Jim Kirwan: Is Israel Attacking America??

Beginning last September 1, I began to have doubts about the events leading up to the SUPER-COMMITTEE: Where had this idea come from, how was it introduced and who exactly was able to make such an obviously unconstitutional thing happen? "In recent months over 300 US members of Congress, over half of the 535 members of that body signed letters of absolute-loyalty to the Zionist-Apartheid-state of Israel. Swearing their oaths, in writing, to support the needs of Israel above all else in the world, which was a blatant act of TREASON, committed directly against the US oaths they took, when they were "selected" to be in the US Congress, and yesterday this Zionist led Congress finished destroying the reason for their existence by shattering the terms under which their offices were constitutionally created in the first place. The US Constitution was violated by the US Supreme Court on 12-12-2000, when the court basically appointed Bush to be the next president against the specific prohibition of the interference by the court in any US Presidential election: That job should have been done by Congress, who refused to stop the court from breaking the constitutional prohibition. So, we have the Courts and the Congress trashing the Constitution, and of course, the Tarnished House with it's over 5,000 employees vigorously supporting the Zionist State of Israel, against all challenges to their illegal invasions and occupations. On December 14, Obama made these statements about both the US Constitution and the first notice that he would be introducing "Prolonged Detention" as part of a newly created and legal structure to deal with what he sees as a security threat to America. Then we go back to the end last week, when this completely illegal reinterpretation was created by an overwhelming vote that had taken place in the US House, during the summer, which came before the Senate and was overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 97-3. This piece of TREASON then was sent to a committee to unify its provisions, and today this illegal document was signed into law by the man that will go down in history as the TRAITOR who killed America.

Jason Ditz: Pakistan says Raiding US Drones will be Shot Down!

Though it hasn't been officially confirmed yet, reports coming out of NBC News suggest the Obama Administration's drone war against Pakistan's tribal areas could be over as of this weekend, with a top official quoted as saying future drones entering Pakistani air space will be shot down. The report cites a new defense policy by General Parvez Kayani, Pakistan's military chief, and would be in keeping with Pakistan's decision last week to deploy air defense assets along the border with Afghanistan. The deployments along the Afghan border come in the wake of a late November attack by US warplanes against a pair of Pakistani military bases in Mohmand Agency, though at the time there was no indication that it would extend to the constant US drone presence. The drone strikes have killed thousands over the course of the past few years, and have come under considerable criticism for the large civilian death toll involved. It is ironic that after years of paying lip-service to the crisis, the Pakistani government might finally halt the drones in response to an attack by manned aircraft.

David Icke: Wall Street Propagandists - Ties to Russian Protesters?

As the evidence begins to mount, pointing the accusing finger at the increasingly illegitimate corporate-financier occupiers of the West's governments as having built up Russian opposition movements and being behind the current unrest filling Russia's streets, the corporate media has already started to rewrite events as they unfold. An amazing piece of mid-event revisionism titled, "Moscow braces as election protest goes viral," desperately attempts to portray the protests as "leaderless" even as the article itself interviews "organizers." Quoting unnamed, and most likely nonexistent protesters, the article featured in the Sydney Morning Herald insists protesters claimed, "I came on my own. I learned about it on the web." But the article then states, and last night, thanks to the web, organizers were expecting more than 3oooo people to demonstrate against what they see as the rigged results of last Sunday's elections, because that's how many have committed themselves to a sign-up sheet on Facebook." Read more: Wall Street Propagandists Scramble To Cover US Ties to Russian Protesters!

Helen Bloomberg: CIA Caught Hoaxing Iran Nuke Site 'Explosion' Story!

