TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Aug 17 07:13

Israel's Real Target is Not Hamas

In sum, despite its current ability to rip thousands of Palestinians to shreds on the flimsiest of pretexts, all is not well for Israel. Even their short term goals have not been met in this latest attack. Despite everything, the unity government has not broken, and Fatah and Hamas are currently presenting a united front in the ceasefire negotiations.

Aug 17 02:25

UK ambassador 'lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition'

Logs released under the Freedom of Information Act have reinforced claims that the UK lobbied to keep its role in the CIA's torture and interrogation programme out of what is expected to be a damning Senate report.

They show that the UK ambassador to the US met members of the Senate select committee on intelligence 11 times between 2012 and 2014 – as they were investigating the CIA's rendition programme. This included two meetings with the committee's chair, Diane Feinstein, which took place as crucial decisions were being made regarding how much of its report into the programme should be made public.

Aug 16 15:04

Activists occupy an Israeli owned weapons manufacturer in Melbourne Australia

The Melbourne Palestine Action Group, a group consisting of Whistle Blowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) and Renegade Activists, locked down Elbit Systems in the suburb of Port Melbourne and occupied the building’s roof for a few hours.

Arriving at the site at 5 in the morning, the activists erected a replica of Israel’s apartheid wall at the site’s entrance, locking the gates of Elbit Systems and disrupting what otherwise would have been a regular workday.

Jacob Grech from the Renegade Activists explained that the aim of the action was not to ‘warm the coldness of the politicians’ hearts, but to make Melbournians aware of what is going on in their backyard’. Judging from the extensive news coverage the action received, the mission was accomplished.

Aug 16 08:03

White House in the Dark Over Arms Supplies to Israel: Report

White House and State Department officials were especially concerned that Israel was using artillery, instead of more precision-guided munitions, in densely populated areas. The realization that munitions transfers had been made without their knowledge came as a shock.

Aug 16 07:30

FOOTBALL FAN SLAIN BY ISRAEL PREDICTED HE WOULD BE NEXT MARTYR

The latest bloodbath in Gaza is transforming the lives and shaping the consciousness of an entire Palestinian generation, and Abu Hassan and his friends were no different.

Aug 16 07:08

Allegations: U.S. Allies Back ISIS Islamic Terrorists

In June, investment adviser Jim Willie alleged:

The [Isis] troops that are working there [in Syria and Iraq] are Langley [i.e. CIA] troops. They’re trained, funded, and armed by Langley.

What I’m hearing… the U.S. military – Pentagon regulars - and you have to be careful when you refer to U.S. military anymore. What kind of U.S. military? Is it the Pentagon U.S. Army, or is it the Langley military, which has unmarked uniforms and 10?s of thousands of mercenaries?

They’re about to encounter each other in Iraq. The U.S. military Pentagon regulars evacuated Iraq, and what filled the vacuum was the Langley mercenaries, trained for Syria, that migrated South and announced their new agenda.

Aug 15 17:49

Did Ukraine Attack Its Own Tanks? White House "Can't Confirm Russian Convoy Was Destroyed By Kiev"

More to the point, the onus is on Ukraine to present some evidence, in fact any evidence, of a destroyed Russian military convoy instead of merely building upon a story conceived by the two UK media outlets, because if Ukraine indeed has no evidence, then its story falls apart and what's worse, the credibility and reputation of its government, of NATO and certainly of the UK press would be in tatters.

So what other possibility is there? Well, one that is all too unpalatable for Ukraine, namely that in its excitement to blow something up, it may have well destroyed some of its own military vehicles.

Aug 15 17:26

Top legal scholars decry ‘chilling’ effect of dehiring scholar Salaita

Scholars from law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, and other universities have come out with a very strong letter condemning the decision of the University of Illinois to dehire Steven Salaita. Here are some excerpts:

As scholars of free speech and constitutional law, we write to express alarm at your decision to revoke a tenured offer of appointment to Professor Steven Salaita to join the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on account of his statements on social media criticizing Israel’s conduct of military operations in Gaza.

In our view, the decision to withdraw an appointment to a prospective faculty member because of his statements on a matter of public concern raises serious concerns under established principles of academic freedom. Those principles are enshrined in Illinois law, in the U.S. Constitution, and in the written principles of the American Association of University Professors.

Aug 15 15:12

Dutchman, 91, returns Holocaust honour to Israelis after six relatives killed in Gaza

“Over more than six decades I have however slowly come to realize that the Zionist project had from its beginning a racist element in it in aspiring to build a state exclusively for Jews.

Aug 15 15:03

Gaza: Whole Villages Have Been Wiped Off the Map

The smell and the sights we saw were shocking. The moment we parked and I got out, a very strange smell hit us—the smell of dead bodies. That smell will never leave me; it is still stuck in my nose. We saw totally flattened houses and other houses partially destroyed. It reminded me of pictures from war-torn areas where years of fighting erased a village

Aug 15 10:04

GAZA CRISIS ATLAS – August 2014

The Atlas has 108 pages of printable A3-size maps featuring satellite images of all areas of the Gaza Strip. The individual subset maps illustrate physical damages provided by UNOSAT based on analysis of satellite images from 1 August 2014. Read more--> http://sabbah.in/1Ak0UbI

Aug 15 10:03

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oVWXXn

Aug 15 10:01

Israeli military uses footage from Egypt, labelled as Gaza

The Israeli military has used video footage of Upper Egypt’s Beni Suef in one of its official video, labelling it instead as footage of Gaza. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1px0sDx

Aug 15 10:00

Israel’s War On Palestine: It’s Bad, But Is It ‘Genocide’?

There's a lot of war and evil in this world, but kicking people out of their homes and bombing them because of who they are—because they aren't the same ethnicity—has a specific name: "genocide." Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oOSq3U

Aug 15 09:58

Israel Strategy: Hunting Palestinian Children

Nearly 400,000 children in Gaza display signs of trauma from Israel’s recurrent wars on the Strip, with Palestinians believing their targeting is on purpose. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1kHcbPJ

Aug 15 09:57

NZ Superfund office occupied: call to divest from Israel

We are occupying the NZ Superfund office today to send a clear message; we demand our tax dollars are immediately withdrawn from companies which arm Israel and help maintain it’s brutal regime of occupation and siege. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1mRiZ8U

Aug 15 09:55

Australia: Pro-Palestinian protesters raids Israeli drone factory

Melbourne Palestine Action Group occupied the roof of Elbit Systems of Australia, which is a subsidiary of an Israeli company that manufactures air and land drones. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pxmGFy

Aug 15 09:28

Pentagon Hands Lucrative Guantanamo Bay Deal to Notorious Private Security Company g4s

A British private security company that has been accused of numerous human rights violations has been handed a $118 million deal by the Pentagon to provide "operating support services" for the Guantanamo Bay naval base that houses the U.S. military's notorious prison.

The Department of Defense announced earlier this week that G4S has been granted the contract to provide services that include "family housing, facility management, facility investment, other (swimming pools), custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, grounds maintenance and landscaping, base support vehicles and equipment, electrical, wastewater, water, and limited facilities support functions." The statement did not mention any duties relating to the Guantanamo Bay prison, which currently holds 149 men without charge or trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, we HAD to contract these services out to a firm which embraces human rights violations; otherwise, the contract just wouldn't have worked out!! (Official DOD Souse)

But seriously, this company's penchant for violently handling prisoners is well-documented. As reported at huffingtonpost.com on 29 April, 2014:

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike last week against Israel's policy of administrative detention, a draconian practice whereby Palestinians are detained on "secret evidence" and without being charged. According to Randa Kamel, an advocacy officer for Addameer, a group that monitors Israel's arrests and imprisonment of Palestinians, many of these hunger strikers are being held in prisons using surveillance and security equipment provided by the controversial British security firm G4S. Earlier this month, Palestinian human rights organizations launched a campaign calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from G4S, which they say is "at the heart of [Israel's prison] system, installing and running security systems at Israeli jails." Across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, G4S also provides security services at many Israeli military checkpoints that control Palestinian movement. The petition is being spearheaded by Addameer and the Palestine Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee. It was also endorsed by an additional 121 Palestinian and international organizations. The Gates Foundation is a global development organization that works in the areas of global health, global development, and betterment in the United States. Despite its public record as a force for global betterment, the Gates Foundation solicited widespread criticism when it purchased $172 million in G4S shares.

Aug 15 08:27

Aid convoy to Ukraine faces disruption, may be attacked - Russia

Moscow has information that the convoy delivering humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine may be attacked by Kiev’s forces, with the “punitive” Aidar Battalion planning to mine the road that the vehicles will use, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Aug 15 07:17

SOS! Five Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza’s Children

The toll of the war on Gaza’s children has been “catastrophic,” according to UN agencies. At least 450 have been killed, and those not having their physical bodies buried have found their innocence entombed. It is another casualty in the war—a war against all things daring to live and resist in Gaza. According to Chamseddine

Aug 15 06:46

Islamic State Is Covert US Intelligence Operation

WASHINGTON, August 13 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - The Islamic State (IS) is a covert intelligence operation by the United States which aims at setting a predicate for further escalation in Iraq, Francis Boyle, a constitutional scholar and law professor at University of Illinois, told RIA Novosti.

"All the implications so far in the public record are that ISIS [IS] is a covert US intelligence operation," Boyle told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "Head of ISIS Abu Bakr Baghdadi spent five years in an American detention facility, and also three of the four military commanders were also in detention by the US forces. So, my guess is that ISIS is indeed a covert US military intervention to set precedent for US escalation in Iraq."

Aug 15 05:19

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lawyer wants details of FBI investigations

The lead attorney for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Thursday he might withdraw from the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of defense team members.

Civilian defense attorney David Nevin said during a pretrial hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that the possibility that defense team members are working with the FBI has strained his relationship with client Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of Kuwait. The proceedings are video streamed to a room at Fort Meade for journalists.

"It is an extremely extraordinary and singular thing that the FBI tried to invade my defense camp, and it's astonishing to me and I have no idea why they did it," Nevin said.

Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

Read more...

Aug 15 04:36

‘White rain’: Donetsk residents record alleged phosphorus shelling (VIDEO)

Citizens of Donetsk have recorded multiple videos of white glowing particles raining on residential quarters. The locals allege that Ukraine's military has shelled their city with internationally prohibited phosphorus incendiaries.

On Thursday night, people in the Lenin district of the city of Donetsk saw a flow of white fire pouring down from the dark sky alongside the now-familiar sound of bombing, RIA Novosti reported.

They suspect these have been incendiary shells stuffed with white phosphorous, similar to those reportedly used by the military during the blockade of another eastern city of Slavyansk in June.

Aug 14 22:33

The Beginning of World Shift

Russian Strategy in the Face of Anglo-American Imperialism
by Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 13 August 2014

Anglo-Saxon agression against Russia is taking the form of financial and economic warfare. However, Moscow is preparing for armed hostilities by developing its agricultural self-sufficency and multiplying its alliances. For Thierry Meyssan, after the creation of the caliphate in the Levant, Washington would lay down a new card in September in St. Petersburg. The ability of Russia to maintain its internal stability will determine the course of events.......

Aug 14 15:31

Pentagon Hands Lucrative Guantanamo Bay Deal to Notorious Private Security Company

A British private security company that has been accused of numerous human rights violations has been handed a $118 million deal by the Pentagon to provide "operating support services" for the Guantanamo Bay naval base that houses the U.S. military's notorious prison.

The Department of Defense announced earlier this week that G4S has been granted the contract to provide services that include "family housing, facility management, facility investment, other (swimming pools), custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, grounds maintenance and landscaping, base support vehicles and equipment, electrical, wastewater, water, and limited facilities support functions." The statement did not mention any duties relating to the Guantanamo Bay prison, which currently holds 149 men without charge or trial.

Aug 14 09:08

Will Israel’s War Crimes Go Unpunished?

Israel’s month-long military barrage of Gaza known as “Protective Edge” included numerous attacks on civilian-populated sites, including on homes, hospitals, mosques, markets and United Nation (UN) schools-turned-shelters.

Aug 14 08:48

Debt Rattle Aug 12 2014: The Lost Art of Empire

....perhaps help is on its way, from sources that are likely even more unlikely than the cavalry. That is to say, the – right-wing – Daily Telegraph in Britain has started reporting on the dark sides of Ukraine’s government, and our attitude towards the country. Over the weekend, Christopher Booker wrote:

Fresh Evidence Of How The West Lured Ukraine Into Its Orbit

How odd it has been to read all those accounts of Europe sleepwalking into war in the summer of 1914, and how such madness must never happen again, against the background of the most misrepresented major story of 2014 – the gathering crisis between Russia and the West over Ukraine,

For months the West has been demonising President Putin, with figures such as the Prince of Wales and Hillary Clinton comparing him with Hitler, oblivious to the fact that what set this crisis in motion were those recklessly provocative moves to absorb Ukraine into the EU. There was never any way that this drive to suck the original cradle of Russian identity into the Brussels empire was not going to provoke Moscow to react – not least due to the prospect that its only warm-water ports, in Crimea, might soon be taken over by Nato.

Aug 14 08:41

The Russian appeal to Germany

If we were to recall recent history, we would remember that a vast army of 300,000 Soviet troops along with 5,000 tanks, 1,500 aircraft and 10,000 artillery pieces (including tactical nuclear weapons) simply left the then just-united Germany without firing a shot.

It was an operation unprecedented in scope and brevity, when the entire Soviet army withdrew literally to open fields. Tens of thousands of Soviet officers, obeying the orders of the supreme command, went from their warm barracks to live in moldy tents set up in the middle of sodden snow-covered fields. In many instances along with their families.

For what?

For hope. Hope that the dark pages of history between our two countries were finally and forever past. Hope that we no longer have to keep armies of tanks in the center of Europe, and that Europe would respect and consider our interests. Hope that in a united Germany we would have a good friend and ally, with whom Russia would fulfill the dream of Charles de Gaulle of a united Europe stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

When our armies were leaving Germany, our soldiers were told that Germany had recognized and redeemed its mistakes of the past, there were no undecided issues with Germany, and that we would no longer hear German voices calling for retribution against Russia, therefore we did not need our Army of tanks positioned in the middle of Europe.

Aug 14 08:26

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. http://sabbah.in/1l6yUoR

Aug 14 08:25

A European Green Light To Kill, Destroy and Pulverize #GazaUnderAttack

In its ongoing silence, official Germany is collaborating with Israel on its journey of destruction and death, waged against the Palestinian people in Gaza. Germany isn't alone – Austria's silence is also deafening. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pPy0eX

Aug 14 08:22

Human Rights in Our Name

Cameron talks of increased humanitarian efforts to help the Gaza citizens whilst supplying the arms along with America that kills and maims them. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oMmlcV

Aug 14 08:21

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition to Sail to Gaza Again

In addition to sailing to Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will organize demonstrations at sea and in ports worldwide over the next months. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1mN49Ac

Aug 14 08:20

UN #GazaUnderAttack Emergency Situation Report as of 13 August 2014

Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 13 August 2014, 0800 hrs). http://sabbah.in/1pPxCx4

Aug 14 08:18

Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department

White House in the dark over arms supplies to Israel: report

Well that sums it all up!

Aug 14 07:45

Hundreds of scholars say they won’t engage with University of Illinois unless decision to block Salaita is reversed

In the last 24 hours, sociologists and scholars of composition and rhetoric have organized two new statements of refusal regarding the Steven Salaita affair.

1. The sociology statement reads as follows:

Dear Chancellor Wise:

We are members of Sociology departments from around the world who write, regretfully, to inform you that we will not engage with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as speakers, or as participants in conferences or other events at Illinois, until you rescind the decision to block Professor Steven Salaita’s appointment to the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Many prominent academics have written eloquently about the chilling effect your decision will have on the free expression of dissident ideas by academics; legal scholars have argued that it is a violation of academic freedom and more fundamentally, of freedom of speech.

Diverse and discordant voices, voices that some find “difficult,” are key to the survival of our schools as living institutions. Critical thinking of the kind that can lead directly to political dissent is exactly what any faculty in any college or university worthy of the name must teach.

Please reconsider your decision. Until then, we will not engage with a university we otherwise admire in so many ways.

If you are a sociologist, and wish you to add your name to this statement, you can sign it here.

Aug 14 07:15

Shocking footage out of Ferguson, Missouri shows that police are deliberately targeting journalists as part of a military-style crackdown

The clip shows Al-Jazeera journalists preparing to do a live camera shot of the scene in Ferguson before they are hit with a round of tear gas. The reporters run in the opposite direction. Subsequent photographs show militarized police officers seizing and dismantling their camera equipment

Aug 14 07:13

Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload?

Reflecting on the responses to the number of man-made emergencies detonating or still smouldering around the world earlier this year, from Syria to Ukraine and from Nigeria and South Sudan to Central African Republic (CAR), Kofi Annan appeared uncharacteristically weary.

“You sometimes have a feeling that the global community – and even the big powers – can only focus on one crisis at a time,” the former UN secretary general said.

Aug 14 05:49

France continues to march against Israel despite bans

France continues to demonstrate against Israel’s latest war against the people of Gaza. Despite France’s rhetoric as a beacon of free speech and human rights, the government banned several anti-war marches last month. Thousands of protesters repeatedly defied the bans, refusing to remain silent in spite of mass arrests and police brutality.

Aug 13 22:45

Witness: Mike Brown was 'shot like an animal'

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – A witness to the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has come forward to tell his side of Saturday's events.

Dorian Johnson was walking with Brown Saturday afternoon when the shooting happened. NewsChannel 5's Farrah Fazal was the only local reporter he spoke with.

You can watch the entire raw interview below this story.

Here are excerpts of Johnson's interview: "It was around 1:40, two o'clock. We were walking down the street, empty street. We were just walking down, minding our business. We're both headed home, and the officer's approaching us, and as he pulled up on the side of us, he didn't say 'freeze,' 'halt,' or nothing like we were committing a crime. He said, 'Get the f*** on the sidewalk!' I told the officer we were not but a minute away from the destination."

"He never once attempted to grab for this officer's weapon."

Aug 13 22:42

Michael Brown had no criminal background

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – An 18-year-old shot and killed near a Ferguson apartment complex Saturday afternoon had no criminal record, according to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Aug 13 21:58

Ferguson Riot Police Wound Reporter In Attack on Protestors

In Ferguson, Missouri, Infowars reporter Joe Biggs was shot in the kidneys Wednesday night by St. Louis Co. Police using flash bangs and rubber bullets during protests over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager four days ago.

Additionally, the police were reportedly hunting down journalists amongst the demonstrators after arresting two prior to the assault.

Aug 13 21:41

Mike Brown Killed By Protected Ferguson Police Employee

Mike Brown was shot multiple times in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday.

He died – his body left in the street for hours.

He was unarmed.

The aggressor has been protected by those at the Ferguson Police Outfit.

The aggressor wears the badge of the Ferguson Police Outfit.

It is individuals who act, and thus, individuals who are responsible for their actions.

It is the victim or those closest – not friends of the killer, or those who work for another coercive monopoly – who know best what would make someone whole.

The police state thrives on perceived legitimacy. Would you say its actors are deserving?

Aug 13 20:48

Benjamin Netanyahu Will Not Cooperate With U.N. War Crimes Investigation

In a video posted on his official Facebook page, Netanyahu criticized the U.N. Human Rights Council for failing to investigate Hamas’ attacks against Israeli civilians and its use of the people of Gaza as “human shields,” as well as the “massacre” of Syrian civilians and atrocities committed by Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

Aug 13 19:41

Making Murder "Reasonable": How the Ferguson PD Will Whitewash the Killing of Michael E. Brown

Neither of the young men was doing anything suspicious to justify a police “contact,” so the officer synthesized one out of the ether: According to Johnson, as the cop drove by he bellowed at the pedestrians to “get the f**k on the sidewalk.”

