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Iran Labels CIA ‘Terrorist Organization’

by Geezer Power ….10:45 pm

Breitbart via Drudge Report ^ | Sept 29, 2007 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI

Posted on 09/29/2007 2:36:32 PM PDT by RDTF

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s parliament on Saturday approved a nonbinding resolution labeling the CIA and the U.S. Army “terrorist organizations,” in apparent response to a Senate resolution seeking to give a similar designation to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The hard-line dominated parliament cited U.S. involvement in dropping nuclear bombs in Japan in World War II, using depleted uranium munitions in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, supporting the killings of Palestinians by Israel, bombing and killing Iraqi civilians, and torturing terror suspects in prisons.

“The aggressor U.S. Army and the Central Intelligence Agency are terrorists and also nurture terror,” said a statement by the 215 lawmakers who signed the resolution at an open session of the Iranian parliament. The session was broadcast live on state-run radio.

The resolution, which is seen as a diplomatic offensive against the U.S., urges Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government to treat the two as terrorist organizations. It also paves the way for the resolution to become legislation that—if ratified by the country’s hardline constitutional watchdog—would become law.

The government is expected to wait for U.S. reaction before making its decision. In Washington, the White House declined to comment Saturday.

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New revelations in attack on American spy ship

anthony @ 20:50 BST

Veterans, documents suggest U.S., Israel didn’t tell full story of deadly ’67 incident

John Crewdson | Chicago Tribune | Wednesday October 03, 2007

Bryce Lockwood, Marine staff sergeant, Russian-language expert, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, ordained Baptist minister, is shouting into the phone.

“I’m angry! I’m seething with anger! Forty years, and I’m seething with anger!”

Lockwood was aboard the USS Liberty, a super-secret spy ship on station in the eastern Mediterranean, when four Israeli fighter jets flew out of the afternoon sun to strafe and bomb the virtually defenseless vessel on June 8, 1967, the fourth day of what would become known as the Six-Day War.

For Lockwood and many other survivors, the anger is mixed with incredulity: that Israel would attack an important ally, then attribute the attack to a case of mistaken identity by Israeli pilots who had confused the U.S. Navy’s most distinctive ship with an Egyptian horse-cavalry transport that was half its size and had a dissimilar profile. And they’re also incredulous that, for years, their own government would reject their calls for a thorough investigation.

“They tried to lie their way out of it!” Lockwood shouts. “I don’t believe that for a minute! You just don’t shoot at a ship at sea without identifying it, making sure of your target!”

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Blackwater, the State Department’s Hired Guns

Sudhan@21:15 CET

By Robert Scheer

The Nation, October 3, 2007

How did it come to be that the ostensibly best-educated and most refined representatives of the United States in Iraq are guarded by gun-toting mercenaries who kill innocent civilians? More urgently, why did State Department employees and their bosses in Washington tolerate–and pay to conceal–the wanton murder conducted on their watch?

That’s the real scandal of the more than $832 million the US State Department paid Blackwater, investigated this week by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, headed by Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). The issue is not simply that of the Blackwater forces’ horrid behavior but, more important, why the mayhem they unleashed upon innocent Iraqis was approved and covered up by the Bush Administration. For example, why did a top State Department official initially suggest a payment of $250,000 of American taxpayers’ money to conceal the uncontested fact that, as the House committee report states, “a drunken Blackwater contractor killed the guard of Iraqi Vice President Adil Abd-al-Mahdi”?

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Seven Retards Return For War On Terror Show Trial

anthony @ 18:21 BST

FBI provocateurs tried to get “dipshits in a warehouse” to blow up Sears Tower

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The prosecution’s argument that “seven men plotted to bring down the U.S. government by poisoning saltshakers and bombing landmark buildings” in the trial of the “Liberty City Seven” underscores the ludicrous pretense of the “war on terror” and the callous obedience with which the media unquestionably report this farce.

Let’s go over a brief refresher course on the details of the alleged plot to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower.

Seven semi-retarded pot smoking wannabe gang member rastafarians in a warehouse are approached by two FBI agents posing as Al-Qaeda terrorists and promised $50,000 if they start talking about waging a “holy war” in America.

One of the plots the ringleader dreams up, in his infinite wisdom, is to march to the White House, knock on the door, and announce “here I am.”

The gang decide to go along with the agents in a bid to con them out of the money before disappearing, at which point the announcement that a “plot to overthrow the government” has been averted is saturated across the media as another sterling reason why the war on terror is so necessary.

After the true capability of the retards becomes the butt of a national joke (John Stewart labeled them “seven dipshits in a warehouse”), the Feds have to admit that the plot was “aspirational rather than operational,” and posed no real threat because they had neither al Qaeda contacts nor means of carrying out attacks,” as reported today by Reuters.

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Interview from Hell

Mike Aivaz and Nick Juliano | Raw Story | Published: Wednesday October 3, 2007

On Tuesday night’s Daily Show, MSNBC host Chris Matthews got an in-person taste of Jon Stewart’s penchant for mocking the mainstream media and the conventional wisdom it espouses.

Matthews, appearing to promote his new book Life’s a Campaign, said he had endured the “interview from hell” after Stewart panned the new book as a Machiavellian “recipe for sadness.”

The following video is from Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, broadcast on October 2, 2007. (Article continues below).


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The Agony

anthony @ 17:40 BST

By Mr. Fish

Jimmy Carter faces down Darfur officials

By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU, Associated Press Writer, Wed Oct 3, 5:51 AM ET

KABKABIYA, Sudan – Former President Carter got in a shouting match Wednesday with Sudanese security officials who blocked him from a town in Darfur where he was trying to meet representatives of ethnic African refugees from the ongoing conflict.

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by GEF @ 8:36 AM MST

Bush Vetoes Child Health Plan

WASHINGTON — President Bush, in a sharp confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday

vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children’s health insurance.It was only the fourth veto of Bush’s presidency, and one that some Republicans feared could carry steep risks for their party in next year’s elections. The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., decried Bush’s action as a “heartless veto.”

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Sudhan@09:40 CET

 

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The State Department’s initial report of last month’s incident in which Blackwater guards were accused of killing Iraqi civilians was written by a Blackwater contractor working in the embassy security detail, according to government and industry sources.art.charred.afp.gi.jpg

 

In this September 24 photo, an Iraqi looks at a car that was destroyed during the September 16 incident

A source involved in diplomatic security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said a Blackwater contractor, Darren Hanner, drafted the two-page “spot report” on the letterhead of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security for the embassy’s Tactical Operations Center.

That office — which tracks and monitors all incidents and movements involving diplomatic security missions — has outsourced positions to Blackwater and another private firm, the embassy source said.

A highly placed industry source said that Hanner, who was listed on the report as the TOC watch officer, was working for Blackwater at the time the report was written, just after the September 16 incident occurred. He was to rotate out of Iraq this past week, the source said.

The man who approved the report was Ricardo Colon, whom the embassy source identified as the embassy’s deputy regional security officer. A State Department source confirmed a Ricardo Colon Cifredo works for the State Department in Iraq.

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