World View: U.S. Approves Sending Arms to Opposition Fighters in Syria

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  • Over 500 al-Qaeda militants escape from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison
  • U.S. approves sending arms to opposition fighters in Syria
  • IRS continues constructing massive Obamacare database

Over 500 al-Qaeda militants escape from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison

Abu Ghraib prison
Abu Ghraib prison

A military-style attack by the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant resulted in the escape of between 500 and 1,000 prisoners, including many Islamist militant terrorists, from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Suicide bombers drove cars with explosives into the prison gates on Sunday night, while gunmen attacked guards with mortar fire as well as rocket propelled grenades. Fighting continued until early Monday. This release of hundreds of terrorists cannot possibly help Iraq's security situation, which has been deteriorating badly since the withdrawal of American forces in December 2011.

Analysts are beginning to talk again of a civil war in Iraq. That's just as impossible today as when they were talking about it following the 2003 ground invasion. Iraq is in a generational Awakening era, during which a sustained civil war is impossible. In this case, there are still many survivors still alive from the genocidal Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s, and those survivors will prevent anything like that from happening again. The same is true in Syria, where the civil war would have fizzled two years ago if it hadn't been for the aggressive support by Russia, and more recently Hezbollah, in providing weapons and fighters, making Syria's war less a civil war than a proxy war. Russia Today and Reuters

U.S. approves sending arms to opposition fighters in Syria

The Obama administration has set numerous red lines for the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, and then ignore violations of the red line, except to issue a statement of outrage and set a new red line. But now, on Tuesday, the House and Senate intelligence committees approved President Obama's request to use money already in the CIA's budget to be used to send weapons to the Free Syrian Army. The weapons will include small arms, ammunition and perhaps anti-tank weapons. However, this development comes just three days after the EU admitted that a May promise to send arms to the Free Syrian army was just a bluff, and that there was never any intention to fulfill the promise. CNN and Washington Post

IRS continues constructing massive Obamacare database

A massive database of personal information about almost all Americans, known as the "Federal Data Services Hub," is under construction for Obamacare. The data base will include name, birth date, Social Security number, gender, ethnicity, family size, Indian status, incarceration status, veteran status, Peace Corps status, membership in a “recognized religious sect or health care sharing ministry,” email addresses, telephone numbers, health records, health insurance and premium information, and income, including IRS tax return information and Social Security income, as well as financial information from other third-party sources

Access to the data will be given to a wide range of people, including “agency contractors, consultants, or grantees” who “need to have access to the records” to help run Obamacare, as well as law enforcement officials to “investigate potential fraud,” will have access to this information, “without the consent of the individual.” Among those who will have access will be a huge new pool of unionized "Navigators," who will be paid to promote Obamacare and help people sign. Almost anyone can become a Navigator, and they will not be subject to a background check. The Beacon

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