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Employees of Romney family’s secret bank tied to fraud, money laundering, drug cartels and the CIA By Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, October 21 2012

As previously reported in by the Columbus Free Press, the Romney family, namely Mitt, Ann, G Scott and Tagg Romney, along with Mitt’s “6th son” and campaign finance chair have a secretive private equity firm called Solamere Capital Partners. This

The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 21 2012
Is there a relationship between the bombing of Lebanon and the inauguration of the World's largest strategic pipeline, which will channel more than a million barrels of oil a day to Western markets?
The Real Reason America Is Drifting Towards Fascism By Washington's Blog, October 21 2012

Step 1: Demonizing the Enemy

War is always sold by artificially demonizing the enemy.

Countries need to lie about their enemies in order to demonize them sufficiently so that the people will support the war.

Everyone knows that “truth is

US Presidential Elections: Forecasting the Vote, Simulating the “Fraud Factor” By Global Research News, October 21 2012

By Richard Charnin

The 2012 Presidential True Vote and Monte Carlo Simulation Forecast Model is updated on a daily basis. The election is assumed to be held on the latest poll date. Link to this post for the daily update

Latest Beirut Bombing Incident: “False Flag”? By Stephen Lendman, October 21 2012

First impressions suggest another “who done it” incident. Similar ones occurred many times before. Guilty parties often get named later. Key always is cui bono?

The mainstream media never explain what’s most important. Instead, headlines like “Blast in Beirut Is

“October Surprise”: The Nobel Peace Committee’s “Collective Insanity” By Felicity Arbuthnot, October 21 2012
“When Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize satire died”, satirist Tom Lehrer,
The Next War: Destination “Lebanon.” By Rev. Richard Skaff, October 21 2012

The New York times reported that a powerful bomb devastated a Christian neighborhood of Lebanon’s capital on Friday October 19, 2012, killing an intelligence official long viewed as an enemy by neighboring Syria and unnerving as Syria’s sectarian-fueled civil war

Humanitarian Ship to Gaza: Israel Again Commits Barbarism and Piracy By Stephen Lendman, October 21 2012
On October 6, the humanitarian Estelle Ship to Gaza departed Naples, Italy for Gaza. It surprised no one that Israel again violated international law.

At 10:15AM CET (Central European Time), Ship to Gaza Sweden said “Estelle is being attacked….Five or

“Homegrown Terrorism” and Terrorism by Association By Global Research News, October 21 2012

by Michael S. Rozeff

How misleading can a “news” article get? Try this headline: “Federal Reserve bombing plot foiled in NYC”. There never was a plot to foil. There never was a plot independent of the FBI to foil. …

US Election Concern: What Is There To Vote For? By Danny Schechter, October 21 2012

New York, New York: As Americans prepare to go to the polls, the airwaves are littered with paid advertising of the crassest and most manipulative kind. Political issues packaged by ad agencies are flooding the arena of politics with nasty …

Obama-Romney: The Duopoly Debates Itself By Glen Ford, October 21 2012

To any objective observer, the consensus that exists between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the fundamental issues of war and peace, Wall Street’s dominance of American life, and fiscal austerity, has been made crystal clear in the two “debates.”

Lebanon Bombing: Impetus for US-NATO Planned Sectarian War By Tony Cartalucci, October 21 2012

It was, starting at least in 2007, the goal of the US, Saudis, and Israelis to trigger a region wide sectarian war with which to overrun the governments of Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. This was documented in detail in Seymour

Benghazi, US-NATO Sponsored Base of Operations for Al Qaeda By Tony Cartalucci, October 21 2012

Late US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens documented the transformation of Benghazi, Libya into overt base of operations for Al Qaeda.