Johnson, displaying immeasurably more civility than the armed functionary supposedly there to protect and serve him, politely explained that he was only a few hundred feet from his home. He recalls that the officer took offense, slammed on his brakes, threw his vehicle into reverse — nearly hitting the pedestrians -- and growled, “What’d you say?”

According to Johnson’s account, the cop began to exit his vehicle, but his door slammed into Brown. At roughly the same time, the uniformed assailant grabbed the terrified 18-year-old by his neck.

Aug 13 18:25

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS, these are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 16:16

ACLU Threatens Lawsuit Over Violations of Chelsea Manning's Rights

The medical needs and therefore constitutional rights of Chelsea Manning continue to be ignored during her incarceration, a fact that has prompted the threat of a lawsuit by her lawyer and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth for releasing a trove of government and military documents, including the infamous Collateral Murder video, to WikiLeaks.

Aug 13 16:13

War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?

On Aug. 1, President Barack Obama stated in an oddly casual manner that “we tortured some folks.” As Obama is well aware, torture is a violation of international law. It is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 8 June 1977, the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Torture Convention), and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), all of which have been signed and ratified by the United States.

Aug 13 13:20

Israeli Backlash Follows UN Appointment of Gaza War Crimes Commission

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday announced the appointment of experts to carry out an independent commission charged with investigating possible war crimes during the month-long assault on Gaza that has killed nearly 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

On July 23 the Council adopted a resolution to launch the inquiry into possible violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws during the assault. The United States issued the sole vote against setting up the inquiry.

Aug 13 13:20

US wanted Britain to build 2nd Guantanamo – report

Britain could have had its own Guantanamo Bay, according to classified documents detailing discussions between the US and Tony Blair’s government.

The prison, which could have been built in the British territory of Diego Garcia, would have hosted up to 500 detainees, and like the Cuban prison, would have been allowed to operate outside the normal parameters of international law.

Aug 13 10:37

Washington Chokes Truth With Lies — Paul Craig Roberts

Are Western propagandists fooling anyone but themselves?

The latest absurdity coming out of Ukraine, the EU and Washington is that the humanitarian aid that Russia and the Red Cross are trucking into the former Russian territories that comprise eastern Ukraine is a trick, a deception, a pretext for Russia’s invasion forces. Such a preposterous lie tells us that Western propagandists have no respect whatsoever for the intelligence of Western peoples.

Even a moron should understand that if Russia wants to send military forces into Ukraine, Russia doesn’t need any pretext, much less a joint humanitarian venture with the Red Cross. The eastern Ukraine, following Crimea’s lead, has already voted both independence from Kiev and in favor of rejoining Russia. If Russia needed an excuse, the decisions by the eastern Ukrainians made months ago suffice. But Russia needs no excuse to rescue Russians from being slaughtered by Washington’s stooges like Palestinians in Gaza.

Aug 13 09:40

IS militants in Iraq use no air defense weapons against US aircraft yet — Pentagon

The Pentagon official disproved media reports, alleging that the terrorists are armed with American-made MANPADs that they reportedly seized from the Iraqi government forces.

The Pentagon official disproved media reports, alleging that the terrorists are armed with the American-made short-range man-portable air defense systems (MANPAD) that they seized from the Iraqi government forces. The spokesman said Americans had never supplied such weapons to the Iraqi security forces.

Aug 13 09:37

ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

by William Engdahl

For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS. ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less.

Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq – and less so in neighboring Syria – is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.
Strange facts

Aug 13 08:39

Israeli soldiers celebrate shooting a Palestinian youth [VIDEO]

n Hebron, Israeli soldiers celebrated shooting an 18-year-old Palestinian youth in the leg with live ammunition.

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Aug 13 08:35

A month of solidarity in London — does the BBC get the message?

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London last Saturday (August 9), honoring the call for a global “day of rage” in response to the ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza. The organizers estimate that 150,000 protesters attended, making it the biggest Gaza-solidarity demonstration ever to take place in Britain.

The organizers set a precedent by choosing to launch the demonstration from the headquarters of the BBC in London. The choice was justified, as it reflected the common sentiments shared by almost everyone who’s followed the news organ closely. For weeks, the anger at the “balanced” coverage the BBC claims to produce, has been building steadily, as each day brought with it more bad news from Gaza. To quote Tariq Ali in his interview with the BBC’s Mark Sanders: “we shouldn’t underestimate the anger with the BBC at its coverage of the Palestine-Israel conflict. In all my experience, I have never known a demonstration to begin outside the BBC headquarters; that’s how angry people are…”

Aug 13 08:15

Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site

One of the most important strikes in the propaganda war for Israel in the last month was dealt by the New York Times and CNN when they ran long pieces giving credence to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Hamas was building tunnels out of Gaza aimed at kindergartens in nearby kibbutzes.

Back on July 22, Netanyahu asserted– on the basis of this cartoon drawing he tweeted– that the tunnels were aimed at Israeli kindergartens.

In fact (and as we reported), the only Israelis attacked from the tunnels were Israeli soldiers. But a week after Netanyahu’s statement, both the Times and CNN took the prime minister’s claim at face value. The Times’s piece, “Tunnels Lead Right to Heart of Israeli Fear” gave priority to rumors over actual information, and reported that “one tunnel was found over the weekend” in Kibbutz Be’eri.

Aug 13 08:09

Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

Muhammad Qdeih recounts how Israeli forces stormed his home in Khuzaa, where some sixty members of his extended family were sheltering in the basement on 25 July, and forced them to act as human shields.

Aug 13 08:06

ISIS: the Birth of a Terrifying New State

In Iraq the army shows no signs of recovering from its earlier defeats and has failed to launch a single successful counter-attack; in Syria the other opposition groups, including the battle-hardened fighters of al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, are demoralised and disintegrating as they are squeezed between ISIS and the Assad government.

Aug 13 06:58

An Open Letter to a Zionist Apologist at the BBC

In London and around the country, there is a massive groundswell of BBC audience who want it to report fully, accurately and honestly on the occupation, and desperately want its journalists to find the courage to do so. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1mJ584z

Aug 13 06:56

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia.http://sabbah.in/1sSzp4G

Aug 13 06:55

#BoycottIsrael: Now More Than Ever

Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law. The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/XhiaAw

Aug 13 06:54

Weapon Dealers Won The Gaza War

Data published by the premium section of Haaretz on August 12, 2014, shows that Israel profited financially from its brutal attack on Gaza. While accusing Europe of anti-Semitism, Israeli coffers in Zurich got a fresh supply of blood-stained funds. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1uOzmsa

Aug 13 06:52

Chris Hedges, Gaza Rally in NYC: God’s Covenant in the Promised Land

God weeps because the assault on Gaza is about the decades-long campaign to destroy and ethnically cleanse the Palestinian people from their land. God weeps because Israel is constructing squalid, lawless and impoverished ghettos where life for Palestinians is barely sustainable. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1sC7eKA

Aug 13 06:51

UN #GazaUnderAttack Emergency Situation Report as of 12 August 2014

Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 12 August 2014, 0800 hrs). http://sabbah.in/1sVczLQ

Aug 13 06:23

Weapon Dealers Won The Gaza War

Data published by the premium section of Haaretz on August 12, 2014, shows that Israel profited financially from its brutal attack on Gaza. While accusing Europe of anti-Semitism, Israeli coffers in Zurich got a fresh supply of blood-stained funds:

“The numbers show that, after the initial period of criticism against Israel after the various operations quiet down, sales pick up. And there has been continuous growth in defense exports in recent years. In 2002, such exports were worth $2 billion, grew to $3.4 billion in 2006, and were $6 billion in 2012. In 2013, the three largest defense contractors all showed increases in sales: Elbit had annual revenues of $3 billion; IAI $2.65 billion; and Rafael $2 billion. At 15%, Rafael’s sales showed the highest growth rate.”

Aug 12 18:58

Guantánamo prisoner to publish 'harrowing' memoirs

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been detained in Guantánamo since 2002 despite never having been charged with a crime by the US, is to publish an account of his experiences next year, detailing the multiple forms of torture to which he has been subjected and "shatter[ing]" the secrecy that surrounds the Cuban prison.

Aug 12 15:27

Wailing For War at the Western Wall (Video)

On July 24th, 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, Israelis held a prayer vigil for the well-being of their soldiers in Gaza.

Aug 12 14:02

Still Tolerating Torture

Since the “war on terror,” the before , there was the argument pretense that Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized.

Aug 12 10:53

The Palestinian Question, a poem


The Palestinian Question
written even as Gaza is being bombed
again, like some Polish ghetto

to, when and no matter how frightening,
abandon that civilized ruth --

(useful here obviously not whatsoever )
and endeavor to answer with truth --

to, by the lies that are daily invented,
know what questions are once again brought;

to, by abstractions strategic, erstwhile consented,
know what answers again will be wrought;

to, though that answer be yet intuition,
yet be coarse, in part, biased, or slight,

know that facts can, if careful with sources,
be startled squarely into the light.

the power
of a people it repents me are mine
of Zion, a cancerous ill:

the horror
of a parent's cries in Palestine
whose child this answer will kill.

Aug 12 10:31

Israel furious as UN Human Rights Council unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

“This commission’s anti-Israeli conclusions have already been written, all it needs is a signature,” railed foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

“For this commission the important thing is not human rights but the rights of terrorist organisations like Hamas,” he told AFP.

But in a series of interviews with the Israeli media, Schabas defended himself against allegations of bias against the Jewish state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For all the dead and maimed innocent Palestinians, ISRAEL HAS ONLY ITSELF TO BLAME.

And to paraphrase General Sheridan's horrific statement that "The only good Indian is a dead Indian", for many in the Knesset and the IDF, "the only good Palestinian is a dead Palestinian."

Then they work like crazy to make death the most certain outcome for as many innocent Palestinians as they can, and get upset when the international community calls them on it?!?

Sorry, Israeli leadership; those crocodile tears have been turned on once too often in the 21st century for them to have any real effect.

Aug 12 09:45

Still Tolerating Torture

Since the “war on terror,” the before , there was the argument pretense that Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized.

