22.4.06

Cleland: Bush Iraq Handling 'Immoral'

WSBTV.com - News - Cleland: Bush Iraq Handling 'Immoral':

"In his remarks, Cleland noted a major difference between the soldiers who served with him in Vietnam and those serving in Iraq -- those in Vietnam were mostly drafted, while the soldiers in Iraq have volunteered to wear a uniform.

'It is immoral to abuse the good nature of our young people, and send them back and back and back (into combat) ... with no strategy to win, and no strategy to end' the war, Cleland said."

Zionist Propaganda against Iran

Fars News Agency :: Zionist Propaganda against Iran:

Zionist Premier-Designate Ehud Olmert and President Moshe Katsav harped on their stale and stereotyped remarks that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a threat toward world peace and security.

Katsav claimed during an interview with the Zionist paper 'Jerusalem Post' that nuclear Iran is a threat to Europe, the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

This is while more than 1700 men/days of inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency have substantiated that Iran has always remained loyal to the peaceful nature of its nuclear programs.

Tehran has always stressed that it pursues the path of negotiation and compromise to solve its nuclear issue.

Meantime, the Israeli regime itself possesses a number of at least 200 nuclear war heads, and since it has always refrained form endorsing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has never allowed international bodies, including the UN nuclear watchdog, to inspect or at least pay a visit to its nuclear sites.

What the Detainee Treatment Act Really Means for Guantanamo Detainees

JURIST - Forum: What the Detainee Treatment Act Really Means for Guantanamo Detainees:

The lawlessness of the Bush Administration, exemplified in the DTA

Just as startling is the government’s assertion that the DTA prevents a federal judge from ordering the release of innocent individuals. To be more precise, the government says that review under the DTA is limited to detainees who challenge a CSRT determination finding them “enemy combatants.” Individuals who the government concedes are not enemy combatants, but who nonetheless remain imprisoned at Guantanamo because they cannot safely be returned to their home countries, are therefore out of luck. No court, the government says, has the power to order these men’s release under the DTA, even if they do not present a danger to anyone. At least nine individuals are already in this permanent state of legal limbo, with more surely to follow. The legality of their detention is pending before another panel of the D.C. Circuit.

Denying a judicial remedy to these “non-enemy combatants” turns habeas corpus on its head. The writ has always provided two core guarantees: searching review into the legality of a prisoner’s confinement; and release when there is no lawful basis for the detention. The DTA fails on both accounts.

For the DTA to pass muster under the Constitution’s Suspension Clause, it must provide an adequate and effective substitute for habeas corpus. But the act does not even come close – it cuts off meaningful judicial review, jeopardizes counsel access, and denies a remedy to the innocent. If the DTA is interpreted to eliminate habeas corpus jurisdiction over detentions at Guantanamo, it will undermine the most critical substantive right against unlawful executive detention in the American legal system. And, it will give the government the green light to push Guantanamo backwards towards its pre-Rasul state of secrecy and lawlessness.

Ebadi: Iran Would Defend Self to the Last Drop of Blood

My Way News - Nobel Laureate Says Iran Would Defend Self:

The Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian activist who won the peace prize for her struggle for women's rights, warned Friday that the Iranian people would defend their country against any American attack.

'We will not allow an American soldier to set foot' in Iran, said Ebadi, who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. 'We will defend our country till the last drop of blood.'

Original sin, nuclear style

Star:

The Star | Jordan on the rationality of Iran's position

The US divides actual or potential nuclear powers into responsible and irresponsible ones Yet, in nuclear terms in the Middle East, Israel is the original sinner. Non-proliferation must be universal: If, in any zone of potential conflict, one party goes nuclear, its adversaries can’t be expected not to. No matter how long ago it was, by violating that principle Israel would always bear a responsibility for whatever happened later.

Rice Leaked Defense Info to Israeli Lobbyists

Spokesman Denies Rice Leaked Defense Info - Yahoo! News:

Did she or didn't she?: The secretary of state leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist charged with receiving and disclosing such information.

The assertion came as a federal judge granted a defense request to issue subpoenas for Rice and three other government officials in the trial of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, the former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee charged in the case.

'Each of these individuals have real-life dealings with the defendants in this case. They'll explain what they told Dr. Rosen in detail,' Lowell said. 'On day one, Secretary of State Rice tells him certain info and on day two one of the conspirators tells him the same thing or something less volatile.'

The indictment against Rosen and Weissman alleges that three government officials leaked sensitive and sometimes classified national defense information to the two lobbyists, who subsequently revealed what they learned to the press and to an Israeli government official.

