“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 650, 28 February 2015

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FRONT PAGE – ISRAEL/PALESTINE, US COPS, ISRAEL/PALESTINE, UKRAINE, US TORTURE, NSA SPYING & BOKO HARAM

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 650, 28 February 2015

WORLD MEDIA – SYNTHESIS FROM 1 FEBRUARY 2015 TO 28 FEBRUARY 2015

In our previous December 2014 issue (ISP 648), clearly the major topic was the CIA and its torture policy, including the Senate’s report on the subject. In second place were killings of unarmed black people by US cops. The two most significant develops were the US decision to re-establish normal relations with Cuba and the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the International Criminal Court against the open opposition and threats from Israel and the US.

Of those four December topics, two lost importance in January: CIA torture and US-Cuba relations. In the January (ISP 249) issue, the four leading topics were the Charlie Hebo massacre in Paris and following worldwide solidarity against jihadists, and (as in December) US cops, the Israel/Palestine conflict, and Boko Haram jihadists in Nigeria. Also in January, but far below in terms of numbers, but of major significance were renewed civil war fighting in Ukraine, Greece’s vote for the Syriza leftist government, and a “Rich Rule the World” reports (“Richest 1% likely to control half of global wealth by 2016”, and “Eighty people control half of the world’s wealth and all of the elected officials”). Also, on 26 January, “Kurds push Islamic State completely out of Kobani”. And as the US Senate voted that climate change was not “manmade”, the “US EPA chief hopes Pope will spur concern on climate change” in an effort to “get God on the right side”.

Of these major concerns, this February 2015 issue (ISP 650) has retained as major topics Israel-Palestine (see the eight entries below), US cops & FBI (seven entries below), Ukraine (three entries), US torture policy (three entries), NSA Spying (two entries) and Nigeria-Boko Haram (one entry).

ISRAEL-PALESTINE
6 February – Israeli Consul: Supporters of Netanyahu’s Speech Want to Humiliate President
7 February 2015 – US Deports Professor Sami Al-Arian for Criticizing Israel and Backing Palestinian Rights
11 February – Sweden Opens “Palestinian Embassy,” Commits Millions in Aid to PA [while right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu plans to address his only ally, a right-wing US Congress]
14 February – ‘Mostly civilians’: Probe into Gaza homes strikes finds 60% of deaths non-militants
15 February – Netanyahu calls for ‘massive immigration’ of European Jews to Israel
15 February – Study Finds 60 Percent of Gaza Victims of Israel Strikes Were Women, Children or Elderly
23 February – Israel – Leftists say Zionism requires peace and equality, including with Palestinians, while backers of Netanyahu’s Likud equate term with strong Israel standing up to its enemies, and with settler movement
25 February – Leaked [South African] ‘spy cables’ show Mossad tactics – Mossad assessment contradicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s public statements on the Iranian nuclear program

US COPS & FBI
11 February – After Months of Protest, NYPD Officer Charged for Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man Akai Gurley
12 February – India concerned, family of man paralysed in US police ‘brutality’ to file lawsuit
16 February – For Decades, Chicago Police Used City Jails as Torture Chambers
18 February – Guantanamo Torturer Led Brutal Chicago Regime of Shackling and Confession
23 February – GAO – [FBI] WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION – Additional Actions Needed to Improve DOJ’s Handling of FBI Retaliation Complaints [48 of 62 complaints rejected due to “bad paper work”]
25 February – George Zimmerman, right, shot Trayvon Martin to death during a confrontation in a Florida gated community in 2012 – US Won’t File Charges in Trayvon Martin Killing
26 February – “Gestapo” Tactics at US Police “Black Site” Ring Alarm from Chicago to Washington (Guardian)

UKRAINE
1 February – Obama openly admits ‘brokering power transition’ in Ukraine – RT
8 February – Western Nations Split on Arming Kiev Forces [the “split” is USA vs. Everyone else]
18 February – A Bloody Retreat From Debaltseve as Ukrainian Forces Suddenly Withdraw [and will the next attack be on Mariupol to establish a land route to Crimea]

US TORTURE POLICY
9 February – Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says, “I Would Do It All Again” to Expose Torture
10 February – Saying No to Torture: A Gallery of US Heroes [Sergeant Joseph M. Darby, Major General Antonio M.
14 February – Let Us No Longer Keep Silent about Torture [Hans Christof von Sponeck, Brussels Tribunal, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights]

NSA SPYING
18 February – Federal Government Can Read Any Emails More Than Six Months Old Without a Warrant
20 February – Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle [chips made by Gemalto]

NIGERIA & BOKO HARAM
13 February – African Giant Nigeria Relies on Poorer Chad to Fight Boko Haram [which is a clear indication of the competence of the Nigeria government and military]

The full issue of ISP 650 sent to subscribers includes:

MOST NOTEWORTHY ARTICLE TITLES, 1-28 FEBRUARY 2015, 29 entries, 2 pages

NOTEWORTHY ARTICLE TITLES, 1-28 FEBRUARY 2015, 249 entries, 7 pages

NOTEWORTHY ARTICLE TEXTS, 1-28 FEBRUARY 2015, 297 entries, 35 pages

ALL ARTICLES, 1-28 FEBRUARY 2015, 1,373 entries, 138 pages

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