Aug 12 09:12

Out of the carnage of Gaza a new spirit: we are all Palestinians The world has witnessed the daily brutality of Israel’s collective punishment and our cause is now stronger

On this bloody international battlefield over truth, where thousands of Palestinians now die, Israel has lost. It is in possession of the most powerful and entrenched lobby in America that terrorises its now abject political class – most recently frightening the senate into unanimously voting in favour of its current aggression. In Britain, the BBC and a prime minister that have shamed and revolted the citizens they serve. It has tireless advocates and apologists manning editorial desks and television producers’ offices. It is ranked among the world’s top military powers.

Aug 12 08:34

Israeli Genocide and its Willing Accomplices

The Right Zionist says to the Left, "Crimes at the service of Greater Israel are virtues." The Left replies "There are crimes but America is ultimately responsible". A shrewd old Zionist observer comments with approval: "It's our division of labor: the Right Zionists defend Israel, and the Left Zionists confuse its critics." Read more ---> http://sabbah.in/1ppeeIi

Aug 12 08:32

Investigating Gaza War Crimes

Israel remains unaccountable for crimes of war and against humanity amounting to genocide. With Western support and US Security Council veto power, Israel is free to commit high crimes against peace whenever it wishes with impunity. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1r71U2a

Aug 12 08:30

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)

UNCENSORED Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. http://sabbah.in/1kyXEpa

Aug 12 08:29

Open letter to President Obama: Your legacy

If you did take to the bully pulpit after the upcoming mid-term elections in order to set in motion the process needed to give America some real democracy, you would have to do much more than tell the truth about the making and sustaining of the Israel-Palestine conflict and who must do what and why for justice and peace. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1lRL9Az

Aug 12 08:28

UN #GazaUnderAttack Emergency Situation Report as of 11 August 2014

Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 11 August 2014, 0800 hrs). http://sabbah.in/1os5amQ

Aug 12 06:48

Hillary Clinton’s Criminality in Benghazi

Last week, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton writes that her handling of the Benghazi crisis of September 11, 2012 actually provides more impetus for a White House run.

Rather than trotting around the book circuit claiming the mantle of White House frontrunner thanks to her inaction and malfeasance in Benghazi, she should be sitting in the defendant’s chair in a court of law.

The question for Hillary Clinton is not whether she should be president. The question is whether she should be in prison.

Aug 12 05:22

1,200 Spanish University Professors and Researchers Demand to Break Academic Relationships with Israel

More than one thousand professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops supporting occupation and apartheid in Palestine.

The campaign, which started two years ago, asks for support from professionals from the academic and scientific field, and also from associations linked to this field, such as student’s and worker’s unions, research centers, professional associations, etc. From the 1,400 people who have signed the manifesto, 150 are professors, 850 are teachers and 200 are researchers. More than fifty-two associations linked to the academic field have also signed; among them there are research groups and University departments.

Aug 11 20:37

Eric Margolis: What If There's a Real War in Ukraine?

Russia and the West are at war – over fruits, veggies, pork and bank loans. The cause is Ukraine, a vast emptiness formerly unknown to the western world, but now deemed a vital national security interest worthy of a risking a very scary war.

Economic embargos such as those launched by the US against Russia may seem relatively harmless. They are not. Trade sanctions are a form of strategic warfare that is sometimes followed by bullets and shells.

Think, for good example, of the 1940 US embargo against Japan that led Tokyo’s fateful decision to go to war rather than face slow, economic strangulation. How many Americans know that President Roosevelt closed the Panama Canal to Japanese shipping to enforce demands that Tokyo get out of Manchuria and China?

Aug 11 20:32

As Obama Broadens Iraq Goals, Escalation Seems Inevitable

President Obama’s goals in Iraq continue to grow every time he gives a speech, and the shifting sands are giving hawks more ammo in their constant push to escalate the new US war as much and as quickly as possible.

Obama’s goals have gone from protecting Irbil to protecting Irbil and Baghdad, and now to prevent the creation of an Islamic caliphate in Iraqi territory, as well as keeping all “strategic” sites in the nation from ISIS control. That’s a big shift, in only about 72 hours since he announced the war.

Retired Gen. Carter Ham today insisted that the latest US goals are going to be “very difficult” to pull off with only the 108 warplanes involved in the air campaign, and will likely require troops on the ground.

Aug 11 20:27

William Schabas, head of UN Gaza commission, dismisses anti-Israel charge

A Canadian law professor chosen to helm a United Nations commission examining possible war crimes in Gaza scoffed Monday at charges he's biased against Israel, while Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird scoffed at the UN.

"The suggestion that I'm anti-Israel is absurd," William Schabas said Monday in an interview from Toronto, pointing out that he's on the editorial board of the Israel Law Review.

"Like everybody inside and outside Israel, I disagree with people. Is everyone in Israel who has an opinion about (Benjamin) Netanyahu anti-Israel?"

Schabas, who currently works as an international law professor at Middlesex University in England, is one of three lawyers who will investigate any violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Gaza.

Aug 11 19:16

UN names Gaza war crimes probe panel

The United Nations has named experts to an international commission of inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Aug 11 18:56

The U.S. military has systematically covered up or disregarded “abundant and compelling evidence” of war crimes, torture, and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year, according to a report by Amnesty International

The U.S. military has systematically covered up or disregarded “abundant and compelling evidence” of war crimes, torture, and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year, according to a report by Amnesty International published today in Kabul.

Aug 11 17:58

The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel (Video)

Talk by Alison Weir, Executive Director of If Americans Knew, President of the Council for the National Interest, and author of the book "Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel" recorded July 30, 2014 at the Common Good Cafe at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle, WA.

(In first half of the video Ms Weir lays out some examples of the lopsided, pro-Israel propaganda passed off as news that US mainstream media uses to indoctrinate the US public with the idea that Israel can do no wrong. Second half of video starting around 0:29:00 she gets into the history of US involvement and participation from the late 19th century onwards in the creation of the modern state of Israel. /SR)

Aug 11 07:52

Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

Since the assault on Gaza began, Israeli leaders and their supporters have repeatedly accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an attempt to absolve Israel of responsibility for deliberately killing more than 1,600 Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Despite there being no evidence to prove this libelous claim, it has been unquestioningly echoed in major media outlets and invoked by US officials to blame Palestinians for their own slaughter. It has even been used to justify genocide against Palestinians in a newspaper ad created by anti-Palestinian extremists Shmuley Boteach and Elie Wiesel.

But the available evidence demonstrates that it is the Israeli army, not Hamas, that has been using Palestinians as human shields in Gaza.

Aug 09 17:45

Israel PM fears war crime charges: Analyst

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is afraid of a possible international lawsuit by Palestinians against the Zionist regime to face war crime charges, an analyst tells Press TV.

Aug 08 14:20

CIA waterboarding is torture: International Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross has broken its silence on the use of waterboarding employed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on terror suspects, calling it torture and violation of the Geneva Conventions.

Aug 08 07:49

Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament)

Aug 07 10:03

Israel deliberately attacks Gaza health workers: Amnesty

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli regime of conducting “deliberate attacks” on hospitals and health workers in the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate investigation into Tel Aviv’s aggression.

The international human rights body on Thursday published testimonies from health workers and ambulance personnel who had worked in the besieged enclave while “bombs and bullets were killing or injuring their colleagues.”

Aug 07 09:28

Israeli Army Summarily Executed Fleeing Civilians In Southern Gaza

Even before a short-lived ceasefire allowed journalists to enter the besieged southern Gaza strip town of Khuzaa on 1 August, desperate reports of an Israeli massacre — including execution-style shootings — had emerged from survivors who had escaped to nearby Khan Younis.

Once journalists were able to enter the choked-off village, they found slain bodies and the stench of decay. Journalist Jesse Rosenfeld described one scene, among several, that appeared to be the site of a summary execution

Aug 06 12:57

America’s Immune System Has Failed … So the Cancers of War and Corruption are Spreading

And as Darrel Vandeveld – former prosecutor in the Guantanamo military commissions, and current Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve – wrote:

Torture is a crime and the United States engaged in it. Those are two indisputable facts…

The process of self-examination and accountability has been, and remains, the only way to move forward and regain our moral and legal grounding…

We have a Department of Justice for a reason, and now it’s up to Attorney General Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, to do his job and appoint an independent prosecutor to follow the evidence where it may lead…

It is critical that we hold accountable those who authorized, those who legally sanctioned and those who implemented the torture policies of one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history. What is at stake is nothing less than our democracy.

Aug 06 07:51

IDF-Embedded Reporter Says It Fired Guided Missile at UNWRA School, Killing 15 Civilians

An Israeli reporter for Maariv, Aviram Zino, has been embedded with an IDF unit during the current invasion. Noam R writes in his Israeli political blog about Zino’s fawning enthusiastic response to being given the chance of a lifetime to be a reporter in the middle of the “action.” His reporting comes across as cheerleading rather than objective journalism. But in spite of himself, Zino reveals a damning fact that impeaches the IDF’s credibility regarding its denial of deliberately targeting UN buildings housing Palestinian civilian refugees.

Zino reports that the unit commander, Nadav, ordered the firing of a $100,000 Tamuz (aka Spike) heat-seeking anti-tank missile on a UNWRA school in Beit Hanoun on July 24th:

Aug 05 07:18

US Cluster Bombing Legacy Continuing To Cost Lives In Laos

The Vietnam War era’s dark legacy of pervasive cluster bombing is still costing lives in Laos, nearly 40 years after the end of all hostilities in Southeast Asia. In this documentary feature, Journeyman Pictures meets the brave women who are trying to clear the bomb fields.

Laos has the notorious reputation for being the most heavily bombed country in the world. During the Vietnam War, the US dropped 2 million tonnes of explosives on Laotian territory. Even today, there is estimated to be up to 80 million unexploded munitions scattered across the countryside. Removing them is job that will likely take more than a lifetime to complete.

