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Rep. Cantor Steals Condi Rice's Iraq Lines for Syria

Today House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) directly channeled then-President Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, spouting the same lying propaganda to get us into Syria that Rice spouted to get us into Iraq.

Leader Cantor today: "No one wants to be asking why we failed to act if the next time Sarin is used it is in the Paris or New York subway."

Condoleeza Rice, Sept 8, 2002: "The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
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Who Gave Kerry The Syrian 'Smoking Gun'?

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray wonders why a "crown jewel" in the British government's signals intercept network, the facility on Mount Troodos in Cyprus, did not intercept the alleged "smoking gun" telephone conversation beween the two Syrian government officials about the August 21st gas attack. This alleged conversation is key to the US case that the Syrian government is responsible and Obama's decision to attack is based on it.

It was precisely the type of conversation that the facility was intended to intercept, as it is tasked to monitor "all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East, ranging from Egypt and Eastern Libya right through to the Caucasus.  Even almost all landline telephone communication in this region is routed through microwave links at some stage, picked up on Troodos."

It is this UK facility, writes Murray, that makes up the core of the US/UK intelligence cooperation in the region; therefore, he writes, it is strange that John Kerry somehow had access to the intercepts while the British Joint Intelligence Committee did not. The reason the UK did not intercept the conversation, he concludes, is that the intercepts were falsified by Israeli intelligence.
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US to Launch Chemical Attack on Syria in Retaliation for Alleged Chemical Attack?

As RPI pointed out last week, reported US plans to bomb Syria's purported chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for the alleged Syrian governmental use of chemical agents would, ironically, result in the release of massive amounts of nerve gas on the civilian Syrian population and could kill orders of magnitude more innocent civilians than were allegedly killed in the August 21 incident.

So says several experts on chemical and nerve agents interviewed by AP.
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RPI Board Members Speak Out Against US Attack on Syria

RPI Advisory Board Members Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich are speaking out in opposition to a US military attack on Syria.

US Rep. Duncan, in a television interview in his home state of Tennessee, engages the issue with clear, straightforward comments as he often engages legislation on the House of Representatives floor. Among other comments in the short interview, Duncan notes that "We don't need to be getting involved in a civil war in Syria. We don't have a vital national interest over there," and "We seemingly are almost in a state of permanent war, and I don't believe that our people want us to be in a state of permanent war, and I don't believe we can afford it."
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Obama Taps the Clapper to Present Syria Intelligence Dossier

President Obama, stung by the defection of the British government from his very tiny "coalition of the willing" to attack Syria, has decided to push on ahead without allies. To go it alone. Perhaps it is meant to look decisive, but in reality it looks rather foolhardy. Everyone else thinks it's a bad idea, even the rabidly anti-Assad Arab League, but he does not care. Attacking Syria is a matter of the US national interest, he told PBS Wednesday. 

Today he promises to release a declassified version of an intelligence dossier he says will prove to the highly skeptical American people and their -- with few exceptions -- war-eager but politically cautious representatives in Congress, that without a doubt chemical weapons were used in Syria on August 21 and that it was the Syrian government that used them. This should be a neat trick, as the UN investigative team actually on the ground doing the testing will not be able to make a determination until Saturday.
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NYPD Muslim Surveillance and Mosque Infiltration Exposed

On the heels of a court deciding the New York City police department's stop-and-frisk program violates constitutional search and seizure limitations, the Associated Press reports the NYPD has for years engaged in the infiltration of mosques and and the large-scale, dragnet surveillance of Muslims. It appears this Muslim surveillance program, like the stop-and-frisk program, does not require a credible determination of probable cause that the people targeted are engaged in unlawful activities. The AP story begins with the following revelation of the scope of the surveillance program:
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The Last Secular Arab Country

The US regime, with its trained and financed local jihadi army, is in the process of destroying the last non-Islamist Arab regime: Syria. Like all empires, the US seeks to make trouble in order to dominate and enrich itself and its compatriots, governmental and corporate. Oh, and here is one effect of a jihadi takeover: the ancient Christian communities in Syria, there since the time of the Apostles and protected by Assad and his father, will be ethnically cleansed, with many murdered in the process. So the cannibal rebels promise.
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Who Cares if Someone Somewhere Used 'Chemical Weapons'?

A reader writes to make an excellent point about the pitfalls of focusing on the chemical weapons issue in Syria:
What difference does it make if Obama has “evidence” or not that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons? It should be none of the business of the U.S. regardless of the facts. By arguing about whether Assad is using chemical weapons or not, the stage is set with a built in excuse for war, because all that has to happen to justify the carnage is some sort of “evidence,” accurate or not, that these weapons have been used. That should be irrelevant because Syria is no threat to the U.S. By framing the argument around the weapons, the government wins the argument every time, for if this time it isn’t successful, the next false flag will be.

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US Bombing Syrian Chemical Weapons Stockpiles Will Kill Many Thousands

The Obama Adminsitration is reportedly planning a cruise missile attack on what it believes are the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpiles. This is said to be in retaliation for what it claims is a Syrian government chemical attack in which as few as 300 or less were killed. 

The US bombing of Syrian chemical weapons stores is said to be logistically all but impossible, and, more importantly would risk a mass-disbursement of deadly chemicals that could kill thousands upon thousands of Syrian civilians who happen to live in proximity. Those not killed by the chemicals released by US bombs would probably already be dead by the bombs themselves.
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