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NSA Provided Turkey With Intelligence To Kill Kurdish Rebels

By: Monday September 1, 2014 6:45 am

Though today Kurdish rebels are serving on the front lines of the US backed counter-offensive against ISIS, leaked intelligence information reveals a more complicated relationship between the Kurds and the US government. Though the US appears to value its relationship with the Kurds it also wants strong ties with Turkey to the point of betrayal.

According to a new report from The Intercept, the NSA has been providing the Turkish government with intelligence used to kill Kurdish rebels. The intelligence includes mobile phone location data, banking information, and the whereabouts of Kurdish rebel leaders living abroad.

Given that Turkey had labeled the Kurdish rebels “terrorists” and had killed them previously it is impossible for the NSA to not have know that the intelligence it was providing Turkey could have lethal consequences.

Documents from the archive of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden that Der Spiegel and The Intercept have seen show just how deeply involved America has become in Turkey’s fight against the Kurds. For a time, the NSA even delivered its Turkish partners with the mobile phone location data of PKK leaders on an hourly basis. The U.S. government also provided the Turks with information about PKK money flows, and the whereabouts of some of its leaders living in exile abroad.

At the same time, the Snowden documents also show that Turkey is one of the United States’ leading targets for spying. Documents show that the political leadership in Washington, D.C., has tasked the NSA with divining Turkey’s “leadership intention,” as well as monitoring its operations in 18 other key areas. This means that Germany’s foreign intelligence service, which drew criticism in recent weeks after it was revealed it had been spying on Turkey, isn’t the only secret service interested in keeping tabs on the government in Ankara.

What a tangled web we weave. The NSA is providing Turkey with intelligence to help kill Kurdish allies now fighting with the US against ISIS in Iraq while also targeting Turkey itself for spying operations. Everyone’s friend and everyone’s enemy – Pax Americana.

Now that the information is public it will be interesting to see the reaction of those involved. Turkey has already summoned US representatives to respond to the disclosure of the US spying on Turkey, no word yet as to what the Kurds’ response has been to the revelation that its strong ally has been helping Turkey kill Kurds.


The Roundup

By: Monday September 1, 2014 5:45 am

How are you folks on this day? How was your weekend?

International Politics


- I rarely place titles anymore, but I feel this speaks for itself: “Obama’s ‘Catastrophic Defeat’ in Ukraine“; I had much suspicious on a setback by Kiev forces after they bragged how close they were to winning in the east

- Meanwhile, the EU threatened the use of sanctions against Russia and the White House defended such a decision

- Despite praising the U.S. on certain issues, a UN report criticized the U.S. for policies involving surveillance and racism for instance

- Glen Ford: “Obama Schemes to Attack Syria, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Middle East

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated new sanctions by the U.S. were an “invasion,” although he did say negotiations with the West was still on the table

- Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah claimed Europe and the U.S. were at risk of a terrorist attack if there is not a strong response to Islamic State forces; Is this a bluff?

- It would take 20 years to rebuild Gaza after the shelling by Israel, from a depressing new report stated

- The calls from the Syrian government to work with Western states against IS is one for leftists to distrust the existing regime

- Looks like Israel will be making more settlements in the West Bank

- An official of Hezbollah warned IS would strike against Lebanon next

- Iraqi troops took over another town from IS forces as they continue their campaign against the organization

- Israel cut some of its government spending in response to the $2.52 billion it spent for the bombings in Gaza

Asia and Oceania

- Australia announced it would provide supplies and weapons to the Iraqi government to fight IS

- Protests in Pakistan were broken up by police with three people dead and more than 400 injured


- Islamist militants took over a compound of the abandoned U.S. embassy in Libya; It should be noted Libya Dawn, a militant group, took over Tripoli, which means the country will experience more instability

“Don’t worry, we’re good for it”

By: Monday September 1, 2014 1:30 am

President Obama talks with Israel’s Netanyahu

There is something missing to add context to this story.

Israel has been presented with a hefty bill for 50 days of war in Gaza, as the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, moved to slash government spending by 2% this year to offset the $2.52 bn (£1.51bn) cost of the conflict.

With only the Israeli military and domestic intelligence agency Shin Bet exempt from the sharp spending reductions, the area to be hit hardest emerged as the Israeli education system, with critics – including members of Netanyahu’s cabinet – predicting that the poorest Israelis will feel the brunt of the cuts.

Of course they will. You cannot have the wealthy ever have a burden…as Israel knows, that’s Un-American!

But in lieu of this, how will these expenses on a debatably over-reaction be borne?

I have an idea…well, less an idea, than a notion of history.


The FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L . 113-76) provides the President’s full $3.1 billion request in FMF for Israel. In addition, it provides another $504 million in funding for research, development, and production of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system ($235 million) and of the joint U.S.-Israel missile defense sy
stems David’s Sling ($149.7 million), the Arrow improvement program (or Arrow II, $44.3 million), and Arrow III ($74.7 million).

For FY2015, the Administration is requesting $3.1 billion in FMF to Israel and $10 million in Migration and Refugee Assistance. The Missile Defense Agency’s FY2015 request for joint U.S.- Israeli programs is $96.8 million. The Administration also is requesting $175.9 million for Iron Dome.

Why should the Israeli poor have the burden, when American poor will do?

Late, Late Night FDL: Jealousy

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 10:00 pm

King King – Jealousy

British Blues Band King King cleaned up again…

Late Night: Tam Lin

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 8:00 pm

Sandy Denny and the Fairport lads, having a go at Child Ballad #39. Enjoy!

Real Fiscal Responsibility 2; Carter: Stagnation and Unemployment

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 7:05 pm

This post continues my series evaluating the fiscal responsibility/irresponsibility of the Governments of the United States (mostly the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Federal Reserve) by Administration periods beginning in 1977 with the Jimmy Carter period. My first post explained why I chose to start my evaluation with the Carter period, and also laid out my related definitions of fiscal sustainability, and fiscal responsibility.

Sunday Food: Ketchup

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 6:30 pm

Since we talked about mustard last week, it’s definitely time to deal with ketchup. As I’ve mentioned, I lost my taste for ketchup some time back, and don’t use it now. However, I’m probably in the minority there, and I do notice that the stores have at least as much ketchup on their shelves as there are mustards, with much less variety.

Real Fiscal Responsibility I: Preliminaries

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 5:20 pm

This is the first in a lengthy blog series that will evaluate the US Government’s record on Real Fiscal Responsibility, Administration period by Administration period, since the Administration of Jimmy Carter in 1977. In evaluating the US Government’s record, it’s important to state clearly that I will be evaluating more than just each Administration and its activities.

The record of fiscal responsibility is not the product of the Executive Branch alone. It is the outcome of the interaction of the Executive with the two Houses of Congress and the Federal Reserve System, even on occasion the interaction of one or more of these with the Supreme Court. All bear joint, though not equal responsibility for the record of Government fiscal responsibility or fiscal irresponsibility, as the case may be, during each Administration period.

White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 4:00 pm

Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions.

It came just a few weeks before a leaked draft copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest assessment said climate disruption could cause “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Paul LeBlanc and Dianne Feeley, Imagine: Living In A Socialist USA

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 1:59 pm

New York’s most progressive literary agent, Francis Golden, who is now ninety years old, once again put her energies where her mind is asking thirty-one progressive writers to imagine how life would change for Americans were we to enjoy a socialist-oriented government. I say enjoy because I’ve lived half my life under such governments in both Western and the former Eastern Europe, and I can testify to the fact that life is a great deal easier when national governments are organized around principles of solidarity.

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