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    Turkey shoots down Russian warplane on Syria border

    Turkish warplanes have shot down a Russian military aircraft on the border with Syria.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Su-24 was hit by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16s while it was flying over Syrian territory.

    But Turkish military officials said the plane was engaged after being warned that it was violating Turkish airspace.

    Mr Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back" committed by "accomplices of terrorists".
    The Nato military alliance, to which Turkey belongs, said it was following the situation "closely" and was in contact with the Turkish authorities. There will be an "informational meeting" of ambassadors in Brussels at 16:00 GMT.
    'Exclusively above Syria'

    At a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Sochi, Russia's president confirmed that the Su-24 had been shot down over Syrian territory, 1km (0.6 miles) from the Turkish border, by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 jet.

    It crashed in Syrian territory 4km (2.5 miles) from the border, he added.

    "This goes beyond the normal struggle against terrorism. This was a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists," Mr Putin stated, an apparent reference to Turkey's support for Syrian rebel groups.

    "Our pilots and our plane did not in any way threaten Turkey. It is quite clear," he added.

    "They were carrying out an operation against [Islamic State militants] in the mountains of northern Latakia, where militants who originate from Russian territory are concentrated. So they were carrying the key task of preventative attacks against those who could return to Russia at any time."

    This is exactly the kind of incident that many have feared since Russia launched its air operations in Syria. The dangers of operating near to the Turkish border have been all too apparent. Turkish planes have already shot down at least one Syrian air force jet and possibly a helicopter as well.

    Russia insists that its warplane did not violate Turkish air space. So, was the Russian pilot's navigation wrong? Questions will also be asked about the readiness of the Turks to open fire.
    More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34907983
    by Published on 04-22-2015 07:05 PM

    Battlefield America: The war on the American people
    John W. Whitehead
    The Rutherford Institute

    "A government which will turn its tanks upon its people, for any reason, is a government with a taste of blood and a thirst for power and must either be smartly rebuked, or blindly obeyed in deadly fear."—John Salter

    We have entered into a particularly dismal chapter in the American narrative, one that shifts us from a swashbuckling tale of adventure into a bone-chilling horror story.

    As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, "we the people" have now come full circle, from being held captive by the British police state to being held captive by ...
    by Published on 04-12-2015 09:45 AM

    The Don Fanucci of American Politics
    (Or: The Real Cause of the American 'Civil War')

    By Thomas DiLorenzo
    April 11, 2015

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American “Civil War,” more accurately described as the War to Prevent Southern Independence. It is also the 31st anniversary of the movie, The Godfather, Part II. A single scene in the movie illustrates the true cause of the “Civil War.”

    The scene in question involves a Hells Kitchen New York Mafia boss in the early twentieth century named Don Fanucci, whose character is based on a real-life Mafia boss named Ignazio Lupo (“Lupo the Wolf”). In the scene Don Fanucci meets with a young Vito Corleone (who would later become “The Godfather”) after discovering ...
    by Published on 03-12-2015 11:10 AM

    Economist Kotlikoff: 'Our Country Is Broke'

    Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 07:40 AM
    By Dan Weil

    To those who say that U.S. government debt is easily manageable, Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a sobering reply.

    "Our country is broke. It's not broke in 75 years or 50 years or 25 years or 10 years. It's broke today," he told the Senate Budget Committee. "Indeed, it may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece."

    And what about official figures showing that federal government debt is "only" 74 percent of GDP? "Unfortunately, the federal debt is not an economic measure of anything, including our nation's fiscal position," Kotlikoff argued. "Instead,
    by Published on 07-25-2014 11:54 AM

    July 24, 2014
    Senators Sanders & Leahy Join in Deeply Flawed Resolution Supporting Israel

    All 100 Senators, including Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, joined in passing a Senate resolution on July 17, 2014 supporting “the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.”

    However, the facts differ.

    A report issued by the authoritative the “Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center” (ITIC), a private Israeli think tank that “has close ties with the country’s military leadership,” unintentionally debunked the Senate resolution more than a week before its unanimous consent vote in the Senate. The weekly ITIC reports regarding rocket fire are frequently quoted on the Israeli government’s own web site.

