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Netanyahu accepts Kerry's 'framework' in principle ... Seeks publication delayed to Knesset recess
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has informed the White House in Washington and US Secretary of State John Kerry of his acceptance in principle of the US framework document - subject to the reservations he has raised with US Special Envoy Martin Indyk, DEBKAfile’s exclusive Washington sources report.
This step was followed by news that the prime minister would call on President Barack Obama in the first week of March during his next visit to Washington . . . .
In the exchanges leading up to the Obama-Netanyahu meeting, the prime minister’s office and Israel embassy have asked the White House and State Department to delay publication of the Kerry document to mid-April during the Knesset’s Passover recess. This will help Netanyahu to stay clear of the rowdy debates and heated special sessions he expects to erupt over his acceptance of the paper.
The Secretary of State may therefore add a few weeks to the three-way negotiating time table and release his framework accord at the end of April or early May.
A high-ranking US official told DEBKAfile: “We all know that the die is cast in Jerusalem and that Netanyahu has accepted Kerry’s guidelines. They are now working on the reservations he needs to submit for his government coalition to survive the expected storm of protest and resistance and for the talks with the Palestinians to carry on.
Netanyahu will also try presenting the Kerry paper to the public as an American proposal which is not binding either on Israel or the Palestinians, except for the attached reservations.
US officials au fait with such processes predict that those reservations will eventually find their way to the dustbin. In 2004, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appended 16 reservations to President George W. Bush’s letter defining the American position on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
In that letter, Bush omitted recognition of the “right of return” for the 1948 Palestinian refugees, and tangentially acknowledged Israel’s right to establish large settlement blocs in the West Bank in consideration of demographic changes.
The Bush letter did not refer to the 1967 borders, but instead determined that future negotiations should be based on the 1949 Armistice Lines.
Sharon’s reservations had dropped by the wayside by the time Congress came to approve the Bush letter in its original form.
Informed sources in Washington forecast a similar fate for the Kerry framework document.
For now, the US Secretary has made his own request of Netanyahu and the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas: He asks them to draw out the negotiations on his framework after its release over two years – that is up until late 2016 when the Obama administration ends. Abbas is against any prolongation of the process. He has so far agreed to an extension of no more than a year.
Source: debka.com MORE
Obama and Kerry ask Netanyahu to hold back from responding to Iranian threats
Iran’s leaders celebrated the 35th anniversary of their Islamic revolution Tuesday, February 11 with a torrent of hate rhetoric and threats surpassing even the crudely belligerent language used by former President Mahmoud Ahamedinejad.
A common theme of their speeches to the masses was threats to the United States and Israel of defeat and annihilation at the hands of the invincible Iranian army. Following the first deployment of Iranian warships - the helicopter carrier Khark and Sabalan guided missile destroyer - near America’s Atlantic shores, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) fleet, Navy Commander Ali Fadayi, actually said: “The Americans can sense … how their warships will be sunk with crews of 5,000 in combat against Iran, and how they would find their hulks in the depths of the sea.”
The Iranian officer pressed on to suggest “the Americans” were cowards, who “cannot hide themselves in the sea since the entire Middle East region, western Europe, the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Straits of Hormuz are monitored by us!”
The IRGC commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari piled it on with a boast that just two Basijj militiamen could sink one American aircraft carrier – a blatant threat of suicide attacks on US military targets.
Addressing the “Death to USA Grand Price” ceremony in Tehran, Jafari continued to mock Washington by calling its leaders’ references to a military option “ludicrous,” adding that “the Americans really cannot do a damn thing” against Iran’s military capability.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeated the ayatollah’s old mantra slamming Israel as “a cancerous growth” in the Middle East fit only to be “eradicated.”
As his audience burned US and Israeli flags and stamped on placards depicting President Obama, President Hassan Rouhani intoned: “I say to those delusional people who say the military option is on the table that they should change their eye glasses.” His meaning was clear to his mass audience: Iran no longer faces any military threats, either from the United States or Israel.
After Iran’s military test-fired two long-range missiles Monday - one with radar-evading capabilities; the other laser-guided for firing from the ground or the air – Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan crowed that Iran now had missiles with multiple warheads able to penetrate the anti-missile defenses of the enemy (America and Israel).
