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Assads’ Inbox: On blaming U.S., not Al-Qaeda #Syria

Subject: Fwd: who is behind the explosions – it is not Al Qaeda as Syria claims
From: Mac X
Date: 12/24/2011 8:26 AM

Please read the email that represents a lot of people’s opinions saying that al-Qaeda is behind the explosion after ONLY 5 minutes from when it happened and without waiting for the results of any investigations. This is not is our interest.
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From: hosein mortada
Subject: who is behing
Date: December 24, 2011 9:52:27 AM GMT+02:00
To: “
Reply-To: hosein mortada

It is not in our interest to say that al-Qaeda organization is behind the operation because this would acquit the American administration and the Syrian opposition because America is fighting al-Qaeda and will therefore condemn the operation.

We should say that based on the facts that we witnessed yesterday, the execution was precise and accurate and we should say that the American administration along with the opposition and the states that brought arms inside the country are responsible for the operation until we begin our attack. Speaking only of al-Qaeda would never help because the organization is active since tens of years and this is not something new. As the director of several Iranian and Lebanese channels, I even received calls from Iran and Hezbollah in which they instructed me not to mention al-Qaeda as the side responsible for the incident because it is a media error and a huge tactical mistake that does not serve our interests. We should rectify the matter as quickly as possible and I will not announce on my channels any news about al-Qaeda. This detail is for your own good and serves your interests so please take advantage of it.

CREW Releases Corruption Report Naming The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress

Washington, DC – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its second annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress entitled Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch). This encyclopedic report on corruption in the 109th Congress documents the egregious, unethical and possibly illegal activities of the most tainted members of Congress. CREW has compiled the members’ transgressions and analyzed them in light of federal laws and congressional rules.

Two members have been removed from last year’s list of 13. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) is now serving an eight-year jail term for bribery and Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) has agreed to plead guilty to crimes that will likely result in a minimum two-year prison term.

CREW has also re-launched the report’s tandem website, The site offers short summaries of each member’s transgressions as well as the full-length profiles and all accompanying exhibits.

CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress:
Members of the Senate:

  • Conrad Burns (R-MT)
  • Bill Frist (R-TN)
  • Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Members of the House:

  • Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  • Richard Pombo (R-CA)
  • John Doolittle (R-CA)
  • Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
  • Tom Feeney (R-FL)
  • Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  • Katherine Harris (R-FL)
  • John Sweeney (R-NY)
  • William Jefferson (D-LA)
  • Charles Taylor (R-NC)
  • Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
  • Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Gary Miller (R-CA)
  • Curt Weldon (R-PA)



Andrew Blomberg, 28, along with former officers Phillip Bryan, 45; Raad Hassan, 40; and Drew Ryser, 30, each were charged with official oppression. Hassan and Bryan also were charged with violation of the civil rights of a prisoner. 

If convicted, each officer faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Occupying Both Heads of the Beast. #OccupyWallStreet solidarity spreads.

ith the Occupation of Wall Street in its second week, solidarity actions are popping up around the country and the world. Cities currently supporting Occupy Wall Street are: Madrid, Spain; San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; Toronto, Canada; London, England; Athens, Greece; Sydney, Australia; Stuttgart, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Milan, Italy; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Algiers, Algeria; Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel; Portland, Oregon; and Chicago, Illinois.

Cities in the process of joining Occupy Wall Street are: Phoenix, Arizona; Montreal, Canada; Cleveland, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Seattle, Washington; and Orlando, Florida.

All of those actions were directly inspired by Occupy Wall Street.

Another occupation will begin next week in Washington, DC.

A press release from the October2011 coalition announced that “… the People’s Uprisings seen around the world and in the United States will come to Washington, DC beginning on Thursday, October 6 when thousands will converge to begin a prolonged people’s occupation of Freedom Plaza.” The release claimed they were building on Arab Spring, European Summer, Madison and the Occupation of Wall Street.

The Freedom Plaza Occupation will demand that the government represent the people, not just the top 1%. The pledge, signed by thousands, calls for using our resources on human needs and environmental protection, not for war and exploitation. The October2011 coalition stands with the American people on seven key issues:

  • Tax the rich and corporations
  • End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
  • Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and improved Medicare for all
  • End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
  • Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
  • Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
  • Get money out of politics
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    Occupy Wall Street. What’s happening now?
    Riot cops provoking a clash with protesters on Wall St #NewYork #takewallstreet

    via a trusted source on Facebook: 
    A friend from NYC, WallStreet just got a hold of me. He told me the riot police are ready and waiting in NYC right now. They’re trying to AGITATE protesters to get the gathering to become out of control to start arresting people to clear them out!! MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS BLACKING OUT THIS ENTIRE EVENT. no one knows about it who relies solely on TV media. they have disabled peoples’ phones from facebook and twitter. SPREAD THE WORD FOR THEM NOW!

