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Friday, August 1, 2014

"Genocide Is Permissible" Muses Times Of Israel, Promptly Retracts | Zero Hedge

"Genocide Is Permissible" Muses Times Of Israel, Promptly Retracts | Zero Hedge

The Times Of Israel has removed a provocatively-titled blog post after huge blowback, denunciations, and ridicule across social media. The post - "When Genocide Is Permissible" (in full below) - concludes, "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?"Removal or not, we are sure this will do nothing to endear Israel to the world.

The Times Of Israel site Before and After...
h/t @PrisonPlanet

And thanks to The Way-Back Machine, here is the full article...
When Genocide Is Permissible (authored by Yochanan Gordon)
Judging by the numbers of casualties on both sides in this almost one-month old war one would be led to the conclusion that Israel has resorted to disproportionate means in fighting a far less- capable enemy. That is as far as what meets the eye. But, it’s now obvious that the US and the UN are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war – because when it comes to terror there is much more than meets the eye.

I wasn’t aware of this, but it seems that the nature of warfare has undergone a major shift over the years. Where wars were usually waged to defeat the opposing side, today it seems – and judging by the number of foul calls it would indicate – that today’s wars are fought to a draw. I mean, whoever heard of a timeout in war? An NBA Basketball game allows six timeouts for each team during the course of a game, but last I checked this is a war! We are at war with an enemy whose charter calls for the annihilation of our people. Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.

The sad reality is that Israel gets it, but its hands are being tied by world leaders who over the past six years have insisted they are such good friends with the Jewish state, that they know more regarding its interests than even they do. But there’s going to have to come a time where Israel feels threatened enough where it has no other choice but to defy international warnings – because this is life or death.

Most of the reports coming from Gazan officials and leaders since the start of this operation have been either largely exaggerated or patently false. The truth is, it’s not their fault, falsehood and deceit is part of the very fabric of who they are and that will never change. Still however, despite their propensity to lie, when your enemy tells you that they are bent on your destruction you believe them. Similarly, when Khaled Meshal declares that no physical damage to Gaza will dampen their morale or weaken their resolve – they have to be believed. Our sage Gedalia the son of Achikam was given intelligence that Yishmael Ben Nesanyah was plotting to kill him. However, in his piety or rather naiveté Gedalia dismissed the report as a random act of gossip and paid no attention to it. To this day, the day following Rosh Hashana is commemorated as a fast day in the memory of Gedalia who was killed in cold blood on the second day of Rosh Hashana during the meal. They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over. History is there to teach us lessons and the lesson here is that when your enemy swears to destroy you – you take him seriously.

Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?

News anchors such as those from CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera have not missed an opportunity to point out the majority of innocent civilians who have lost their lives as a result of this war. But anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian. If you’ll counter, that Hamas has been seen abusing civilians who have attempted to leave their homes in response to Israeli warnings to leave – well then, your beginning to come to terms with the nature of this enemy which should automatically cause the rules of standard warfare to be suspended.

Everyone agrees that Israel has the right to defend itself as well as the right to exercise that right. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has declared it, Obama and Kerry have clearly stated that no one could be expected to sit idle as thousands of rockets rain down on the heads of its citizens, placing them in clear and present danger. It seems then that the only point of contention is regarding the measure of punishment meted out in this situation.

I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?
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I wish to express deep regret and beg forgiveness for an article I authored which was posted on, Times of Israel and was tweeted and shared the world over.

never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message.

With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all.

Yochanan Gordon
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Well that's ok then...



This is my 2nd interview with CAPTAIN MARK RICHARDS. This contains my recall backed by handwritten notes from on site in Vacaville Prison with the help of his wife, Jo Ann Richards.

I spent nearly 4 hours this time talking with him and have carefully chronicled his testimony to the best of my ability as closely to his own words as possible under the circumstances.

The subject matter covers the Secret Space Program and our relations with various ET races both on and off planet. Our current level of technology and the ET connection between governments around the world and the military.

