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Official Story Unraveling for Boston Marathon Bombing; Clear Evidence Points to Bomb Squad’s Prior Knowledge


GR Editor’s Note: Several important questions raised in this report regarding the official version of events.

A number of  central issues,  however, remain to be substantiated.  Some of the points raised are unsubstantiated.

For a careful review which addresses media inconsistencies, see:
Boston Marathon Bombing: Rush Media Reports of “Terror Attack” without Factual Substantiation By Barry Grey, wsws.org and  Global Research April 16, 2013

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It’s now becoming clear that members of the Boston bomb squad had advanced notice of the horrific bombing that took place at the marathon today. As an eyewitness reports, once the bombs went off, officials began announcing, “this is just a drill!” This logically means they were all informed of the “bomb drill” beforehand. Otherwise, why would they respond with, “this is just a drill” ?

According to Local15TV.com, a University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach said there were bomb-sniffing dogs at both the start and finish lines, long before any explosions went off. He said:

“They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about. It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

The official story of the bombing is that terrorists detonated two bombs at the marathon finish line and that the Boston bomb squad magically located a third bomb one mile away, identified the bomb, rigged it with explosives and initiated a “controlled explosion” all in less than an hour! (Absurd.)

The official story sounds like nothing more than a cover story.

Here are some of the facts we know so far

1) Bomb-sniffing dogs were present at the start of the race and the finish line, even before bombs went off.

2) The reported arrest of a “Saudi national” has now been retracted. Apparently that was a mistake published by the NY Post.

3) Instead, the mainstream media is pushing a new narrative that blames “right-wing extremists” for the bombing, even without a shred of evidence to back that up.

4) It is impossible for a bomb squad to have located, analyzed, rigged and detonated the third bomb in under an hour, especially when it was located one mile away, at the Kennedy Presidential Library.

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Why did the Boston bomb squad know all this in advance?

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‘False-flag’ meme goes mainstream on Boston Marathon bombings

Police react after the Boston Marathon bombings, April 15, 2013.

Police react after the Boston Marathon bombings, April 15, 2013.
Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:38AM GMT
By Dr. Kevin Barrett
Press TV

Whatever the truth about the Boston bombings, it seems that the false-flag meme is infiltrating mainstream discourse. And it isn’t going to go away . . . at least not until 9/11 and other false-flag crimes are solved, and effective measures instituted to protect the public against the scourge of false-flag terror.”

On September 11th, 2001, the US media began chanting “Bin Laden” in unison almost from the moment the attack was reported. The possibility that US government insiders had orchestrated the attack – in order to blame Muslims, launch wars on Muslim countries, and seize near-absolute power – was never mentioned.

Bin Laden’s repeated statements that he deplored the 9/11 attacks, considered them un-Islamic, and suspected that American supporters of Israel were behind them failed to penetrate the corporate media bubble. When the FBI definitively stated that Bin Laden was “not wanted” for 9/11 because there was “no hard evidence” of his involvement, the media blacked out the story.

But after the Boston bombings of April 16th, 2013, even the corporate monopoly media could no longer ignore the possibility of a false-flag attack. Yahoo News asked “Who’s behind the Boston Marathon bombings?” and offered 4 theories: (1) Islamic jihadists, (2) Right-wing militia types, (3) the government, and (4) a criminally-insane lone wolf.

Numbers (1), (2), and (4), of course, are the usual suspects. But including (3) “the government” on the suspects list is unprecedented for a mainstream news story reporting on a domestic terror incident.

The false-flag meme’s growing prominence was underlined at Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick’s press conference after the bombings. The first question for Governor Patrick came from Infowars correspondent Dan Bidondi, who asked whether the bombings were “a false-flag staged event..to take away our civil liberties.” Patrick, of course, answered “no.”

Even the Atlantic Monthly, a neocon-lite magazine associated with names like Goldberg and Hitchens, felt compelled to publish a story headlined: “What Is a ‘False Flag’ Attack, and What Does Boston Have to Do with This?” Amazingly, the Atlantic article stated that yes, there is historical precedent for viewing the Boston bombing as a false-flag event. The author, Philip Bump, even admitted: “If the Boston attack had been a ‘false flag’ attack, Gov. Patrick would have responded ‘no’ anyway.”

What has changed since 2001 to bring the false-flag meme into the limelight?

Short answer: The 9/11 truth movement. During the past decade, millions of activists have been working to awaken the American and global publics to the evidence that 9/11 was an American Reichstag Fire. Polls show that 36% of Americans – roughly 100 million people – think it likely that 9/11 was an inside job. Many of these truth-seekers are highly-accomplished scientists, engineers, military and intelligence officers, and other experts. You can meet some of them at PatriotsQuestion911.com and AE911Truth.org.