One of the three government officials is former Pentagon official Lawrence A. Franklin. He pleaded guilty to providing classified defense information to Rosen and Weissman and was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.

Franklin has said he was concerned that the United States was insufficiently concerned about the threat posed by Iran and hoped that leaking information might eventually provoke the National Security Council to take a different course of action.

The indictment against Rosen, of Silver Spring, Md., and Weissman, of Bethesda, Md., alleges that they conspired to obtain classified government reports on issues relevant to U.S. policy, including the al-Qaida terror network; the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel; and U.S. policy in Iran.

Lowell said it is impossible for Rosen and Weissman to determine what is sensitive national defense information when they are receiving the information from government officials who presumably understand national security law and therefore would not improperly disclose national defense information.

21.4.06

Taking matters in hand: 'Bush thinks only of bombs'

Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | Taking matters in hand:

"Why don't you want to have an atomic bomb?

We don't think it's legitimate in Islam. When the leader of the revolution says that possessing nuclear weapons is haram (forbidden) then we cannot have them. This also includes weapons of mass destruction. We witnessed the effect of WMDs when the Americans and Europeans provided Saddam with them and he used them, in places like Halabja. I was there when he attacked and I can't wipe the images from my mind. Everything and everyone -- children, men, women and animals were exterminated. We know what WMDs do. But this is something that Bush and Rice do not understand.

Our influence in Islamic countries does not depend on the possession of an atomic bomb. If we have influence in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine it is not because of nuclear weapons but because of what we represent morally. Take Pakistan for example. It has an atomic bomb, how does that make it influential? But again, Bush thinks only of bombs."

The Nuclear Information Project: Global Strike Chronology


the nuclear information project: Global Strike Chronology

The Bush Pre-emptive bombing using nuclear weapons. download the report here.

This IS the October surprise:

At the end of September 2006, the Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Global Strike is scheduled to achieve Full Operational Capability (FOC). That event builds on Global Strike capabilities developed over many years to provide new offensive strike options to the President against proliferators of weapons of mass destruction.

Former British ambassador says CIA and MI6 use testimony obtained under torture

News - Press service - Info - Former British ambassador says CIA and MI6 use testimony obtained under torture:

when will it end?

'I saw evidence of scores of cases of torture in Uzbekistan: people boiled to death, photos of serious injuries, mutilation of genitals, rape of individuals in front of their relatives... until they would sign a confession,' Mr Murray said. When he tried to share his concern with the UK Foreign Office by sending several letters and faxes, he was finally told that 'Jack Straw discussed the issue with the head of the MI6 and reached the conclusion that we should continue to receive intelligence material obtained from confessions under torture and that this would not contravene the UN Convention against Torture', since the UK government did not torture people directly. He said Foreign Office legal advisor Michael Wood replied in a letter that the UN Convention against torture only forbids information obtained under torture 'to be invoked as evidence in any proceedings'.

'In this way, the British formal position can be maintained when they say 'we do not condone, use or instigate torture,'' Mr Murray added. He said he had continued to protest, which led to him being forced to leave the civil service. Mr Murray said these events left a 'lack of credibility of the intelligence material obtained, intended to paint the false picture that Uzbekistan opposition people were linked to Al Qaeda and Bin Laden'.

UN damns 'illegal' Iraq detention

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | UN damns 'illegal' Iraq detention:

29,565 people detained in Iraq
8,300 held legally by the Iraqi justice ministry
14,222 held by coalition forces
6,000 held by Iraqi interior ministry
460 are held by Iraqi defence ministry

Bush's Friend, Mr. Hu: "Nothing is more valuable in the universe than human beings."

Arrivederci, Silvio: George W. Bush's Italian problem

Arrivederci, Silvio: George W. Bush's Italian problem - Editorials & Commentary - International Herald Tribune:

Bush, as Berlusconi, in denial of defeat:

Bush, who on Friday had yet to contact Prodi with his congratulations, will have to deal with a Prodi government that yearns for what its leaders call 'the other America' - the America of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, an America that knew how to combine military power with 'soft power,' attracting the support of foreign countries for American leadership by identifying U.S. interests with theirs.

John W. Dean III: If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President

FindLaw's Writ - Dean: If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President:

An analysis of what can be expected by Bush in the next several months by John Dean:

As the 2006 midterm elections approach, this active/negative president can be expected to take further risks. If anyone doubts that Bush, Cheney, Rove and their confidants are planning an 'October Surprise' to prevent the Republicans from losing control of Congress, then he or she has not been observing this presidency very closely.