“I have met with these brave fighters, and they are not Al-Qaeda. To the contrary: They are Libyan patriots who

Britain Intervenes in Saudi Arabia’s “Internal Affairs” By Tanya Cariina Hsu, October 20 2012

Last month, the British government opened an inquiry to re-examine relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in the aftermath of last years’ Arab Spring protests. The UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) will examine Britain’s multiple trade, defence, security, counter-terrorism

Coverup: Risk of Nuclear Melt-Down in U.S. Higher than it was at Fukushima By Washington's Blog, October 20 2012
Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to Numerous U.S. Nuclear Facilities. Revelation of NRC Whistleblowers.
The History of Cambodia: Pol Pot Revisited By Israel Shamir, October 20 2012

Now, in the monsoon season, Cambodia is verdant, cool and relaxed. The rice paddies on the low hill slopes are flooded, forests that hide old temples are almost impassable, rough seas deter swimmers. It’s a pleasant time to re-visit this

US Plan to Attack Iran with Nuclear Weapons, Devised Under Bush By Sherwood Ross, October 20 2012

U.S. plans to attack Iran with a mix of nuclear and conventional weapons have been in readiness since June, 2005, a distinguished authority on international affairs says.

“Confirmed by military documents as well as official statements, both the U.S. and …

Flawed Monetary Policy: “QE Infinity” Won’t Work, What the Banks Are Really Afraid Of … By Global Research News, October 20 2012

By: Money_Morning

Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher recently offered a stunning assessment about our policy making central bankers down in Washington.

They’re winging it.

In a talk before a Harvard Club audience, Fisher presented a candid …

Chemtrails, “The Spraying of Poison over Sweden”: Politician Ignites Controversial Debate By Global Research News, October 20 2012
by R. Teichmann

The leader of the Environmental Party (Miljöpartie) in the town of Vingåker, Pernilla Hagberg, ignited a discussion in the Swedish mainstream media about chemtrails. A broad public discussion about the mysterious trails forming artificial clouds over our
Obama’s Report Card By Philip Giraldi, October 20 2012

The terrifying prospect of a Mitt Romney foreign policy has somehow obscured just how badly President Barack Obama has performed. When Obama took over as the self-proclaimed “leader of the free world” in January 2009 there was a war going …

Predatory Capitalism: Stealing Wealth, Stealing Food: The Battle for the Corporate Control of India By Colin Todhunter, October 19 2012

In recent years, India has increasingly conformed to a US-led economic agenda driven by the policies of the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and associated institutions. Due to the decades-long suppression of wages, saturated markets and the debt-induced demand …

Health Care for Profit: The Deadly Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Spreads across America By Kate Randall, October 19 2012

The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in the US continues to spread. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 247 people in 15 states have been sickened in the outbreak, and the death toll

Wall Street Issues its Orders to Obama, Romney By Patrick Martin, October 19 2012

The top bosses on Wall Street have issued their demands for action from the Obama administration and Congress to slash the federal deficit, in a letter warning that failure to take action by January 1 could produce renewed financial crisis …

Does the Romney Family now Own your E-Vote? By Gerry Bello, Bob Fitrakis, and Harvey Wasserman, October 19 2012

Will you cast your vote this fall on a faulty electronic machine that’s partly owned by the Romney Family? Will that machine decide whether Romney will then inherit the White House?

Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt …

Two Versions of the Same Thing: “Obamneycare” Converts Health Care Into Profits By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, October 19 2012

In the guest section there is a new contribution by Dr. Robert S. Dotson. He points out that “Obamneycare” is two versions of the same thing. A person has to be gullible and uninformed to believe the claims of Obama

Palestinian Authority to Hold Sham Elections By Stephen Lendman, October 19 2012

Longtime Israeli collaborators Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad scheduled West Bank municipal elections on October 20, 2012. Democracy isn’t on the ballot. Palestinians are skeptical for good reason.