Since the corporate mainstream media and the foundation-funded pseudo-alternative media have refused to report the facts about 9/11, roughly 100 million Americans consider the media moguls pathological liars. Even among the almost 200 million Americans who are not up-front 9/11 skeptics, the vague sense that something is wrong, and that the media and the politicians are lying, is widespread. A recent Pew Research poll, for example, showed that Americans’ trust in government has fallen to an all-time low: Fewer than one-third of Americans trust the government, while more than two-thirds do not.

As the people lose faith in their government, and the corporate media crumbles into bankruptcy, a vibrant new independent media has sprung up on the internet. The Alex Jones media empire, which pushes the false-flag meme about as hard as it can be pushed, now reaches an estimated five to ten million people. Jeff Rense, Mike Adams, Mike Rivero, Veterans Today, American Free Press, and the foreign-run English language outlets Press TV and Russia Today also reach large and influential audiences with honest reporting about false-flag events.

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The Boston Bombings in Context: How the FBI Fosters, Funds and Equips American Terrorists


The Boston Marathon bombing has provoked shock, grief and outrage from around the world. After decades of conditioning, the public automatically equates such terrorism with Muslim radicals. But the evidence shows that every major terror plot on American soil in the past 10 years has been fostered, funded and equipped by one organization: the FBI.

People around the world watched in horror this week as explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, turning a day of sportsmanship and celebration into one of shock, grief and outrage. As with all such events, the desire to discover who was behind this cowardly act has driven many into a speculative frenzy. And, in a sad reminder of the indoctrination that the Western world has been under for over a decade now in the mythical “war of terror,” it did not take long at all before the collective finger of the mob was pointed squarely in the direction of Muslim terrorists.

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Within hours of the blast, fear spread throughout the international Muslim community that the bombing would be connected to an Islamist extremist. A Libyan Twitter user touched a nerve—and received thousands of retweets and worldwide media coverage—by tweeting “Please don’t be a ‘Muslim.’” The backlash began shortly thereafter, with the New York Post falsely implying that a Saudi national was being questioned for his possible role in the attack. The next day, a plane departing Boston Logan Airport returned to the gate and two passengers were forcibly removed because they had been overheard speaking Arabic before takeoff.

As data continues to pour in regarding the bombing and who may be behind it, it is instructive to take a moment to step back and consider this knee-jerk tendency to conclude that this is the work of Islamic radicals. In the minds of millions of Americans, bombs targeting innocents on US soil are inextricably linked with the image of the bearded, turban-wearing boogeyman that has become the shorthand for evil in this age of terror.

This association is not only incorrect, it is dangerously incorrect because it signally fails to identify the one unifying thread between all of the recent terror plots in the US. Lurking behind the shadowy armies of would-be jihadis in the popular imagination is the sober reality that every single major terror bust in the United States since 9/11 has sourced back to the same group, a single entity that has in every single case funded, equipped and even incited the would-be terrorists into action: the FBI.

In 2005, federal prosecutors charged Michael Reynolds, a 47 year old drifter living with his elderly mother, of attempting to wage jihad on the US by blowing up fuel facilities. In reality, his plan for jihad was little more than a series of conversations he had on a Yahoo! Chat room with a US judge posing as a militant. He was arrested after agreeing to meet with an FBI informant who had promised him $40,000 for his cause, and two months later the FBI quietly announced he was likely mentally ill. He was eventually convicted and is curently serving 25 years in jail.

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US conducts false flag operation in Syria: Randy Short

A political analyst tells Press TV that the Free Syrian Army is a subsidiary of the CIA and they want to destroy Syria and it is obvious they do not care for the Syrians.

This is while the United States has updated its military options for a direct intervention in Syria to aid the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Randy Short, human rights activist, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: What exactly are the so-called Friends of Syria after? I mean are they really concerned about the plight of people in Syria?

Short: Of course they are not concerned. If you ask me the FSA or the Free Syrian Army or whatever, they are a subsidiary of the CIA. Some people call the CIA the cocaine importing agency in terms of its relationship to drugs coming into the United States from Afghanistan and other places.

There they are to destroy a strong secular Muslim society that has shown itself a leader to fighting against the excesses of Zionism as well they want to punish the people of Syria who quietly helped resist the American invasion of Iraq and as well have preserved Lebanon, preventing it from becoming a colony of Israel.

This is a crime of the Assad dynasty, they can’t be forgiven as if they dare to want to have their own path, their own chart and the FSA and the others who they are to hide behind Saudi Arabian Wahabi Islam which is basically working with Zionism and European and American imperialism, racism and Islamophobia in the world.

They want to destroy Syria. It is obvious they do not care anything for the people. And most of the fighters, 95 percent according to German Intelligence are not even Syrians.