Western media is so corrupted by the bankers, that I stopped believing in anything I am reading anymore, and I am checking the details myself. May I humbly direct your attention to a detail, which I hope others in the alternative journalism field may inspect further. Was there a bombing at the Iranian Nuclear Site? New satellite images show big changes at underground facility. The paper printed photos of from the CIA controlled ISIS: http://isis-on-line.org/isis-reports /detail/no-visible-evidence-of explosion-at-esfahan-nuclear-site-adjacent-facility-/. The photos allegedly show 'before' and 'after' the 'explosion' at the Iranian nuclear site, but the contradiction between two articles attracted my attention. Since it is perfectly clear from the photos that before and after are reversed in time chronology, I am humbly suggesting that the CIA just, possibly, changed the date on the old photo, and passed it off as a photo from December 3, 2011. The bulldozer tracks are a perfect evidence that the photo was taken before the buildings ever existed. There is plenty more evidence for the astute reader who inspects these photos carefully. I am enclosing the older photo first, and then the new photo from this month.


Dallas Morning News: What Has been Won, lost, and can Iraq find its way?

Hiding in a secure and fortified concrete at the Baghdad airport, helicopters hovering above, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta marked the occasion of our troop withdrawal from Iraq with an upbeat speech: "Let me be clear: Iraq will be tested in the days ahead, by terrorism, and by those who seek to divide, by economic and social issues, by the of demands of democracy itself," Panetta said. "Challenges remain, but the US will be there to stand by the Iraqi people as they navigate those challenges, to build a stronger and more prosperous nation." For Americans, the ceremony marked an uneasy moment of closure, with no clear sense of what has been won and lost. The war had claimed 4,487 US lives, with 32,226 more Americans wounded in action, according to Pentagon statistics. More than 100,000 Iraqis were killed, most of them civilians, according to the Iraq Body Count website. "To be sure, the cost was high, in blood and treasure of the United States and also the Iraqi people," Panetta told the roughly 200 troops and others in attendance. "Those lives have not been lost in vain. They gave birth to an independent, free and sovereign Iraq." But gnawing questions remain: Will Iraqis be able to forge their new government amid continuing sectarian clashes? And will Iraq be able to defend itself in a region fraught with turmoil and steeped in insurgent threats?

AIDS: American Democracy's Exclusive Gift!!!

Sources from the hospitals of the stooge Kabul regime say that recently a number of health care centers took blood samples from people for illnesses diagnosing purposes in which three thousand cases of the deadly AIDS virus were positively identified. Sources say that they accidentally came across the cases, meaning if thorough research and surveys were carried out, this number could skyrocket. The New York Times also mentioned in one of its reports on AIDS or HIV virus in Afghanistan and stated: "No one had heard about a single case of aids ten years ago in Afghanistan and the country was considered as one of the few "shielded from the worst ravages of the AIDS pandemic". Why is it now, that in addition to the war, AIDS has been able to spread, and thousands of Afghans have been diagnosed with this virus? If we view a decade of American crime and savagery in Afghanistan, including the use of various chemical and banned weapons, we see large villages destroyed in airstrikes, and Afghans butchered in front of their fathers, mothers, and children during searches. America and the west have also tried to corrupt the Afghans, pushing them away from their religion, and introducing AIDS into their environment.

PRESSTV: Pakistan to sustain NATO Convoy Ban!

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Islamabad will continue its blocking of NATO convoys supplying goods to US-led foreign forces in neighboring Afghanistan. Gilani also refused, in a BBC interview published Sunday, to rule out the closing of Pakistan's airspace to all US flights. The US military and other NATO member countries with fighting forces in Afghanistan rely heavily on the Pakistani supply route into the landlocked country, even more so now than previously with Taliban attacks on the rise. Pakistan decided to halt the supply convoys destined for US-led foreign soldiers occupying Afghanistan, in response to deadly US-led airstrikes on November 26, that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two checkpoints on the Afghan border. During the interview, the Pakistani prime minister also dismissed reports claiming that the country's ailing President Asif Ali Zardari has suffered a stroke, and that the army planned to oust him. However, he went on to add that Zardari will remain in a Dubai hospital in the United Arab Emirates for two more weeks: According to some reports, the 56-year-old president last week suffered a temporary ischemic attack, which can produce stroke-like symptoms, but no lasting damage to the brain. "Zardari was making a rapid improvement," Gilani emphasized.

