Archive for February 1, 2013 Have You No Shame? Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspaper Reporting By Annie Machon February 01, 2013 “Huffington Post” – -Where to start with this tangled skein of media spin, misrepresentation and outright hypocrisy? Last week the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence presented this year’s award to Dr Tom Fingar at a ceremony jointly hosted by the prestigious Oxford Union Society. Dr Fingar, currently a visiting lecturer at Oxford, had in 2007 co-ordinated the production of the US National Intelligence Estimate – the combined analysis of all 16 of America’s intelligence agencies – which assessed that the Iranian nuclear weaponisation programme had ceased in 2003. This considered and authoritative Estimate directly thwarted the 2008 US drive towards war against Iran, and has been reaffirmed every year since then. By the very fact of doing his job of providing dispassionate and objective assessments and resisting any pressure to politicise the intelligence (à la Downing Street Memo), Dr Fingar’s work is outstanding and he is the winner of Sam Adams Award, 2012. This may say something about the parlous state of our intelligence agencies generally, but don’t get me started on that… Anyway, as I said, the award ceremony was co-hosted by the Oxford Union Society last week, and many Sam Adams Associates attended, often travelling long distances to do so. Former winners were asked to speak at the ceremony, such as FBI Coleen Rowley, GCHQ Katherine Gun, NSA Thomas Drake, and former UK Ambassador Craig Murray. Other associates, including CIA Ray McGovern, diplomats Ann Wright and Brady Kiesling and myself also said a few words. As former insiders and whistleblowers, we recognised the vitally important work that Dr Fingar had done and all spoke about the importance of integrity in intelligence. One other previous winner of the Sam Adams Award was also invited to speak – Julian Assange of Wikileaks. He spoke eloquently about the need for integrity and was gracious in praising the work of Dr Fingar. All the national and international media were invited to attend what was an historic gathering of international whistleblowers and cover an award given to someone who, by doing their job with integrity, prevented yet further ruinous war and bloodshed in the Middle East. Few attended, still fewer reported on the event, and the promised live streaming on YouTube was blocked by shadowy powers at the very last minute – an irony considering the Oxford Union is renowned as a free speech society. Read the full article here

The letter dated 31 January 2013 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council:


    On instructions from the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, I should like to draw your attention to the following information:

    At dawn on Wednesday, 30 January 2013, Israeli aircraft violated the airspace of the Syrian Arab Republic, entering over the northern Jabal al-Shaykh (Mount Hermon) Heights at low altitude in order to avoid being detected by radar. The aircraft then proceeded to a scientific research centre located in Jamraya, Rif Dimashq, and bombarded it, killing two employees and injuring five others. The attack caused destruction and substantial material damage not only to the centre, but also to the adjacent technical development centre and a parking garage. The hostile aircraft withdrew following the same route. Syria emphasizes that there is no truth to the media reports asserting that the Israeli aircraft had targeted a convoy that was heading from Syria to Lebanon.

    This heinous Israeli aggression followed several failed attempts over a period of months by armed terrorist groups to enter and take control of the above-mentioned site, and after Israel, in cooperation with States hostile to the Syrian people, had ordered its lackeys inside the country to strike selected vital Syrian military sites. Although these lackeys, headed by the Al-Qaida-affiliated Nusrah Front, were able to attack some of those sites, including air defences and other vital sites, over the past months, they have failed to hit the majority of them.

Read the full report here via AlJazeera Israel draws a line in the sand, this time for the USA. Click link above for full report