Unspeakable grief and horror
Know them by their fruit
words attributed to Jesus speaking in Aramaic
Connections that lead directly to the heart of the Downing Street Letters:
Bush and Blair's lies to the US Congress, UK parliament, US and UK people.
Lies central to the US and UK claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking weapons of mass destruction.
Blair's lies that missiles could get to London in 4 minutes.
Lies serving as a basis for the Iraq invasion less than two months later.
April 10th, 2007
EXCLUSIVE…Two Explosive Books Tell the Inside Story of the Forged Iraq-Niger Docs That Helped Build the Case for War — Click Here
In his January 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush declared the infamous sixteen words: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”
The claim was central to the administration’s claims that Saddam Hussein was seeking weapons of mass destruction and served as a basis for launching the Iraq invasion less than two months later.
Bush’s declaration was based on an intelligence document that provided evidence about Iraq’s purchase of uranium from the African country of Niger.
But there was one problem: the document was a fake.
In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with the authors of two explosive new books.
Carlo Bonini is the Italian reporter who broke the Niger story.
His new book is called “Collusion: International Espionage and the War on Terror.”
Peter Eisner is a veteran foreign correspondent and is currently an editor at the Washington Post.
His new book is “The Italian Letter: How the Bush Administration Used a Fake Letter to Build the Case for War in Iraq.”
This is how your do it Indian Government:
You levy a special tax on the top 5% of income earners in India.
The tax pays for the cleanup Tatum talks about below.
You continue with your law suits against the conglomerate corporation.
It did take on responsibility when it assumed control of the corporation responsible.
This isn't rocket science Indian government.
Billionaire Offer to Clean Bhopal derided as Front for Chemical Firm
NEW DEHLI — One of India’s richest men has been lobbying for the Indian government to drop a court case against an American multinational to pay for the clean up costs of the world’s worst chemical accident, according to letters obtained by campaigners.
The documents, acquired under India’s right to information law, show industrialist Ratan Tata writing to ask whether the Indian government could “withdraw [an] application” to make Dow Chemicals pay $22m [£12m] as an initial deposit against “environmental remediation costs”.
Dow owns Union Carbide, whose pesticide plant leaked deadly white gas killing thousands in Bhopal in 1984.
The company claims it bears no liability for the site as it has since sold up and left India.
After an international outcry that the site had not been decontaminated more than 20 years on, the Indian government launched a legal case to recoup money from Dow in May 2005. Campaigners say there is evidence that the disused plant still has 170 tonnes of toxic waste leaching into the soil and poisoning groundwater.
Studies show that 57 out of 120 children who grew up near the abandoned plant suffered from cerebral palsy. More than 26,000 people still drink “dirty” water.
Mr Tata, who runs the £30bn Tata group, says his company could break the “dead lock” and fund a clean-up of the site.
A letter from Dow says it is “critical” the government of India drops its legal action and that the resolution of the issue must be seen as a “tangible, deliverable outcome” of a newly formed US-India business forum which Mr Tata oversees.
Tata group said its chairman’s suggestions were “totally independent of the issues being addressed in the courts. It is imperative some initiative be undertaken to clean the site.”
Campaigners said Dow Chemicals was using an “Indian front company to do its dirty work”.
To repeat — because we know you have difficulty with these things — this is how your do it Indian Government:
You levy a special tax on the top 5% of income earners in India — corporations too if you wish.
You clean up the site.
You continue with your law suits against the conglomerate.
This isn't rocket science Indian government.
OUT OF IRAQ USA
Iraqi flags during an anti-U.S. protest called by Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad April 9, 2007.

Iraq supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wave flags and banners saying GO GO GO OUT USA during an anti-US rally in Najaf on 09 April 2007. 

Some 13,000 US National Guard troops have been alerted that they are likely to deploy to Iraq from the end of this year, the Pentagon said on Monday in its latest move to staff the war with a stretched-thin military.

Picture: REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
No drinkable water
Sewage not working
Water contaminated with sewage
Electricity that is never on...
Demonstrators chant get out occupant during a peaceful rally marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to invading American troops, in Najaf, April 9, 2007.

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators step on the U.S. flag as they march during an anti-U.S. protest called by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad April 9, 2007.

Iraq People demand better living conditions from the government and improved civil services in New Baghdad Sunday April 1, 2007.

In Baghdad since the US led invasion in 2003, gone missing are the simple things that feed body and soul: drinkable water that flows from a tap, electricity that stays on, movie theaters that open, booksellers with new books, water contaminated with sewage.

Thirty three American soldiers were killed in the first eight days of April 2007, the ninth week of the US crackdown in Baghdad.

Shia clerics (L and C) and Sunni clerics (2nd L and 2nd R) hold hands during a peaceful rally marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to invading American troops, in Najaf, April 9, 2007.

Hundreds of thousands of people, responding to a call by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, waved Iraqi flags in the southern city of Najaf on Monday to demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Some 13,000 US National Guard troops have been alerted that they are likely to deploy to Iraq from the end of this year, the Pentagon said on Monday in its latest move to staff the war with a stretched-thin military.

Picture: REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz


(left)
Iraqi flags during an anti-U.S. protest called by Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad April 9, 2007.
Some 13,000 US National Guard troops have been alerted that they are likely to deploy to Iraq from the end of this year, the Pentagon said on Monday in its latest move to staff the war with a stretched-thin military.
Thirty three American soldiers were killed in the first eight days of April 2007, the ninth week of the US crackdown in Baghdad.
(right)
Demonstrators chant get out occupant during a peaceful rally marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to invading American troops, in Najaf, April 9, 2007.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators step on the U.S. flag as they march during an anti-U.S. protest called by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad April 9, 2007.
Iraq People demand better living conditions from the government and improved civil services in New Baghdad Sunday April 1, 2007.
In Baghdad since the US led invasion in 2003, gone missing are the simple things that feed body and soul: drinkable water that flows from a tap, electricity that stays on, movie theaters that open, booksellers with new books, water contaminated with sewage.
Hundreds of thousands of people, responding to a call by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, waved Iraqi flags in the southern city of Najaf on Monday to demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
Photos: REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
I wouldn't start thinking about morality Angela.
You job is to defend the elite — to see that the rich get ever richer:
through the manufacture and sale of weapons,
through the creation of corporations that have no purpose but to see you endlessly kill.
Stay with that.
"Certainly it lends itself to the type of tactic that Taleban extremists (resistance) use
"Because they cannot beat us conventionally or tactically, they resort to this type of tactic in order to hide in the shadows."
Lt Col Angela Billings
As if sending bombs and missile through the sky was not:
Totally cowardly
Totally without any redemptive morality
Totally evil
 

NATO WAR CRIMES
Four generations of a family killed by new US attack
Nine people including women and young children have been killed in a bombing attack by US forces in Kapisa province.
The news comes shortly after US forces are accused of killing 10 village people on Sunday in Nangarhar province.
Journalists have stated that US troops confiscated their photos and video footage of the aftermath of the violence.
Kapisa province deputy governor Daud Hashimi said the nine dead civilians included five women and three children.
He said the raid was carried out by Nato forces.
Nato have denied any involvement.
A US military statement said US-led NATO forces had 'dropped two 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) bombs' during an air attack on village people in Kapisa.
Village people say that the NATO US coalition forces bombed the mud-brick home, killing nine members of the same extended family.
President Hamid Karzai condemned US NATO killing on Sunday in which US forces fired indiscriminately at civilians in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Eight Afghan village people were killed by US forces, 35 village people were injured.
Reporters say that as the Americans left the scene along a busy highway, US forces fired on the village vehicles.
Thousands of local people took to the streets on Sunday protesting what had happened.
The puppet Afghan authorities in Kabul have stated that they have launched an 'investigation' into the circumstances of the US attack.
The Associated Press news agency has complained to the US military over journalists saying US soldiers deleted footage of the aftermath of the Nangarhar violence.
Freelance journalists working for the Associated Press in the eastern province of Nangarhar stated that troops erased photos and video they had taken.
This video captured the attack including showing a vehicle in which three people were shot dead.
www.aljazeerah.info forced to shut down
 
Published on Saturday, April 7, 2007 by the lndependent/UK
The True Story of Free Speech in America
by Robert Fisk
Occupation —
Paid for by US taxpayer
Laila al-Arian was wearing her headscarf at her desk at Nation Books, one of my New York publishers.
No, she told me, it would be difficult to telephone her father.
At the medical facility of his North Carolina prison, he can only make a few calls — monitored, of course — and he was growing steadily weaker.
Sami al-Arian is 49 but he stayed on hunger strike for 60 days to protest the government outrage committed against him, a burlesque of justice which has, of course, largely failed to rouse the sleeping dogs of American journalism in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
All praise, then, to the journalist John Sugg from Tampa, Florida, who has been cataloging al-Arian’s little Golgotha for months, along with Alexander Cockburn of Counter Punch.
Tried, however vainly, to communicate real tragedy of Palestinian Arabs
The story so far: Sami al-Arian, a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian, was a respected computer professor at the University of South Florida who tried, however vainly, to communicate the real tragedy of Palestinian Arabs to the US government.
But according to Sugg, Israel’s lobbyists were enraged by his lessons — al-Arian’s family was driven from Palestine in 1948 — and in 2003, at the instigation of Attorney General Ashcroft, he was arrested and charged with conspiring “to murder and maim” outside the United States and with raising money for Islamic Jihad in “Palestine”.
He was held for two and a half years in solitary confinement, hobbling half a mile, his hands and feet shackled, merely to talk to his lawyers.
US paid occupation
Hebron
Palestine
Al-Arian’s $50m (£25m) Tampa trial lasted six months; the government called 80 witnesses (21 from Israel) and used 400 intercepted phone calls along with evidence of a conversation that a co-defendant had with al-Arian in - wait for it - a dream.
The local judge, a certain James Moody, vetoed any remarks about Israeli military occupation or about UN Security Council Resolution 242, on the grounds that they would endanger the impartiality of the jurors.
In December, 2005, al-Arian was acquitted on the most serious charges and on those remaining; the jurors voted 10 to two for acquittal.
Because the FBI wanted to make further charges, al-Arian’s lawyers told him to make a plea that would end any further prosecution.
Arriving for his sentence, however, al-Arian - who assumed time served would be his punishment, followed by deportation - found Moody talking about “blood” on the defendant’s hands and ensured he would have to spend another 11 months in jail.
Then prosecutor Gordon Kromberg insisted that the Palestinian prisoner should testify against an Islamic think tank.
Al-Arian believed his plea bargain had been dishonored and refused to testify.
He was held in contempt.
And continues to languish in prison.
A man with no face stares at me … pleads for help, but I’m afraid to move
Not so, of course, most of America’s torturers in Iraq.
One of them turns out to rejoice in the name of Ric Fair, a “contract interrogator”, who has bared his soul in the Washington Post — all praise, here, by the way to the Post — about his escapades in the Fallujah interrogation “facility” of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Fair has been having nightmares about an Iraqi whom he deprived of sleep during questioning “by forcing him to stand in a corner and stripping him of his clothes”.
Now it is Fair who is deprived of sleep:
“A man with no face stares at me … pleads for help, but I’m afraid to move.
He begins to cry.
It s a pitiful sound, and it sickens me.
He screams, but as I awaken, I realize the screams are mine.”
Occupation paid by US
British army abuse in Basra
Thank God, Fair didn’t write a play about his experiences and offer it to Channel 4 whose executives got cold feet about The Mark of Cain, the drama about British army abuse in Basra.
They quickly bought into the line that transmission of Tony Marchant’s play might affect the now happy outcome of the far less riveting Iranian prison production of the Famous 15 “Servicepersons” — by angering the Muslim world with tales of how our boys in Basra beat up on the local Iraqis.
As the reporter who first revealed the death of hotel worker Baha Mousa in British custody in Basra — I suppose we must always refer to his demise as “death” now that the soldiers present at his savage beating have been acquitted of murder — I can attest that Arab Muslims know all too well how gentle and refined our boys are during interrogation.
It is we, the British at home, who are not supposed to believe in torture.
The Iraqis know all about it — and who knew all about Mousa’s fate long before I reported it for The Independent on Sunday.
All about shutting the reality of the Middle East off from us
Because it’s really all about shutting the reality of the Middle East off from us.
It’s to prevent the British and American people from questioning the immoral and cruel and internationally illegal occupation of Muslim lands.
And in the Land of the Free, this systematic censorship of Middle East reality continues even in the country’s schools.
Now the principal of a Connecticut high school has banned a play by pupils, based on the letters and words of US soldiers serving in Iraq.
Entitled Voices in Conflict, Natalie Kropf, Seth Koproski, James Presson and their fellow pupils at Wilton High School compiled the reflections of soldiers and others — including a 19-year-old Wilton High graduate killed in Iraq — to create their own play.
To no avail.
The drama might hurt those “who had lost loved ones or who had individuals serving as we speak”, proclaimed Timothy Canty, Wilton High’s principal.
And — my favorite line — Canty believed there was not enough rehearsal time to ensure the play would provide “a legitimate instructional experience for our students”.
US occupation Iraq
12 year old lost leg
Unknown if bombing was black ops setup
Make Iraq perfectly explicable
And of course, I can quite see Mr Canty’s point.
Students who have produced Arthur Miller’s The Crucible were told by Mr Canty — whose own war experiences, if any, have gone unrecorded — that it wasn’t their place to tell audiences what soldiers were thinking.
The pupils of Wilton High are now being inundated with offers to perform at other venues.
Personally, I think Mr Canty may have a point.
He would do much better to encourage his students to perform Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, a drama of massive violence, torture, rape, mutilation and honor killing.
It would make Iraq perfectly explicable to the good people of Connecticut.
A “legitimate instructional experience” if ever there was one.
© 2007 Independent News and Media Limited
      