What will that surprise be? It's the most closely held secret of the Administration.

How risky will it be? Bush is a whatever-it-takes risk-taker, the consequences be damned.

One possibility is that Dick Cheney will resign as Vice President for 'health reasons,' and become a senior counselor to the president. And Bush will name a new vice president - a choice geared to increase his popularity, as well as someone electable in 2008. It would give his sinking administration a new face, and new life.

The immensely popular Rudy Giuliani seems the most likely pick, if Giuliani is willing. (A better option for Giuliani might be to hold off, and tacitly position himself as the Republican anti-Bush in 2008.) But Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Bill Frist, and more are possibilities.

Bush's second and more likely, surprise could be in the area of national security: If he could achieve a Great Powers coalition (of Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and so on) presenting a united-front 'no nukes' stance to Iran, it would be his first diplomatic coup and a political triumph.

But more likely, Bush may mount a unilateral attack on Iran's nuclear facilities - hoping to rev up his popularity. (It's a risky strategy: A unilateral hit on Iran may both trigger devastating Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks in Iraq, with high death tolls, and increase international dislike of Bush for his bypass of the U.N. But as an active/negative President, Bush hardly shies away from risk.) Another rabbit-out-of-the-hat possibility: the capture of Osama bin Laden.

If there is no 'October Surprise,' I would be shocked. And if it is not a high-risk undertaking, it would be a first. Without such a gambit, and the public always falls for them, Bush is going to lose control of Congress. Should that happen, his presidency will have effectively ended, and he will spend the last two years of it defending all the mistakes he has made during the first six, and covering up the errors of his ways.

There is, however, the possibility of another terrorist attack, and if one occurred, Americans would again rally around the president - wrongly so, since this is a presidency that lives on fear-mongering about terror, but does little to truly address it. The possibility that we might both suffer an attack, and see a boost to Bush come from it, is truly a terrifying thought.

20.4.06

Veterans’ waits for first appointment spike

Army Times - Veterans’ waits for first appointment spike:

Veterans will have to wait until Halliburton does surgery...

The number of veterans waiting for their first medical appointment in the veterans’ health care system has doubled in the last year, according to information released Thursday by House Democrats.

Cited statistic provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Democratic staff of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee says 30,475 veterans are waiting for their first appointment at a VA facilities, compared with 15,211 at the same time last year.

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"In January, the administration asked for $38.5 billion for veterans’ health care programs for 2007, an amount Democrats have said is $3.6 billion less than needed. Part of that extra money — about $800 million — is needed to offset a Bush administration assumption that higher enrollment fees and co-payments for prescription drugs would reduce health care costs.

There has been bipartisan opposition in Congress to the fee increases, leaving lawmakers to seek money to cover the extra costs.

Iran: The Day After

Foreign Policy In Focus | op-ed | Iran: The Day After:

Good morning, Iran!

Let's look at reality, instead of lies, distortions and weasel-words. If the U.S. attacks Iran--with nuclear or 'conventional' bombs--it is virtually certain that Iranian retaliation will be swift and lethal. Iran's surrounding neighborhood is, as the military jargon puts it, 'target-rich.' Iran's military strategists will have a wide choice.

A direct attack on U.S. troops in Iraq or elsewhere in the region (Oman and Qatar are both possibilities) is only the first option. Iran's military is certainly no match for the Pentagon, but serious retaliation doesn't require that; Tehran has plenty of conventional capacity to target those troop concentrations.

How about Israel? Tel Aviv has been making bellicose threats towards Iran even before the Bush administration took up the crusade, and Israel's 1981 destruction of Iraq's French-built nuclear power plant at Osirak still looms large in Middle Eastern memories. Iran's missiles can certainly reach Israeli cities. And given President Bush's statements that Iran represents a threat to Israel, and that the U.S. will do whatever is needed to 'protect our ally,' it is certainly possible that Iran's retaliation will target Israel, regardless of whether it is ultimately U.S. or Israeli bombers that drop their lethal payload.

Another possibility would be an attack through proxies, particularly in Iraq. Iraqi Shi'a and others, outraged by the expansion of Washington's war to Iran, could well push already unstable parts of the country over the edge. Southern Iraq could collapse into chaos and violence. (Conversely, the widely-discussed claim that Iran might retaliate against the U.S. by 'turning loose' Hezbollah to commit rampant terror attacks around the world appears to be grounded less in facts than in febrile Washington imaginations. Such a scenario assumes that Hezbollah, a decades-old anti-occupation movement in Lebanon created to resist Israel's 1982 invasion, is nothing more than a cat's-paw of the Iranian regime that Tehran can deploy at will. It denies the reality of Hezbollah's independent, popular legitimacy, including its powerful representation in the Lebanese parliament, and the fact that despite long-standing Iranian support, Hezbollah's strategic imperatives are driven by Lebanese, not Iranian, realities.)

