Saudi Hit Men -vs- Syrian Hit Men, Claiming 5 More Lives In Tripoli, Lebanon

Restive calm prevails on deserted Tripoli streets

 

 

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Although a general sense of calm prevailed in Tripoli Saturday following fierce clashes that killed two people overnight, the lack of a definitive truce and a tangible government plan to end the crisis left the northern city almost deserted.

 

Clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad killed 10 people and wounded more than 75 in the 17th round of fighting since the crisis in neighboring Syria began.

 

The deadly fighting entered its sixth day Saturday with little hope that the crisis would end soon despite measures taken by the country’s officials in a meeting headed by President Michel Sleiman Thursday to restore calm in the northern city.

 

Business owners failed to show up at the Abu Ali Roundabout to begin preparations for opening the weekly Sunday market, fearing a sudden recurrence of clashes and sniper fire.

 

Shops remained closed throughout Saturday and very few people were seen on the city streets. The Army has increased its deployment in the city and is visibly patrolling some neighborhoods.

 

In response to the renewed violence in Lebanon’s second largest city, civil society groups along with some residents gathered outside the Tripoli Serail and called on authorities “to impose security and stability … and reject the notion of consensus security.”

 

They also asked the judiciary to arrest and punish the perpetrators behind the August car bombings, criticizing ministers and MPs from Tripoli for failing to take any measures to end the violence.

 

Reading a statement prepared by the groups, one of the activists also warned that civil society groups would adopt measures such as civil disobedience if the state fails to shoulder its responsibility toward Tripoli.

 

Nehme Mahfoud, head of the Private Schools Teachers Association, who was at the protest, said residents of Tripoli are gradually losing faith and trust in security agencies.

 

“Do not let us reach the point when we stop trusting the Army and the security agencies,” he said.

 

Mohammad Khalideyeh and Abu Baker Miqati were killed in the overnight fighting as the death toll from this round of violence rose to 10. Most of those killed were hit by sniper fire, including at least two children.

 

Several people were reportedly wounded Saturday by intermittent sniper fire.

 

The families of Khalideyeh and Miqati held burial ceremonies for their loved ones in separate mosques as armed relatives of the deceased fired in the air causing damage to two parked vehicles.

 

The Lebanese military clashed with gunmen in several areas Friday night. In one incident, the military came under fire during a burial ceremony near Ameraa Mosque in Bab al-Ramel around 11:30 p.m. when gunmen from the Abu Ratee Shatah group shot at a patrol.

 

The brief clash wounded civilians Issa Hawat and Mohammad Shatah.

 

Soldiers also traded fire with gunmen in al-Tall and al-Meytenn neighborhoods when the Army began pursuing armed individuals as per Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr’s judicial order to arrest security violators.

 

The Army also clashed for two hours with gunmen in the Abdel-Hamid Karami Square. The gunmen fled and scattered in nearby neighborhoods as the Army pursued the perpetrators throughout the night.

 

Six shops belonging to Alawites in Al-Nejmeh Square, a commercial area in Tripoli, were looted and set on fire last night.

 

“I live near Nejmeh Square and I couldn’t sleep for a full hour last night,” a business owner told The Daily Star.

 

“We are just fed up with this,” the father of two said.

 

Clashes broke out between the Sunni anti-Assad neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh and inhabitants of its rival area, the Alawite pro-Assad neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, after residents of the latter fired gunshots in the air as they celebrated the appearance of the Syrian leader in a television interview Monday.

 

The fighting also comes weeks after the Internal Security Forces Information Branch arrested several people on charges of involvement in the Aug. 23 bombings outside two mosques in the city.

 

Two car bombs exploded outside Al-Taqwa and Al-Salam mosques where prominent sheikhs in Tripoli were delivering their Friday sermons, killing 47 people and wounding over 100.

 

The military court has charged seven in connection with the blasts, some of whom belong to the Jabal Mohsen-based Arab Democratic Party, a staunch ally of Assad.

 

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri who enjoys strong support in Tripoli said Saturday the Syrian regime is waging a “dirty war” on Tripoli as a punishment for revealing what he said was the terrorist network behind the car bombings.

 

Hariri also held the state fully responsible for the volatile security situation in the northern city, saying the government should take all necessary measures to resolve the crisis “or it will be an accomplice in the war that the Syrian regime has launched.”