IMMINENT THREAT TO IRAQI LAWYER BADEE IZZAT AREF
7 April 2007
Peace for you —
Peace for Iraq
We have received information that the liberty and life of Badee Izzat Aref, prominent Iraqi lawyer to Tariq Aziz and several members of the government of President Saddam Hussein, is in danger.
Aref has been under US house arrest for 17 days and the Maliki government is demanding he be handed over by US authorities to face charges of defaming the Iraqi judicial system following comments he allegedly made on the unfair trials and summary executions of President Saddam Hussein and others.
Given the Maliki government's eagerness in summarily executing its political opponents — including their lawyers — we have firm reason to believe that Aref is in immediate danger of being tortured and/or assassinated.
On 21 June 2006, lawyer Khamis Al-Obaidi, defence counsel for late President Saddam Hussein, was tortured and assassinated in Baghdad, joining lawyers Sadoun Al-Janabi, killed in October 2005, and Adel Al-Zubaidi, killed in November 2005.
In all cases, witnesses alleged the Iraqi government was involved. Al-Obaidi was the ninth person connected with the trial of President Hussein to be killed.
Throughout the proceedings of the Iraqi Special Tribunal lawyers were repeated threatened.
This fact alone is testament that all defendants before the Iraqi Special Tribunal faced unfair trials.
Cluster bombs, weapons — Made in USA.

Used in Israel.

Peace March Brussels, 18 March 2007

The 'war against terrorism' waged by the US and allies, and the related political position of 'enforced democratisation' is not only politically unacceptable, but has also further destabilised the Middle East.

In Iraq, the illegal invasion and occupation has caused hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. The country is further than ever from peace, prosperity and democracy.

In the Palestinian territories, the situation is deteriorating further, as a result of the US and European boycott of the democratically elected government.

The civilian population has been the biggest victim of the Israeli military agression, and the international economic sanctions

Lebanon has been heavily affected by the Israeli military invasion that, according to the UN rapporteur of the UN Human righs council and various human rights organisations, was in breach of international law and international humanitarian law

The international non-proliferation policy in the region is not believable if the arsenal of Israel is not taken into account, and if there is military cooperation agreed between Israel and NATO.

The Israel government and military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.

Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.

Photo: www.indymedia.be

Cluster bombs, weapons — Made in USA.
Peace March Brussels 18 March 2007
The 'war against terrorism' waged by the US and allies, and the related political position of 'enforced democratisation' is not only politically unacceptable, but has also further destabilised the Middle East.
In Iraq, the illegal invasion and occupation has caused hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. The country is further than ever from peace, prosperity and democracy.
In the Palestinian territories, the situation is deteriorating further, as a result of the US and European boycott of the democratically elected government.
The civilian population has been the biggest victim of the Israeli military agression, and the international economic sanctions
Lebanon has been heavily affected by the Israeli military invasion that, according to the UN rapporteur of the UN Human righs council and various human rights organisations, was in breach of international law and international humanitarian law
The international non-proliferation policy in the region is not believable if the arsenal of Israel is not taken into account, and if there is military cooperation agreed between Israel and NATO.
The Israel government and military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.
More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.
Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.
Photo: www.indymedia.be
The United States is directly responsible under international law
We remind occupation authorities that Badee Izzat Aref is a protected person under international humanitarian law, which governs the US occupation, and has guaranteed rights under international human rights law.
International humanitarian and human rights law outlaws torture and summary execution, incommunicado detention, the ill treatment of detainees, or denial of access to legal counsel.
Further, Aref — as a human rights defender — is additionally protected by the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
It is a grave violation of international humanitarian law to put protected persons in danger by consciously handing them over to any party that might violate their fundamental human rights.
Given the appalling human rights record of the Maliki government, we believe that Aref will be subject serious violations of his human rights — including his right to life — unless there is urgent intervention on his behalf and US authorities respect their duty to protect him.
The BRussells Tribunal demands assurances of the wellbeing, liberty and security of Badee Izzat Aref.
The US occupation is directly responsible for Aref's welfare and must guarantee his security.
The imminent danger faced by Badee Izzat Aref illustrates once again that the US-Maliki plan for Iraq has failed and that all they can now propose is repression and executions.
 
My parents were of the resistance
They were also said to be terrorists
My parents were of the resistance

They were also said to be terrorists.

Peace March Brussels, 18 March 2007

The 'war against terrorism' waged by the US and allies, and the related political position of 'enforced democratisation' is not only politically unacceptable, but has also further destabilised the Middle East.

In Iraq, the illegal invasion and occupation has caused hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. The country is further than ever from peace, prosperity and democracy.

In the Palestinian territories, the situation is deteriorating further, as a result of the US and European boycott of the democratically elected government.

The civilian population has been the biggest victim of the Israeli military agression, and the international economic sanctions

Lebanon has been heavily affected by the Israeli military invasion that, according to the UN rapporteur of the UN Human righs council and various human rights organisations, was in breach of international law and international humanitarian law

The international non-proliferation policy in the region is not believable if the arsenal of Israel is not taken into account, and if there is military cooperation agreed between Israel and NATO.

The Israel government and military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.

Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.

Photo: www.indymedia.be

My parents were of the resistance
They were also said to be terrorists
Peace March Brussels 18 March 2007
The 'war against terrorism' waged by the US and allies, and the related political position of 'enforced democratisation' is not only politically unacceptable, but has also further destabilised the Middle East.
In Iraq, the illegal invasion and occupation has caused hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. The country is further than ever from peace, prosperity and democracy.
In the Palestinian territories, the situation is deteriorating further, as a result of the US and European boycott of the democratically elected government.
The civilian population has been the biggest victim of the Israeli military agression, and the international economic sanctions
Lebanon has been heavily affected by the Israeli military invasion that, according to the UN rapporteur of the UN Human righs council and various human rights organisations, was in breach of international law and international humanitarian law
The international non-proliferation policy in the region is not believable if the arsenal of Israel is not taken into account, and if there is military cooperation agreed between Israel and NATO.
The Israel government and military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.
More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.
Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.
Photo: www.indymedia.be
 
Bush — you are accountable

Peace March Brussels, 18 March 2007

The 'war against terrorism' waged by the US and allies, and the related political position of 'enforced democratisation' is not only politically unacceptable, but has also further destabilised the Middle East.

In Iraq, the illegal invasion and occupation has caused hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. The country is further than ever from peace, prosperity and democracy.

In the Palestinian territories, the situation is deteriorating further, as a result of the US and European boycott of the democratically elected government.

The civilian population has been the biggest victim of the Israeli military agression, and the international economic sanctions

Lebanon has been heavily affected by the Israeli military invasion that, according to the UN rapporteur of the UN Human righs council and various human rights organisations, was in breach of international law and international humanitarian law

The international non-proliferation policy in the region is not believable if the arsenal of Israel is not taken into account, and if there is military cooperation agreed between Israel and NATO.

Photo: www.indymedia.be

Bush — you are accountable.
Peace March Brussels 18 March 2007
The 'war against terrorism' waged by the US and allies, and the related political position of 'enforced democratisation' is not only politically unacceptable, but has also further destabilised the Middle East.
In Iraq, the illegal invasion and occupation has caused hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. The country is further than ever from peace, prosperity and democracy.
In the Palestinian territories, the situation is deteriorating further, as a result of the US and European boycott of the democratically elected government.
The civilian population has been the biggest victim of the Israeli military agression, and the international economic sanctions
Lebanon has been heavily affected by the Israeli military invasion that, according to the UN rapporteur of the UN Human righs council and various human rights organisations, was in breach of international law and international humanitarian law
The international non-proliferation policy in the region is not believable if the arsenal of Israel is not taken into account, and if there is military cooperation agreed between Israel and NATO.
The Israel government and military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.
More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.
Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.
Photo: www.indymedia.be
April 6, 2007
The Pro-Israel Bias of NPR
Scott Simon, Madeline Albright and Spin
By FELICE PACE
S cott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend edition Saturday, has done it again! He has managed to do yet another NPR News interview focused on the situation in the Middle East in which he completely ignores the central influence of the Palestinian People's plight.
This time (3/31) it was an interview with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
Ms. Albright was obviously there to articulate the Democratic Party's foreign policy positions.
Simon asked first about Iraq then moved on to the recent speech King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia delivered at the Arab League Summit.
He focused on Abdullah's criticism of Arab leaders for letting others define reality on the ground in Arab countries.
But Simon spoke as if that comment was focused only on Iraq.
Saudi King spent two paragraphs on Palestine and 2 lines on Iraq
Actually the Saudi King listed 5 examples (in order) Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan and Somalia; Abdullah spent two paragraphs on Palestine and 2 lines on Iraq (see the text of Abdullah's speech).
Death was US
taxpayer supplied
and paid
Albright — like Simon — has Zionist wax in her ears
Albright went right along with Simon.
While admitting that "clearly there is something that's a burr under the saddles of the Saudis" and noting that Iraq was "part of it" she professed to know nothing more about what is bothering the "hard to read" Saudis.
But King Abdullah, who is prime minister as well as king, has been clear and direct.
Albright — like Simon — has Zionist wax in her ears.
Mr. Simon then moved on to Iran and the nuclear issue.
Once again, however, there was no mention of the role the military debacle Israeli Defense Forces suffered in Southern Lebanon or Israel's oppression of the Palestinians play in empowering Iran's hard liners.
Again Ms. Albright colluded with Simon.
While she sympathized with Iran feeling "surrounded" by nukes she failing to mention that Israel's possession of nukes is also a key to nuclear ambitions in Iran and throughout the region.
These omissions are particularly noteworthy in a week which saw the UN Security Council reiterate its call for a nuclear free Middle East within the very resolution that imposed new sanctions on Iran for its nuclear programs.
Bilin ongoing protest against US Israel stealing of land
It appears clear that content areas and content limitations for this interview were negotiated in advance.
Or it could be that Simon and Albright have so internalized Zionist prohibitions on discourse that no overt agreements were necessary.
For the Democratic Party as for NPR it is forbidden to discuss Palestine-Israel in the same interview as one discusses Iraq, Iran or the Middle East in general.
— Critical aspects of US foreign policy
It is Zionist control of American Mainstream Media and American Politicians that explains the passion with which King Abdullah attacked American Middle East policy last week.
Arab leaders, like the vast majority of Arab citizens, understand that this self-censorship reflects the power exercised by American Zionists who remain firmly in control of American public discourse concerning the Middle East.
US relations with Arab societies and governments will remain troubled so long as the American Zionists remain in control of US Middle East policy.
As Madeline Albright demonstrated on NPR, the Democratic Party offers no alternative in this regard.
What Arab leaders and their citizens want is an American Administration capable of serving as an honest broker in the Middle East.
This can not happen so long as Zionists continue to control critical aspects of US foreign policy.
Folly and peril inherent in American Zionist Project
The question for those who recognize the folly and peril inherent in the American Zionist Project is how to end its control of US Middle East policy.
It appears clear that we must engage Zionism on its own ground.
While this includes electoral politics, control of public discourse is critical.
If it is exposed to the light of public scrutiny Zionist control of politics and policy will erode and ultimately fail.
And so those who would change US Middle East policy have embraced Independent Media and creative public actions as means to educate and awaken US public opinion.
But this, I believe, is not sufficient.
We must also train ourselves to recognize mass media self-censorship and to challenge it wherever and whenever it arises.
When making a donation to ones local NPR affiliate....
NPR in general and Scott Simon in particular are examples.
Whenever Mr. Simon fails, through either omission or commission, to follow the principles of good journalism in his reporting on the Middle East he must be taken to task through comments to NPR, articles in publications like "Counterpunch" and, for example, when making a donation to ones local NPR affiliate.
The edifice of American Zionism was not constructed in a day or a year.
Consequently, those of us who would dismantle it must dedicate ourselves to a campaign of "endless pressure endlessly applied."
This is the manner in which Zionist power rose in America in the post-war era and this is essential if we are to end its hegemony with respect to US Middle East policy.
Comments in bold — Kewe — TheWE.cc
 