Aug 05 07:12

"We Tortured Some Folks" and We Will Do Nothing About It

Someone's gonna have to fuckin' explain this to the Rude Pundit. Someone's gonna have to fuckin' explain how Barack Obama, the President of this damn nation, can go before the press, the TV cameras, the world, and declare, "[I]n the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong...we tortured some folks" and not follow that up with "And we're going to prosecute those who did it and those who ordered it."

Aug 05 07:11

THE POINT OF NO RETURN

The people of the United States stand at that point right now. That the US Government is using torture on POWs (just as Hitler did) is beyond argument. One can either stand up and denounce that torture and demand the firing of all who took part in it (and the end of the war), or one is by default complicit, an accessory after the fact, seen by all to condone such barbarism.

Anyone who steps across that line is trapped. Unable to look at what they themselves have become they will refuse to look at what the government has become, indeed will create or accept any justification, no matter how thin and transparent, rather than question that government. And indeed this web site gets email from people who have already crossed that point, and are trying to explain why torture is really necessary "this time".

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Aug 05 07:10

THE MORALITY OF AMERICANS

The United States tortures prisoners. Obama just admitted it on TV. The excuse was the necessity to find Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But now we know there were no weapons of mass destrution, and that the US Government has been torturing innocent people to death.

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Aug 04 12:37

"Obliterate them completely"

Genocide directed against Palestinians has become a “New Normal” according to the Times of Israel.

Under certain circumstances –according to the Times of Israel article–“Genocide is Permissible” because it is directed against Palestinians who are “terrorists” and who should be “obliterated”.

Implementing a policy of genocide against terrorists including innocent civilians is permissible to ”achieve responsible goals” as formulated by the Netanyahu government.

“What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely? …

Aug 04 10:25

'Texas Stands with Gaza' rally draws thousands to Capitol

"Texas Stands with Gaza" -- it's a declaration that was also the name of Saturday's rally at the State Capitol attended by thousands who later marched down Congress to City Hall.

"From here at the Capitol building to City Hall with our signs and with our voices to tell the world that we are not complicit with Israel's massacres in Gaza," said organizer Ahmad Kaaki.

Aya Ayaquvi and her husband Monther Abusultan moved from Gaza a couple of years ago.

"It was really hard. We expected anytime to be killed there," she said.

Just weeks ago, Aya learned her pregnant sister Sumar was killed in an air strike along with her children and other family members in the center of the Gaza Strip.

"It's supposed to be the safest place but they were killed in an air strike. They didn't do anything, they were innocent. They didn't receive any warning before they were killed. I don't know what's happening there. They just want to kill people," Ayaquvi said.

Aug 04 10:02

Britain 'attempts to censor' US report on torture sites

The government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain's role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world.

The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation programme, due to be released in days, will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects after 9/11. In advance of the release, Barack Obama admitted on Friday: "We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values."

Now, in a letter to the human rights group Reprieve, former foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the UK government has held discussions with the US about what it intends to reveal in the report which, according to al-Jazeera, acknowledges that the British territory of Diego Garcia was used for extraordinary rendition.

Aug 04 08:43

US Senator Defends CIA Interrogation, Torture Techniques

The CIA’s harsh interrogation and torture techniques banned after President Barack Obama took office in 2009 helped foil a number of terrorist plots and capture terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, a senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

“The information gleaned from these interrogations was in fact used to interrupt and disrupt terrorist plots, including some information that took down [Osama] bin Laden,” Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss said on CBS's "Face the Nation”.

Aug 03 08:51

CIA Torture Was Unnecessary, Senate Report To Conclude

A U.S. Senate committee report will conclude that the CIA's use of harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks yielded no critical intelligence on terrorist plots that could not have been obtained through non-coercive methods, U.S. officials familiar with the document said.

Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the "enhanced" techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA "tortured some folks." He had banned the practices soon after taking office in 2009.

Officials said the Senate Intelligence Committee was unlikely to release the report to the public without some additional review.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This report will most likely NEVER see the light of day.

Humankind has known, since the Catholic Inquisition, that torture simply gets the tortured person to say whatever their torturer wants them to say to get the torture to stop.

And those who "get off" on this one way or another (even from a standpoint of ordering/ allowing it to be done)are deeply psychologically disturbed individuals who need immediate, and possibly, involuntary mental evaluation.

That Obama would not allow the unholy trinity whose faces appear at the top of this article to be tried for torture indicates that the US government is immoral, illegitimate, and cannot be trusted in any way.

Aug 03 08:30

Foreign Affairs Minister Baird under fire for Hamas comments

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has come under fire from Human Rights Watch over comments that “Hamas will be solely to blame for any further loss of life” after a Gaza ceasefire quickly unravelled Friday. In a statement , Mr. Baird said Hamas had violated the ceasefire and that Israel was forced to defend itself. “Hamas has lost all credibility, and we must continue to work to isolate this terrorist organization that values death over peace,” Mr. Baird said.

Human Rights Watch issued its own statement, saying Mr. Baird’s comments amounted to a “green light for more unlawful Israeli attacks that kill civilians.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel broke the cease fire 9 minutes after it started with a missile attack into Gaza. The soldiers "decommissioning" a tunnel inside Gaza were another violation. That Baird is unaware of this only proves his incompetence at his job.

Time to take all these politicians who love Israel so much and ship them over there so our nations can have leaders who serve their own nations first!

Aug 02 16:42

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

In an internal State Department memo inadvertently leaked to the press, the United States government acknowledges that it orchestrated an international program of torture, the limits of which extend far beyond what is already known to the public.

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"Yes, we did torture people to death to find Saddam's nuclear weapons, which, as it turned out, never existed ... but we had to be SURE, and that makes it okay, right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 02 09:56

Citing redactions, Feinstein delays release of report on CIA interrogations

The Obama administration censored significant portions of the findings of an investigation into the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation methods on suspected terrorists, forcing the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to delay their release “until further notice.”

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They had to cut out the parts where the people being tortured confessed to sinking the Titanic, shooting down the Hindenburg, and nailing Jesus to the cross, as these were viewed as likely to damage the credibility of the whole torture program.

Aug 02 09:20

Video of CA guards dousing mentally ill inmates with pepper spray prompts rule change

California on Friday announced court-ordered policy changes aimed at curbing the use of force against thousands of mentally ill inmates after video footage showed prisoners screaming as guards doused them in pepper spray.

The changes follow on from an April ruling by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton in a long-running case brought by aggrieved prisoners.

Karlton found that the California prison system’s use of force policies had violated the constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, that mentally ill patients in a prison could get hit with chemicals which can cause respiratory arrest and even death.

Aug 02 08:47

Bush: We Don't Torture People

Aug 02 08:47

Obama: 'We tortured some folks'

Aug 01 15:06

Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks'

In remarks made during a White House briefing on Friday, President Obama summarized the history of CIA abusive practices in the wake of the 9/11 attacks by asking people to remember "how afraid people" were at the time after he acknowledged plainly, "We tortured some folks."

The comments come amid growing anticipation and new controversy surrounding the upcoming—though only partial and highly redacted—findings of a Senate investigation into CIA abuses during the Bush years.

"I have full confidence in John Brennan," Obama said in response to questions by reporters who noted that leading Senators in his own party have called for the CIA chief's resignation over admissions that his agency did, in fact, spy on the investigative panel tasked to explore CIA torture practices following September 11th, 2001 and during the crucial leadup to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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"I have full confidence..." -> He'll be gone in three months!

Jul 30 07:42

Please Do Not Look Away From Israel’s Wholesale Slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza – Funded By U.S. Taxpayers!

Israel commits genocide and crimes against humanity. The UN and US turn blind eyes. And why not when the United States slaughters black males, children and the mentally ill for profit, sex and experimentation. The enforcers of these atrocities the United States government.

In the United States, genocide and crimes against humanity are condoned, encouraged and rewarded.

Why would the United States care about Palestinians when the it doesn’t give a sh*t about its own citizens?

Jul 28 10:39

Ukraine. Donetsk. Kiev applies the phosphorus bombs, as US in Vietnam.Tomorrow will be the napalm?

Jul 27 09:54

Hamas not complicit in teens’ kidnap: Israeli police

The Israeli Police Foreign Press Spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, appears to have falsified the Israeli government’s claim that Hamas was responsible for the killing of three Israeli settler teens in June, by saying responsibility lies with a lone cell that operated without the complicity of Hamas’ leadership.

The kidnapping and subsequent killing of three Israeli settler teens last month is considered to be a flashpoint for the escalated violence in Gaza -- that as of day 19 of the conflict has left 926 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead.

At the time Israeli authorities placed the blame squarely on Hamas, with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu saying "They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals in human form. Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!


Jul 27 07:22

Federal Judge Says U.S. Government Can Steal Unlimited Money From Anyone At Any Time Under The U.S. Patriot Act – 27 July 2014

He was held at Guantanamo Baby for more than 10 years without being charged before being released to his home country Dec. 5, 2013. He had opposed transfer to Algeria, because he feared persecution there, according to court papers.

The Pentagon, however, refused to return his money, based on what government lawyers claimed to be a policy “based on a strong national security interest in preventing these funds from being used in a manner that would adversely impact the safety and security of the United States.” The justification was drawn from provisions in the USA Patriot Act, reports said.

Some human rights groups have argued that the policy constitutes a “war crime,” specifically in that it is in violation of an international prohibition of wartime “pillage,” according to Vice News.

Jul 27 06:42

Survivors of massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields

Ayman Abu Toaimah, 32, a resident of Khuza’a recalls, “As Israeli invading troops advanced to the village they besieged it and used residents as human shields. When the Israeli army arrested people and then released some of them, they were told they are free to go back to the village, but as they were fleeing they came under fire and some of them shot dead. These people were used as human shields.”

Abu Saleem, 56, a resident of Khuza’a echoed Abu Toaimah, “Israelis claim that Hamas is using us as human shields– how? This is a lie, we do not see fighters in the streets. It’s them, the Israelis who used us as human shields in Khuza’a and Shuja’iyeh. They turned our houses into military posts, terrified residents in the houses. They attacked innocent civilians with their bombs, and missiles, they attacked chicken farms, they burned our crops, they have no mercy.”