 

Earlier Saturday, Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati who hails from Tripoli, said security agencies and the Lebanese Army will take the necessary and needed measures to end the violence and chaos in the city.

 

Speaking to visitors Saturday at the Grand Serail, Mikati said: “The Army’s leadership and the heads of the agencies have informed concerned officials that they will use all the powers given to them having exhausted all means to restore security and stability in the city.”

 

“There is a feeling that Tripoli is being used as a mailbox to send messages … but the honorable people of Tripoli … know who has been on their side under all circumstances and who has shown up occasionally to support them,” Mikati said.

 

America’s Addiction to Imperialism

America’s Addiction to Imperialism

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“The people must demand an end to war, not because it costs trillions of dollars, but because it cost millions of lives.”

By Solomon Comissiong

The US has never gone a decade without being engaged in some sort of military conflict.”

The U.S. is Number One in weapons of war and domestic civilian gun deaths – and very little else. Historically, peace has not been a priority for the United States, which has waged war every decade since 1776. A common description for the term addiction is, the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences,or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors…” This definition is most appropriate in regard to the world’s most destructive killing machine – the United States military. The United States government has long developed an acquired taste for war. And because much of the US population is completely obsequious to whatever their duplicitous government tells them, they, too, have become complacent to a perpetual state of war. Americans punch-drunk on nationalism fail to realize that “their” government is beholden to the interests of imperialism, not their general well being. Like well controlled puppets they chant, “USA number one”, over and over and over again, failing to ever question what “their” country is actually number one in.

The mental sickness of “American Exceptionalism” maintains the asylum known as American society. American Exceptionalism designs baseless sayings like, “USA number one.” US society is an extremely competitive and insecure environment. Ultimately, a place that encourages its citizens to ritualistically chant how good they are is not so sure of itself. Either that, or it does not wish the Hoi Polloi to ever question their government at all. The US is not number one in quality of life, education or overall healthcare. The USA is not even the happiest nation in the world, by a long shot. However, a few things the United States is number one in are: incarceration, gun related deaths and yes, military expenditure.

These are among some of the unsavory rubrics in which the US reigns supreme. If Americans meant any of those areas when they blindly chant, “USA number one”, then they would be spot on, especially when it comes to military “firepower.” With around 1,000 military bases, well over 10,000 nuclear warheads, and an almost constant state of war, the US is numero uno, without rival. The US is an imperialist monster with a voracious appetite for destruction. It has an uncontrollable appetite for war, caring little what it murders on its way toward global domination. This is evident in the vast number of civilians killed as a result of the US’s military campaigns. The vast majority of people murdered when the US decides to unleash its war machine, are, in fact, civilians. This is news to most Americans because they have been socially programmed to not even think about civilian casualties. They only worry about US military casualties as if those are the only lives that matter. Thinking about the catastrophic impact their government’s wars inflict upon innocent people, in “far off lands”, is well beyond many Americans’ social radar. This mode of thinking (or lack there of) has conditioned numerous Americans to lose vast segments of their humanity.

The vast majority of people murdered when the US decides to unleash its war machine, are, in fact, civilians.”

It is of little surprise that the United States government cares little about the “adverse consequences” that come with being constantly entrenched in war and global conflict. However, when the populace have adopted that inhumane way of thinking it paves a destructive road that we are traveling upon. The people are the ones whose responsibility it is to, not request, but demand an end to these wars of imperialism. Unfortunately, the United States’ mind control program, otherwise known as corporate media, has had a firm grip on the conscience of many Americans. This fact continues to prevent Americans from understanding that the people being terrorized by the US’s imperialist wars, are human beings – just like them. It especially prevents them from understanding that people in places like Afghanistan are, in fact, being terrorized by the US military.

Americans have bought into the orchestrated mythology that “their country,” when it enters/instigates a war, is doing so for some sort of benevolent reasons. Historically speaking, this could not be further from the truth, especially when we consider the number of civilians killed. Since World War I there has been a complete reversal of civilian deaths. During World War I, 10% of all casualties were civilians. During World War II, the number of civilian deaths rose to 50%. During the Vietnam War 70% of all casualties were civilians. In the war in Iraq, civilians account for 90% of all deaths. And when we look at the number of civilians killed by way of George Bush and Barack Obama’s drone strikes (alone), more that 90 percent of the victims have been civilians. However, don’t look at the fourth branch of the US government (the corporate media), to inform you of this. They, like the Pentagon and White House, could not give a damn about the number of innocent civilians killed. When former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (and Secretary of State) Colin Powell was asked, in 1991, about the number of Iraqi civilians killed as a result of the US Gulf War against Iraq, he simply stated: “Its not a number I’m terribly interested in.” It is important to note that the Associated Press at the time quoted US military officials in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, estimating that the number of Iraqi dead at 100,000. However, other independent estimates place the number much higher. Not surprising, the Pentagon refused to provide an estimate of the number of dead Iraqi civilians.

