Cheonan sinking haunts South Korea; Naval experts suggest government cover-up of “simple” maritime accident

So that is all of the evidence, huh?  I think there may be a little more they aren’t mentioning in this segment, let’s see…

(please read Aug 31st article; PCC-772 Cheonan: Newly Revealed Report from March 2010 Proves the Tragedy of the Cheonan is Being Used as Just Another Pretext in the Global Free Market Wars)

[edit: more links to scholarly investigations added]

Were the “Critical Evidence” presented in the South Korean Official Cheonan Report fabricated?, Seunghun Lee/J.J. Suh (PDF)

The PSPD’s Stance on the Final Investigation Report on the Cheonan – seoprise

Eight Questions Needing Answers on the Investigation of the Sunken Naval Corvette Cheonan – people power 21 blog

Comments on the Section “Adsorbed Material Analysis” of the CheonAn Report made by the South Korean Civil and Military Joint Investigation Group (CIV-MIL JIG), Seunghun Lee (PDF)

Investigators admit using wrong blueprint to show N. Korean torpedo that attacked Cheonan – Yonhap News

Cheonan Investigators Presented Wrong Torpedo Diagram – Chosun Ilbo (english)

Six Problems on the Investigation Process of the Cheonan Sinking – people power 21 blog

Letter to Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of state. There was no Explosion. There was No Torpedo. S.C. Shin, May 26th – seoprise

First Grounding;  B.I. Lee, Section Chief of Coast Guard, “Got a first call in ‘Grounding’ and orderd 501-Patrol Ship to move immediately over to the site.” 2010.3.29 – MBC News

Rush to Judgment: Inconsistencies in South Korea’s Cheonan Report, Seunghun Lee/J.J. Suh –

Shock wave and bubble: the untruth about the Cheonan

PCC-772 Cheonan: South Korean Government Admits the Deception (and then Lies About It)

PCC-772 Cheonan: The Wheels are Coming Off Another Poorly Fabricated U.S. Lie

PCC-772 Cheonan – Russian experts review results in South Korean ship sinking

PCC-772 Cheonan: China and Russia Seem to Reject the Conclusions of the U.S.-Led “Objective” Investigation

Russia not to raise SKorean ship sinking incident in UN Security Council-FM

Did an American Mine Sink South Korean Ship?

PCC-772 Cheonan: Photographic Evidence that “No. 1″ Written on Top of Rust

PCC-772 Cheonan: An Unacceptable Provocation by the United States of America and the International Community has a Duty To Respond

The Sinking of the Cheonan: We Are Being Lied To

*** conclusions drawn in recent investigation and review of the evidence by Gregory Elich published by CounterPunch on July 28th, 2010… The Sinking of the Cheonan and its Political Uses

“Did a North Korean submarine fire a torpedo at the Cheonan? I do not know, but it seems improbable. If it was a torpedo that sank the Cheonan, then it certainly was not the one that the JIG put on display…

While reviewing the evidence, it began to appear to me that the most likely cause of the Cheonan’s sad fate was having had the misfortune to inadvertently sail into the path of a sea mine, and this feeling has only been strengthened by the reports of the Russian investigation team’s findings.” Gregory Elich

Abbas, Palestinians should die: Israeli rabbi

from Reuters

An influential Israeli rabbi has said God should strike the Palestinians and their leader with a plague, calling for their death in a fiery sermon before Middle East peace talks set to begin next week.

“Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this earth,” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual head of the religious Shas party in Israel’s government, said in a sermon late on Saturday, using Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s popular name.

“God should strike them and these Palestinians — evil haters of Israel — with a plague,” the 89-year-old rabbi said in his weekly address to the faithful, excerpts of which were broadcast on Israeli radio on Sunday.

[read the rest, here]

FBI paid informant in Bronx synagogue bomb plot $97K, who provided terror suspects with fake bombs

(The FBI creates domestic terror plots? Really? REALLY? You don’t say… Let’s all hold our breath and see how many MSM propaganda  agencies (news?) cover this little tidbit of truth…)

by Robert Gearty, Daily News

The jury in the Bronx synagogue bomb plot case was told Wednesday that the informant who provided the four suspects with phony bombs and missiles was paid $97,000 by the FBI.

The FBI gave Pakistani immigrant Shahed Hussain $44,000 for expenses and $53,000 for “his services” over a three-year period, agent Robert Fuller said.

Fuller, the first prosecution witness in the trial that started Tuesday, showed the jury one of the unexploded bombs the would-be terrorists planned to use to blow up one of two Riverdale synagogues.

Defense lawyers contend that without the informant – who they say entrapped the suspects – their bumbling clients would never have tried to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale and shoot down missiles.

James Cromitie, 44, and co-defendants David Williams, 29, Onta Williams, 34, and Laguerre Payen, 28, were caught in May 2009.

Hussain met them at an upstate mosque, where he was sent by the feds. The trial continues today in Manhattan Federal Court. The four suspects face life in prison if convicted.

