judicial courts in Tijuana.

Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and now suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. He moved to San Diego for treatment.
While driving to meet up with a friend on March 31st his nightmare began. 
He made a wrong turn and ended up crossing the border, with all his belongings, including legally purchased U.S. guns, in his pick up truck. “I was going to call them after I drove off the exit, but I never got off the exit, I blew right past it,” he told U-T San Diego in an interview from jail. “I wasn’t paying attention, thinking I had way farther to go. I ended up in Mexico with no way to turn around.”


Fighting for his release:  Sgt. Tahmooressi with mother Jill
Tahmooressi was arrested and taken to La Mesa prison in Tijuana, Mexico where he’s being held without bail. Rick Finale, who worked with his dad for over 25 years, joined the protest Monday.

“It’s an injustice that happened for something very simple and stupid and he needs to be freed,” said Finale, adding, “He fought for us and we should fight for him.”


“He called me one night and he said in a panicked voice, he said, ‘Mom I’m not going to make it through the night. There’s hit men in here, they have told me they are going to kill me. They’re going to rape and then torture and murder me and they’re going to send me out in a body bag’,” Jill Tahmooressi told CBS4 News.


Sgt. Tahmooressi is in urgent need of medial care

Tahmooressi tried to escape by climbing over a gate and heading up onto a roof, and then onto another one. He gave up when a guard opened fire, but the incident earned him the nickname “Spider-Man.”

He later grabbed a light bulb and stabbed himself in the neck. He was taken to the hospital and given stitches.

Tahmooressi said her son has been chained to his cot for the last month.

Officials told his mother he is supposed to be moved to a maximum security prison soon.

Jill Tahmooressi has started a petition drive to get the White House involved. Click here for more information on the petition.

If Tahmooressi is convicted, he faces six to 21 years in a Mexican prison, his lawyers said, adding that alternatively the case could be dropped if the Mexican attorney general’s office in Mexico City requests dismissal.

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Rice Withdraws From Rutgers University Speech

Rice finding out quickly that her role in the illegal Iraq and Afghan wars not going away, and that the now useless Rovian "hide in plain sight" routine only got her into further hot water

NJ.COM
By Kelley Heyboer
05/05/2014

NEW BRUNSWICK -

The Rutgers College Republicans and other student groups sent a letter today to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi to express their concerns about the "hostile campus environment" created by the controversy surrounding Condoleezza Rice's withdrawal as commencement speaker. 
 
 
War criminal Condoleezza Rice
The students — who include members of the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates and Greek Life at Rutgers University — asked the president to speak out against the student and faculty protests which led to Rice's announcement Saturday that she will not appear the May 18 ceremony. 
 
The student groups also requested a meeting with Barchi.

"An (overwhelming) number of the students were disappointed in Condoleezza Rice no longer being the commencement speaker after a small minority of the student body and intolerant faculty members at Rutgers University protested loudly over the past month," Donald Coughlan, a Rutgers student and chairman of the New Jersey College Republicans, wrote on behalf of the groups.


The letter also said some students were disturbed by emails sent by faculty members encouraging them to attend a "teach-in" about Rice Tuesday and speak out against the former U.S. Secretary of State. 
 
 
Rice with drunk, retarded master George W. Bush
"Most students know these professors very well and these emails intimidated students who do not share the opinions of the professors," Coughlan wrote.

Rutgers officials named Rice the university's commencement speaker in February. She was scheduled to receive an honorary doctoral degree and a $35,000 honorarium for her speech. 
 
 
But several faculty groups and student organizations opposed honoring Rice because of the Bush Administration's involvement in the Iraq War, waterboarding and other controversies.

Last week, about 50 students staged a sit-in outside Barchi's office calling for Rutgers to rescind the invitation to Rice. 
 
 
Rice responsible for all U.S. military and Iraqi civilian deaths
On Saturday, Rice said she was backing out of delivering the speech.

"Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time," Rice said.


Barchi accepted her withdrawal, but did not back down from the university's decision to invite her to speak.

"While Rutgers University stands fully behind the invitation to Dr. Rice to be our commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree, we respect the decision she made and clearly articulated in her statement this morning," Barchi said.

Rutgers has not announced who will replace Rice as speaker at the commencement ceremony at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, which is expected to attract about 40,000 people.