And what about the oil weapon? Iran certainly has the capacity to shut the strategic, but potentially vulnerable, Strait of Hormuz, through which a huge proportion of Middle Eastern oil flows to the rest of the world. What if the Iranian navy scuttled an oil tanker in the Strait, blocking oil traffic? What if it was a U.S. tanker?

Iraqi teachers beheaded in front of students - report

World News Article | Reuters.co.uk:

Believe it or not, this article was written exatcly as follow:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Ministry of State for National Security said on Wednesday two groups of gunmen entered two primary schools in Baghdad and beheaded two teachers in front of their students.

But the U.S. military and a police official said the attacks never took place.

'Two terrorist groups beheaded two teachers in front of their students in the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi primary schools in Shaab district in Baghdad,' a ministry statement said.

An official in the ministry's press office also confirmed the report.

But the U.S. military said it was false.

'There is no substance to this report. It did not occur. But we are still checking with Iraqi police and other sources,' said U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Johnson.

Police Major Kassim Ahmed told a Reuters reporter who went to the scene: 'This is not true. It is made up.'

19.4.06

"Hello, America! I Harvest Chinese Prisoner Organs and Sell them to the Highest Bidder."


CNN.com

President of China meets with Bush...may have an idea the neoconservatives may incorporate into the 'immigration problem'....

Bush and His Police State

Don Goldberg

Regarding the FBI its interest in Jack Anderson's papers... A letter from his son to the pigs at the fbi explaining what Jack Anderson believed and how he lived and how he wrote:

Jack Anderson was a patriot with a deep and abiding love for his country and its people. While he firmly believed in the essential goodness and wisdom of its people, he was often critical of those in government who wield power. He felt strongly that the role of a free press was to stand as sentinel, ready to sound the alarm when government overstepped its bounds. In Jack Anderson’s view, a journalist’s sacred duty was to criticize government when appropriate in the hope that it might do better. The press was certainly never intended to serve as the government’s handmaiden. As Mr. Anderson explained regarding his reporting on the Nixon Administration: “I have always published what I thought the American people ought to know.… Occasionally the decisions have been agonizing ones. But usually, when something has come across my desk classified as a national security secret, it has involved the misdeeds and manipulations of people who had abused the public trust, and then had swept the evidence under the secrecy stamp.” Similarly, he wrote about the fundamental precepts he learned from his mentor Drew Pearson who “took pains to inculcate his convictions on the moral objectives of the newspaper column and the just society: to champion the cause of the voiceless instead of the dominant, the dissenter as well as the organization, the helpless against their exploiters, the small enterprise over the octopus, the public’s right to know and control rather than the official’s prerogative to conceal and manipulate.” In short, his views can best be summed up as follows: Ours is a government of the people. The people are the sovereigns; those who work in government are our servants. We the people have the right to know what our servants are doing when they act in our name. In Mr. Anderson’s view, this bedrock principle could not be otherwise; for, as he emphasized repeatedly: “The stakes are too high in a democracy where everything rests on an informed people.

UN Committee Against Torture | US to appear to explain its tortured logic regarding torture


Bush forced to report to United Nations regarding torture.

Meeting held May 5th and 8th in Geneva.

Here is the UN Report on US atrocities.

Blumenthal: "McClellan is a flea on the windshield of history."

Comment is free: Walking the White House plank:

Blumenthal, more significantly, on Fitzgerald and Rove. Now that Fitzgerald has put Republican Ryan in federal prison, along with 75 of his cronies, it is time to investigate the fetid pile of human excrement in the White House:

Events that could truly shake the Bush White House to its foundation, however, may be discerned elsewhere. On Monday, in Chicago, a jury found former Republican governor George Ryan guilty of 18 counts of corruption. His trial was the climax of a nine-year investigation that had yielded 75 convictions, including some of the most powerful figures in the Republican party of Illinois. The federal investigation, dubbed Operation Safe Roads, began by looking into bribery for driver's licenses. Over time, prosecutors systematically uncovered broader and deeper patterns of corruption reaching up to the governor's office. Patiently, they built their cases until they reached the top.

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Karl Rove is a subject of Fitzgerald's investigation - this is the headline buried in Libby's filing.

