Archive for April, 2010

“It’s the Oil, Stupid” (and the pipleline routes); Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation; Drones are Illegal? Hearings now in Congress; Premptive Self Defense (attacking Iraq) is Illegal

April 30, 2010

IraqOilMap.jpeg No more money to fight for OIL. Where it all began: Dick Cheney Energy Task Force. This map is from MARCH 2001, six months before 9/11.

Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL. From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation, support Feingold-McGovern bill (Click Here).

IraqOilMap.jpeg Thanks to Judicial Watch and their long-term lawsuit against the Cheney Energy Task Force, many discoveries were brought forth, go to their website here for all the maps of 60% of the world’s oil all within the size of the state of Kansas.

One out of three killed by drones is a civilian, says study WASHINGTON: One out of every three killed by US drone in Pakistan is a civilian, says a report by the New America Foundation(Read Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedmann’s study “The Year of the Drone, CLICK HERE)

WASHINGTON: Is the CIA’s secret program of drone strikes against terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen a case of illegal assassinations or legitimate self-defense? For Our Past Drone Stories, Click here

    The CIA strikes are ”a clear violation of international law,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, law professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, who added that going after terrorists should be a law enforcement activity. She said the rest of the world does not recognize American authority to carry out attacks in Yemen and Pakistan, where the United States is not involved in direct armed conflict. CIA officers who operate the drones could be arrested and charged with murder in other countries, O’Connell warned, likening it to having the Mexican police or military bomb hotels in Arizona in order to target drug lords who may be hiding there. Full Story, Click Here.

Read Mary Ellen O’Connell’s work “The Myth of Premptive Self Defense” CLICK HERE. This study was written in 2002 after the US invaded Iraq saying it was Premptive Self Defense because Iraq’s leader had Weapons of Mass Destruction and may use them against us and others.

    Here’s a taste of what is in the study: …One plan totake action against Iraq envisions a force of more than 200,000 troops to invade and takecontrol of the country. Supporters argue that Iraq’s leadership must be eliminated because the Ba’ath regime has continued the development of weapons of mass destruction, and might again use those weapons against an opponent , or supply the weapons to terrorist networks.9 The invasion plan seeks to preempt any danger by eliminating the leaders who might authorize such attacks or assist others to do so. This strategy is based on a conception of preemptive self-defense.10 Preemptive selfdefense, however, is clearly unlawful under international law. Armed action in self-defense is permitted only against armed attack. Some scholars have argued over the years that preemptive self-defense should be considered lawful, but the United States as a government has consistently supported the prohibition on such preemptive use of force. The United States has taken this position for compelling reasons of national security and in light of its national values. It is joined in this position by the vast majority of the international community. Thus the reality is that the United States has no right to use force to prevent possible, as distinct from actual, armed attacks. The further reality is that the United States does not advance its security or its moral standing in the world by doing so.

Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL. From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation, support Feingold-McGovern bill (Click Here).

Today’s Headlines at antiwar.com:

Pentagon: Still Not Enough Troops in Afghanistan
Afghans Protest After NATO Kills Father of Five
France Reports Yet More Civilian Killings by NATO in Afghanistan
Forces Face Four More Years of Afghan Combat, Warns NATO Official
Pakistani Taliban Resume Killings in Swat Valley
In Shift, Pakistan Considers Attack on Militant Lair
India, Pakistan Have ‘Very Good Talks,’ Signal Thaw
Clinton Warns Iran Not To ‘Disrupt’ Nuclear Talks
Neocon Press Slams Obama as Trying to ‘Soften’ Iran Sanctions
Clinton Warns Iran, Syria on Threats to Israel
AP Source: US Navy Has Encounter With Iranian Jet
Settlers Attack Palestinians to Protest Police Crackdown
Israel’s Netanyahu Wins Internal Party Power Struggle
Iraq’s Banned Ba’ath Party Holds 1st Public Meeting in Syria
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime Has Triple Standards
Gitmo Canadian’s Trial Brings Renewed Focus to Treatment
Read the above stories by clicking here.

$33 Billion, spend it in the United States of America; Pakistan Military attacks caused 700 schools destroyed, little rebuilt

April 28, 2010

$33 Billion for War, How Could I Spend Thee on Local Jobs? READ IT HERE. From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

Hundreds line up for Job Fair in New York last November, We need Jobs Here, not in Afghanistan

What have Pakistan offensives achieved?There was also a huge humanitiarian cost to the fighting in the north-west. As well as the millions of people displaced, thousands of homes, businesses, schools and offices were also destroyed. Civilian authority and infrastructure were ruined. On the ground there is little evidence the billions of dollars in aid received by the government have been put to good use.

Hundreds of Thousands have been forced to leave Swat Valley, many have not returned, where are they?

