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Center for Constitutional Rights Strongly Opposes U.S. Military Intervention in Syria
August 30, 2013 – In response to signals from the Obama administration that it will pursue U.S. military intervention in Syria in the wake of attacks last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:
We strongly oppose U.S. military intervention in Syria and urge the Obama administration to support increased diplomatic measures to protect civilians in the region. A United Nations investigation into the massacre of last week is still ongoing. For whoever is deemed responsible, accountability must come by way of investigation and prosecutions under international law, not further militarism in the region.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR has previously challenged U.S. military action and use of force as violating U.S. and international law, including in the invasion of Grenada, in El Salvador, in Panama, for the First Gulf War, Serbia/Kosovo and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. CCR is currently representing a group of U.S. veterans of the Iraq war and two Iraqi human rights organizations seeking accountability and reparations for the war as part of the Right to Heal initiative.
Posted by Catherina | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 07:06 PM (2 replies)
Senator Harkin > Press > Releases
September 1, 2013
Harkin Statement on Syria
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement that he will ask Congress to authorize military force in Syria.
“I have just attended a classified Congressional briefing on Syria that quite frankly raised more questions than it answered. I found the evidence presented by Administration officials to be circumstantial. The atrocious use of chemical weapons against civilian is an affront to human values and a violation of international law. It should be condemned by the international community as a whole.
“The coming debate in Congress will hopefully shine the light on outstanding questions -- as will the results of the U.N. inspection team. We must wait for these results before any action is taken. What I hear from Iowans is that the Middle East has a complex history and the conflicts there will not be solved by U.S. military action alone. We should not rush into what may become a new open-ended war without broad international backing or a full understanding of the ramifications.”
Posted by Catherina | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 07:00 PM (4 replies)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren @RepZoeLofgren 4h
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Joint Statement from Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren Regarding Congressional Debate and Potential Authorization of U.S. Military Action in Syria - August 31, 2013
We are pleased that President Obama will seek Congressional authorization before engaging in any military hostilities against Syria.
That authorization is legally and constitutionally required – the President cannot legally act alone without the U.S. Congress. This construct is part of the genius of our nation’s democratic system and our Constitutional checks and balances.
We welcome the opportunity to listen to the facts of this matter in the most public forum. While a review of the evidence, both classified and unclassified, as to the use of chemical is important, we are already inclined to believe that these horrific weapons were used based on public and social media accounts. We believe that the question before the U.S. Congress is not “can the Obama Administration prove that the Syrian government used chemical weapons?” Rather, the paramount question is, if that is true, “what is the best course for the United States to take, and why?”
Here are just a few of the questions that are at the heart of what Congress must debate as we and our colleagues determine the best course for the United States to take:
• What role should the United States play in enforcing international treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons?
We hope the Congressional debate will be carried out at the highest level, with the result that the United States acts, or does not act, after the most deliberative consideration. In that regard, we ask the President to make his case in the light of public scrutiny, not by “classified” briefings that are kept from the American people and which Members of Congress are prohibited from discussing publicly. This debate will have its needed effect only if it is fully transparent.
We pledge to our constituents and fellow Americans that we will carefully weigh the facts and options that face the United States at this juncture. We look forward to debating and hearing answers to these questions, and other relevant ones that may emerge, as we examine the facts and further hear from our constituents on this very serious issue facing our country.
Posted by Catherina | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 01:16 AM (8 replies)
President Pulls Lawmakers Into Box He Made
By MARK LANDLER
Published: August 31, 2013
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s aides were stunned at what their boss had to say when he summoned them to the Oval Office on Friday at 7 p.m., on the eve of what they believed could be a weekend when American missiles streaked again across the Middle East.
He had several reasons, he told them, including a sense of isolation after the terrible setback in the British Parliament. But the most compelling one may have been that acting alone would undercut him if in the next three years he needed Congressional authority for his next military confrontation in the Middle East, perhaps with Iran.
Forty-five minutes later, shortly before 7, Mr. Obama summoned his senior staff members to tell them that he had decided to take military action, but with a caveat.