DEBKAfile’s military sources took this as a sneer directed at Israel, which will not have an operational system for intercepting multi-warhead projectiles before the Arrow-3 is fully developed in 2016 or 2017. By then, Iran too will have finished developing long-range ballistic missiles with multiple warheads.
Many of the insiders in President Barack Obama’s circle preferred to dismiss these menacing speeches as no more than whistling in the dark by men frightened of their own shadows.
At the same time, the White House and State Department hastened to appeal to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to ignore Iranian belligerent rhetoric and keep his ministers quiet too, so as not to throw a spanner in the works of international nuclear diplomacy with Iran and the Syrian peace conference which resumed this week in Geneva.
Netanyahu took notice of this appeal and contented himself with a controlled speech at the IDF officers’ graduation ceremony Tuesday: “Iran today celebrates the 35th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution with new threats to destroy the Sate of Israel. The aspiration to annihilate the Jewish people and its state did not vanish when it attained statehood. What has changed is our ability to resist and frustrate that aspiration.”
Netanyahu like Obama and Kerry has opted to let the Iranian threats go unanswered. Israel may find it has to pay dearly for agreeing to bury its head in the sand. [no further content]
Source: debka.com LINK
Iran spreads its war wings: Hizballah deepens role in Syria ... Israel, Syria, Lebanon 'regions of conflict'
In a fundamental policy makeover, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) high command has resolved to deepen the Lebanese Hizballah’s intervention in the Syrian civil war, with wide repercussions on the stability of Lebanon and the Syrian and Lebanese borders with Israel. General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s terrorist and intelligence arm, the al Qods Brigades, was appointed to execute this policy of expanded regional intervention.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that it embodies the latest decision by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to strictly separate Tehran’s approach to international nuclear diplomacy opposite the US from its intervention in regional conflicts – Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians – and direct confrontation with Israel.
Henceforth, Iran’s tactics in nuclear diplomacy for the relief of sanctions, and in the negotiations resuming in Geneva, Monday, February 10 for ending the Syria war, will be sealed off in a separate policy compartment from the Islamic Republic’s pursuit of its regional goals in the “war arenas” of Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah were notified of this change last week. It first surfaced in a call to arms by Hizballah’s second in command Sheikh Naim Qassem, which is reported to have drawn 5,000 new Shiite volunteers in its first push.
The new intake will receive military training in crash courses for missions in Lebanon and a higher level of combat instruction for the Syrian battlefield.
Qassem announced in a pep speech in Beirut: "We will continue our work and remain in the field committed to our political stances. We will remain fighting where we are fighting. We are a resistance wherever we are: a resistance against Israel and its agents and a resistance fighting in Syria in defense of the resistance.”
His meaning was clear. The organization would continue fighting in Syria while buttressing its positions in Lebanon and persevering in its “resistance against Israel and its agents.”
That speech was also meant to raise the morale of Lebanon’s 3 million Shiites, who are down in the dumps as they [are] facing bombing attacks by al Qaeda-linked terrorists in reprisal for Hizballah’s military support for Bashar Assad, and see their young men (17-25) being called up for more fighting.
“Do not panic or be frightened of them or they will win,” Sheikh Qassam told them. “Our heads will remain high, as we combat the takfiris and those behind them. We will be victorious in the end ...” . . . .
Khamenei’s step to appease his hard-line factions has therefore dashed the hopes of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that nuclear diplomacy with Iran and sanctions relief would have a positive and stabilizing effect on other parts of the region. President Hassan Rouhani’s tactics for getting sanctions eased will not be allowed to interfere with Iran’s ambitions to foment discord and expand its grip on the rest of the region. [emphasis added]
Source: debka.com MORE
Syrian-Hizballah forces massed to storm Yabroud, last rebel holdout in Qalamoun range
Large-scale Syrian and Hizballah troops launched a major assault Wednesday, February 12, on Yabroud, the mixed Christian-Sunni Muslim town, 80 km north of Damascus, where Syrian rebel and Islamist forces have held out for more than a year. Yabroud is their last stronghold and the key to the strategic Qalamoun mountain range which straddles the Syrian-Lebanese border.