I will be posting a copy of his recent letter detailing the location of the current INTERSTELLAR SPACE CENTERS on Planet Earth and also the lists of questions along with a copy of our notes taken during the interview.

Kerry Lynn Cassidy
Project Camelot

US corporate rats leave ship for UK

Executive Order -- Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases | The White House

Executive Order -- Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases | The White House

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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 264(b) of title 42, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1.  Amendment to Executive Order 13295.  Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Acting Surgeon General, and for the purposes set forth in section 1 of Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003, as amended by Executive Order 13375 of April 1, 2005, section 1 of Executive Order 13295 shall be further amended by replacing subsection (b) with the following:
"(b)  Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.  This subsection does not apply to influenza."
Sec. 2.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Espirito Santo Stock Suspended After 40% Crash, "Pending Information" | Zero Hedge

Espirito Santo Stock Suspended After 40% Crash, "Pending Information" | Zero Hedge

Looks like it will be a busty weekend for European leaders calling the crisis over. Knife-catching 'value' investors have been torn asunder as Banco Espirito Santo's stock crashed another 40% today to 12c and has now been suspended by Portugal's securities regualtor.
With Goldman bailing and the sovereign suggesting it is not willing to bailout, it appears - based on Sub debt's collapse - that a bail-in burden-sharing solution is coming. When will Bill Miller scoop it up?

Sub debt pricing in a massive haircut...

As Bloomberg reports,
Portuguese securities regulator suspended Banco Espirito Santo shares from trading pending information about the lender, CMVM says in statement on website.
Coming this weekend?

Banken-Crash in Portugal: Aktien der Espírito Santo vom Handel ausgesetzt | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

Banken-Crash in Portugal: Aktien der Espírito Santo vom Handel ausgesetzt | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

Die Aktien der sich seit einiger Zeit in Notlage befindenden Banco Espírito Santo wurden am Freitag vom Handel ausgesetzt. Der Kurs war um 50 Prozent eingebrochen. Bereits drei Unternehmen aus der Espírito-Gruppe mussten wegen der Bank die Insolvenz anmelden.
Portugal schlittert immer tiefer in eine veritable Banken-Krise: Nachdem bereits die Holding, ein Investment-Vehikel und eine Schwester-Gesellschaft der in Schieflage geratenen Banco Espírito Santo die Insolvenz anmelden mussten, stürzte am Freitag die Aktie der Bank um 50 Prozent ab und wurde darauf hin vom Handel ausgesetzt. Das portugiesische Finanzministerium hat noch keine Stellungnahme herausgegeben.

Amerikaner werden nervös: Hat die Ukraine den Abschuss von MH17 ausgelöst? | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

Amerikaner werden nervös: Hat die Ukraine den Abschuss von MH17 ausgelöst? | DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTS NACHRICHTEN