So I mean how can people who come into a country invade and destroy infrastructures, kill children and desecrate Masjids and profane the [Prophet] Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and kill Imams, how can they really before anything other than covert Zionistic attack on the people of Syria?

Press TV: Mr. Short, I’d like to pick up on your mention of Israel there. You know, none of the so-called Friends of Syria have any problems with Israel, indeed some of them are allies and supporters of Tel Aviv. So what then is the role of Israel in this war on Syria?

Short: Of course, to throw rocks and hide their hands, to do things like have a role in assassination of leaders in other countries and try to attribute it to a third source, black flag operations or false flag operations seem to be the hallmark of not just Israel but the United States and Europe, the European Union with Operation Gladio or for that matter many people here suspect 9/11 and somehow is some sort of false flag operation.

And so there is a false flag that people care about the freedom of Syrian people. If they did, they wouldn’t be killing them, executing people and marking their bodies on YouTube, I cannot even watch it. How can such people care about Syrians?

And caring about Syrians you can’t just care about the Sunni majority. You have to think about the Bedouin, the Shia, the Kurds, the Christians, I mean Syria is a complex society, you cannot really care about a nation and only like some of the people.

That is the problem we have in United States as you know, I am an expert on that.


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US indifferent to Bahrain’s want of democracy: Analyst

Press TV

A Middle East expert says that Washington is indifferent to the Bahraini people’s aspirations for democracy and human rights since the US views Bahrain as nothing but the base for the US fifth fleet.

The comment comes as Bahrainis have staged a mass anti-regime demonstration near the capital to protest against the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix.

Thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets in the village of al-Aali, some 15 kilometers outside the capital Manama, on Friday to express their opposition to the Persian Gulf state’s hosting of the April 19-21 event.

Bahrainis say Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, should cancel the event over Manama’s ongoing crackdown on protests.

Press TV has conducted an interview with author and Middle East expert, Kevin Barrett, in Madison to further discuss the issue. The program also offers the opinions of New York-based Stewart Stogel with the Newsmax Magazine. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Kevin Barrett, twenty arbitrary arrests of activists prior to the Formula One Grand Prix. So the race is more important than Bahrainis. It raises questions about the Bahraini authorities’ commitment to reform doesn’t it?

Barrett: Well, I think the question is about the Bahraini authorities commitment to reform “have already been answered” as the viewers will recall the Arab Spring died in Bahrain.

We had genuine people’s non-violent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and Bahrain was the next domino that was tottering and about to fall; this is when the Western imperial powers stepped in and shut down the Arab Spring in Bahrain.

They supported the Bahraini government which is kind of a puppet really of the US Empire and of Saudi Arabia which itself is a puppet of this empire as they crushed the non-violent peaceful demonstrations in Bahrain and then the imperial propaganda apparatus went into over drive in using all of the means of their disposal which are quite considerable everything from internet propaganda to probably even subliminal techniques I would imagine are being employed.

They were able to create these artificial destabilization uprisings in Libya and Syria and create vicious bloody civil wars in those countries designed to destabilize the last independent Arab nations.

So this has been an imperial mobilization really of the post-Arab Spring world and Bahrain is the place where they kill the Arab Spring and these rulers have been propped up, the Khalifa dynasty has been propped up by the empire and told this is the kind of country that we like to have in the Middle East.

A very small powerless country that’s really just a US naval air station with a couple of local figure heads running it; taking orders from the West; running all of its policy for the West and crushing any genuine popular sentiments for independence and for running the place on behalf of the local people and so this sets the stage for really what’s the coming conflict in the Middle East which is will this region be governed by its own people or will it be destroyed in destabilization efforts by the empire.

Press TV: Kevin Barrett (your reaction to the other guest)?

Barrett: If Obama isn’t an imperialist then [former Spanish dictator] Franco, Mussolini and Hitler aren’t fascists. Obama was put in power precisely as the velvet glove to follow the Iron fist of the [Dick] Cheney regime that used the false flag attacks of 9/11 to destabilize the Middle East.

Obama was set in there with his nice surface, his fancy talk, his middle name Hussein designed to appeal to people of this region as a way to continue the same imperial policies and in some ways accelerate the same destructive aggressive, illegal imperial policies that have been followed for decades and accelerated under the lawless era left by this 9/11 false flag attack. Obama is the biggest imperialist of the century and if anybody out there doesn’t know that they must be living in a cave somewhere.

Barrett: Obama raised the US military budget more than any other US president in decades, far more than any democratic president. Every other democratic president that’s come into office has actually reduced the increase of the military budget but Obama was the first democratic president since World War II who greatly increased the military budget in his first years in office.