The Hizballah-Syrian force advanced with tanks, self-propelled artillery and air force.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the fall of Yabroud to government forces would open the highway from Damascus to the besieged town of Homs and the Allawite regions loyal to the Assad regime in western Syria. It would also knock over a location, which Iranian al Qods Brigades spies report is the source of the serial bombing attacks targeting Hizballah in Beirut and its command centers in Baalbek and the Beqaa Valley in recent weeks . . . .
The size of the forces assigned to the Yarboud offensive, starting with 17 air strikes on the town in six hours Wednesday, attests to the Syrian government’s determination to subdue the town in short order; to secure the highway links from Syria to Lebanon against rebel ambushes of the critical Hizballah supply convoys plying those routes; and cut the rebels’ own supply routes from Lebanon.
In anticipation of the onslaught, dozens of families streamed across the border to Lebanon.
The regime set the scene for the offensive by the capture in recent weeks of three towns northwest of Yabroud, Nabek, Deir Attiyeh and Qara.
Our military sources add that the offensive gained impetus from the government’s judgment that two months of indecisive fighting for control of the Qalamoun range has undermined morale at other battle sites. This judgment is confirmed by military experts in the West and also in Tehran.
The spread of low morale is believed to have infected the Assad-Hizballah forces massed around Aleppo, Syria’s largest town, and accounting for their reluctance to finally storm the town after long aerial bombardment.
The Assad regime calculates that a victory in Yabroud would revive the flagging spirit of its fighting forces, and also refute assessments of their waning capability. This has weakened the government’s position at the UN-sponsored conference attempting in Geneva to negotiate a political solution of the Syrian civil war.
Source: debka.com MORE
Prospects 'grim' as deadlocked Syria peace talks wrap up
GENEVA -- Syria's warring sides are due to end another round of peace talks in Geneva on Friday, with hopes of progress dim as the foes remain mired in blame-trading over the violence ravaging their country. The gridlock, which has seen the rivals fail to even agree on an agenda for the talks, has prompted Washington and Moscow to use their clout with their respective allies to help revive the process. A Western diplomat said prospects were "grim" as the second round of talks drew to a close and UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi admitted that "failure is always staring at us in the face". "Until now, we are not making much progress," Brahimi said Thursday after meeting high-level diplomats from Russia and the United States. Washington, which backs the opposition, and Moscow, a key ally of the Syrian regime, "promised that they will help both here and in their capitals and elsewhere to unblock the situation for us," said Brahimi. The so-called Geneva II negotiations, which began on January 22, have so far done nothing to end the nearly three-year civil war that has claimed more than 136,000 lives and forced millions from their homes. Syria's foes did not meet on Thursday and were expected to hold only separate meetings with Brahimi on Friday. MORE
Syrian delegates declare impasse in peace talks
GENEVA -- Syrian government and opposition delegates said talks to end their country's civil war have reached an impasse, with the United States and Russia backing the rival camps and trading accusations over the deadlock. An opposition spokesman said Friday that after five days of negotiations the talks reached a "dead end" because of the government's "belligerence," while Syria's deputy foreign minister said the opposition came to the table with an "unrealistic agenda." However, both sides kept the door open for more negotiations, saying the talks may continue for another day. The deadlock and accusations underscored just how far out of reach a political solution for Syria's civil war remains. It also demonstrates the clashing interests that go beyond Syria's borders to the warring sides' international sponsors - Russia and the United States -which both have their own interests in pushing the negotiations. MORE
Syrian opposition presents plan for post-war Syria
GENEVA -- The Syrian opposition called on Wednesday for a transitional governing body to be set up that would oversee a total cease-fire under U.N. monitoring, and be empowered to drive out foreign fighters deployed on both sides of the civil war. The confidential paper, seen by Reuters, was presented to international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi and a Syrian government delegation at a joint session held at peace talks in Geneva. It made no mention of the fate of President Syrian President Bashar Assad, but opposition forces said that he had been ignored on purpose to make clear he had no role . . . "The Transitional Governing Body (TGB) will prepare and oversee a total cease-fire by taking immediate measures to stop military violence, protect civilians and stabilise the country in the presence of U.N. observers," the five-page document said. It calls on all parties to "cooperate with the TGB in stopping the violence including the complete withdrawal of troops and tackling the issue of decommissioning the weapons of armed groups and demobilizing its members or integrating them into the army or civil public sectors". The Damascus delegation did not reply to the proposal, opposition spokesman Louay Safi told reporters. "At this point we have not heard any response ... I would like to hear some positive response." MORE