The shear lack of regard for human life, especially that of civilians, is akin to that of a serial killer. The US military apparatus operates like that of a pathological killing machine with lust for war. The history of the United States more than backs up this assertion, especially when we consider the fact that since the US’s “founding” in 1776, this country has been at war 216 of those years. That’s right, out of the US’s 237 year existence it has been engaged in military conflict 216 of those years. If that is not an addiction to war, this author does not know what is. The US has never gone a decade without being engaged in some sort of military conflict.

An American life is no more valuable than that of someone from any country in which the U.S. is waging war.”

United States imperialism is destroying the world, one nation at time. And within those nations are living breathing human beings. Is it really hard to fathom why many people despise the US? It has nothing to do with Americans’ so-called “freedoms” – instead, it has everything to do with the military destruction of their countries. The politicians that ultimately control the US military care little about the soldiers they command to fight in their capitalist conquests of wealth and resources. And they certainly could not give a damn about the innocent civilians in places like Libya, Pakistan and Yemen. They are not concerned with how they are perceived by much of the globe; they are only concerned with maintaining their imperialist advancements and control. You are either “with them” or “against them”; there is no middle ground. And for these reasons it should be crystal clear why people living within the United State must care.

Organized critical masses of concerned people must serve as the moral compass, and rehabilitation, needed to end the US’s addiction to war. Bluntly put, humanity depends on it. The people must demand an end to war, not because it costs trillions of dollars, but because it cost millions of lives. There is no dollar amount that can be used to measure a human’s life. All human life must be seen as invaluable, period. An American life is no more valuable than that of someone from any country in which the U.S. is waging war. The financial cost of war is enormous and is an issue, in and of itself – however, this cost pales in comparison to the cost of human life.

We must unite and be prepared to organize to end the culture of war within the US. Ending the culture of war in this country will pave the way for wars to cease globally, especially since the US global war footprint is virtually everywhere. Creating a culture of peace begins with changing our acceptance of the United States’ addiction to war. Demanding this radical, yet humane, change to take place is paramount if we are to mold a brighter future for subsequent generations. Peace starts with all of us. It is one of the most important tasks before us. We must be firmly against war, in addition to being for peace. They go hand in hand. Now is the time to start building that brighter and more humane future.

Solomon Comissiong is an educator, community activist, author, and the host of the Your World News media collective (www.yourworldnews.org). Mr. Comissiong is also a founding member of the Pan-African collective for Advocacy & Action. Solomon is the author of A Hip Hop Activist Speaks Out on Social Issues. He can be reached at: solo@yourworldnews.org.

Surveillance of the Fittest—Sheep Nation

Cologne, the mural on the Datagate: the eagle watches over the flock 

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Your Life Depends on Literally Taking Your Money Out of the Bank

Your Life Depends on Literally Taking Your Money Out of the Bank

Dave Hodges

The Common Sense Show

 

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Your life depends on whether you begin to take your assets out the bank and begin to purchase life sustaining supplies.You need to start this process, today, in accordance with the principles I laid out in a previous article.

The Death of the American Economy

There was an obscure story which ran two years ago which is receiving scant attention and yet, it is the banking story of the decade. It is the number one banking story in human history. It is the story which will destroy America’s banking accounts. It is the story that spells the beginning of the end of America’s financial empire. This is the end of the America’s financial empire and NOBODY is talking about it. What is that story? First, the prerequisite background.