Matthew Doss: $806 Billion Spent for Hundreds of Thousands Killed!

The United States is withdrawing the last of its troops from Iraq this month, which makes now an appropriate time to begin weighing the costs and benefits to US national security from our intervention there. On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush stood aboard the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and declared to the country and to the world that "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." As Americans would quickly find out, President Bush's declaration of victory was severely premature. Iraq would soon be in the throes of a violent insurgency and, eventually, a full-blown sectarian civil war. More than eight years after that speech, as President Barack Obama prepares to keep his promise to end that war, Iraq has made progress but still struggles with insecurity and deep political discord. Though the level of violence has remained down from its 2006-2007 peak, when dozens of bodies could be found on Baghdad's streets every morning, Iraq still endures a level of violence that in any other country would be considered a crisis. Still, the end of former Iraq President Saddam Hussein's brutal regime represents a considerable global good, and a nascent democratic Iraqi republic partnered with the United States could potentially yield benefits in the future.


Ghassan Khabib: Ultimate Crippling, A Palestinian View!

The Palestinian Authority has been plagued this year by various financial troubles that are affecting, in turn, its ability to fulfill some of its financial obligations. The most recent source of these problems has been a decline in PA revenues. The Palestinian budget is usually composed of two sources of income: One is external funding, $1.83 billion annually, from donors, and the other is made up of domestic revenues, direct $812 million a year, and indirect, $1.442 billion annually, collected by Israel. Systematically reducing the need for external funding, that funding, remains a substantial part of the budget deficit financed by foreign aid from $1.8 billion in 2oo8, to $1 billion this year. Yet, some donors, for reasons that the Palestinian Authority does not know, have fulfilled commitments made in donor conferences or in Arab League meetings. That decline in external funding began a few months before the beginning of this year, and has continued to accumulate throughout 2011. It was dealt with by borrowing from banks, to the extent that the Palestinian Authority has reached the debt limit allowed by domestic laws and regulations. In the second half of this year, a new source of financial difficulty started to emerge.
Israel collects indirect taxes taxes on commodities imported and exported by virtue of Israel's control over the borders.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Let us have an honest conversation anout Income Inequity! !

The 'president' appeared on "60 Minutes" last night for a lengthy interview and, of course, the economy was topic number one. At one point, interviewer Steve Krofft brought up income inequity and tried to pose the idea that talking about it was verging on socialist absurd, but common belief among misguided conservatives. Obama was not having it: Kroft: I mean, you were really talking about income inequality, which suggests redistribution of wealth. Obama: I'm gonna interrupt you there, Steve. Kroft: There are gonna be people who say, 'This is the socialist Obama, and he's come out of the closet.' Obama: Look, everyone is concerned about inequality. Those folks in there, who were listenin' to the speech, those are teachers and small business people, and probably some small town bankers, who are in there thinking to themselves, 'How is it that I, we're working so hard ,' and meanwhile, they know that corporate profits are at a record level, that a lot of folks are doing very well. What's happened to the American deal that says, you know, we are focused on building a strong middle class? Kroft: This is the class warfare you have been accused of by the Republicans? Obama: Look, the problem is, that our politics have gotten to the point, where we can't have an honest conversation about the greatest income inequality since the 1920s.

BooMan: Booman Tribune

Let's just assume for a moment that Newt Gingrich is going to be the Republicans' nominee for president. It is a good thing that, when it comes to the Palestinians, he is "at odds with the opinion of all but the most extreme elements of Israeli society." He's so extreme in his hatred of the Palestinians that he makes even right-wing Israelis uncomfortable. I don't think it does much political harm to Gingrich to be so radically anti-Palestinian. It's probably not even a good thing for Israel. It's somewhat dangerous to have a prominent candidate making such incendiary comments. But to have a nominee of one major party saying these things? Well, for a comparison, think about how Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's more provocative statements are exaggerated and used as a constant justification for using aggression against his country. Ahmadinejad doesn't even have power over Iran's military, and yet his rhetoric is quite effectively used to scare the crap out of people. There are consequences when someone with Gingrich's prominence acts as hateful and bat-shit crazy as the Iranian president.


