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The people are coming, and there is nothing they can do about it! The People will not be Defeated! We all stand with our Spanish Brother and Sisters . . . You cannot stop an idea who's time has come!

Full Footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iydcZ6-mHk&feature=plcp

Thousands have turned up on the doorstep of Parliament in Spain to take back control from the ruthless elite. Violence continue between protesters and riot police in Madrid, with cops firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowd. Fourteen people have been injured and 22 arrested, local media report.

Riot Police belted protesters, dragging some them by the arms and legs.

Credit: RT

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Dear TurismoAssociati,

"Daddy, I'm going to get mommy out of jail with a bulldozer."

That's four-year-old Gera speaking about her plan to free her mother Nadya, one of the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot.

As an Amnesty activist, you know we don't need a bulldozer to free a prisoner – just the power of our voices. And we need your voice more than ever as Pussy Riot faces an appeal hearing on October 1st.

Turn up the volume of protest to end the political persecution of Pussy Riot. Send your message calling for the unconditional release of Nadya, Masha and Katja.

Nadya and the other members of Pussy Riot went to the cathedral to give Russia – and the rest of the world – a wake-up call. They felt it was their civic duty to expose the corruption and repression they saw.

Pussy Riot stood up for their ideals. As artistic expression. Nonviolently. Legally.

Except, of course, in Putin's Russia, where their dissent was stifled and condemned as "hooliganism."

But there is hope. The world is watching. Last week, Pyotr Verzilov travelled with his daughter Gera to the United States to work with Amnesty to raise awareness for his wife's case. During the Amnesty International Youth Town Hall, Aung San Suu Kyi met with Pyotr and Gera and called for the release of the women. With Amnesty at her side, Yoko Ono gave the band the LennonOno Grant for Peace to honor their courage.

During their visit, Pyotr expressed how moved he was by your advocacy on behalf of his wife and the other courageous women imprisoned for expressing their opinions peacefully:

“We are grateful to Amnesty International for your work on the case and all of your support. The most important thing you can do is rally people. We need your voices.”

Use your voice to tell the Russian authorities to release Nadya, Masha and Katja. Take a stand for free speech and human rights before Pussy Riot's Oct. 1 appeal hearing.

In solidarity,

Michelle Ringuette
Chief of Campaigns & Programs
Amnesty International USA

 

Republicans and Democrats offer the worst of all possible worlds. Ordinary people are entirely shut out. Growing numbers reject both parties for good reason. Money power owns them.

"Are you better off" than four years ago, asked The New York Times? "There is really no reason for any hesitancy. The country is unquestionably better off than it was in 2008."

Fact check

True to form, The Times offered a litany of lies. Bankers, other corporate favorites, and war profiteers fared handsomely. They still do. America's 99% got stiff-armed. Most US households were thrown under the bus.

Virtually no jobs were created. Full-time/good pay and benefit ones are disappearing. Real unemployment approaches 23%. In the Great Depression, it reached 25%. Serious efforts were made then to reduce it. Virtually nothing is done now.

US Census figures confirm half or more of US households living in poverty or bordering on it. Record numbers need food stamps to survive. Congress plans cuts when they're more than ever needed.

Feeding America says over 50 million Americans face hunger. One in six people are affected, including over one in five children. Political Washington ignores food insecurity. Serving corporate interests and imperial warmongers alone matter.

Duplicitous political convention rhetoric was enough to make a brash brigand blush. Banality took center stage. Demagogic deception hid reactionary extremism.

Convention delegates and ordinary people inhabit worlds apart. Pre-scripted yammering was predictable. Republicans showed contempt for human needs. Phony populism hid a similar Democrat agenda.

Privilege alone matters. Ordinary folks increasingly are on their own sink or swim. Obama's first term reflected it. Betrayal and failure defined it. Another four years assures more of the same and then some.

The man promising hope and change broke every major pledge made. Four demagogic years did Lincoln one better. He fooled most people enough to matter. He's beholden to big money. He never cared about ordinary people and doesn't now.

"Yes we can" conceals his dark side. No pun intended. He's a consummate con man. It's easy to know when he's lying, just watch his lips move.

Throughout his political career, he's been pro-corporate, pro-war, pro-Israel, anti-populist, anti-civil and human rights, and anti all values real democrats support.

He put Wall Street crooks in charge of looting the nation's wealth. He furthered the greatest wealth transfer in history. Rules, regulations, legal restraints with teeth, and taxes were slashed to help them. Plans are on track to make America resemble Guatemala.

Full-time/high pay/good benefit jobs are disappearing. So are social services. They're on the chopping block for elimination. The nation's middle class is targeted for destruction. A huge underclass is replacing it. America's more than ever militarized to control it.

Police state laws threaten freedom. Big Brother spying is policy. Privacy is a figure of speech. First Amendment rights and dissent are endangered. Tyranny, torture, corporate empowerment, and permanent wars define Obama's agenda.

He exceeded the worst of George Bush's harshness, lawlessness, and belligerency. Imagine what he plans if reelected. He waged war on Islam, Latino immigrants, animal and environmental rights activists, whistleblowers, people of color, the poor, anyone challenging state power, and civil rights lawyers who defend them too vigorously.

In Obama's America, only the privileged matter. Growing numbers of others are on their own hungry, homeless, and jobless.

He looted the nation's wealth, wrecked the economy, ravaged one nation after another, and continues waging war on humanity.

He executed two Latin American coups. Honduras' democratically elected president was ousted. So was Paraguay's. He militarized Haiti, opened the country for business, occupied it for plunder, rigged its election, installed a pro-Western stooge, and increased the growing burden of impoverished Haitians who deserve better.

He supports the world's worst despots. He sucks up shamelessly to Israel. He spurns long denied Palestinian rights. He plans war on Syria and Iran. Neither nation threatens anyone. America and Israel menace humanity.

He presides over a bogus democracy under a repressive police state apparatus. Habeas rights, due process, judicial fairness, and other civil liberty protections are quaint artifacts increasingly discarded.

Torture is official policy. So is Murder, Inc. Death squads operate in over 120 countries. Special forces and CIA operatives are licensed to kill. US citizens may be targeted at home or abroad. No one anywhere is safe.

Summary judgment means no arrests. No Miranda rights. No due process. No trial. Just a bullet, bomb or slit throat. It's official Obama policy. Diktat authority affords justice to no one ordered killed.

