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December 5, 2010 Leave a comment – WikiLeaks Exposes Israeli Mafia’s Growing Influence

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WikiLeaks Exposes Israeli Mafia’s Growing Influence

WikiLeaks Fights to Stay Online Amid Attacks

S. Korea Again Vows Retaliation Against North

Covert War Against Iran Takes Chilling Turn

Baghdad Bombs Targeting Shi’ite Areas Kill 17

Abbas: Last Resort – I’ll Ask Israel to Take Over

Yemen President ‘Opened Door’ to US Forces

Cable reveals Mafia-government connection — But US media don’t care to dig for the story

by Justin Raimondo, December 03, 2010

I love how the pundits are yawning over the latest WikiLeaks revelations: oh, there’s nothing to see here, it’s all so boring, no “smoking gun,” so let’s just move right along. These people are just plain lazy: they want “scoops” delivered to their front doors, all neatly packaged and labeled as such. In short, they don’t want to have to do any work, beyond the usual cut-and-paste. Which is why a lot of the really juicy stuff coming out of WikiLeaks continues to elude them.

Take, for example, this excerpt from a cable dated May 15, 2009 — entitled “Israel, A Promised Land for Organized Crime?” – sent by our embassy in Tel Aviv, which deals with the rising influence of Israeli organized crime:

“As recently as March 2009, Zvika Ben Shabat, Yaacov Avitan, and Tzuri Roka requested visas to attend a ‘security-related convention’ in Las Vegas. According to local media reports, all three had involvement with OC. Post asked the applicants to provide police reports for any criminal records in Israel, but without such evidence there is no immediate ineligibility for links to OC. Luckily, all three have so far failed to return for continued adjudication of their applications. Nevertheless, it is fair to assume that many known OC figures hold valid tourist visas to the United States and travel freely.”

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SCOTUS Blog – Argument preview: State power over aliens

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From the SCOTUS Blog:

Argument preview: State power over aliens

The Court takes up the issue of state authority to regulate the activities of illegal aliens in an Arizona case that is a prelude to an even more significant case on that issue.

Case Pages: Chamber of Com. v. Whiting

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hold a one-hour hearing on the authority of state governments to regulate the activities of non-citizens living illegally within their borders.  While this case from Arizona is important in its own right, testing an alien worker law, it could be even more significant as a prelude to a coming test case over an even more aggressive law, also enacted in Arizona.  The case of U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, et al. (09-115) will be argued for the Chamber by Carter G. Phillips of Sidley Austin in Washington, sharing time with Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal K. Katyal, speaking for the federal government as an amicus.  Representing Arizona will be the state Solicitor General, Mary R. O’Grady of Phoenix.  (The title of the case has changed since it was granted as U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria, et al.)

The case will be heard by an eight-member Court; Justice Elena Kagan has recused from the case, presumably because of her former role as U.S. Solicitor General.


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Truthout – 9.8 Percent: The Number That the Deficit Commission Left Out

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From Truthout:

Sunday 05 December 2010

9.8 Percent: The Number That the Deficit Commission Left Out
Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: “Congress clearly doesn’t see what the rest of us see. If they did, how could they possibly do the things they are doing? There is an absolute emergency going on in the country and Congress refuses to even see it. With 9.8 percent of us jobless – that is the official rate, not counting the people who have given up or are ‘under’ employed or took pay cuts or whatever – Congress is debating tax cuts for the rich and cutting back on programs for the rest of us.”
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Rumors and Pessimism Reign Midway Through Cancun Summit
Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service: “At the end of the first week of climate negotiations under way in this Mexican Caribbean resort city, it seems a distant possibility that the nearly 200 national delegations will agree on renewing the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.”
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Big Polluters Freed From Environmental Oversight by Stimulus
Kristen Lombardi and John Solomon, The Center for Public Integrity: “In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight… The administration has awarded more than 179,000 ‘categorical exclusions’ to stimulus projects funded by federal agencies, freeing those projects from review under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.”
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Hammered in the Senate, Democrats Must Negotiate on Tax Cuts
Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor: “Washington Saturday was a picture of frustration and gridlock over government spending and taxes…. But the lack of specific legislative progress also brought signs that the negotiating parties – Republicans and Democrats, Congress and the White House – may be headed for some sort of compromise.”
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US Execution Capital Reconsiders the Death Penalty
William Fisher, Inter Press Service: “On Monday, Dec. 6, a district court in Texas will be asked – for the first time in that U.S. state’s history – to decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional based on the ‘disproportionately high risk of wrongful convictions’ in Texas.”
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Phlogiston Economics: The Need to Dispel the Free Hand and Create Jobs Instead
Ellen Danin, Truthout: “Phlogiston is good for a laugh today, but economic ideas that control current decision-making are based not on tested experiments but on elegant theories. Economics’ equivalent of phlogiston appeared 23 years after Boyle’s experiment, in Adam Smith’s 1776 book, ‘The Wealth of Nations.’ Its phlogiston equivalent was the self-regulating market, described as an ‘invisible hand.’ The invisible hand’s efficient market was created by individual self-interest; interference with the market through regulation risked economic catastrophe.”
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Fighting the Black Anti-Abortion Campaign
Loretta J. Ross, On The Issues Magazine: “Sixty-five billboards were quickly erected in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Atlanta on February 5, 2010. Each showed a sorrowful picture of a black male child proclaiming, ‘Black Children are an Endangered Species’…. This was the opening salvo in a campaign to pass new state legislation attempting to criminalize abortions provided to women of color allegedly because of the ‘race or sex’ of the fetus.”
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If Cancun Climate Talks Falter, Blame the US
Sarah Laskow, The Media Consortium: “If American negotiators have always been reluctant to make those promises, even if they did this year, their promises would ring empty. The results of the 2010 midterms mean there’s little chance Congress would ratify a treaty. Republicans just eliminated a special House committee on global warming. They certainly aren’t interested in making the sorts of concessions that international negotiators want and need to convince their own governments to move forward.”
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Privacy is Passe, So Broadcast Yourself (to Big Brother)
Adam Bessie, Truthout: “My student can be her own Big Brother – and what’s more, she wants to be. Unlike Winston, she hopes someone is watching and listening. This minute-by-minute sharing is not a fad; rather, it represents the emergence of a culture of digital exhibitionism.”
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Firedoglake – Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group