Israel Shahak: The Racist Nature of Zionism and of The Zionist State of Israel!

It is my considered opinion that the State of Israel is a racist state in the full meaning of this term: In this state people are discriminated against, in the most permanent and legal way and in the most important areas of life, only because of their origin. This racist discrimination began in Zionism and is carried out today mainly in cooperation with the institutions of the Zionist move- ment: I will prove this view by quoting facts, laws and regulations which have force in Israel and are enforced by the government. I will therefore ignore the racism of the individuals in this article and also the declared or undeclared explanations by which this racism is sometimes justified. In the State of Israel, one who is not a Jew is discriminated against, only because he is not a Jew, in these areas of life: The right to live, to dwell or open a business in the place of one's choice. Most of the land in Israel belongs to, or is administered by the Jewish National Fund, which is a Zionist organization, and operates an admitted racist policy. It forbids non-Jews to dwell on its lands or to open businesses and work, only because they are not Jews! This policy enjoys perfect legality. Whole towns were created in Israel, which are "clean of Arabs," or "goyim." In other towns, like Upper Nazareth, only one special quarter is "devoted" to the dwelling of Arabs. Any attempt by an Arab to buy or rent a flat from a Jew is openly opposed!

Maidhc O Cathail: Who Will Watch the Watchdog?

On December 2, the Geneva-based UN Watch welcomed that day's "strong condemnation" of Syria by a UN Human Rights Council emergency session, and its establishment of a special rapporteur to monitor the situation there, following what it called "a global campaign to create the post by a coalition of prominent democracy dissidents and human rights groups" led by UN Watch itself. The non-governmental organization, whose self-appointed mandate is "to monitor the perform -ance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter," expressed regret, however, that the UNHRC resolution "paid special deference" to Syria's "territorial integrity" and "political independence,"decrying the provision as "a clear jab at NATO's intervention in Libya, and a pre-emtive strike against the principle of the international community's responsibility to protect civilians under assault." On the same day, UN Watch delivered a speech to the Human Rights Council's "shocking silence on Syria's atrocities," calling on it to take "urgent action to protect the civilian population before thousands more are beaten, tortured and killed." It also urged UNESCO to reverse its recent decision to elect Syria to two human rights committees.

Ray McGovern: will Israel Kill Americans Again?

Stuffing my backpack before setting out to board The Audacity of Hope, the US boat to Gaza, I got a familiar-sounding call from yet another puzzled friend, who said as gently as the words will allow, "You know you can get killed, don't you?" I recognize this caution as an expression of genuine concern from friends. From some others, who don't much care about Gaza's plight and/or who do not wish us well, the words are phrased somewhat differently: "Aren't you just asking for it?" That was the obligatory question/accusation at the end of a recent interview of me that was taped for a BBC-TV special scheduled to air this coming week, as we try to break, or at least draw attention to Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza and the suffering it inflicts on the people there. I also have been cautioned by a source with access to very senior staffers at the National Security Council that not only does the White House plan to do absolutely nothing to protect our boat from Israeli attack or illegal boarding, but that White House officials "would be happy if something happened to us." They are, I am reliably told," perfectly willing to have the cold corpses of activists shown on American TV." Two millennia ago, "Civus Romanus Sum"
automatically won lawful treatment and free passage for Roman citizens in trouble. It was a matter of pride and a benefit of being part of a powerful empire. Today, the contrast could hardly be starker: It is a sad fact that "Civus Americanus Sum" would engender ridicule rather than respect, if invoked in an attempt to secure basic rights for those of us working for justice for the Palestinians.


