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IT’S OBAMA’S WAR NOW

The new Iraq war is now officially Obama’s war after he outlined his war strategy for attacking ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, despite trying to downplay it with a false promise of “no boots on the ground.” Suddenly he is eager to get Congress to sign on to share in the blame for what will ultimately fail just like all other US interventions. Meanwhile the neocons at Fox News are saying “I told you so” reminding Obama that George W. Bush warned in 2007 what would happen if Obama withdrew troops from Iraq too soon. But neither side is being honest about the past or the future. The invasion of Iraq was not about fighting terror, but creating it in response to occupation, and the latest ISIS terror threat is not a spontaneous uprising on behalf of Sunnis in Iraq, but a manufactured threat by Western intelligence agencies in order to justify the war on terror and allow a backhanded invasion of Syria. Both of these are interim globalist agendas in conflict creation leading to more war and government control over people’s lives. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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'Moderate' Syria Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
Today, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS and other significant rebel factions, including both Islamist and "moderate" groups, have signed a mutual non-aggression pact in a Damascus suburb. The pact was said to have been brokered by al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra, and agrees that all sides will respect a truce until the destruction of the "Nussayri" regime, a pejorative term for Alawites. — Antiwar.com

White House: 'We Are at War With ISIS'

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry loudly objected to the characterization of the new US war on ISIS as a "war," insisting it isn't technically a war. The argument appears to have been totally pointless, as the White House confirmed that, indeed, "we are at war with ISIS." — Antiwar.com

U.S.-led coalition seeks to exclude Iran from fight against Islamic State

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
...The question of Iran's participation has become a distraction for the Obama administration as it seeks to build a diverse international support base for a military and diplomatic campaign against militants that have laid claim to territory in Iraq and Syria. Secretary of State John F. Kerry says Iran should not attend a conference about the militant threat that will be held Monday in Paris, although invitations are up to France. — Washington Post

Israel tells US it will act if IS reaches Jordan

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
...According to the report, Israel believes US airstrikes in Iraq have already yielded results on the ground, helping Kurdish forces make inroads in recapturing territory overtaken by the extremist group. The TV report did not specify what actions Israel might take if Islamic State started impacting upon Jordan, but Israel is wary of its eastern neighbor being challenged by the brutal terror group, and would seek to guard against further inroads that would directly threaten Israel. — Times of Israel

Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
...The largest intelligence unit in the Israeli military, Unit 8200 intercepts electronic communications including email, phone calls and social media in addition to targeting military and diplomatic traffic. The signatories say, however, that a large part of their work was unrelated to Israel's security or defence, but appeared designed to perpetuate the occupation by "infiltrating" and "controlling" all aspects of Palestinian life. — The Guardian

Analysis: Both Parties in Congress Play It Safe

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls....On the other side of the political divide, Obama recently delayed an order to increase the number of immigrants allowed to stay in the country even though they are here illegally. The retreat came after Senate Democrats expressed concern that immediate action could inflame voters who oppose easing current rules, and ensure the defeat of their candidates in key Senate races. That means that House Republicans who recently voted to sue President Barack Obama for what they say is his failure to obey the Constitution seem likely to hand him new war powers to combat militants seeking an Islamic state. — AP

9/11 After 13 years Paul Craig Roberts

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state. The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11. ...A generation of Americans has been born into a police state in which privacy and constitutional protections no longer exist. — PaulCraigRoberts.org

Why no one should use brokerage accounts

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
...SIPC's website says, "SIPC protects customers if their brokerage firm fails." Nothing could be farther from the truth. Investors in brokerage accounts that fail due to fraud can be forced to pay back to a SIPC-appointed trustee huge sums, indeed far more than what they contributed to their accounts. Wall Street pays SIPC's bills. So when a SIPC-appointed trustee sues innocent victims?, every dollar the trustee takes ?in is a dollar less Wall Street has to pay out. Thus, Wall Street uses SIPC to further defraud people it's already defrauded. — PBS News Hour

The Huge Hidden Risks To Your Brokerage Account -- Reply To SIPC's CEO

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
Stephen P. Harbeck, President and CEO of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) has written a strongly worded response to my Forbes column entitled "Close Your Brokerage Account." A longer version of this column entitled, Why No One Should Use Brokerage Accounts was published by PBS NEWSHOUR. I respond below to each of Mr. Harbeck's statements on a line-by-line basis. — Forbes

Yahoo resisted NSA Prism requests -- US government threatened $250,000 daily fines