King began challenging the nation’s fundamental priorities
 
Published on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 by CommonDreams.org
The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV
by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon
It’s become a TV ritual: Every year on April 4, as Americans commemorate Martin Luther King’s death, we get perfunctory network news reports about “the slain civil rights leader.”
The remarkable thing about these reviews of King’s life is that several years — his last years — are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.
What TV viewers see is a closed loop of familiar file footage: King battling desegregation in Birmingham (1963); reciting his dream of racial harmony at the rally in Washington (1963); marching for voting rights in Selma, Alabama (1965); and finally, lying dead on the motel balcony in Memphis (1968).
An alert viewer might notice that the chronology jumps from 1965 to 1968.
Yet King didn’t take a sabbatical near the end of his life.   In fact, he was speaking and organizing as diligently as ever.
Almost all of those speeches were filmed or taped.
But they’re not shown today on TV.
Why?
It’s because national news media have never come to terms with what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for during his final years.
Aida Refugee Camp
Palestine
In the early 1960s, when King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South, most major media were his allies.
Network TV and national publications graphically showed the police dogs and bullwhips and cattle prods used against Southern blacks who sought the right to vote or to eat at a public lunch counter.
But after passage of civil rights acts in 1964 and 1965, King began challenging the nation’s fundamental priorities.
He maintained that civil rights laws were empty without “human rights” — including economic rights.
For people too poor to eat at a restaurant or afford a decent home, King said, anti-discrimination laws were hollow.
Noting that a majority of Americans below the poverty line were white, King developed a class perspective.
An edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring
He decried the huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for “radical changes in the structure of our society” to redistribute wealth and power.
“True compassion,” King declared, “is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
By 1967, King had also become the country’s most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic.
In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before he was murdered — King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
(Full text/audio here. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2564.htm)
Changsha, central China's Hunan province
From Vietnam to South Africa to Latin America, King said, the U.S. was “on the wrong side of a world revolution.”
King questioned “our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America,” and asked why the U.S. was suppressing revolutions “of the shirtless and barefoot people” in the Third World, instead of supporting them.
In foreign policy, King also offered an economic critique, complaining about “capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries.”
You haven’t heard the “Beyond Vietnam” speech on network news retrospectives, but national media heard it loud and clear back in 1967 — and loudly denounced it.
Reader’s Digest warned of an “insurrection”
Time magazine called it “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi.”
The Washington Post patronized that “King has diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people.”
In his last months, King was organizing the most militant project of his life: the Poor People’s Campaign.
He crisscrossed the country to assemble “a multiracial army of the poor” that would descend on Washington — engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience at the Capitol, if need be — until Congress enacted a poor people’s bill of rights.
Reader’s Digest warned of an “insurrection.”
Peretz, Israel Minister of 'Defense' (sic)
Responsible for deaths of 1000 Lebanese, thousands injured.
Dropped massive amounts of cluster bombs still killing injuring
Ongoing killing and injuring of Palestinians
Congress hostility to the poor
King’s economic bill of rights called for massive government jobs programs to rebuild America’s cities.
He saw a crying need to confront a Congress that had demonstrated its “hostility to the poor” — appropriating “military funds with alacrity and generosity,” but providing “poverty funds with miserliness.”
How familiar that sounds today, nearly 40 years after King’s efforts on behalf of the poor people’s mobilization were cut short by an assassin’s bullet.
In 2007, in this nation of immense wealth, the White House and most in Congress continue to accept the perpetuation of poverty.
They fund foreign wars with “alacrity and generosity,” while being miserly in dispensing funds for education and healthcare and environmental cleanup.
And those priorities are largely unquestioned by mainstream media.
No surprise that they tell us so little about the last years of Martin Luther King’s life.
 
 
 
 



Earth, a planet
hungry for peace

(IPC, 7/4/04)
The Israeli apartheid (land grab) wall
around Palestinian population centers.
The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank, like a Python (Alquds, 1/25/03.
Too Much Criminality, Too Little Time!
By Jim Kirwan
Al-Jazeerah, April 3, 2007
FLASH: Stop the War!
Which Congress can do anytime it wants, without impeachment, and without stopping funds.
Congress, by the powers granted in the Constitution, declares wars, and also has the power to declare when those wars are over.
So, Congress can declare “the war and the US occupation of Iraq are over, and the president shall remove US forces from that country.”
Beyond the war, this Congress needs to Question a number of things, on the record, and in public: if the nation is to pull back from the brink of total annihilation.
With so long an absence, between the traditional role of Congress and the newly subordinate role that two successive Congresses have taken, in the last six years, in their constitutional non-oversight of the executive: for the alleged government of the US.
The decider has forgotten how American government is supposed to function. Bush needs a wake-up call. In fact he needs several!
He is not a Monarch or a King, nor is he a legitimate dictator; he is a self-proclaimed Absolute Ruler (in his mind) over all that he surveys.
The constitutional role of the Congress is to challenge this creature whenever he exceeds whatever real authority that the office supposedly gives him.
In his recent statements: filled with sophomoric rhetoric about “show-trials” and “witch-hunts,” intermixed with “fishing-expeditions” and a lot of other dated stuff that has nothing to do with the substance not-being demanded, by the Congress in this sordid affair: Bush is apparently planning on returning to the Nixon-Watergate years when such language was current, but totally ineffective.
Gonzales
The decider also needs to explain what he did on 911 and why he did not follow secret service protocol on that day when he was supposedly told of the attacks, in the Florida grade school.
Why did he disappear, and why did Air Force One not have its escorting fighters until the plane was over an hour out of Florida — that’s a violation of military protocol for protecting the president, especially if the nation has just been attacked?
In the matter of Alberto Gonzales, the current Attorney General, who wrote the torture memos and fired the eight US Attorneys, before he and Bush could be implicated in a pending prosecution for possible criminal behavior.
That charge is serious enough, but it’s made even more mysterious by this:
“In DOJ documents that were publicly posted by the House Judiciary Committee, there is a gap from mid-November to early December in e-mails and other memos, which was a critical period as the White House and Justice Department reviewed, then approved, which U.S. attorneys would be fired while also developing a political and communications strategy for countering any fallout from the firings.”
This speaks to possible Obstruction of Justice, and is not something that “honorable public figures” engage in. Everyone connected with this affair needs to be sworn, and must testify publicly, if there is to be any credibility left in this government.
Pelosi
In the matter of the Speaker of the House of Representatives: Nancy Pelosi has just sold out the American public, by making a deal with AIPAC that savaged any chance to separate the Congress from the illegal and unilateral war in Iraq, and the coming invasion of Iran.
Her decision flies in the face of the Congress and the people, and should damn her in the eyes of the world, for capitulation and collusion with Bush & Israel.
If and when Iran is attacked, Nancy Pelosi will forever bear the blood-stains of all that shall die there. . .
Pelosi sold out the American public
“When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies in the Democratic leadership initially accepted that spending legislation designed to outline an Iraq exit strategy that should have also included a provision barring the president from attacking Iran without Congressional approval: they opened up a monumental discussion about presidential war powers.
As such, the decision by Pelosi and her allies to rewrite their Iraq legislation to exclude the statement, regarding the need for Congressional approval of any military assault on Iran sends the worst possible signal to the White House.
It is not too much to suggest that Pelosi's disastrous misstep could haunt her and the Congress for years to come.
Here's how the speaker messed up:
Man embraces his friend going into a shock after losing leg
“The Democratic proposal for a timeline to withdraw troops from Iraq included a provision that would have required President Bush to seek Congressional approval before using military force in Iran.
It was an entirely appropriate piece of the Iraq proposal, as the past experiences of U.S. involvement in southeast Asia and Latin America have well illustrated that when wars bleed across borders it becomes significantly more difficult to end them.
Under pressure from some conservative members of her caucus, and from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and from lobbyists associated with neoconservative groupings that want war with Iran, Pelosi agreed on Monday to strip the Iran provision from the spending bill that has become the House leadership's primary vehicle for challenging the administration's policies in the region.”(1)
Cheney
In the matter of the Vice-President of the United States:
Dick Cheney has secretly created an entirely separate government under his sole direction, outside the organizational charts of the government of this country.
He will not answer any questions concerning who he has employed or in what capacities these people might be working.
He has an entirely separate intelligence organization that reports only to him.
It is rumored that he has a shadow version of the Department of State, and that he has ‘people’ within the Bush cabal that keep him abreast of developments, in order to facilitate secret contracts and other perks for his people, who do not necessarily represent the best interests of this country or its people.
To date Mr. Cheney has overseen the development and implementation of US Energy policy for the United States, yet he has refused all attempts to reveal who he consulted with, to create these key policies.
Oil companies are now reaping record profits that have shattered all previous profits ever reported; not just by one but by any group of corporations. (2)
9/11
However perhaps the most serious potential charge against Cheney has to do with his role in the 911 attacks.
He has said that he was in his office overseeing several war games with the US Military on that September morning.
Cheney is not a trained military officer, and as Vice-President he has never had any official military role to perform, in government.
Yet on 911 Cheney was directing the war games that were identical to the actual events that played out in New York City on that day, and during that exact same time frame.
51 Iraqis Killed
6 US Soldiers
One British Soldier
The tapes made for the war-games had to pre-date 911 by several months — and they had to come to the Northeast Air Corridor from NORAD headquarters command. Congress needs to subpoena the Vice-President and the Commander of NORAD to appear before Congress in Open Session — in order to explain this to the nation, and their parts in what happened to those fighter-interceptors that never appeared on 911.
Dick Cheney needs to be Impeached—NOW!
Corrupted White House, including charges against Pelosi and Dick Cheney.
Justice system itself.
Unfinished business of 911
Katrina
Blackwater
It might seem like a great deal to ask of congress—but it’s been six long years since any oversight functions were exercised: so there’s a huge backlog.
But there is no more important business for this Congress to attend to now, than the issues surrounding war and peace, including charges against Pelosi and Dick Cheney.
There is also the grave and potential corruption within the Justice System; not to mention the unfinished business of 911, Katrina & Blackwater in New Orleans, along with the missing funds from the Bush-wars that could almost bring this nation back to solvency; if that money and the other misplaced or misspent funds allocated to those who hold the secret no-bid contracts, could ever be located.
Congress should not waste time over the posturing of the corrupted White House, or its beaten and besieged occupants.
US military raid
Congress should caucus and then begin to line up the witness lists, and begin issuing subpoena’s for “all the president’s men and women” who have each played a part in the obscene theft and perversion of this nation.
If Congress can’t or won’t do the job, then the public will have to decide what to do with them, because they really have no other job than protecting the Constitution, which they failed to do in 1871, and now they’re failing again to even slow the rot that is consuming what’s left of the United States.
This may look like an impossible task, but if the Congress goes forward immediately, they might find that the public is not nearly as disinterested in these proceedings as it might now appear to be.
Depending on both the depth of the investigations and the outcomes, there might actually be a resurgence in the public’s view, as to what it might be possible to save.
Of this once proud nation. . .
1) John Nichols: Pelosi, Dems stumble badly on Iran:
http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/column/index.php?ntid=123667&ntpid=3 
2_ Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Private Mercenary Army
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/20/1337226
 
 
 
US black budget special operations created sectarian violence
Makeshift home at place destroyed in the US bombing at the start of the invasion in 2003
All black budget operations funded by U.S. taxpayer
US black budget special operations — continuing in Iraq
March 21, 2007
Bomb rips through Kia passenger bus in Baghdad, as mysterious bombings increase.
Russian expert cites US special services as source of sectarian tension in Iraq.
In a dispatch posted at 1:20pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a bus carrying civilian passengers exploded in the Baghdad district of al-Karradah according to an announcement by the puppet police.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported the source as saying that a bomb went off in a Kia vehicle in a shopping center near the al-Karrahda area, which is predominantly Shi‘i.
The source said that two people were killed and four more wounded.
The injured were ambulanced to nearby hospitals.
The bombing was one of a growing number of mysterious attacks that have rocked Baghdad on a daily basis, killing or wounding thousands of Iraqis amidst claims that regional powers are attempting to keep sectarian violence raging in the country.
Since no groups of the Resistance take responsibility for the mysterious blasts, suspicions are widely expressed that intelligence services are behind the bombing campaign.
Russian geostrategic expert Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov alluded to precisely this reality in an interview with the RIA-Novosti Press Agency correspondents Valery Yarmolenko and Zalina Tsopanova on Monday.
Ivashov, who is Vice-President of Russia’s Academy of Geopolitical Problems, reviewed America’s military and political defeat in Iraq and noted the failure of US troops to counter the guerrilla movement, despite America’s advanced technological edge and the primitive armament of the Resistance.
Ivashov remarked that, “the only thing that is working is not being done by the US troops but by their special services, namely to organize fighting between Shi‘ah and Sunnis.”
Mysterious car bomb explodes in Baghdad.
In a dispatch posted at 1:11pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier a car bomb that had been parked by the side of a road in Baghdad blew up near the ash-Shaykh ‘Umar puppet police station, inflicting numerous civilian casualties.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the explosion killed or wounded 22.
The blast was also positioned close to an elementary school.
All the injured were taken to nearby al-Kindi Hospital as puppet police cordoned off the area.
 