Our Crushing Debt

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Nearly every publication estimates the derivatives debt to be in the range of one quadrillion dollars to $1.5 quadrillion dollars. Conservative estimates tell us that this derivatives debt, that has been assumed by the governments of the world, is at least 16 times the entire value of the assets of Planet Earth. This generation cannot pay off this debt. Your children, grandchildren and even great-great-great-great-great grandchildren cannot pay off this debt. If the status quo were to remain in place this debt could not be paid off in the 25th century, the 30th century, nor the 50th century. My estimates place the interest on the debt to exceed the entire value of the world’s assets and the interest is increasing far faster than the governments of the world can service the debt. Who is the debt owed to? It is owed to the first movers, the owners of the central banking system. If you want an identifiable target, let’s call the debt owners of the planet the Bank of International Settlement (BIS) along with their henchmen at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and their minions at the United Nations. The BIS is collapsing its own banking empire in order to usher in a New World Order which will be discussed later in the article.

The world’s economy has been dealt a fatal blow from which it cannot recover. No amount of budget, belt tightening will ever change this fact. We could literally be taxed at a 100% rate and the derivatives debt and the interest on this debt will continue to increase faster than the nations can pay the debt down.

Bank of America Case In Point

In an obscure, but well reported 2011 event, Bank of America announced it was shifting derivatives in its Merrill investment-banking unit to its depository arm, which has access to the Fed discount window and is protected by the FDIC. This was announced as a news blurb in the main stream media and was prominently reported in the Daily Bail.

This was the single biggest financial event in the history of America. It was bigger than the 1929 stock market crash and it was bigger than the beginning of the bail outs in 2008, but it did not received the banner headlines that it should have received. What does this mean? It means that the Bank of America’s European derivatives are now going to be “insured” by U.S. taxpayers and its two most important financial institutions, the Federal Reserve and the FDIC. What is even more distressing is that the Bank of America did not even seek or receive regulatory approval for this action. This action was simply acted upon on behalf of frightened counterparties. Under the Federal Bankruptcy Act of 2005, the counterparties derivatives debt receive “super priority” when it comes to the disbursement of FDIC insurance payments to failed banks. Where do the rest of us stand in terms of reimbursement for a failed bank? We are in last place. In short, when your bank fails, your money is gone.

bankstersJust how serious is the derivatives debt for the Bank of America? The Daily Bail reported that this was a “direct transfer of risk to the taxpayer done by the bank without approval by regulators and without public input . . . “  The estimated total of derivatives debt tied around the neck of Bank of America is a little under 80 trillion dollars and is growing exponentially because of the interest payments. And yet, there is another shocker, JP Morgan Chase is receiving the same undue government benefit with $79 trillion of its  national derivatives debt guaranteed by the FDIC and Federal Reserve. What this means for you and me is that when Europe finally implodes and banks fail, U.S. taxpayers will hold the bag for trillions in insurance derivatives contracts, labeled as credit default swaps (CDS) which were sold by Bank of America and JP Morgan. This is when you will lose all control over your money and ultimately your life, if you are not prepared ahead of time.

As Plain As the Nose on Your Face

When the derivatives debt reaches the point where it causes our debt load to be so great that we cannot even service the interest, all financial institutions will fail. All governments will go into default.  If the Federal Reserve engages in “print money out of thin air policy” to cover the insurmountable debt, as they did with the bailouts in 2008, the resulting hyperinflation will make the German Weimar Republic seem like a prosperous economy. And do you think your money is safe because of the FDIC? Let me repeat, the FDIC, by law, must first pay the derivatives counterparties. Since the derivatives debt exceed the world’s total wealth by a fact of at least 16, do you now understand how and why you are not getting your money back when EVERY bank fails in the near future?  Just the debt insurance that Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase have obtained from the American people totals nearly 160 trillion dollars. Before you accuse me of being paranoid, first explain how that debt can be paid? IT cannot be paid back, ever!  However, the banksters are grasping for breath as they die on the vine. However, they will not go down without a fight. They are delaying the inevitable crash which will take them down with us. So, they are trying to keep their heads above water by stealing your bank accounts, your pensions and 401K’s. When your money is gone and your life is destroyed, the one solace we can take is that Wall Street will follow us right into the gates of hell as they will not survive either, and this is all by design. The purveyors of the central banking system are as evil as they come. They have set into motion the derivatives scheme so as to destroy all civilization so they can remake this planet in their own twisted image of their conceptualization of a Brave New World (order).