It also lets Obama order US citizens arrested and indefinitely held without charge or trial. No proof is needed, just suspicions that those detained pose threats. Constitutional protections no longer apply.

US military personnel may arrest and indefinitely detain anyone globally. No one anywhere is safe. Tyranny is policy. Obama seized virtual dictatorial powers. Anyone designated a potential enemy of the state, true or false, is targeted.

Political prisoners fill America's gulag. It’s the world’s largest by far and one of the worst. Muslims and people of color are most at risk. America's super-rich and corporate crooks are free to do what they please. Bad as things are now, expect worse.

War rages against labor. Budget-strapped states get little help. Welfare is being cut. So are Medicare for seniors, Medicaid for the needy, and other New Deal/Great Society programs.

Public education is being commodified. Plans call for making it another business profit center and ending government's responsibility. Health care is being rationed. Only those who can afford it will get help when they need it.

Food and drug safety don't matter. Nor do clean clean air or water. Small farms and businesses are being destroyed. Large ones are bigger and more dominant than ever.

Wall Street ones are up to one-fourth larger today than four years ago. They're double their size a decade ago relative to the economy. Ordinary Americans are much poorer and more deprived.

Financial reform was fraudulent. Institutionalized grand theft is policy. Business as usual lets Wall Street run the country. Consumer protections don't exist.

The worst of bad practices continue. Rules either don't exist or are made to be broken. Bankers get what they want. Ordinary people get scammed.

Obama promised "change you can believe in." He delivered betrayal instead. He's anti-progressive, hard-right, reactionary, belligerent, pro-corporate, and anti-populist. He's heartless, merciless, morally corrupt, and soulless.

Austerity is policy when help is needed. Draconian cuts were enacted. Many more are planned. Eliminating trillions of dollars in social service spending is policy. Democrats are in lock step with Republicans.

Corporate handouts, tax cuts for the rich, and Pentagon spending remain virtually untouched. Bad as things are now, imagine America in four years under either party.

Obama plans more of the same and then some. Romney is a religious extremist/corporate crook/socially destructive/imperial rogue.

He and Ryan plan exceeding the worst of Obama. Both are unapologetic. They're indifferent to human need and welfare. They represent everything wrong with a broken system. It's too corrupted, dysfunctional, and rotten to fix.

They're frontmen for financialized America, super-rich privilege, and imperial lawlessness. They guarantee worse wide awake nightmares than Obama.

America's choice in November is none. Bad as things are now expect worse. Bipartisan complicity assures it.

Source: mathaba.net - Author: Stephen Lendman; he lives in Chicago.

 

The purpose of this event is to set a particular day as a day to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind. The focus on ‘blasphemy’ is simply because it is such a salient issue, and one for which a lot of consciousness-raising is necessary.

The goal is not to promote hate or violence. While many perceive blasphemy as insulting and offensive, it isn’t about getting enjoyment out of ridiculing and insulting others.

Criticism and dissent towards opposing views is the only way in which any nation with any modicum of freedom can exist. Post and send any images, quotes and stories that are blasphemous to our Facebook page (see right) on or before that day so that we publish them on 30th.

Source: kenyanfreethinkers.org

 

Russel and Brandi Bellew, age 39 and 36, of Creswell, Oregon, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday and were sentenced to five years probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

The couple, who had seven children before Austin Sprout's death, are members of the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born in nearby Pleasant Hill, which shuns modern medicine and teaches parishioners that faith healing and prayer will cure disease.

Walking free: Brandi and Russel Bellew, leave court on Tuesday after they were sentenced to five years of probation for letting their 16-year-old son died after they tried to 'pray away' his burst appendix

Walking free: Brandi and Russel Bellew, leave court on Tuesday after they were sentenced to five years of probation for letting their 16-year-old son died after they tried to 'pray away' his burst appendix

Excruciating: Austin Sprout, 16, died of a burst appendix after suffering appendicitis for a week. The painful disease is easily remedied by routine surgery

Excruciating: Austin Sprout, 16, died of a burst appendix after suffering appendicitis for a week. The painful disease is easily remedied by routine surgery

It was also revealed on Tuesday that Austin died in December from a burst appendix after he suffered from appendicitis for a week, the Eugene Register Guard reported.

Appendicitis, the inflammation of the appendix, often results in excruciating abdominal pain that requires heavy doses of morphine to keep under control. However, it can be easily treated with routine surgery that removes the appendix.

Left untreated, the inflamed organ can burst and spew bile into the body, which results in dangerous infections that often prove deadly.

The couple were charged with second-degree manslaughter after authorities learned the Austin's death could have been prevented if his parents had simple taken him to the hospital.

Austin's father, Anthony, died in 2007 of sepsis, after he refused to seek treatment for an infected injury to his leg.

Faith healers: The Bellews, who have six other children, are members of the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born, which shuns modern medicine in favor of prayer

Faith healers: The Bellews, who have six other children, are members of the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born, which shuns modern medicine in favor of prayer

His mother, Brandi, later married Russel Bellew -- who was also widowed.

At the time of Austin's death, his uncle Shawn Sprout, defended the congregation's practice of faith healing.

'We trust in God for everything. We trusted him to take care of our illnesses and heal us,' he told KVAL.

Social workers removed the other six children, who range in age from infant to 17, from the Bellews home.

It is unclear whether they will be returned to their parents, though a case worker said she believes they are 'safe' in the home.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

 

Jim Stone, Freelance Journalist, with extensive help from James Farganne and Darren Brown, Sep 13 2012.

This will no doubt get plastered all over the web, but like just about anything I put up, it originated here. WE TOTALLY HAVE THE SCAMMING MEDIA BY THE BALLS HERE, WE CAN WAKE UP THE SHEEP WITH THIS, ARCHIVE AND POST!!!

So how, PRAY TELL, was a U.S. consulate raided there, people murdered there, and butt raped in the name of Mohammed? This is BEYOND wag the dog!

Here is the link to the Department of State web site, with a complete list of All U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions world wide. http://www.usembassy.gov/ There is one in Libya, obviously in Tripoli. And I will state right now that I have that Embassy page saved and captured, in case someone decides to bury this by faking Benghazi in for a while.