Oath Keepers: Federal Agents Demand Customer Lists from Mormons!

Oath Keepers has learned that federal agents recently visited a Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Church food storage cannery in Tennessee, demanding customer lists, wanting to know the identity of Americans who are purchasing food from the Mormons. This incident was confirmed, in person, by Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President, Rand Cardwell. Here is Rand's report: "A fellow veteran contacted me concerning a new and disturbing development. He had been utilizing a Mormon cannery near his home to purchase bulk food supplies. The man who manages the facility relayed to him that federal agents had visited the facility and demanded a list of individuals who had been purchasing bulk food. The manager informed the agents that the facility kept no such records, and that all transactions were conducted on a cash-and-carry basis. The agents pressed for any record of personal checks, credit card transactions, etc., but the manager could provide no such record. The agents appeared to become very agitated, and after several minutes of questioning finally left with no information. I contacted the manager, and personally confirmed this information. This event points to a new level of federal government encroachment on the basic freedoms of the American people!

Brandon Smith: When Governments Go Rogue!

There are those today who would claim that the lifeblood of a nation is dependent upon the graces of its government. That government is the focal point of cultural growth, and that we as citizens should respect it as such. I would be more inclined to agree, if the public did not so easily confuse the ideals of leadership with the actions of criminals. That is to say, regardless of what we wish our government to be, bureaucracies rarely, if ever, embody the spirit of the common man. Instead, bureaucracies almost inevitably deteriorate into into vehicles for the perpetuation of tyranny driven by the very worst of all steward: Elitists minorities with delusions of godhood. Unfortunate ly, despite this fact, the masses often treat these industrious vermin and the plagues of society that they build with the same reverence as they would a sincere and honorable body politic. Govern -ment is not concrete. It is not tangible. It is not the foundation of society. Instead, government is an abstraction, a fantastic dream of collectivist paternity in the face of individual hardship. Those who fear to wander the world on their own courage, strength, and merit, seek to evaluate and empower "decision makers" to provide the comfort of limited liability. Through this process, governments are created out of thin air.

Max Blumenthal: How Israeli Occupation Forces Crackdown On Occupy Protests.

In October, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was Urban Shield 2011, an annual SWAT team exposition organized to promote "mutual response," collaboration and competition between heavily militarized police strike forces representing law enforcement departments across the United States and foreign nations. At the time, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department was preparing for an imminent confrontation with the nascent "Occupy" movement that had set up camp in downtown Oakland, and would demonstrate the brunt of its repressive capacity against the demonstrators a month later, when it attacked the encampment with teargas and rubber bullet rounds, leaving an Iraq war veteran in critical condition and dozens injured. According to Police Magazine, a law enforcement trade publication, "Law enforcement agencies responding to Occupy protesters in northern California credit Urban Shield for their effective teamwork." Training along-side the American police departments at Urban Shield was the Yamam, an Israeli Border Police unit that claims to specialize in "counter- terror" operations, but is better known for its extra-judicial assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders and a long record of repression and abuses in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.


Ulsterman- Continued from 12/08:The Ulsterman Report!

Ulsterman: That's all rather mysterious, a bit too dramatic, don't you think? Who are these people and what is their motivation? Insider: Dramatic? Yeah. How many times, when I tell you some- thing, I see your head shaking. Don't think I didn't see that, and then what? There are powers at play who have always been there, but with this administration it's just a matter of perspective, and its not a Democrat or Republican problem. These "investors" are always attached to either party. The difference has always been whether the president and his staff had the willpower to withstand the pressures which can be applied: Some do, some don't. Barack Obama and his staff are driven to respond to these financial "investors" who have always been with us. The difference is whether the president and his staff have the willpower to withstand the pressures that can be applied by these "gentlemen". Some give in, others don't! Ulsterman: A specific example would help: Beneath all of the good manners, even though they call him "Mr. President", they are opposed to Obama. Bill Clinton knows very well, as did Reagan, who navigated around his staff with carefully crafted words, but the Obama operatives are so utterly predictable and incompetent. They run with the anti- Israeli thing, and all of it is bullshit!