He initiated a brutal drone campaign designed to assassinate political opposition all over the world. He has presided over the biggest expansion of US Empire since what, the Spanish American war.
And you are telling me this guy isn’t an imperialist. Excuse me but what arguments can you possibility muster to claim that Obama had shut down the US Empire; closed all 1000 US military bases there infesting our planet like little cancerous sores everywhere. What has he actually done to shut down the empire?

Press TV: Stewart Stogel do you want to respond to Kevin Barrett there?

Stogel: Who killed Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal, freedom fighters? Who beheaded them, freedom fighters? These are the kinds of people you are defending?

Barrett: The short answer to that question is CIA killed Daniel Pearl. Daniel Pearl was killed by the same false flag terrorists running amuck in Pakistan.

Stogel: Who beheaded them? Who massacred them?

Barrett: It doesn’t matter who actually beheaded him. It matters who was paying the executioner who beheaded him and that executioner was obviously in the pay of the same people who are waging false flag destabilization campaigns in Pakistan and every other country on the region.

You should Google the name Raymond Davis. Raymond Davis is a CIA officer who was arrested planning false flag attacks in Pakistan. He was driving around Pakistan setting up bombings of mosques and markets. They were going to be attributed to so called ‘Islamic radicals.’ Google the name Raymond Davis CIA and you will find out the kind of people who killed Daniel Pearl.

Press TV: Viewer comment: “John Kerry, where is your call for regime change that you so eagerly and readily express for Syria? Why do you remain silent [on Bahrain]?”

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Kevin Barrett reaction on that from you?

Barrett: Well, I actually heard a couple of things from the guest (Stewart Stogel) that weren’t complete nonsense so that’s nice. I think it’s true that the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria recognizes that its own destruction would bring in an era of even more repression and violence.

But I think the guest is utterly it appears to be ignorant of basic geopolitical realities which are that we have sort of a US Zionist imperialist axis that some of us consider the real axis of evil going up against those forces in the region and around the world that want to maintain independence.

And in Syria the Russians who are trying to maintain at least a degree of independence and a world in which we wouldn’t have a single imperial center, Washington DC or occupied Jerusalem or whatever are putting their foot down and saying no I’m sorry but NATO is not going to have the chance to overfly Syria and drop bombs and kill tens of thousands of people like they did in Libya. The Russians have said it’s going to have to be fought out on the ground in Syria.

So the imperial forces US, Israel and their puppet states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sending these-you know, they open their prisons, they say we’ll give you a lot of money criminals if you want to go in there and blow things up.

And so they are sending these mercenaries into Syria to wreak havoc and Syria is being destabilized by the empire; they’re punishing it for its support of the axis of resistance; its support of Hezbollah and Hammas and its refusal to knuckle under and be a slave of the empire that’s why they are destroying Syria.

It’s interesting that my fellow guest doesn’t even seem to recognize that there is a geopolitical aspect to any of this. He is just kind of delving these surface platitudes that get buzzed on Fox News as kind of brainwashing discourse to try to sucker Americans into remaining as ignorant of the world as they already are.

Barrett: (In response to the other guest) Nobody in the Middle East wants an American military anywhere in the Middle East. The entire Middle East wants US bases out.

They want US bases out. The population of the Middle East wants US bases out. Face that fact Sir. Would you like to be occupied? Would you like your country to be occupied by Chinese bases? Do you want to live under occupation yourself?

You should visit the Middle East yourself sometime. I speak Arabic pretty well and I’ve been there and I have yet to meet anybody from the Middle East who wants American occupation to continue and the people you hang out with over there being the puppets of the empire are probably quite happy but 99 percent of the population wants those US bases out and they want the Zionist occupation to end too.

Stogel: You know it’s funny if all these human rights abuses are going on especially in Bahrain I would have thought that at least the group of 77 would have raised the issue at the UN. I’ve seen very very little even with states ‘sympathetic’ to the anti-government Bahraini forces. I don’t see them making a big issue inside the UN before the human rights commission. Why don’t they do it? I haven’t seen any of what you are talking about.

Press TV: Kevin Barrett why don’t they do it enough?

Barrett: Well, they’re certainly not doing it enough but there are human rights organizations all over the world, including some of the big ones; they are taking a lot of money from the empire through the foundations which is supposed to keep them quiet on Bahrain and other sensitive issues but they are raising the issue of human rights in Bahrain if you haven’t heard about it I think you know again you’ve been living in a cave.

Stogel: If the issues in Bahrain are that serious there are many sympathetic states in the Middle East why have they not raised on an official level to get legal action taken against the Bahraini authorities?

Barrett: I’m not sure what states you are referring to that are sympathetic to the people of Bahrain obviously Iran would be sympathetic because it’s still an independent state.

Stogel: Why is Iran not raising the issue on a formal level at the UN?