Eine US-Sprecherin hat in Washington überraschend ein Geständnis abgelegt: Sie musste einräumen, dass die Ukraine tatsächlich einen Kampf-Jet in Richtung von MH17 geschickt haben könnte. Dieser Jet könnte die Rebellen provoziert haben, in Richtung der Passagier-Maschine zu schießen. In diesem Fall hätte die Ukraine eine klare Mitschuld am Tod von fast 300 Zivilisten. Die Amerikaner kämen als militärische Drahtzieher der ganzen Aktion gewaltig unter Druck.
Eine Maschine des Typs SU-25, hier bei einem Manöver, könnte der Ukraine und den USA zum Verhängnis werden: Erstmals haben die Amerikaner nicht ausgeschlossen, dass ein solcher Kampf-Jet in unmittelbarer Nähe von Flug MH17 geflogen sein könnte. Die Rebellen könnten dadurch provoziert worden sein - und den Schuss ausgelöst haben, der 300 Zivilisten das Leben kostete. (Foto: dpa)
Eine Maschine des Typs SU-25, hier bei einem Manöver, könnte der Ukraine und den USA zum Verhängnis werden: Erstmals haben die Amerikaner nicht ausgeschlossen, dass ein solcher Kampf-Jet in unmittelbarer Nähe von Flug MH17 geflogen sein könnte. Die Rebellen könnten dadurch provoziert worden sein – und den Schuss ausgelöst haben, der 300 Zivilisten das Leben kostete. (Foto: dpa)
Das tägliche Presse-Briefing in Washington förderte am Mittwoch ein bisher wenig beachtetes, aber doch sehr wichtiges Eingeständnis der USA zu Tage: Eine Sprecherin des Außenministeriums sagte, sie könne „nicht ausschließen, aber auch nicht bestätigen“, dass sich zum Zeitpunkt des Abschusses ein ukrainischer Kampfjet in der Nähe von Flug MH17 befunden habe.
Zu diesem Eingeständnis gelangte die Sprecherin auf hartnäckiges Nachfragen der Journalisten. Zunächst war es in dem Briefing nur um die Frage gegangen, ob die Version der Russen zutreffend sein könne, dass ein Kampfjet der Ukraine vom Typ SU-25 die Boeing 777 der Malaysia Airlines abgeschossen hat.
Darauf sagte die Regierungssprecherin Marie Harf:
Die SU-25 ist eine Maschine, die Ziele am Boden aus der Luft angreift. Die einzigen Raketen, die sie trägt, haben einen kurzen Radius und sind infrarot-geleitet. Die Fotos vom Boden machen den Eindruck eines Schadens, den ein Abschuss durch eine Boden-Luft-Rakete verursacht. Die Wahrnehmung entspricht nicht dem Eindruck dessen, was man erwarten würde, wenn der Abschuss durch eine Rakete aus der Luft erfolgt, wie die Russen behaupten.“
Interessanter Weise haben die Russen das nicht zum Hauptvorwurf ihrer Darstellung gemacht: Sie haben lediglich verlangt, dass die Ukraine klarstellt, ob ein Kampf-Jet der ukrainischen Armee zum Zeitpunkt des Abschusses in der Nähe von MH17 war. Kiew hat diese Behauptung bisher weder bestätigt noch dementiert.
Nach einem kurzen Exkurs über die Fähigkeit der Rebellen, eine SA-11 abzufeuern, kommt ein Journalist auf die Frage nach dem ukrainischen Kampf-Jet zurück.
Journalist: Ich bin mir nicht sicher… Ich weiß, es gab einige Vermutungen, dass der ukrainische Kampf-Jet das Flugzeug abgeschossen hat – mit einer Rakete, aber die…
Harf: Die Russen hatten im Wesentlichen einige alternative Erklärungen.
Journalist: Richtig.
Harf: Es wird da über einen ukrainischen Kampf-Jet geredet. Ich glaube, dass wir…dass die Geheimdienste gestern sehr ausführlich erklärt haben, dass das nicht der Fall war.
Die andere … eines der anderen Dinge, die sie gesagt haben, war, dass ein ukrainisches SA-11-System geschossen hat. Noch einmal, ich glaube, sie haben es sehr klar gemacht, dass das auch nicht der Fall war.