More reports of US special operations planting ' suicide ' bombs in cars
March 18, 2007
www.uruknet.de and www.roadstoiraq.com
First reported in English by www.roadstoiraq.com
An American sniper on the roof of one the buildings in Ahdamiya neighborhood opened fire on a small bus, the bullet caused the burning of the bus.
The passengers who were traveling with the bus [a family] and the driver, miraculously managed to escape the fire.
He got suspicious because the Americans call him ask if he is already in the market
Iraqirabita tell a story about an Iraq interpreter working in an American military base was sent to the city by his bosses to by computer hardware, he took the car but he stopped by friends.
He got suspicious because the Americans call him every now and then asking him if he already in the market, he parked the car in the middle of nowhere and answered yes, few minutes after that the car exploded. The guy left the country after that to Turkey.
To see the Iraqirabita article in Arabic,
click here
For more information in English on American black budget special operations money being used to set up so called suicide bombing, TheWE.cc reproduces the following from its archives — below.
Sick strategies for senseless slaughter
The cat is out of the bag now
by John Kaminski
The first hint came in Imad Khadduri's "A warning to car drivers" written in Arabic and posted on www.albasrah.net on May 11 (See. http://globalresearch.ca/articles/KHA505A.html ).
The dispatch was quickly picked up by two of the most realistic and reliable news sites on the Web, www.uruknet.info , which I try to read every day, and www.globalresearch.ca , which I try to read every week, since it offers less breaking and more analytical news.
Clear window who is perpetrating this inexplicable violence
Khadduri recounted a scam that opens up a clear window to seeing who is perpetrating all this inexplicable violence in Iraq.
Beyond the American attempt to pacify an outraged and abused nation through demonic destruction, and beyond the Iraqi attempt to resist this totalitarian takeover by a foreign conqueror, there are more than numerous acts of violence that simply can't be understood by straightforward explanations.
I mean, when a mosque blows up and Americans blame Islamic terrorists, whether Sunni or Shiite, it makes no sense.
Muslims never blow up their own houses of worship.
Or when reporters sympathetic to either the Iraqi cause of freedom, or even just general principles of international justice, are suddenly assassinated and the blame is placed on often imaginary Islamic extremists whose perspective is supported by these writers, how can anyone believe that Muslims did it, even thought this is what the Zionist American press and government continue to insist.
So who's doing all these demented deeds?
As if we didn't know ...
Khadduri's report went like this:
Told him to report to an American military camp
"A few days ago, an American manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license.
The next day, the driver did visit the camp and he was allowed in the camp with his car.
He was admitted to a room for an interrogation that lasted half an hour.
At the end of the session, the American interrogator told him:
'OK, there is nothing against you, but you do know that Iraq is now sovereign and is in charge of its own affairs.
Hence, we have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing.
Therefore, go there with this clearance to reclaim your license.
At the police station, ask for Lt. Hussain Mohammed, who is waiting for you now.
Go there now quickly, before he leaves his shift work".
(http://globalresearch.ca/articles/KHA505A.html )
The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him.
He stopped the car and inspected it carefully.
He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.
The only feasible explanation for this incident is that the car was indeed booby trapped by the Americans and intended for the al-Khadimiya Shiite district of Baghdad.
The helicopter was monitoring his movement and witnessing the anticipated "hideous attack by foreign elements".
She recounts:
"The last two weeks have been violent .... The number of explosions in Baghdad alone is frightening.
There have also been several assassinations — bodies being found here and there.
It's somewhat disturbing to know that corpses are turning up in the most unexpected places.
Many people will tell you its not wise to eat river fish anymore because they have been nourished on the human remains being dumped into the river.
That thought alone has given me more than one sleepless night.
It is almost as if Baghdad has turned into a giant graveyard.
The latest corpses were those of some Sunni and Shia clerics — several of them well-known.
People are being patient and there is a general consensus that these killings are being done to provoke civil war.
Also worrisome is the fact that we are hearing of people being rounded up by security forces (Iraqi) and then being found dead days later — apparently when the new Iraqi government recently decided to reinstate the death penalty, they had something else in mind.
One of the larger blasts was in an area called Ma'moun, which is a middle class area located in west Baghdad.
It's a relatively calm residential area with shops that provide the basics and bit more.
It happened in the morning, as the shops were opening up for their daily business and it occurred right in front of a butcher's shop.
Immediately after, we heard that a man living in a house in front of the blast site was hauled off by the Americans because it was said that after the bomb went off, he sniped an Iraqi National Guardsman.
I didn't think much about the story — nothing about it stood out: an explosion and a sniper — hardly an anomaly.
The interesting news started circulating a couple of days later.
Man taken away because he knew too much
People from the area claim that the man was taken away not because he shot anyone, but because he knew too much about the bomb.
Rumor has it that he saw an American patrol passing through the area and pausing at the bomb site minutes before the explosion.
Soon after they drove away, the bomb went off and chaos ensued.
He ran out of his house screaming to the neighbors and bystanders that the Americans had either planted the bomb or seen the bomb and done nothing about it.
He was promptly taken away.
The bombs are mysterious.
Some of them explode in the midst of National Guard and near American troops or Iraqi Police and others explode near mosques, churches, and shops or in the middle of sougs.
One thing that surprises us about the news reports of these bombs is that they are inevitably linked to suicide bombers.
The reality is that some of these bombs are not suicide bombs — they are car bombs that are either being remotely detonated or maybe time bombs.
All we know is that the techniques differ and apparently so do the intentions.
Some will tell you they are resistance.
Some say Chalabi and his thugs are responsible for a number of them.
Others blame Iran and the SCIRI militia Badir.
In any case, they are terrifying.
If you're close enough, the first sound is a that of an earsplitting blast and the sounds that follow are of a rain of glass, shrapnel and other sharp things.
Then the wails begin — the shrill mechanical wails of an occasional ambulance combined with the wail of car alarms from neighboring vehicles and finally the wail of people trying to sort out their dead and dying from the debris.
U.S. army
Stryker vehicles
Then there was this one.
On May 13, 2005, a 64 years old Iraqi farmer, Haj Haidar Abu Sijjad, took his tomato load in his pickup truck from Hilla to Baghdad, accompanied by Ali, his 11 years old grandson.
Stopped at an American check point
They were stopped at an American check point and were asked to dismount.
An American soldier climbed on the back of the pickup truck, followed by another a few minutes later, and thoroughly inspected the tomato filled plastic containers for about 10 minutes.
Haj Haidar and his grandson were then allowed to proceed to Baghdad.
A minute later, his grandson told him that he saw one of the American soldiers putting a grey melon size object in the back among the tomato containers.
The Haj immediately slammed on the brakes and stopped the car at the side of the road, at a relatively far distance from the check point.
He found a time bomb with the clock ticking tucked among his tomatoes.
He immediately recognized it, as he was an ex-army soldier.
Panicking, he grabbed his grandson and ran away from the car.
Then, realizing that the car was his only means of work, he went back, took the bomb and carried it in fear.
He threw it in a deep ditch by the side of the road that was dug by Iraqi soldiers in preparation for the war, two years ago.
Upon returning from Baghdad, he found out that the bomb had indeed exploded, killing three sheep and injuring their shepherd in his head.
He thanked God for giving him the courage to go back and remove the bomb, and for the luck in that the American soldiers did not notice his sudden stop at a distance and his getting rid of the bomb.
"They intended it to explode in Baghdad and claim that it is the work of the 'terrorists', or 'insurgents' or who call themselves the 'Resistance'.
Taint the Resistance
I decided to expose them and asked your reporter to take me to Baghdad to tell you the story.
They are to be exposed as they now want to sow strife in Iraq and taint the Resistance after failing to defeat it militarily.
Do not forget to mention my name. I fear nobody but God, as I am a follower of Muqtada al-Sadir." http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/
Rumsefeld — Satanic shenanigans
The background and admission of guilt for such satanic shenanigans was clearly outlined in Frank Morales' piece on globalresearch.ca: "The Provocateur State: Is the CIA Behind the Iraqi 'Insurgents' — and Global Terrorism," by Frank Morales clearly demonstrates how Donald Rumsfeld said he was going to do exactly what these three sorry episodes show he actually did.
Morales writes:
Back in 2002, following the trauma of 9-11, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted there would be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large.
How could he be so sure of that?
Perhaps because these attacks would be instigated on the order of the Honorable Mr. Rumsfeld.
According to Los Angeles Times military analyst William Arkin, writing Oct. 27, 2002, Rumsfeld set out to create a secret army, "a super-Intelligence Support Activity" network that would "bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception," to stir the pot of spiraling global violence.
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MOR505A.html
We never got the full story on those ghastly beheadings of Nick Berg and others.
Nor have we ever understood who killed the American mercenaries in Fallujah that eventually precipitated one of the great slaughters in history.
Nor have we ever been able to discern if Abu Musab al-Zarqawi s actually a real person or just another bin Ladenesque boogeyman.
Nor if the al-Qaeda website which claims responsibility for various atrocities is not really run by the CIA.
Sinister genocide the Israelis continue to perpetrate
Provoking this type of violence also further conceals the sinister genocide the Israelis continue to perpetrate on the hapless Palestinians, which is exactly its point, as is the entire Iraq invasion and destruction, and as was the inside job mass murder on 9/11 in New York City.
The purpose of all these despicable acts is to conceal what the Israelis and the Americans have been doing all along to the entire Arab world, namely enslaving and destroying it.
There is not now nor ever was an Arab terror threat.
That was all invented by Rothschild, Rockefeller, Kissinger, Brzezinski, Bush, Cheney, Sharon, Zakheim, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abrams and Warren Buffett.
These people are all traitors to not only their countries but to humanity in general, and should all be slammed and RICOed into Guantanamo immediately.
And so should the government officials, media lackeys, and ordinary citizens who, by their complicity or their ignorance, support them.
Deliberate provocations to prevent peace
The main point in understanding these deliberate provocations to prevent peace is to understand how the American capitalist system, now hijacked by billionaires with no trace of conscience, thrives on war and profits from the misery of others.
The neocon murder menace has been for months ratcheting up the hyperbole about why we need to invade Iran — which some predict will happen in June — and just this week, rumors of troop movements in the Caribbean and lockdowns at Florida military bases appear to augur an imminent invasion of oil-producing Venezuela.
The overall plan is to create hell on Earth, and we are succeeding.
By our silent complicity and cowardly reluctance to oppose and stop this homicidal behavior in the name of profit, we are all accessories to mass murder and the destruction of human society, not to even mention the extinction of individual human freedom and the God-given right to be safe and secure in the homes of our choice.
So now that you know, what are you going to do about it?
You know if you do nothing, these same things will one day happen to you.
  uruknet.info
  اوروكنت.إنفو
    informazione dall'iraq occupato
information from occupied iraq
أخبار منالعراق المحتلة
How Palestine became “Israel’s Land”
Sonja Karkar, Women for Palestine
They were there when the Israelites invaded the land, occupied it, and held it intermittently as wave after wave of other conquerors came and went
For Palestinians, theirs is not the land of conquest, but the land of their roots going back to time immemorial.
Such a lineage does not rely on a biblical promise like the Jewish claim that God promised the land to Abraham and his descendants, and is therefore, the historical site of the Jewish kingdom of Israel.
It belongs to the people of Palestine by the simple fact of their continuous residence repeated through birth and possession going back to the earliest Canaanites and even those people living there before recorded history.
They were there when the Israelites invaded the land, occupied it, and held it intermittently as wave after wave of other conquerors came and went, and they were still there when the Romans put an end to Jewish Palestine by destroying Jerusalem in 135AD.
If a religious basis is sought, then the Palestinians can lay claim to being the descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael who is regarded the forefather of the Arabs.
But actually, Palestinian rights are enshrined in the universally accepted principle that land belongs to its indigenous inhabitants.
Thus, the modern day struggle for this land by European Jewish immigrants who have no connection with Palestine other than through their religion is a colonial enterprise that seeks sovereignty for an "external Jewish population" to the exclusion of the indigenous Palestinians who, regardless of faith — Jewish, Christian or Muslim — have lived together for centuries.
State of Israel created in violation of very resolution which Israelis now look to as giving them sovereignty
Although eager to accept the UN Partition Plan of 1947 which recommended that 56% of the land be set aside for a Jewish State, 42% for an Arab state and 2% for an internationalised Jerusalem and its surrounds, the world has not said a word about the land that was seized by Zionist terrorists before the State of Israel was proclaimed on 14 May 1948.
Through a series of shocking massacres, the territory assigned to the Jews suddenly became 77% resulting in more than 750,000 Palestinians being forcibly expelled and dispossessed of their homes, personal property and their homeland.
The Jewish State then came into being without waiting for the United Nations Commission — prescribed in the Partition resolution — to hand authority progressively over to the Jewish and Arab leaders for their respective states.
And after the 1948 war, Israel declared Jerusalem its capital in contravention of its internationally-recognised status of corpus separatum – a status that is still recognised.
Effectively, the new state of Israel was not only created in violation of, it continued to violate, the very resolution which Israelis now look to as giving them sovereignty.
The Arab state imposed by the UN Partition Plan without consultation and in contradiction to the UN charter — which should have upheld the majority indigenous Palestinians’ right to self-determination — has since been deliberately and methodically whittled away by Israel, leaving nothing but isolated non-contiguous parcels of land to some 4 million Palestinians.
Land Day
Around 170,000 Palestinians remained in what became Israel, the largest number of whom resided in the Galilee area, originally a designated part of the Arab state under the Partition Plan.
These Palestinians also became the victims of Israel’s land grab policy.
Over 438,000 acres, which was more than the total Jewish land holdings at the time, were confiscated and a further 400,000 acres were marked for confiscation.
After Israel won the 1967 war, the total territory of Palestine came under Israel’s rule.
It annexed East Jerusalem, despite the Holy City’s internationally recognised status and began implementing its Jewish settlement program with a vengeance.
The Palestinians in Israel were increasingly aware of their precarious position politically and declared a national strike, known as "Land Day" on 30 March 1976 against Israel’s continuing ruthless land expropriation.
An affinity was quickly felt between Palestinians everywhere and "Land Day" was adopted as a sort of national Palestinian day which is commemorated by Palestinians and their supporters around the world each year.
This awakening of national consciousness had an unequivocal political message: end the occupation and allow self-determination of the Palestinians in a sovereign state living in peace side by side with Israel.
Thirty-one years later, the message is till resonating, but the Palestinians are further away from seeing a solution than ever before.
Daily, Israel is taking a bit of land here and a bit of land there, to make all of Palestine "Israel’s Land".
The problem then will be, what to do with 5 million Palestinians with no land?
There are only a few possible, but criminal solutions — transfer, collective imprisonment, apartheid, and/or ethnic cleansing.
Alternatively, Israel can disengage from the West Bank to the 1967 borders or agree on a single, democratic state for all.
Without a just solution, the struggle for Palestine’s land will continue.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Published on Friday, March 30, 2007 by Inter Press Service
Fate of Five Detained Iranians Unknown
by Khody Akhavi
WASHINGTON — As the Western media turns its attention to the fate of 15 Britons detained for allegedly trespassing into Iranian waters over the weekend, the status of five Iranian officials captured in a U.S. military raid on a liaison office in northern Iraq on Jan. 11 remains a mystery.
Even though high-level Iraqi officials have publicly called for their release, for all practical purposes, the Iranians have disappeared into the U.S.-sanctioned “coalition detention” system that has been criticized as arbitrary and even illegal by many experts on international law.
Hours before President George W. Bush declared that they would “seek out and destroy the [Iranian] networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq,” U.S. forces raided what has been described as a diplomatic liaison office in the northern city of Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and detained six Iranians, infuriating Kurdish officials in the process.
The troops took office files and computers, ostensibly to find evidence regarding the alleged role of Iranian agents in anti-coalition attacks and sectarian violence in Iraq. One diplomat was released, but the other five men remain in U.S. custody and have not been formally charged with a crime.
“They have disappeared. I don’t know if they’ve gone into the enemy combatant system,” said Gary Sick, an Iran expert at Columbia University who served in the White House under former President Jimmy Carter.
“Nobody on the outside knows.”
A spokesman for the Multinational Forces Iraq (MFI), Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, told IPS this week from his office in Baghdad, “They are still in ‘coalition detention’ in accordance with the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1546, 1637 and 1723.”
He provided no further information regarding their status or treatment.
The resolutions endorse the transitional government of Iraq and extend the mandate of the U.S.-led coalition force into 2007.
The continued detention of the Iranians has escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran and may even have set the stage for the seizure by Iranian forces of 15 British sailors and marines who allegedly crossed into Iranian waters over the weekend.
“The Iranian group in Iraq was arrested by American forces, and we have been asking continuously for their release,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh this week, “but this is something different from the British sailors.”
A State Department official with knowledge of the situation said the Iranians were informed of the status of the diplomats after their detention through the Swiss government, which represents U.S. interests in Iran in the absence of any U.S. diplomatic presence.
He referred all additional questions to MFI in Baghdad.
Washington severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 1979, after Iranian students sympathetic to the Islamic Revolution took 52 staffers hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
We condemn aggressive force
During this month’s regional meeting in Baghdad in which U.S. officials also participated, the Iranian delegation requested the release of the five men, according to a State Department spokeswoman.
In response, the Iraqi government asked the U.S.-led coalition to investigate the circumstances involving their detention, she told IPS, adding that “the investigation is not complete, and we don’t comment publicly with respect to ongoing investigations.”
The U.N. Security Council resolution that officially marked the end of the U.S. occupation and transferred sovereignty to the Iraqi government retains the U.S. military’s right to implement “security detentions”.
However, any such detentions should be subject to Iraqi law, according to Scott Horton, who teaches international law at Columbia University School of Law.
Iranians being held unlawfully
“The Iranians who are being held as ’security detainees’ are not being charged with anything, and so are being held unlawfully,” he told IPS.
Under Iraqi law, detainees identified as insurgents who are “actively engaged in hostilities” — those implicated in attacks on coalition forces and innocent Iraqi civilians — are supposed to be charged in civilian courts.
They may be held up to 14 days before being brought before a magistrate and either charged with a crime or released.
In order to hold detainees longer without charging them, detention authorities must provide justification for doing so, according to Horton.
That such requirements appear to be systematically ignored by U.S. forces not only in Iraq, but also in Afghanistan and the broader “war on terror”, has fueled criticism of Washington’s detention policies and practices by human rights groups and legal experts around the world.
“The U.S. hasn’t articulated the legal grounds under which it detains ‘combatants’,” said John Sifton, a researcher with Human Rights Watch.
“They regularly conflate criminal terrorism, innocent civilians, and real combatants on the ground, and throw them all into the same pot.”
“The vagueness of the war on terror has supplied the soil under which all this has flourished,” said Sifton.
U.S. detention camps in Iraq currently hold more than 15,000 prisoners, most of whom, like the Iranians, have been held without charge or access to tribunals for months, even years, in some cases, according to a recent New York Times investigative report.
Exercise of raw power by U.S
“It’s an exercise of raw power by the U.S. that’s not backed by any legal justification,” said Horton.
“Legally, it doesn’t pass the ‘ha ha’ test.”
The U.N. secretary-general’s office has not commented on the detained Iranians or Iran’s detention of the 15 British sailors, describing both incidents as “disputes between individual states”.
“We’ve left it to the respective countries to work it out among themselves,” said Farhan Haq, a U.N. spokesman.
“Ultimately it’s up to Security Council members themselves to determine how its resolutions get implemented.”
The legal fate of the captured Iranians turns in part on the issue of whether the two-story building in Arbil that was the target of the Jan. 11 raid was, as Iran claims, an official consulate, in which case its premises and staff are entitled to diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention, or rather a liaison office, as U.S. officials contend, which would not be entitled to the same protections.
Both Iran and the Kurdish regional government have agreed that consular activities — such as the issuance of visas — had been carried out by office staff since 1992.
But the U.S. State Department insists that it was not an accredited consulate and that the five detainees are members of the Quds force, an elite unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) described by spokesman Sean McCormack as specialising in “training terrorists and those sorts of activities”.
According to a knowledgeable source at the Iraqi Embassy here, the five were not accredited diplomats, although they had submitted documents for accreditation before the raid was carried out.
Their applications were being processed at the time, said the source, who asked not to be identified.
The source also said that the Kurdish regional government had treated them as if they were indeed accredited.
The raid on the Arbil liaison office was the third in a series of episodes that targeted Iranian officials operating in Iraq.
On Dec. 20, U.S. forces stopped a car carrying two Iranian diplomats and their guards.
King calls US occupation of Iraq — illegitimate foreign occupation
The next morning, soldiers raided the compound of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the largest political party in Iraq, and detained two Iranians who turned out to have been members of the Revolutionary Guard.
After a tense nine-day political standoff, the Iranians were released from U.S. custody and were ordered by the Iraqi government to leave the country.
As part of extensive review of its diplomatic relations with Iran, the Iraqi foreign ministry plans to turn all liaison offices in Iraq into consulates, giving them official diplomatic status, according to the New York Times.
There are 36 Iranian diplomats currently based at Iran’s embassy in Baghdad, as well as 11 at its consulate in Karbala and nine more at another consulate in the southern city of Basra.
Copyright © 2007 IPS-Inter Press Service
As Alex Jones remarks many times on his show when talking to Jerome R. Corsi the reporter of this story —
"You cannot make this stuff up, folks"
Between the age of 10 and 17 when committed these poor ones
When they most need help
When they most need love — real love — the most basic of needs — non-sexual love
— molesters can continue to molest them until their 21st birthdays
"Would have to demonstrate boys subjected to sexual abuse
— felt physical pain"
Turned away by the U.S. Department of Justice
Turned away by the state, by everyone...
The response from you:
"None of the victims claim to have felt physical pain during the course of the sexual assults"
Boys —from the age of ten.
This is real abuse — real abuse of your nations most needy children
and it's not just in Texas
It's systemic throughout your country
How sick and insane do you have to demonstrate you are?
Does anyone in America care?
Embattled AG now accused in teen
sex scandal 'cover-up'
Attorney General Gonzales among officials who allegedly ignored abuse of minor boys
March 25, 2007
By Jerome R. Corsi
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, both already under siege for other matters, are now being accused of failing to prosecute officers of the Texas Youth Commission after a Texas Ranger investigation documented that guards and administrators were sexually abusing the institution's teenage boy inmates.
Among the charges in the Texas Ranger report were that administrators would rouse boys from their sleep for the purpose of conducting all-night sex parties.
Retained job despite pornography on state computers
Ray Brookins, one of the officials named in the report, was a Texas prison guard before being hired at the youth commission school.
As a prison guard, Brookins had a history of disciplinary and petty criminal records dating back 21 years.
He retained his job despite charges of using pornography on the job, including viewing nude photos of men and women on state computers.
Systematically abusing youth inmates
The Texas Youth Comission controversy traces back to a criminal investigation conducted in 2005 by Texas Ranger Brian Burzynski.
The investigation revealed key employees at the West Texas State School in Pyote, Texas, were systematically abusing youth inmates in their custody.
Burzynski presented his findings to the attorney general in Texas, to the U.S. Attorney Sutton, and to the Department of Justice civil rights division.
Received no interest in prosecuting — Karl Rove orchestrating role
From all three, Burzynski received no interest in prosecuting the alleged sexual offenses.
"This case demonstrates that a partisan political agenda, with Karl Rove in an orchestrating role, has penetrated the Justice Department and subverted fair-minded administration of the law," Matt Angle, director of the Lone Star Project, told WND.
It's just the latest controversy for Sutton, Gonzales and the Bush administration's direction of the Justice Department.
Earlier, Sutton's decisions to prosecute two Border Patrol agents and Deputy Sheriff Gil Hernandez were criticized as having been influenced by the intervention of the Mexican government.
Gonzales is under heavy congressional pressure in the controversy over the recent forced resignations of eight U.S. attorneys.
At issue is whether the Bush administration is directing the Justice Department to pursue politically motivated prosecutions at the expense of fair or even-handed law enforcement.
Would have to demonstrate boys subjected to sexual abuse
— felt physical pain
In the Texas Youth Commission scandal, Texas Ranger official Burzynski received a July 28, 2005, letter from Bill Baumann, assistant U.S. attorney in Sutton's office, declining prosecution on the argument that under 18 U.S.C. Section 242, the government would have to demonstrate that the boys subjected to sexual abuse sustained "bodily injury."
Baumann wrote that, "As you know, our interviews of the victims revealed that none sustained 'bodily injury.'"
Baumann's letter continued, adding a definition of the phrase "bodily injury," as follows: "Federal courts have interpreted this phrase to include physical pain.
None of the victims have claimed to have felt physical pain during the course of the sexual assaults which they described."
Must demonstrate perpetrator
— knowingly caused victim to engage in sexual act
Baumann's letter further suggested that insufficient evidence existed to prove the offenders in the Texas Youth Commission case had used force in their alleged acts of pedophilia:
"A felony charge under 18 U.S.C. Section 242 can also be predicated on the commission of 'aggravated sexual abuse' or the attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse.
The offense of aggravated sexual abuse is proven with evidence that the perpetrator knowingly caused his victim to engage in a sexual act (which can include contact between the mouth and penis) by using force against the victim or by threatening or placing the victim in fear that the victim (or any other person) will be subjected to death, serious bodily injury or kidnapping.
I do not believe that sufficient evidence exists to support a charge that either Brookins or Hernandez used force to cause victims to engage in a sexual act."
No action because young imprisoned boys
— even enjoyed the acts
Baumann's letter went so far as to suggest that the victims may have willingly participated in, or even enjoyed, the acts of pedophilia involved:
"As you know, consent is frequently an issue in sexual assault cases.
Although none of the victims admit that they consented to the sexual contact, none resisted or voiced any objection to the conduct.
Several of the victims suggested that they were simply 'getting off' on the school administrator."
Rejected charges administrators at the Texas Youth Commission
— lengthened sentences of boys 'reluctant to participate'
Baumann's letter also rejected Burzynski's charges that the administrators at the Texas Youth Commission facility in West Texas had used their position of authority to force the inmates to participate in the sexual acts or that the administrators had lengthened the sentences of the boys to retain willing participants or punish those reluctant to participate.
Essential to show the victim
— was in fact victimized
Baumann wrote:
"In order for the government to be successful in a criminal prosecution, it would be essential for us to show that the victim was in fact victimized.
Most of the victims were aware of the power that the school principal and assistant superintendent held over them, but none were able to describe retaliative acts committed by either the principal or assistant superintendent.
Although it is apparent that many students were retained at West Texas State School long after their initial release date, it would be difficult to prove that either Mr. Brookins or Mr. Hernandez prevented their release."
On Sept. 27, 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division declined prosecution in a letter written to Lemuel Harrison, the Texas Youth Commission superintendent at the West Texas State School.
In that letter, Justice Department section chief Albert Moskowitz wrote that "evidence does not establish a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes."
When the word came from Washington
— that's when Baumann wrote letter declining prosecution
Angle maintains the decision not to prosecute was purely political.
"The U.S. attorney's office in Texas actually prepared indictments in this case," Angle told WND.
"But when the word came from Washington, that's when Baumann wrote his letter declining prosecution.
Sutton's office dropped the matter on the desk of the local district attorney, but nobody from Sutton's office said 'if you can’t go on this case, we'll help you out.'"
WND asked Angle to explain how politics drove the decisions not to prosecute.
Describe systematic and widespread abuse of juveniles
— yet they determine that the evidence is not sufficient to warrant federal prosecution
"If you read the letters from Sutton's office or from DOJ, it's really amazing what abuse they describe and then downplay as not being serious," Angle explained.
"They describe systematic and widespread abuse of juveniles who were held in these facilities by the people who were administering these facilities, and they acknowledge this fully, yet they determine that the evidence is not sufficient to warrant federal prosecution."
Angle explained to WND that he found both letters shocking.
"The letters justify not pursuing these cases because, number one, there is no evidence that any of these juveniles felt physical pain while they were being assaulted, and the letters use the word 'assaulted,'" he said.
"And then also, they rejected prosecution because none of these juveniles stated in the investigations that they resisted and objected, which of course the facts of the report show to be the case.
This case developed right in the middle of Governor Perry's 2006 re-election campaign.
While Texas is a Republican state, and the Republicans expected to win, still at that time, Governor Perry was facing an election challenge from Carole Strayhorn, a third party candidate who was also a former Republican comptroller in Texas."
He continued:
"I would speculate that the political powers in Texas and Washington in the Republican Party were not interested in this sex scandal coming to light. Sutton and Gonzales let their political responsibilities outstrip their legal responsibilities, and as a result you had children who were in danger of sexual abuse and were left in that danger."
Angle says that while the U.S. Justice Department and Texas attorney general's office were not prosecuting in this case, they were actively pursuing minor voter fraud issues with only a handful of allegations to go on.
On March 2, 2007, Governor Rick Perry appointed Jay Kimbrough, his former staff chief and homeland security director, to serve as "special master" to lead an investigation into the Texas Youth Commission sex abuse scandal.
Shortly thereafter, the commission stopped a hiring practice that had allowed convicted felons to work as administrators in the system.
The practice had involved a requirement that prior criminal records be destroyed for employees hired by the commission.
On March 17, 2007, the entire Texas Youth Commission governing board resigned.
The Texas Youth Commission is the state's juvenile corrections agency, charged "with the care, custody, rehabilitation, and reestablishment in society of Texas' most chronically delinquent or serious juvenile offenders."
Between the age of 10 and 17 when committed
— molesters can continue until 21st birthdays
Inmates are felony-level offenders between the age of 10 and 17 when they are committed.
The commission can maintain jurisdiction over offenders until their 21st birthdays.
The Lone Star Project is organized as a political research and policy analysis project of the Lone Star Fund, a federal political action committee organized in Texas.


© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.
        Youth Institutions, Camp and Paramilitary Abuse      
       USA Youth Institutions abuse      
Part of the great puzzle
Kewe
The Omaha corporations that bankrolled Larry King and Franklin are also the major sponsors of youth organizations in Nebraska, such as Boys Club, Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Boys Town, Uta Halee Home for Girls, and others.
These corporations donate millions of dollars per year to these organizations, as the annual reports of the recipients show.
Many executives of these firms sit on the boards of the youth care facilities.
The donation of so much money and time would seem to indicate a great concern for Nebraska's youth.
Key members of the Omaha business community, however, did nothing to help and plenty to wreck the Franklin committee's investigation into the sexual abuse, ritual torture, and murder of children.
Is it possible that some of these corporate leaders sit on the youth boards, for the same reason that Larry King founded the North Omaha Girls Club?
Why, for instance, did the notorious pedophile Alan Baer join the board of the Boys Club?
And after the extraordinary publicity over his pedophilia in 1989 and 1990, and his indictment for pandering, how is it conceivable that in 1991 Baer was still on the board of Boys Club?
Assume most corporate board members are not involved in child abuse.
But judging by the behavior of the Omaha business community during the Franklin investigation, the ones who are guilty of such behavior enjoy toleration, or even protection, by the others.
Homosexual prostitution ring ensnares VIP's with Reagan, Bush.