Rense.Com: Six Zionist Companies Own 96% Of American Media!

The largest media conglomerate today is the Walt Disney Company, whose chairman and CEO, Michael Eisner, is a Jew. The Disney Empire, headed by a man described by one media analyst as a "control freak", includes several television production companies - Walt Disney Television, Touchstone Television, Buena Vista Television, its own cable network with 14 million subscribers, and two video production companies. As for feature films, the Walt Disney Picture Group, headed by Jew Joe Roth, includes Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Caravan Pictures. Disney also owns Miramax Films, run by the Weinstein brothers. When the Disney Company was run by the Gentile Disney family, prior to its takeover by Eisner in 1984, it epitomized wholesome family entertainment. While it still holds the rights to Snow White under Eisner, the company has expanded into the production of graphic sex and violence. In addition, it has 225 affiliated stations in the United States, and is part owner of several European TV companies: ABC's cable subsidiary ESPN is headed by president and CEO Steven Bornstein, a Jew. This corporation also has a controlling share of Lifetime Television and the Arts and Entertainment Network cable companies. ABC Radio Network owns eleven AM and ten FM stations, again in major cities such as New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and it has over 3,400 affiliates. Although primarily a telecommunications company, Capital Cities/ABC earned over $1 Billion in publishing in 1994. It owns seven daily newspapers, Fairchild Publications, Chilton Publications, and the Diversified Publishing Group. Time Warner, Inc. is the second of the international media leviathans. The chairman of the board and CEO, Gerald Levin, is a Jew. Time Warner's subsidiary HBO is the country's largest pay-TV cable network. Warner Music is by far the world's largest record company, with 50 labels, the biggest of which is Warner Brothers Records, headed by Danny Goldberg. Stuart Hersh is president of Warnervision, Warner Music's video production unit. Goldberg and Hersch are Jews. ETCETERA, ETCETERA

Jeffrey Goldberg: Palestinians Are an 'Invented' People?

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich dismissed the Palestinian bid for statehood as an effort of an "invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community ." Gingrich also said the Palestinian Authority, which has typically represented the moderate wing of Palestinian leadership, and formally accepts Israel's right to exist, is motivated by "an enormous desire to destroy Israel." Gingrich's comments, in an interview with The Jewish Channel, edge him and his party further away from the two-state solution embraced over the last decade by presidents of both parties, and are the latest in a series of comments from Republican leaders, that will set a sharply confrontational tone toward the Arab world, if a Republican is elected next year. There is no denying that the Palestinians are a people of recent vintage, but so are Americans!

Activist Post: Ohio Nuke Plant Damage More Severe!

Congressman Dennis Kucinich today questioned whether FirstEnergy has been entirely upfront with the people of Ohio over the extent of the damage to the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. Kucinich requested full public disclosure of all relevant photographs, test results, analyses and reports by FirstEnergy after comparing reassuring public statements made about the damage by FirstEnergy officials to disquieting information received from the NRC during a briefing for the Congressman's staff. Descriptions by the NRC, which receives non-public reports from First-Energy, revealed that the damage to the Davis-Besse plant is greater than has previously been portrayed in public statements made by FirstEnergy officials. Kucinich called upon FirstEnergy to release all photographs, test results, analyses and reports to the public, in order to verify the accuracy of FirstEnergy's public statements. "In response to inquiries by my staff, the NRC provided a detailed description of the cracking at FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse plant. That description revealed that the cracks in the Davis-Besse 'shield' building are more numerous and more widely distributed than FirstEnergy has publicly portrayed," said Kucinich. Cracks were initially discovered by accident on the concrete shield wall that protects the reactor from physical attacks and prevents radiation release into the air, water and soil. FirstEnergy publicly claimed the damage was limited as to the size and location of the cracks.