For the first time since January 25, 2006, they’ll vote in an …

“Largest US-Israeli Exercise in History”: US Troops in Israel for Three-Week Missile Defense Drill By Jason Ditz, October 19 2012

The first US troops are arriving in Israel today, part of a build-up for what officials are calling the single largest joint US-Israeli military exercise in history, a drill that will last three weeks and include 3,500 US troops

“Living as a Christian in the Hell of Aleppo”: Besieged by Syrian “Opposition” Rebels. Testimony of a Priest By Agenzia Fides (Vatican News), October 19 2012

Christians in Aleppo are victims of death and destruction due to the fighting which for months, has been affecting the city. The Christian neighborhoods, in recent times, have been hit by rebel forces fighting against the regular army and this

Syria: Evidence of Foreign Countries’ Support to Terrorists, Letter to UN Security Council By Global Research News, October 19 2012

Syria sent Thursday two identical letters to the UN Security Council and the General Secretary about that evidence on involvement of foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, in supporting and arming the terrorist groups in Syria.

The Ministry …

NATO’s “Responsibility to Kill”: International Law Suffers Another Blow in Libya Conflict By Tony Cartalucci, October 19 2012

The United States invoked the so-called “responsibility to protect” doctrine as justification for NATO military intervention in Libya, based on fears that the Libyan government was about to enter, and eliminate systematically, resistance in the eastern city of Benghazi. This

Global Cyber-Warfare Tactics: New Flame-linked Malware used in “Cyber-Espionage” By RT, October 19 2012

A new cyber espionage program linked to the notorious Flame and Gauss malware has been detected by Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. The anti-virus giant’s chief warns that global cyber warfare is in “full swing” and will probably escalate in 2013.

The

New World Order Education: Useful Engines in the “One World Schoolhouse” By James F. Tracy, October 19 2012
The restructuring of education in accordance with an internationally based technocratic order. Foundation funded online education introduces a one-size-fits-all worldwide school curriculum.
The Militarization of Europe. US-NATO Missiles Threat to Russia’s Security By Robert Bridge, October 19 2012

Russia has warned that the US missile defense system in Europe could spark another arms race.

NATO’s missile defense system presents a threat to Russia’s national security and may trigger the militarization of Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told

Cyber-Warfare: NATO Considers Russia as a “Potential Aggressor”, Threat to the West By Ria Novosti, October 19 2012
NATO considers Russia one of the key potential cyber-aggressors for the North Atlantic alliance, the Kommersant business daily quoted its sources in NATO’s headquarters as saying.NATO plans to hold its Cyber Coalition 2012 war game on November 13-16. In line …
Global Systemic Crisis: War and Geopolitical Instability Trigger “Economic Shock” By Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin (GEAB), October 19 2012

For several months we have anticipated a major shock for the economy and global political stability for Autumn 2012. We are maintaining this “Red Alert” and will take stock mid-November 2012, at the same time as our annual analysis of

Bradley Manning: US Government ordered to turn over Additional 600 Emails to Bradley Manning’s Defense By Global Research News, October 19 2012

Yesterday was the beginning of a two-day hearing in which the defense and prosecution will argue over which witnesses will testify about delays in court proceedings. Coombs wants to use witnesses to argue that Bradley Manning has been denied a

The Nobel Peace Prize for War By Michael Parenti, October 18 2012

Those who own the wealth of nations take care to downplay the immensity of their holdings while emphasizing the supposedly benign features of the socio-economic order over which they preside. With its regiments of lawmakers and opinion-makers, the ruling hierarchs …

Israel Lobby Threatens Church Groups With Congressional Investigation Over Call for Restricting U.S. Military Aid to Israel By Richard Silverstein, October 18 2012

A coalition of U.S. church groups recently made public a letter which called upon the U.S. government to condition future military aid to Israel on its fulfillment of obligations under U.S. law.  The statement was intended to express criticism of …

Financial Warfare against Iran: Devastating Social Impacts of Sanctions By Dr. Ismail Salami, October 18 2012

The US-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran which directly and painfully target the population have created an inconceivable situation for those whose very lives depend on the medicine adversely affected by these barbaric sanctions.