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This is not the first time the Israelis have been caught using Palestinians as human shields.

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Jul 26 11:08

'Phosphorus' reports: Ukraine military 'dropped incendiary bombs' on Slavyansk

Jul 26 09:41

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

Over the past several months, Mr. Tenet has quietly engineered a counterattack against the Senate committee’s voluminous report, which could become public next month. The effort to discredit the report has set up a three-way showdown among former C.I.A. officials who believe history has been distorted, a White House carefully managing the process and politics of declassifying the document, and Senate Democrats convinced that the Obama administration is trying to protect the C.I.A. at all costs.

The report is expected to accuse a number of former C.I.A. officials of misleading Congress and the White House about the program and its effectiveness, but it is Mr. Tenet who might have the most at stake.

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The people who engineered this torture program should not have the luxury of living comfortably, writing their memoirs; they should be cooling their heels at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, awaiting trials for war crimes.

Humankind has known, from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only makes the tortured individual confess to anything their torturers want to hear to get the torture to stop. Torture does not produce actionable intelligence, is immoral, and should be illegal.

Because when the US tortures, or outsources torture, it gives carte blanche to any foreign government to torture American civilians or military personnel.

Please, those of you in the military, or with family and friends in the military, chew on that one for awhile.

Jul 26 07:55

Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian

UPDATED 22/7/14: The young man who was murdered in Shajiya after being wounded by an Israeli sniper, has been confirmed as Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, 23-years-old, resident of Shajiya (http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/woun...).

20/7/14: International and Palestinian volunteers accompanied Civil Defense and other rescue crews, as well as family members, into Shajiya, in an attempt to locate survivors of overnight and ongoing shelling by the Israeli army. A young Palestinian man, in a green t-shirt, who hoped to reach his family's home, was shot by an Israeli soldier while crossing an alley between buildings. Two additional rounds struck him as he lay injured on the ground.

Jul 25 10:03

Israeli Lawyer Doesn’t Deny Nuremberg Crimes on Palestinians

I spoke with the head military lawyer for the IDF, Joel Zinger. And I said … “It’s clear you people are inflicting Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians. Exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews. What’s your explanation?”

He said: “Military necessity.”

Notice, he didn’t disagree with me.

I said: “That argument was rejected at Nuremberg when the lawyers for the Nazis made it.”

And then he said: “Well, we have public relations people in the United States … and they handle these matters for us.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And they are clearly doing a wonderful job! :)

Jul 19 20:28

Khalilah Sabra: Israel Is Using Banned Weapons against the People of Gaza

As the Tel Aviv regime continues its deadly campaign of airstrikes against the densely populated Gaza Strip, where some 1.6 million people are living in an area of 360 km2 under critical conditions exacerbated by continuous water shortage, power blackout and lack of access to foodstuff and medicine, conscious activists across the world are raising their voice in protest against the inhumane measures adopted by Israel in Gaza, which has been under siege for more than 7 years now.

Jul 19 06:28

Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors

Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.

Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.”

He added, “Israel has mercilessly targeted Palestinian civilians leaving many of them with life-threatening injuries and future handicaps.”

Jul 19 06:03

Israel targets hospitals in Gaza assault

Israel shelled the Beit Hanoun hospital in northern Gaza on Friday, damaging the top floors and causing panic among patients and staff, employees said.

A nurse in the hospital told Ma'an that Israel fired a drone missile at the roof and third floor, damaging water supplies.

Jul 18 09:55

NY grandma jailed for violating protection order used to ‘quell dissent’ outside drone base

A New York grandmother was sentenced to a year in jail for violating a protection order filed by an Air National Guard commander against anti-war protesters.

Mary Anne Grady-Flores violated the protection order filed by Col. Earl Evans, prosecutors said, when she stepped on the grounds of Hancock Air Base to photograph a peaceful protest against the use of drones.

The judge imposed the maximum sentence July 10 for criminal contempt of court because the 58-year-old Grady-Flores had failed to pay fines and surcharges imposed by the court in a prior case.

Grady-Flores – the daughter of “Camden 28? Vietnam War protester John Grady — knew she was under court order to stay off base property, so she stood on a nearby roadway to photograph about 20 activists at the Ash Wednesday protest.

Her sister admits Grady-Flores briefly stepped onto a driveway on base property so another protester could show her how to take photos with an iPhone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Disorderly conduct for blocking the the roadway."?!?!? ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?!?

I so hope this gets appealed and thrown out of court.


Apparently, grandmothers who are completely peaceful scare the excrement out of Col. Earl Evans, and the peaceful expression of opinions contrary to war, more war, and extrajudicial assassinations is not to be tolerated on his watch.

It also is a very informative window on Obama's mindset that one of his most favorite ways to wage war is with drone attacks, which not only take out the alleged "bad guy" with no due process, but also takes out scores of innocent people, either killing them outright, or maiming them for life.

Jul 18 07:48

Mommy, Why Was Grandma Jailed For Protesting Drones?

Well, dear, it seems drone masters don't appreciate hearing, seeing or allowing protests from citizens who foot the bill.

Jul 16 22:47

See How Israeli War Criminals Massacre Children On Gaza Beach

Israel war criminals have continued their bloody aggression on the children of the besieged Gaza on the ninth day.

The Israeli naval boats monitored four children having fun like butterflies on the beach of Gaza in front of a Hotel assesses a number of journalists. The naval decided to kill them for making fun.

The children were helping their father to provide the juice to the reporters when the naval boats shelled the beach. The naval have targeted the children with the full intention to kill them without mercy.

Jul 14 08:19

Israel airstrike bombs major water line, sewage station and water wells in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes bombed a major water line and sewage plant west of Gaza City, last Wednesday afternoon, which provides water to tens of thousands of citizens and is regarded as the main water line for al-Shati refugee camp west of the city.

Jul 14 07:33

UK police have details of CIA torture flights despite past denials of logs

Crucial logs that confirm the British overseas territory Diego Garcia was involved in the CIA’s black site rendition program as a secret prison have been passed to the UK police for further investigation, despite earlier claims that there were no logs.

Jul 14 07:25

'Israel drops cancer-inducing bombs on Gazans'

A Norwegian doctor in the besieged Gaza Strip has strongly criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs against Palestinian civilians.

Dr. Erik Fosse told Press TV that the majority of patients hospitalized in Gaza are civilians injured in attacks on their homes and about thirty percent of them are children.

Dense Inert Metal Explosive, known as DIME, is an explosive device developed to minimize collateral damage in warfare.

Experts say it has a relatively small but effective blast radius and is believed to have strong biological effects on those who are hit by the bomb’s micro-shrapnel.

Fosse, a department head at a university hospital in Oslo, also says some Palestinian in the besieged enclave have been wounded by a new type of weapon that even doctors with previous experience in war zones do not recognize.

Jul 12 11:58

ISRAEL PINPOINTS THE INNOCENT IN GAZA

Israel ‘Pinpoint’ Strikes Kill Mostly Gaza Innocents — Entire Families Wiped Out

Jul 12 06:26

List of the 124 Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Killed Since Tuesday

The following is a list of the 124 Palestinians killed by Israeli air bombardment since Tuesday, July 8th. These are the names that have been confirmed by medical sources in Gaza. An estimated 900 Palestinians have also been wounded, with some losing limbs and others disabled for life. The majority of the wounded are children, according to the Ministry of Health. All of the casualties listed below are victims of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza since Tuesday July 8th.

Jul 10 10:41

Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister

The British government's problems with missing files deepened dramatically when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK's role in the CIA's global abduction operation had been destroyed accidentally when they became soaked with water.

In a statement that human rights groups said "smacked of a cover-up", the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were "incomplete due to water damage".

Jul 08 07:19

Zionist Media Confirms Palestinian Youth was Force-Fed Petrol, Then Roasted Alive

As described by R. Silverstein in his blog Tikum Olam the rabid, extremist Zionist Jews responsible for the high crime against Muhammad Abu Khdeir didn’t merely burn his body, for example, after killing him. They burned him while he was alive.

It is not merely this. As first published, here, the hideous Mahyudi monsters force-fed the youth gasoline, then set him on fire. This created a trapped cavity of petrol and its fumes, causing his body not only to ignite but also to explode.

Jul 01 07:48

Federal Court: No Impunity for Abu Ghraib Torturers

In a ruling that "affirms that U.S. corporations are not entitled to impunity for torture and war crimes," a federal appeals court Monday overturned a lower court's decision that had prevented accountability sought by Iraqi victims of torture at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

World outrage followed photo evidence of brutality at the prison between 2003 and 2004, and a leaked, internal Army report noted "sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses" at the hands of interrogators at the facility.

Jun 30 09:15

‘BREAKING THE SILENCE’ GOING VIRAL INTERNATIONALLY

Israeli soldiers speak out on abuse of Palestinians
Yehuda Shaul says disturbing images represent norm in occupied territories

Jun 29 09:37

A Thin Rationale for Drone Killings

Under orders from a federal appeals court, the Justice Department made public a 2010 memo explaining why the drone strike was legal. Considering how long the administration fought the release, which was sought by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union, one might have expected a thoughtful memo that carefully weighed the pros and cons and discussed how such a strike accords with international and Constitutional law.

Instead, the memo turns out to be a slapdash pastiche of legal theories — some based on obscure interpretations of British and Israeli law — that was clearly tailored to the desired result. Perhaps the administration held out so long to avoid exposing the thin foundation on which it based such a momentous decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barry

This is not Great Britain. We fought a war back in 1776 not to BE Great Britain.

This is not Israel. Not yet, at any rate.

While maritime law follows the principle of Jus gentium, the laws of sovereign nations do not. That slavery is legal in one nation does not compel any other nation to legalize slavery within their own borders. Hence, whatever Great Britain and Israel may do is not a valid precedent for actions undertaken by the United States government.

That this drone memo tries to use the laws of foreign nations in its justification for drone assassinations of American citizens sends a clear message that no such legal justification can be found under United States law, and I rest assured the White House staff bent every effort to find one. Hence, the drone strikes are illegal, unconstitutional, and clearly immoral.