Syrian opposition adds rebel figures to Geneva delegation
GENEVA -- The Syrian opposition has beefed up its delegation at the Geneva peace talks by adding for the first time representatives of rebel brigades that are fighting on the ground, a senior opposition member said on Monday. Anas al-Abdah told reporters that a seven member "military and security" team has joined civilian figures from the Syrian National Coalition, who are negotiating an end to the three year conflict with President Bashar Assad's government. They include the Syrian Rebels Front, led by Jamal Maarouf, which has been active against the al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in northern Syria, and rebels from the southern province of Deraa, the cradle of the uprising. Defectors from Assad's security apparatus are also on the team, which Abdah said would sit at the negotiating table if the talks get down to military issues. MORE
U.N.-OPCW urges Syria to speed up destruction of chemical arms
DAMASCUS, SYRIA -- The head of a mission overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical arsenal has urged Damascus to speed up operations, amid Western concerns the regime is deliberately dragging its feet. Sigrid Kaag, in an interview with AFP late Tuesday, was confident however that a mid-2014 deadline for the regime's entire arsenal to be destroyed would be met. Syria, Kaag said, was continuing to display "constructive cooperation" despite missing several deadlines to ship chemical material out of the country. "Some delays have been encountered, but they have not been insurmountable and we remain confident that the deadline of 30th June 2014 will be met," she said. "What's important... is that there is an acceleration and intensification of efforts as we progress in time towards the deadline," she said. "But yes, there is constructive cooperation at the political and at the technical level." MORE
Russia, NATO plan joint operation on Syria's chemical weapons
MOSCOW / BRUSSELS -- Russia and NATO are drawing up plans for a rare joint naval operation in the Mediterranean to protect the U.S. ship that will destroy Syria's deadliest chemical weapons, officials and other sources said. The operation would be a symbolic breakthrough at a time when NATO-Russian relations are strained over NATO's anti-missile shield and East-West tensions are running high over Ukraine. It would also signal strong global backing for the U.S.-Russian agreement last August to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, a deal that averted the threat of U.S. military strikes on Syria. Under the plan being discussed, NATO and Russian warships would share the task of protecting the Cape Ray, a U.S. cargo ship that will process at sea about 500 tonnes of chemicals that are too dangerous to deal with on land. NATO and Russia are still trying to iron out some technical hitches, but NATO sources say a deal could be announced as early as next week. NATO and Russian warships would provide strong protection to a ship carrying some of the world's most dangerous cargo. MORE
Iran's nuclear chief reveals new extra-powerful centrifuges
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s nuclear commission, revealed Monday the developiment of a new generation of centrifuges [for uranium enrichment] that are 15 to 16 times more powerful than the older types. Therefore, he explained, Iran will not lose anything in nuclear technology as a result of diplomacy with the six powers. The deal they struck in November, he stressed, entitled the Islamic Republic to continue nuclear research and development without any conditions attached. [no further content] LINK
Iran promises IAEA seven steps within three months
The nuclear watchdog reported “constructive technical meetings” Sunday after its inspectors paid another visit to Tehran. Iran was said to have implemented six previous, initial steps agreed three months ago, including access to two nuclear-related facilities. Details of those steps were not released. However, the nuclear inspectors were again denied access to the Parchin base where Iran is suspected of [having] tested nuclear explosions and was prevented from probing the nuclear program’s military dimensions. DEBKAfile: Tehran has stonewalled the IAEA for years on this visit. It continues to do so claiming that the inspectors are only entitled to “managed access” for visits. [no further content] LINK
U.S. promises to defend Japan from China as territory dispute lingers
The United States’ top diplomat said this week that the US will not walk away from Japan as tensions worsen in the Far East between America’s Asian ally and China regarding a heated territory dispute in the Pacific. US Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday when he reiterated previous remarks from the White House about the Obama administration’s willingness to come to Japan’s aid if events escalate in the East China Sea . . . "I ... underscored that the United States remains as committed as ever to upholding our treaty obligations with our Japanese allies,” Reuters quoted Kerry as saying, referencing the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between both nations signed in 1960. "The United States neither recognizes nor accepts China's declared East China Sea [Air Defense Identification Zone] and the United States has no intention of changing how we conduct operations in the region," he added, according to the Associated Press. "We are deeply committed to maintaining the prosperity and the stability in the Asia-Pacific. And that won't be possible without respect for international law, including freedom of navigation and overflight.” The US has numerous military bases in Japan and across the region, and would be obligated to provide military assistance under the mutual cooperation treaty should China launch a strike in an attempt to strengthen their hold on the disputed territory. MORE