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Dems Mull Whether To Boycott House GOP Benghazi Hearing

UNPRECEDENTED, TREASONOUS, CRIMINAL

WASHINGTON POST
By Greg Sargent
05/05/2014

The House GOP leadership just announced that Rep. Trey Gowdy will head the newly announced special committee to probe what happened in Benghazi. Gowdy, as it happens, has already informed America that he knows that the administration is guilty of a serious cover-up, claiming he has “evidence” of a “systematic, intentional decision” to withhold untold numbers of Benghazi documents from Congress. 
 
 
Carney soon to be wearing prison stripes
The question now is whether House Dems will boycott the proceedings. 
 
Over the weekend, Dem Rep. Adam Schiff suggested they should, on the grounds that this will be a “colossal waste of time” that doesn’t deserve to be treated with any “credibility,” given how much has already gone into investigating Benghazi. 
 
This provoked outrage from Republicans. 
 

A House Dem leadership aide points out that there is precedent for such a boycott. Back in 2005, House Dem leaders declined to participate in GOP hearings into what went wrong with the Bush administration’s response to the Katrina disaster, arguing that Republicans had set up the committee in a way that ensured it would not conduct a serious probe into what happened. 
 
 
Rice and Clinton headed for the can
The House Dem leadership aide notes that Dems are looking at their 2005 response as a possible model on how to respond to the new Benghazi committee, though no decisions have been made. “There is deep concern in the Caucus that participation in this sham committee, like the 2005 Katrina committee, would serve to legitimize what has and by all signs will continue to be a political operation,” the Dem leadership aide tells me.


Of course, the new Benghazi committee would be investigating the President from the opposing party, unlike the Katrina committee in 2005. But the parallel here is that just as in 2005, Dems want to see how this committee will be constructed before deciding whether to participate. The outstanding questions are how the committee will be composed (the relative number of Republicans and Dems); whether just the committee chair gets subpoena power, or whether a majority of the committee will wield it; and the scope of the committee’s mission, i.e., how its goals are defined. 
 
 
Congress is once more testing Americans to see just how far they can go, and if the public does not speak out on this there can no longer be any claims the United States is a "Representative Republic"

House Democratic leaders announced today that they are urging rank and file Dems to vote against the creation of the new committee. But that’s separate from the question of whether they will participate, if and when the committee is set up. On that front Dem leaders are currently taking the temperature inside the Dem caucus as they determine how to proceed. 
 
 
Rice will not be laughing in front of the Committee
In purely political terms, this isn’t necessarily an easy call for Dems, because there is some benefit in participating, even if the committee is constructed in a ridiculously partisan fashion. “Some of these hearings are going to be televised,” Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein tells me. “The question is, does it make more sense to be in there, participating in the process and pointing out Republican overkill again and again, or does it make more sense to further destroy the image of the committee by staying out of it?”


Of course, the question of how to construct the committee also presents Republicans with a dilemma. “The more the committee overreaches and tries to find a big scandal where there is none, the more Republicans run the risk of the American people seeing the Congress they run as utterly unconcerned about the things that matter to them,” Ornstein says.

Or, as NBC’s First Read crew put it this morning:

After multiple congressional hearings on the subject, an independent review, and a months-long debate over the administration’s “talking points,” the question becomes: How much more does the public — outside the GOP base — want to hear about Benghazi? Does a larger summer focus on Benghazi make the GOP seem out of touch in this election year?

Of course, if one of the goals of creating this committee is to keep the base engaged and enraged through election day, it might not matter all that much to GOP leaders how it plays for everyone else.

****************************************************************

UPDATE: Dem Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Dem on the House Oversight Committee who has tangled with committee chair Darrell Issa, sends over this statement:

Over the past year, House Republicans have conducted their Benghazi investigation in a completely partisan matter by denying access to hearing witnesses, leaking cherry-picked excerpts to create a false narrative, issuing unilateral subpoenas without Committee votes, releasing multiple partisan staff reports, excluding Democratic Members from fact-finding delegations to Libya in violation of the Speaker’s own rules, and launching unsubstantiated accusations that turn out to be completely false. So I do not have much faith that a new select committee will be any different. 
 
 
 

This new select committee appears to be nothing more than a reaction to internal Republican bickering rather than a responsible effort to obtain the facts, especially since the new committee will not have any powers that Chairman Issa doesn’t already have — including the ability to issue unilateral subpoenas for any document or witness, which he just used to subpoena the Secretary of State.

This appears to be a suggestion that GOP leaders are appointing the new committee because they’ve lost confidence in Issa’s ongoing Benghazi probe.