To further bolster this fact, Here is Google Maps of Benghazi Libya. Delete Benghazi Libya from the search window, and type the word EMBASSY or CONSULATE there. Because one does not exist in Benghazi, it will throw you to an alternative location near you. Here is the Wikipedia list, no doubt soon to be faked, it will happen fast here. Won't last long and if any fakes get thrown in, well, there are TONS of lists out there, and I will just snag another. They can't bury this lie.

No wonder the Libyans are pissed! Is ANY of this real? Are there ANY embassy raids or riots happening ANYWHERE? This kind of desperate lying would indeed be used if an attack on Iran was SO IMMINENT THAT THE CONSEQUENCES OF GETTING CAUGHT IN THE LIE ARE IRRELEVANT. All they need is to fake it till they make the vote, and then say OOPS, we got the story wrong.

This begs the question, WHERE did the pictures and video come from? Answer. The U.S. and Israel are so guilty of so many war crimes that this type of footage is commonplace in archives. Since the consulate does not exist, they can put up any picture of any building they want and call it that, and no one is going to say "that is not what it looks like".

Many of you are worried about what is coming next. They handed us the silver bullet. Please use this bullet to shoot out the heart of the media werewolf, THIS IS THE BIG CHANCE. This lie is SO BRAZEN and SO OBVIOUS that it should be enough to tip the balance and destroy the credibility of CNN, FOX, ABC, YOU NAME IT, ONCE AND FOR ALL WITH ANYONE. Don't miss this chance, because once awaken to the fact that the media really does lie, a blinded lamb will often go bull stomping crazy.

And with the darkness of this hour, we definitely need it.

This article has withstood the scrutiny of several people on the forum who worked through the night to protect the credibility of this web site (and I thank them). One of them pointed out THIS ARTICLE, which speaks of the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli on August 27, which had to be rebuilt new after the war. Don't let this confuse you, there is no Benghazi embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission too new to be in any record.

GO HANG THEM.

On top of this, the various news agencies can't even get the location of the consulate straight, proof of a bullshit story.

The Daily Mail says it's here

And the Guardian says it's here (you have to click the little arrow that says next to make their animation work.

Since the consulate is a fiction, both pictures will do because NO ONE is going to be able to check up on the story anyway. Last I heard, the State Department is no longer answering questions with regard to the embassy, probably because people can't figure out where it really is.

Article dated 6-6-2012 speaks of a "Benghazi embassy", which in the current wag is being called a "consulate" or "mission".

One of the forum members found what may have been a toe dip propaganda piece dated 6-6 2012, where a story of a bombing against this "benghazi embassy" was floated to see if anyone would call the media on it's bullshit. There was no significant coverage of this topic on ANY American news outlet, which I believe is fishy. If you were going to do a test run for a fictitious embassy, it would be best to do it in a limited way. My guess is they floated this story ahead of time to see if it would hold up before using this fictitious embassy for a major propaganda run in the U.S. and I simply do not believe CNNNBCABCFOXASS would not have been ALL OVER such a bombing. No comments from the President? Yeah right! Let's see a photo of this "Benghazi embassy" dated prior to Sep11. Even these articles dated June 6 do not have that, nor have we found any pictures anywhere else.

And if this "Benghazi embassy" was around 4 months ago, how long before that did it exist? Why are they calling it an "embassy" in this article, and a consulate/mission in the current rip? How long would it take the state department, Wikipedia, and all other web sites, including ones that update daily, to show this "mission?" Is (a minimum) of four months enough? Oh, I know, it was run by OSAMA BIN LADEN, and therefore was not a favorite, and he is crazy, which is why it has been called a CONSULATE, an EMBASSY, and a "DIPLOMATIC MISSION" in the various reports, three representations so different that they are not the same thing at all! That works in fiction I guess!

September, 13 2012

VIRTUALLY ASSURED - War on Iran given a GO

A reminder to Israel - Giving the world ANOTHER Fukushima will be politically unpopular, and this time you WILL get caught, even among the totally unaware

The attacks on the U.S. embassies are virtually assured to be Mossad operations

Israel has a long history of staging false flag events. Don't be fooled, there are NOT riots all over the Arab world simply because of a stupid movie insulting Mohammed. The Muslims deal with that all the time and are not so thin skinned. It's a virtual certainty Israel is banking on Americans being stupid enough to fall for it, and to fall for it WOULD be stupid because:
The first embassy attack came on 911, which is an Israeli terror holiday, and a day of dread for Muslims. It also is embedded in the American psyche, and there really are a lot of "chicken brains" out there who might fall for such a coincidence.

In addition to this, Canada suddenly shuttered it's Iranian embassy in a very childish and abrupt way, with no provocation to justify it. Look for a false flag in Canada once Israel is done having fun in the Arab world, to turn public opinion against Iran. As it is, many Americans are unable to discern the difference between Iran and Bahrain, or any other Islamic nation. I'd bet a $50 that over half of the war mongering crowd could not find Iran on a globe.

Then there was the idiotic Hezbollah bust at the Mexican border, COME ON NOW, THAT was stupid! The only thing Hezbollah would be able to get through the Mexican desert would be an old duffel bag on a retired Honda three wheeler. But we just GOTTA have that sleeper cell cover story for that new false flag terror attack likely to soon happen on American or Canadian soil.

Most importantly

Yesterday a report came out of Israel that they had MASSIVELY mobilized their military. And WAY TOO SOON for any "you insulted Mohammed" riots to cause it. All this stuff is coinciding around a singularity in time, a singularity which has Israel at it's center as a probable culprit. And the outlook is not so good. Here is the report out of Israel, which will be followed with my final comments.

War in the Middle East appears to be imminent

From Steve Quayle Alerts

"My brother and his family live in Jerusalem - he is a minister - his office is close to one of Israel 's largest underground military bases.

He called me last night which is very unusual - usually it is email.

He called to tell me that he is sending his family back to the US immediately due to what he is seeing happen within the last week and what he is being told by his military contacts in both the Israel and US military.

He said he is seeing with his own eyes military movements the likes of which he has never seen in his 20+ years in Israel .

What he called a massive redeployment and protective tactics of forces is underway.

Over the last two days he has seen anti-aircraft missile deployments throughout the Jerusalem area including 3 mobile units that he can see from his office windows.

In addition, he has seen very large Israeli armored columns moving fast toward the Sinia where Egypt has now moved in Armor.

