Netanyahu bars Mossad head from briefing opposition party on ISIS

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Tamir Pardo reportedly agreed to brief Zionist Union, but conditioned talk on PM’s approval, which wasn’t forthcoming.

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By Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has forbidden the head of the Mossad to brief Zionist Union Knesset members on the threat posed by ISIS (Islamic State) in the Sinai Peninsula.

Zionist Union faction chairwoman Merav Michaeli, who submitted the request, said Netanyahu claimed such a briefing would set a precedent, and therefore, he didn’t want to approve it.

Michaeli told Haaretz that the faction decided it needed more information about ISIS in light of three recent events: last week’s attack on Egyptian security forces by the organization’s Sinai affiliate, Wilayat Sinai; the group’s rocket fire at southern Israel over the weekend; and the statement by former CIA director David Petraeus that ISIS is currently a bigger threat than Iran.

On Sunday, therefore, she asked Mossad director Tamir Pardo if he would attend Zionist…

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‘WE’RE TRAINING ISIL’: WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE CORRECTS OBAMA’S SPEECH BLOOPER

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President’s embarrassing error during press briefing amended on official transcript

The White House.gov website has corrected an embarrassing mistake made by Barack Obama during his press briefing yesterday about the Islamic State when the President said that U.S. forces were “training ISIL.”

During his speech, Obama uttered the line, “with the additional steps I ordered last month, we’re speeding up training of ISIL forces.”

The White House.gov transcript left in the original quote, but placed the word ‘Iraqi’ in brackets after the word ISIL, correcting Obama’s mistake.

This is by no means the first time that the White House has edited transcripts of Obama’s speeches to put the president in a better light or cover up for his mistakes.

Last October, the White House completely scrubbed a reference Obama made to unpaid pills being stacked up at his home in Chicago, replacing it with the quote, “there’s still junk on…

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Collateral Murder

Overview

Update: On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a ‘hero’. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The Apache crew and those behind the cover up depicted in the video have yet to be charged. To assist Private Manning, please see bradleymanning.org.

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

 

 

WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord’s Eyewitness Story

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/kelmEZe8whI&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

 

The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.

After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own “Rules of Engagement”.

Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before, during, and after the killings.

WikiLeaks has released both the original 38 minutes video and a shorter version with an initial analysis. Subtitles have been added to both versions from the radio transmissions.

WikiLeaks obtained this video as well as supporting documents from a number of military whistleblowers. WikiLeaks goes to great lengths to verify the authenticity of the information it receives. We have analyzed the information about this incident from a variety of source material. We have spoken to witnesses and journalists directly involved in the incident.

WikiLeaks wants to ensure that all the leaked information it receives gets the attention it deserves. In this particular case, some of the people killed were journalists that were simply doing their jobs: putting their lives at risk in order to report on war. Iraq is a very dangerous place for journalists: from 2003- 2009, 139 journalists were killed while doing their work.