Why General Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

(Banfman articulates the basis of what I have been arguing, that the CIA has been a major player in the global state terror racket since it began operations, but unfortunately, Banfman then goes on to miss the point, claiming that the Times Square bomber and Umar Fizzlepants were simply “blowback” caused by the CIA terror campaigns (Mr. Banfman… the CIA staged the Christmas day bombing attempt over Detroit to cover Obama’s killing of 49 civilians in Yemen (23 of them children) and the State Department fabricated the Times Square bombing attempt out of a simple car-fire in order to drum up support for their escalation in Pakistan…). But it is still a good article…)

by Fred Banfman, Global Research

“[General McChrystal says that] for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies.” The Runaway General,” Rolling Stone, 6/22/10

The truth that many Americans find hard to take is that mass U.S. assassination on a scale unequaled in world history lies at the heart of America’s military strategy in the Muslim world, a policy both illegal and never seriously debated by Congress or the American people. Conducting assassination operations throughout the 1.3 billon-strong Muslim world will inevitably increase the murder of civilians and thus create exponentially more “enemies,” as Gen. McChrystal suggests—posing a major long-term threat to U.S. national security. This mass assassination program, sold as defending Americans, is actually endangering us all. Those responsible for it, primarily General Petraeus, are recklessly seeking short-term tactical advantage while making an enormous long-term strategic error that could lead to countless American deaths in the years and decades to come. General Petraeus must be replaced, and the U.S. military’s policy of direct and mass assassination of Muslims ended.

The U.S. has conducted assassination programs in the Third World for decades, but the actual killing—though directed and financed by the C.I.A.—has been largely left to local paramilitary and police forces. This has now has changed dramatically.

What is unprecedented today is the vast number of Americans directly assassinating Muslims—through greatly expanded U.S. military Special Operations teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins and torturers. Most significant is the expanding geographic scope of their killing. While CENTCOM Commander from October 2008 until July 2010, General Petraeus received secret and unprecedented permission to unilaterally engage in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, former Russian Republics, Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, the Horn of Africa, and wherever else he deems necessary.

Never before has a nation unleashed so many assassins in so many foreign nations around the world (9,000 Special Operations soldiers are based in Iraq and Afghanistan alone) as well as implemented a policy that can be best described as unprecedented, remote-control, large-scale “mechanized assassination.” As the N.Y. Times noted in December 2009: “For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out a military mission, selecting people for killing in a country where the United States is not officially at war.”

This combination of human and technological murder amounts to a worldwide “Assassination Inc.” that is unique in human affairs.

[read the rest, here]

Obama to escalate slaughter in Yemen

(The CIA are the real terrorists. They always have been since their inception. Before, they used to have to fund and arm the death-squads of the brutal dictators who helped oversee the brutal economic regimes installed by Washington for the benefit of various corporations and banks. But now, the CIA is the death squad which you and I are paying for and which the so-called “left” ignores completely because Obama and Hillary are in charge.)

by Bill Van Auken, Global Research

With the opening of a new front in Yemen for the CIA’s drone “targeted killing” program, the Obama administration is steadily escalating the role played by both the covert agency and secretive US military Special Operations forces as a global Murder Incorporated.

… “The US military’s Special Operation Forces and the CIA have been positioning surveillance equipment, drones and personnel in Yemen, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia” in preparation for the stepped-up killing spree, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

… “An extremely worrying trend has developed where the Yemeni authorities, under pressure from the USA and others to fight al-Qa’ida, and Saudi Arabia to deal with the Huthis, have been citing national security as a pretext to deal with opposition and stifle all criticism,” Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa program, said this week in releasing a new report from the human rights group documenting abuses in Yemen.

The Amnesty report provides harrowing details concerning the saturation bombing of residential areas, the gunning down of peaceful demonstrators, and the imprisonment, torture and disappearance of the government’s political opponents, including lawyers, journalists and human rights advocates.

…In reality, however, hundreds of US military and intelligence operatives are already deployed in Yemen, and the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has repeatedly given a green light for US attacks on Yemeni soil. The statement repudiating any US escalation was no doubt issued for domestic consumption. The American military attacks have provoked widespread outrage, while intensifying opposition to the Yemeni government.

[read the rest, here]

Ex-UBS whistleblower hits out at ‘corrupt’ US justice

(They will protect the banks and the interests of those with wealth. Obama’s administration has called for an all-out war on whistle blowers, especially those who threaten the real power in the Global Free Market Wars… the banks.)

from Raw Story

Former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld hit out on Saturday against the “corrupt” US judiciary which sent him to jail even though he was the whistleblower who led to the US tax fraud case against the bank.

“The Department of Justice’s corruption is evident today — why am I the only one in prison when I had revealed everything?” the US banker asked in a French-language interview with Swiss newspaper Le Temps.

Birkenfeld turned in thousands of people for trying to evade taxes in the United States. But he was sentenced in August 2009 to three years and four months in jail for inciting UBS clients to commit tax fraud.

… Birkenfeld claimed that officials had allowed Liechti to get away as he knew too much about high-profile clients of the bank.

[read the rest, here]