The West is sharply …

I Vote For “Shooting Bankers” By Craig Murray, October 18 2012
Not content with focusing public ire on those social spongers who have the temerity to be unemployed or disabled, government has scored a great populist coup, and caused great rejoicing in the land of the tabloids, by decreeing that it
Ankara Retracts: Turkey ‘Admits’ Russian Air Cargo to Syria Was Legal By Ria Novosti, October 18 2012

The Turkish authorities recognize the legitimacy of the cargo seized from a Moscow-Damascus passenger plane but have a problem with its processing, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

“The Turkish side does not in principle question the legitimacy …

The Obama-Romney Debate: Questions Unasked and Unanswered By Joseph Kishore, October 18 2012

Tuesday’s debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, was billed as a town hall meeting, in which the two candidates would answer questions from “real Americans” about the most important issues in the election. The event …

Turkey leads US-sponsored Military Encirclement of Syria By Chris Marsden, October 18 2012

Despite widely reported concerns of blowback in Syria due to the arming of jihadist groups, a military build-up on Syria’s borders is proceeding apace.

Racep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist government in Turkey is leading the way, using the pretext of stray …

Nobel’s EU “Champion of Peace” Makes a Mockery of Free Speech By Kourosh Ziabari, October 18 2012

Only three days after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its alleged role in promoting peace and reconciliation across the European continent, the European Union made the most undemocratic and non-peaceful decision one might think of by ordering the

Haiti, US-Installed “Stooge Regime”. Long-Suffering Haitians Want Change By Stephen Lendman, October 18 2012

Haitians know adversity and anguish as well as anyone. They’ve experienced over 500 years of oppression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, crushing debt, and natural calamities from destructive hurricanes to a dozen regional magnitude 7.0 or

The Presidential Debates Are Nothing But Scripted Beauty Contests By Washington's Blog, October 18 2012

The “spontaneous” questions from audience members are actually pre-screened, and even the moderator is forbidden from asking follow-up questions:

Gawker’s John Cook succinctly sums up the rigged debates:

Leaked Debate Agreement Shows Both Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards

After 9/11, “Nice Job”: America Creating More Terrorists By Washington's Blog, October 18 2012

Nice Job Creating More Terrorists:

The Washington Times notes:

U.S. Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and Chairman of the House’s Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday that al Qaeda is a greater threat now than it was before

British Democracy: Living in Fear, Kept in the Dark By Colin Todhunter, October 17 2012

Earlier this year, I watched the BBC’s main political debate programme that allows an audience of members of the public to put questions to a panel of politicians and so-called experts. Syria was on the agenda. A member of the

Militarizing South Korea By Gregory Elich, October 17 2012

With the presidential election in South Korea just two months away, efforts are underway to lock into place a policy of confrontation with that nation’s neighbor to the north. When current South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took office five years …

Celebration of Wealth and Privilege: Elite Class Folly in Sonoma County, California By Peter Phillips, October 17 2012

The September 29, 2012 opening of the Green Music Center (GMC) at Sonoma State University (SSU) was nothing less than a grand celebration of wealth and privilege. Beaded dresses, tuxedos, and political elites blended in a glorious aristocratic coming out.

EU Censors Alternative News in Bid to Dominate US-NATO War Narrative By Tony Cartalucci, October 17 2012
Western media quietly attempts to censor growing global opposition, begins with Iranian media.
Second Obama-Romney Debate: Another Stage-managed Charade By Barry Grey, October 17 2012

The second nationally televised debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney served only to underscore the hypocrisy and deceit that pervade the entire election.

Two representatives of the corporate-financial elite that rules America spent nearly two …

Ancient Afghan City of Mes Aynak: Neoliberal Policies Threaten 5000 Years of Bronze-age History By Global Research News, October 17 2012

by Afghans for Peace

In 2001, the world watched in horror as the Taliban destroyed the historic statues of Bamiyan- 5th century statues that were carved into the cliffs of the Bamiyan valley and originally decorated with gold and

The Nobel War Prize By Julie Lévesque, October 17 2012

The Nobel Committee did it again. The essence of its highest award, the Nobel Peace Prize, has been perverted. It’s been turned into a propaganda tool, a form of institutionalized revisionism, for which war is upheld as a peaceful endeavour,

America R.I.P.: Death of the Middle Class, Offshoring of American Jobs By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, October 17 2012
During the second half of the 20th century the United States was an opportunity society. The ladders of upward mobility were plentiful, and the middle class expanded. Incomes rose, and ordinary people were able to achieve old-age security.
 