There have been allegations of official corruption, although no firm proof. But certainly money has been mismanaged. Schools in Swat are one example. According to official figures, 700 were destroyed and have yet to be rebuilt.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: READ IT HERE.
From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

Bomb Iran? “Assessing the Iranian Threat to the Strait of Hormuz”; “Big Daddy Drone” X 37B, in Orbit now with Secret new U.S. Weapon, hit any target within one hour; Oppose War Funding, Call on Monday, stop the $33 Billion more to be wasted

April 25, 2010

Anyone hear the beating of the war drums against Iran? Verbal Escalations? New, “tough” boycott strategy? What will happen if Iran is attacked? Read Catlin Talmage’s study from the Summer of 2008, lots of time to think about the implications.

“Closing Time -Assessing the Iranian Threat to the Strait of Hormuz”, by Caitlin Talmadge. Journal Article, International Security, volume 33, issue 1, pages 82-117, Summer 2008

Caitlin Talmadge is a doctoral candidate in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This year she is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown. Her research focuses on military operations and strategy, defense policy, nuclear terrorism, civil-military relations, and Iran.

    This article proceeds in five parts. The first section provides background on the strait’s geography and how and why Iran might take advantage of it to conduct an integrated littoral campaign using mines, antiship cruise missiles, and land-based air defense. The next three sections analyze each of these components of a potential Iranian campaign, as well as potential U.S. responses to them. The focus is on current capabilities, although the article notes how plausible future changes would alter the analysis. The concluding section discusses the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran and U.S. force structure more generally. Read Full Report Here in pdf.

Meanwhile, world’s greatest arms dealer, the United States ($37 Billion in Arms sold last year, second place $3.7 Billion), now has launched the NEW Weapon: Launch of secret US space ship masks even more secret launch of new weapon

Big Daddy Drone: X 37B Space Plane The Orbital Test Vehicle Unmanned, can stay in Orbit 270 days

    Somewhere above earth is America’s latest spaceship, a 30ft craft so classified that the Pentagon will not divulge its mission nor how much it cost to build. The mysterious X37B, launched successfully by the US Air Force from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, using an Atlas V rocket, looks like a mini-Space Shuttle — but its mission is top secret.

    Potential Launch Atlas V Rocket and X37B Big Daddy Drone Release (conceputal)

    It is officially described as an orbital test vehicle. However, one of its potential uses appears to be to launch a surge of small satellites during periods of high international tension. This would enable America to have eyes and ears orbiting above any potential troublespot in the world….With all the focus on the launch of the secret X37B, another space launch by a Minotaur IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base in California received less attention.It was carrying the prototype of a new weapon that can hit any target around the world in less than an hour.

Big Daddy Drone X 37B on Atlas V Rocket (London Times Online photo)

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From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

    In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

    Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.

    Will you write to your representatives, urging them to oppose more money for war and to support the Feingold-McGovern bill? Click here, email your Congress Member.

Please call your Congress Members and tell them to VOTE NO on the $33 Billion War funding to kill more people in Afghanistan, the phone number is (202) 224-3121

Aid running out for 1.3 million refugees; More Innocent Deaths by UN Troops first claiming they were “Insurgents”; One Pakistani Villager life = $4,800 USD; Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation

April 22, 2010

The Price of Attacking Villages in search of “Terrorists”: Thousands of Pakistanis continue to flee Taliban-plagued northwest provinces every day, but money is running out to help the 1.3 million people displaced by fighting, aid agencies warned Wednesday. Read More Here.

From Dawn.com: Displaced men and boys line up as they wait for the daily ration during a food distribution at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan. – AP (File Photo)



More Suffering due to chasing “Terrorists”:
Aid distribution was suspended by the United Nations after twin suicide attacks killed 43 displaced people in northwest Pakistan at the weekend, should resume by the end of the week, the head of the UN’s emergency office said on Tuesday. But other UN and NGO programmes are in danger of being cut or closed because of lack of funding from the international community. Read More Here.

From Dawn.com: The United Nations subsequently suspended humanitarian operations in Kohat as well as the neighbouring region of Hangu, where it is assisting more than 250,000 people who have fled fighting in Afghan border areas. – AFP (File Photo)

NATO Admits Four Killed Were Civilians, Not ‘Insurgents’ They were Kids Driving Home From a Volleyball Game

    As details of the Monday night shooting along the roads of Afghanistan’s Khost Province continue to come out, NATO has revised its initial claim that the four teens killed included two “known insurgents” and two “suspected insurgents,” conceding that they were actually all innocent civilians. The four were driving home from a volleyball game along the highway when a military convoy spotted them. After flashing their lights at the car, the troops opened fire, killing everyone in the car. Read More Here.

Villagers “Compensated” for innocent lives being taken by Pakistani Military. Today, the living relatives received Rs.2 Lakh ($4,800 USD) and Rs.1 Lakh ($2,400 USD) for an injured person, and the relatives got jobs. So life in Pakistan is worth more than life in Afghanistan? Afghani families get “compensated” less than that, when they are “compensated”.

