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Hundreds Head To Times Square To Protest Military Strike In #Syria - CBS New York

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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Times Square Saturday before marching to Union Square, protesting President Barack Obama’s proposed military strike on Syria.
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Sep 8 Lingering doubts over #Syria gas attack evidence - By ZEINA KARAM and KIMBERLY DOZIER Associated Press

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Sep 8  Lingering doubts over #Syria gas attack evidence - By ZEINA KARAM and KIMBERLY DOZIER Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) -- The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the American public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence - no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications - connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month that killed hundreds of people.

In the absence of such evidence, Damascus and its ally Russia have aggressively pushed another scenario: that rebels carried out the Aug. 21 chemical attack. Neither has produced evidence for that case, either. That's left more questions than answers as the U.S. threatens a possible military strike.

The early morning assault in a rebel-held Damascus suburb known as Ghouta was said to be the deadliest chemical weapons attack in Syria's 2 1/2-year civil war. Survivors' accounts, photographs of many of the dead wrapped peacefully in white sheets and dozens of videos showing victims in spasms and gasping for breath shocked the world and moved President Barack Obama to call for action because the use of chemical weapons crossed the red line he had drawn a year earlier.

Yet one week after Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the case against Assad, Americans - at least those without access to classified reports - haven't seen a shred of his proof.

There is open-source evidence that provides clues about the attack, including videos of the rockets that analysts believe were likely used. Some experts also think the size of the strike, and the amount of toxic chemicals that appear to have been delivered, make it doubtful that the rebels could have carried it out.

The Obama administration, searching for support from a divided Congress and skeptical world leaders, says its own assessment is based mainly on satellite and signal intelligence, including indications in the three days prior to the attack that the regime was preparing to use poisonous gas.

But multiple requests to view that satellite imagery have been denied, though the administration produced copious amounts of satellite imagery earlier in the war to show the results of the Syrian regime's military onslaught. When asked Friday whether such imagery would be made available showing the Aug. 21 incident, a spokesman referred The Associated Press to a map produced by the White House last week that shows what officials say are the unconfirmed areas that were attacked.

The Obama administration maintains it intercepted communications from a senior Syrian official on the use of chemical weapons, but requests to see that transcript have been denied. So has a request by the AP to see a transcript of communications allegedly ordering Syrian military personnel to prepare for a chemical weapons attack by readying gas masks.

The U.S. administration says its evidence is classified and is only sharing details in closed-door briefings with members of Congress and key allies.

The assessment, also based on accounts by Syrian activists and hundreds of YouTube videos of the attack's aftermath, has confounded many experts who cannot fathom what might have motivated Assad to unleash weapons of mass destruction on his own people - especially while U.N. experts were nearby and at a time when his troops had the upper hand on the ground.

Rebels who accuse Assad of the attack have suggested he had learned of fighters' plans to advance on Damascus, his seat of power, and ordered the gassing to prevent that.

"We can't get our heads around this - why would any commander agree to rocketing a suburb of Damascus with chemical weapons for only a very short-term tactical gain for what is a long-term disaster," said Charles Heyman, a former British military officer who edits The Armed Forces of the U.K., an authoritative bi-annual review of British forces.

Inconsistencies over the death toll and other details related to the attack also have fueled doubts among skeptics.

The Obama administration says 1,429 people died in 12 locations mostly east of the capital, an estimate close to the one put out by the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition. When asked for victims' names, however, the group provided a list of 395. On that list, some of the victims were identified by a first name only or said to be members of a certain family. There was no explanation for the hundreds of missing names.

In Ghouta, Majed Abu Ali, a spokesman for 17 clinics and field hospitals near Damascus, produced the same list, saying the hospitals were unable to identify all the dead.

Casualty estimates by other groups are far lower: The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it only counts victims identified by name, and that its current total stands at 502. It has questioned the U.S. number and urged the Obama administration to release the information its figure is based on. The AP also has repeatedly asked for clarification on those numbers.