US Economic Collapse: America Is No Longer a Wealthy Nation!

How do you decide whether you are wealthy or not? Do you determine that by how much money you spend at the stores? Of course not. You can tell if you are wealthy or not by comparing your assets to your to your liabilities. Well, a lot of Americans seem to believe that just because a lot of money is circulating in our economy, that it must mean we are a wealthy nation, but that is simply not true. To tell whether or not America is a wealthy nation, you need to look at the balance sheet numbers, where a very sobering story emerges. Over the past three decades, government debt, business debt and household debt have absolutely exploded, but our assets have not. That means we are getting poorer as a nation. Hopefully, the shocking charts and statistics in this article will help a lot of Americans to wake up: Yes, we were once the wealthiest nation on earth, but today America is no longer a wealthy nation: We live during a time when US households are becoming poorer. This week, the Federal Reserve announced that the total net worth of US households declined by 4.1 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2011 alone. That is a staggering decline: The total net worth of US households plummeted by $2.2 trillion during those three months. When you break that down, it comes to approximately $7,800 for every single US citizen!

Mantiq al-Tayr: Who Hates Our Freedoms?

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world, according to George W. Bush, address to the nation, on September 11, 2001. "They hate our freedoms: Our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other." In context, all Americans assumed that Bush was talking about Muslims. Maybe he was really talking about someone else, but just couldn't say so? Let's see who hates our freedoms. Where to begin? It seems the US has so many enemies these days. We could start with Pakistan, they hate our elections, don't they? Oh, but they have elections too. Hell, they even elected a woman as president. I know, they hate us because we have the right in the United States to keep and bear arms. Pakistanis don't have that right, right? Well, not quite. The gun situation in Pakistan would be the envy of everyone living in Bumfuck, Idaho. But I digress: Oh, maybe they hate us because we bomb the shit out of them with drones? Damn, I bet killing lots of women and children probably does piss them off a bit, since they are Muslims. Ungrateful bastards!

Nick Collins: Search for God Particle is Nearly Over!

At a special meeting at the Cern laboratory near Geneva in Switzerland, scientists from the two main experiments targeting the Higgs boson will disclose their latest findings. While researchers from the ATLAS and CMS teams regularly present batches of their most recent data, there is particular excitement surrounding the seminar on December 13. Although scientists are unlikely to announce conclusive evidence of whether or not the particle exists, their data could be strong enough to make a confident guess one way or the other. There is added excitement within the scientific community, because the two teams, both of which include British experts, will not be comparing their results beforehand to avoid biasing their interpretation of their own data. This means even the researchers involved will not know until the seminar what their findings mean in the context of the results from the other group. The Higgs boson is a theoretical particle, which scientists believe gives mass to everything in the universe, and is a key component of the Standard Model of physics. While finding it in its expected form would confirm common theories on how atoms are put together, identifying a number of Higgs bosons with different masses or disproving the particle entirely would overturn many assumptions of modern physics.

PressTV: US Maintains Silence on Downed Drone!

The US and CIA continue to remain silent and refuse to adopt an official position more than 48 hours after Iran unveiled the American spy drone downed by the Iranian military. The US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft was downed, with minimal damage, by the Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit on Sunday, December 4, when flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles from the Afghan border. On December 6, two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the drone had been part of a CIA reconnaissance mission, involving the United State's intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan. Iran's envoy to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei called on the world body on Thursday to condemn the United States' violation of Iranian airspace, saying that the drone was flying 250 kilometers inside Iranian territory when it was forced down. Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador, Livia Leu Agosti, whose embassy serves the US interests in Tehran, on Thursday to convey Iran's serious protest against violation of its airspace by the US spy drone. The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the Afghan envoy to Tehran, Obeidollah Abid, calling for an immediate explanation from Kabul incident.