Permalink Iran says arrests "major terrorist group" linked to Israel

Iran said on Tuesday it had identified a "major terrorist group" it said was affiliated to its arch-foe Israel and had arrested some of its members, the official IRNA news agency reported, citing a report by the country's Intelligence Ministry. - "Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced it has identified a major terrorist group from the Zionist regime (of Israel) and has arrested some of its protected operational members inside the country," IRNA reported without making clear when the arrests had taken place. The semi-official Fars news agency said the suspects were arrested "while preparing to carry out terrorist acts", adding that a considerable number of bombs, machine guns, military and communication equipments were seized. Tehran has in the past accused Israel of being behind the killings of its nuclear scientists.

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Permalink Israel faces very bad future: Ex-spy chief

The former director of the Israeli Mossad spy agency, Meir Dagan, says Israel faces a “very bad prognosis,” cautioning against the corrupt dominant political trend within the Israeli regime.

“I believe our system is reaching a point where the government is almost incapable of running the country,” Dagan said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post. “We are on the edge of - I would not say a disaster because that is a bit exaggerated - but we are facing a very bad prognosis of what will happen in the future,” the former Mossad chief added. “Anyone who is working and paying taxes and serves in the military is not receiving any support from the government, while everyone who is not working, not paying taxes and not serving in the military is receiving everything,” he said.

In 2011, Israel witnessed a series of protests as tens of thousands of demonstrator took to the streets in mid-July to protest Premier Benjamin Netanyahu's economic and social policies. The demonstrations were also focused on other related issues such as the social order and the power structure in Israel.

Permalink the Sabra and Shatila massacre

Two days before Land Day and the GMJ, we visit Sabra and Shatila. An impoverished Beirut neighbourhood and Palestinian refugee camp in the same vicinity, Sabra and Shatila are known for the savage massacre of Palestinian refugees and poor Lebanese Shiites (internally displaced from southern Lebanon by the Israeli occupational brutalities) which killed anywhere from over 3000 children, men and women—the assassins killed out of the sight of media and covered their tracks with mass graves, so the precise numbers of martyred are not known. From September 16 to 18, 1982, Phalangists, a Christian Lebanese militia aided, trained, and supported by the Zionist state and by, slaughtered victims locked into the camp area by surrounding Israeli occupation forces. “It was a killing spree,” X, a Lebanese, tells me. He outlines the basics of the massacre and events leading up to it. After the withdrawal of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) resistance fighters from Lebanon, via an American-mediated agreement under which the Lebanese pledged to protect the camps, camp residents were no longer allowed weapons to defend themselves. The September massacre was allegedly an attack to avenge the killing of Bashir Gemeyel, but the Palestinians weren’t guilty of his assassination, and the Phalange and Zionist leaders knew this. “It was a part of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians,” he says, pointing out the complicity of the Israeli occupying army in Lebanon. “They surrounded the area, closed off the exits, and lit flares during the night to aid the attacking Phalange assassins.” Badil notes that an Israeli General “provided Lebanese Forces Intelligence with aerial photographs to arrange entry into the camps.”

Permalink Navy simulated Virginia Beach jet crash in December drill

Navy simulated Virginia Beach jet crash in December drill By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 09 Apr 2012 As CLG reported Friday: Holy coincidence, Batman! Navy held recent drill to prepare for 'exact' events of Va. crash 06 Apr 2012 The US Navy held a drill on 15 December to prepare for the 'exact' situation that took place Friday, regarding the F/A-18 Navy jet crash. (No link, Fox News, 7PM ET live broadcast). Well, a link has been located by a CLG commenter 4q2:

Navy simulates jet crash in Va. Beach 15 Dec 2011 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) On Thursday, the Navy simulated a jet crash near Old Pungo Ferry Road in Virginia Beach. The drill was organized to train Virginia Beach and Chesapeake first responders. The scenario: A navy jet is unable to make the return trip to Oceana and has crashed near Back Bay in Virginia Beach. The goal was to develop and exercise coordination efforts between the two cities and the Navy's first responders, according to a news release from NAS Oceana... "There are specific responder issues in dealing with aircraft that they wouldn't normally face," NAS Oceana Dist. Fire Chief Kenneth Snyder said, like unexploded ordinance and extremely flammable composite materials. NAS Oceana personnel practice at least annually for the potential of a military aircraft crash, and the drill often involves the city's first responders, but this is the first time a drill will involve both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Permalink US Ambassador to UK, Sussman, pushes UK Parliament to keep "no-evidence" extradition treaty to US

One of the first commitments made by the Coalition Government was to review the operation of the Extradition Act 2003 and the US-UK Extradition Treaty to make sure that they are even-handed. This commitment was made in the context of widespread political concern about the operation of the UK's extradition arrangements with the USA. Representatives of both Coalition Parties had expressed reservations about the operation of the Treaty while in opposition. Opening an emergency debate called in 2006 by the Liberal Democrats shortly before the extradition of the "NatWest Three", Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP said. We on the Liberal Democrat Benches have objected to the extradition arrangements with the USA ever since the text of the new treaty was published in May 2003. [...] the extradition treaty and its enactment through the Extradition Act 2003 is manifestly unfair to British citizens.

Permalink Pakistani Lawyer Representing Victims of Drone Strikes Prevented From Speaking in U.S.

Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar has been invited to speak at an International Drone Summit in Washington DC on April 28, but the U.S. government is failing to grant him a visa.

The Summit is organized by the peace group CODEPINK and the legal advocacy organizations Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Akbar, co-founder of the Pakistani human rights organization Foundation for Fundamental Rights, is important to the Summit because of his work providing legal aid to victims of CIA-operated drone strikes. Akbar filed the first case in Pakistan on behalf of family members of civilian victims and has been a critical force in litigating and advocating on victims' behalf. While Akbar has traveled to the United States in the past, he has not been granted permission to return since becoming an outspoken critic of drone attacks in Pakistan that have killed hundreds of civilians. He was previously invited to speak about drone strikes at Columbia University in New York, but he never received a response to the visa application he filed in May 2011. One year later, he is still waiting for a response, and he has been unable to get an answer from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad as to why his application is being held up.

“Denying a visa to people like me is denying Americans their right to know what the U.S. government and its intelligence community are doing to children, women and other civilians in this part of the world,” Akbar said. “The CIA, which operates the drones in Pakistan, does not want anyone challenging their killing spree. But the American people should have the right to know.”

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Permalink Jonathan Pollard Stays Behind Bars

Ynet reported today that the “White House announced on Monday that the US administration has rejected President Shimon Peres' request to grant convicted spy Jonathan Pollard clemency.” Jonathan Jay Pollard worked as a civilian intelligence analyst before being convicted of spying for Israel . He received a life sentence in 1987. However, the Obama Administration declared today that it "has no intention to release Pollard."

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