There are reports of the top military leaders meeting with Israel 's Sr. Rabi which is something that has happened preceding every prior military campaign.

His admonition is to watch carefully and pray for Israel and its people.

He is convinced that barring something extraordinary Israel will attack Iran - with or without the US - and very soon.

It is the belief in Israel that Obama does not stand with Israel but with the Arab countries.

He has told me before that Israel will saber rattle from time to time but that this time is very different from what he is seeing and hearing.

He was at the Wailing Wall 2 days ago and there were hundreds of IDF soldiers there. As he was leaving he passed at least 20 military buses full of soldiers in route to the wall.

He has never seen this before either."

My comments

Israel is a nation that won't stick it's neck out when it could get it's head cut off. Iran could easily do that. So expect Israel to use their nuclear weapons as an opening volley, and to do it in a despicable way that levels Iran. Don't be surprised by a death toll over 10 million if Israel goes ahead with this. Israel will NOT target only Iran's nuclear facilities, Israel will attempt to smash Iran in it's entirety, and absolutely will if they believe that a sneak nuclear attack would prevent a single Jewish death. Iran has tens of thousands of missiles capable of reaching Israel, and prior to all of Israel and America's game playing in Syria, there were additional tens of thousands more there. With Syria neutralized, Israel is now free to go in and destroy Iran, and America has already previously stated and agreed that if Iran does even ONE thing to Israel to defend itself, America will step in and smash Iran on Israel's behalf.

In conjunction with this attack, expect Israel to cut the sub sea internet cable that connects Iran to the outside world, so the atrocities will be slow to be revealed, that is IF they are EVER revealed.

The following is not intended to be understood by most readers

There is a way to know if nukes were used, cut cable or not. I suggest now is a good time for anyone who has a storage scope to set it up to capture the EMP signature of any nuclear weapons in use. The EMP signature has nothing to do with the seismic signature. To capture an EMP signature, just go to the hardware store and buy a spool of Romex electrical wire, leave it in a coil, and hook ONE end of One of the conductors in it up to the scope input, and the other end of the SAME conductor to ground. Set the scope up for event capture, and if you have a multi channel scope, set one channel to capture an event that is at 10 mhz, and will be 8 cycles in length, another channel for the same at 1 mhz, and another channel at 100 khz, if available. Romex has 3 conductors. EMP's vary. So that will cover all possible ranges the emp from a nuke could show up at.

Of course, you will need to put a coil with at least a few millihenries of inductance on the ground side, and perhaps a 1 nanofarad capacitor at the scope input, and that type of setup will want to pick up all types of environmental noise but if you play with it to reduce the noise or build any sort of circuit to tune out the noise it ought to work. If you are the type that would have that sort of test equipment you should be able to come up with something that will work with whatever situation you have. Obviously, if you want to capture the higher frequency, a smaller coil would be used. I am suggesting a coil to mitigate the need for an enormous antenna.

Unfortunately I can't tell you how strong a signal is going to be, so guess. If you scope has headroom, use it. You stand NO chance of blowing up a scope using it this way because scopes are robust and Iran for most people is on the other side of the world and the signal is likely to be very weak. It will appear as a sinewave that starts with a peak, tapers to a lower peak on the next cycle, a lower peak on the next cycle, down to extinction right around cycle 8. Look at the wave on the front of a Dorito's bag. That is the stylized EMP from the Sumatra nuke. I never got down to the details on that one with this site, but that wave shape on the front of a doritos bag is in fact a nuclear EMP waveform that has been italicized, and it is the one that India published for the boxing day tsunami.

On your scope, THIS is what you are looking for:

Of course, this has been stylized, this wave form will be oriented straight up and down on your scope and not leaning, and not italicized. I guess the joke is "atomic crunch". This became the Dorito's logo approximately five months after the boxing day tsunami. This came in at around 10 MHZ because the nuke was detonated under water. Most likely this joke was pulled at a lower level and the upper management is unaware. The "elite" get a laugh out of putting their crimes in plain sight.

Hopefully if people set up their scopes to capture this, Israel will not dare because if enough people capture this it will not stay hidden, and secrecy for these people is 95 percent of victory. There are a gazillion storage scopes out there, unlike seismographs which are easy to control and censor on account of scarcity. Absent Romex, even a coil of speaker wire will probably do, any coil of wire with an inductance low enough to not block a 10 mhz signal or one of the lower frequencies (I would suggest setting it up for 1 mhz if your scope only has 1 channel) and it will be hit and miss results because there is no way to know the specifics of a nuclear EMP, and if you don't know which bomb and how it will be detonated (air burst, surface burst, sub surface burst) it will take a bit of luck to capture it. Air bursts are asymmetrical if close to the ground, and sub surface bursts tend to be symmetrical and at a higher frequency because the EMP will be shaped by it's environment and a confined environment will push the frequency up. I could go into the why aspect but I don't want to write a book right now and if what I have written here is not clear to you, ignore it, this is meant to be understood by a fraction of one percent of the people out there, which will hopefully be enough to deter Israel from doing it.

Source: http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/benghazi.html

 

Not because of military or defensive objectives, but to terrorize Syria's population, undermine the government politically, and paralyze civilian infrastructure. This unconscionable act of blatant terrorism will have no impact on Syria's security operations and is yet another demonstration of the absolute illegitimacy of both the so-called "Free Syrian Army" and their Western sponsors.

September 1, 2012 - Syria has over 15 military airbases, including dedicated airbases located near Aleppo and Damascus. These airbases are generally surrounded by networks of military infrastructure including storage depots, barracks, motor pools, and defensive positions. So much as even denting these facilities would require a standing enemy army, airpower, and armor - something the terrorists operating in Syria with NATO backing currently lack. Even a successful, concentrated attack on a single airbase would make little difference tilting the balance of power in favor of NATO-backed foreign terrorists operating under the banner of the so-called "Free Syrian Army" (FSA).

Image: (via GlobalSecurity.org) Syria has over 15 dedicated military airbases located across the country, including bases within effective range of Damascus and Aleppo. Many more airbases either are, or can easily be converted into dual military/civilian use. Additionally, helicopter airfields can be set up ad-hoc nearly anywhere. The latest threat then, by terrorists operating in Syria against the nation's two main international airports is a craven act of terrorism seeking psychological, not military, and certainly not defensive objectives. The West's continued support of the so-called FSA, and the UN's continued silence has entirely eviscerated both their collective legitimacy and the primacy of "international law."

