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Obama Shifts from Military Might to Diplomacy

www.nytimes.com | The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria.

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Questioning FBI Involvement in Boston Bombing

digitaljournal.com | The host of the popular news program Reality Check has asked if the Second Boston Massacre, as it is coming to be known, was a case of FBI entrapment which followed a tragic path similar to the known entrapment case of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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Afghan President Karzai Announces Plans to Prohibit Calls for Airstrikes

apnews.myway.com | Angry over civilian deaths, President Hamid Karzai announced plans Saturday to ban Afghan security forces from requesting international airstrikes on residential areas.

If he issues the decree as promised, the move would pose a significant new challenge to government troops who have relied heavily on foreign air power to give them an advantage against insurgents on the battlefield even as the U.S. and other countries prepare to end their combat mission in less than two years.

The declaration came as anger mounted over a joint Afghan-NATO operation this week that Afghan officials said killed 10 civilians, including women and children, in northeast Kunar province.

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Nato Air Strike Kills Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan, Officials Say

guardian.co.uk | A Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 civilians, five of them children, and wounded five other children, Afghan officials said.

Civilian deaths in air strikes have been one of the most emotive and high-profile issues of the war in Afghanistan, although in recent years UN statistics show that the Taliban have caused the majority of civilian casualties.

If confirmed the latest deaths are likely to spark protests and renew tensions over civilian casualties between the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, and the Nato-led military coalition.

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Will I Be Murdered For Writing This?

A pilot who wrote a conspiracy theory book about 9/11 is dead after he shot his two teenage children and family dog before turning the gun on himself.

Relatives and friends of Phillip Marshall were stunned by the violent crime which took place in Calaveras County on Saturday.

Their bodies were discovered when friends of the teens went to the family home on Sandalwood Drive and looked through the windows, they could see 54-year-old Phillip Marshall lying on the floor in a pool of blood.

The former airline pilot's controversial conspiracy book The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror was released last year. 

While he was writing it, Marshall believed that his life was in danger because of the allegations involved.

According to Santa Barbara View, during the editing and pre-marketing process of Marshall’s book, he expressed some degree of paranoia because the nonfiction work accused the George W. Bush administration of being in cahoots with the Saudi intelligence community in training the hijackers who died in the planes used in the attacks.

Was Phillip Marshall murdered for what he wrote in his book?  This possibility raises an important question for anyone covering this story, and that question is, "Will I be murdered for writing this?".  In light of that, I would just like to say for the record, I will never harm myself or my family, under any circumstances.  Should anything like that happen, you can be certain that I was in fact murdered.  

Phillip Marshall was interviewed on Coast To Coast AM on 9-08-12.

You can get his book at the Amazon Link Below.

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Litmus Test or Revenge of the Rogue Network?

We did a story here recently on claims by Dr. Jim Garrowrenowned author and humanitarian, that he has been told by a "senior military leader" that Obama is using a new "litmus test" to determine who will stay or go in his military leadership; their willingness to fire on U.S. citizens.

This comes on the heels of a slew of recent dismissals and resignations of several top military leaders and the head of the CIA.  The story below, by Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, sheds additional light on the possible motives of this "senior military leader" and others who may be making these claims.

Many Alternative News sites and reporters have long speculated about a rogue network of people working in the top military/intelligence/corporate establishment being responsible for getting the United States involved in the many official and unofficial wars abroad and the ratcheting up of our increasingly oppressive "homeland security" apparatus and thereby bringing to the American people the "gifts" of never ending war, our quickly eroding rights to privacy & free speech along with our right to be secure from warrantless searches and seizures.  

The article below makes a good case that such a network exists and has been responsible for many behind the scene efforts to stoke the fires of war and fear in order to pursue it's agenda both at home and abroad.  

Might it be that this claim by a "senior military leader" is really an attempt by these now dismissed senior military leaders to feed the fears of and evoke a response from Liberty minded groups in revenge for their forced resignation and dismissal by a President who may actually be taking steps to rid us of this rogue network that President Eisenhower warned us of so many years ago?  

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General Details Pentagon Tensions With Obama on Afghanistan

NYT | The beginning of President Obama’s first term “saw the emergence of an unfortunate deficit of trust between the White House and the Department of Defense, largely arising from the decision-making process on Afghanistan,” General McChrystal writes. “The effects were costly.”

The book by General McChrystal, who was fired from his post in 2010 after an article in Rolling Stone quoted him and his staff making dismissive comments about the White House, is likely to disappoint readers who are looking for a vivid blow-by-blow account of infighting within the administration.

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