Journalist: Aber die Theorie – oder, wenn Sie lieber mögen – die Vermutung ist nicht notwendigerweise die – ich meine, Sie haben…Sie haben entdeckt, dass der ukrainische Kampf-Jet in der Nähe war, aber das er nicht in der Lage war (das Flugzeug) abzuschießen…
Harf: Nein, ich kann nicht einmal bestätigen, dass überhaupt ein ukrainischer…wir haben keine Bestätigung, die ich gesehen habe, dass da ein ukrainischer Kampf-Jet war.
Journalist: Oh, das da überhaupt…
Harf: Ich sage nicht, dass da keiner war. Ich kann es nur nicht bestätigen.
Journalist: Richtig.
Harf: Aber unabhängig davon, die Annahme, dass diese Art von ukrainischem Kampf-Jet, von dem die Russen reden, dies mit einer Rakete hätte machen können, das passt einfach nicht zu den Wrackteilen, die wir gesehen haben.
Journalist: Weil ich glaube, die Annahme, dass, wer auch immer diese Rakete abgeschossen hat, könnte auf dieses Flugzeug geschossen haben, so wie das, was wir heute in Form eines Abschusses gesehen haben.
Harf: Was es um keinen Deut besser macht.
Journalist: Das sage ich nicht, ich sage nicht, dass das besser ist, überhaupt nicht, aber es ist nicht…
Harf: Und ich weiß nicht, welche Absicht derjenige hat, der am Boden auf den Knopf gedrückt hat. Ich weiß es nicht.
Journalist: Eine letzte Frage noch…
Harf: Ganz klar, klar, ich weiß, dass die Absicht war, eine komplizierte Rakete abzuschießen und Menschen zu töten. Ob diese… ob sie versucht haben, ukrainische Militär-Offiziere zu töten oder Zivilisten – wir warten immer noch darauf, das herauszufinden.
Journalist: Ich – ja, okay. Ich behaupte nicht, dass das eine besser als das andere ist.
Harf: Okay. Ich weiss.
Aus dem Dialog, der auf der Website des US-Außenministeriums als Transkript wiedergegeben ist, geht eindeutig hervor: Die Amerikaner können nicht ausschließen, das ein ukrainischer Kampf-Jet in der Nähe von MH17 war. Mehr noch: Die Aussagen der Sprecherin Harf erwecken den Eindruck, dass auch die Amerikaner davon ausgehen, dass eine solche Maschine in der Luft war.
Denn Sprecherin Harf sagt am Ende der Passage, es sei im Grunde einerlei, ob die Rebellen feindliche Soldaten töten wollten oder Zivilisten – beides sei gleich schlimm. Der Journalist stimmt ihr zu.
Es ist natürlich nicht dasselbe, ob Soldaten andere Soldaten oder Zivilisten erschießen.
Abseits dieser moralischen Kategorie stärkt die Schilderung der Sprecherin Harf die These eines Rebellenführers, der in einem Interview mit Reuters gesagt hatte: Kiew habe einen Luftangriff zu der Zeit durchgeführt, als zivile Maschinen den Korridor durchflogen. Damit habe Kiew einen Abschuss der Rebellen provozieren wollen.
Selbst wenn die Ukraine den Angriff nicht provozieren wollte, sondern ihn nur in Kauf genommen hat, würde das zu einer klaren Mitschuld führen – aus dem einfachen Grund: Wäre zu dem fraglichen Zeitpunkt keine ukrainische SU-25 in der Nähe von MH17 gewesen, hätten die Rebellen mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit keine Rakete abgefeuert – und die unschuldigen 300 Zivilisten wären heute noch am Leben.
Die Ukraine tritt als Stellvertreter der USA in diesem Krieg auf.
Alle Vorwürfe, die man in diesem Zusammenhang der Ukraine machen wird, wird man wegen der engen Verflechtung der Geheimdienste auch den USA machen.