Out of Chaos Comes the New World Order

apoclaypse nowThe Bank of International Settlement and its henchmen (i.e. World Bank, IMF) and the United Nations want to collapse the existing order on this planet. Their assault upon humanity has begun. They are beginning the demise with collapsing the world’s financial empire. When economies crumble, national governments will fail and then the people will soon come to understand the term, the New World Order. We are not talking about the creation of just an evil world government. We are talking about the creation of a planetary structure in which most will not survive (see the Georgia Guidestones) and those that do will live in a hellish and biologically transformed slave planet. Without going into great detail here, I would refer you back to the first 30 minutes of the movie, Man of Steel, where the ideals of Krypton will soon be visited upon the Earth in which the inhabitants of this planet will be bred for specific purposes. This new empire will be Satan’s empire and it will be based on their perverted notion of transhumanism.

Under the new transhumanism, you will be bred for servitude and your skill sets will be biologically programmed. In 1932, when Brave New World appeared, it was still science fiction. As my friends Patrick Wood and Barbara Peterson can attest to, that day is here. As I write these words we are entering into a Brave New World. This will be the topic of a future article.

In the meantime, get your money out of the bank while you will can and purchase essentials for your survival, and begin taking your money out today. Buy the essential supplies with your existing bank account. If you delay, your ability to feed, water and protect yourself and your family will disappear as the banksters make off with all of it.

You cannot stop what is coming, you can only prepare to try and survive for as long as you can.

Obama Tries the “Good Islamist/Bad Islamist” Hat Trick In Syria

[It is always the same, wherever the CIA replays this tired old worn-out routine..”We only back the “good Islamists.”  I CALL BULLSHIT!  The warped American spy-trash relies upon the gullibility of the American people to continue their bloody games, since the plays that they call are so ridiculously stupid that people cannot believe that this is the best that “the government, the US Government, has to offer.”]

[This concept of an American proxy army composed of the most fearsome militant Islamists has always been run on the shakiest of grounds.  Now it has just become a tragedy, a farce, with no ending in sight.  This is especially true now because the source of that concept, the Saudi royals, have determined to form an “Islamist NATO,” from their terrorist hordes, working in concert with the Sunni Gulf State Armies.

Despite the dangers and uncertainty of utilizing “Mujahedeen” jihadis, some US allies have adapted the CIA strategy as their own national “anti-terrorist” policies, in particular, Pakistan.  The Pak Army has taken the “good Islamist/bad Islamist” to the next level, with its own “good Taliban/bad Taliban” ploy, attempting to utilize this CIA escape strategy to justify its own misunderstandings with their American task masters.  This ploy has been played very effectively in the Pak attempt to use its own homegrown militants as a control mechanism against the people of FATA. 

Bandar has followed this example in his sponsorship of Islamist terrorist units in Syria.  This has set-off a splitting process among the Muslim Brotherhood/Qatari forces arrayed against Bashar al-Assad, providing the smokescreen needed to hide Obama’s slithering-off into the sunset, hand-in-hand with Putin, as they attempt to transmute their chemical weapons agreement into that American/Russian-enforced “New World Order,” envisioned by Daddy Bush. 

Even though it seems likely now, that the Saudis will be made into the fall guys in Syria, this prediction has not restrained Bandar’s subverience to the CIA plot to sabotage any plans which King Abdullah thinks that he has made with his shady, probably treasonous, intelligence chief.]

U.S. Campaign Against Turkish Spy Chief Continues

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Human Rights Watch and the Wall Street Journal blamed Turkey and especially its intelligence chief Hakan Fidan for supporting the “bad” insurgents and terrorists in Syria and to thereby hindering the U.S. plans to use the “good” insurgents and terrorists to achieve regime change there. The recent allegations were also covered in the Turkish press, often in support of the Turkish government strategy.

U.S. interference and the recent campaign against Hakan Fidan continue. The unofficial CIA-spokesperson, Zionist defender and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius now peddles allegations, based solely on mysterious “knowledgeable sources”, that the Turkish intelligence service outed ten Iranians who worked as informants for the Israeli Mossad:

The Turkish-Israeli relationship became so poisonous early last year that the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to have disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to 10 Iranians who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers.

Knowledgeable sources describe the Turkish action as a “significant” loss of intelligence and “an effort to slap the Israelis.”