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U.S. Blames China For Rising Tensions In South China Sea - Evan Medeiros, the Asia director at the White House national security council, warned China against declaring an air defence identification zone for the South China Sea, following its announcement in December of new rules for airspace in the East China Sea ... “We have been very clear with the Chinese that we would see that [the establishment of a new air zone] as a provocative and destabilising development that would result in changes in our presence and military posture in the region” LINK
Report: New Chinese Submarine Patrol Puts Hawaii, Alaska Within Nuke Range LINK
Documentary barely touches surface of persecution in South Asia
Gospel for Asia (GFA) is set to premier a new documentary that tells a heartbreaking story: millions of women who suffer in South Asia simply because of their gender. 'Veil of Tears' looks at infanticide, sex trafficking, bride burning and widow abandonment. The film releases at locations across the U.S. March 28. Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia, says Veil of Tears tells the story through the eyes of the victims. He tells One News Now: "Our goal is to portray a realistic picture of what's going on so that the body of Christ, even people who are not even Christians, will see that as human beings we have a moral obligation to care, to think and to act, to bring some hope for these people …" Veil of Tears director Kenny Saylor recalls that GFA has been producing films for 20 years that "capture the tragic side of human experience." But there is also an effort to communicate "beauty and hope" amidst tragedy. "In Veil of Tears," says Saylor, "we wanted to show the courage, resilience and faith of women, and demonstrate that God is changing hearts and lives, even in the most difficult of situations and locales." Yohannan maintains that in South Asia, millions of women have been brutally persecuted and killed just because of their gender. "In some ways, honestly, it's not even telling ten percent of the reality," he says of the newest documentary. [no further content] LINK
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Children Exposed to More Brain-Harming Chemicals Than Ever Before
A new report finds the number of chemicals contributing to brain disorders in children has doubled since 2006
In recent years, the prevalence of developmental disorders such as autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and dyslexia have soared. While greater awareness and more sophisticated diagnoses are partly responsible for the rise, researchers say that the changing environment in which youngsters grow up may also be playing a role.
In 2006, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified five industrial chemicals responsible for causing harm to the brain – lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (found in electric transformers, motors and capacitors), arsenic (found in soil and water as well as in wood preservatives and pesticides), and toluene (used in processing gasoline as well as in paint thinner, fingernail polish, and leather tanning). Exposure to these neurotoxins was associated with changes in neuron development in the fetus as well as among infants, and with lower school performance, delinquent behavior, neurological abnormalities, and reduced IQ in school-aged children.
Now the same researchers have reviewed the literature and found six additional industrial chemicals that can hamper normal brain development. These are manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Manganese, they say, is found in drinking water and can contribute to lower math scores and heightened hyperactivity, while exposure to high levels of fluoride from drinking water can contribute to a seven-point drop in IQ on average. The remaining chemicals, which are found in solvents and pesticides, have been linked to deficits in social development and increased aggressive behaviors.
The research team acknowledges that there isn’t a causal connection between exposure to any single chemical and behavioral or neurological problems – it’s too challenging to isolate the effects of each chemical to come to such conclusions. But they say the growing body of research that is finding links between higher levels of these chemicals in expectant mothers’ blood and urine and brain disorders in their children should raise alarms about how damaging these chemicals can be. The developing brain in particular, they say, is vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals, and in many cases, the changes they trigger are permanent.
“The consequence of such brain damage is impaired [central nervous system] function that lasts a lifetime and might result in reduced intelligence, as expressed in terms of lost IQ points, or disruption in behavior,” they write in their report, which was published in the journal Lancet Neurology.