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Puzzling then was an announcement made by NATO terrorists, warning that in 72 hours, starting September 1, 2012, they would begin operations to target Syria's two international airports, Damascus International, and Aleppo International. The Telegraph would report that NATO's terrorist front, "warned it would target civilian planes using the airports in Damascus and Aleppo from tomorrow." The Telegraph would also claim, "it [the FSA] suspected government was using the flights to bring in weapons." Like all of NATO terrorist claims, no evidence has been provided by either the militants, or the Western press.

Image: Aleppo International Airport (Wikipedia).

The Telegraph has just reported that terrorists are planning to shoot at civilian planes and paralyze civilian flights across the country - a terrorist act by any definition or law.

Declaration of Terrorist Intend in Absolute Violation of International Law.

RT has also reported in their article, "Syrian rebels give airlines '72-hour warning' before they plan to seize civilian airports," that terrorists, "gave a 72-hour advance warning to airlines to suspend flights to Syria before the rebels try to seize civilian airports in Damascus and Aleppo. They claim the Syrian Air Force is using them 'illegally.'" RT also noted that, "international law prohibits attacks on civilian airports, whether during internal conflicts or wars between states."

Indeed, even corporate-financier funded faux-NGOs like Human Rights Watch (HRW) note that attacking civilian infrastructure, such as an airport can only be done if achieving a military objective outweighs the impact on civilians. HRW says specifically:
Civil airports, roads and bridges are civilian objects that become military objectives subject to attack if they are actually used for military purposes or military objectives are located on or within them. Even then, the rule of proportionality applies, requiring the parties to the conflict to weigh the short- and long-term harm on civilians against the military advantage served; they must consider all ways of minimizing the impact on civilians; and they should not undertake attacks if the expected civilian harm outweighs the definite military advantage.
Clearly, if the Syrian Air Force has 15 bases in addition to whatever they may or may not be using its two international airports for, terrorist attacks on its two main civilian airports in no way achieve military objectives proportional to the adverse impact such attacks will have on Syria's civilian population.

A Blatant Terroristic Threat. 

Instead, the two airports have been picked to maximize terror against both the Syrian people and government forces, as well as undermine Syria politically on the international stage. In other words, they are craven acts of terrorism designed to achieve a political, not military objective - to attack, not defend Syria's civilian population. And it will be craven terrorist attacks carried out with funding, arms, and logistical support provided by the US, UK, Israel, NATO-member Turkey, and the Gulf State despots of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The attacks will have absolutely no impact on Syrian security operations, and will instead simply paralyze civilian infrastructure and inevitably cost civilian lives. It will serve to panic the Syrian people, thus creating yet more refugees with which NATO will then claim demands foreign military intervention in the form of long sought-after "safe havens." Essentially, NATO is purposefully encouraging an atmosphere of terror and panic, then using the resulting refugees and humanitarian crisis as political bargaining chips.

The silence of the UN in the face of this bold declaration of terroristic intent, as well as its utter indifference toward US, NATO, GCC, and Israeli sponsorship of terrorism and purposeful creation of humanitarian catastrophe, further undermines both the organization itself and the primacy of "international law" it is charged with maintaining.

Now more than ever, nations as well as individuals must begin both boycotting these failing institutions while replacing them with viable alternatives.

Source: mathaba.net (2012/09/06) - Author: Tony Cartalucci

 

Polls show they'll do it again. IVAD late August results show Chavez ahead 55% to 34%. Only 10% of Venezuelans are undecided.

Eight major July polls showed Chavez leading by 15 - 27%. Subsequent ones weeks later revealed his support remains strong. Few doubt October's outcome. At issue is only by how much. On December 16, regional elections follow.

In late August, Chavez warned that opposition forces plan to declare victory before electoral results are announced. They'll say they won, reject National Electoral Council (CNE) totals, and claim fraud.

They'll call for violence, destabilization and US help. "They are gearing up… with some allies in the world, some media, some social organizations to claim victory," said Chavez. "We know they are capable of anything."

Chavez is right. World globalist media networks including TV news bulletins around the world are preparing their viewers for this scenario. The U.S. and its banker masters are stretching for world-wide war.

They wish to remove the main bastion of resistance and support to national independence and socialism across Latin America: Venezuela. They've already done so removing Libya as an obstacle to their designs in Africa, while in Asia both Russia and China have abandoned socialism, as well as those who resisted imperialism in South East Asia now compromised or isolated.

 

Venezuela's popular President Hugo Chavez urged respect for official results, adding:

"We will support the National Electoral Council. We call on all sectors to respect the referee, the Constitution, the laws."

The opposition candiate Capriles' economic advisor, Ricardo Hausmann, said his campaign will announce its own results independently of official ones. This is already a clear sign that the same scenario may be used to overthrow the popular Venezuelan government as was done in the Ivory Coast in Africa.

With free health and food subsidies for Venezuela's poor, which make up the vast bulk of the population, it is inevitable the majority will vote for the popular socialist party led by Hugo Chavez. Even the United Nations data shows that poverty has been greatly alleviated under the government of Hugo Chavez.

Capriles is playing to the poor by claiming, in spite of his foreign backing and clear background and allegiances with the rich and their foreign paymasters, that he is even "further left" than Chavez and would do even more for the poor. He also claims that Venezuela should use its oil only for its own population and not for the mutually beneficial support of and solidarity with others.

Most of Latin America (South America) now is under popular socialist governments, thanks to the efforts of Hugo Chavez to shore up support for those candidates, as well as financing a powerful independent news media network, Telesur, which broadcasts in Spanish and has done more to ensure that the neo-colonial, imperialist plans of the U.S. regime fail in the region.

This in turn strengthens the chances of Venezuela's poor to continue their rise to power, education and wealth. Regional blocs have formed in cooperation, and the entire region has become a no-go area for foreign bases and militarist designs with few exceptions.

Ultimas Noticias editor Eleazar Diza Rangel said the U.S.-backed Capriles will "claim fraud (and won't) recognize the people's will."

Since Chavez took office in February 1999, 15 national and regional elections were held. Independent observers declared them open, free and fair. America's Carter Center calls Venezuela's electoral system one of the world's most reliable.