American Ebola Patients On Way To Atlanta Hospital, Customs On Heightened Alert For "Ill" Passengers | Zero Hedge

American Ebola Patients On Way To Atlanta Hospital, Customs On Heightened Alert For "Ill" Passengers | Zero Hedge

Two American healthcare workers, described as in 'grave condition and worsening' are being infected by the Ebola virus are on their way to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital for treatment. As WSBTV reports, the hospital has a separate isolation unit set up in partnership with the CDC to treat serious infectious diseases. CDC officials have called this "the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history." Sentiment across social media appears rather biased towards the negative on bringing the patients back. As we warned last night, there are significant implications should Ebola come to America. WE also note that while the CDC is not screening airline passengers, customs and border agents are on heightened alert for 'people with flu-like symptoms."
The hospital has a special isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat patients with serious infectious diseases.

At least one of the two will be taken to a hospital at Emory University, near the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, according to CNN.

A spokeswoman told Channel 2 Action News she did not know when the patients would arrive, but confirmed the patients are from west Africa. The Associated Press reported the patient is an American aid worker.

"It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation," a spokesman said in a release.

Sources told CNN the two Americans being evacuated are Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. Both are described as being in grave condition but are stable after their health worsened overnight.  Both healthcare workers have been in Liberia with the faith-based charity Samaritan's Purse.

The hospital said doctors, nurses and staff are trained in procedures to handle this type of patient.

The hospital is only one of four such facilities in the country.


“This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. Far too many lives have been lost already,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “It will take many months, and it won’t be easy, but Ebola can be stopped. We know what needs to be done. CDC is surging our response, sending 50 additional disease control experts to the region in the next 30 days.”
Airline officials were told to notify the CDC before ill passengers board a plane. The CDC will then investigate ill passengers and quarantine them if necessary. 

Channel 2's Dave Huddleston spoke with officials at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport who said customs and border protection agents are on heightened alert to watch for people with flu like symptoms.

At this time, the CDC will not screen passengers traveling from the affected countries, but will provide guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew for disinfecting the aircraft.
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Donald Trump has a view...

Court Says Who Cares If Ireland Is Another Country, Of Course DOJ Can Use A Warrant To Demand Microsoft Cough Up Your Emails | Techdirt

Court Says Who Cares If Ireland Is Another Country, Of Course DOJ Can Use A Warrant To Demand Microsoft Cough Up Your Emails | Techdirt

from the say-what-now? dept

A NY judge has ruled against Microsoft in a rather important case concerning the powers of the Justice Department to go fishing for information in other countries -- and what it means for privacy laws in those countries. As you may recall, back in April, we wrote about a magistrate judge first ruling that the DOJ could issue a warrant demanding email data that Microsoft held overseas, on servers in Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft challenged that, pointing out that you can't issue a warrant in another country. However, the magistrate judge said that this "warrant" wasn't really a "warrant" but a "hybrid warrant/subpoena." That is when the DOJ wanted it to be like a warrant, it was. When it wanted it to be like a subpoena, it was.

Microsoft fought back, noting that the distinction between a warrant and a subpoena is a rather important one. And you can't just say "hey, sure that's a warrant, but we'll pretend it's a subpoena." As Microsoft noted:
This interpretation not only blatantly rewrites the statute, it reads out of the Fourth Amendment the bedrock requirement that the Government must specify the place to be searched with particularity, effectively amending the Constitution for searches of communications held digitally. It would also authorize the Government (including state and local governments) to violate the territorial integrity of sovereign nations and circumvent the commitments made by the United States in mutual legal assistance treaties expressly designed to facilitate cross-border criminal investigations. If this is what Congress intended, it would have made its intent clear in the statute. But the language and the logic of the statute, as well as its legislative history, show that Congress used the word "warrant" in ECPA to mean "warrant," and not some super-powerful "hybrid subpoena." And Congress used the term "warrant" expecting that the Government would be bound by all the inherent limitations of warrants, including the limitation that warrants may not be issued to obtain evidence located in the territory of another sovereign nation.

The Government's interpretation ignores the profound and well established differences between a warrant and a subpoena. A warrant gives the Government the power to seize evidence without notice or affording an opportunity to challenge the seizure in advance. But it requires a specific description (supported by probable cause) of the thing to be seized and the place to be searched and that place must be in the United States. A subpoena duces tecum, on the other hand, does not authorize a search and seizure of the private communications of a third party. Rather. it gives the Government the power to require a person to collect items within her possession, custody, or control, regardless of location, and bring them to court at an appointed time. It also affords the recipient an opportunity to move in advance to quash. Here, the Government wants to exploit the power of a warrant and the sweeping geographic scope of a subpoena, without having to comply with fundamental protections provided by either. There is not a shred of support in the statute or its legislative history for the proposition that Congress intended to allow the Government to mix and match like this. In fact, Congress recognized the basic distinction between a warrant and a subpoena in ECPA when it authorized the Government to obtain certain types of data with a subpoena or a "court order," but required a warrant to obtain a person's most sensitive and constitutionally protected information -- the contents of emails less than 6 months old.
The DOJ hit back earlier this month by basically saying, "yeah, whatever, let's pretend it's a subpoena and give us what we want already."
Overseas records must be disclosed domestically when a valid subpoena, order, or warrant compels their production. The disclosure of records under such circumstances has never been considered tantamount to a physical search under Fourth Amendment principles, and Microsoft is mistaken to argue that the SCA provides for an overseas search here. As there is no overseas search or seizure, Microsoft’s reliance on principles of extra-territoriality and comity falls wide of the mark.
Unfortunately, it appears that the judge just went with the DOJ's reasoning -- though, immediately stayed the ruling since Microsoft made it clear it plans to appeal. Judge Loretta Preska basically just upheld the magistrate judge's ruling that Microsoft could, in fact, be compelled to hand over data held overseas via a warrant under ECPA, the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act (which we've already noted has tremendous problems and needs to be reformed).

