Friday, September 30, 2011
September 30 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Anwar al-Awlaki - Formerly Living Proof That Truth-Telling Can Be Hazardous To The Health
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September 30 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Anwar al-Awlaki - Formerly 'Living Proof' That Telling The Truth Can Be Hazardous To One's Health
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[After the commentary, part of a communique from Anonymous, the 'shadowy anarcho-hacktivist collective', released as an adjunct to their purloining of seven gigabytes of NATO data. Their message is simple, and can be distilled down to a short message to the governments of the world: "If you don't lie we can't expose you." The complete 5 minute communique is here.]
» The US government claims they got him - The US government is claiming that Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, and that may be the case.
Yet if it is true we managed to kill someone who had committed no crime except claiming quite publicly and resoundingly on YouTube and elsewhere that Muslims had every right to engage in a Jihad against the United States and the West, then we managed to destabilized the entire country of Yemen in the process...
...which has about the same net effect as "Preaching Jihad", making his death a hollow victory. More.
Still more from Foreign Policy Morning Brief:
Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S. born Yemeni cleric implicated in numerous high-profile terror plots in the United States, was reportedly killed on Friday morning, according to both Yemeni and U.S. sources. A senior official in Washington said Awlaki had been killed by a hellfire missile fired from an unpiloted drone.The 50/1 civilian/'insurgent' "Kill Ratio" negates the following claim - The US State Department has declared that they will not go after the whole 'al-Haqanni network', meaning a HUGE family clan in Afghanistan and Pakistan... and all their relations, but will pursue, in the manner seen above, specific individuals.
The 40-year-old Awlaki, a dual U.S.-Yemeni citizen raised partly in both countries, was accused of involvement in both Army Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan's shooting rampage at Ft. Hood in 2009 and the attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner that Christmas. Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square in May 2010, was reportedly inspired by Awklaki's popular Internet lectures.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan. the ISAF wasn't happy with the UN numbers regarding the increase in violence in that country (almost entirely due to the ISAF's presence), so they cooked up their OWN numbers:
From the AfPak Channel @ Foreign Policy magazine:
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) released its own data on security in Afghanistan Thursday, saying that violence had dropped two percent in the country this year (Post, AP, Reuters, CNN, AFP). The release came a day after a United Nations report that found "security incidents" had increased nearly 40 percent this year, a discrepancy originating in part from different definitions and standards for inclusion; the U.N. count includes arrests, assassinations, and weapons stores discovered, for instance, while ISAF's does not. However, the coalition found that while violence had decreased markedly in Afghanistan's south, it was up 15 percent in the country's east compared to last year (Post). [More with (links)]Also see this bit of Prescient blogging:
The 2011 "Weather Report" For America's War On Afghanistan - It's Going To Be A Stormy Blood-Soaked Year» Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is reported to have had major Kidney problems leading to his hospitalization in the wake of Chemotherapy treatments in Cuba. However he wasn't so 'sick' that he could not call into a national TV station and deny the story as simply rumor.
H/t: Free Range International ("Outside the Wire, Inside the Loop")
Afghanistan (Combat Incident) Summary
by babatim on November 7th, 2010
See here for January 15 2011 update, "The Start of a Long Year"[Click thumbnail for a larger chart]Main types of attacks have remained consistent with earlier weeks; IEDs (163 – previous week 164) have remained the numbers one tactic, followed by CPX (complex) attacks (82 – previous week 81), SAF (Small Arms Fire) attacks (76 – previous week 101) and rocket / mortar attacks (43 – previous week 42).Breakdown of TB (Taliban)/ AGE (Anti-Government Element [ie. Tribal Fighters]) incidents by Regions:
1. South-eastern Region
(140 incidents – 36% of countrywide incidents)
2. Southern Region (125 incidents – 32%)
3. Eastern Region (36 incidents – 9%)
4. Central Region (34 incidents – 9%)
5. Western Region (21 incidents – 5%)
6. North-eastern Region (21 incidents – 5%)
7. Northern Region (16 incidents – 4%)
8. Central Highlands (0 incidents)
Suicide attacks have continued with average of 2.5 attacks per weekly, which is slightly lower than last year’s weekly average of 3 attacks per week. However, due to increasing usage of suicide bombers in complex attacks, the amount of “used” suicide bombers have continued increasing in Afghanistan.
If the same trend will continue throughout the winter we will have... [In Full]
» Florida will announce today that the Republican primary is being moved to a new date, January 31. That would put the state in the running as competition for the traditional, and heavily media attended New Hampshire primary. A number of other states may move their Republican primary dates as well.
» California is about to release non-violent offenders to local jails, and your local sheriffs at the county jail can then release any prisoner they care to due to overcrowding. Expect many Marijuana Law victims to get cut loose. A paper regional to Razer's location in California on the topic.
In OTHER News
#OccupyWallStreet reaches out to the "99%", and they respond:
New York City labor unions are preparing to back the unwieldy grassroots band occupying a park in Lower Manhattan, in a move that could mark a significant shift in the tenor of the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street protests and send thousands more people into the streets.Yours truly believes the SEIU HAS voted it's support.
The Transit Workers Union Local 100's executive committee, which oversees the organization of subway and bus workers, voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the protesters. The union claims 38,000 members. A union-backed organizing coalition, which orchestrated a large May 12 march on Wall Street before the protests, is planning a rally on Oct. 5 in explicit support. And SEIU 32BJ, which represents doormen, security guards and maintenance workers, is using its Oct. 12 rally to express solidarity with the Zuccotti Park protesters.
"The call went out over a month ago, before actually the occupancy of Wall Street took place," ... Both the New York Metro Area Postal Union and SEIU 1199 are considering such moves. [More]
I was deployed to Iraq 4x
5 of my friends are dead
1 of my friends is missing his arm
1 of my friends killed himself
I've been blown up 2x by roadside bombs
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous
I can't sleep at night
All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer
I am the 99%
..and be sure to eat well...
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