Around 200 or more international observers will monitor October 7 voting. Expect confirmation of another exemplary democratic process. It puts America's to shame and then some. US federal and many regional ones lack legitimacy. Big money controls them. Ordinary people have no say.

Venezuelans get the real thing. They're not about to accept pre-Chavez harshness. They want no part of corporatism at their expense.

The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign published a report saying a leaked internal right wing document revealed plans to roll back public services if elected.

It calls for reducing state funding. Health care, education, food subsidies, housing assistance, communal council projects, and other programs Venezuelans rely on will be affected.

The document titled "First Ideas for Economic Actions of the National Unity Government" calls for "concrete steps to decrease, in the medium and long term, the heavy load of goods and services" by slashing overall social spending.

Privatizations and neo-liberal harshness are planned. What Venezuelans rejected years ago they want reinstated. They plan presidential diktat authority to enforce it. They want to "dismantle the socialized and collectivized state model." Their plan replicates IMF financial terrorism.

It mandates mass lay-offs, deregulation, deep social spending cuts, wage freezes or cuts, corporate-friendly tax cuts, prioritizing the divine right of capital, crushing trade unionism, and harsh crackdowns against non-believers.

Ahead of October 7, destabilization began. Expect more. Washington's dirty hands bear full responsibility. Chavez is relentlessly targeted. Bush policy was vicious. Obama promised better but lied.

He wants corporatism replacing Bolivarianism. He failed but won't stop trying. Chavez knows the stakes and what he faces. Hegemons demand unchallenged dominance. No holds barred tactics go all out.

Weeks ahead of October 7, a suspicious oil refinery fire occurred. A gas explosion ignited it pre-dawn. An immediate investigation was launched. Venezuela's Amuay facilitity was hit.

It's the nation's largest. It's part of state owned PDVSA's Paraguana Refining Complex (PRC). It produces 645,000 barrels of oil per day. Extensive damage halted production. Vital revenues were lost. Reports said operational areas weren't affected.

Chavez could have claimed foreign terrorism responsible, he did not, instead a full investigation has been launched, with no pronouncements being made on what was the cause until the results of the investigation are all in. Capriles on the other hand has spoken out constantly, using the time ahead of elections to accuse official neglect to be the cause, calling for resignations.

On August 31, production resumed. PRC head Jesus Luongo said strong winds complicated fire-fighting. PRC vice president Asdrubal Chavez said shipments resumed on September 2.

He also explained that contingency plans were implemented during down time. Regular distribution continued. "If the whole network of refineries were stopped," he added, "we'd be able to supply fuel for more than 10 days."

The incident took 48 lives. Plant workers and National Guard forces died. Over 100 others were injured. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged.

It's one of Venezuela's deadliest incidents. Earlier Tacoa and Las Tejerias refinery accidents killed 260 and 48 respectively. Around 160 died from a Ricardo Zuluaga electric power plant explosion.

Amuay's fire burned for days and spread. Damage caused was extensive. Chavez declared three days of mourning, saying:

"At this time of great pain, and from the bottom of my soldier's heart, may you and all of our comrades in arms from the National Bolivarian Guard receive a huge embrace in solidarity for the painful loss of such brave lives in the tragedy in Amuay."

"As the Son of Bolivar that I am, today my mourning is the same mourning as that of the entire country."

Following the incident, opposition forces and media scoundrels accused authorities of "gross negligence," "under-investment," and poor maintenance.

Chavez called it "very regrettable if some Venezuelans tried to use the pain of the victims to take advantage of the situation" and use it for political advantage.

"I know who is saying this," he said, "but I will not stoop to their level." Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the plant received around $4.3 billion in 2012.

At the time of the explosion, reports said government web sites were hacked. Twitter accounts were also taken over and used to spread disinformation about a coup being under-way, for days before Twitter restored their correct ownership.

Corporate-owned Globovision broadcast exclusive footage of the explosion. Someone unnamed was positioned outside the plant at 2AM to film it. Suspicions followed that Amuay was no accident.

On September 3, Press TV headlined "Sabotage more probably than mishap in Venezuela refinery blast," saying:

Responding to spurious charges of government negligence and other accusations, Chavez said:

"You can’t exclude any hypothesis….It’s practically impossible that here in an installation like this which is fully automated everywhere and that has thousands of responsible workers night and day, civilian and military, and that there is a gas leak for 3 or 4 days and nobody responds. This is impossible."

On September 6, Press TV headlined "US-backed opposition devises plots to destabilize Venezuela," saying:

Chavez supporters accused them of spreading fear and terror ahead of October's election. Amuay's incident was Exhibit A. Political activist Hindu Anderi said:

"Our principal is to always be mobilized, to be on alert against anyone attempting to sabotage the election on October 7."

"They will do this to create an environment in which Venezuela will be looked upon as an outlaw state."

"This will make it easier for military intervention or at least sanctions against Venezuela."

He and others accused Washington of plotting against Chavez, his allies and Bolivarianism. Chavez said America and opposition forces want his government destabilized.

On August 28, he showed how Bolivarianism differs from neoliberal harshness. He allocated millions of aid dollars for victims and family members.

Spouses of victims got lifetime pensions. Their children get educational scholarships. Damaged and destroyed properties will be rebuilt. Interim housing was provided. One victim said state help came quickly. No one needing it is excluded.

Chavez congratulated everyone who pitched in to help. "The spirit of patriotism, national unity, and the battle for life is being financed," he said.

Vice minister Hugo Carvajal of Venezuela's Integrated System of Crime Investigation said:

"The Bolivarian government has organized a multidisciplinary team of the best disaster investigators of the Investigation Division of Disasters of the CICPC and the Board of the Technical Scientific and Investigation Consultancy of the Attorney General’s office to work out the precise actions that lead to the fire."

Evidence is being examined. Satellite and ground photos were taken. Witnesses were questioned. Information is being carefully analyzed. Findings will be released once available.

Industrial accidents aren't uncommon. Amuay's timing and extensive damage raised suspicious red flags. Latin American expert James Petras agrees.

The incident, he believes, "was an act of sabotage, planned and executed by a clandestine group of terrorist specialists acting on behalf of the US government." Convincing arguments back this reasoning.

Cui bono is most obvious. Washington, Capriles, and corporate fascists hoped to benefit. They planned taking full advantage. Chavez was blamed. Venezuelans hear it ad nauseam. It wore thin long ago.

