By Ali Abdullah Saleh
Airstrike Kills 8 Suspected Militants in Yemen … Officials in Yemen say an airstrike has killed eight militants in the country’s south. The officials said Thursday’s strike targeted a position held by militants with suspected links to al-Qaida in Yemen. On Wednesday, clashes between Yemeni forces and militants near Zinjibar in southern Abyan province killed at least 30 militants and seven soldiers. Militants have taken control of several areas in southern Yemen during the six-month uprising pressing for President Ali Abdullah Saleh‘s resignation. – Voice of America
Dominant Social Theme: The US is helping its Yemeni allies fight back against the terror threat.
Free-Market Analysis: How many wars are too many? Unnoticed largely in the press of larger events and obviously downplayed by the controlled Western media, the US and its allies are pursuing yet ANOTHER aggressive, illegal war – this one in Yemen.
How aggressive is it? It is a full-on conflict that has reportedly seen SEALS come ashore on a regular basis at night to engage tribal fighters in Abyan province, this newspaper has learned from sources in Yemen itself that are in a position to know.
The US is now involved in almost innumerable wars in the Middle East, but most have been reported in one way or another. This one has not been fully vetted as it continues to expand. Unconstitutional, secretive and expanding in scope and violence, it includes the massive, violent projection of US naval, air and Special Forces into parts of Yemen.
It is no skirmish but a coordinated, daily attack against hostile forces that supposedly include a number of “al Qaeda” (whatever they are) protected by local tribesman in the south of Yemen who have rebelled against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime. It involves considerable military effort and expenditure of what must be a US task force that includes sea, air and land power.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of darkness."
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Dark days ahead: Astrologers predict natural calamity on 28 and 29 AugustSource: Jeevan Mantra Desk | Last Updated 14:29(27/08/11)http://platform.twitter.com/widgets/tweet_button.html#_=1314563931620&count=horizontal&id=twitter_tweet_button_0&lang=en&original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fdaily.bhaskar.com%2Farticle%2FJM-dark-days-ahead-astrologers-predict-natural-calamity-on-28-and-29-august-2383629.html&text=Dark%20days%20ahead%3A%20Astrologers%20predict%20natural%20calamity%20on%2028%20and%2029%20August%20-%20www.daily.bhaskar.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdaily.bhaskar.com%2Farticle%2FJM-dark-days-ahead-astrologers-predict-natural-calamity-on-28-and-29-august-2383629.html
The position on sun, moon and Venus indicates that a natural calamity may hit the planet on 28 and 29 August. According to astrologers, there are high chances of an earthquake or a cyclone.http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/JM-dark-days-ahead-astrologers-predict-natural-calamity-on-28-and-29-august-2383629.html
According to Pandit Manish Sharma, natural calamities may hit some countries on 28 and 29 August. The countries that come under the danger zone are India (mainly Jammu and Kashmir), America, New Zealand and Africa.
Sharma said, 28th and 29th August are no moon days. The position of moon has an impact on the occurrence of natural calamities. There have been many incidents of natural calamities in the past that have occurred on either full moon or no moon days.
Pandit Sharma has adviced people to conduct shraad puja and other rituals on both these days. Worship your family deity and take a dip in a holy river to avoid any
Taliban: 64 US troops killed in Kandahar
The Taliban claim that 64 US-led troops have been killed in two bomb attacks they launched in the southern city of Kandahar earlier on Saturday.
According to incoming reports one attack claimed the lives of 36 US-led soldiers and the second attack killed 28 troops. SS/HGHhttp://www.presstv.ir/detail/196085.html
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Italy’s new tax evasion ad campaign comes at a very precular time.
- Italian ad campaign aims to shame tax dodgers.
The move comes as the government confirmed details of a tough austerity package designed to stave off the threat of a Greek-style meltdown.
The reason why this is so ironic is because Italy is highly in debt with it’s European Central Bank. A problem that has been brewing since 2008, a bi-product of national socialism run a muck. Thus, the Italian government is now targeting the everyday citizen as a reason for this collapse.
However, it can be easily demonstrated that this ad campaign is nothing but a simple fraud on the public. It has already been widely established through the past few years that income tax in most countries goes to nothing else but to pay off the interest on the debt that country has with it’s central bank.
So it would make sense that Italy is now trying to con the public into paying up the money needed to pay off their socialist tab.
And the Furlana continues…
- Dozens of teens detained after Philadelphia’s earlier curfew – CNN
- “(CNN) — Not long after the Philadelphia clock tower chimed to mark the 9 p.m. hour Friday, police picked up almost two dozen teens during enforcement of the city’s new curfew.” CNN
The World Police, again showing another picture perfect display of using the excuse of ‘troubled areas’ as a reason to instate fascist laws limiting the freedoms of civilians. They are doing it to children now, how long will it be till they advance to the general public ? When you can’t even walk freely on the public land of your own country there is a deeply serious problem, these problems are not just stemming up randomly due to certain incidents within the community. These are systematic contraints on the public as a slow, indoctrination into the new age. Another blatant display of authority, more ramping up and setting pre-texts for coming world changing events.