The resistance from the group was immediate. The political team worried that Mr. Obama could lose the vote, as Mr. Cameron did, and that it could complicate the White House’s other legislative priorities. The national security team argued that international support for an operation was unlikely to improve.
At 9 p.m., the president drew the debate to a close and telephoned Mr. Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to tell them of his plans.
Posted by Catherina | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 01:11 AM (37 replies)
Chris Hedges on Obama Decision to Attack Syria and "Give Congress a Voice
Posted by Catherina | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 12:36 AM (11 replies)
First they pre-emptively contradicted our government's use of them to bolster our flimsy claims but Kerry went ahead anyway. Now they're rejecting it publicly.
Response to Government References to MSF Syria Statement
Over the last two days, the American, British, and other governments have referred to reports from several groups, including Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), while stating that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was “undeniable” and designating the perpetrators.
MSF today warned that its medical information could not be used as evidence to certify the precise origin of the exposure to a neurotoxic agent or to attribute responsibility.
On August 24, MSF announced that three hospitals it supplies in Syria’s Damascus governorate had reportedly received 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms, of which 355 died. Although our information indicates mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent, MSF clearly stated that scientific confirmation of the toxic agent was required, and therefore called for an independent investigation to shed light on what would constitute, if confirmed, a massive and unacceptable violation of international humanitarian law.
MSF also stated that in its role as an independent medical humanitarian organization, it was not in a position to determine responsibility for the event. Now that an investigation is underway by United Nations inspectors, MSF rejects that our statement be used as a substitute for the investigation or as a justification for military action. MSF's sole purpose is to save lives, alleviate the suffering of populations torn by Syrian conflict, and bear witness when confronted with a critical event, in strict compliance with the principles of neutrality and impartiality.
The latest massive influx of patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms in Damascus governorate comes on top of an already catastrophic humanitarian situation facing the Syrian people, one characterized by extreme violence, displacement, the destruction of medical facilities, and severely limited or blocked humanitarian action.
"What is before us today is real, and it is compelling. So I also want to underscore that while investigators are gathering additional evidence on the ground, our understanding of what has already happened in Syria is grounded in facts informed by conscience and guided by common sense. The reported number of victims, the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the firsthand accounts from humanitarian organizations on the ground like Doctors Without Borders and the Syria Human Rights Commission – these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us is real, that chemical weapons were used in Syria."
John Kerry, August 26, 2013
Posted by Catherina | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 09:16 PM (53 replies)
Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera America are the mouthpieces of a dictator in Qatar. Both channels are fully funded by that little dictator and other members of the royal family who have been funding terrorists and agitating to overthrow Assad so the Emir can have a pipeline. It used to be privately owned but to bypass media laws, the Emir put it under a private corporation lol. It's still the same people, the same funding and devoted to the Saudi-Arabia (an original co-founder) and Qatari goals of dominating the Middle East.
Here's the chairman of their new front operation "Al Jazeera Media Network":
Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed bin Thani Al-Thani is the Chairman of the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is based in Qatar. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Board of Administration.
Before starting Al Jazeera, he joined the state's Minister of Information in 1987 and then served as undersecretary to the Minister of Information until 1994.
He is the cousin of the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. He is the 7th richest member of a royal family in the world.
Sure, they'll have some in-depth articles about NYPD corruption or homelessness in America but don't expect anything credible on the Middle East except how wonderful Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and their rebels are.
Qatar wants to overthrow Assad to built a pipeline.
Remember Prince Bandar 'Bush'?
Yes, critics are right to point to the network’s paymaster — a government whose political agenda has, at times, directly influenced its coverage. The channel, for example, has been one of the most avid watchers of the Syrian conflict (Qatar is known to be arming and funding factions of the Syrian rebellion) but was relatively quiet about Arab Spring unrest in the nearby Kingdom of Bahrain, a close Gulf state ally of Doha. But mainstream American networks are also susceptible to external political pressures. And while al-Jazeera presents the news sometimes with a discernible bias, it lacks the partisan shrillness of channels glued to the Beltway like MSNBC and Fox News.