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
...Just like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo is keen to let it be known that it tried to stick up for the privacy rights of its customers. A new cache of documents -- stretching to War And Peace baiting 1,500 pages -- from seven years ago shows just how much of a fight Yahoo tried to put on its users' behalves. Way back in 2007, the US government started to request information about users from a number of online companies. Yahoo was one of the companies who -- initially, at least -- refused to comply, and tried to fight the government in court. Some of the documents that have just been released give an insight into not only Yahoo's attempts to avoid handing over user data, and the company's fight to make the secret court papers publicly available. One particularly interesting little scrap of information included in the paper is the fact that the US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 for failing to comply with requests for information. Not as a one-off fine, but as a recurring, daily fine. A fine of a quarter of a million dollars per day for failing to hand over information about customers. — Beta News

10 Signs That ISIS is a Scripted Psyop

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
...What are these things and what are some of the surreal oddities surrounding ISIS? Let's examine: 1. Professional Camera, Editing Software and Skills Incredibly, despite being savages that only want to kill for apparently no specific burning reason other than that fact that you are not ISIS, ISIS has at least some kind of production department that can skillfully provide what could be considered Hollywood-style editing (of supposed beheading videos) with multiple camera angles, consistent daylight on their subjects and proper daylight mode video exposure. They clearly have the skills for setting up multiple cameras and using those precise angles for their production department. In order to put out these supposed beheading videos, they also had to make sure that the sounds were just right and that there was no shaking of the camera. — Activist Post

More Americans Are "Rethinking" 9/11?

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
Did you know that a 3rd building fell on 9-11? That bill board is today over Times Square. It was placed there through donations to a campaign called Rethink 9/11. In fact, that group has placed posters and signs across the world, from Australia, to Canada, from San Francisco to right here in New York City. — Ben Swann

Summary of September 2013 Poll Results

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Regarding the events of 9/11 and the government's account of those events, which, if any, of the following positions is closest to yours? 40 % I am completely satisfied with the government's account 38% I have some doubts as to whether the government's account fully explains everything 10% I do not believe the government's account at all 12% I don't know/ Not sure — ReThink911.org

Michael Brown had his hands up, new witnesses say

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...CNN has obtained new cellphone video in which two white construction workers witnessed the shooting of the 18-year-old African American man and reproached police officer Darren Wilson for having shot someone who "was no ... threat at all." "The cop didn't say get on the ground. He just kept shooting," one of the contractors who appears on the video told CNN. The witness, who did not want to have his identity revealed, describes how the officer shot Brown in the head when he had his hands raised. — Fox News

DHS: No Intel on ISIS Attacks Inside US

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that US intelligence currently has no indications of any current planning by ISIS to actually attack the US homeland, and told Congress as much.That didn't sit well with Congress, which insisted that ISIS is "the biggest threat to the homeland" irrespective of the lack of any evidence to that effect, and dismissed the DHS assessment that they are at most a "remote threat." — Antiwar.com

Obama Downplays Congressional Role in War, But Seeks 'Backing'

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Still, he pushed Congress to give some sort of rubber stamp to the operation, and more importantly to give him broad new resources to spend on the conflict, including bankrolling a new campaign to arm Syrian rebels, in spite of many of the arms ending up in ISIS hands. The insistence that the US Congress has no role in the war authorization itself doesn't seem to be getting much real resistance from the Congress themselves, as indeed there's been very little public debate on the war, and not much public pushback on the conflict. — Antiwar.com

'Vetted Moderate' Free Syrian Army Commander Admits Alliance with ISIS, Confirms PJ Media Reporting

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
As President Obama laid out his "strategy" last night for dealing with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and as bipartisan leadership in Congress push to approve as much as $4 billion to arm the Syrian "rebels," it should be noted that the keystone to his anti-Assad policy - the "vetted moderate" Free Syrian Army (FSA) - is now admitting that they, too, are working with the Islamic State. This confirms our reporting about the FSA's alliances with Syrian terrorist groups here at PJ Media last week. — PJ Tatler

Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities. Obama was announcing the additional forces Wednesday as part of an expanded offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria. The new troops would join more than 1,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq and would be embedded with Iraqi security forces and help identify targets for U.S. military airstrikes against the extremist group. — AP

Five things that could go horribly wrong with Obama's action in Iraq

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Since the president decided not to talk about possible downsides, here are a few - not at all a definitive list - of the things that could go badly awry as U.S. military forces return to Iraq. 1: The Iraqi government doesn't get its act together 2: The ground war is a dud 3: We really do become the Shiite Air Force 4: We drive away our timid, reluctant allies 5) The status-of-forces-agreement problem blows up — Washington Examiner