The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says it has not been able to update its initial Aug. 24 estimate of 355 killed because communication with those on the ground around Damascus is difficult. That estimate was based on reports from three hospitals in the area supported by the group.

Moreover, the group, whose initial report was cited in U.S. and British intelligence assessments, has rejected the use of it "as a justification for military action," adding in a disclaimer published on its website that the group does not have the capacity to identify the cause of the neurotoxic symptoms of patients nor the ability to determine responsibility for the attack.

French and Israeli intelligence assessments back the U.S., as does reportedly Germany's spy agency, on its conclusion the Syrian regime was responsible. However, none have backed those claims with publicly presented evidence.

Some have suggested the possibility, at least in theory, that the attack may have been ordered by a "rogue commander" in Assad's military or fighters seeking to frame the regime.

Testifying Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rebuffed a congressman's bid to declassify one of the key pieces of intelligence Kerry publicly cited last week: intercepted communications telling Syrian military units to prepare for the chemical strikes.

Still, there was very little pushback from members of Congress on the government's conclusion that the Syrian regime was responsible.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the intelligence was "very compelling" and that senators have had more access to classified information on Syria than they've had on anything in her two decades in the Senate.

Asked if that was enough to merit a U.S. military reaction, she said: "Yes, it's enough for me. I think the prohibition on chemical weapons is well-founded."

But Hisham Jaber, a retired Lebanese army general who closely follows Syria's war, said it would be "political suicide" for the regime to commit such an act given Obama's warning. He also questioned U.S. assertions that the Syrian rebel fighters could not have launched sophisticated chemical weapons. He said that some among the estimated 70,000 defectors from the Syrian military, many of them now fighting for the opposition, could have been trained to use them.

"It is conceivable that one or more know how to fit a rocket or artillery shell with a chemical agent," said Jaber, who also heads the Beirut-based Middle East Center for Studies and Political Research. He claimed Syrian insurgents have acquired chemical weapons, bought from tribes in Libya after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, through Saudi interlocutors. Other weapons from Libya have been used in the conflict, though Jaber did not offer evidence to support his chemical weapon claim.

Saudi Arabia has been a chief supporter of the opposition. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, head of Saudi intelligence, recently flew to Moscow, reportedly on a mission to get Russia to drop its support for Assad.

Syrian government officials and Assad accused foreign fighters of carrying out the attacks with the help of countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the hopes of prompting an international military intervention.

Syria says some of its own soldiers were badly contaminated in Jobar, on the edge of Damascus, as they went into tunnels cleared by the rebels. U.N. experts, who had been collecting tissue and other samples from victims in Ghouta, also visited the Mazzeh military hospital in Damascus, taking samples from injured soldier there.

Two days after the Ghouta attack, state television broadcast images of plastic jugs, gas masks, medicine vials, explosives and other items that it said were seized from rebel hideouts. One barrel had "made in Saudi Arabia" stamped on it.

In the U.S., the case for military action has evoked comparisons to false data used by the Bush administration about weapons of mass destruction to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Multiple U.S. officials have told AP that the intelligence pictures on the Aug. 21 attack was "not a slam dunk" - a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet's insistence in 2002 that U.S. intelligence showed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction - intelligence that turned out to be wrong. They cite the lack of a direct link between Assad and the chemical assault - a question the administration discounts by arguing Assad's responsibility as Syria's commander in chief. A second issue is that U.S. intelligence has lost track of some chemical weaponry, leaving a slim possibility that rebels acquired some of the deadly substances.

Russian President Vladimir Putin - a staunch ally of Assad - said if there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used, specifically by the regular army, it should be submitted to the U.N. Security Council.

"And it ought to be convincing. It shouldn't be based on some rumors and information obtained by intelligence agencies through some kind of eavesdropping, some conversations and things like that," he told The Associated Press in an interview late Tuesday.

David M. Crane, an international law professor at Syracuse University in New York, said the scale of the attack makes it very unlikely that anyone other than the regime was behind it.

"I think it was a calculated risk by the Assad regime to push to see how far he can go while causing a great deal of political disruption," he said. "It's a huge gamble, but he's in a very risky situation."

