Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Intercept:
"A secret FBI study found that anger over U.S. military operations abroad was the most commonly cited motivation for individuals involved in cases of 'homegrown' terrorism. The report also identified no coherent pattern to 'radicalization,' concluding that it remained near impossible to predict future violent acts.

The study, reviewed by The Intercept, was conducted in 2012 by a unit in the FBI’s counterterrorism division and surveyed intelligence analysts and FBI special agents across the United States who were responsible for nearly 200 cases, both open and closed, involving 'homegrown violent extremists.' The survey responses reinforced the FBI’s conclusion that such individuals 'frequently believe the U.S. military is committing atrocities in Muslim countries, thereby justifying their violent aspirations.'

Online relationships and exposure to English-language militant propaganda and 'ideologues' like Anwar al-Awlaki are also cited as 'key factors' driving extremism. But grievances over U.S. military action ranked far above any other factor ..." 

-- >US wars abroad cause terrorism at home, maybe just like what motivated the 9/11 attackers. Readers of the NYT are spared this juicy fact about the Empire; the newspaper didn't carry this story.


Common Dreams:
"New Documents Show US Knew Helping Saudis in Yemen Could Be War Crime. Officials doubted Saudi military could target Houthi militants without hurting civilians or destroying infrastructure, Reuters reports.

As the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia comes under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the Gulf nation's weekend bombing campaign in Yemen, a Reuters exclusive published Monday reveals that the Obama administration approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year despite warnings that it could implicate the U.S. in war crimes. ...

American officials were actually well aware that airstrikes in Yemen were killing scores of civilians."

-- >The US media doesn't print stories that involve war crimes committed by the United States. Whenever we commit war crimes, they are always "mistakes." Why print a story that shows our government knew all along what the Saudis were doing?


"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reportedly wanted to drone Wikileaks founder Julian Assange when she was secretary of state.

According to True Pundit, Clinton and the state department were under pressure to silence Assange and Wikileaks in the months before the whistleblowing site released a massive dump of 250,000 diplomatic cables from 1966 up to 2010, dubbed CableGate.

'Can’t we just drone this guy?' Clinton asked, according to unidentified state department sources. ... True Pundit reports the people in the room with Clinton on November 23, 2010 laughed at her comment, until it became clear that the then-secretary of state was serious. Clinton was reportedly fuming and referred to Assange as a 'soft target.' " 

-- Clinton's advocating drone murder is worse than anything Trump had to say about groping women. But the US media didn't let the American public hear about her comments.

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