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Odessa Slaughter : How Vicious Mob Burnt Anti - Government Activists Alive

Obama and his murdering CIA are responsible for all deaths resulting from their failed CIA engineered fascist coup in Kiev

RT
05/05/2014

Dozens of people died in flames in Odessa, when radicals set ablaze the local House of Trade Unions with anti-government protesters blocked inside. The city is now in mourning for those who died, suffocated in smoke or had to jump out of windows.


What triggered the tragedy were violent clashes, which erupted on Friday afternoon between two rival rallies in Ukraine's port-city of Odessa.

Around 1,500 supporters of the Kiev authorities, accompanied by aggressive fans of the local football club, Chernomorets, tried to march through the center of the city chanting “Glory to Ukraine,” “Death to enemies,” “Knife the Moskals [derogatory for Russians].”


Some of the people in the group were wearing ultra-nationalist Right Sector movement insignia, were armed with chains and bats and carried shields.

Several hundred anti-government activists eventually confronted the procession. Fighting broke out as a result, with members of the rival groups throwing stones, Molotov cocktails and smoke grenades at each other and at police. The pavements were spattered with blood.




The police failed to draw the rival groups apart. As a result, 4 people were killed and 37 wounded in the violence. Police were among the injured.

Street clashes appeared to be only the beginning of the Odessa Friday nightmare, as radicals started to drive anti-government activists back to their tent camp in front of the local House of Trade Unions. Many anti-Kiev protesters eventually hid inside the building.


“Women and children were hiding in the Trade Union’s building,” an eye-witness told RT. “First the armed men set fire to tents, then they started throwing Molotov cocktails and grenades at the building. We heard shots fired and saw smoke,” she added.

Dozens eventually burnt alive or suffocated to death. To escape the fire and smoke, people were hanging out of windows and sitting on windowsills. In sheer desperation, some of them eventually jumped to the ground.


Many of those who managed to escape the fire were then brutally beaten by armed men, believed to be from the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group, who had the building under siege.

As people were dying in the burning building, some of the pro-Kiev activists jeered on Twitter that “Colorado beetles are being roasted up in Odessa,” using a derogatory term for pro-Russian activists wearing St. George’s ribbons.




About 50 people got to the roof of the burning building and waited for help there. RT managed to speak to one of them, after they were later rescued by police.

“We were hiding there [on the roof] from this angry mob, which forced us inside this building and threw Molotov cocktails and stones at us,” he said. “People were burned alive inside the building, they couldn't get out. We couldn't go down, we were seeing people from other floors being brought down and then those rioters down there attacked them like a pack of wolves. We were escorted from the roof and from the building. We had to step over dead bodies when we were descending the stairs.”


A total of 46 people died in Odessa’s violence on Friday and almost 200 others sustained injuries, Odessa Region prosecutor Igor Borshulyak told journalists on Saturday.

39 of the dead lost their lives in the fire at the Odessa Trade Unions House, according to the Ukrainian emergencies agency, which released a statement saying that “31 of the dead were found inside the building, eight more were found outside by law enforcement officers.”


Odessa announced on Saturday a three-day mourning for the victims of the tragedy.

Later, Ukraine’s acting President Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree signaling two days of national mourning for those who died in the special military operation in eastern Ukraine and in mass clashes in Odessa.

PHOTO: Women bring flowers in memory of at least 46 killed in #Odessa clashes & fire http://t.co/1tMkbc5FB0#Ukrainepic.twitter.com/l5U9ytCe1l

— RT (@RT_com) May 3, 2014

Residents of Odessa have since Saturday morning been laying flowers outside the burnt out Trade Union building.

Russians have been bringing candles to the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow to commemorate the dead in Odessa.












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2009 : Former Australian Intelligence Officer Faces Jail Over Bali Bombing Documents

AU intelligence neck-deep in Bali bombing cover-up; suppression, destruction of evidence linking bombers to CIA continues to this day; ASIS perpetuates fairy tale that Indonesian motorcycle mechanics were solely responsible and not simple cut-outs for Kuta blasts

WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE
By Mike Head
05/05/2009

A former Australian intelligence official and his co-tenant face up to two years jail after being convicted last month of leaking classified documents relating to the October 2001 terrorist bomb blasts on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.


Paddy Bar backpack blast
The outcome of the little-reported trial raises critical questions about the former Howard government’s failure to warn Australian tourists that Bali was a terrorist target and about the current Rudd government’s prosecution of the two alleged whistleblowers.

On the night of October 12, 2001, thousands of holiday-makers from Australia and other countries were in Bali’s Kuta nightclub district when the bombings killed 200 innocent people, including 88 Australians and 40 Indonesians, mostly nightclub workers and taxi drivers.