    Libyan commander considers suing MI6 and CIA over his rendition and torture #Libya #Gaddafi
    Abdul Hakim Belhaj
    Abdul Hakim Belhaj, the new security commander in Tripoli, said he was ‘surprised that the British got involved’ in what was a very painful period in his life. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

    One of Libya's senior rebel commanders has demanded an apology from the British and American governments following the discovery of secret documents which show MI6 and the CIA were involved in a plot that led to his capture and torture.

    Abdul Hakim Belhaj, the security commander in Tripoli, told the Guardian he was considering suing over the episode, which raises further damaging questions over Britain’s knowledge of the rendition and ill-treatment of prisoners.

    One document found in a treasure trove of abandoned papers shows a senior MI6 officer boasting to the Libyans about how British intelligence led to Belhaj being captured on 6 March 2004.

    Then a leading dissident member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Belhaj was seized in Bangkok and handed over to the CIA, who he alleges tortured him and injected him with truth serum before flying him back to Tripoli for interrogation.

    Documents show that five days before he was taken back to Tripoli, MI6 gave Libya Belhaj’s French and Moroccan aliases, and told them he was in detention in Sepang, Malaysia.

    Belhaj told the Guardian that British spies were among the first to interrogate him after he was returned to Tripoli, and that he was very “surprised that the British got involved in what was a very painful period in my life”.

    "I wasn’t allowed a bath for three years and I didn’t see the sun for one year," he told the Guardian. "They hung me from the wall and kept me in an isolation cell. I was regularly tortured."

    Belhaj was released from the Libyan version of Abu Ghraib, Abu Selim prison, earlier this year after an amnesty announced by Gaddafi. He quickly took a lead role in the anti-government rebellion that ousted Gaddafi two weeks ago.

    "This will not stop the new Libya having orderly relations with the United States and Britain," he said. "But it did not need to happen."

    Scores of files, which were found abandoned at the British embassy and in the offices of senior members of the former regime, not only point to direct involvement of MI6 in this case, they also set out in sometimes excruciating detail how closely UK agencies were working with Libyan officials after Gaddafi came in from the diplomatic cold in 2004.

    The papers also show how MI5 appeared to seek a trade of information about Libyan dissidents in London for morsels of intelligence gleaned from Tripoli – despite Libya’s reputation for torturing prisoners.

    Whitehall officials defended the links with Libya, saying the agencies were conducting themselves in line with “ministerially authorised government policy”. But the material in Tripoli casts remarkable light on the capricious nature of intelligence work and the grubby deals that are struck in the name of national security – as well as raising disturbing questions about the UK’s complicity in and knowledge of torture.

    The Belhaj episode will be particularly discomforting for MI6, and may form part of a forthcoming inquiry chaired by Sir Peter Gibson, which is set to investigate the UK’s role in rendition and the security services’ knowledge of the torture and mistreatment of terrorist suspects.

    The documents set out how MI6 believed it had played a crucial role in the capture of Belhaj seven years ago.

    On Sunday he told the Guardian how he was tortured in Bangkok by two CIA agents, before being returned to Libya, where he was tortured again.

    "I was injected with something, hung from a wall by my arms and legs and put in a container surrounded by ice," he said. "They did not let me sleep and there was noise all the time. And then they sent me to my enemy." Back in Libya, interrogators hung him from a wall every week and kept him in isolation for seven years.

    MI6 knew of his whereabouts because Belhaj was attempting to seek asylum in the UK – information that British officials appear to have used to get him arrested.

    The agency was interested in Belhaj because of his group’s alleged links to al-Qaida – and the correspondence between the UK and Libya makes clear that MI6 wanted to ensure any information the Libyans gleaned from him went straight to Britain, and not through the Americans.

    Referring to Belhaj by his nom de guerre, the MI6 officer, Mark Allen, sent a note to Moussa Koussa, then Gaddafi’s head of external security, saying: “[His] information on the situation in this country is of urgent importance to us.