Beyond the problems this has for the 4th Amendment in the US, it's also going to create a mess in Europe, where they have much stricter data privacy rules, and where something like ECPA is clearly a problem. For the US to argue that it can make ECPA reach across the ocean into European servers is going to be a big problem -- especially at a time when Europeans are (rightfully) distrustful of the US government's ability to snoop on their data.

CIA Spying On The Senate Went Much Further Than Originally Reported | Techdirt

CIA Spying On The Senate Went Much Further Than Originally Reported | Techdirt

from the because-of-course-it-did dept

We already covered how the CIA has admitted to and apologized for its spying on the Senate, but the CIA's official "unclassified" statement on the matter shows that what the CIA did was even worse than the initial allegations. Here's the basic summary, according to the CIA's Inspector General:
Agency Access to Files on the SSCI RDINet: Five Agency employees, two attorneys and three information technology (IT) staff members, improperly accessed or caused access to the SSCI Majority staff shared drives on the RDINet.

Agency Crimes Report on Alleged Misconduct by SSCI Staff: The Agency filed a crimes report with the DOJ, as required by Executive Order 12333 and the 1995 Crimes Reporting Memorandum between the DOJ and the Intelligence Community, reporting that SSCI staff members may have improperly accessed Agency information on the RDINet. However, the factual basis for the referral was not supported, as the author of the referral had been provided inaccurate information on which the letter was based. After review, the DOJ declined to open a criminal investigation of the matter alleged in the crimes report.

Office of Security Review of SSCI Staff Activity: Subsequent to directive by the D/CIA to halt the Agency review of SSCI staff access to the RDINet, and unaware of the D/CIA’s direction, the Office of Security conducted a limited investigation of SSCI activities on the RDINet. That effort included a keyword search of all and a review of some of the emails of SSCI Majority staff members on the RDINet system.

Lack of Candor: The three IT staff members demonstrated a lack of candor about their activities during interviews by the OIG.
So, the first bit we already knew. That's what Senator Feinstein initially revealed -- and Brennan pretended to deny, while actually admitting to the facts about them accessing the Senate Intelligence Committee's private network where they were storing documents for their investigation into the CIA's torture program.

We also knew that the CIA had bogusly reported the Senate staffers to the DOJ, claiming they had "improperly accessed" CIA information. However, now the CIA is admitting that "the factual basis for the referral was not supported." In other words, for all of Brennan's blustering about how awful the Senate staffers were and how they were breaking the law, it appears that the CIA knew they were making it up. That's really bad.

But it's the next item where things get really diceyAfter all of this came out and Brennan told the CIA folks to knock it off, CIA people spied on the emails of the Senate staffers. Let's repeat that.After Feinstein had already made this public and called the CIA out on its spying of intelligence committee staff members and after Brennan told them to knock if off, the CIA went and directly spied on emails. The AP is further reporting that "the CIA used classified "hacking tools" and created a fake user account in an effort to retrieve documents the CIA believed the Senate staffers had improperly accessed."

This is a major problem, and something of a Constitutional issue, given the separation of powers. No wonder Mark Udall is demanding Brennan's resignation.