Barrett: I hope they do and maybe since Press TV has a pretty big English speaking audience in Iran they’ll pick it up.

Press TV: Kevin Barrett we are looking at two years on here and we had the US human rights and labor assistant secretary of state for Bureau of democracy, Michael Posner. Well, they said they welcome the call for dialogue by the Bahraini government. That was last year and here we are; is this just talk from the US so they can add their comments on it but yet do nothing about it?

Barrett: Of course it is. The US has decided that the base for the US fifth fleet which is what Bahrain is; is more important than the aspirations for democracy and human rights of the people of Bahrain. That’s not new the US Empire has been making this kind of decision about virtually any country it occupies in the world and there have been many dozens, probably hundreds since World War II.

William Bloom’s great book Killing Hope gives a pretty good record of these US occupations, CIA interventions and military interventions that have killed probably more than ten million people and ruined the lives of many dozens of millions since World War II. Bahrain is just more road kill on the highway or road kill on the Formula one road race of the empire.


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Bahrain uprising threatens US hegemony

A young Bahraini protester waves the national flag during a demonstration near Manama.

A young Bahraini protester waves the national flag during a demonstration near Manama.
Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:9AM GMT
By Finian Cunningham
Press TV

The Western-backed Bahraini monarchy has been facing continuous street protests… since February 2011 calling for an elected government to replace decades of misrule and corruption under one family. While the self-styled royal rulers and their hangers-on live in absolute luxury -– never having worked a day in their pampered lives -– the majority of Bahrainis live in poverty and under constant harassment from regime goons and death squads hired from neighbouring Sunni countries, such as Yemen and Pakistan.”

Connecting the dots of recent dramatic events in Bahrain spells one unmistakable message — the US-backed Al Khalifa regime is on the political ropes. It is desperately trying to defeat a determined pro-democracy movement that just won’t lie down or go away.

The regime is fighting for its very survival under unrelenting pressure from the mainly Shia population, who won’t back down in their demand for human dignity and freedom, no matter how much they are brutalized and terrorized.

But it’s not just the survival of the Khalifa regime that is at stake. It’s the entire US-backed order of Arab monarchies which has been in place for over six decades, and which is now showing cracks in the dam. This order has historically guaranteed the West a reliable source of oil; and more recently it is crucial to shoring up the bankrupt petrodollar system that Anglo-American global capitalism depends on.

Moreover, the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships are a lucrative destination for the American and British weapons industries. The latter vital interest was underscored last week by the visit of British prime minister to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia — whose sole mission was to sell $9 billion-worth of fighter jets to these regimes. The Pentagon is also planning to sell Saudi Arabia $6.7 billion-worth of military transport planes, on top of the $60 billion deal signed off last year. In an age of debt-ridden American and British capitalism, the Arab dictators are vital sources of cash.

This crucial geo-strategic backdrop to Bahrain explains the escalating repression in the tiny island kingdom against civilian protesters, with a blanket ban invoked by the regime on all public demonstrations. Bloggers and organisers caught or suspected of agitating on social media have been dealt with instant imprisonment.

Then last week saw the rulers making the extraordinary Orwellian move of deleting the nationality status of 31 Bahraini pro-democracy leaders — a move that has shocked human rights observers and which contravenes the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Imagine a government making its own citizens “non-nationals.” How sinister is that?

Those draconian moves followed on the heels of suspicious explosions in the capital, Manama, and earlier last month in the village of Eker, which claimed the lives of two Indian workers and a policeman, respectively.

This theatre of dirty tricks and playing to the gallery with lurid accusations of foreign subversion is, to be sure, aimed at justifying the unjustifiable — the use of state terrorism and repression against civilians who are simply demanding basic democratic rights. However, what the latest draconian moves by the Khalifa dictatorship tells us is that the regime and its powerful backers are coming under acute pressure for political survival.

The Western-backed Bahraini monarchy has been facing continuous street protests over the past 21 months — since February 2011 — calling for an elected government to replace decades of misrule and corruption under one family. While the self-styled royal rulers and their hangers-on live in absolute luxury — never having worked a day in their pampered lives — the majority of Bahrainis live in poverty and under constant harassment from regime goons and death squads hired from neighbouring Sunni countries, such as Yemen and Pakistan.

Bahrain’s mainly Shia population wants the Al Khalifa regime, headed by King Hamad, to be abolished — and quite rightly so. The regime is seen as an imposter, originally from the Arabian Peninsula, which was installed by the British Empire to rule over Bahrainis in order to make the territory and Persian Gulf waterway safe for Britain’s geopolitical interests. This function of the Khalifa as a foreign proxy still persists for American and British interests.

Over the past two years, largely peaceful demonstrations have been held nearly on a daily basis across the oil-rich Persian Gulf island, despite a brutal crackdown by regime forces that has caused some 100 deaths since the uprising.

