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February 17 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The 'Scarification' Of The US Federal Budget - No Matter What Gets Cut It Ruins Our Future

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Cabale News ServiceFebruary 17 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The 'Scarification' Of The US Federal Budget - No Matter What Gets Sliced It Has The Potential To Ruin Our Future

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[After the commentary, Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers discuss the ethics and morals of some of those teenagers mentioned by Travus when they grow up to be adults... in "American Babylon". Courtesy of the respective artists]

It's day four of protests in Bahrain with a couple of protesters killed in the last few days. Tanks have moved in attempting to squeeze the protesters out of the plaza but more protesters show up daily. The situation in Sanaa Yemen is tense with "Fierce Clashes" between protesters and government forces. Yemen's government may fall shortly... Yemen's clerics have demanded a transitional unity government.

And in Iraq... Remember Iraq? Totally stable until the West's 'coalition of the coerced' quasi-legal intervention, but in reality just a nasty war for extractive resources based solely on lies?
Three killed, dozens injured in Iraqi protests
February 16 2011

By Jaafar al-Taie
(Additional reporting by Ahmed Rasheed and Aseel Kami in Baghdad; Writing by Serena Chaudhry; Editing by Maria Golovnina)

KUT, Iraq (Reuters) - Three people were killed and dozens wounded in southern Iraq on Wednesday as protesters demanding better basic services fought with police and set government buildings on fire, hospital and police sources said.

Around 2,000 people took to the streets in the city of Kut, throwing bricks and stones at Iraqi security forces.

Some voiced direct anger at Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, echoing rallies that have shaken other parts of the Arab world.

"Down, down Maliki's government. Down, down with corruption. Down, down thieves," shouted 36-year-old teacher Ali Abdulla, who led a group of protesters and was bleeding from his head after clashing with police.

"We call for change. We will not stay silent anymore."

A police source in Kut said three protesters were killed in clashes and about 30 wounded, including 15 policemen. A hospital source at Kut's al-Abbas hospital said it had received around 28 wounded, including 15 policemen.

Protesters wielding sticks stormed the government and provincial council buildings and used burning pieces of cardboard to set fire to curtains in the two buildings.

Witnesses at the scene of the rally said some demonstrators also set the governor's house ablaze... [More @ Reuters]
Meanwhile, the senior US officials allegedly duped-into-war-crimes try to take cover under a cloak of denial-of-responsibility. After all. Good ol' GW just found himself in that situation.
Colin Powell demands answers over false Iraq intel: reports
February 16 2011

LONDON (AFP) – Ex-secretary of state Colin Powell called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the US case for invading Iraq, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

Powell's landmark speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, cited intelligence about Iraq leader Saddam Hussein's bioweapons programme gained from a defector, codenamed Curveball.

But he has now admitted that he lied to topple the dictator, in an interview with the Guardian.

"It has been known for several years that the source called Curveball was totally unreliable," Powell told the British newspaper.

"The question should be put to the CIA and the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) as to why this wasn't known before the false information was put into the (report) sent to Congress, the president's state of the union address and my 5 February presentation to the UN."

The defector, real name Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, told the Guardian that he lied to the BND, Germany's secret service, by claiming in 2000 that Iraq had mobile bioweapons trucks and had built clandestine factories.

During Powell's speech, Janabi was described as "an Iraqi chemical engineer" who "supervised one of these facilities."

"He actually was present during biological agent production runs and was also at the site when an accident occurred in 1998," Powell told the UN.

Janabi was exposed as an unreliable source when the BND visited Bassil Latif, his former boss at the Military Industries Commission in Iraq, who said there were no trucks or factories.

However, the BND continued to cooperate with the trained chemical engineer, and the false statements were eventually passed on to senior US policymakers by the intelligence services. [More @ Yahoo! News/AFP]
Read that last line again... The BND knew the information was unreliable and passed it on to the specific people with a vested interest in persecuting the war at the senior policy making level in US government who then bald-face lied about the 'indisputable' "evidence".

The Iranian government has canceled a request to traverse a couple of their warships through the Suez Canal (ALL warships are required to notify the Suez Canal authorities two days in advance) to take part in naval drills wth Syria after Israel declared that it would be a provocation.

In this country the House of Representatives is turning into a "freak show" as they try to monger together a continuing resolution to finance the US government through September by agreeing to cut the spare engine program for the F-35 'strike Fighter' and extra production in the C-17 'Globemaster' aircraft program. Now they'll attempt to cut the budgets of the National Public Broadcasting corporation, Women, Infants & Children program (WIC), the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land acquisition programs, trying to save $62 billion by March 3rd, even as work on THIS YEAR'S years budget looms large.

More in the commentary.

California is apparently going to get that High Speed Rail line from the federal Economic Stimulus program despite the fact that the six other states named refuse to participate.

A more "Buddhist" way to cut a budget... California governor Jerry Brown has asked all legislators to bring their "top ten candidates for budget cuts" to his office for consideration.


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