Travel advisories issued by the Howard government had assured the Australian public that Bali was “calm” and tourist services “normal,” despite a heightened terrorist risk produced by Australia’s participation in the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

After a two-week trial in the ACT Supreme Court last week, ex-Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) officer James Sievers was found guilty of communicating information he had obtained as an ASIO employee, and his former housemate Francis O’Ryan was convicted of aiding and abetting him.


Former ASIO officer James Paul Seivers
Sievers and O’Ryan were convicted of sending to the Australian newspaper in October 2004 three ASIO documents showing that Australian authorities were warned by their US intelligence partners two weeks before the Bali bombings that an Al Qaeda-linked group was planning attacks on “sin spots” and “nightclubs”.

The two men are currently on bail, awaiting sentence on June 3.



The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has argued that both men must be jailed. Section 18(2) of the ASIO Act specifies punishment of imprisonment for two years.

Sievers is the first ASIO officer to be charged under the section, which is designed to help shield the domestic spy agency from public scrutiny. The Rudd Labor government, through the DPP, sought and obtained a re-trial after a jury last May failed to reach a verdict despite 13 hours of deliberations.

Prosecutors alleged that Sievers, who had access to the documents during a 2004 Senate inquiry into the bombings, passed them to O’Ryan, who posted them to the Australian’s Sydney offices. O’Ryan was said to have written on two of the documents, “please see details of prior intelligence through which a tragedy might have been prevented” and “sin spots-nightclubs”.


Many Bali bombing casualties were burned to death
According to the documents, US intelligence agencies told their Australian counterparts that Jemaah Islamiah (JI) spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir headed a group called Majeklis Mujahedden Indonesia that was preparing large-scale bombings.

Right up until the bombing, the Howard government insisted it was safe to visit Bali, despite receiving explicit warnings from US intelligence agencies, as well as its own Office of National Assessments (ONA), which had identified Bali as a potential terrorist target at least three times, including in a briefing to then Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.


ASIO itself advised Qantas, the main airline servicing Bali from Australia, that given the JI presence in Indonesia, Bali could not be “considered exempt from attack”. On the basis of reports by ASIO and the Defense Intelligence Organization (DIO), the Defense Security Agency issued a “high” threat assessment to all military personnel traveling to Indonesia. As a result of these warnings, Qantas crew members and diplomats were instructed to avoid well-known hotels, bars and nightclubs in Bali.

When the documents were published, they re-ignited public anger over the failure of the Howard government and the intelligence agencies to alert travelers and try to prevent the bombings. In the days after the atrocity, then Prime Minister Howard initially denied receiving any prior warning of the likelihood of such an attack. But when the Washington Post reported that the CIA had identified threats to attack a tourist site in Indonesia, mentioning Bali, Howard was forced to change his story on the floor of parliament, while still claiming that the CIA’s information was only of a “general” character.


Bush criminals, CIA perpetrated Bali bombings in order to force an unwilling Australian government into their bogus "war on terror" by killing Australians and hanging sole blame on Indonesian terrorist cut-outs, standard practice for the CIA


The leaked documents also threw into doubt the findings of an inquiry that Howard was hastily forced to organize, by the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), as well as a subsequent report by a Senate committee—both of which denied that the government and the agencies had received any specific warnings about attacks being prepared in Bali.

In an attempt to deflect attention from the serious questions raised by the classified documents about his own government’s role, the Howard government instigated a police operation to find the “leakers”. Australian Federal Police raided the Australian’s offices and eventually produced evidence that O’Ryan’s credit card had been used to purchase the post office envelope that contained the damning documents.


George W. Bush and his father have long family ties to CIA
During the second trial, O’Ryan admitted sending the material, saying he was motivated by anger over the government’s failure to act on the Bali warnings. The Labor government, however, was just as determined as Howard to secure convictions. Crown prosecutor Stephen Hall SC told the jury to disregard any thoughts about whether there was a “noble reason” for the documents being leaked.


Sievers was also convicted, although both men denied that he was involved and there was no direct evidence of any such involvement.

A number of questions remain unanswered. Why did the Howard government pursue the case so relentlessly? What was so sensitive about the Bali documents? Why did Howard want them suppressed? And why has the Labor government fought for convictions in the case as well?

The leaked documents demonstrated that the Howard governments and its intelligence advisers were well aware that Australia’s participation in the war on Afghanistan had made Australians, and Bali, targets for Islamic extremists. Did the government deliberately choose to ignore the warnings of some kind of terrorist attack in Bali in order to politically exploit the outcome?