Federal officials propose Texas immigration lockup

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...She said Thursday that ICE isn't yet revealing details, including its cost or how many people the facility would house. Federal authorities last month converted a 532-bed facility for men southeast of San Antonio to accept families. Another detention center for parents and children in Pennsylvania, and a temporary New Mexico facility, together can hold about 800. — AP

Obama says U.S. to outline new Russia sanctions on Friday

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States will join the European Union in imposing tougher sanctions on Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors after Moscow sent troops into eastern Ukraine last month, and will provide details on the new steps on Friday. "These measures will increase Russia's political isolation as well as the economic costs to Russia, especially in areas of importance to President (Vladimir) Putin and those close to him," Obama said in a statement. — Reuters

Rebel Rivals of ISIS Fear U.S. Airstrikes Could Help Assad

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Now, framing the attack on ISIS as driven by American national security concerns, Mr. Obama faces mistrust from both sides. Many insurgents consider his action too little too late, and say his declaration that America stands with "people who fight for their own freedom" rings hollow. And the Syrian government and its supporters express suspicion that the strikes could be a cover to attack the government. — NYT

Ferguson council faces calls for reform at first meeting since teen's shooting

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 10 2014
The company that runs the conservative Breitbart.com news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated. Breitbart News Network, a California-based company which runs several conservative websites, says the IRS recently audited its 2012 financial information. — Fox News

Blast in northern Syria kills most leaders of largest Islamist rebel group

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 10 2014
An explosion of uncertain origin Tuesday killed nearly all the leaders of the largest rebel group fighting to topple the government of President Bashar Assad. At least two dozen senior leaders of Ahrar al Sham, a conservative Islamist group, died in the blast, which came 10 days after the group had distanced itself from al Qaida's official Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front. The death toll, by some accounts, was as high as 75. ...Sham said in his Twitter account that the devastated meeting room had no windows and had quickly filled with acrid black smoke from the blast. He said it took 10 minutes for rescuers to reach the blast site and that by that time, most of the leaders and their bodyguards had suffocated. — Miami Herald

Iraq's Shi'ite militia, Kurds use U.S. air strikes to further own agendas

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 10 2014
...But the aftermath illustrates the unintended consequences of the U.S. air campaign against Islamic State. Kurdish and Shi'ite fighters have regained ground, but Sunni Muslims who fled the violence are being prevented from returning home and some have had their houses pillaged and torched. Rather than help keep the nation together, the air strikes risk being used by different factions for their own advantage in Iraq's sectarian and ethnic conflicts. — Reuters

Malaysia: Dutch report suggests MH-17 shot down from ground

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 10 2014
...The report said MH17 crashed due to a "large number of high-energy objects" penetrating the fuselage. "There are no indications that the MH17 crash was caused by a technical fault or by actions of the crew," it said. Although the report did not mention a missile, impact with a large number of fragments would be consistent with a "proximity" warhead, designed to explode in the air and hurl shrapnel at its target, said Tim Ripley, a defense analyst with Jane's Defense Weekly magazine. — Reuters

Rocket motors blown up on Utah Test and Training Range

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 10 2014
...The controlled explosions occurred on the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) at 11:39 a.m. and 1:12 p.m. Monday, respectively. The old three-stage, solid propellant missiles are being destroyed as part of the United States' Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with Russia. None of the detonations include the missiles' nuclear payloads. — Salt Lake Tribune

US Contractors Will Replace 'Boots on the Ground' in Iraq

posted by askousen - Monday, September 8 2014
...During the last Iraq War, the US at times had over 100,000 military contractors on the ground there. The exact figures haven't always been easy to come by, but the message that contractors don’t count as real troops on the ground in omnipresent. The Pentagon is already sending out feelers for assembling this new unofficial army, posting a notice seeking contractors who are willing to work long-term in Iraq, with a minimum 12-month "initial" contract to be followed by extensions. — Antiwar.com

Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US

posted by askousen - Monday, September 8 2014
Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales. The Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near Iceland, Greenland, and Canada's northeast. — Washington Free Beacon

IRS Turns a Blind Eye To Unions' Political Expenditures

posted by askousen - Monday, September 8 2014
The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scandal regarding the targeting of conservative political groups took another turn this week. As email traffic from the embattled Lois Lerner continues to surface, recent emails demonstrate that the IRS (and Ms. Lerner) knew of drastic discrepancies between the sums labor unions were reporting on their Department of Labor form LM-2 and the same unions Form 990 required by the IRS. — National Law Review