    Continued: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/...gaza-so-wrong/
    by Published on 05-23-2014 02:30 PM

    Defense Department Refuses to Tell Senate Which Groups We’re At War With

    Posted on May 22, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog

    Senate: Which Groups Are We At War With? Admin: That’s Classified

    The Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing today on renewing the Authorization for the Use of Force (AUMF) in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Senators repeatedly asked representatives from the Department of Defense which groups we are at war with. And the DOD refused to answer.

    As the ACLU’s deputy legal director and director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy (Jameel Jaffer) tweets:
    Senate: Which groups are we at war with? Admin: That’s classified.http://t.co/olW6B6Wy35
    — Jameel Jaffer (@JameelJaffer) May 21, 2014
    In response, people tweeted how Orwellian this is:
    @JameelJaffer @trevortimm Either Oceania or Eastasia, I think.
    — Steven Bellovin (@SteveBellovin) May 21, 2014
    @JameelJaffer @ggreenwald “We have always been at war with [classified].”
    — Jay Schiavone (@jaytingle) May 21, 2014
    @JameelJaffer: Senate: Which groups are we at war with? Admin: That’s classified…” Prob b/c we supportAl Qaeda even as we ‘fight’ them.
    — Anthony Bisotti (@drbisotti) May 21, 2014
    @JameelJaffer don’t ask who, or why. It’s your job to Clap Louder!
    — Patrick Brennan (@pmbrennan) May 21, 2014
    And noted that normal Americans may not be immune:
    @JameelJaffer @Popehat easy list: US Veterans, Teachers, Police, Firefighters, Gun owners, Capitalists, Casual Pot users…..
    — Brian James (@bjames50) May 21, 2014

    by Published on 05-22-2014 03:21 PM

    NC Restaurant With "No Weapons" Sign Robbed at Gunpoint
    Christine Rousselle | May 21, 2014

    North Carolina restaurant The Pit was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday. Normally, local crime stories like this wouldn't merit a Townhall post, but this one is different: The Pit has a "no weapons" sign displayed prominently on its door declaring the restaurant a gun-free zone, and bans patrons from carrying concealed weapons.

    Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor.

    The bandits assaulted two employees during the crime, but they were not seriously injured.


    by Published on 01-03-2014 08:14 AM

    By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    8:06PM GMT 02 Jan 2014

    Much of the Western world will require defaults, a savings tax and higher inflation to clear the way for recovery as debt levels reach a 200-year high, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.

    The IMF working paper said debt burdens in developed nations have become extreme by any historical measure and will require a wave of haircuts, either negotiated 1930s-style write-offs or the standard mix of measures used by the IMF in its “toolkit” for emerging market blow-ups.

    “The size of the problem suggests that restructurings will be needed, for example, in the periphery of Europe, far beyond anything discussed in public to this point,” said the paper, by Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff.

    The paper said policy elites in the West are still clinging to the illusion that rich countries are different from poorer regions and can therefore chip away at their debts with a blend of austerity cuts, growth, and tinkering (“forbearance”).

    MORE HERE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/f...year-high.html
    by Published on 11-28-2013 10:59 AM

    What if Thanksgiving Exposes the Government?

    What if another Thanksgiving Day is upon us and because of the government we have less to be thankful for than we did at the last one? What if at every Thanksgiving liberty is weakened and the government is strengthened? What if Thanksgiving’s warm and breezy seduction of gratitude is just the government’s way of inducing us to think we should be grateful for it?

    What if we don’t owe the government any thanks for anything? What if the government owes us back all the freedom and property it has stolen from us? What if the government has produced nothing and owns nothing, save what it has coerced us to give it? What if the courts have ruled that the government can lie and cheat with impunity in order to acquire our property or assault our freedoms? {see Income Tax}

    What if the government lies and cheats regularly to enhance its own wealth and power? What if the government claims that its power comes from the consent of the governed? What if no one consented to the government’s spying and lying except those who personally and directly benefit from it?

    Full piece: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013...5#.UpdbnuuRJTY
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