Washington Times.

Child sex ring that reached Bush / Reagan US Whitehouse

Photo: http://www.thelawparty.org/FranklinCoverup/franklin.htm
Click image for readable version and child sex ring that reached Bush/Reagan Whitehouse:
http://www.thelawparty.org/FranklinCoverup/franklin.htm
A "carefully crafted hoax?"
Judge Clears 3 More in Bonacci Suit Claims of Sexual Abuse Called Unsubstantiated and Bizarre
YouTube VIDEO — Child Abuse, Pedophiles and Child Protection Service Crimes
Conspiracy of Silence
      Click here
The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. 

The ring’s pimps were a pair of Republican powerbrokers who used Boys Town as a pedophiliac reservoir, had access to the highest levels of our government, and connections to the CIA.

 Nebraska legislators nearly exposed the ring in 1990, but its unveiling had the potential to produce seismic political aftershocks: a rash of deaths and a full court press by federal and local law enforcement effected an immaculate cover-up.

Photo and words: http://franklinscandal.com/
Any real official inquiry halted in 1990 with an exploding plane that killed investigator Gary Caradori and his 9-year-old son, A.J.
Since then several people of means have arisen and taken up the cause of justice, only to have — every time — their finances come under attack, causing them to withdraw.
The FRANKLIN SCANDAL — Story of a US nationwide pedophile ring
Almost seven years ago, when assigned to do something “dark” for a major New York magazine, journalist Nick Bryant stumbled across the Franklin Scandal, wrote an article and, well … nobody would print it, and we mean nobody.
All had a chance, but no one would: Harpers, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and others.
Nick, a successful and respected free-lance writer, represented by William Morris Agency, could not find any publishing house that would support this probe.
Catherine Austin Fitts — http://www.solariactionnetwork.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=269
A day or so later, Al and I ended up in Kemp's office, with Kemp insisting that I send the project based certificates to New York HDC.
I explained to him how dangerous this was for him.   He said he did not care, to do it.
The only way I can describe his demeanor was that of terror, something I had never seen Jack in the throws of before.
It was almost like his fear had replaced all ambition, judgement, discernment.   It was scary.
... It was not until I did the chronology and looked at the timing of the Washington Times stories on the homosexual prostitution rings that I started to realize the possible connection.
The Franklin Cover Up by John De Camp gives a sense that this Washington Times story may have been the tip of the iceberg.
That prostitution and pedophila networks were being used for covert ops to win favor from and/or blackmail DC politicians.
Looking at the chronology and some of Kemps more irratic behavior, it is a distinct possibility that Kemp was nervous about exposure of his own activities.
... He [One of my deputies] pulled me aside and said that folks who worked on Kemp's campaign staff who he absolutely trusted had confided in him that Kemp's sexual activities were far worse than merely bi-sexual and to be very careful.
Looking back on it now, I realize he was probably trying to give me a heads up on the pedophilia problem.
At the time, I was simply too dense to believe this and Iran Contra and CIA drug dealing were really going on.
It was just too far a leap for me.
Oh, well.
Catherine Austin Fitts — http://www.solariactionnetwork.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=269
YouTube VIDEO — Child Abuse, Pedophiles and Child Protection Service Crimes
Conspiracy of Silence
      Click here
 
For the longest time, I never could come up with a rational explanation for how Andrew Cuomo could induce such terror in Jack Kemp in 1989.
Now, I have a plausible one, although that does not make it true.
If Cuomo and his dad were an intimate part of the shadow government financial fraud network we are discussing, he and the network would have easy access to the necessary pictures, vidoes and various blackmail material needed to ensure they got what they wanted out of HUD.
No doubt if the Clintons were helping to run Mena for Bush's Enterprise during Iran-Contra, surely the Cuomo's in New York would have had some major action.
Various Mena allegations allege that the Gotti family were helping to distribute in NY.
... Anyway, that is my personal experience...
... and why Kemp was on board for so much corruption and fraud in Bush I -- and so effective at covering up Iran Contra fraud.
... Since that time, I have read and been told that extensive "control file" systems are in existence.
Corporate and government leaders do not go above a certain level of responsibility unless they have a "control file."
It is a bit like J.Edgar Hoover's dirty pictures.
I am told that if the powers that be can not get a control file on a person, that ultimately they are targeted and discredited like me or "suicided" like the many people who ended up on the website "death lists."
This was said to include Bill Colby who was instrumental in helping John DeCamp write and publish The Franklin Cover Up and win his lawsuit for one of the mind controlled children involved in the pedophilia ring.
Catherine Austin Fitts — http://www.solariactionnetwork.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=269
YouTube VIDEO — Child Abuse, Pedophiles and Child Protection Service Crimes
Conspiracy of Silence
      Click here
So you know what the rest of the World's elite are doing
Why do they do it?
Because you pay for it
BBC — Friday, 7 September 2007
Anger as Kenya MPs get huge bonus
The protesters say Kenya MPs do not deserve such a huge pay-off

Kenyan MPs have voted to award themselves a $22,000 bonus each at the end of their five-year term in December despite a wave of public condemnation.

The move has been condemned by lawyers and human rights activists who say it is
The protesters say MPs do not deserve such a huge pay-off
Kenyan MPs have voted to award themselves a $22,000 bonus each at the end of their five-year term in December despite a wave of public condemnation.
The move has been condemned by lawyers and human rights activists who say it is "highly immoral".     They held a protest against the proposal in July.
The bill also legalises huge perks that ministers have been receiving.
MPs had originally wanted a bonus of $98,000 each but the finance minister said the country could not afford this.
Kenya's 222 MPs already earn more than $10,000 a month in salaries and expenses, much of which is tax-free, in a country where most people live on less than $1 a day.
Many Kenyans see MPs as lazy and self-interested, who often skip parliamentary sessions unless it concerns a pay rise for themselves.
Why are the West's elites trying to start a nuclear war?
Because you pay for it
BBC — Thursday, 6 September 2007
UK jets 'chase Russian bombers'
UK MoD image of Tupolev-95 Bear bomber

An MoD photo shows RAF Typhoon shadowing a Russian Bear-H
Norway says Russia has increased military flights in the Arctic
The UK's Royal Air Force has launched fighter jets to intercept eight Russian military planes flying in airspace patrolled by Nato, UK officials say.
Four RAF F3 Tornado aircraft were scrambled in response to the Russian action, the UK's defence ministry said.
The Russian planes - said to be long-range bombers - had earlier been followed by Norwegian F16 jets.
Russia recently revived a Cold War-era practice of flying bombers on long-range patrols.
A Norwegian officer, Lt Col John Inge Oegland, told the BBC the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers flew in international airspace from the Barents Sea to the Atlantic, before turning back.
Two Norwegian F-16s shadowed them on Thursday morning and another two went up later, he said.
There have been several similar incidents in recent months, Lt-Col Oegland added.
"Norway is following the increased Russian activity in the far north with interest," he told the BBC News website.
He said the Russian flights were not causing alarm in Norway.   "Our systems are adequate," he said, when asked whether Norway was bolstering its security in the area.
The supremacy of the central banking-warfare investment model that has ruled our planet for the last 500 years depends on being able to combine the high margin profits of organized crime with the low cost of capital and liquidity that comes with governmental authority and popular faith in the rule of law.
US air strike in Baghdad kills 14
At least 14 people killed, nine wounded, in US air strike attack
Our economy depends on insiders having their cake and eating it too and subsidizing a free lunch by stealing from someone else.
This works well when the general population shares in some of the subsidy, grows complacent and does not see the “real deal” on how the system works.
However, liquidity and governmental authority will erode if the general population becomes aware of how things really work.
As this happens, they begin to understand the power of innovative technology and re-engineering of government resources to create greater abundance both for themselves and other people.
As this happens, they lose faith in the myth that the current system is fundamentally legitimate.
This jeopardizes the financial markets that depend on fraudulent collateral and practices to continue to work.
It also jeopardizes the wealth and power of the people who are winning with financial fraud.
... As a consequence, extraordinary attention and sums of money are invested in affirming the myth and appearance of legitimacy.
This includes creating popular explanations of why the rich and powerful are lawful and ethical and the venal poor, hostile foreigners, crafty mobsters and incompetent and irresponsible middle class bureaucrats are to blame for the success of narcotics trafficking, financial fraud and other forms of organized crime.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
 