Everyone involved in the drone program, from Obama down through the chain of command to the operators clutching those remote control joysticks in their grubby little hands, is guilt of Premeditated First Degree homicide. That multiple parties are involved in these murders adds a charge of conspiracy to commit Premeditated First Degree homicide.

Legally there is no difference between Obama ordering a drone attack on an American and a mafia boos ordering his competition to be "rubbed out." Both are cold-blooded murders committed by organized crime operations.

Jun 29 09:11

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS WALK AND TALK TO END ISRAELI AGGRESSION

The photos speak for themselves …. no commentary needed

Jun 28 09:59

UK urged by human rights groups to tell all on U.S. rendition flights to Diego Garcia

Human rights groups seeking to confirm the use of a British overseas territory as a US secret prison have uncovered evidence previously undisclosed to the government confirming that more planes were involved in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects around the world than had been admitted.

Based on assurances from the US, the British government has consistently denied the claims. However, experts believe ministers’ denials do not square with the testimonies of several of those held by the US, including an opponent of Colonel Gaddafi, Abdul-hakim Belhadj, and his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar, who claim they were detained on Diego Garcia in March 2004.

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Memo to all world leaders: in light of the fact that the US government routinely lies to its own people (even from one department of the government, the IRS, lying to another, Congress), please be assured that you have been - and will be - lied to consistently by the US government.

"Assurances" mean nothing to these people; if you do not have the ability to verify what they are saying, don't believe those assurances.

Agents of the US government will say whatever they say to get whatever they want, then gloat secretly that they have pulled the wool over the eyes of their allies yet again.

Will there be blowback by the UK when this knowledge becomes public?!? Absolutely.

But what is worse, is that the United States of America tortures, which is absolutely immoral, illegal, by our own legal statutes, and demonstrates to the world that the US government defiles the Constitution and Bill of Rights when it tortures prisoners of war.

Such torture also demonstrates that the rule of law; the values of democracy; and morality are only observed when these values do not "get in the way of doing business."

But I would like to hope that those precious few adults in the bowels of power in DC understand the following; when the US tortures, it gives carte blanche for other countries around the world to torture both American military members, and civilians.

To those of you who have family or friends in the military, please chew on that for awhile, won't you?!?

Humankind has known, since the time of the Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to "confess" to whatever the torturer wants to hear, just to get the torture to stop, but rarely achieves actionable information.

So if the American military and intelligence personnel understand this, why do they still indulge in this barbaric behaviour?!?

Because they can hurt people, and get away with it with impunity, which has to be one gigantic "rush" for those very psychologically maimed individuals who enjoy it.

Jun 28 06:40

Israeli interrogators sexually harass Palestinian children in detention

A number of Palestinian children who were detained in different circumstances have reported their exposure to abuse and maltreatment by Israeli soldiers and interrogators.

In some cases, the interrogators sexually harassed the children and on other occasions they threatened to rape them if they did not cooperate or make certain confessions, according to the children’s testimonies.

Jun 25 05:52

Secrecy Inc: Activists Sue CIA Over Spying On Classified Report On Covert Torture Program

Because no one has yet been held accountable for U.S. torture practices widely deemed "sadistic and terrifying," two open-government advocates known as Freedom of Information Act warriors are suing the CIA for its continued secrecy about its alleged spying on Senate lawmakers investigating Bush-era torture.

Jun 20 07:55

U.S. forces used depleted uranium rounds in civilian areas in Iraq, reports finds

US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found.

Coordinates revealing where US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 DU rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003 have been obtained by the Dutch peace group Pax. This is the first time that any US DU firing coordinates have been released, despite previous requests by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Iraqi government.

According to PAX’s report, which is due to be published this week, the data shows that many of the DU rounds were fired in or near populated areas of Iraq, including As Samawah, Nasiriyah and Basrah. At least 1,500 rounds were also aimed at troops, the group says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military and chain of command, right up to the White House didn't care how many Iraqis (and our own troops) would suffer from horrific cancers, and birth defects, because of the use of these weapons.

This is why that unholy trio of Bush Cheney, and Rumsfeld, should collectively be cooling their their heels at the International Court at the Hague, facing charges of crimes against humanity.

These monsters, and the corporations which own them, and profit handsomely from these immoral and illegal pre-emptive wars, should never, ever have power in this country again, period, end of discussion.

Jun 17 08:21

Judge Finds Courts Cannot Protect US Citizens Tortured by US Government Officials Abroad

A federal district court dismissed a case that was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a United States citizen and against US government officials who allegedly tortured, abused and subjected him to rendition and incommunicado detention in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The dismissal was another stark example of how it is nearly impossible for torture victims to push for justice in an American court of law.

Jun 10 09:15

PALESTINIAN TEEN SURVIVOR DESCRIBES THE SHOOTINGS ON NAKBA DAY BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS

Despite widespread media attention and calls for investigations from international and local human rights organizations, Israel continues to cover up and guarantee the impunity of the occupation soldiers responsible for the Nakba Day Beitunia killings.

Jun 09 09:05

Obama security team ponders black ops mission to kill Taliban 5 in Qatar

A former U.S. intelligence official, who worked on covert operations throughout the Middle East and Latin America, claims the scuttlebutt among Beltway security experts is that there may be an a abrupt end to the freedom of the Taliban terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay's detention center, he intimated on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Bergdahl scandal has become a litany of one failed decision after another. First there was the plan to offset the VA scandal by bringing home an American hero. Only that did not work out because the hero turned out to be a deserted and defector. This put the focus on the five Taliban who were released, which, although they may well have been among the 1/3 of Guantanamo detainees already cleared for release by the military tribunal, have been promoted as "really bad guys" in the media. So now the response by the White House is to renege on the release by sending on the drones to kill these five guys and a hundred innocent bystanders, and the White House apparently seems to think this will make the scandal go away!

Jun 05 09:06

Kiev’s Use of Heavy Weapons in Crackdown Violates International Law – Russia

Moscow has raised the issue of Kiev using heavy armaments in its special operations against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine at OSCE session, Russia’s envoy Andrei Kelin said on Wednesday.

“The punitive operation led by Ukrainian forces reflects signs of an international human rights violation, in particular, of the Geneva convention of 1949,” Kelin said.

“We drew attention to the tragic outcome of an operation in the Donbas [in eastern Ukraine], a barbaric shelling of a building of the Luhansk local administration,” he added.

He referred to reports claiming the Ukrainian military had used exploding bullets, cluster bombs and artillery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, they are very horrific indeed.

Cluster bombs, in particular, should be banned immediately as a weapon of war.

Jun 04 09:37

Netanyahu Looks to Gitmo to Justify Force-Feeding of Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is aggressively pushing a bill that would green-light the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, citing the U.S. military's routine use of this practice against detainees at the Guantánamo Bay (Image: Addameer) offhsore prison.

Netanyahu told the security cabinet on Sunday to move more quickly on discussions of the bill, Haaretz reports.

The Israel National Bioethics Council andIsraeli Medical Association are vocally opposing the law, and the IMA vowed on Thursday to prohibit Israeli physicians from participating in force-feeding, which it likened to torture, according to reportingby Israel's Channel 2 News.

In response, Netanyahu declared that he would find doctors willing to carry out the controversial practice and mentioned the U.S.'s routine practice of force-feeding hunger striking Guantánamo Bay inmates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the prisoners at Gitmo and those Palestinians being held in indefinite detention have in common is, primarily, as follows: they have not been allowed anything remotely resembling due process, to either convict or acquit them.

Netanyahu doesn't want these prisoners to die, because of the potential of creating massive Palestinian unrest through allowing this.

Also, these men probably won't be released, ever, because their bodies, like the bodies of Gitmo inmates, may well bear witness to horrific torture to get them to "confess" to whatever officials wanted them to say in order to justify their detention.

The American officials don't really care if these prisoners die, but feel compelled to be seen as "doing something" to prevent them from dying, so NG tube feeding is what they have chosen.

This is punishment, pure and simple, for their wanting to die because they will not be released, ever, even those who have not been convicted of doing anything wrong.

I would suggest that if Netanyahu is so "gung-ho" on this procedure, that he should have it done to himself...with cameras rolling.

But the process is nasty, and not without consequences; ask any Northern Irish person who was on a hunger strike in jail during "the troubles".

Apr 05 09:47

DEA Busts US Soldiers Smuggling To Weapons, Drugs To Mexico Cartels

One of the most bizarre DEA stings to date and one which may have links to government protected overseas drug-running operations.

Apr 05 07:45

CIA Committed 'War Crimes,' Bush Official Says

A top adviser to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned the Bush administration that its use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading” interrogation techniques like waterboarding were “a felony war crime.”

What’s more, newly obtained documents reveal that State Department counselor Philip Zelikow told the Bush team in 2006 that using the controversial interrogation techniques were “prohibited” under U.S. law — “even if there is a compelling state interest asserted to justify them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Federal Government will never have to demonstrate one shred of moral conscience again in its existence, thanks for the "unholy trinity" of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld who defiled some the highest offices in this country with their justification of the use of torture, and their worship at the altar of corporate gain above all else.

And of course, President Obama, who is cut from precisely the same sociopathic cloth as are these men, declared that we, as a nation, had to look "forward, not backward" and away from the ruinous damage they had inflicted, not only to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, but also, to the moral fiber of this country.

After his inauguration, Obama became not only the country's Commander in Chief, but also assumed the position of a new kind of commander, the "Enabler in Chief", soothingly assuring US citizens that "everything was quite all right, and there was nothing to really worry about" concerning the crimes perpetrated under Bush's watch.

Unfortunately, on this issue, President Obama has been utterly, shamefully, and deeply morally wrong.

The reality that there have been no prosecutions of any of the members of the Bush administration for torture and crimes against humanity, demonstrates, clearly, that we are no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of "national postures" to be justified and rationalized, whenever convenient, no matter the cost to our deeply-enshrined and respectful understanding of American justice and due process.