Oh, and then we find out that the CIA staffers involved "demonstrated a lack of candor" about all this during the internal investigation by the CIA? Sure, it's an intelligence agency that's built on lying, but it certainly looks like the culture of professionally lying all the time is pretty deep there. Over at Foreign Policy, Shane Harris has gone through the many statements Brennan madevehemently denying the spying. It appears that all of them were false and in some cases, blatant lies.

And, remember, this is only what the CIA has deemed worthy of revealing publicly. The full Inspector General report may be even more devastating.
Read document:

Look Okay, the CIA Director Is Sorry He Repeatedly Lied about Stuff


Sure, he lied. And lied. And lied some more. But he's sorry, okay? He's sorry he lied to cover up the fact that it surfaced the agency had been hacking into Senate computers to try and cover up investigations into torture. 

Sure, he mockingly dismissed those allegations over and over and over earlier this year, even telling the Council on Foreign Relations they absolutely didn't do it, as seen in this video... but, come on. 

He gave an "extraordinary apology" on Thursday according to The Guardian. What more do you want? He's sorry.

Israel unilaterally ends ceasefire, accuses Hamas of breaching truce


Israel has unilaterally ended the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, with the Israeli army launching fresh attacks on the besieged enclave.

According to the Israeli media, Tel Aviv has informed the UN that the ceasefire in Gaza is over. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Palestinian resistance groups of violating the truce. But, Hamas has rejected the allegation, saying Israeli attacks on Rafah provoked retaliatory fire from resistance fighters. At least 40 Palestinians were killed and some two-hundred more injured after Israeli tanks targeted a shopping center in the southern Palestinian town. The shell fire came shortly after the 72-hour ceasefire took effect at five-hundred hours GMT. The lull was meant to allow Palestinians to bury their dead and treat the wounded. Nearly 1500 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured in 25 days of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Activists demand federal probe into CHP beating captured on video


Civil rights activists demand the US Justice Department investigate the California Highway Patrol. This, after an officer was caught on video beating an African-American woman on the side of the freeway. A lawsuit against the CHP is already launched.

PressTV - Israel war on Gaza reminiscent of Hitler genocide: Erdogan

PressTV - Israel war on Gaza reminiscent of Hitler genocide: Erdogan

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped up his criticism against the Israeli regime over Gaza war by comparing the Tel Aviv regime to the Nazi Germany.
Erdogan's criticism of Israel comes as Ankara and Tel Aviv have diplomatic relations and other exchanges particularly in the military field.
During a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party on Friday, Erdogan said Israel’s genocide in the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave is reminiscent of Adolf Hitler’s genocide, adding, "What is the difference between what Nazis and Hitler did and what this Israeli administration is doing now?"
The Turkish premier also denounced the US-led West for its double-standard policies with regard to crimes across the globe, slamming the Western countries for remaining silent on the Israeli crimes.
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“Support MH17 Truth”: OSCE Monitors Identify “Shrapnel Like Holes” indicating Shelling. No Evidence of a Missile Attack. Shot Down by a Military Aircraft? | Global Research

“Support MH17 Truth”: OSCE Monitors Identify “Shrapnel Like Holes” indicating Shelling. No Evidence of a Missile Attack. Shot Down by a Military Aircraft? | Global Research