In the …
US Imperialism Unleashed: Descent into Barbarism By Ben Schreiner, October 17 2012

The triumph of imperialism leads to the annihilation of civilization. Rosa Luxemburg, The Junius Pamphlet

With signs of a global economic downturn mounting, US aggression across the Middle East and North Africa ratchets up. And once again, US imperialism

EU Wages War on Free Expression By Global Research News and Stephen Lendman, October 17 2012

Free expression in all forms is fundamental. Without it, all other freedoms are at risk. Included are free speech, thought, culture, intellectual inquiry, and press freedom.

Denial risks tyranny. Voltaire said, “I may disapprove of what you say, but I

Sino-Japanese Rift Part of Covert US Agenda: The Truth Behind Post-war History By Global Research News, October 17 2012

by Julian Ryall

A former Japanese diplomat has accused the United States of manipulating Japan since the second world war in order to “eliminate” prime ministers who sought to develop better relations with Beijing.

Ukeru Magosaki, who also served as

A Page Has been Turned: Western Retreat from Syria By Thierry Meyssan, October 16 2012

On October 8, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSO) began maneuvers dubbed “Inviolable Fraternity” (“НЕРУШИМОЕ БРАТСТВО”). The scenario focuses on the deployment of a peace force in an imaginary country where international jihadists and terrorist organizations operate against a backdrop …

Freedom of the Press: the West Suppresses Iran Media By Dr. Ismail Salami, October 16 2012

The recent EU move to take Press TV off the air is to be seen as part of a continued process of media violation against this alternative channel.

On Monday, UK-based Eutelsat  stopped carrying Press TV and some 18 other …

Syrian Terrorists Involved in Illegal Human Organ Trade By Global Research News, October 16 2012

Global Research Editor’s note

Originally reported in the Turkish Newspaper Yurt, sofar unconfirmed by Western media sources.

ANKARA.  The so-called Free Syrian Army is trafficking the body organs of Syrian civilians and army soldiers after kidnapping and murdering them, …

Australia’s Julia Gillard is No Feminist Hero By John Pilger, October 16 2012

The Guardian‘s description of Australia’s opposition leader Tony Abbott as “neanderthal” is not unreasonable. Misogyny is an Australian blight and a craven reality in political life. But for so many commentators around the world to describe Julia Gillard’s attack …

US “Military Aid” to Syrian Opposition Goes to Al Qaeda By Bill Van Auken, October 16 2012

American Intelligence officials are acknowledging that the bulk of the weapons flowing into Syria for the US-backed war to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad are going into the hands of Al Qaeda and like-minded Islamist militias.

A lead article …

American Workers Stand Up to Walmart By Mark Vorpahl, October 16 2012

When a torrent hits an obstacle that refuses to give, it either flows around or over the obstruction. When workers’ needs for a living wage, fair treatment, and a voice are damned up by an oppressive employer, it is only

The Economic Sanctions Game against Iran By Stephen Lendman, October 16 2012
Washington bears full responsibility for imposing illegitimate sanctions on Iran. Other countries are pressured to go along. Doing so harms their own interests.

Heavy-handed US bullying largely gets its way. Rule of law principles and norms are violated. At issue

Why Europe Did Not Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize By David Swanson, October 15 2012

Yes, indeed, it is a little-acknowledged feat of miraculous life-saving power that Europe has not gone to war with itself — other than that whole Yugoslavia thing — since World War II.