They point to two barriers to protecting children from such exposures – not enough testing of industrial chemicals and their potential effect on brain development before they are put into widespread use, and the enormous amount of proof that regulatory agencies require in order to put restrictions or limitations on chemicals. Most control of such substances, they note, occurs after negative effects are found among adults; in children, the damage may be more subtle, in the form of lower IQ scores or hyperactivity, that might not be considered pathological or dangerous. “Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements, and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries,” they write. “A new framework of action is needed.” [no further content]
Source: time.com LINK
Commentary: CONSTITUTIONAL SHERIFFS ARE LIBERTY'S BRIGHTEST LIGHT (Michael Peroutka)
If you are a lover of liberty in America today, you probably have gotten used to hearing and seeing “bad news.”
I’m sure that you would agree that we live in an age of lawlessness and corruption. We have a central government that has become everything that our Founders feared. Indeed, Washington, D.C. has become a black hole of consolidated power that is bent on enslaving, impoverishing and destroying the very people it is duty bound, before the Almighty, to protect.
Rather than defend our God-given rights, our government has become the abuser of those rights.
Rather than upholding law, government uses the “color of law” to break the law.
And our state and local governments, which are duty bound to interpose on our behalf and protect us from this lawbreaking, far too often assume the role of the tyrant’s local commissar. They inflict further evil upon us by trading our liberties and our property for grants and perks that are funded by our tax monies in the first place. In this way the people are double victims.
But there is some good news and I would like to share it with you.
I recently attended a meeting of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA). These sheriffs and peace officers might just be the brightest light that shines today for the cause of liberty and justice.
Headed by former Sheriff Richard Mack, these officers are dedicated to the protection of the God-given liberties of the people they represent. They are a serious band of brothers who recognize that they have taken an oath before God and that oath does not obligate them to obey courts or agencies that operate outside of the Constitution. Rather, they are committed to following the Constitution which is the Supreme Law of the Land.
Moreover, they recognize that the rights they are duty bound to defend have a divine origin. They are part of God’s created order and are fixed and unchanging. They are not subject to the will and the whims of courts and bureaucrats.
On January 24, 2014, the CSPOA published a resolution which declared, among other things, that “no agency established by the U.S. Congress can develop its own policies or regulations which supersede the Bill of Rights or the U.S. Constitution, nor does the executive branch have the power to make law, overturn law, or set aside law.”
The resolution also declares that certain abuses of the citizenry will not be tolerated including “arrest of citizens or seizure of persons or property without first notifying and obtaining the express consent of the local sheriff.”
This resolution deserves the support of all lovers of liberty. These sheriffs and peace officers, having recognized their duty under God and the Constitution, are bravely stepping forward to do that duty and to defend your rights. They are deserving of your commendation and your support. I am asking you to give them your prayers, your encouragement and your financial support.
You can do this by visiting their website at CSPOA.com.
You should also ask your local sheriff to join this effort. [no further content, emphasis added]
Source: newswithviews.com LINK
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ADDITIONAL NEWS & ANALYSIS
[analysis] Obama's New Delay of Employer Mandate Violates Plain Language of Law LINK
Boehner's Office on Obama 'Rewriting' ACA: 'We Are Examining All of Our Options' LINK
Krauthammer: New Obamacare Delay Is 'The Kind Of Stuff You Do In A Banana Republic' (Video) LINK
Congressman: Obama 'doesn't understand' Constitution LINK
[analysis]: How Much Power Will Congress Let Obama Seize? LINK
Would Congress stop President Barack Obama if he unilaterally declared he was raising the federal income tax rates for families that earn between $50,000 and $99,000 per year? ... The question is not whether Obama will violate the law, overstep the Constitution, and obliterate the most sacred rights of individuals, including the right to life and the freedom of conscience ... He already has done all these things ... The question is whether this Congress, or the next, will do anything about it
Obamacare Enrollment Rate Slows Markedly In January LINK
