Interesting news relating to the future Great Tribulation and the biblical prophecies of the End times.
Syria, Saudi Arabia scramble to defuse tensions
UK warns deadlock in Lebanon over tribunal could soon erupt into violence
BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia and Syria are scrambling to reach a compromise to defuse rising political tension before an impending indictment into former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s 2005 assassination is issued as Britain warned of violence in Lebanon next month. “The Saudi-Syrian bid is making progress toward reaching a major compromise before the indictment is issued,” a source close to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told The Daily Star Sunday night. Beirut MP Ammar Houri, a member of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future parliamentary bloc, also struck an upbeat note about the outcome of the Riyadh-Damascus cooperation to resolve the crisis over the indictment, saying the two countries’ efforts are expected to achieve “fruitful results.” Amid hopes of a breakthrough in the Saudi-Syrian bid, Britain warned that the Lebanese deadlock over the indictment, which is widely expected to implicate some Hizbullah members, might erupt into violence. British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Sky News Sunday that Lebanon “is one of our concerns over the coming weeks.” “We think it’s very important that [the] tribunal does its work,” he said, referring to the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which will prosecute suspects in Hariri’s assassination …
Officials: CIA gave water-boarders $5 Million legal shield
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the CIA decided to water-board suspected terror detainees in overseas prisons, the agency turned to a pair of contractors. The men designed the CIA’s interrogation program and also personally took part in the water-boarding sessions. But to do the job, the CIA had to promise to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for them in case there was trouble down the road, former U.S. officials said. Turns out the contractors needed that secret agreement as taxpayers pay to defend the men in a federal investigation over an interrogation tactic the United States now says is torture. The deal is even more generous than the protections the agency typically provides its own officers, giving the two men access to more money to finance their defenses. It has long been known that psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen created the CIA’s interrogation program. But former U.S. intelligence officials said Mitchell and Jessen also repeatedly subjected terror suspects inside CIA-run secret prisons to water-boarding, a simulated drowning tactic. The revelation of the contractors’ involvement is the first known confirmation of any individuals who conducted water-boarding at the so-called black sites, underscoring just how much the agency relied on outside help in its most sensitive interrogations.
[Editor’s Note: Because Hezbollah will undoubtedly be militarily activated during the forthcoming Iran/Israel conflagration, it is virtually unavoidable that the nation of Lebanon is likely to suffer horrifying destruction at the hands of Israeli weapons of mass destruction. Utilizing the power of international law, those factions seeking to indict Hezbollah for participation in the murder of Lebanon’s former PM have hoped for a political resolution. The unfortunate truth is, Hezbollah, as a surrogate of Syria and Iran (just as Hamas is Iran’s pawn in Gaza), must be dealt with in a military fashion.
As Israel continues to attempt to negotiate an agreement that will diplomatically neutralize the Palestinian Authority’s participation during the forthcoming conflict (largely due to their close proximity to Israeli civilian populations), the American military buildup is a tacit acknowledgement that the entire Middle Eastern area will explode at some point in the near future. This forthcoming Middle Eastern war will be far more destructive than previous clashes, and the prophetic ramifications are addressed in the DVD entitled American Magog. Although prophecy figures have for decades loudly claimed that Russia is the “Gog” figure of Ezekiel 38, Christian Media has categorically predicted an American identification is appropriate, and this understanding has been in print since 1992. For details on the American Magog DVD, see LINK.]
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