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AP Intelligence Writer Kimberly Dozier reported from Washington.

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Associated Press writers Greg Katz in London and Richard Lardner and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.

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Protests Fill City Streets Across #Brazil - violent repression by police

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Fewer people turned out compared with the June wave of mass protests, pointing to the way that the flare-up of public ire over corruption has given way to more fragmented movements.
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George Galloway: Dogs of War Slaver over Syria, Powder keg for Disaster

Abby Martin speaks with UK Parliament Member, George Galloway, about Syria war propaganda and his upcoming film 'The Killing of Tony Blair'. LIKE Breaking th...
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When War is Swell: the Carlyle Group and the Middle East at War » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton, the Carlyle Group and the Middle East at War.

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Julie Bishop, #Australia Minister of Foreign Affairs believes in her blog that #Hezbollah fights againt Assad .. #Syria

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Who Are exactly the Dead among these 110 000 claimed by Obama & Co in #Syria? - The Atlantic

Who Are exactly the Dead among these 110 000 claimed by Obama & Co in #Syria? - The Atlantic | News in english | Scoop.it
People keep talking about the 100,000 dead thanks to Bashar al-Assad. Pinning down the exact figure and which side they were on is a tricky business.
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Who Are exactly the Dead among these 110 000 claimed by Obama & Co in #Syria? - The Atlantic

By now we've all heard the number: 100,000 dead since the Syrian civil war erupted in March 2011. But who are they? And who killed them? And is that number even right?

In late July, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon estimated that the death toll in the conflict had reached 100,000. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is sympathetic to the opposition and publishes a daily body count from the fighting in Syria, puts the present number higher.

Reported Agence France-Presse on Sept. 1:

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll since the beginning of the 29-month uprising now stands at 110,371 people, with at least 40,146 civilians killed including nearly 4,000 women and more than 5,800 children.

The group, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground throughout Syria, said 21,850 rebel fighters had also been killed.

On the regime side, the group reported the deaths of at least 27,654 army soldiers, 17,824 pro-regime militia and 171 members of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to battle alongside the Syrian army.

The group counted another 2,726 unidentified people killed in the fighting throughout the war-torn country up until August 31.

There's some controversy over the way the group counts civilians; their number  probably includes some fraction of civilians who had taken up arms, which is to say, irregular rebel fighters, as well as a mix of pro- and anti-regime civilians. Pro-Assad fighting forces sustained 41 percent of total deaths since the conflict began, according to the Observatory numbers.

A June report in McClatchy provided some context:

There are no official counts of deaths in Syria, and the Observatory’s new statistics are likely to be sharply disputed. Another group, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, which makes no effort to tally government casualties, released a report last Wednesday that claimed that it had documented 83,598 deaths, of which 75,992 were civilians and 7,606 were rebel fighters.

The Observatory, however, is considered the most authoritative source for reports on the daily violence in Syria, and it’s the only group that routinely attempts to categorize deaths according to whether the victims were civilians, rebels or government fighters.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, also based in London and sympathetic to the opposition, now issues a monthly report on deaths, though the last one posted on its website appears to be from June. Its last comprehensive report, "83598 people have been killed since Syria's uprising against Bashar al-Assad : including 74993 civilians , 8393 of them are children , 7686 women and 2441 tortured to death," was published in May.

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From One Nobel Peace Laureate To Another: Open letter to President @BarackObama #Syria

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March on Washington to say "Vote NO to war against #Syria! Saturday, September 7 @ 12 noon

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The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) works to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement through grassroots activism and mass organizing.
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Groundswell on #Syria: The people versus AIPAC

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We're at a defining moment in the history of the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel. Israel wants a war and the American people don't-- still, American leadership is pressing ahead. T...
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Senators Authorizing #Syria Strike Got More Defense Cash Than Lawmakers Voting No

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he US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars #Syria

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he US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars #Syria

By Paul Craig Roberts

September 06, 2013 "Information Clearing House - Does the American public have the strength of character to face the fact that the US government stands before the entire world revealed as a collection of war criminals who lie every time that they open their mouth? Will Congress and the American public buy the White House lie that they must support war criminals and liars or “America will lose face”?