Two factors underpin the Al Khalifa’s shaky hold on power. First, massive support from neighbouring Persian Gulf monarchies led primarily by Saudi Arabia. These unelected Sunni kings and emirs have bankrolled their smaller neighbour since protests have taken a heavy toll on the economy and investor confidence. Saudi Arabia — the world’s biggest oil exporter — has also sent troops into Bahrain, which have greatly intensified the repression against the Bahraini population and shored up the Khalifa regime with a reign of terror.

Secondly, Bahrain’s monarchy has been able to rely on unwavering diplomatic and military support from the United States and British governments. Apart from the occasional muted words of concern about human rights, Washington and London’s repeated salutations of “key ally” and flow of weapon sales have, in effect, told the Bahraini and Saudi regimes that they have a green light to crush the popular revolt by whatever means necessary. The unquestioned stationing of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain is perhaps the clearest signal from Washington that its patronage to the Khalifa regime is rock solid.


Landslide uncovers 1,000 deadly WW2 bombs and rockets

A holiday beach was cordoned off after a landslip sent more than 1,000 deadly bombs and rockets embedded in the cliffs for more 60 years tumbling onto the sands.

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The cliffs are an old firing range from World War Two, explosives and grenades can be found in the area Photo: ALAMY

The East Riding beach of Mappleton, near Hornsea, was used as a practice bombing range during the Second World War – but the bad weather has led to ground movement which exposed one of the biggest arsenals ever uncovered yesterday.

The fins of many of the bombs have been left sticking out of the mud and rock which has fallen onto the beach.

With holiday crowds flooding to the coast, coastguards are warning visitors thinking of grabbing a souvenir that the bombs may be “highly volatile” and capable of causing tragedy.

Coastguards say the odd item of explosives often turn up in dribs and drabs after being embedded in the cliffs for decades in the area.

But over the weekend, a landslip caused by the combination of heavy rain and coastal erosion exposed at least 1,000 weapons.

Coastguards say that most of them are probably dummy or practice rounds – but they still contain enough explosive to cause terrible injuries.

A 24-hour guard has been placed on the beach by Humberside Police amid fears that children may be tempted to pick up a “trophy” during the school holidays.

An Army Bomb Disposal team from North Yorkshire’s Catterick Army Base has also been called in to clear the beach over the next few days.

The Army experts are hoping to remove some of the smaller items but some will have to be blown up on site in controlled explosions, Humber Coastguard said.

They include rockets, mortar bombs and 25-pounder bombs which were all fired into the cliffs by RAF aircraft during the war years and have been there ever since.

Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: “It’s an old firing range from World War Two and an area where we do get explosives and grenades.

“When the cliff sinks it is a fairly regular occurrence that we get one or two. But there has been a fairly significant landslide occurred due to the erosion and bad weather which has caused it to slip.

“It is a conservative estimate of more than 1,000 items, a mixture of explosives. It is going to take two to three days if not longer to transport the less harmful explosives out of the way while those which are more dangerous or live are detonated in controlled explosions.”

There was no evacuation of the beach which was empty at the time of the landslip, he said, adding that the Coastguard were notified at 1.30pm on Sunday.

The beach can be approached along the sands from Hornsea or down a cliff top path but both points of access have been cordoned off and are under 24-hour police guard.

“The explosives have been fired into the cliff for target practice during bombing runs in World War Two,” Mr Puplett continued.

“Most are practice rounds but the Army have advised us that the amount of explosives even in Low Explosive rounds make them highly dangerous to handle.

“Because they have been in the cliff so long they may have become volatile and dangerous after being exposed to the fresh air.

“They have actually fallen in the landslip down onto the beach and are sticking out of the mud and rock and sand.

“Because there is such a great number of them what we do not want is people wandering around picking up the odd trophy to put on the mantel piece.

“They are all highly dangerous and should not be touched at all. It is highly dangerous at the moment. I am no explosive expert but the Army have told me these things could cause serious injury if not worse and even Low Explosive rounds are dangerous.

“Even the dummy or practice rounds have some explosives in them. Anyone who finds anything like this should dial 999.”

Politics and Legislation

Few Minds Are Changed by Arguments in Court

By Susan Saulny, The New York Times News Service | Report

The morning arguments before the Supreme Court had grown tense just as the lunch crowd was packing into the food court at a downtown Atlanta office complex to watch news coverage of the hearing.

Over a meal of fast food, Bebee Dillard, a cleaning business owner, could not have been more pleased with the conservative justices, who were asking tough questions about the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the law intended to overhaul the nation’s health system. Ms. Dillard objected to the individual mandate — the central provision of the law that requires most Americans to obtain health insurance — and was pleased by the adversarial nature of the arguments.