Nonetheless, dark forces never quit. Washington funds opposition forces. It's gone on throughout Chavez's tenure. CIA operatives infest the country. All independent governments are targeted. Chavez is Latin America's prime target. Its oil riches alone explain why.

Several times he said Washington wants him assassinated. Regional US bases threaten him. He's a marked man. He's also resilient.

He's not about to let threats roll him over. He pulls no punches. He condemns imperial US policies. Few anywhere match his outspokenness. Most Venezuelans support him for good reason.

Re-election next month looks certain. Imagine if America had leadership like his. He doesn't seek regional or global hegemony. He endorses peace, not war. He engages other nations cooperatively. He seeks unity and world solidarity. He heads the kind of democracy Americans can't even imagine.

His policies are socially progressive. State resources provide vital services. He champions civil and human rights. Ordinary Venezuelans are helped, not denied or persecuted.

No secret prisons exist. He doesn't target neighbors or practice torture. His elections are judged open, free and fair.
Last week, an indigenous organization said it had received reports of a mass killing in a remote jungle village. Chavez said his government still hasn't found evidence of any killings in Yanomami Indian communities in the Amazon.

Nicia Maldonado, the minister for indigenous peoples, said later on state radio that officials who travelled to the area last week had on Wednesday reached the community of Irotatheri where the massacre reportedly happened. She said the team didn't find any signs of bloodshed.

Leaders of the Horonami Yanomami Organization, a community group that released the original report, couldn't be reached for comment. In other words, it was all yet another lie for the ongoing media campaign through which Washington and its capitalist allies are attempting to remove the socialist government from power.

If they fail to do so at the ballot box, they'll declare victory and create a civil war and call for U.S. intervention. It's been done before. They'll do it again. This time however, the world must stand with Hugo Chavez and against U.S. terrorism and conspiracies.

After a year of battling cancer, Chavez has said he's now better and has assured Venezuelans that physical limitations stemming from his recovery will not affect his re-election campaign. On Wednesday, he said his last medical exam in June found him in good shape.
"I feel very good, even better. Because there are some who are throwing dirt and saying Chavez can't make it — he's falling, he's dying," the president said. "They're playing with this, but it's not going to happen. We're going to have a massive victory."

The contrast with Washington is stark. Leadership in both countries is mirror opposite. Venezuelans have choice when they vote. Americans get two sides of the same coin. It's corrupted, dysfunctional, tyrannical, and too broken to fix. Bolivarianism shames it.

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Abdullah Senoussi abduction.

Libyan illegal occupation regime officials continue to contradict each other over the details of the abduction of Abdullah Senoussi from Mauritania to Libya. Senoussi resisted his abduction but an unarmed refugee is not match for armed abductors. In efforts to downplay the illegality of the event, which was carried out after financial payments amounting to millions of dollars were made to the private accounts of Mauritanian officials, and additional promises of substantial aid to the government were made.

Abdullah Senoussi along with Sayf al Islam Qadhafi and others such as Musa Kusa, currently in Qatar and cooperating in order to avoid a similar abduction, hold vital information about high-level corruption among not only dozens of African leaders who failed to support the Libyan Jamahiriya last year but who had received millions in cash payments in order to gain support for African Union projects, but also key western leaders notably Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair and France's former President Sarkozi.

Both Senoussi and Qadhafi are wanted by the imperialist stooge "International Criminal Court" which specializes in putting any people on its wanted list, who are obstacles in the way of the so-called New World Order banking and resource monopoly elites. The ICC however has no jurisdiction in most countries, including most of Africa, and is not recognized as having any legitimacy by the Libyan Jamahiriya. The illegal occupation regime representing British, French, Italian and U.S. hegemony and theft of Africa's resources and Gulf Arab revenge also does not recognize its jurisdiction.

The reasons for this are to ensure that the ICC is not landed with Qadhafi and Senoussi, and thus world publicity from the Netherlands in Western Europe, which would expose the damning theft of funds and corruption of key western leaders. The occupation regime in Libya has thus been instructed, as revealed by Mathaba sources, to ensure that Sanoussi does not get abducted to the so-called ICC in The Hague, but are given a kangaroo court prosecution in Libya, without international media coverage. Executions, torture and widespread abuse of unlawfully detained prisoners in Libya is now rampant.

Crimes Against Humanity.

One million Libyans, almost a quarter of the population, fled to neighbouring countries during the war of occupation last year, with deaths topping one hundred thousand. Tens of thousands languish in make-shit jails and are held incommunicado from families and without any legal representation. A widespread resistance effort to free political prisoners is ongoing with insecurity rampant across Libya.

Mathaba analysts believe Sayf al-Islam Qadhafi is being held as a reserve card to play in the event that unity may be required in the country which is split along tribal divisions and endless revenge reprisals for the deaths of an estimated 50,000 Libyans at the hands of local outlaws and foreign mercenaries, with another 60,000 estimated to have been killed by the illegal US-European NATO bombings and missile strikes across Libya in violation of their own "no fly zone" and mass starvation during the sieges of Beni Walid and Sirte, which were reminiscent of the Siege of Stalingrad.

Accurate history has yet to be written since Google, owners of YouTube, are withholding tens of thousands of videos containing evidence of the commission of Crimes Against Humanity in Libya, and will thus be the subject of future world people's conferences on crimes against humanity to bring to account those who aided and abetted as well as carried out those crimes.

Israeli Lawyer and Saadi Qadhafi.

In an effort to further discredit the Qadhafi family and erode support for it, the remaining family members are for the most part not only being held incommunicado, with others lying low while support builds up for the jamahiri resistance, but are having Israeli lawyers imposed upon them.

The General Secretary of the General People's Committee of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi, who has been held unlawfully and incommunicado as a political prisoner for over a year in spite of his position as head of state of the Libyan Jamahiriya, was also imposed a plethora of lawyers who fought among themselves, with some of them being appointed by him and others imposed by western intelligence agencies, as Mathaba sources reveal, having been approached.

The Israeli lawyer Mr Kaufman who allegedly acts for Saadi Qadhafi who is in exile in Niger, has spoken to western media about his high-level contacts within western governments and his attempts to lift the UN-imposed travel ban upon his alleged client. This publicity ensures naturally that there is no chance such a ban will be lifted, and both Niger and South Africa have denied his story.