In white-collar criminal investigations, individuals who fall under the gaze of a prosecutor fit into one of three categories: witness, subject or target. Rove's attorney has suggested that Rove is simply a witness. But that is untrue. He is a subject. A subject is someone the prosecutor believes may have committed a crime and is under investigation. If the prosecutor decides he has accumulated sufficient evidence to prove guilt, he will change the designation of that person from subject to target and then indict him or her.

Having successfully completed his most extensive investigation and prosecution, ending with the conviction of former Governor Ryan, Patrick Fitzgerald returns to the unresolved case before him. The federal grand jury considering his evidence began meeting again this morning. Karl Rove remains a subject--for now.

18.4.06

Prominent US Physicists Send Letter to President Bush

Prominent US Physicists Send Letter to President Bush:

full letter here. excerpt:
“It is gravely irresponsible for the U.S. as the greatest superpower to consider courses of action that could eventually lead to the widespread destruction of life on the planet. We urge the administration to announce publicly that it is taking the nuclear option off the table in the case of all non-nuclear adversaries, present or future, and we urge the American people to make their voices heard on this matter.”

Millions of refugees are hidden victims of the US war on terror, warns UN

Independent Online Edition > World Politics:

In Afghanistan, at least two million have left - more than one-fifth of the world's total refugees. Almost all went to Iran or Pakistan

Refugees fleeing persecution or civil war are becoming the hidden victims of the West's obsession with combating terrorism, the United Nations will warn in a report published today.

Only a fraction of the world's 9.2 million refugees have the means to reach the industrialised world to seek asylum. Those who do are increasingly likely to be treated like criminals as rich countries put up the barriers to keep out terrorists and economic migrants.

'More and more, asylum-seekers are portrayed not as refugees fleeing persecution and entitled to sanctuary, but rather as illegal migrants, potential terrorists and criminals - or at a minimum, as 'bogus',' the report by the office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warns.

Saudis to transfer $92 million to Palestinian Authority

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World:

Saudis pull a 'suck on this, george' on bush..

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that they would transfer $92 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority. Their declaration of support for the PA comes after Russia said it would transfer $10 million, Iran $50 million, and Qatar an additional $50 million for a total of over $200 million.

Sunni Cleric: God, Incapacitate Bush

Cleric: God, incapacitate Bush:

Bush, the delusional, 11.23.03: The United States military is doing a fantastic job. You are defeating the terrorists here in Iraq, so that we don't have to face them in our own country. You're defeating Saddam's henchmen, so that the people of Iraq can live in peace and freedom. By helping the Iraqi people become free, you're helping change a troubled and violent part of the world.

uhh, now...maybe not so much...


A prayer leader of one of Baghdad's largest Sunni mosques has asked God to make United States President George W Bush suffer the same fate as former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon.

Sharon formally lost his seat as head of Israel, declared permanently incapacitated by a coma.

In his sermon at the main weekly prayers in the capital's Abdel Qader al-Kilani mosque, Sheikh Mahmoud Issawi raised his hands to the sky with tears flowing from his eyes and called on God to strike down the US president.

'Lord, make the fate of the criminal Bush like the fate of the criminal Sharon, make him suffer in this world before the next,' said Issawi.

Issawi said the 'forces of occupation' were responsible for the violence in Iraq.

Issawi said: 'Oh Lord, visit suffering upon the American people and show them your power.

'Leave their children without parents, their women without husbands and let their blood flow the way the blood of the Iraqis has flowed.'

Carl Bernstein: Senate Heaings on Bush, Now

VANITY FAIR : Carl Bernstein on the War Criminal:

'Let me make very clear the position of my government and our country,' said Bush when confronted with the undeniable, photographic evidence of torture. 'We do not condone torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture. The values of this country are such that torture is not a part of our soul and our being.' The available facts would indicate this was an unusually evident example of presidential prevarication, but we will never know exactly how untruthful, or perhaps just slippery, until the president and the White House are compelled to cooperate with a real congressional investigation.

That statement by Bush, in June 2004, in response to worldwide outrage at the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs, illustrates two related, core methodologies employed by this president and his cadre to escape responsibility for their actions: First, an Orwellian reliance on the meaninglessness of words. (When is 'torture' torture? When is 'ordered' 'authorized'? When is 'if someone committed a crime they will no longer work in my administration' a scheme to keep trusted aides on the payroll through a legal process that could take years before adjudication and hide the president's own role in helping start—perhaps inadvertently—the Plame ball rolling?)