Note: see also Health Insurance Marketplace: February Enrollment Report LINK [pdf format]
[analysis]: These Six Court Cases Could Cripple Obamacare LINK
Affordable Care Act faces 100 pending lawsuits
Greenwald promises more shocking news on U.S. surveillance ... says he has sources apart from Snowden LINK
"I definitely think it's fair to say that there are people who have been inspired by Edward Snowden's courage and by the great good and virtue that it has achieved" ... Greenwald and other investigative journalists are set to launch this week an independent news site to run revelations stories with First Look Media, a venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
Merkel's 'No-Spy' Ambitions With U.S. May Collapse, Envoy Says LINK
Obama: “There’s no country where we have a 'no-spy' agreement”
Secret Military Contractors Will Soon Mine Your Tweets LINK
[analysis]: NSA Spying Poses 'Direct Threat to Journalism,' Watchdog Group Warns LINK
Foreign regimes use spyware against journalists, even in U.S. LINK
[analysis]: Spying and Social Control: U.S. Government Labels Dissent As Terrorism LINK
In 1972, the CIA director relabelled “dissidents” as “terrorists” so he could continue spying on them … and nothing has changed
Time To Fight Back Alert: Rand Paul announces suit against Obama administration over NSA LINK
Rand Paul: 'Do we no longer have a Fourth Amendment?' (Video) LINK
"Our founders never intended for Americans to trust their government, our entire Constitution was predicated on the notion that government was a necessary evil to be restrained and minimized as much as possible ... Today is the day we begin to fight back"
Note: see also Join Our Class-Action Lawsuit Against The NSA LINK
Administration weighs drone strike against American citizen LINK
U.S. suspect possibly targeted for drone attack LINK
[analysis]: 'How to Do It Legally': Obama White House Envisages Drone Assassination of U.S. Citizen LINK
The NSA is playing a central role in the assassination program, which overwhelmingly selects targets by cellphone metadata rather than definite human intelligence ... An unnamed former JSOC drone operator says that the use of metadata analysis and cellphone tracking technologies has resulted in the killing of innocent people, since the target is a cellphone SIM card, which may or may not be in the possession of the person targeted ... “Once the bomb lands or a night raid happens, you know that phone is there ... But we don’t know who’s behind it, who’s holding it ... It’s of course assumed that the phone belongs to a human being who is nefarious and considered an ‘unlawful enemy combatant’ ... This is where it gets very shady”
Drone use in Connecticut raises questions for journalists, police LINK
Deadly cesium levels spike in groundwater underneath Fukushima plant LINK
Saudi Arabia calls for urgent U.N. meeting on Syria ... Points [to] 'crimes against humanity' LINK
Frenemies of Frenemies Alert: U.S.: Iran assisting al-Qaeda operations in Syria [?!] LINK
The accusation, detailed in new sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department targeting Iranian terror links, suggests Iranian officials are backing opposing sides in the Syrian civil war
[analysis]: Al Qaeda infighting complicates convoluted Syrian crisis LINK
The brutal violence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has apparently become so bad that even al Qaeda has cut ties with the group ... So what does the move mean for the Syrian conflict?
IRGC Commander: Iran to Opt for Other Ways If Diplomacy Fails LINK
Iran: We're ready for 'decisive battle' with Israel, U.S. LINK
Chief of staff warns Tehran’s enemies and regional states against military action, calling American threats ‘political bluff’
[analysis]: Nuclear deal heightens tension between Iran president and Guards LINK
Report: U.S. curbs carrier presence in Persian Gulf to aid Iran nuke talks: report LINK
The USS Harry Truman - the sole carrier for the last year in the area - has actually spent more hours sailing waters outside the Persian Gulf than inside it during the past six months ... Navy officials deny any reduction in military strength in the region, and say they’ve actually upped the craft count with smaller, swifter ships with better navigational and patrol abilities
Netanyahu to visit Washington, meet Obama next month LINK
The meeting signifies the prime minister's decision to accept US Secretary of State John Kerry’s line on the peace talks ongoing with the Palestinians
[Report]: Livni hinted that Israel could be 'in for a surprise' over Palestinian recognition of Jewish state LINK
PA minister: Western Wall must be under our rule LINK
Mahmoud al-Habash says ‘every inch’ of land captured by Israel in 1967 must be part of sovereign Palestine, including ‘Buraq’ wall
Hizballah calls off annual Mughniyeh memorial for fear of terrorist attacks LINK
Iran Warship Heading to Atlantic Barely Survived Earlier Tangle With U.S. Navy (Followup) LINK
One possible destination may be Venezuela, Iran’s closest ally in the western hemisphere