“It’s the idea of being forced to do anything,” Ms. Dillard, 47, told a reporter……

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District Court Permanently Blocks Oklahoma Ultrasound Law, Expect A Supreme Court Battle

By Robin Marty, RH Reality Check | Report

The 10th Circuit Federal Court has just issued a permanent injunction on a 2010 Oklahoma law that would require all women terminating their pregnancies to first undergo a mandatory ultrasound. The news, which is no doubt welcome to the women in and around Oklahoma who will no longer have to endure the added financial stress and emotional pressure of an unwanted, medically-unnecessary ultrasound, also sets up what is likely to be the next big battle — this time, before the Supreme Court……

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Can the Brics create a new world order?

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa seek a multipolar world – but some argue they’re bound by anti-Americanism

Today’s one-day annual summit of the so-called Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – has received scant attention in the west. That may be because the grouping has achieved little in concrete terms since its inception in 2009. Critics deride it as a photo-op and talking shop.

But this neglect, or disdain, may also reflect the fact that the Brics, representing almost half the world’s population and about one-fifth of global economic output, pose an unwelcome challenge to the established world order as defined by the US-dominated UN security council, the IMF and the World Bank. The truth of the matter probably lies somewhere in-between. The five national leaders – presidents Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, Hu Jintao of China and Jacob Zuma of South Africa and their host in Delhi, India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh – are not noted for iconoclastic radicalism.

Rousseff has been the most outspoken, insisting that developing countries must be protected from the global “tsunami” of cheap money, unleashed by the US and the EU in the wake of the financial crisis, that was rendering their exports less competitive. “We will defend our industry and prevent the methods developed countries use to escape from crisis resulting in the cannibalisation of emerging markets,” she said this month…..

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UK fuel-tanker drivers won’t strike over Easter

LONDON (AP) — A union representing British fuel tanker drivers on Friday ruled out the threat of strikes over Easter which had led to some panic-buying in parts of the country.

Unite, which represents around 2,000 tanker drivers, said it retains the right to call a strike if talks due to start next week break down.

The move came after the government had warned consumers to stock up at the pump ahead of any threatened strike, sending gasoline sales soaring as lines formed at gas stations.

In some parts of England the lines were so long that police ordered stations to close to ease congestion.

Britain’s Petrol Retailers Association said that gasoline sales were up more than 170 percent on Thursday, while diesel sales were up almost 80 percent…….

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Amidst the Deepest Slump since the Great Depression, Obama is Touting an “Economic Recovery”

by Barry Grey

While the United States remains mired in the deepest slump since the Great Depression, President Barack Obama is touting a modest improvement in employment over the past several months to boost his electoral prospects in November.

The three-month period from December through February has, according to the Labor Department, seen a net gain of 744,000 jobs, the largest for any three-month stretch since 2006. The official jobless rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in September to 8.3 percent in February.

It is necessary to place these gains within the context of the catastrophic collapse in employment that followed the Wall Street crash of 2008, which has left the US economy with 5 million fewer jobs than at the official start of the recession in December 2007. At the height of the crash, US businesses were cutting more than 744,000 jobs every month.

While the US economy added 335,000 net new manufacturing jobs in 2010 and 2011 combined, it lost 1.6 million manufacturing jobs between January 2008 and March 2009, a reduction of 10 percent. The current level of 12 million manufacturing jobs is down 7.5 million from its peak in 1979.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, speaking Monday at a business conference in Washington DC, was notably cautious about the recent upturn in employment figures. He suggested that the improvement in the labor market could not be sustained at the current rate of economic growth.

“A significant portion of the improvement in the labor market has reflected a decline in layoffs rather than an increase in hiring,” he said, adding, “Conditions remain far from normal, as shown, for example, by the high level of long-term unemployment and the fact that jobs and hours remain well below pre-crisis peaks, even without adjusting for growth in the labor force.”

What Obama and his supporters in the trade union apparatus conceal is the basis for the modest growth in jobs in general, and manufacturing jobs in particular. The president hinted at the question when he spoke last month at the Master Lock factory in Milwaukee. “Our job as a nation,” he declared, “is to do everything we can to make the decision to insource more attractive for more companies.”….

