South Front is reporting that the US-led Coalition has set up a second military base near the Syria-Iraq border. Apparently, the US Coalition, now aligned with the Kurds, is seeking to establish control over the entire border region before the advancing Syrian Arab Army can get there.
[ Ed. note – The article below, written by members of the organization Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, focuses mainly on the issue of faulty, or “politicized” intelligence assessments that may have been used to justify the April 6 US missile strike on a Syrian airbase. The writers are concerned that further escalations to the conflict may come about as a result of similarly fraudulent assessments. But in discussing the matter, they divulge a little-known tidbit of history–namely that the intelligence assessment leading up to the Iraq war in 2003 was overseen by a “veteran CIA intelligence analyst” by the name of Stuart Cohen.
Petition Launched to Stop Veterans from Having to Repay Bonuses
By Richard Edmondson
Let’s say you recruit somebody to do a job for you. Because it’s a particularly dirty job, you’re having trouble finding people to fill the position…so… to sweeten the pot, you offer a $20,000 “signing bonus.” That’s in addition, of course, to the monthly salary you plan to pay them. The added incentive helps. People start signing their names on the dotted line to go to work for you.
Press TV has published an interview with British political analyst Rodney Shakespeare.
“British policy on the one hand attacking ISIL and on the other hand backing Saudi Arabia, ensuring the maintenance of ISIL–British policy is governed by Zionism, and so is American policy. And the object of the policy is to smash up Syria into parts, to smash up Iraq into parts, to create chaos…”
A Penitent Sinner or
a ‘Viper Who Can’t Be Trusted’?
Is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan really turning his back on the West? Or is what we’re seeing in the media today all just a charade? And if it’s a charade, what is the purpose of it?
It has been a while since I heard the word “CACI,” and I had kind of forgotten the role they played in the US war in Iraq. CACI is a US corporation based in Arlington, Virginia. In the wake of George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, it became a US civilian contractor, presumably for the purpose of providing security and carrying out “intelligence analysis,” but in reality, its employees worked as prisoner interrogators at Abu Ghraib. In the video above, we see Eric Fair, a former CACI employee, discussing his experiences in Iraq as well as a new book he has written. Fair says it was “rumored” that US Army interrogators had been trained by Israelis, particularly in the use of a torture device known as the “Palestinian chair.” He says he saw the chair in use, and actually, on one occasion, sat in one himself–just to see what it was like. As he relates, it was not a pleasant experience.
[Ed. note – a very incisive and insightful analysis on US wars by former diplomat Chas Freeman. If the name sounds familiar, it should. In 2009, Freeman was tapped by the Obama administration to serve as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, but his appointment was quashed by the Israeli Lobby. One of those leading the fight against him was Steve Rosen, formerly of AIPAC, who at the time was awaiting trial on espionage charges. What Freeman provides here is a close look at America’s entangled alliances with countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia from the perspective of a career diplomat, as well as its ongoing and seemingly endless wars and the destructive–as well as self-destructive–impacts they have had. ]