Our efforts at The Hamilton Securities Group to help HUD achieve maximum return on the sale of its defaulted mortgage assets coincided with a widespread process of “privatization” in which assets were, in fact, being transferred out of governments worldwide at significantly below market value in a manner providing extraordinary windfall profits, capital gains and financial equity to private corporations and investors.
US air strike in Baghdad kills 14
At least 14 people killed, nine wounded, in US air strike attack
In addition, government functions were being outsourced at prices way above what should have been market price or government costs — again stripping governmental and community resources in a manner that subsidized private interests.
The financial equity gained by private interests was often the result of financial, human, environmental and living equity stripped and stolen from communities — often without communities being able to understand what had happened or to clearly identify their loss.
This is why I now refer to privatization as “piratization.”
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
 
Over time I was increasingly shocked by the speed and ease with which many intelligent and seemingly competent members of the CFR [ Council on Foreign Relations ] appeared to eagerly justify policies and actions that supported growing corruption.
The regularity with which many CFR members would protect insiders from accountability regarding another appalling fraud surprised even me.
Many of them seemed delighted with the advantages of being an insider while being entirely indifferent to the extraordinary cost to all citizens of having our lives, health and resources drained to increase insider wealth in a manner that violated the most basic principles of fiduciary obligation and respect for the law.
In short, the CFR was operating in a win-lose economic paradigm that centralized economic and political power.
I was trying to find a way for us to shift to a win-win economic paradigm that was — by its nature — decentralizing.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
 
The reader can appreciate why Wall Street would welcome someone as accommodating as Gorelick at Fannie Mae.
This was a period when the profits rolled in from engineering the most spectacular growth in mortgage debt in U.S. history.
As one real estate broker said, “They have turned our homes into ATM machines.”
Fannie Mae has been a leading player in centralizing control of the mortgage markets into Washington D.C. and Wall Street.
And that means as people were rounded up and shipped to prison as part of Operation Safe Home, Fannie was right behind to finance the gentrification of neighborhoods.
And that is before we ask questions about the extent to which the estimated annual financial flows of $500 billion–$1 trillion money laundering through the U.S. financial system or money missing from the US government are reinvested into Fannie Mae securities.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
James Forrestal
James Forrestal’s oil portrait always hung prominently in one of the private Dillon Read dining rooms for the eleven years that I worked at the firm. Forrestal, a highly regarded Dillon partner and President of the firm, had gone to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to lead the Navy during WWII and then played a critical role in creating the National Security Act of 1947.

He then became Secretary of War (later termed Secretary of Defense) in September 1947 and served until March 28, 1949.

Given the central banking-warfare investment model that rules our planet, it was appropriate that Dillon 
partners at various times lead both the Treasury Department and the Defense Department.

Shortly after resigning from government, Forrestal died falling out of a window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside of Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1949.

There is some controversy around the official explanation of his death — ruled a suicide.

Some insist he had a nervous breakdown. Some say that he was opposed to the creation of the state of Israel.

Others say that he argued for transparency and accountability in government, and against the provisions instituted at this time to create a secrete “black budget.”

He lost and was pretty upset about it — and the loss was a violent one.

Since the professional killers who operate inside the Washington beltway have numerous techniques to get perfectly sane people to kill themselves, I am not sure it makes a big difference.

Approximately a month later, the CIA Act of 1949 was passed.

The Act created the CIA and endowed it with the statutory authority that became one of the chief components of financing the “black” budget — the power to claw monies from other agencies for the benefit of secretly funding the intelligence communities and their corporate contractors.

This was to turn out to be a devastating development for the forces of transparency, without which there can be no rule of law, free markets or democracy.

Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits

Photo: Wikipedia     

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Forrestal as an administrative assistant on June 22, 1940, then nominated him as Undersecretary of the Navy six weeks later. In the latter post, Forrestal would prove to be very effective at mobilizing industrial production for the war effort.
He became Secretary of the Navy on May 19, 1944, following the death of his immediate supervisor Frank Knox from a heart attack. Forrestal then led the Navy through the closing year of the war and the demobilization that followed.   What might have been his greatest legacy as Navy Secretary was an attempt that came to nought.   He, along with Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Under Secretary of State Joseph Grew, in the early months of 1945, strongly advocated a softer policy toward Japan that would permit a negotiated face-saving surrender.   His primary concern was "the menace of Russian Communism and its attraction for decimated, destabilized societies in Europe and Asia", and, therefore, keeping the Soviet Union out of the war with Japan.   Had his advice been followed, Japan might well have surrendered before August 1945, precluding the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   So strongly did he feel about this matter that he cultivated negotiation attempts that bordered closely on insubordination toward the President.
Forrestal opposed the unification of the services, but even so helped develop the National Security Act of 1947 that created the National Military Establishment (the Department of Defense was not created as such until August 1949), and with the former Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson retiring to private life, Forrestal was the next choice.
His 18 months at Defense came at an exceptionally difficult time for the U.S. military establishment:   Communist governments came to power in Czechoslovakia and China; West Berlin was blockaded, necessitating the Berlin Airlift to keep it going; the war between the Arab states and Israel after the establishment of Israel in Palestine; and negotiations were going on for the formation of NATO.   His reign was also hampered by intense interservice rivalries.
In addition, President Harry Truman constrained military budgets billions of dollars below what the services were requesting, putting Forrestal in the middle of the tug-of-war.   Forrestal was also becoming more and more worried about the Soviet threat.   Internationally, the takeover by the Communists of Eastern Europe, their threats to the governments of Greece, Italy, and France, their impending takeover of China, and the invasion of South Korea by North Korea would demonstrate the legitimacy of his concerns on the international front as well.
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James Forrestal’s oil portrait always hung prominently in one of the private Dillon Read dining rooms for the eleven years that I worked at the firm. Forrestal, a highly regarded Dillon partner and President of the firm, had gone to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to lead the Navy during WWII and then played a critical role in creating the National Security Act of 1947.
He then became Secretary of War (later termed Secretary of Defense) in September 1947 and served until March 28, 1949.
Given the central banking-warfare investment model that rules our planet, it was appropriate that Dillon partners at various times lead both the Treasury Department and the Defense Department.
Shortly after resigning from government, Forrestal died falling out of a window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside of Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1949.
There is some controversy around the official explanation of his death — ruled a suicide.
Some insist he had a nervous breakdown. Some say that he was opposed to the creation of the state of Israel.
Others say that he argued for transparency and accountability in government, and against the provisions instituted at this time to create a secrete “black budget.”
He lost and was pretty upset about it — and the loss was a violent one.
Since the professional killers who operate inside the Washington beltway have numerous techniques to get perfectly sane people to kill themselves, I am not sure it makes a big difference.
Approximately a month later, the CIA Act of 1949 was passed.
The Act created the CIA and endowed it with the statutory authority that became one of the chief components of financing the “black” budget — the power to claw monies from other agencies for the benefit of secretly funding the intelligence communities and their corporate contractors.
This was to turn out to be a devastating development for the forces of transparency, without which there can be no rule of law, free markets or democracy.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
What Briody does not mention is allegations regarding Brown & Root's involvement in narcotics trafficking. Former LAPD narcotics investigator Mike Ruppert once described his break up with fiance Teddy — an agent dealing narcotics and weapons for the CIA while working with Brown & Root, as follows:
“Arriving in New Orleans in early July, 1977 I found her living in an apartment across the river in Gretna. Equipped with scrambler phones, night vision devices and working from sealed communiqués delivered by naval and air force personnel from nearby Belle Chasse Naval Air Station, Teddy was involved in something truly ugly.
She was arranging for large quantities of weapons to be loaded onto ships leaving for Iran.
At the same time she was working with Mafia associates of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello to coordinate the movement of service boats that were bringing large quantities of heroin into the city.
The boats arrived at Marcello controlled docks, unmolested by even the New Orleans police she introduced me to, along with divers, military men, former Green Berets and CIA personnel.
“The service boats were retrieving the heroin from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, oil rigs in international waters, oil rigs built and serviced by Brown and Root.
The guns that Teddy monitored, apparently Vietnam era surplus AK 47s and M16s, were being loaded onto ships also owned or leased by Brown and Root.
And more than once during the eight days I spent in New Orleans I met and ate at restaurants with Brown and Root employees who were boarding those ships and leaving for Iran within days.
Once, while leaving a bar and apparently having asked the wrong question, I was shot at in an attempt to scare me off.”
Source: "Halliburton’s Brown and Root is One of the Major Components of the Bush-Cheney Drug Empire" by Michael Ruppert, From the Wilderness
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
The Clinton Administration took the groundwork laid by Nixon, Reagan and Bush and embraced and blossomed the expansion and promotion of federal support for police, enforcement and the War on Drugs with a passion that was hard to understand unless and until you realized that the American financial system was deeply dependent on attracting an estimated $500 billion-$1 trillion of annual money laundering.
Globalizing corporations and deepening deficits and housing bubbles required attracting vast amounts of capital.
Attracting capital also required making the world safe for the reinvestment of the profits of organized crime and the war machine.
Without growing organized crime and military activities through government budgets and contracts, the economy would stop centralizing.
The Clinton Administration was to govern a doubling of the federal prison population.
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US Income Gap Widening Significantly, Data Shows
Top 300,000 collectively taking as much money annually
as total annual incomes of 150 million Americans
Not seen since 1928 — shortly before Depression
Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans — those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 — receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows.
The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.
While total reported income in the United States increased almost 9 percent in 2005, the most recent year for which such data is available, average incomes for those in the bottom 90 percent dipped slightly compared with the year before, dropping $172, or 0.6 percent.
The gains went largely to the top 1 percent, whose incomes rose to an average of more than $1.1 million each, an increase of more than $139,000, or about 14 percent.
The new data also shows that the top 300,000 Americans collectively enjoyed almost as much income as the bottom 150 million Americans.
Per person, the top group received 440 times as much as the average person in the bottom half earned, nearly doubling the gap from 1980.
      by David Cay Johnston      
      March 29, 2007      
      New York Times       
A short piece on why the West has no moral standing, will perhaps never have it now.
Hello Mr Blair!
Mr Bush — in your madness you do seem to understand.
March 29, 2007
Censorship, Homosexuality and Murder
Comparing Padillas
By SAUL LANDAU
B ush behavior — practicing torture, violating human rights and wrapping itself in secrecy while preaching the opposite — has given deceit a bad name.
W didn't begin the double speak and double standards patter, however.
In 1971, US troops and bombers routinely massacred Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians.
In that same year, Cuban police arrested a poet, Heberto Padilla without charging him.
Hundreds of US and European intellectuals and academics who had opposed against the US wars reserved a special kind of outrage when unsubstantiated rumors spread that Padilla had undergone brutal torture.
Petitions circulated demanding that Cuba stop torturing this great poet, although no one had seen or heard any direct evidence of such mistreatment.
Watering the lettuce
Let's see now — Cuba has thousands of doctors around the world, helping sick children, the poor and needy!
After 38 days, Cuba's state security cops sprung Padilla, who then delivered his notorious speech (1930s Stalin purge style imitation confession) to writers and artists, condemning his "bourgeois" and "counterrevolutionary behavior", and naming other writers as also responsible for their misguided comportment.
It didn't matter whether he invented the speech as a kind of literary ruse to mock state security or the cops had pressured him to deliver this mea culpa.
Padilla became an instant pariah — a fink and coward — in Cuban intellectual circles.
His book of poems, Fuera del Juego (Out of the Game), won the UNEAC (Artists and Writers Union) poetry prize in 1968.
Cuba published the book with a foreword by UNEAC reprimanding Padilla for his behavior.
Over the ensuing months and years after his arrest, I talked with Padilla who laughed at the campaign to stop his supposed torture.
He had suffered a severe nervous reaction to getting arrested, he recounted.
The cops panicked over his stomach pains and they rushed him to a seaside resort, fed him yogurt and provided on-call doctors.
Throughout the 1970s, Cuban intellectuals would cross the street when they saw Padilla.
A few felt sorry for him and his reputation-blanching mistake: making the mea culpa statement.
Padilla admitted to me that the security people had behaved considerately.
But we agreed they had no right to arrest him — just because he had written and spoken dissenting words in brilliant poems and bad mouthed Fidel and the revolution to foreign visitors.
His arrest correctly provoked leading world intellectuals to respond in outrage.
Cuba deserved condemnation for having arrested Padilla, but not for torturing him since he wasn't tortured or threatened with torture.
All animals have the same parts
Padilla lived quietly in Havana for several years afterwards, receiving a good salary from the state.
In 1980, he moved to the United States where he taught at Princeton and then at Auburn University.
He died of a heart attack in 2000, a lonely man.
This horror truly has no accurate description — all at the US taxpayer's expense
Another Padilla, a Brooklyn-born Jose of Puerto Rican descent, holds no claim to the intellectual spotlight.
Intellectuals have not rallied to the cause of this former street gang member who converted to Islam.
In February, in a Miami courtroom, the world public learned — those few who read about it — that after September 11 US interrogators used "unusual" methods to "break" prisoners.
Unlike Cuban state security who fed Heberto yogurt, the US torturers offered Jose sleep interruption, sound blasting and mind altering drugs.
They broke Padilla, but not exactly in the way they wanted.
The Bushies had planned to try him as an international terrorist, but his lawyers argued that the long years of torture while in captivity had left him insane and therefore not fit to stand trial.
The judge disagreed, but the gruesome details are starting to emerge.
In May 2002 US agents grabbed Padilla at Chicago's O'Hare airport, classified him "enemy combatant," and threw him into a tiny, windowless cell in a Navy prison in Charleston, South Carolina.
They shackled Padilla, covered his eyes with goggles and his ears with headphones — for more than 3 years.
His interrogators forbade him contact with lawyers or family members, but they did keep bright lights turned on him and blasted his auditory nerves with loud sounds.
Padilla claims they injected him "truth serum," or, perhaps as his lawyers believe LSD or PCP.
Two professionals examined him and determined he had been physically destroyed, and thus unable to assist in his own defense.
He thinks of his lawyers as interrogators, not as defenders.
As Naomi Klein wrote (The Nation, March 12, 2007), in order to prove that "the extended torture visited upon Mr. Padilla has left him damaged," his lawyers want to tell the court what happened during those years in the Navy brig.
The government strenuously objects, maintaining that "Padilla is competent," that the treatment he received is irrelevant.
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Compare the outrage
Compare the intellectual outrage in Heberto Padilla's case with the relatively muted response by leading intellectuals and artists to Jose Padilla's treatment.
The outcry of human rights violations around the Cuban poet was literally deafening; the silence on Jose Padilla rings louder still.
His case drags on as torture claims from US prisons multiply.
In 1971, Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Susan Sontag, led a list of distinguished writers.
They held Fidel Castro responsible for directing Heberto's torture.
Do intellectuals not get aroused by what appears as yet one more George W. Bush peccadillo?
Is it because most cultured people no longer hold the assumption that the United States holds the eternal torch for human rights and civilized behavior?
Indeed, when US officials use moral hyperbole it seems to mocks the facts of US behavior.
Where was your outrage here Pace — don't dare speak of morality — some moment you will have to face what you have been party to ....
In early March, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, publicly likened homosexuality to adultery.
The General vibrated his moral outrage over the prospect of having gay soldiers serving alongside straight soldiers.   Yich!!!
The military, he declared, "should not condone it by allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces."
In 1994, President Clinton instituted his enigmatic "don't ask, don't tell" policy on sexuality — which he ironically did not use himself when he got caught in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Pace, the law abiding officer, claimed he of course supported this standard, which prohibits commanders from asking about a person's sexual orientation.
But, Pace personally believed that "homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts." Pace told a reporter: "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."
Speaking "as an individual, I would not want (acceptance of gay behavior) to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not.
We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior," he said. (Pauline Jelinek, AP, March 13, 2007
Wow, I said to myself, it's a good thing the reporter didn't ask Pace how he compared his moral standards on homosexual behavior with the morality of killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians — or indeed, if such killing by the US heterosexual military was immoral.
Imagine an army that took seriously the Sixth Commandment — You Shall Not Murder!
Given the raging fundamentalism that is sweeping across the United States and the armed forces, it becomes puzzling to see this Commandment become an exception.
When it comes to the unborn (abortion) or brain dead — remember Terri Schiavo? — the fundamentalists reach their pinnacle of moral indignation.
Somewhere in their Bible it must say something about how angry God gets when He sees two guys getting it on.
This obviously means more to Him than the act of slaughtering hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq, which was the US army's job.
Is there no Commandment that says: "Thou shalt not bugger the neighbor"?
There's one about not "coveting your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
But when US soldiers stole from and raped Iraqis wholesale after they invaded in March 2003, Pace expressed no moral indignation.
In the 1970s, Cuba mistakenly arrested Heberto Padilla, an act that symbolized the restriction of creativity.
Subsequently, the government reversed those policies.
In the last two decades, Cuban music, literature and especially cinema has offered profound critiques of its social order.
Tomas Gutierrez Alea's "Strawberry and Chocolate" and "Guantanamera" ridicule Party line thinking and bureaucracy.
Bush and company have not taken responsibility for the injustice done to Jose Padilla and thousands more held without charges, many of them tortured. "Mistakes were made!"
Bush chants this mantra when his murderous errors in Iraq are revealed.
The Heberto Padilla case still resonates with the notion of censorship, but it no longer represents Cuba cultural policy.
The Jose Padilla case stands as the insignia of current US justice standards.
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Routine and systematic torture is at the heart of America's war on terror
In the fight against cruelty, barbarism and extremism, America has embraced the very evils it claims to confront
George Monbiot
Tuesday December 12, 2006
The Guardian
After thousands of years of practice, you might have imagined that every possible means of inflicting pain had already been devised.
But you should never underestimate the human capacity for invention.
United States interrogators, we now discover, have found a new way of destroying a human being.
Last week, defence lawyers acting for José Padilla, a US citizen detained as an "enemy combatant", released a video showing a mission fraught with deadly risk — taking him to the prison dentist.
A group of masked guards in riot gear shackled his legs and hands, blindfolded him with black-out goggles and shut off his hearing with headphones, then marched him down the prison corridor.
Going to the dentist!
Taken by US government.
Kept locked up for three years, never charged.
Total sensory deprivation for three years.
Total sensory deprivation
Is Padilla really that dangerous?
Far from it: his warders describe him as so docile and inactive that he could be mistaken for "a piece of furniture".
The purpose of these measures appeared to be to sustain the regime under which he had lived for more than three years: total sensory deprivation.
He had been kept in a blacked-out cell, unable to see or hear anything beyond it.
Most importantly, he had had no human contact, except for being bounced off the walls from time to time by his interrogators.
As a result, he appears to have lost his mind.
I mean that his mind is no longer there.
I don't mean this metaphorically.
I mean that his mind is no longer there.
The forensic psychiatrist who examined him says that he:
Does not appreciate the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him.
Is unable to render assistance to counsel.
Has impairments in reasoning as the result of a mental illness, ie, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder has been complicated by the neuropsychiatric effects of prolonged isolation.
José Padilla appears to have been lobotomised: not medically, but socially.
If this was an attempt to extract information, it was ineffective: the authorities held him without charge for three and half years.
Then, threatened by a supreme court ruling, they suddenly dropped their claims that he was trying to detonate a dirty bomb.
They have now charged him with some vague and lesser offences to do with support for terrorism.
He is unlikely to be the only person subjected to this regime.
That the US tortures, routinely and systematically can no longer be seriously disputed.
Another "enemy combatant", Ali al-Marri, claims to have been subject to the same total isolation and sensory deprivation, in the same naval prison in South Carolina.
God knows what is being done to people who have disappeared into the CIA's foreign oubliettes.
That the US tortures, routinely and systematically, while prosecuting its "war on terror" can no longer be seriously disputed.
The Detainee Abuse and Accountability Project (DAA), a coalition of academics and human-rights groups, has documented the abuse or killing of 460 inmates of US military prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq and at Guantánamo Bay.
Killing of 460 inmates of US military prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq and at Guantánamo Bay
This, it says, is necessarily a conservative figure: many cases will remain unrecorded.
The prisoners were beaten, raped, forced to abuse themselves, forced to maintain "stress positions", and subjected to prolonged sleep deprivation and mock executions.
Tortured by the U.S.
Taken by US government.
Kept locked up for three years, never charged.
Total sensory deprivation for three years.
The New York Times reports that prisoners held by the US military at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan were made to stand for up to 13 days with their hands chained to the ceiling, naked, hooded and unable to sleep.
The Washington Post alleges that prisoners at the same airbase were "commonly blindfolded and thrown into walls, bound in painful positions, subjected to loud noises and deprived of sleep" while kept, like Padilla and the arrivals at Guantánamo, "in black hoods or spray-painted goggles".
Alfred McCoy, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, argues that the photographs released from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq reflect standard CIA torture techniques: "stress positions, sensory deprivation, and sexual humiliation".
The famous picture of the hooded man standing on a box, with wires attached to his fingers, shows two of these techniques being used at once.
Unable to see, he has no idea how much time has passed or what might be coming next.
He stands in a classic stress position — maintained for several hours, it causes excruciating pain.
He appears to have been told that if he drops his arms he will be electrocuted.
US torturers appear to enjoy impunity, until stupid enough to take pictures of each other
What went wrong at Abu Ghraib is that someone took photos.
Everything else was done by the book.
Neither the military nor the civilian authorities have broken much sweat in investigating these crimes.
A few very small fish have been imprisoned; a few others have been fined or reduced in rank; in most cases the authorities have either failed to investigate or failed to prosecute.
The DAA points out that no officer has yet been held to account for torture practised by his subordinates.
US torturers appear to enjoy impunity, until they are stupid enough to take pictures of each other.
Another glorious American tradition: solitary confinement
But Padilla's treatment also reflects another glorious American tradition: solitary confinement.
Some 25,000 US prisoners are currently held in isolation — a punishment only rarely used in other democracies.
Tortured by the U.S.
Taken by US government.
Kept locked up for three years, never charged.
Total sensory deprivation for three years.
In some places, like the federal prison in Florence, Colorado, they are kept in sound-proofed cells and might scarcely see another human being for years on end.
They may touch or be touched by no one.
Some people have been kept in solitary confinement in the US for more than 20 years.
At Pelican Bay in California, where 1,200 people are held in the isolation wing, inmates are confined to tiny cells for 22 and a half hours a day, then released into an "exercise yard" for "recreation".
The yard consists of a concrete well about 3.5 metres in length with walls 6 metres high and a metal grille across the sky. The recreation consists of pacing back and forth, alone.
The results are much as you would expect.
As National Public Radio reveals, more than 10% of the isolation prisoners at Pelican Bay are now in the psychiatric ward, and there's a waiting list.
Prisoners in solitary confinement, according to Dr Henry Weinstein, a psychiatrist who studies them, suffer from "memory loss to severe anxiety to hallucinations to delusions ... under the severest cases of sensory deprivation, people go crazy."
People who went in bad and dangerous come out mad as well.
Christian? society that believes in neither forgiveness nor redemption.
The only two studies conducted so far — in Texas and Washington state — both show that the recidivism rates for prisoners held in solitary confinement are worse than for those who were allowed to mix with other prisoners.
If we were to judge the US by its penal policies, we would perceive a strange beast: a Christian society that believes in neither forgiveness nor redemption.
Useful to erase a man's mind
From this delightful experiment, US interrogators appear to have extracted a useful lesson: if you want to erase a man's mind, deprive him of contact with the rest of the world.
This has nothing to do with obtaining information: torture of all kinds — physical or mental — produces the result that people will say anything to make it end.
It is about power, and the thrilling discovery that in the right conditions one man's power over another is unlimited.
It is an indulgence which turns its perpetrators into everything they claim to be confronting.
Terror, cruelty, barbarism and extremism
President Bush maintains that he is fighting a war against threats to the "values of civilised nations": terror, cruelty, barbarism and extremism.
He asked his nation's interrogators to discover where these evils are hidden.
They should congratulate themselves.
They appear to have succeeded.
Monbiot.com
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2006
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U.S. Court system
brings U.S. to new low.
New low in Benignity.
New low in Cruelty:
To the men, to the families, to the Iraq and Afghanistan countries and their people.
The U.S. Court System — a new low in consideration of the word justice.
The case:
Nine men suffered abuse including being —
* Hung upside-down and slapped until they lost consciousness
* Stabbed with knives
* Subjected to electric shocks
* Deprived of sleep by loud noises and bright lights
* Grabbed by aggressive dogs
They also were subjected to sexual humiliation.
None was ever charged with a crime.
All were released after detentions of one month to one year.
Some were detained multiple times.
US Hogan threw out the charges against Rumsfeld ruling the five Iraqis and four Afghans did not have US constitutional rights.
And that Rumsfeld was immune from such suits.
 
Thou Shalt Not
 
While the peace movement in Portland, Oregon had a peaceful demonstration marking the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq, the U.S. War Machine continues its violent madness across Iraq.

Violence probably never solved much, except to defend oneself against narcissistic aggressors.

If Ho Chi Minh had not picked up the gun, there would still be American PXs in Vietnam.

It's admirable being non-violent, as long as it's someone else's entire family who has been dismembered in an explosion.

While America's Bush commits murder in Iraq everyday, most of the churches across this country pray for peace, while never leaving their pews.

Marching for justice is too risky, because they would rather be on the safe side of law and order.

After all, what would Jesus do?

Law and Order, that's an interesting phrase.

To think, America is in Iraq defending its impression of law and order.

Excuse me, While someone spreads my ashes over the graves of the Iraqi people.

Picture and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
March 20, 2007

Thou Shalt Not
While the peace movement in Portland, Oregon had a peaceful demonstration marking the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq, the U.S. War Machine continues its violent madness across Iraq.
Violence probably never solved much, except to defend oneself against narcissistic aggressors.
If Ho Chi Minh had not picked up the gun, there would still be American PXs in Vietnam.
It's admirable being non-violent, as long as it's someone else's entire family who has been dismembered in an explosion.
While America's Bush commits murder in Iraq everyday, most of the churches across this country pray for peace, while never leaving their pews.
Marching for justice is too risky, because they would rather be on the safe side of law and order.
After all, what would Jesus do?
Law and Order, that's an interesting phrase.
To think, America is in Iraq defending its impression of law and order.
Excuse me, While someone spreads my ashes over the graves of the Iraqi people.
Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
March 20, 2007
Unspeakable grief and horror
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He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
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