Niger government spokesman Marou Amadou told media on Saturday that the issue of Qadhafi leaving had not been decided.

"We never made a decision like this and I have no idea where this lawyer came up with this," he said.

A South African government spokesman, Clayson Monyela, likewise denied that his country had received an asylum application from Saadi. "We don’t have such a request," he said.

The South African ambassador in Tripoli is unlawfully present since the regime in Libya is illegal. South Africa was a key player in selling out Africa to its colonial masters after pressure from the U.S. and "inducements". The South African "ambassador" and traitor to Africa and Islam who has yet to settle accounts, Mohammed Dangor, told British intelligence agents in Tripoli that "South Africa had in fact acted to ensure that Saadi’s request for the travel ban to be lifted was blocked."

Dangor told the agents that South Africa and Germany, both members of the UN Security Council, had raised objections to Kaufman's application, thus putting a block on it.

Without them removing what is in effect a veto, the block on Saadi Qadhafi's travel remains in place – whatever Niger decides.

Niger has consistently and honourably refused to extradite Qaddafi, citing concerns that if handed back to Libya, he would not receive a fair trial. Niger is home to the most honourable and upright Muslims in the world, along with the Tuareg of the Sahel-Sahara.

White-washing History.

His-story continues to attempt to impose itself at the hands of the white racists of Europe, with yet another film which falsifies events and glorifies criminals having received an "award" at the Venice film festival. Similar events took place in France at the Cannes film festival, where narcissists congratulate each other and boost their egos in an orgasm of delight at their own delusion.

Hollywood in the United States of America has long fulfilled this role of creating a fake reality as well as preparing world populations for control and domination by the western elite.

Libyan terrorists and islamist heretics to be released from Iraq

As part of a deal to supply the weakening occupation forces of Libya which are facing increased resistance and internal divisions, a number of islamist heretics and terrorists are being released by Iraq and sent back to Libya although they had been fighting against U.S. and Iraqi forces there.

Libya has already supplied entire battalions of terrorists, who had been returned to Libya from training camps abroad and in some cases detention, as well as dangerous criminals freed from Libyan Jamahiriya prisons, to Syria, where they have been unable to impose their zionist and western paymasters ambitions.

This in turn has weakened the limited control of the occupation government of Libya's regime.

Illegal Business in Libya: future prosecutions.

Many opportunistic companies have set up, or continued, business in Occupied Illegal Libya, and will pay future price of the wrath of the masses in a Greater Jamahiriya and supported by New Era activists and experts worldwide.

Wide Area Communications specialists Hermes Datacomms are the latest company to join the ranks of blood money suckers when it was awarded a "telecommunications license" by the illegal occupation "government" in Libya.

The license "allows Hermes Datacomms to provide communications to the oil and gas industry and other sectors in Libya including fixed-line networks, international telecommunications, communication networks, VSAT communications and internet services."

“Our aim is to ensure that all our customers in Libya are provided with direct and extensive support and a more dependable and secure service”, said Hermes Datacomms Country Manager Libya, Glynn Wagg, now wanted for holding to account and for placing on an international watch list by the popular masses, which is awaiting set up.

Hermes Datacomms has an established presence within the Libyan capital, Tripoli, trading continuously and operating in Libya since 2005; supplying VSAT communication, onshore and offshore, in city and remote locations.

The company specialises in providing tailored Wide Area Communications to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide including remote and challenging locations such as Algeria, Angola, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Libya, the Middle East, Iraq, Russia and Turkmenistan, according to a company press release.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador, but he remains holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. If he leaves the compound, he will be arrested and extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault. Assange denies the allegations and claims they are part of an effort to get him to the United States to face more serious charges related to his work for WikiLeaks. High-profile defenders like Michael Moore and Oliver Stone have recently published editorials in support of Assange. Now, professor and activist Noam Chomsky weighs in.

Julian Assange faces serious accusations from two women in Sweden, yet you've said that any decent country should grant him asylum. Why?

The accusations should be taken quite seriously, just as all such accusations should. Independent of that, no decent country would permit a person to be sent to a country where the chances of his receiving a fair trial are very limited. The apparent conflict can be easily resolved. Sweden claims only that they want to interrogate Assange. They have been invited to do that in England, or in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. They refuse. They could also issue a statement that they will not extradite Assange to the United States. They refuse.

Suppose that Assange had leaked Russian, rather than American, documents, and the circumstances were otherwise the same. Then Sweden would not hesitate for a moment to question Assange in the United Kingdom and to guarantee that he would not be extradited to Russia. Those who think that this analogy is unfair have something to learn about contemporary history. They can, for example, look at the brutal and criminal treatment of Bradley Manning, to take one of many examples.

It is worth adding that Sweden is quite willing to follow Washington's orders in even worse circumstances than this - for example, when the United States wanted Sweden to send someone to Mubarak's Egypt to be tortured.

According to documents published by WikiLeaks, the Ecuadorian government doesn't support freedom of the press domestically. Is it hypocritical for Assange to accept asylum from such a country?

Of course not, no more than it is hypocritical for him to stay in London, which has a shameful record of violation of freedom of press - of course, targeting weak and defenseless journals, so that it passes without comment. As for the charges against Ecuador, they should be evaluated seriously, just like those against England, France, and others. But it is irrelevant here.

What's at stake here?

At stake is the question of whether the citizens of a country have a right to know what their elected officials are doing. Those who have a lingering affection for an odd notion called "democracy" believe that this is important. To be sure, a state has the right to keep some matters secret. I haven't read all the WikiLeaks exposures, but I have read quite a few, and I have not seen an example of anything that could legitimately be kept secret, nor, to my knowledge, have the horde of angry critics presented an example. I should say that this is not unusual. Anyone who has spent time studying declassified documents is well aware that overwhelmingly, they are kept secret to protect elected officials from the scrutiny of citizens, not for defense or some other legitimate purpose.

Someone who courageously carries out actions in defense of democratic rights deserves applause, not hysterical denunciation and punishment. We understand that very well with regard to official enemies. Since you bring up the matter of "hypocrisy," it is the extreme of hypocrisy to refuse to apply the same standards to ourselves.

Noam Chomsky is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also written and lectured widely on intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs, and US foreign policy.

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