WASHINGTON — Even Medea Benjamin was surprised she managed to get into President Barack Obama’s major national security address at National Defense University on Thursday. The long-time Code Pink protestor is a fixture on Capitol Hill and well known to most D.C. reporters.
“I had my head down for about two hours and was talking on the phone for about two hours. I tried to be inconspicuous. I think sometimes I must be invisible,” Benjamin said. “There were a couple of journalists that came over to talk to me, but that’s about it.”
Benjamin, 60, was escorted out of the the hall after she repeatedly interrupted Obama’s address, pressing the president on the use of drone strikes overseas, including the killing of a 16-year-old U.S. citizen.
In an interview with The Huffington Post afterward, at a Starbucks near National Defense University, Benjamin said someone had given her an invite to the speech.
“I had an invitation, somebody gave me an invitation who I’m not at liberty to disclose,” Benjamin said, calling her protest “epic” when compared to her other demonstrations.
By Glenn Greenwald
Two men yesterday engaged in a horrific act of violence on the streets of London by using what appeared to be a meat cleaver to hack to death a British soldier. In the wake of claims that the assailants shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the killing, and a video showing one of the assailants citing Islam as well as a desire to avenge and stop continuous UK violence against Muslims, media outlets (including the Guardian) and British politicians instantly characterized the attack as “terrorism”.
The US, the UK and its allies have repeatedly killed Muslim civilians over the past decade (and before that), but defenders of those governments insist that this cannot be “terrorism” because it is combatants, not civilians, who are the targets. Can it really be the case that when western nations continuously kill Muslim civilians, that’s not “terrorism”, but when Muslims kill western soldiers, that is terrorism? Amazingly, the US has even imprisoned people at Guantanamo and elsewhere on accusations of “terrorism” who are accused of nothing more than engaging in violence against US soldiers who invaded their country.
Gendarmerie (Rural Police) Intelligence Department documents obtained by Redhack reveals that Turkish State knew about the vehicles packed with explosives that was detonated in Reyhanli/Hatay, which resulted in 51 deaths (unofficial reports confirm more than 100 dead).
Documents outline the vehicle details including plate numbers of three cars and that they were prepared by Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front in Syria on 23rd April 2013. It also gives information about Turkey registered vehicles packed with explosives, small and delicate devices that was send to Syria from Turkey.
We now know why the government censored the media reporting on the explosions took place on 11th May 2013. The documents indicate that the explosion was expected and known in advance. However it was disregarded. Subsequently after the explosion the blame is systematically targeted to be directed at the Alewites and left- wing organisations with malicious efforts to collapse the Syrian state. If the documents are examined in detail by taking consideration of the dates of events, it is not difficult to understand the truth behind the Reyhanli explosions. People have right to know the truth and we are not afraid of exposing it. PM Erdogan you have fooled people by blaming Syrian regime for these explosions but it seems like you have shot yourself by the foot. Although the authorities and the Military received intelligence that an explosion was plotted in Reyhanli they failed to act to prevent this attack.
If these bombs were intentionally allowed to cause an explosion deliberately to “start the war” by not preventing such an event or taking any precautions to avoid an explosion …then like such someone will disrupt and end your game!
The delivery of the truth is necessary and this is what we are doing…We are not afraid because life does not forgive cowards…
Why has this details went unheard? Why precautions was not implemented?
Did PM Erdogan knew it was planted by Al-Nusra before he met Obama to plan a possible war with Syria?
If this government is honourable enough they should resign right now as this is the only solution in any democratic country.
Original documents marked as “Classified” and translations;
Document Pic 1:
1. Kahraman Maras and Hatay Gendarmerie were provided with intelligence on 17.05.2013 that supplies were to be delivered via a vehicle with the registration of 63 E 3436 to Syria to support a group recognised as Al-Qaida militants. It was known that this group was in preparation to construct explosives. Detailed information in connection to the preparation of explosives was informed specifically detailed in documents received.
2. Technical/sensitive sources investigation: A Lancer make dark colour vehicle loaded with bombs, registration 022 506 (believed to be Syrian registration plate) and KIA Rio make, registration: 667512 (Damascus) Silver colour vehicle: These two vehicles and a black Saab, of which the registration is unknown but believed to be a Damascus registered vehicle, were informed to be loaded with bombs, and on standby in the town of Idlip Syria. Further across the Turkish border intelligence was received,that a vehicle was known to be loaded with explosives , small and sensitive devices. Gendarmeries have been informed that Syrian security forces were searching for those vehicles. Intelligence received has suggested that the vehicles at question were in preparations of an attack targeting Syria. On 25.04.2013 intelligence was again received specifying that, in the town of Rakka, Syria, active militants of El Nusra were known to load and assemble bombs in three vehicles on 23.04.2013. Vehicles were identified as a Mazda 323, Kia Rio and the third was unidentified. These vehicles were prepared to be part of an attack in our country.
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The bombings at question are believed to be in parallel connection with these identified vehicles. In analysing the intelligence and information received it is known that the explosions have been ongoing in our borders and is known to effect our country.
This photo was taken in the office of District Governor of Reyhanli. This shows clearly who funds and supports the bombers.
HACKING FOR THE PEOPLE!
UNTIL JUSTICE PREVAILS HACKING WILL CONTINUE!
The awkward moment when many have to reconcile the fact that a man who they entrusted so much in and had so much hope for and often compared to Dr Martin Luther King, is as bad if not worse and as treacherous with foreign policy decisions as the people he replaced. Yes I’m talking about President Obama and his drone policies, his weekly approved terror list and his killing of innocent civilians in countries we are not at war with..
Everyone was talking about how horrific and how negligent people were in Benghazi where we did Regime change and lost 4 American lives. But everyone is silent as we now know 4 Americans were killed with drones.. 2 of them targeted one of them 16 years old without any due process. 2 were completely innocent.. The silence is glaring…You cant shove this under a rug or drown it out with endless chatter and political double speak by paid pundits…
King spoke out against war even as it cost him his friendship and access to President Lyndon B Johnson. He spoke out even as it led to him being hated on by compromising civil rights leaders who went along to get along for increased access and money.
Not all the New Slaves that Kanye talks about are sitting behind bars in private prisons.. Many of the new slaves in 2013 are the ones who sold their hearts and souls and checked their conscience at the door enslaved by the imperialistic, savage policies embraced by a man they wanted so bad to believe in.
— Davey D via Facebook
President Barack Obama was heckled during a major foreign policy speech Thursday when talking about closing Guantanamo Bay. According to multiple reports, the heckler was Code Pink protester Medea Benjamin.
Benjamin shouted at least three times and interrupted Obama’s speech. The second time she interrupted, Obama got irritated.
You go, Medea!
— Daymon J. Hartley via Facebook
Marching near the Chicago Board of Education building yesterday as the board was having it’s final hearing and vote on school closures in the city. The board ultimately voted to close 50 schools in the city, which is the largest school closure any US city has ever seen.
Photo and report by Jenna Pope
Galloway went on to claim that the sort of violence witnessed on a London street “will happen again, because we are at war with Muslims all over the world. It will happen again as long as we are, as a country, involved in spreading murder and mayhem across the Muslim world.
“The true disaster of 7/7, as yesterday, is that the crimes of guilty people are paid for by innocent people. Like on 7/7 the people getting people killed and maimed are not the people spreading murder and mayhem. That’s why it’s a crime to do what was done yesterday.”
Galloway said that the retaliatory violence seen last night in Kent and Essex, where local mosques were attacked, won’t be repeated on a national scale “because the number of people involved in that kind of thing are small and dwindling. The British people are not that kind of people.”