Howard certainly seized upon the Bali events, which he dubbed Australia’s own “September 11,” to intensify the phoney “war on terror” both at home and abroad.


Wreckage of Paddy Bar
Together with the fabrications about “weapons of mass destruction,” the Bali tragedy was repeatedly cited by Howard as a reason for his government’s participation in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, which was soon followed by the deployment of troops to Solomon Islands.

The real goal of these interventions, including the war in Afghanistan, was not to combat terrorism or protect ordinary people from violent attacks. It was to secure US domination of the resource-rich Middle East and Central Asia, against its rivals, particularly in Europe and China, with Australia acting as a junior partner in exchange for US support for Canberra’s own neo-colonial activities in the Pacific.


Domestically, the Bali tragedy was utilized to overcome popular opposition to the introduction of unprecedented “anti-terrorism” legislation that dismantled basic legal and democratic rights. The first wave of laws, passed in 2002, defined terrorism so broadly that it could cover political dissent, make terrorist offences punishable by life imprisonment and give the government power to outlaw organizations.

Another provision, giving ASIO powers to secretly interrogate and detain people without charge or trial, foundered, due to widespread opposition. Largely as a result of the Bali bombing, however, this provision, along with other draconian measures was pushed through by mid-2003, with Labor’s support. More legislation followed over the next three years, establishing three other forms of detention without trial, creating executive powers to proscribe groups, and allowing for semi-secret trials.


Bali bombing victims unloaded at Sanglah Hospital
The Rudd government’s pursuit of Sievers and O’Ryan—whose only “offense” was to try to alert the public about what the political and security establishment knew in advance about the Bali bombings—serves to highlight Labor’s bipartisan support for both the Bali cover-up, and Howard’s anti-terror laws. Labor is determined to protect Howard and his ministers from any accountability over Bali because the affair raises too many questions about the lies and cover-ups that have dominated every aspect of the “war on terror”, including the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.


The Labor leadership backed all the fabrications and bears equal responsibility with the Howard government for the crimes committed, and the lives lost, as a result.

Any re-opening of the Bali issue raises the danger that it will expose Labor’s complicity in the political exploitation of the bombings, and poses the question of whether the Labor leadership, including Rudd himself (who was Labor’s foreign affairs spokesman in 2002), was given any forewarning of a possible Bali attack.

The author also recommends:
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AU Daily Telegraph Prints Bogus Bali Bombing Indonesian Hit Piece

Australians have been had by bogus, continuing 2002 Bali Bombing conspiracy theory that the perpetrators were all Indonesians - when in fact this was a CIA operation to drag Australia into George W. Bush's "War on Terror" - and the falsehood that these illiterate CIA cut-out motorcycle mechanics had the means, financing, and brains to pull off this very sophisticated bombing all on their own; if indeed these "terrorists" were guilty of this heinous crime they would either be imprisoned for life or have been shot like Amrozi, Samudra and Mukhlas

AU DAILY TELEGRAPH
By Paul Toohey
05/04/2014

For the survivors of the Bali bomb attacks it is a terrifying tally, but for the families of the 92 Australians killed it is simply heartbreaking.


All 36 Indonesian terrorists who were sentenced to anything less than life for their parts in the 2002 and 2005 bar and restaurant ­attacks, which killed a further 130 victims, are now free.

And up to 100 more terrorists convicted for other ­attacks on local and western interests in Indonesia will be freed in the coming year, ­according to a leading expert.

Only five men from the two Bali attacks remain ­behind bars on life sentences. Indonesia’s Justice and Human Rights Ministry said they were not entitled to ­remission or clemency.


Close to 50 people, most of them members of hate group Jemaah Islamiyah, were involved in planning and executing the 2002 Bali attacks. Most served sentences ranging six years or less to 18 years.

They include the men who recruited the suicide bombers, drove bomb-laden vehicles or built suicide bomb vests, to plotters, financiers and others who sheltered the world’s most-wanted terrorists.

Those now free include Abdul Rauf, who was sentenced to 16 years for recruiting the 2002 Bali suicide bombers, and Mohammad Cholily, who assembled the three suicide bomb vests used in 2005.


Foreign intelligence agencies, the FBI, ASIO led Indonesian authorities on diversionary wild goose chases while they destroyed forensic evidence, eventually bulldozing it up and dropping in in the ocean off Benoa Harbor, Bali

Cholily was released last year after having 11 years cut from his 18-year sentence.

