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A Sibel Edmonds Bombshell – Bin Laden Worked for U.S. Until 9/11

Friday, July 31st, 2009

For starters, the documentation of his CIA alias – ‘Tim Osman’ is all over the web.

Flashback: Pakistani president Asif Zardari admits creating terrorist groups | Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries | Taliban flee new U.S. drive in Afghanistan | Delta Force Officer: We Weren’t Allowed to Kill Osama Bin Laden | Low Level Driver Convicted Of Terror Charges While Bin Laden’s Senior Body Guard Was Let Go | US scales up covert destabilization efforts in Iran, continues funding ‘al-Qaeda’ | Report: U.S. Gave Green Light For Taliban Prison Attack | New Bin Laden Video: 100% Forgery | Investigative Reporter Seymour Hersh: US Indirectly Funding Al-Qaeda Linked Sunni Groups in Move to Counter Iran | US Allowed Taliban, Al-Qaeda Airlift Evacuation

Luke Ryland, DailyKOS.com
July 31, 2009

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell on the Mike Malloy radio show, guest-hosted by Brad Friedman (audio, partial transcript).

In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained ‘intimate relations’ with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, “all the way until that day of September 11.”

These ‘intimate relations’ included using Bin Laden for ‘operations’ in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These ‘operations’ involved using al Qaeda and the Taliban in the same manner “as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict,” that is, fighting ‘enemies’ via proxies.

As Sibel has previously described, and as she reiterates in this latest interview, this process involved using Turkey (with assistance from ‘actors from Pakistan, and Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia’) as a proxy, which in turn used Bin Laden and the Taliban and others as a proxy terrorist army.

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Arctic borders will be defended: MacKay

Friday, July 31st, 2009

It appears as though the federal government is looking out for Canadian interests on one of our national frontiers, at least.

Flashback: Arctic expert questions Canada’s northern strategy | Northwest Passage surveillance study halted | Military’s ‘Polar Breeze’ cloaked in secrecy | Ignatieff on Obama visit: Crisis an opportunity for continental, global integration | Harper plays down threat to Arctic sovereignty | New policy emphasizes U.S. interests in Northwest Passage | UN Given Power to Mediate in Arctic Disputes | Nunavut taken aback by military plan for drone patrols | Remote-controlled aircraft would patrol Arctic: military

CBC News
July 31, 2009

Canada will keep a close eye on all military activities in the Arctic region, including watching Russian plans to drop paratroopers in the area next spring, said Defence Minister Peter MacKay on Friday in Halifax.

“Any country that is approaching Canadian airspace, Canadian territory, will be met by Canadians,” MacKay said after an announcement about an international security conference planned for November.

MacKay declined to offer specifics on what Canada’s reaction would be to unauthorized activities, but said the country will defend its national borders.

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US House approves sweeping new food powers for FDA

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Far from being some benevolent ‘food safety bill’, the new bill HR 2749 represents the wholesale federalization of food production in the US. As Naturalnews.com reports, the bill would allow direct regulation of the means by which food is raised and harvested, it would allow for warrantless, unnanounced audits of the financial records of small-time farmers, and new levies and fines. In short,

It is obvious from investigation that this bill presents incredibly ominous ramifications for small, local farmers, local food producers, and anyone else who grows or sells food. It favors industrial, factory food operators, who are the perpetrators of food contamination, at the expense of small providers who many have come to rely upon for safe and nutritious fare. The bill also shifts a monumental and unprecedented amount of power and control to the federal government to dominate everything from the produce in the grocery store to the peppers a backyard farmer sells to his neighbor.

Doing little to address the food safety issues introduced by industrial farming processes, the bill targets independent producers, just as recent legislation in Ontario has done, and as the Weatherill report into the listeriosis scandal recommends. It seems incredible, but this journal must point out that this is yet another example of near-simultaneous harmonization of legislation in multiple jurisdictions to conform to international treaties – in this case, the UN’s Codex Alimentarius. The next steps to fulfill the agenda are sure to include food irraditation and the announcement of the food tracing system, which by all accounts will incorporate the USDA’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS), mandating RFID tracking tags for livestock which, again, will bankrupt small farmers and deliver their operations into the hands of industrial-scale producers with the ear of the federal government. You can read select provisions of the bill at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defence Fund.

Update (2009/8/5): As it turns out, Obama has just appointed chief Monsanto lobbyist and genetically modified food advocate to the position of FDA ‘food safety czar’. Any questions?

Flashback: Listeriosis report urges cleanliness and – increased federalization of food safety | New Ontario regulations forcing local butchers out of market | Details being withheld of listeria discussion held prior to outbreak | Harper government withholds listeriosis notes | Listeria files withheld due to ’systemic’ problems with access to information | Listeria reporting rule dropped before crisis | Radiation touted to protect meat | Codex Alimentarius Commission adopts more than 50 new food standards

Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post
July 31, 2009

WASHINGTON – The House approved the first major changes to food safety laws in 70 years yesterday, giving sweeping new authority to the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the way food is grown, harvested, and processed.

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Spanking vote underway in New Zealand

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Flashback: Mother who smacked son, 8, with hairbrush is forced to give him up to social services | Woman swats children on plane, charged with Terrorism | UK Parents Need Government Permission to Kiss Children | In the new Canada, we are all wards of the state | Senators approve anti-spanking bill | Why letting courts overrule parents is a dumb idea

CBC News
July 31, 2009

New Zealanders have begun voting on a referendum on whether smacking children should remain a criminal offence.

Three million voters began receiving ballots through the mail on Friday. The vote is open until Aug. 21, and the government will not be legally bound by the result.

The question reads: “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?”

Smacking was criminalized in 2007 in New Zealand in order to stop the use of “parental discipline” as a legal defence in assault cases.

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UK: New evidence in Binyam Mohamed torture case

Friday, July 31st, 2009

As though there’s any doubt that these intelligence agencies were up to their necks in it.

Flashback: UK: Secrets of CIA ‘ghost flights’ to be revealed | UK: CIA ‘put pressure on Britain to cover up its use of torture’ | Revealed — the secret torture evidence MI5 tried to suppress | Guantanamo’s closure window dressing – overseas CIA ‘black sites’ to stay | ‘If I didn’t confess to 7/7 bombings MI5 officers would rape my wife,’ claims torture victim | MI5 faces fresh torture allegations | UK: Government makes ‘unprecedented’ apology for covering up Binyam torture | Obama administration: Guantanamo detainees have ‘no constitutional rights’ | Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners | U.K. resident held at Gitmo alleges Canadian involvement in torture | Obama shuts network of CIA ‘ghost prisons’ | Confirmed: Mexico drug plane used for CIA ‘rendition’ flights | Chinese Torture Techniques Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo | Third Cocaine Plane Surfaces and is Tied to Web of Government Connections

Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
July 31, 2009

Documents reveal MI5 official visited Morocco three times during period ex-Guantánamo detainee claims he was interrogated

An MI5 officer visited Morocco three times during the period former terror suspect Binyam Mohamed claims he was secretly interrogated and tortured there, according to documents revealed by the high court today .

Lawyers acting for MI5 have repeatedly told the high court in London the agency had no idea Mohamed was in Morocco in 2002-03. But documents passed to the court show an MI5 officer, known as Witness B, visited Morocco during that time.

New evidence of MI5′s involvement in Mohamed’s earlier interrogation in Pakistan was disclosed yesterday by Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones. Thomas said they had taken the “very unusual step of correcting a judgment”, a move dictated by the emergence of new documents about MI5′s role in the affair.

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