The obama regime’s lies are so transparent and blatant that the cautious, diplomatic President Putin of Russia lost his patience and stated the fact that we all already know: John Kerry is a liar. Putin said: "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them [the Americans], and we assume they are decent people, but he [Kerry] is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad." 
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36117.htm ;

When Secretary of State Colin Powell was sent by the criminal bush regime to lie to the UN, Powell and his chief of staff claim that Powell did not know he was lying. It did not occur to the Secretary of State that the White House would send him to the UN to start a war that killed, maimed, and dispossessed millions of Iraqis on the basis of total lies. 

The despicable John Kerry knows that he is lying. Here is the American Secretary of State, and obama, the puppet president, knowingly lying to the world. There is not a shred of integrity in the US government. No respect for truth, justice, morality or human life. Here are two people so evil that they want to repeat in Syria what the bush war criminals did in Iraq.

How can the Am...

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Latest 'generous offer' leaked: Israel wants to control Jordan River and 40% of West Bank while Palestinians get 'temporary borders'

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The Associated Press offers the first inside look inside the restarted Israeli-Palestinian peace process and it isn't pretty. An unnamed Palestinian official has leaked Israel's proposals so far: T...
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The Coen Brothers Look Wryly at Their Films

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The Coen brothers discuss nearly 30 years of making movies, including the mistakes they still make and their surprise at being mainstream, sort of.
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Sebastien Llado Quartet- Duke Ellington Sound of Love (Mingus) #jazz

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WSJ Discloses Writer's Ties To Syrian Opposition After Scrutiny #Syria

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NEW YORK -- A Wall Street Journal op-ed cited this week by both Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has drawn scrutiny for not disclosing writer Elizabeth O'Bagy's ties to a Syrian rebel advocacy group.
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Manufacturing Consent on #Syria » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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Anthony DiMaggio unravels Obama's attempt to manufacture consent on Syria.

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#Syria Shady PR operatives, pro- #Israel ties, anti-Castro money: Inside the Syrian opposition’s DC spin machine

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During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria on September 3, Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain both cited a Wall Street Journal editorial by Elizabeth O’Bagy t...
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"School Of The #America s" - (School For Training Assassins) #documentary 13 mn #USA #USArmy #Army

"School Of The Americas" - (School For Training Assassins)
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Human rights abuses by graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) are chillingly documented at the beginning of the campaign to close the school. 

Director and Writer:  Robert RichterNarrator :  Susan Sarandon |Academy Awards, USAYearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)1995NominatedOscarBest Documentary, Short Subjects
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"School Of The #America s" - (School For Training Assassins) #documentary 13 mn #USA #USArmy #Army

 

Human rights abuses by graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) are chillingly documented at the beginning of the campaign to close the school. 

Director and Writer:  Robert RichterNarrator :  Susan Sarandon |Academy Awards, USAYearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)1995NominatedOscarBest Documentary, Short Subjects
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Al-Qaeda group killed #MSF doctor in #Syria: #NGO

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A Syrian doctor working for Doctors Without Borders who was found dead this week was killed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an NGO says.
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Al-Qaeda group killed #MSF doctor in #Syria: #NGO

BEIRUT: A Syrian doctor working for Doctors Without Borders who was found dead this week was killed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an NGO said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was told that Mohamed Abyad was killed by the group after his abduction in northern Syria.

"According to doctors... ISIS killed the young doctor Mohamed Abyad after his abduction on Monday at dawn in Sejou village, where he was working," the Observatory said in a statement.

Doctors Without Borders, which is known by its French acronym MSF, announced Abyad's death on Thursday.

It said the 28-year-old was found on Tuesday in Aleppo province, where he was working at an MSF-run hospital treating victims of Syria's civil war.

MSF did not say how he had been killed or who may have been responsible.