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani army gave compensation on Thursday to the families of the victims of the Tirah air strikes on April 10, 2010. Brigadier Basit presented the cheques at a ceremony for the Kuki Khel tribe in the Shakuf Fort in the Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber Agency.

    Compensation of Rs.2 lakh each was given to families of the deceased while Rs.1 lakh each was given to the injured. A political agent of the Khyber Agency, Shafirullah Wazir, was also present at the ceremony.Wazir also announced that the injured would be provided free medical treatment and that the relaties of the victims would be appointed as levies in the FC. Kuki Khel tribesmen expressed their gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and pledged their assistance in the fight against terror.

From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

    In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

    Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.

    Will you write to your representatives, urging them to oppose more money for war and to support the Feingold-McGovern bill? Click here, email your Congress Member.

Please call your Congress Members and tell them to VOTE NO on the $33 Billion War funding to kill more people in Afghanistan, the phone number is (202) 224-3121

Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation; Call Your Congress Members Today (202) 224-3121: Vote No on $33 Billion to be spent Killing Afghanistan people

April 13, 2010

From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

    In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

    Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.

    Will you write to your representatives, urging them to oppose more money for war and to support the Feingold-McGovern bill? Click here, email your Congress Member.

Please call your Congress Members and tell them to VOTE NO on the $33 Billion War funding to kill more people in Afghanistan, the phone number is (202) 224-3121.

Innocent Civilians Leaving Their Homes in Malakand prior to U.S. backed Pakistani Military Attack

Today, this call to action is from Voters for Peace and we are reprinting it here as this is what YOU need to do Today Please:

This Story will be Posted through April 19. Send your friends to this link so they may begin making calls also. Thank you.

    Voters for Peace is joining with 20 other anti-war organizations in making this week a call-in week on Afghanistan.

    Congress has returned from recess and a war supplemental is on their agenda. They need to hear from constituents.

    When you call you should ask there be no more war funding for Afghanistan, that a date be set an end date to U.S. occupation and that real peace negotiations begin.

    A second call-in week will be scheduled when there is better intelligence on the timing of the war supplemental vote and possible amendments but it is important to lay the groundwork now. We expect the vote will happen before Friday, May 28, the start of the Congressional Memorial Day recess.

    Please call both your Senators and your House Member. The Congressional hotline number is: (202) 224-3121. They will connect you to your representatives. Thank you, Kevin Zeese,Executive Director
    Voters for Peace

From Just Foreign Policy: Track your calls, report it here.
Call Congress Against the War in Afghanistan. Urge your Representative to: oppose the war supplemental, support a military withdrawal timetable, and support peace negotiations. The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. When you’ve completed your call, you can report the result by CLICKING HERE.

Councilors approve anti-war resolution: Get your City Council to do the Same, Read it here

April 10, 2010

Portland Maine is the latest City Council to ask for the End of the War Funding. Recently named the #1 place in the country to raise children-and named in the top ten “perfect places to live in America”- After you read this article, get your City Council to vote on a similar resolution. Let’s start a cry to bring our troops home and to get our dollars to go to work here in America for the betterment of all the citizens of the world. Read this and PLEASE TAKE ACTION.

    City councilors have approved a resolution calling on Maine’s U.S. Congressional delegation to oppose new funding for military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Story by Casey Conley, read it all here.

Portland, Maine City Council says VOTE NO on $33 Billion more for Afghanistan

Get your City Council/Board of Supervisors/or other city bodies to Pass a Resolution asking their Congressional Delegation to VOTE NO on the 33 BILLION MORE DOLLARS FOR WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

Here are some cities with Peace Resolutions. If you live in one of them, get them to pass a new resolution “NO MORE WAR FUNDING, VOTE NO on the 33 BILLION MORE DOLLARS FOR WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. We can stop this, it is up to YOU and ME.

How much have we spent on the war in Afghanistan since the beginning EIGHT YEARS AGO? $200 BILLION. How big is the total U.S. individual State deficits this year? $126 BILLION. We are cutting schools, teachers, firefighters, infrastructure is being neglected, but we are trying to “rebuild Afghanistan”, for what? OIL AND ITS PIPELINES.

$200 Billion War in Afghanistan, a $196 Billion State Shortfall, a coincidence?

    From NY Times Editorial “President Obama in Kabul” Mr. Obama made the right decision to send another 30,000 troops to help drive the Taliban out of important strongholds. But there is no way to hold those cities and towns without an effective Afghan government (at both the federal and local level) to take over. And after eight years of fighting, more than 1,000 American lives lost and more than $200 billion from American taxpayers spent, Mr. Karzai’s failure to build a credible, honest and even minimally effective government remains the Taliban’s No. 1 recruiting tool.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW. GET YOUR CITY COUNCIL TO PASS A RESOLUTION TO END THE WAR FUNDING, ENCOURAGE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ON THE $33 BILLION MORE DOLLARS TO BE WASTED IN AFGHANISTAN. WE CAN NOT AFFORD THIS WAR ANY LONGER.


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