So welcome, my friends, to a Post-Constitutional Republic; where those freedoms and guarantees which used to be secured by the Constitution and Bill of Rights no longer exist; where indefinite detention without due process, and extrajudicial assassinations of American citizens, and yes - even torture - have been institutionalized and "sanitized" - for our alleged protection.

There now: doesn't that make you feel more safe already?!?

Apr 05 07:33

CIA Committed ‘War Crimes,’ Bush Official Says

A top adviser to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned the Bush administration that its use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading” interrogation techniques like waterboarding were “a felony war crime.”

What’s more, newly obtained documents reveal that State Department counselor Philip Zelikow told the Bush team in 2006 that using the controversial interrogation techniques were “prohibited” under U.S. law — “even if there is a compelling state interest asserted to justify them.”

Apr 05 07:03

FLASHBACK - WACO - Who Shot First?

Contrary to the image of a dangerous gun nut put out in the media in an effort to justify the burning of the church, official BATF records prove that David Koresch was rather harmless, so much so that the BATF agents invited him to go shooting with them just 9 days before they raided the church. Koresch supplied the ammunition. The BATF agents allowed Koresch to try out their weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government justifies interventions in countries like Syria with the claim "They are murdering innocent people." Yet the US Government does not have a blemish-free history, having tried to stage a publicity-seeking raid then when that turned into a PR disaster, gassing a church full of innocent women and children to death with a poison gas that is illegal to use on enemy troops, then tried to cover it up by claiming mass suicide, then bulldozing the remains and burying the remains in a secret location. Thus, the US Government lacks the moral right to point fingers at anyone.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 15:50

9/11 Terror Suspects To Stand Trial In Guantanamo

Five men accused of planning and executing the 9/11 terrorist attacks face the death penalty in a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal.

Apr 04 15:39

Man Who Was Waterboarded 183 Times, Confesses Complete Responsibility for 9/11 and Will Be Executed.

It was reported on BBC News tonight that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others will be charged with orchestrating the September 11 attacks.

What the report omitted to say was that many sources, including the New York Times (could any institution be less anti-establishment?), reported in April 2009 that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had been waterboarded 183 times in Guantanano Bay.

The BBC report went on to say, rather comically in the circumstances, was that "Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admits everything relating to the 9/11 attacks from A to Z."

I like to think that this blog specialises in stating the obvious but here is something SO obvious that it does not need stating.

How long will we and our useless, zombified representatives continue to put up with this stuff?

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"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information." -- US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

Apr 04 14:49

Israel set to uproot 30,000 of its own Bedouin citizens

Neve Gordon explains why Israel's plans to move entire communities of its own Bedouin citizens from their ancestral lands in the Negev and put them in townships will deprive them of their livelihood and land rights.

”I asked Abu Afash what he thinks will happen if they do not reach an agreement with the government. He paused for a moment and then replied that … ‘they will not put us on buses and move us, they will simply shut down the schools and wait. When we see we cannot send our children to school we will “willingly" move’.

“This is how forced relocation becomes voluntary and how Israel will likely represent it to the world.” (Neve Gordon)

Apr 04 14:44

Today is April 4th . . . Happy George Orwell Day!

"In small clumsy letters he wrote: April 4th, 1984."

"His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals -

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

over and over again, filling half a page." ~ 1984

Apr 04 13:56

Al Jazeera Smuggled Satellite Communication Tools To Syria Rebel

A former Al Jazeera correspondent reveals the news outlet smuggled Satellite internet and phone communication tools to the Syria rebels through Lebanon.

Apr 04 13:27

Flashback: John Yoo Says President Bush Can Legally Torture Children : Crushing Child’s Testicles Part of War on Terror

John Yoo – Presidential Powers Extend to Ordering Torture of Suspect's Child

Apr 04 12:03

US Mercenaries Intervening In Syria - Leaked Emails

Leaked emails show that US Mercenaries are working with armed terrorists in Syria to overthrow Assad at the request of and under air cover of US officials.

Apr 04 10:44

Guidebook To False Confessions: US Torture Manual Released

The timeline of how we went from a nation of liberty to one of forced false confessions revealed in release of the key document the US used to justify torture.

Apr 04 10:39

"Guidebook to False Confessions": Key Document John Yoo Used to Draft Torture Memo Released

Air Force Col. Steven Kleinman, a career military intelligence officer recognized as one of the DOD's most effective interrogators as well a former SERE instructor and director of intelligence for JPRA's teaching academy, said he immediately knew the true value of the PREAL manual if employed as part of an interrogation program.

"This is the guidebook to getting false confessions, a system drawn specifically from the communist interrogation model that was used to generate propaganda rather than intelligence," Kleinman said in an interview. "If your goal is to obtain useful and reliable information this is not the source book you should be using."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me wrap my head around this: US agencies signed off on torture methods in order to gain false confessions which were of absolutely no use to them in discerning where clear and present danger existed, to create confessions to adhere to a pre-determined outcome?!?

The reason many of our prisoners of war( forgive me, the terminology almost slipped my mind; "enemy combatants", currently warehoused at Guantanamo without due process)will never be released is that water-boarding wasn't the worst thing done to them in order to extract these false confessions.

Apr 04 08:47

Memo shows US official disagreed with Bush administration's view on torture

A memo about harsh interrogation techniques shows that a former US state department official strongly dissented from the Bush administration's secret legal view in 2005 that an international treaty against torture did not apply to CIA interrogations in foreign countries.

Until now, the February 2006 analysis by Philip Zelikow has been a high-level, classified internal critique of the Bush administration's controversial interrogation policies. At the time he wrote his criticism, Zelikow was secretary of state Condoleezza Rice's representative on terrorism issues to the national security council's deputies committee.

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"We agree that torture is bad ... unless we decide otherwise!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 04 07:32

Hafiz Saeed dares US to take him out like Osama

A combative Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief, on Wednesday dared the US to carry out a military raid against him like the one that killed Osama bin Laden, saying he was not hiding and would inform the Americans himself about his whereabouts.

Saeed made the remarks while addressing a news conference with other leaders of the Defa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) at Flashman Hotel in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, located a short distance from the Pakistan Army's General Headquarters.

This is his first press conference after American administration offered a reward of 10 million dollars for him on Monday.

Mar 16 12:26

Aiding Terrorism Redefined To Include Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

Point of no return: The US government broadens the NDAA definition of people and organizations that support terrorism to include Bradley Manning and Wikileaks

Mar 16 12:23

CIA: We Do Not “Concede or Not Concede” that Waterboarding is Illegal

Even though Obama has declared it illegal and the US has even prosecuted it as a war crime, the CIA argues that waterboarding is a classified intelligence gathering method not subject to FOIA

Mar 14 05:30

KONY 2012 Psy-Op Collapsing

Invisible Children disables comments on viral propaganda video + meet the real Joseph Kony.

Tony Cartalucci, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

As the US State Department, USAID-centric Invisible Children psy-op KONY 2012 collapses, Invisible Children has disabled comments on their viral YouTube video.

When last checked, negative comments were voted to the top and a cascading effect of skepticism as well as damning facts began drowning out the initial confusion, sympathy, and emotional knee-jerk support the propaganda video purposefully created and preyed upon...

Mar 13 16:05

'Presidential Secrets'--Former Operative Chip Tatum Speaks

LATEST UPDATE: Chip's tortured body was reported to have washed up on a beach in Panama in early 2007.

Jan 16 10:24

An Objective Comparison of the U.S. to Regimes that Everyone Labels Repressive

Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet, objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic individual rights such as due process, placing them outside any reasonable definition of “free,” but the United States now has much more in common with such regimes than anyone may like to admit.

These countries also have constitutions that purport to guarantee freedoms and rights. But their governments have broad discretion in denying those rights and few real avenues for challenges by citizens — precisely the problem with the new laws in this country.

The list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company.

Jan 15 16:11

Rick Sanchez: "there is a huge problem with journalism in the United States"

Dana Loesch, a CNN contributor, made a statement on her radio show that she would "drop trou and do it too." The act she was talking about was joining US Marines to urinate on dead Afghans. Earlier this week a video of US Marines urinating on dead Afghans went viral and caused pandemonium. Most people condemn the actions of the Marines while others applaud their brutal actions. Rick Sanchez, journalist, author and former CNN host, joins us for more.

Jan 15 16:09

Iran rial slides, 'dollar' text messages appear blocked

TEHRAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Iran's currency has slid 20 percent against the dollar in the last week despite central bank intervention, and Iranians concerned about the economy said on Tuesday attempts to send text messages using the word "dollar" appeared to be blocked.

The central bank reportedly pumped $200 million dollars into the market last Wednesday after new and much tougher U.S. sanctions prompted nervous Iranians to change rials into hard currency, accelerating a rise in the price of dollars on the open market.

Jun 01 07:52

FLASHBACK - Most Members of Congress Remain Committed to Israel’s Blockade of Gaza

Administration officials and Washington lawmakers indicated the United States is not willing to urge Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza, even as activists seek to highlight the issue after civilian deaths during Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the recent release of the United Nations Human Rights Council report condemning the brutal Israeli attack on the flotilla and declaring the blockade of Gaza a violation of international law, every single member of the United States Government who supports that blockade is an accessory after-the-fact in a violation of international law. How much longer will we live in a nation run by criminals willing to subvert the laws for Israel's gains?

Back in 1948 and 1949, the USSR imposed a blockade on West Berlin to starve that nation into abandoning their elected leaders and accepting Soviet rule. This is identical to the situation in Gaza where Israel is trying to starve the Palestinians into abandoning their elected leaders and accepting Israeli rule.

But back in 19648, we had a far more moral and principled government that had the spine to stand up for what is right, and the US and its allies launched the Berlin Airlift, flying 200,000 flights into Berlin, delivering 13,000 tons of goods per day for a year until the blockade collapsed.

Oh to have real leaders like that again!

"On the radio talk shows and T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend

But who are the ones that we call our friends
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take anymore
So they pick up a gun, or a brick, or a stone

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons

And there is blood on the wire..."

-- Jackson Browne "Lives in the Balance"

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