[analysis]: U.S. Continues War [in Iraq] by Proxy: Playing the al-Qaeda Card to the Last Iraqi LINK
The Wall Street Journal online on February 3 reported that the “ U.S. military support there relies increasingly on the presence of contractors” ... It described this strategy as “the strategic deployment of defense contractors in Iraq” ... Citing State Department and Pentagon figures, the WSJ reported, “As of January 2013, the U.S. had more than 12,500 contractors in Iraq,” including some 5,000 contractors supporting the American diplomatic mission in Iraq , the largest in the world
[analysis]: U.S. Regime Change: 'We initiate Terrorism to create Terrorists to Overthrow Governments' LINK
(1) The US conducts acts of terrorism in nations they want to control; (2) the US continues terrorism to provoke an act of reprisal; (3) the US labels the reprisal “terrorism” to justify covert and overt military operations to overthrow targeted governments
Egypt's General El-Sisi in Moscow to sign $2 billion arms deal LINK
U.N.: Cyprus peace talks to resume, leaders meet February 11 LINK
Illinois Electricity Customers Forced to Get 'Smart Meters' or Pay Fine LINK
Commonwealth Edison customers who refuse to have smart meters installed will be charged $21.53 a month, regulators decided Wednesday ... "If customers make the decision to refuse a (smart) meter now and incur monthly charges associated with this choice it should be with full knowledge that this refusal is simply deferring the inevitable," the Illinois Commerce Commission said in its order
[analysis]: Warning: Homeland Security set to purchase license plate tracking LINK
And with license plate tracking toy (not a tool), they will know where you are
Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism LINK
Documents from an Ohio National Guard training drill conducted last January reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists
[analysis]: The Killing of Osama bin Laden was an 'American Hoax' LINK
Revelations of Pakistan network TV
[analysis]: New World Order Bureaucracies and the Rise of Impersonal Rule LINK
High School Class of 2004: 13% Neither Working Nor Studying ... 23% Living With Parents LINK
[analysis]: Europe Considers Wholesale Savings Confiscation, Enforced Redistribution LINK
"The savings of the European Union's 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis, an EU document says" ... What is left unsaid is that the "usage" will be on a purely involuntary basis, at the discretion of the "union", and can thus best be described as confiscation
[analysis]: Financial Market Manipulations Become More Extreme, More Desperate LINK
[analysis]: Who Owns The Federal Reserve? LINK
The Fed is privately owned ... Its shareholders are private banks
[analysis]: How the Credit Card Gravy Train Is Running Over You LINK
[Nuclear Fusion]: Lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy LINK
Researchers involved in the Nuclear Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said that they have used 192 laser beams to compress a tiny fuel pellet less than half the diameter of a human hair in such a way that it triggered the net release of energy by nuclear fusion ... The breakthrough at NIF was made possible by altering the laser pulses focusing on the fuel pellet in such a way that it led to the even compression of the capsule holding the deuterium and tritium ... “We had to compress the capsule by 35 times ... This is like saying that if you started with a basketball it would be like compressing it down to the size of a pea, but keeping the perfect spherical shape, which is very challenging”
Press Release: 297 scientists and experts agree GMOs not proven safe LINK
'World's first' farmer trial over GM crop contamination begins in Australia LINK
[analysis]: The Realities of GMO and Petro-chemical Agriculture: Allergies, Toxins, New Diseases LINK
The deceptions and falsehoods of the GMO lobby: Acquiesce or Europe will become “Museum of world farming”
Tobacco-Less CVS Will Continue to Sell 'Plan B' Abortifacient LINK
Federal court rules North Carolina 'Choose Life' license plate unconstitutional LINK
Expert: Child euthanasia a 'logical progression' LINK
'Belgium is just a poster country for where this goes'
Abomination Alert: Kentucky [sodomy-based] marriage: Judge says state must recognize [sodomy-based] marriages performed in other states LINK
A first for South: Virginia [sodomy-based] marriage ban overturned LINK
Note: see also Commentary: Virginia [Sodomy-Based] Marriage Ruling Confuses Declaration Of Independence With Constitution LINK
Recall of nearly 9 million pounds of meat not fully inspected (California) LINK
[analysis]: Harvard Study: Fluoride Lowers Children’s Intelligence By 7 IQ Points LINK
Government and top university studies: Fluoride lowers IQ and causes other health problems
Another 3 human H7N9 cases in China LINK
[analysis]: 3-D printing the human body LINK
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