Iran/US sabre rattling “Accusing Iran of 9/11 echoes Iraq scenario”

U.S. judge rules Iran abetted 9/11 attacks

A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that Iran was complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Among the thousands killed in the terrorist strikes were more than a dozen Bucks County residents. The judge, who received affidavits from members of the 9/11 Commission and three Iranian defectors, made the decision in a lawsuit filed on behalf of some of those Philadelphia area families, and others.

The decision is shocking, said University of Pennsylvania political science professor Ian Lustick.

“This is a major political statement and for the judge to establish it as accepted fact, or to claim that is, is to me shocking,” Lustick said. “I know of no significant evidence that Iran was involved that has been advanced seriously.”

Lustick said he doubts this case will set precedent. But he said he’s concerned it could stoke the fires for a U.S. military strike against Iran.

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Why Won’t The Government Tell Us The Truth About Iraq?

More Campaign Spin-Ending the War in Iraq

Seriously. The man who signed legislation codifying the indefinite detention of Americans without due process or even charges… The man whose administration sought to legalize lying about the existence of documents it doesn’t want to turn over upon request… The man whose administration sold firearms to Mexican drug cartels and tried to blame it on American gun laws, the laws they themselves had subverted, in order to call for more gun regulations… Can we please get THIS out there? Obama did not end the Iraq War, he was merely president when the government we installed in Iraq kicked us out.

War is a racket Iraq for sale


War is a racket Iraq for sale

This isn’t a new story but one absolutely worth watching even if you have seen it before. If you have seen it before watch it again and the next time Dick Chaney’s name is mentioned or you see him promoting a book, remember this video. It is crucial to remember that for a number of years, Chaney served as the CEO for Halliburton Corporation before he was Vice President to George W. Bush.

The war is immensely profitable

Forty per cent of the dollars spent in Iraq go to private contractors. Private soldiers constitute the second biggest fighting force in Iraq, bigger than the UK contingent. Robert Greenwald made this one. By the way, Blackwater, a private army that is a heavy campaign contributor to the Bush family, is now suing the families that sued them to find out how their family members were killed.

Censorship More soldiers lost to suicide than battle

Censorship More soldiers lost to suicide than battle.

More U.S. Soldiers Killed Themselves
Than Died in Combat in 2010


For the second year in a row, more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding accidents and illness, 462 soldiers died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. A difference of six isn’t vast by any means, but the symbolism is significant and troubling. In 2009, there were 381 suicides by military personnel, a number that also exceeded the number of combat deaths.

Earlier this month, military authorities announced that suicides amongst active-duty soldiers had slowed in 2010, while suicides amongst reservists and people in the National Guard had increased. It was proof, they said, that the frequent psychological screenings active-duty personnel receive were working, and that reservists and guardsmen, who are more removed from the military’s medical bureaucracy, simply need to begin undergoing more health checks. This new data, that American soldiers are now more dangerous to themselves than the insurgents, flies right in the face of any suggestion that things are “working.” Even if something’s working, the system is still very, very broken.

One of the problems hindering the military’s attempt to address soldier suicides is that there’s no real rhyme or reason to what kind of soldier is killing himself. While many suicide victims are indeed afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after facing heavy combat in the Middle East, many more have never even been deployed. Of the 112 guardsmen who committed suicide last year, more than half had never even left American soil.

“If you think you know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,” Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times, “because we don’t know what it is.”

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