They're right up there with BBC World Media which receives 34% of its funding from the UK government, 8% from the fucking US State Department...
We already know we need to beware our our MSM but beware with those news sources. Be very wary. There's a reason they're giving so much airtime to the fighters they've been backing all over the Middle East.
What do those knowledgeable about news and propaganda think about the new Al Jazeera? Adel Iskandar, Georgetown University lecturer and co-author of the book “Al-jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism” said, “The Al Jazeera of 2010 is not the Al Jazeera of 2013… We’ve seen the departure of various people at the network who claim that it no longer practices independent journalism.” Former BBC reporter Ali Hashem resigned his post at Al Jazeera Arabic saying, “The Qataris… are forcing Al Jazeera to commit suicide.” Tellingly, Iraq invasion co-architect and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told David Frost on Al Jazeera English in September of 2011 that he was “delighted” by the new Al Jazeera.
Rumsfeld says he's "delighted" by Al Jazeera English
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld granted an interview to Al-Jazeera English on Thursday, which will air Friday, and complimented the network for its service.
"It can be an important means of communication in the world and I am delighted you are doing what you are doing," Rumsfeld told Sir David Frost on "Frost over the World."
This statement stands in stark contrast to the tone Rumsfeld struck back in 2004 when he accused the network of lying and deemed its actions "vicious."
At the time, Rumsfeld was referring to the original Al Jazeera, which became well known in the United States for airing messages from Osama Bin Laden
Don Rumsfeld DELIGHTED. Beat those war drums for those pipelines!
Posted by Catherina | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 04:52 PM (145 replies)
Whistleblower Award 2013 - Ceremony awarding Edward J. Snowden
Published on Aug 31, 2013
Whistleblower Award 2013 - Ceremony awarding Edward J. Snowden
Jacob Appelbaum, Internet activist and journalist answers for Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden receives the Whistleblower Award. For the first time Transparency International Deutschland e.V. contributes to the award, which is given every two years by the Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (VDW e.V.) and der German Section of the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA e.V.). With the award persons are honored, who reveal malpractices and dangerous developments for humans and society, democracy, peace, and the environment. Due to the courageous actions of Edward J. Snowden the world has gained insights into the surveillance and espionage practices of intelligence agencies. Every single one of us can be affected by them at any time and without there being any grounds for suspicion. The pressing problems associated with whistleblowing are analyzed in a festive dedication to the honorable Edward Snowden. The focus of the lecture by Prof. Dr. Foschepoth is the latitude of the secret services in Germany. Through this ceremony, the awarding organizations wished to strengthen their demand to the German government to offer US citizen Snowden, in gratitude and all sincerity, accommodation and protection in Germany.
Posted by Catherina | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 03:04 PM (19 replies)
RadicalMedia_ @UnToldCarlisle 11m
RT @Arlington_hick: I'm broadcasting '#syria demo at Whitehouse' live on @Ustream. Come watch and chat! - http://ustre.am/KsCm #RM
One person was just arrested after a scuffle. I just turned it on and can't tell if it was the pro-war provocateur or an antiwar demonstrator.
Correction. They arrested the antiwar protester for spitting on the provocateur.
Posted by Catherina | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:15 PM (12 replies)
E McMorris-Santoro @EvanMcSan 1m
John Kerry wants Americans to read the US intel report on Syria for themselves. Here it is in its entirety: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lisatozzi/here-is-the-us-assessment-of-the-syrian-governments-use-of-c …
Here Is The U.S. Assessment Of The Syrian Government’s Use Of Chemical Weapons
“The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013.” posted on August 30, 2013 at 1:10pm EDT
Lisa Tozzi BuzzFeed Staff
A preliminary U.S. government assessment released Thursday states that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack earlier this month, including at least 426 children and puts the blame on the Syrian government for the attacks.
(REPORT EMBEDDED here)
Posted by Catherina | Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:20 PM (40 replies)