    "Amusingly, we got a request from the Americans to channel requests for information from Abu Abd Allah through the Americans. I have no intention of doing any such thing. The intelligence about Abu Abd Allah was British."

    The papers indicate that, in all, eight prisoners were captured and put on CIA “rendition” flights back to Libya during this period. They also reveal how MI5 sent a delegation to Tripoli in 2005, seemingly to cement relations at a time when one of the service’s main concerns was the potential threat posed to British security by other dissident members of LIFG living in the UK.

    One document, headed “UK/Libya eyes only”, shows the security service gave the Libyans the names, personal details and addresses of 50 LIFG members living in the UK. One chart recovered from the British embassy identifies 17 LIFG members in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Wales. The information was being provided for “research and analysis purposes only”.

    In return, an MI5 report requested co-operation from the Libyans “to achieve our shared objectives”.

    "Such intelligence – particularly information relating to any financial transactions or to actual operational activity – is key to the security service working with the police to prosecute members of the group. The more timely information the better." MI5 said such intelligence could "shed important new light on current LIFG activities in the UK".

    It would have been unthinkable for the UK to provide this kind of information to Libya in the 1980s – at the time, Gaddafi was running a covert assassination campaign to kill Libyan dissidents in Britain.

    Whitehall officials defended MI5 on Monday, insisting that the security service had legitimate reason to seek information on LIFG members, because it believed the group had links with Islamic extremists – ties that were not severed until 2009. They said there was a potential threat to national security, and that in such circumstances agencies could not always pick and choose who they dealt with.

    Nevertheless, it is quite possible that some of the dissidents reported on by MI5, like Belhaj, are now key members of the rebel forces that have toppled Gaddafi, and have been feted by the British government.

    The foreign secretary, William Hague, tried to sidestep the controversy surrounding the documents, saying that they “relate to a period under the previous government, so I have no knowledge of those, of what was happening behind the scenes at that time”.

    However, Whitehall officials seemed perplexed by Hague’s remarks, saying the coalition government had the same problems as those faced by Labour – how to deal with countries where torture and abuse was common, but that might still provide valuable information for British counter-terrorism efforts.

    The Ministry of Defence was forced on the defensive too, after the papers showed that two of Gaddafi’s sons were invited to visit the SAS headquarters in July 2006.

    Khamis and Saadi Gaddafi were to see demonstrations of the work of the SAS and the SBS, and were then to be given confidential briefings by, among others, the chief of the defence staff, General Sir Michael Jackson. UK defence companies were also to be introduced to the two brothers. Though the trip did not go ahead, the efforts that the MoD were prepared to go to – at the behest of the government – will embarrass military officials who are now involved in the hunt for Gaddafi and his relatives.

    By coincidence, the government’s new anti-terrorist measures are to be debated in the Commons on Monday.

    "When MPs vote in the Commons they should bear in mind we asked Libya for detainee briefs and the exchange of information on individuals," said Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil rights group Liberty. "There is no way the Gibson process, effectively an internal Cabinet Office one, can be adequate to deal with the unfolding scandal of this magnitude."

    CIA and MI6 worked with Libya in terror suspect renditions, documents show | #Libya

    The CIA worked closely with Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence services in the rendition of terrorist suspects including Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, the rebel commander in Tripoli, according to documents found in Tripoli.

    The documents, found in the offices of the former head of Libyan intelligence Musa Kusa, also show that MI6 gave Gaddafi’s regime information on Libyan dissidents living in the UK.

    The files, uncovered by Human Rights Watch, provide details of the close relationship between western intelligence services, including MI6 and the CIA, and the ousted dictator’s regime.

    Two documents from March 2004 appear to be American correspondence to Libyan officials to arrange the rendition of Belhaj, the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a now-dissolved militant group with links to al-Qaida.

    Referring to him by his nom de guerre, Abdullah al-Sadiq, the documents say he will be flown from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Libya, and asks for Libyan government agents to accompany him. They also request US “access to al-Sadiq for debriefing purposes once he is in your custody”.

    Belhaj has said he was tortured by CIA agents at a secret prison before being returned to Libya.

    "Please be advised that we must be assured that al-Sadiq will be treated humanely and that his human rights will be respected," the document states.

    Peter Bouckaert, the emergencies director of Human Rights Watch, called the ties between Washington and Gaddafi’s regime “a very dark chapter in American intelligence history, and it remains a stain on the record of the American intelligence services that they cooperated with these very abusive intelligence services”.