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The second method of escape is the absence of formal orders issued down the chain of command, leaving non-coms, enlisted men and women, and a few unfortunate non-star officers to twist in the wind for policies emanating from the president, vice president, secretary of defense, attorney general, national-security adviser to the president, and current secretary of state (formerly the national-security adviser). With a determined effort, a committee of distinguished senators should be able to establish if the grotesque abuse of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo was really the work of a "few bad apples" like Army Reserve Spc. Lynndie England wielding the leash, or a natural consequence of actions flowing from the Oval Office and Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Jack Anderson's Family Fighting FBI Effort to See the Late Columnist's Papers

Jack Anderson's Family Fighting FBI Effort to See the Late Columnist's Papers:

'Filthy Bastards Inside' want to go through a dead journalist's notes to make sure he does not have any notes regarding Kissinger, Nixon and Bush...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to see Jack Anderson's papers before anyone else does, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The family of the late investigative journalist plans to fight that FBI request.

Anderson, who died last December at age 83, wrote the 'Washington Merry-Go-Round' column that United Media syndicated to hundreds of newspapers. His papers are contained in about 200 boxes held by George Washington University's library, according to Scott Carlson's Chronicle article.

'During his life and career as a muckraking journalist in Washington, Jack Anderson cultivated secret sources throughout the halls of government -- sources who passed on information that allowed Anderson to investigate and write about Watergate, CIA assassination schemes, and countless scandals,' wrote Carlson, adding that the late columnist's archive 'could be a trove of information about state secrets, dirty dealings, political maneuverings, and old-fashioned investigative journalism, open for historians and up-and-coming reporters to see.'

Death squad allegations threaten to derail Bush's last Latin ally

Independent Online Edition > Americas:

Death Squads = Bush | Bush's only ally in South America fits the Bush Family Tree: He is a lying murderer too!

Alvaro Uribe's procession to a second term as Colombia's President hit a stumbling block yesterday as he responded wildly to allegations that his government colluded with paramilitaries to kill civilians.

Mr Uribe, the last man standing among Washington's right-wing allies in South America, is riding high in the polls ahead of the presidential election on 28 May. His success is crucial to the White House, which has seen a succession of sympathetic governments defeated in the so-called 'pink wave' of left-wing leaders who have swept to power in Latin America.

But allegations that have haunted the short-tempered politician since he won the presidency in 2002 have resurfaced. They involve an alleged conspiracy to assassinate leftists and union leaders, and leaking sensitive information to drug traffickers and right-wing paramilitary groups.

Pakistan tells Bush to 'Suck It'

Pakistan vehemently opposing any use of force against Iran: Kasuri - PakTribune:

"'Iran is our friendly-neighbour country, therefore we will not provide any assistance to the US in case the latter attacked the former,' he made it clear.

Replying to a question, he said whatever demands the US had vis-a-vis Iran issue but Pakistan’s had played positive role and even contacted the EU to make any positive headway in this regard.

'Iran has inked the NPT that’s why the international community should play such a role that national dignity of Tehran should be kept aloft on the one hand and reservations of the global community be also addressed on the other,' he added."

US Pimp | Bush Businessman: Guilty

AP Wire | 04/18/2006 | Businessman pleads guilty in Iraq scheme:

And the neoconservatives continue to fill the cells...

With millions of dollars in Iraqi reconstruction contracts to be had, Philip H. Bloom offered up money, cars, premium airline seats, jewelry, alcohol, even sexual favors from women at his villa in Baghdad.

For a while, the kickback scheme worked. Bloom, a U.S. businessman who saw opportunity in Iraq, paid more than $2 million in bribes to U.S. officials who directed more than $8.6 million in contracts to companies he controlled.

After the inspector general for reconstruction projects began auditing contracts, the system crumbled.

Bloom is facing up to 40 years in prison and nearly $8 million in penalties after pleading guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money laundering, according to court documents made public Tuesday.

UN Torture Committee wants answers from the Bush Crime Family regarding Torture in Guantanamo and Elsewhere

UN torture panel presses US on detainees:

bush crime family sets a record!

The United Nations committee against torture has demanded that the United States provide more information about its treatment of prisoners at home and foreign terrorism suspects held in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

In questions submitted to Washington, the panel also sought information about secret detention facilities and specifically whether the United States assumed responsibility for alleged acts of torture in them, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

'It is the longest list of issues I have ever seen,' Mercedes Morales, a U.N. human rights officer who serves as secretary to the U.N. Committee against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, told reporters.