"While the exact circumstances of Dr. Abyad's death remain unclear, MSF condemns the attack against a surgeon who was relentlessly working to alleviate a desperate humanitarian situation," MSF said.

"His death is a terrible loss to his family, to the patients that he was treating, and to MSF," said the group's general director, Joan Tubau.

"We are outraged by this attack against a young and highly motivated surgeon who was working to save the lives of Syrians affected by the conflict."

The group operates six hospitals and four health centres in northern Syria and says it carried out 66,000 consultations and 3,400 surgeries in the country between June 2012 and July this year.

The Observatory also said ISIS was responsible for the death of Mohamed al-Hamada, a popular opposition poet who was killed on Thursday.

The group said Hamada was in Kfar Zita, near central Hama, looking for details of his missing son.

He got into an argument with fighters from ISIS and was shot dead.

ISIS, and Al-Nusra Front, another Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria, have been accused of a string of abuses in rebel-held territory.

The Observatory said ISIS was behind the destruction this week of a Shiite mosque in the Hasakeh region in northeastern Syria, and also accused the group of carrying out dozens of kidnappings.



Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-06/230279-al-qaeda-group-killed-msf-doctor-in-syria-ngo.ashx#ixzz2e9wUpD6N ;
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Act Now! - Say No To War On #Syria ( only for US Citizens )

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Target Bay Ridge: The NYPD has burrowed deep into the heart of Brooklyn's Muslim community

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The spying unleashed on the heart of Brooklyn’s Muslim community has been intense. Muslims in Bay Ridge have seen it all: Informants who have burrowed deep into mosques to take recordings of sermon...
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Stewart and Colbert push opposition to Syrian strike #Syria

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook Check out Jon Stewart's skewering humor in Groundhog Deja Clusterf@#k (above). Stewart returned to the ...
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Woman Informing Kerry, McCain’s Opinions on #Syria also an Advocate for Syrian Rebels

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Newest political bedfellows -- @BarackObama & Sheldon Adelson #Israel #aipac #lobby #Syria

The looming U.S. attack on Syria is certainly bringing some interesting alliances to the fore. Bloomberg lays out an Israel lobby 101 in describing the push in the American Jewish community for war...
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The looming U.S. attack on Syria is certainly bringing some interesting alliances to the fore. Bloomberg lays out an Israel lobby 101 in describing the push in the American Jewish community for war. From Adelson New Obama Ally as Jewish Groups Back Syria Strike:

The pro-Israel community contributed $14.5 million to federal campaigns for the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than the $11.1 million in donations by the defense aerospace industry, one of the biggest and most consistent political contributors.

While most of the Jewish groups’ donations lean Democratic, Adelson alone transformed the 2012 Republican primary when he and his wife used $15 million in private funds to sustain the unsuccessful candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and then poured $53 million into groups advancing Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In all, Adelson and his wife donated $93 million to Republican causes in the 2012 campaign, center data shows.

The Republican Jewish Coalition, which counts Adelson as a board member, yesterday sent an “action alert” to its 45,000 members, directing them to tell Congress to authorize force. “This is not a partisan issue,” the coalition said in its message.

Adelson Support

It spent $6.4 million against Obama last year, according to the center, a Washington-based research group that tracks campaign spending.

Adelson, a Las Vegas casino owner, supports the coalition’s Syria message, his spokesman Ron Reese said in an e-mail.

The RJC’s counterpart, the National Jewish Democratic Council, today added its voice to a chorus of U.S.-based Jewish groups urging military intervention. Others include AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Their advocacy began after a telephone briefing yesterday with White House deputy national security advisers Tony Blinken and Ben Rhodes, who outlined the case for action against Syria, according to a participant who asked for anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.

Pre-Holiday Pitch

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the group decided to act before the Jewish high holidays, when rabbis will likely speak on Syria. Rosh Hashanah begins tonight.

Jewish groups said their concern was that a failure to take action against Syria would send lessons to other countries, most notably Iran, that they could act with impunity.

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