It’s as clear a demonstration as anything that …

Horrors of War: US, UK Munitions “Cause Birth Defects in Iraq” By RT, October 15 2012

Iraqi women wait with their sick children at a Baghdad hospital.(AFP Photo / Karim Sahib)

US and UK weapons ammunition were linked to heart defects, brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs, according to a recent study. The report revealed a shocking

Massive Fraud in Mexico’s Presidential Elections By Robert Sandels, October 15 2012
On August 31, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) dismissed all but one of the formal objections filed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leftist candidate of the Progressive Movement coalition, against the certification of Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary
Civil Rights and Identity: The Persecution of the Rom By J. B. Gerald, October 15 2012

In Paris October 7th, several hundred gathered in the place du Pantheon for a Roma Pride rally, an affirmation of Roma identity at a time when the Roma face ongoing and unacceptable persecution in France and throughout the European Union. …

US and British Government Knew – Down to the Day – of Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor … And Let It Happen to Justify US Entry Into WWII By Washington's Blog, October 15 2012

We Knew …

Preface: We don’t contest that World War II was – in many ways – a “good war”.

The Nazis, imperial Japanese and fascist Italians were nasty folks trying to take over the world, who brutalized millions within

Benghazi Attack on Largest CIA Regional Operation, Ambassador Steven’s Death “Collateral” By John Robles, October 15 2012

While the US continues to debate and determine whom to blame and what “failures” led to the attack on the US Embassy compound and CIA safe house in Benghazi, nowhere is anyone considering the fact the event was the result

Three weeks to the US elections: The issues facing working people By Patrick Martin, October 15 2012

Three weeks from the November 6 presidential election, the contest between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney remains close, with Obama holding a shrinking lead, according to a number of polls, in the half dozen states that …

Global Economic Outlook Worsens: Friction at IMF Meeting By Nick Beams, October 15 2012

The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, which concluded in Tokyo yesterday, was marked by growing divisions between the major powers amid a worsening outlook for the world economy.

Before the meeting even began, tensions …

Intensified Warrantless Spying in America By Stephen Lendman, October 15 2012

Newly released ACLU Justice Department documents and Kurt Eichenwald‘s just published book titled “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars” provide new information on lawless spying in America.

Eichenwald described “the most dramatic expansion of NSA’s power …

Catalonia Independence from Spain: When Will We See Tanks in Barcelona? By Esther Vivas, October 15 2012

“Independent Catalonia? Over my dead body and those of many other soldiers.” It was with these words that on August 31, retired infantry lieutenant-colonel Francisco Alaman Castro referred to the possibility of an independent Catalonia. And he added: “We will

GMO “Collateral Damage”: Food Soaked With Toxicity By Colin Todhunter, October 15 2012

While watching Gary Null’s documentary ‘GMOs Ticking Time Bomb’, I was reminded of a run-in that I had with a transnational agribusiness concern in India a couple of years back. It sent a popular Indian newspaper a three page letter

The 2012 US Presidential “Non-election”: Which Brand of “Fascism” this Time? By Larry Chin, October 14 2012
Every four years, the deck chairs of the political Titanic that is the American empire get rearranged in the choreographed spectacle of another presidential “election”.
Fukushima: Radiation level spiked in Hokkaido, “Still it’s on-going” By Global Research News, October 14 2012

According to the report of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, radiation level spiked up in Hokkaido, the most northern island in Japan.

It started picking up at 15:40 of 10/14/2012 (JST), and still it’s on-going.

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India: Celebrating “Americanisation”? Poverty amidst “American Values” By Colin Todhunter, October 14 2012

Earlier this year, there was an article in the New York Times that positively salivated over the ‘Americanisation’ of India.

And the author was not referring to Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina or any other country on the American continent when …

US- Australia Coverup: Was Al Qaeda Behind the 2002 Bali Bombing? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 14 2012
Both the US and Australian police and intelligence authorities involved in the 2002 Bali investigation turned a blind eye on the links between Indonesian Intelligence (BIN) and Jemaah Islamiah (JI), which allegedly was behind the bombings.