Washington is expected to send a delegation of 30 officials to defend its record at a meeting next month in Geneva of the committee, composed of 10 independent human rights experts.

On the CIA Outsourcing of Torture

CCR:

extraordinary renditions now 'ordinary'

Now Congress must decide: Did it vote to eliminate the use of torture or not?

McCain has been quiet since the recent disclosures. This is precisely the time for Congress to pass a total ban on outsourcing torture, with a formal rejection of the president's unconstitutional claim that he can follow these laws as he sees fit.

We cannot let the immoral and incoherent excuses for torture seep deeper into our law and policy.

It does not matter where these crimes against humanity occur, or what the perpetrators claim to have in mind when they commit them. It does not matter if we are at war, because our values do not fluctuate in response to the challenges before us.

This country was founded on the principle that the government's actions are bound by the Constitution and the American people, not by the whims of any single administration.

Congress must forcefully remind the president of that fact, before it is too late.

Bat-shit Crazy Rumsfeld Suggests bin Laden, Zarqawi Manipulating U.S. Press

Rumsfeld Suggests bin Laden, Zarqawi Manipulating U.S. Press:

"For one thing, Rumsfeld said it was important to 'recognize that the terrorists, Zarqawi and bin Laden and Zawahiri, those people have media committees. They are actively out there trying to manipulate the press in the United States. They are very good at it. They're much better at (laughing) managing those kinds of things than we are.'"

Ex-Gitmo Commander Ordered to Testify

Ex-Gitmo Commander Ordered to Testify:

well, it is a start in the right direction...

A military judge Tuesday ordered an Army general who commanded the detention center at Guantanamo Bay to testify at the court martial of a dog handler in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The judge, Marine Lt. Col. Paul McConnell, agreed to allow attorneys to question Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller during the trial of Sgt. Santos A. Cardona, who is accused of using his dog to abuse inmates at Abu Ghraib in Iraq .

Miller, who was sent to Abu Ghraib by Rumsfeld shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and Cardona‘s lawyers say the general has valuable testimony about the interrogation techniques that led to prisoner abuse.

17.4.06

Nat'l Archives vowed silence on CIA papers

Nat'l Archives vowed silence on CIA papers:

"The National Archives promised to avoid drawing 'unnecessary public attention' to its efforts to remove declassified CIA documents from public view after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to a once-secret agreement with the spy agency.

The agreement was made public Monday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. It provided new details on the efforts of the nation's chief historical repository to hide the fact that U.S. intelligence was secretly trying to reclassify approximately 55,500 pages of previously public documents.

Documents released last week to AP showed the Archives had agreed to refuse to disclose that the Air Force, the CIA and another intelligence agency had made the original request to remove the documents. The CIA agreement released Monday was not included in the documents made public last week."

Bush Justice Department Defends War-Criminal Kissinger

Bloomberg.com: Latin America:

"The Justice Department, which is defending Kissinger in the dispute because it stems from his work as a government official, urged the Supreme Court not to get involved.

``Adjudicating those claims would necessarily require a court to evaluate the reasonableness of the president's broader decision, at the height of the Cold War, to take actions to prevent a Marxist-led government from taking power in Chile,'' Bush administration lawyer Paul Clement argued in court papers."

16.4.06

France Investigates secret CIA Renditions


Rights group challenges France over secret CIA flights:


"A human rights organization Saturday called on a French prosecutor to open a judicial inquiry into the suspected stopover in France of secret CIA flights carrying alleged terrorist detainees.

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) referred to an April 5 report by Amnesty International stating that several flights by the US Central Intelligence Agency agency were routed through France, as reported in the newspaper Le Monde in its Sunday-Monday edition.

'The report condemns the secret operations which consisted of stopping or picking up people to transfer them and detain them in a secret manner or to send them to countries where they were submitted to acts of torture and other maltreatment,' said FIDH lawyer Patrick Baudoin in a letter dated April 11 to the prosecutor, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

The report also indicated 'some of destinations and the owners of the aircraft used... for the illegal transport', he wrote.

It identified a Gulfstream IV plane 'which stopped over four times at France's Le Bourget airport' outside Paris and another 'Gulfstream III plane' which stopped there twice, the lawyer wrote to Francis Molins."

The Rumsfeld Stain

US-Military: The Rumsfeld Stain - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News:

rumsfeld, the war criminal:

[T]here is also the grotesque and deeply shameful issue that will always be a part of Mr. Rumsfeld's legacy - the manner in which American troops have treated prisoners under their control in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There is no longer any doubt that large numbers of troops responsible for guarding and interrogating detainees somehow loosed their moorings to humanity, and began behaving as sadists, perverts and criminals.