    Jennifer Youngblood, a CIA spokeswoman, declined to comment on any specific allegation related to the documents.

    She said: “It can’t come as a surprise that the Central Intelligence Agency works with foreign governments to help protect our country from terrorism and other deadly threats. That is exactly what we are expected to do.”

    The documents referring to MI6 contain communications between British and Libyan security services before the former prime minister Tony Blair’s desert tent meeting with Gaddafi in 2004. British officials are said to have helped the Libyan dictator with his speechwriting.

    The foreign Secretary, William Hague, told Sky News the had no comment to make on intelligence matters.

    But he added: “On the subject of these apparent disclosures, first of all they relate to a period under the previous government so I have no knowledge of those, of what was happening behind the scenes at that time.”

    The documents emerged as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed that British forces have so far hit more than 900 targets in the Nato campaign to protect Libyan civilians from the Gaddafi regime.

    The latest strikes came during armed reconnaissance patrols around buildings in Bani Walid, where rebels believed Gaddafi may have been hiding.

    Among the 910 targets damaged or destroyed since operations began in March were secret police headquarters and command bunkers, the MoD said.

    The Truth About al Qaeda | Foreign Affairs

    New information discovered in Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan suggests that the United States has been vastly overstating al Qaeda’s power for a full decade. The group appears to have spent more time dodging drone strikes and complaining about money than trying to get an atomic bomb.

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    CIA veteran: Israel to attack Iran in fall - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

    A longtime CIA officer who spent 21 years in the Middle East is predicting that Israel will bomb Iran in the fall, dragging the United States into another major war and endangering US military and civilian personnel (and other interests) throughout the Middle East and beyond.

    Earlier this week, Robert Baer appeared on the provocative KPFK Los Angeles show Background Briefing, hosted by Ian Masters. It was there that he predicted that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is likely to ignite a war with Iran in the very near future.

    Robert Baer has had a storied career, including a stint in Iraq in the 1990s where he organised opposition to Saddam Hussein. (He was recalled after being accused of trying to organise Saddam’s assassination.) Upon his retirement, he received a top decoration for meritorious service.

    Baer is no ordinary CIA operative. George Clooney won an Oscar for playing a character based on Baer in the film Syriana (Baer also wrote the book).

    He obviously won’t name many of his sources in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere, but the few he has named are all Israeli security figures who have publically warned that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are hell-bent on war.

    Most former Mossad chiefs wary of Netanyahu

    Baer was especially impressed by the unprecedented warning about Netanyahu’s plans by former Mossad chief Meir Dagan. Dagan left the Israeli intelligence agency in September 2010. Two months ago, he predicted that Israel would attack and said that doing so would be “the stupidest thing” he could imagine. According to Haaretz:

    When asked about what would happen in the aftermath of an Israeli attack Dagan said that: “It will be followed by a war with Iran. It is the kind of thing where we know how it starts, but not how it will end.”

    The Iranians have the capability to fire rockets at Israel for a period of months, and Hizbollah could fire tens of thousands of grad rockets and hundreds of long-range missiles, he said. 

    There is much more to this article at the link above.

    ‪Syria Gives Hero Welcome to US Ambassador Robert Ford in Hama - July 8, 2011 - pt1 of 3‬‏

    US Ambassador Robert Ford received a Hero’s Welcome by thousands of Syrians in the Beseiged City of Hama on July 7th and 8th. Ambassador Ford was showered with Flowers and greeted by hordes of grateful Syrians as he drove through the City yesterday. This is in marked contrast to the hate that the city of Hama has for the “eye doctor turned fascist Dictator” Bashar Assad Assad is hiding in his Muhajareen compound in Damascus and he would not dare step foot in Hama as the people there would tear him apart. Hama is the City where his family murdered over 38,000 innocent inhabitants in 1982 and where he is now sending in his alawite death squads to kill thousands more. This clip shows a rally in Hama where the crowd is expressing gratitude for Ambassador Ford’s visit of solidarity to Hama.

    The overwhelming majority of Syrians love the United States and would welcome a more aggressive and assertive US response to the fascist Dictatorship of the Alawite Assad police state, including US Military intervention against the 4th Brigade of Maher Assad. If the US helps us to liberate our nation we would cut off ties to fascist Iran and would kick out the Russians from their Port at Tartus, which would make the Mediterranean a safer an freer place for all
    8 7 Hama thanks the American ambassador أوغاريت حماة كلمة شكر للسفير الأمريكي.flv