The general public can not help but picture a prison in their heads, when they are confined to their own living space and there’s a CCTV on every corner. This is the type of conditioning the The New World Order is feeding the public, to create a pre-text for a coming “revolt” that will be completely orchestrated. Thus we are seeing, youths being agitated, rights and freedoms being slowly taken away, and of course the increase of global censorship – especially on social networks.
Whatever happened to trespassing, vandalism, public noise ordnance, disorderly conduct, ect. You know definable crimes – for causing trouble. Things these ‘kids’ might be doing, so when it comes a crime you arrest that person for that crime. However that method of policing seems to be dying off, it seems as though the police would rather make it a problem for kids that haven’t done anything wrong. The police are now defining it as criminal activity to be outside, by yourself, past 9:30pm.
All the Ruling Elite needs to do is break up enough families, turn enough cities into ghettos, create enough reason for crime rates to sky rocket, and then they will be able to get support for whatever criminal legislation they need to pass to control people. It is pure and blatant fascism, pure and simple. The powers that be are taking advantage of a very poor situation. Many parents today are absent or lack very basic parental involvement in their kids lives. Previous generations never had curfews, but the majority of parents enforced their own curfews on their kids.
However, parents today have their own struggles, with the economy today, struggling to make rent and keep food on the table, thus we have really bad parents and really dangerous out of control youths. Thus a curfew is introduced to control the youths, yet this will only stir up more civil disobiedience against police and create more unrest within communities.
- “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it yourself” – V.I. Lenin
It is this type of social break down that will create the very structure for what we will come to know as the “New World Order.” It should be known, well across the board that the totalitarian displays we are witnessing today and the days ahead are not of “The New World Order’ in a technical sense, but are actually of the ‘Old World Order.’ The very basis to the ideology behind “Order Out Of Chaos” is to sway the revolution in your favor. This is exactly what the powers that be are doing by creating this social break down. Their goal is to deceive the public, and convince them that the ‘old system’ is the reason why society has so many problems. The deceptive coercion of the troubled masses is the very basis of the power’s that be and their ancient gospel.
The Externalization Of The Hierarchy – http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/externalisation/contents.html
Mexican soldiers uncover ‘narco-tunnel’ to US
- NEW: The tunnel reached into but did not have an exit point in U.S. territory, a general says
- NEW: Drug paraphernalia and tributes to drug traffickers’ patron Santa Muerte were inside
- The Mexican military says the tunnel is thought to be intended for drug smuggling
- Ten people were arrested as they worked at the site, Mexican military officials say
(CNN) — Mexican soldiers have discovered a so-called “narco-tunnel” in Baja California that extends under the U.S. border, Mexican military officials said Friday.
The unfinished tunnel is 298 meters (977 feet) long, two meters (6.5 feet) high and about half that wide, and is thought to be intended for smuggling drugs, the National Defense Secretariat said.
Ten people, including one woman, were arrested as they were excavating, the agency said. Tools were also confiscated from the site.
The tunnel, which started inside a house and has lighting and ventilation, is thought to have started a year ago. Mexican military personnel came across it around 6 a.m. Friday, said Gen. Alfonso Duarte.
“They were approximately 100 meters (109 yards) into American territory,” Duarte told reporters. “They had already crossed (into the U.S.), but they had no exit.”
A small altar near the entrance to the tunnel contained figures for Santa Muerte — the saint of death, who numerous U.S. government documents note has been adopted by drug traffickers as a “patron saint” — and paraphernalia for using crystal methadone. One image above the altar read, “A prayer to protect the business.”
The tunnel was discovered in a neighborhood near the airport in the border city of Tijuana after a resident raised an alarm, military officials said.
Mexico’s Baja California neighbors the U.S. state of California.
CNN’s Claudia Dominguez and Elizabeth Joseph and journalist Vicente Calderon contributed to this report.
The New Social Media and Cell Phone crackdown in the Western World
Officials block cellphones in San Francisco train stations
Over the past week or so the mainstream media has ran with a number of stories around the western world regarding social media and cell phone crackdowns for the purpose of preventing protest, rioting, flash mobs, ect.
In San Francisco, the Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART system was accused of orwellian-type authoritarianism after blocking underground cell phone reception after word of a coming protest spread, against the shooting death of a man earlier that week by transit police.