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From Firedoglake:

Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group

By: Kirk James Murphy, M.D. Saturday December 4, 2010 9:20 pm

Yesterday Alexander Cockburn reminded us of the news Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett broke at Counterpunch in September.   Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he was involved in blowing up.

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From Founder Eric Garris Talks Wikileaks with Fox’s Judge Napolitano

Friday evening, founder and managing editor Eric Garris sat down with Judge Andrew Napolitano to discuss Julian Assange, Hillary Clinton and the Obama administrations’ suppression of foreign investigation of top US officials.  Video can be found here.

WikiLeaks’ “Cablegate” Most Damning Dump Yet

Nothing is more damaging to US foreign policy than the truth,” said news editor Jason Ditz after WikiLeaks initiated its latest dump dubbed “Cablegate” earlier this week. Among the hundreds of thousands of documents “detailing the sordid actions of the US and foreign governments the world over… was the revelation that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered US embassies to steal credit card data from top UN officials as part of a ‘National HumInt Collection Directive.'”

Naturally, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denied the evidence, declaring that calls for Clinton’s resignation were “ridiculous and absurd.” According to Ditz, “Gibbs went on to say that Secretary Clinton had never ordered diplomats to spy on UN Security Council officials, despite WikiLeaks’ public release of a classified document signed by Secretary Clinton explicitly ordering diplomats to spy on UN Security Council officials.” (Oh yeah, by Friday,  Clinton expressed regret for the attempted theft.)

Of course instead of promoting our right to know and lauding WikiLeaks for uncovering the illicit activity of the U.S. Government, our Congressmen are trying to brand the organization as “terrorist” and as a “transnational threat.”  They have been quick to accuse the WikiLeakers of having blood on their hands, but it seems these accusations hold no merit. And after  Lieberman leaned on Wednesday who quickly folded under the slightest pressure, it seems the powers that be will do anything to shut WikiLeaks down. (See “ Launch Boycott of” below.)

“As the foibles of our preening viceroys are publicized, and the enormous scale of the waste and fraud comes to the attention of the American people,  a revolution is indeed possible,” says Justin Raimondo.” That’s why the Establishment of both parties, and pundits on the neocon right and the Obamaite left, are out to knife Assange and bring down WikiLeaks. They may fight about how much to raise the retirement age, and how to divide the tax loot, but when it comes to defending the Empire — and the cult of secrecy that sustains it in a ‘democratic’ Imperium such as ours — they stand united, both red and blue.”

Press Rely on Fox Business, Raw Story, RT, and More

As the White House tried desperately to save face amid another embarrassing week courtesy of WikiLeaks, experts weighed in.  At the start of the week, Antiwar Radio host  Scott Horton appeared on Fox Business “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano.

Horton examined how WikiLeaks revealed the arrogance of an American Empire that looks down on even its closest allies and refuted claims that WikiLeaks has blood on its hands as a result of the document dump.

The next day, Raw Story covered Horton’s appearance on Fox Business noting “that revelations contained within the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables revealed Israel’s aggressive strategy for regime change in Iran.”