At his trial in 2006, Cholily expressed regret that he had been forced to reveal the location of bomb expert Dr Azahari bin Husin, who advised on how to make the 2002 and 2005 bombs, and was gunned down by police in 2005.




“I feel guilty, because my words caused the death of a man,” said Cholily, referring to terrorist Azahari rather than the 20 people, including four Australians, who were killed died in 2005. Masykur Abdul Kadir, who helped the bombers rent a house in Bali and drove them around surveying targets, was released in 2010 after serving seven years of his 15-year ­sentence.


Former AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty led the AU coverup
Anif Solchanudin, who sheltered terror mastermind Noordin M Top and helped plan the 2005 attacks, was ­released in July last year after also serving only seven years of his 15 years.

“It’s an emotional thing to hear,” said Phil Britten, who was inside the Sari Club with mates from Perth’s Kingsley Football Club when the bomb exploded. Britten lost his front teeth, 60 per cent of his skin to burns, and a lot of friends.


“It definitely sucks when someone who was involved in killing people, including seven of my friends, and injuring me so badly, is out there.

“They are all to blame. So many people who were ­involved in Bali are still feeling it now.

“I know dads who have lost their sons. We’ve still got the memories and pain of what was. Yet these guys can get on with their lives.

“They’re probably still happy with what happened.”


When former senior investigative editor for The Jakarta Post on the Bali bombings Robert S. Finnegan officially re-opened his investigation in 2008 he was contacted by Joclyn Waller, and at a meeting in a Jakarta restaurant Finnegan was asked - in front of a witness -  to withhold new evidence he had obtained as "it would open this thing up again, and there are many [Bali bombing] survivors that would buy into your new evidence and this we do not need."  Waller also offered Finnegan money, which he declined

Zulkarnaen, aged 50, remains the only major player unaccounted for over Bali 2002. The US Department of State accuses Zulkarnaen of a senior role in the 2003 Marriott bombing, that killed 12 people, and of helping make the 2002 Bali bombs.


What appear to be flash burns at Sanglah Hospital
Considered to be the highest-ranking South-East Asian member of JI after Hambali, and having direct lines to al Qaeda, the only image of Zulkarnaen is a faded black and white headshot.

There is a $5 million ­reward for Hambali’s capture.

Most of those involved in the Marriott hotel bombing, in which Australians were targeted but not killed, have also been freed.




Two men who served short sentences over the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta were also freed and reportedly returned to terrorism.

Jakarta-based terror expert Solahudin said more terrorists who were involved in a range of strikes against Indonesian and western interests would be freed in coming months after serving relatively short sentences.


Backpack bomb at Paddy Bar - note blast crater at left

“In my assessment maybe this year and next year about 50 to 100 will be released,” said Solahudin, who goes by the single name.

“Some of them are quite senior figures. We should be reaconcerned.”

He said that although terror strikes had increased in the last four years in Indonesia, most had been ineffective because most Indonesian ­jihadists were currently fighting in Syria.



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MERS Death Toll Reaches 115 In Saudi Arabia

U.S. "mainstream media" downplaying seriousness of this infection and capacity to spread - do not be complacent

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05/05/2014

Editor's note:  While the one confirmed MERS case in the United States is recovering, the patient had access to a ventilator and the best medical care in the world - whereas the vast majority of future patients (99%) will not.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has claimed three more lives in Saudi Arabia, raising the kingdom’s death toll to 115.


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The Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday that three people, a 45-year-old man and two women, aged 50 and 54, passed away on Saturday after contracting MERS in the city of Jeddah.

The respiratory disease also killed a 77-year-old man in the capital, Riyadh, on Friday, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, the number of MERS infections in Saudi Arabia has risen to 414 since the illness first appeared in the kingdom in September 2012.


The development comes as the United States on Friday confirmed the first case of MERS in the country while Egypt recorded its first infection last week after a person who had arrived from Saudi Arabia tested positive.




On April 21, Saudi Arabia dismissed Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah from his post following a worrying surge of new MERS cases in the country.

 
Saudi authorities have come under fire for not having been transparent about the extent of the spread of the disease and the effectiveness of preventative measures in hospitals.

On April 23, the World Health Organization said it had offered to send international experts to Saudi Arabia to probe “any evolving risk” related to the transmission pattern of the deadly virus.


MERS is regarded as a deadlier but less transmissible cousin of the SARS virus, which first broke out in Asia in 2003 and infected more than 8,000 people.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, MERS has been reported in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain.

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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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