- Aaron Caplan, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who specializes in free-speech issues, was equally critical, saying BART clearly violated the rights of demonstrators and other passengers. – http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20110813/san-fran-cell-blocking-110813/
The Jesuit trained law professor here does a good job conveying the point that the current cell phone crackdown is against the rights of the public. Now one is to question the motive of this blatant display of totalitarianism that is spreading through out the western world like wild fire.
- Philadelphia Institutes Curfew To Stave Off “Flash Mobs” – http://www.businessinsider.com/philadelphia-institutes-curfew-to-stave-off-flash-mobs-2011-8
In Philadelphia over the weekend a curfew was imposed among youths under the age of 18. Up to 50 kids were detained and their parents were asked to come bail out there children for the toll of $500. A great policing tactic to reduce the amount of youths on the streets at night, also a great way to profit off of a generation of children growing up in broken homes, with no place to go.
Throughout this recent raid on social media and cell phone networking among youths, there has been an overwhelming amount of information slipping through the cracks about the world policing tactics used against outbreaks like this one. New technologies are being disclosed to the public through the mainstream media, conditioning the public to believe these methods are yet to be used, when in reality it is clear that if third world countries in the middle east are capable of utilizing such hacking/spying technology. It is clear that these methods can, and have already been used for intelligence and surveillance purposes in the western world/north america.
- Police are going to find a way to temporarily suspend communication and information devices by targeting an area, effectively shutting down everyone’s phones in a certain radius. http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20110812/smartphone-riots-canada-110813/
- “”Maybe in a police car they’d have some sort of device. They’d flip a switch and maybe in a couple hundred yards it would wipe out cellphone communication,” he said.” http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20110812/smartphone-riots-canada-110813/
STRAW MANNING THE CAUSE
A somewhat forgotten factor in this entire ordeal is the contrast between the spread of this particular crackdown on social networks in the western world for the purpose of battling violence and protest, and the on going crackdown against social media in the middle east, like what was displayed in Egypt during the arab-spring protests and what is currently going on in Syria and other parts of the Middle East.
- It will become even more difficult for activists in Egypt and Tunisia to fight the creeping efforts by members of both transitional governments to re-establish surveillance and censorship in the name of fighting violent extremism. http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/08/12/mackinnon.internet.britain/index.html
This comes at a time where a strong hold of western countries, led by NATO – Are fighting a war in Libya over events that have stemmed from this exact type of authoritarian government crackdowns. Also, while the US, Canada, and other western countries in Europe assign sanctions against Syria for their actions against their civilians, wouldn’t it be fair to say the British and US have been guilty of applying the same tactics as the Syrian regime have ?? How better is Obama or David Cameron than those regimes in the middle east limiting the access of social media and cell phone service ?? And what better of a way to straw man, and muddy the debate at hand when it comes to the middle east, then to apply the same extreamist tactics to situations in the western world. What better way to trigger a reaction.
When it’s all said and done, right now – today at this very moment. We can assure you that if you are involved in any kind of extream activism or social awareness programs that are of an anti-establishment nature. Your text messages, facebook activity and over online profile – is already being monitored. Regardless of what the Canadian mainstream media have you believe, these methods have been in use for a long, long time. It’s just a short matter of time before this issue becomes another catalyst for public action. The new age is near.
The Obama administration is concerned that a dangerous regional arm of “al Qaeda” is trying to produce the deadly poison ricin to use in attacks against the United States, the New York Times reported on Friday.
“WASHINGTON — American counterterrorism officials are increasingly concerned that the most dangerous regional arm of Al Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States. ”
The reality of it all may be a little hard to sink teeth into, but it seems as though what we have is a gearing up for a ‘gog magog’ type war.
It is similiar to other ‘terror threats’ from Saddam being behind WMDs, bioweapons, even the white house anthrax attack but low and behold after killing millions of afghani & iraqi civillians, there is yet to be any actual evidence produced of ricin, or anything tangible of that for that matter. And the white house anthrax ?? Well that was traced right back to a CIA-created strain. How ironic.
Officials block cellphones in San Francisco train stations
In this July 11, 2011 file photo, a man is pulled off a commuter train at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco after climbing on top of it during a protest against the July 3 shooting by transit police of Charles Blair Hill. (AP / Eric Risberg)
The Associated Press
Date: Saturday Aug. 13, 2011 5:22 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO — An illegal, Orwellian violation of free-speech rights? Or just a smart tactic to protect train passengers’ safety from rowdy would-be demonstrators during a busy evening commute?
The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and beyond as details emerged of Bay Area Rapid Transit officials’ decision to cut off underground cellphone service for a few hours at some stations Thursday. Commuters at stations from downtown to the city’s main airport were affected as BART officials sought to tactically thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by transit police.
Two days later, the move had civil rights and legal experts questioning the agency’s move, and drew backlash from one transit board member who was taken aback by the decision.