The catalog of confirmed atrocities is huge. Consider just one paragraph from a long and horrifying story on Friday by Tim Golden of The Times about the torture and brutal deaths of two Afghan inmates at the hands of U.S. troops:

'In sworn statements to Army investigators, soldiers describe one female interrogator with a taste for humiliation stepping on the neck of one prostrate detainee and kicking another in the genitals. They tell of a shackled prisoner being forced to roll back and forth on the floor of a cell, kissing the boots of his two interrogators as he went. Yet another prisoner is made to pick plastic bottle caps out of a drum mixed with excrement and water as part of a strategy to soften him up for questioning.'

These were among the milder abuses to come to light. The continuum of bad behavior that has been a hallmark of the so-called war on terror extends from this kind of activity to incidents of extreme torture and death.

US Kill Seven Afghan civilians and injure Three

CNN.com - Afghan civilians killed in battle - Apr 16, 2006:

"Seven civilians have been killed and three wounded when they were caught in a firefight between U.S. forces and insurgents in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. military."

Operation Tirrant: The US Plan to Attack Iran

The Asian Age - News Worldwide:

William Arkin, who served as the US Army’s top intelligence mind on West Berlin in the 1970s and accurately predicted US military operations against Iraq, said the plan is known in military circles as Tirannt, an acronym for 'Theatre Iran Near Term.'

It includes a scenario for a land invasion led by the US Marine Corps, a detailed analysis of the Iranian missile force and a global strike plan against any Iranian weapons of mass destruction, Mr Arkin wrote in the Washington Post. US and British planners have already conducted a Caspian Sea war game as part of these preparations, the scholar said.

'According to military sources close to the planning process, this task was given to Army General John Abizaid, now commander of Centcom, in 2002,' Arkin wrote, referring to the Florida-based US central command. But preparations under Tirannt began in earnest in May 2003 and never stopped, he said. The plan has since been updated using information collected in Iraq. Air Force planners have modelled attacks against Iranian air defences, while Navy planners have evaluated coastal targets and drawn up scenarios for keeping control of the Strait of Hormuz.

A follow-on Tirannt analysis, which began in October 2003, calculated the results of different scenarios to provide options to commanders, Mr Arkin wrote. The Marines, meanwhile, have come up with their own document called Concept of Operations that explores the possibility of moving forces from ship to shore without establishing a beachhead first. 'Though the marine corps enemy is described only as a deeply religious revolutionary country named Karona, it is — with its Revolutionary Guards, WMD and oil wealth — unmistakably meant to be Iran,' Mr Arkin said.

Various scenarios involving Iran’s missile force have also been examined in another study, initiated in 2004 and known as BMD-I, which is short for 'Ballistic Missile Defence — Iran', Mr Arkin said. In June 2004, US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld alerted the US Strategic Command in Omaha to be prepared to implement CONPLAN 8022, a global strike plan that includes Iran. 'The new task force mostly worries that if it were called upon to deliver ‘prompt’ global strikes against certain targets in Iran under some emergency circumstances, the President might have to be told that the only option is a nuclear one,' Mr Arkin said. The US military has been involved in contingency planning against Iran since at least the presidency of Jimmy Carter, who undertook a failed commando operation to rescue US hostages in Tehran in 1980.

Guantánamo Bay as "a stain on American justice"

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Blair's Guantanamo 'shame' - ex-law lord:

Lord Steyn, who retired from Britain's highest court last year, said: 'As a lawyer brought up to admire American democratic values, I feel compelled to say that Guantanamo Bay is a stain on American justice. Only the present administration of the United States tries to defend the utterly indefensible.

An eminent former law lord attacked Guantánamo Bay as "a stain on American justice" last night and said Tony Blair's refusal to condemn it was "shaming for our country".

"As a lawyer brought up to admire American democratic values, I feel compelled to say that Guantánamo Bay is a stain on American justice. Only the present administration of the United States tries to defend the utterly indefensible."

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"You may ask: how will it help in regard to the continuing outrage at Guantánamo Bay for our government now to condemn it? The answer is that it would at last be a powerful signal to the world that Britain supports the international rule of law."

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"In an era when, since 9/11, international institutions and international law have been damaged, particularly by the actions of the United States and the United Kingdom, it behoves us to bear in mind the internationalist approach of [Clement] Attlee. He took the view that excessive emphasis on national sovereignty encouraged aggression. Giving up part of that sovereignty to an international organisation was in his view the key to world peace."