Quoting Horton, Raw Story reported, “There are some really outrageous things in these documents. Things that oughtta get the American people really upset. For example, the Israelis are shown to push, continually, to get the United States into a war with Iran. There’s one State Department document from August of 2007, where Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, is telling Assistant Secretary of State [R. Nicholas] Burns that even though the CIA’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear program and our’s, that is Israel’s, are different — and, we have our deadline. If you don’t go ahead and attack, we will.

“That’s really blackmail, right there. Of course, if the United States wanted to start a war with Iran, they could at least do it their way, but if Israel starts a war with Iran, America will be involved no matter what. We’ll just — he’s basically threatening to drag us in, kicking and screaming. Of course, we have thousands of troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have the fleet in the Persian Gulf that are greatly at risk in any real war with Iran.”

In Florida, the Sunshine State News sought expert commentary from both founder Eric Garris and Jason Ditz. “Ditz…who supports the release of the classified documents, insisted that they revealed that the U.S. was marching into war with Iran,” said reporter Kevin Derby.

Former CIA analyst  Philip Giraldi was interviewed on Russia Today regarding the amount of documents available to government employees and the level of classification. Giraldi says the leak is “not going to have any impact at all.”

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Brink of Disaster Part 1 of 3….1972 Anti-Activism Government Film

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Climate Progress – Long wrong Joe Bastardi cooks the books to smear NSIDC. Time for Accuweather to fire him

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From Climate Progress:

Long wrong Joe Bastardi cooks the books to smear NSIDC. Time for Accuweather to fire him.

National Snow & Ice Data Center explains Bastardi can’t read graphs and “is unclear as to how standardized anomalies are derived”

December 5, 2010

UPDATE:  Bastardi responded in the comments here.  He couldn’t bring himself to admit that his accusation of fraud against NSIDC was not merely completely unwarranted but totally inappropriate and in fact based in part on his simple misreading of a graph.  Finally, though, on Sunday afternoon, Accuweather finally took the post down and Bastardi admits in his new “Roseanne Roseannadanna” post his charge was baseless.

Note: Accuweather’s contact info is online here and below.

I suppose it is Accuweather’s business if they want to seriously undermine their credibility by employing arguably the worst professional long-range forecaster on Earth:  See Joe Bastardi asserts “The coming cooling of the planet overall will return it to where it was in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.”

So what if Bastardi is a man who just makes crap up, like “The vast majority of the long-range private sector meteorologists can see what is coming down the road and agree with me”?  So what if Bastardi has now firmly established himself as the least informed, most anti-scientific meteorologist in the world (see here)?  So what if he can’t read a temperature anomaly map?

Why should, Accuweather, the self-proclaimed “World’s Weather Authority” care?  They are a private company and they can hire whomever they want and, Lord knows, make whatever wild claims they want about their supposed “authority.”

But Bastardi has now moved beyond the realm of bluster and bad forecasting.  His inability to read simple charts has combined with his endless quest to attack those whose data or analysis supports the well-established scientific understanding that humans are changing the climate and induced him to try to undermine the reputation of the nation’s leading Center for acquiring and analyzing ice data.  As long as Bastardi stays at Accuweather, they are endorsing his willful errors and anti-science smears — and they merit the name Inaccuweather

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Crooks and Liars – Rachel Maddow on Ronald Reagan’s Failed Trickle-Down Voodoo Economics

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From Crooks and Liars:

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Rachel Maddow on Ronald Reagan’s Failed Trickle-Down Voodoo Economics

Posted: 04 Dec 2010 01:00 PM PST

Rachel Maddow did an absolutely wonderful job dismantling the Republican talking points that Ronald Reagan’s “Voodoo Economics” or “trickle-down economics” worked, pointing out how the Republicans who keep coming on the air claiming that tax cuts for the rich benefit the “job creators” are full of a bunch of bullpucky.

The people who end up primarily benefiting from these tax cuts are the rich, who as Rachel showed in the footage from when Reagan’s tax cuts first passed, spend more on luxury items they don’t even need, while the rest of us get to feel those economic benefits trickling down our heads in the form of something besides water.

Now if we just had every pundit making things this clear to the American public instead of allowing the Republicans to come on the air and lie about “job creators” being taxed day… after day… after day… maybe… just maybe we’d have a less misinformed public. Sadly this segment on Rachel’s show isn’t required viewing for every citizen in the United States.

Her charts and graphs about what’s happened to the incomes of the rich and the poor sadly are ones that we’re not seeing on any other broadcast as well. Pass this one on to your friends and neighbors. We need to be letting every member of Congress and President Obama know it’s not acceptable to see these tax cuts for the rich allowed to be extended at the expense of bankrupting our country or attempting to balance our budget on the backs of the working class and the poor.

Kudos to Rachel for laying out the lies about tax cuts trickling down to the rest of us so plainly.

UPDATE: Compare and contrast that to lying hack Pat Buchanan who appeared with “Democratic strategist” Peter Fenn on MSNBC today after the first two votes for a partial extension of the tax cuts failed.