“I’m just shocked that they didn’t think about the implications of this. We really don’t have the right to be this type of censor,” said Lynette Sweet, who serves on the BART board. “In my opinion, we’ve let the actions of a few people affect everybody. And that’s not fair.”
Similar questions of censorship have arisen in recently days as Britain’s government put the idea of curbing social media services on the table in response to several nights of widespread looting and violence in London and other English cities. Police claim that young criminals used Twitter and Blackberry instant messages to co-ordinate looting sprees in riots.
Prime Minister David Cameron said that the government, spy agencies and the communications industry are looking at whether there should be limits on the use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or services like BlackBerry Messenger to spread disorder. The suggestions have met with outrage — with some critics comparing Cameron to the despots ousted during the Arab Spring.
In the San Francisco instance, Sweet said BART board members were told by the agency of its decision during the closed portion of its meeting Thursday afternoon, less than three hours before the protest was scheduled to start.
“It was almost like an after-thought,” Sweet told The Associated Press. “This is a land of free speech and for us to think we can do that shows we’ve grown well beyond the business of what we’re supposed to be doing and that’s providing transportation. Not censorship.”
But was it truly censorship? Channels of communication were cut off for everyone at a given station, not just those whose speech the transit authority was trying to impede. And beyond that, there are legal nuances to consider, including whether under the law BART is considered a government agency — a key component in deciding if it was a case of censorship.
These situations are largely new ones, of course. A couple of decades ago, during the fax-machine and pay-phone era, the notion of people organizing mass gatherings in real time on wireless devices would have been fantasy.
BART Deputy Police Chief Benson Fairow said that, for his agency, the issue boiled down simply to one of public safety.
“It wasn’t a decision made lightly. This wasn’t about free speech. It was about safety,” Fairow told KTVU-TV on Friday.
But like in London, BART’s tactic drew immediate comparisons to authoritarianism, including acts by the former president of Egypt to squelch protests demanding an end to his rule. Authorities there cut Internet and cellphone services in the country for days earlier this year. He left office shortly thereafter
“BART officials are showing themselves to be of a mind with the former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation said on its website. Echoing that comparison, vigorous weekend discussion on Twitter was labeled with the hashtag “muBARTek.”
Aaron Caplan, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who specializes in free-speech issues, was equally critical, saying BART clearly violated the rights of demonstrators and other passengers.
“We can arrest and prosecute people for the crimes they commit,” he said. “You are not allowed to shut down people’s cellphones and prevent them from speaking because you think they might commit a crime in the future.”
Michael Risher, the American Civil Liberty Union’s Northern California staff attorney, echoed the sentiment in a blog: “The government shouldn’t be in the business of cutting off the free flow of information. Shutting down access to mobile phones is the wrong response to political protests, whether it’s halfway around the world or right here in San Francisco.”
The ACLU already has a scheduled meeting with BART’s police chief on Monday about other issues and Thursday’s incident will be added to the agenda, spokeswoman Rebecca Farmer said.
But others said that while the phone shutdown was worth examining, it may not have impinged on the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment which guarantees free speech rights. Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, a non-profit educational organization, said freedom of expression can be limited in very narrow circumstances if there is an immediate threat to public safety.
“An agency like BART has to be held to a very high standard,” he said. “First of all, it has to be an immediate threat, not just the mere supposition that there might be one. And I think the response has to be what a court would consider reasonable, so it has to be the minimum amount of restraint on free expression.”
He said if BART’s actions are challenged, a court may look more favourably on what it did if expression was limited on a narrow basis for a specific area and time frame, instead of “just indiscriminately closing down cellphone service throughout the system or for a broad area.”
University of Michigan law professor Len Niehoff, who specializes in First Amendment and media law issues, found the BART actions troublesome for a few reasons.
He said the First Amendment generally doesn’t allow the government to restrict free speech because somebody might do something illegal or to prohibit conversations based on their subject matter. He said the BART actions have been portrayed as an effort to prevent a protest that would have violated the law, but there was no guarantee that would have happened.
“What it really did is it prevented people from talking, discussing … and mobilizing in any form, peaceful or unpeaceful, lawful or unlawful,” he said. “That is, constitutionally, very problematic.”
The government does have the right to break up a demonstration if it forms in an area where protests are prohibited and poses a risk to public safety, Niehoff said. But it should not prohibit free speech to prevent the possibility of a protest happening.
“The idea that we’re going to keep people from talking about what they might or might not do, based on the idea that they might all agree to violate the law, is positively Orwellian,” he said.
BART officials maintained the cellphone disruptions were legal. The agency said in a statement that it’s illegal to demonstrate on the platform or aboard the trains, and that it has set aside special areas for demonstrations.
“We had a commute that was safe and without disruption,” BART spokesman Jim Allison noted.