Israeli who revealed “medieval-style” torture of Palestinians faces virulent backlash
An Israeli who posted a testimony on Facebook about the “medieval-style” torture of Palestinians he assisted in during his army service in the occupied territories has faced a virulent backlash from fellow Israelis, including threats of violence. Yuval Lev published the testimony in Hebrew on his Facebook page on 8 November.
For the record, I generally shy away from, well, “sensitive” themes such as this, and for the simple reason that I hold ‘it’–meaning sex–to be something sacred. Given to us as a gift by our creator, in my opinion it is not something to be handled coarsely, discussed crudely or made to be the butt of adolescent-level jokes as it has in “western” (again, meaning Jewish) media.
Like mob lawyers tasked with getting their criminal clients acquitted (despite the fact they know they’re guilty as hell) all can be rest assured powerful Jewish groups in the US and elsewhere–and particularly those constantly loudmouthing about Jewish persecution–have known from the beginning about the now-infamous organ-trafficking business officially sanctioned by the Israeli government. After all–in addition to spying on and then blackmailing certain targeted individuals–it’s the job of these various groups to know what kind of problems might be lurking out on the horizon possibly impacting their most valued client, meaning the Jewish state. Therefore knowing everything–including the most heinous crimes their client has committed–is a prerequisite of sorts if these groups are to successfully engage in the “great commission” for which they were created, meaning damage control for that great criminal headquarters disguising itself as a viable political entity known as Israel.
In the name of Consumer Protection, recent college graduates should have the ability to return the diploma and not make any reference to receiving education from the college in exchange for a 100% refund of college tuition.
Hey Secession States: If You Want To Secede, You Will No Longer Receive A Penny Of Federal Dollars
Ever since the Kenyan Socialist won a second term in the most uproarious fashion possible, Teabaggers and their miserably (and hilariously) uninformed ilk are irate. Further, they’re essentially throwing the tantrum of a child who didn’t get what he wanted for Christmas. For their part, democracy is only acceptable when a really, really white guy wins.
It's Scary How Rapidly Government Requests For Info And Censorship Are Increasing
Google's latest transparency report is out and the notable bit of info is that governments continue to increase how often they're seeking info about users. The increase there is a steady growth which is immensely worrisome. There's also an equally troubling increase in the attempts to censor content via Google, though in that case, it was relatively flat until the first half of this year when it shot way, way up.
The DHS And FBI Present: You Might Be A Terrorist If... (Hotel Guest Edition)
As we seem to be told repeatedly, seeing something and saying something is perhaps the greatest duty an American citizen can perform in service to this country. It's simply not enough anymore to install an American flag in the front yard and purchase domestic vehicles. Now, every citizen should be keeping his eye out for (and on) his fellow citizens. The price of freedom may be eternal vigilance, but the price of security is endless paranoia.
Homeland Security Spent $430-Million To Tune Its Radios To A New Frequency, And Failed
The incompetence of Homeland Security when it comes to actually doing things is well documented -- though, they're often so clueless that they take credit for successfully misleading Congress about their own failings. So I guess it should come as little surprise that a new report shows that DHS spent about $430 million of your taxpayer dollars to get all of its radios to communicate on the same frequency and it doesn't work. At all.
President Obama Signs 'Secret Directive' On Cybersecurity
While we're hearing that the Senate is likely to take up (though not pass) the Cybersecurity Act yet again either today or tomorrow, and the White House is still sitting on a cybersecurity "executive order," in the meantime it's being reported that President Obama has signed a "secret directive" to allow the military to "act more aggressively to thwart cyberattacks."
Wal-Mart Faces a New Round of Historic Strikes... But Why Now?
Bombing and shelling Gaza continues overnight.
Don't expect a second-term Obama to take on Israel
Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election last week was greeted with general unease in Israel.
How the Israeli Army Used Social Media To Brag About an Assassination
On Wednesday, the Israeli Air Force took out a car carrying Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, head of the military wing (the Al-Qassam Brigades) of Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that governs the Gaza Strip.
Noam Chomsky on Gaza, and the 2 Positives of Election 2012: The Worst Didn't Happen -- and It's Over
World-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT professor Noam Chomsky joins us to discuss his recent trip to the Gaza Strip, where he publicly called on Israel to put an end to the blockade on the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. '[Gaza] is a lesson for people from the West,' Chomsky says. 'If they can struggle on under really harsh and brutal conditions, it tells us we ought to be doing a lot more.' Chomsky also comments on President Obama's re-election, saying: 'There are two good things: one, the worst did not happen, and it might have. The second is, it is over. We can put it behind us and get back to work.'