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Monday, October 19, 2015
Smoking gun emails reveal 'deal in blood' George Bush and Tony Blair made as they secretly plotted Iraq War
Previous edition: United States not leaving Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary
Smoking gun emails reveal 'deal in blood' George Bush and Tony Blair made as they secretly plotted the Iraq War behind closed doors a YEAR before the invasion had even started --New light was shed on Bush-Blair relations by material disclosed by Hillary Clinton at the order of the U.S. courts | 17 Oct 2015 | A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the 'deal in blood' forged by George Bush and Tony Blair over the Iraq War. The damning memo, from secretary of state Colin Powell to president [sic] George Bush, was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush's famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas. The Powell document, headed 'Secret... Memorandum for the President', lifts the lid on how Blair and Bush secretly plotted the war behind closed doors at Crawford. In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair 'will be with us' on military action. Powell assures the president: 'The UK will follow our lead'.
The Drone Papers | 15 Oct 2015 | The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama's drone wars.
US tank enters MSF hospital in Afghanistan's Kunduz, 'destroys potential evidence' - reports | 17 Oct 2015 | A US military vehicle has allegedly forced its way into the hospital in Afghanistan which was devastated by US airstrikes two weeks ago. The move was an unwelcome surprise for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) which operates the site. Members of a joint investigation team from the US, NATO and Afghan government were aboard the heavy military vehicle, Reuters reported citing a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) statement on Thursday. "Their unannounced and forced entry damaged property, destroyed potential evidence and caused stress and fear for the MSF team," the group said, adding that the investigators had previously promised they would notify the organization of any actions involving MSF personnel or assets.
Syrian civilians helping Russian airstrikes target ISIS - Defense Ministry | 17 Oct 2015 | Russian warplanes have bombed a training camp in Syria where foreign instructors trained potential suicide bombers, the Russian defense ministry said. It was one of 49 terrorist targets hit by the Russian Air Forces over the day. "Not far from Salma in Latakia province, a Su-24M bomber delivered a strike at a building, which was used as a terrorist training ground. According to intelligence, there were ISIL foreign instructors [aka CIA/Mossad], who were training people, including suicide bombers, for guerrilla warfare in areas liberated by the Syrian army," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. He added that the facility had its own explosives workshop, which was also destroyed by an airstrike.
U.S. Military Chief Pledges More Military Cooperation With Israel | 19 Oct 2015 | The top U.S. military officer pledged further military cooperation with Israel Sunday in meetings with the country's leaders, amid increasing worries about Iranian involvement in the [CIA-fomented] Syria conflict. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and they acknowledged that while the U.S. and Israel differ on the Iran nuclear agreement, the two nations must also deal with malign Iranian activities in the region. The seven-nation nuclear pact formally took effectSunday, and could eventually provide Iran relief from international sanctions in exchange for constraining its nuclear program.
Police say Beersheba attacker was Arab citizen of Israel | 19 Oct 2015 | Israeli security officials are identifying the assailant of an Israeli bus station attack as a 21-year-old Arab citizen of Israel. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the attacker is Mohannad al-Okbi from the Bedouin town of Hura in southern Israel. He was shot and killed in the attack. She says security officers arrested one of al-Okbi's relatives on suspicion that he assisted the attacker.
Attack in Israeli City of Beersheba Leaves One Dead, at Least 11 Wounded | 18 Oct 2015 | A gunman killed an Israeli soldier and wounded at least 11 other people at a bus station in southern Israel on Sunday as Palestinian-Israeli violence in the region continued. Israeli police originally said two assailants were behind the attack in the city of Beersheba on Sunday, but police commander Yoram Halevy told The Associated Press that officers at the bus station mistakenly opened fire on a foreigner, who they thought was a suspect. He was injured. Several of the wounded, two of whom were in critical condition, were police officers, authorities said.
Fukushima Reactor 2 may have had 100% meltdown - researchers | 26 Sept 2015 | Japan's Nagoya University announced that ongoing research into Reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has revealed that almost 100 percent of the reactor core has melted. They are presenting the results today in Osaka. The research team has been examining the plant's No. 2 reactor since April of 2014 using muon particle scanners in a search for reactor fuel in what remains of the reactor's core.