Su-25 aircraft
According to the report of German pilot and airlines expert Peter Haisenko, the MH17 Boeing 777 was not brought down by a missile.
What he observed from the available photos were perforations of the cockpit: 
 The facts speak clear and loud and are beyond the realm of speculation: The cockpit shows traces of shelling! You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is bent inwards. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, showing the entry points most likely that of a 30 millimeter caliber projectile.(Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile” Global Research, July 30, 2014) 
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Based on detailed analysis Peter Haisenko reached  the conclusion that the MH17 was not downed by a missile attack:
This aircraft was not hit by a missile in the central portion. The destruction is limited to the cockpit area. Now you have to factor in that this part is constructed of specially reinforced material
The OSCE Mission
It is worth noting that the initial statements by OSCE observers (July 31) broadly confirm the findings of Peter Haisenko:
Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe reported thatshrapnel-like holes were found in two separate pieces of the fuselage of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines aircraft that was believed to have been downed by a missile in eastern Ukraine.
Michael Bociurkiw of the OSCE group of monitors at his daily briefing described part of the plane’s fuselage dotted with “shrapnel-like, almost machine gun-like holes.”He said the damage was inspected by Malaysian aviation-security officials .(Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2014)
The monitoring OSCE team has not found evidence of a missile fired from the ground as conveyed by official White House statements. As we recall, the US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power stated –pointing a finger at Russia– that the Malaysian MH17 plane was “likely downed by a surface-to-air missile operated from a separatist-held location”.
The initial OSCE findings dispel the claim that a BUK missile system brought down the plane.
Evidently, inasmuch as the perforations are attributable to shelling, a shelling operation conducted from the ground could not have brought down an aircraft traveling above 30,000 feet.
Ukraine Su-25 military aircraft within proximity of MH17
Peter Haisenko’s study is corroborated by the Russian Ministry of Defense which pointed to a Ukrainian Su-25 jet in the flight corridor of the MH17, within proximity of the plane.
Ironically, the presence of a military aircraft is also confirmed by a BBC  report conducted at the crash site on July 23.
All the eyewitnesses  interviewed by the BBC confirmed the presence of a Ukrainian military aircraft flying within proximity of Malaysian Airlines MH17 at the time that it was shot down: 
Eyewitness #1: There were two explosions in the air. And this is how it broke apart. And [the fragments] blew apart like this, to the sides. And when …
Eyewitness #2: … And there was another aircraft, a military one, beside it. Everybody saw it.
Eyewitness #1: Yes, yes. It was flying under it, because it could be seen. It was proceeding underneath, below the civilian one.
Eyewitness #3: There were sounds of an explosion. But they were in the sky. They came from the sky. Then this plane made a sharp turn-around like this. It changed its trajectory and headed in that direction [indicating the direction with her hands].
The original BBC Video Report published by BBC Russian Service on July 23, 2014 has since been removed from the BBC archive.  In a bitter irony, The BBC is censoring its own news productions.
Media Spin
The media is now saying that a missile was indeed fired but it was not the missile that brought down the plane, it was the shrapnel from the missile which punctured the plane and then led to a loss of pressure. In an utterly absurd report, the BBC quoting Ukraine officials  states that:
The downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.
They say the information came from the plane’s flight data recorders, which are being analysed by British experts.
However, it remains unclear who fired a missile, with pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine blaming each other.
Many of the 298 people killed on board flight MH17 were from the Netherlands.
Dutch investigators leading the inquiry into the crash have refused to comment on the Ukrainian claims.
“Machine Gun Like Holes”
The shrapnel marks should be distinguished from the small entry and exit holes “most likely that of a 30 millimeter caliber projectile” fired from a military aircraft. These holes could not have been caused by a missile attack as hinted by the MSM.
While the MSN is saying that the “shrapnel like holes” can be caused by a missile (see BBC above), the OSCE has confirmed the existence of what it describes as “machine gun like holes”, without however acknowledging that these cannot be caused by a missile.
In this regard, the GSh-302 firing gun operated by an Su-25 is able to fire 3000 rpm which explains the numerous entry and exit holes.
According to the findings of Peter Haisenko:
If we now consider the armament of a typical SU 25 we learn this: It is equipped with a double-barreled 30-mm gun, type GSh-302 / AO-17A, equipped with: a 250 round magazine of anti-tank incendiary shells and splinter-explosive shells (dum-dum), arranged in alternating order. The cockpit of the MH 017 has evidently been fired at from both sides: the entry and exit holes are found on the same fragment of it’s cockpit segment (op cit)
The accusations directed against Russia including the sanctions regime imposed by Washington are based on a lie.
The evidence does not support the official US narrative to the effect that the MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile system operated by the DPR militia.
What next? More media disinformation, more lies?