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Wars and Rumors of War

USS Enterprise Prepares To Cross Suez Canal, Days Away From Anchor In Arabian Sea

Much noise has been emanating out of Israel vis-a-vis its Iranian intentions, with some opinions suggesting an attack is imminent, while others claiming that Israel will ultimately defer to D.C., and postpone an attack, and the eventual gasoline price shock, until after the election. The truth is nobody but a few select generals, knows: in warfare surprise is the key factor, so outright flashing invasion intentions is usually an indicator of just the opposite. That said, the most recent update that Azerbaijan has granted Israel access to its airbases along the Iran border is hardly encouraging for Nobel peace prize winners and other pacifists. Yet as we have been claiming for the past two weeks, ever since the launch of CVN-65 on its last tour of duty, the true catalyst, if any, will be the arrival of the USS Enterprise at what may well be its last place of anchor – somewhere in the Arabian Sea, just off the side of CVN 70 and CVN 72 both of which are patrolling the Straits of Hormuz. And as the map from Stratfor below shows, the Enterprise is about to cross the Suez Canal, from which point it will be at most days from entering its catalyst location, namely supporting the Israel air force. Just because the US has never had 3 concurrent aircraft carriers in proximity to Iran before…….

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Drone strikes in Yemen soar as U.S. stokes ‘secret war’

America has dramatically stepped up its “secret war” in Yemen with the U.S. ordering dozens of drone attacks on al-Qaida hotspots, which have also killed scores of civilians.

With the backing of Yemen’s fragile government, President Barack Obama has authorized a rapid increase in attacks since last May, with 26 incidents recorded.

The pace appears to be accelerating, with nine attacks so far this year and at least five this month, including a strike last week near the terrorist hotbed of Zinjibar. Up to 30 militants were killed in three separate missile strikes on the town, witnesses said.

Nationwide the figures are comparable to those in Pakistan, where America has struck on 10 occasions this year, despite a fierce public reaction.

Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at London’s City University has found that as many as 516 people have been killed in the Yemen attacks – mostly suspected members of al-Qaida’s local ally al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). As many as 104 were civilians……

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Cyber Space

Microsoft censoring Windows Live Messenger chats under guise of fighting piracy

By Madison Ruppert

Piracy seems to be the favorite excuse nowadays when it comes to censorship, destroying internet freedom, and even absurdly large domestic digital surveillance operations.

Now Microsoft, one of the world’s largest corporations in the technology sector, has been actively monitoring and censoring conversations on their Windows Live Messenger program.

Even more disturbing, Microsoft now admits that they have been censoring conversations between users on Windows Live Messenger for quite a while now.

They are blocking certain links from being shared between users, one of which includes the Pirate Bay, one of the most popular and well-known file sharing websites on earth.

Interestingly, they are not only blocking the torrent tracker section of the website which enables peer-to-peer file sharing, they are also blocking a page which is devoted to completely legal file sharing.

Recently popular file sharing news site Torrent Freak discovered the block lists being used by Windows Live Messenger. Interestingly, they found that the Pirate Bay was blocked by the messenger service while other torrent tracking websites which offer the exact same copyrighted content were not.

Today Raw Story discovered that in addition to the Pirate Bay’s main page, Microsoft is also blocking something called “The Promo Bay.”

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Articles of Interest

Patent awarded for “behavioral recognition” surveillance software system

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

The American surveillance state is becoming increasingly advanced, expansive and capable of processing huge amounts of data at blinding speeds.

Now Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc., also known as BRS Labs, has developed an artificial intelligence-based system which supposedly can automatically recognize human behavior.

Technology which seems similar on the surface already exists and is being used on surveillance platforms like the “Intellistreets” street lights. These street lights, which are outfitted with a great deal of surveillance equipment, are reportedly capable of monitoring activity and telling the difference between certain behaviors while also being able to tell the difference between humans and animals. This technology could be used to enforce curfews, track the movement of individuals, and supposedly spot fights and other crimes…..

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Robotic Sand Flea Jumps 30 Feet

Analysis by Jesse Emspak

……The Sand Flea — along with the throwable Scout XT robot — is headed to Afghanistan, where it will be tested in real-world conditions.

Afghanistan is becoming a hotbed of robotic soldiering, as thousands have already been deployed there. The numbers are even higher when one considers the unmanned aerial vehicles used. Land-bound robots do things like bomb disposal and reconnaissance, reducing the risk to the troops in the field.

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Read the FBI Memo: Agents Can ‘Suspend the Law’

By Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman

The FBI once taught its agents that they can “bend or suspend the law” as they wiretap suspects. But the bureau says it didn’t really mean it, and has now removed the document from its counterterrorism training curriculum, calling it an “imprecise” instruction. Which is a good thing, national security attorneys say, because the FBI’s contention that it can twist the law in pursuit of suspected terrorists is just wrong.

“Dismissing this statement as ‘imprecise’ is a rather unsatisfying response given the very precise lines Congress and the courts have repeatedly drawn between what is and is not permissible, even in counterterrorism cases, over the past decade,” Steve Vladeck, a national-security law professor at American University, says. “It might technically be true that the FBI has certain authorities when conducting counterterrorism investigations that the Constitution otherwise forbids, but that’s good only so far as it goes.”….

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