U.S. cancels Arctic offshore lease sale after Shell drops interest | 16 Oct 2015 | The U.S. Interior Department on Fridaysaid it would cancel two potential Arctic offshore lease sales after Royal Dutch Shell PLC said that it was not interested in those leases. "In light of Shell's announcement, the amount of acreage already under lease and current market conditions, it does not make sense to prepare for lease sales in the Arctic in the next year and a half," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement.
Joe Biden camp to allies: Be ready [as all 4 top candidates in the polls -- Trump, Sanders, Clinton, and Carson -- are against the TPP, TPPimp Joe Biden will enter the race to facilitate the next stolen election at the behest of the Obama administration's trans-national corporate overlords.] | 16 Oct 2015 | Vice President [corporatist fraud] Joe Biden has personally made a series of calls this week to Democratic strategists from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, asking a final round of detailed questions about how -- not whether -- to launch a 2016 presidential campaign. People familiar with the conversations tell CNN that Biden has been making the calls throughout the week, including on Wednesday, just as many leading Democrats argued the window to a potential candidacy was closing in the wake of Hillary Clinton's strong performance in the party's first presidential debate. He is asking these people to work for him if he runs.
Secret Service to Protect Trump, Carson as Threats Grow --Approximately two dozen agents will be assigned to each candidate. | 17 Oct 2015 | The Secret Service will give agent protection to Donald Trump and Ben Carson while heavily upgrading Hillary Clinton's existing detail, a Washington source close to the agency's plans confirmed to Newsmax. The deployment of agents around Republican candidates Trump and Carson is set to begin as early as next week. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has had Secret Service protection since leaving the White House as first lady in 2001, but her detail will be heavily upgraded by the agency's move.
Trump says the Secret Service is dragging its feet on protecting him. Officials say he hasn't asked. | 14 Oct 2015 | GOP front-runner Donald Trump believes he should get Secret Service protection because of the massive crowds he is attracting -- and that he doesn't yet have it because he is a Republican. The agency tasked with arranging candidate protection saidWednesday that he hasn't actually asked them yet. In aninterview with The Hill, Trump said that he is drawing larger crowds than President Obama did during his 2008 campaign. Obama received a Secret Service detail in 2007, the earliest of any candidate. "I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability," Trump told The Hill.
Donald Trump: World Trade Center Came Down in George W. Bush's 'Reign' | 16 Oct 2015 | GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says he is more competent than both President [sic] George W. Bush and President Obama, noting that the World Trade Center came down during Bush's watch. "OK, I think I have a bigger heart than all of them," Trump said during a television interviewwith Bloomberg, when asked how Americans can depend on him to keep them safe. "I think I'm much more competent than all of them. When you talk about George Bush -- I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time," Trump stated..."Blame him or don't blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign." [Additionally: 9/11 was an inside job, six ways to Sunday.]
Donald Trump received nearly $4 million in unsolicited campaign donations | 15 Oct 2015 | Although Donald Trump boasts he is self-financing his presidential campaign, he hasn't turned away donations from supporters -- and those contributions added up to nearly 4 million in three months. Between July 1 and Sept. 30, Trump's campaign says it received 73,942 unsolicited donations, pumping 3.8 million into his campaign coffers. The average contribution was about 50, and 71 percent of the money came from donors giving less than 200.
'A raging river of mud': Hundreds of cars and trucks completely CONSUMED by 6ft-deep California mudslide | 17 Oct 2015 | Rescuers threw ladders and tarps across mud up to six feet deep to help hundreds of trapped people from cars that got caught in a roiling river of mud along a major Southern California trucking route, a California Highway Patrol official saidFriday in what he and other witnesses described as a chaotic scene. Amazingly, officials said, no deaths or injuries were reported. The people rescued from State Route 58, about 30 miles east of Bakersfield, were stranded in a powerful storm on Thursday evening.
'Winnie-the-Pooh' situation in Russia: Bear gets stuck in house after eating too much | 17 Oct 2015 | It seems as though Winnie-the-Pooh wasn't just a fairy-tale, as a bear in Russia's Far East has been repeating some of the antics portrayed by the cartoon favorite. The bear cub got stuck in a window after having had a little too much to eat. While animals getting their heads stuck in jars is nothing new, bears getting obstructed trying to exit through a window and flee the scene of a crime certainly is. (Video)