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    3/31: US-led airstrikes kill dozens in Libya Citizens For Legitimate Government 31 Mar 2011 _http://www.legitgov.org_ (http://www.legitgov.org/) Dozens have
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2011
      3/31: US-led airstrikes kill dozens in Libya
      Citizens For Legitimate Government
      31 Mar 2011
      Dozens have died from US-led airstrikes in Libya as running battles persist between revolutionary forces and government troops on the outskirts of Brega. Opposition forces have returned fire with rockets and rocket-propelled grenades to shelling by forces loyal to ruler Muammr Gaddafi in the eastern oil city of Brega... The clashes come one day after Gaddafi's forces recaptured the eastern oil town of Ras Lanuf [better Qaddafi than Exxon Mobil and BP] and forced the opposition to flee further east.

      40 civilians suspected killed in US-NATO Tripoli strikes 31 Mar 2011 At least 40 civilians have been killed in air-strikes launched by the US and NATO allies in Tripoli according to a top official of the Catholic Church. Reuters has reported a conversation with the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, who has alleged the raids killed many civilian victims in various neighborhoods in Tripoli. Martinelli told the news agency that he had received the information from several witnesses, especially from the Buslim neighbourhood where a building collapsed, causing the death of 40 people.

      Libya: CIA 'Cleared By Obama to Help Rebels' --Ex-intelligence officer: Some CIA agents had been based in agency's station in Dubai 30 Mar 2011 An US official has confirmed that CIA agents were sent into Libya undercover earlier this month after the agency's covert office in Tripoli was forced to close. CIA agents have been authorised to carry out covert missions to help rebel forces oust Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, according to reports. US President Barack Obama is said to have signed an order - known as a "finding" [for secret "all kinds of help"] - for the secret operations in the past two or three weeks.

      U.S. intelligence source: CIA is operating inside Libya to help U.S. increase "military and political understanding" 30 Mar 2011 The CIA is operating in Libya to help the United States increase its "military and political understanding" of the situation, a U.S. intelligence source said. "But yes, we are gathering intel firsthand and we are in contact with some opposition entities," the source told CNN. The White House refused to comment on a Reuters report Wednesday that President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel troops.

      Libyan rebels massacre black Africans By Wolfgang Weber 31 Mar 2011 The opposition forces in Libya attempting to march on Tripoli with the assistance of American, French and British bombs are far removed from the image of innocent civilians fighting for freedom and democracy promoted by the media and political circles. This is made clear in a March 22 article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by Gunnar Heinsohn, the author of Encyclopaedia of Genocide (Rowohlt, 1998). Heinsohn cites a report by the well-known Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker Farai Sevenzo dealing with barbaric, pogrom-like massacres perpetrated by the so-called “rebels” against black African workers in Libya.

      Turkey says arming Libya rebels could spawn terrorism 31 Mar 2011 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected on Thursday the idea of supplying arms to Libya's rebel fighters, saying that doing so could be "conducive to terrorism." Speaking at a joint press conference in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Erdogan said he had a "negative" view on arming opposition forces battling Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

      Obama not ruling out Libya arms 29 Mar 2011 US President Barack Obama has said he does not rule out arming the rebels seeking to overthrow Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. He said in an interview that Col Gaddafi had been greatly weakened and would ultimately step down. Asked by US media if he supported arming the rebels, President Obama said: "I'm not ruling it out but I'm also not ruling it in."

      Oil climbs to highest since 2008 on Libya conflict [Obomba's illegal invasion] --Oil rises above $106 a barrel as pro-Gadhafi forces push back rebels 31 Mar 2011 The price of oil rose past $106 a barrel on Thursday as fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi pushed back rebels from key areas in eastern Libya. Benchmark west Texas Intermediate crude gained $2.04 at $106.31 in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That's the highest it's been since September, 2008.

      Obama Expands Bush Doctrine By Michael Rectenwald, www.legitgov.org 30 Mar 2011 Obama has made clear that the pretext for invasion of sovereign nations will not be limited to protecting Americans from "terrorism" and "weapons of mass destruction" as after 9/11 under Bush. Pre-emptive action will also be taken against threats to "values" and commerce. That is, Obama has expanded the Bush doctrine to include cases wherein U.S. commercial interests are at stake, not only its supposed safety. Of course, this is precisely what the Bush doctrine was meant to include, but Obama has expressed this fact even more nakedly than Bush himself.




      Appeals Court Makes It Easier for Govt to Hold Guantanamo Detainees 29 Mar 2011 In a decision that will likely make it more difficult for Guantanamo prisoners to win release, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today reversed a lower court's ruling in the pivotal case of a Yemeni detainee. In a 14-page decision, the appeals court rejected the lower court’s ruling to release Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, who has been held at Guantanamo without charge since 2002... Today’s decision further clarifies that standard by declaring that the government doesn’t need direct evidence that a detainee fought for or was a member of al-Qaeda in order to justify a detention.


      Betrayal at 1600:
      America's 1st Black President Invades Africa
      Over the objection of the African Union, US attacks Libya

      By Don DeBar

      NEW YORK - In a move reminiscent of Senator Mike Mansfield's observation that "Only a Nixon could go to China," President Barack Obama has begun a military invasion of Africa.

      For those unaware, Libya is in Africa.

      Ignoring the call of the African Union - the regional organization having jurisdiction which counts every African nation save Morocco among its members - and channeling the political ghost of George W. Bush on the eighth anniversary of the "Shock and Awe" attack on Iraq, "America's First Black President" ordered the launch of some 110 Tomahawk missiles on Libya Saturday, killing an unknown number of Africans for oil.

      According to various media sources, Libyan authorities reported that 48 people were killed and more than 150 injured, most of them civilians, and that the missiles hit civilian targets, among them a hospital in Tripoli, in an attack that Obama claimed was intended to protect civilians from the Libyan government.

      At present, as we saw during "Shock and Awe" and have seen pretty much every day since, the mainstream media tell the same story, if in different words - that Gadaffi is crazy, that he's a brutal dictator, that this is not about oil, and that we will be in and out quickly. And this time again, as in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq (and more recently in Cote D'Ivoire), we have seen the so-called progressive media pile on in the demonization of the leadership that is a prerequisite to progressive acquiescence, if not outright acceptance, of imperial intervention.
      However, facts are pesky little buggers, and have - and will - give the lie to the best conducted campaigns of obfuscation and misdirection, over time.

      One example - do we still believe that the Iraqi people want to give us flowers for bombing, and then invading, invading their country - particularly after we had starved it for a decade prior?

      Meanwhile one wonders here in New York how a former Senator from this state who helped sell the Iraq debacle and lost the presidency as a consequence is now apparently making war policy for the White House over the objections of the Secretary of Defense. Could it be that elections here matter as little as they are claimed to in those varied places around the globe that await our enlightened intervention?

      One thing for certain - once again, the symbolism of the first-strike attack couldn't tell the story more clearly. The Tomahawk missile barrage features a weapon ostensibly named after a weapon of self-defense by the original inhabitants of this continent. To those who value truth, however, it is known that, in the first act of nation-building by the bearers of the missiles, those original peoples suffered a genocide at the hands of these purported freedom-lovers so complete that it lacks historical analogy before or since. That these weapons are now being used on the people of Africa - the second stop for genocide in the building of that nation of hypocrites - simply makes the point for those too blind to see it in the first case.
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