First allegations against Hakan Fidan about contacts with Iranian services were made by Israeli officials back in 2010. Ignatius surely knows about the poisonousness of Turkish-Israeli relations. It was Ignatius who in 2009 in Davos denied (vid) the Turkish premier Erdogan a chance to respond to Israel’s president Peres defense of the deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Now Ignatius is defending Israel again. He alleges that it is Turkey which is responsible for bad Israeli behavior. In May 2010 Israel attacked a Turkish ship, on its way in international waters to bring aid to Gaza, and killed nine Turkish activists on board. Turkey demanded an apology. Only earlier this year, which the Turkish president Gül called “too late”, did Israel apologize. Ignatius now claims that the apology came so late because the Turks in 2012 outed the Iranian Mossad agents:

Israeli anger at the deliberate compromise of its agents may help explain why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became so entrenched in his refusal to apologize to Erdogan about the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident.

So according to Ignatius an incident that happened, allegedly, in spring 2012 prevented the Israelis to give an apology for the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Either the Israelis have some mysterious capabilities of foresight or Igantius has the cause and effect relations backwards.

If the Turks indeed outed Mossad spies it was likely in response to Israeli drone support for the Kurdish liberation movement and terrorist group PKK.

The Ignatius attack on Hakan Fidan must be seen in light of a change in U.S. strategy towards Syria as the focus of U.S. policy moves from regime change towards the prevention of a new Al-Qaeda stronghold in northern Syria. The Turkish intelligence services actively supported the Jihadists and that support must now be starved off.

There are signs that the campaign against such support is somewhat succeeding. On Tuesday the Turkish army claimed to have shelled a Syrian hill next to its borders after Jihadists in Syria had taken it as a new military position. If that shelling indeed took place it did not help. Today ISIS and the Tawhid brigade took control of the Bab al Salama border gate with Turkey. Thanks to Hakan Fidan and his boss Erdogan Al-Qaeda is now a direct neighbor of Turkey.

Interpol Chief Advises Arming Citizenry To Counter Terror Attacks

 

 

Exclusive: After Westgate, Interpol Chief Ponders ‘Armed Citizenry

 

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Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month’s deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.

“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

Noble’s comments came only moments after the official opening of the 82nd annual gathering of the Interpol’s governing body, the General Assembly. The session is being held in Cartagena, Colombia, and is being used to highlight strides over the last decade in Colombia’s battle against the notorious drug cartels that used to be the real power in the country.

The secretary general, an American who previously headed up all law enforcement for the U.S. Treasury Department, told reporters during a brief news conference that the Westgate mall attack marks what has long been seen as “an evolution in terrorism.” Instead of targets like the Pentagon and World Trade Center that now have far more security since 9/11, attackers are focusing on sites with little security that attract large numbers of people.

At least 67 were killed over a period of days at the Westgate mall, more than 60 of the dead were civilians. The Somalia-based al Qaeda-allied terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack as it was ongoing but investigators are still trying to determine exactly who planned the strike, where they are and what is next for them. U.S. authorities in Uganda, fearing another similar incident in Africa, issued a warning late last week.

Citing a recent call for al Qaeda “brothers to strike soft targets, to do it in small groups,” Noble said law enforcement is now facing a daunting task.

“How do you protect soft targets? That’s really the challenge. You can’t have armed police forces everywhere,” he told reporters. “It’s Interpol’s view that one way you protect soft targets is you make it more difficult for terrorist to move internationally. So what we’re trying to do is to establish a way for countries … to screen passports, which are a terrorist’s best friend, try to limit terrorists moving from country to country. And also, that we’re able to share more info about suspected terrorists.”

In the interview with ABC News, Noble was more blunt and directed his comments to his home country.

“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”

“For me it’s a profound question,” he continued. “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?'”

Prior to the Westgate attack, the gun control debate has been ignited time and time again in the U.S. in the aftermath of a series of mass shootings, including one in a movie theater in Aurora, Col., a suburb of Denver.

Murder By UAV Drone—US War Crimes In Yemen

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The Civilian Cost of US Targeted Killings in Yemen
October 22, 2013
The 97-page report examines six US targeted killings in Yemen, one from 2009 and the rest from 2012-2013. Two of the attacks killed civilians indiscriminately in clear violation of the laws of war; the others may have targeted people who were not legitimate military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian deaths.
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“Two these attacks were in clear violation of international humanitarian law—the laws of
war—because they struck only civilians or used indiscriminate weapons. The other four
cases may have violated the laws of war because the individual attacked was not a lawful
military target or the attack caused disproportionate civilian harm, determinations that
require further investigation. In several of these cases the US also did not take all feasible
precautions to minimize harm to civilians, as the laws of war require.”