Pat Buchanan Repeats Republican Lies on Tax Cuts

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CHEC Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction Documentary with Walter Danna on 7/14/2010 Part 3 (24 part playlist)

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Walter Danna talks about the impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in his community. To see the rest of this interview, please click the links below:
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UN findings on Israeli human rights breeches

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The Ecologist – Investigating the US gas drilling boom

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Sen Bernie Sanders Great Speech “This Economy’s Winners and Losers”

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Educators Apply for Cathie Black’s Hearst Job

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emptywheel – White House Brags about Exporting our Pyramid Schemes to Korea

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From emptywheel:

White House Brags about Exporting our Pyramid Schemes to Korea

Posted: 04 Dec 2010 05:25 AM PST

The list of statements of support for the Korea Trade Agreement the White House sent out last night tells you a lot about what you need to know about the trade agreement. Among others on the list are Tom Donohue, whose laundering of foreign money into election coffers had a significant role in the shellacking Democrats took in November. Donohue thinks this deal is great:

This agreement will create thousands of new jobs, advance our national goal of doubling exports in five years, and demonstrate that America is once again ready to lead on trade. The administration has done its part. Now it’s time for the new Congress to make passage of KORUS a top priority in January. We will do everything in our power to round up the votes.

Then there’s John Engler, who for a while as head of the National Association of Manufacturers instituted a policy of refusing to meet with Democrats.

Then there’s the CEOs of credit card nation, Vikram Pandit and Jamie Dimon.

But to me, the most telling endorser of this agreement is Dick DeVos, the CEO of Amway and perennially one of the biggest single funders of the Republican Party. DeVos is thrilled because this will help Amway meet their growth targets.

Like most companies, we support a more competitive playing field. This new trade agreement allows Amway to continue meeting aggressive growth targets, and gives a much needed boost for all export business in Michigan.

So we’re going to push through this trade agreement so Dick DeVos can expand his pyramid scheme, get richer, and funnel that money into the Republican Party.

But then, I guess that’s what Pandit and Dimon have in mind, too.

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Annie Lennox – Here comes the rain again ( live )

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AMERICAblog – Frank Rich on Obama and the Stockholm Syndrome

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From AMERICAblog:

Frank Rich on Obama and the Stockholm Syndrome

by Joe Sudbay (DC) on 12/05/2010 10:45:00 AM

You really have to read the entire piece. Here’s the start:

THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome” in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ “good side” and develop psychological characteristics to please them — “dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.”

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Fahrenheit 9/11 – Halliburton

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‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ – My Pet Goat

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Barnes and Noble Review – The Killing of Crazy Horse

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From Barnes and Noble Review:

December 1, 2010

The Killing of Crazy Horse


Reviewed by Matthew Battles

Making narrative out of a life like that of Crazy Horse presents the biographer with a daunting set of challenges. Shrouded in the mythology of the West and the mystery of his indomitability, Crazy Horse is a shadowy figure, whose exploits took place almost entirely on the inaccessible side of the Sioux Wars’ bloody line through history. It’s for these reasons, and the Wild West timbre of his name to twentieth-century ears, that he became a kind of brand, a nineteenth-century Che Guevara of the North American plains. And yet among the Sioux, his presence is keenly felt: there are still a few alive old enough to remember seeing and speaking with those old enough to have laid eyes on Crazy Horse.

The Killing of Crazy Horse takes on the mythology and the history of the man and his age. Thomas Powers—whose work as a journalist peering into the shadows of the intelligence world has served as surprisingly apt preparation—nimbly traces the mixture of legend, tacit knowledge, and hearsay that represents the canon of Crazy Horse studies. The Sioux wars of the 1860s and ’70s comprised a world with a social structure all its own. Even for the Sioux, the plains were a relatively new domain. They had not made their home there until they embraced the coming of the horse to the Americas in the late eighteenth century. Like the Comanche in Texas and Mexico, the Sioux would ride the horse to hegemony, creating what the historian Pekka Hamalainen has called an “equestrian empire”—co-opting some tribes, like the Cheyenne, while beleaguering others, earning the enmity of the Pawnee to the west and bringing the Mandan—a peaceable tribe who welcomed Lewis and Clark and who figure heavily in the art of Karl Bodmer—to the brink of extinction. It was their power, burgeoning and resented by their neighbors, that brought them into conflict with the white pretenders to the plains.

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AMERICAblog – BP lawyers fighting over size of spill so they can save billions

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From AMERICAblog:

BP lawyers fighting over size of spill so they can save billions

by Chris in Paris on 12/04/2010 08:57:00 AM

Obviously the President isn’t going to stand up and fight back but maybe someone else in Washington wants to? It’s insane to tolerate BP and their legal tactics after everything they did to ruin the environment.

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