How U.S. Torture Came To Iraq
Moon of Alabama
According to the Taguba report torture by military units in Iraq was implemented after the Gitmo commander General Miller visited Iraq in August/September 2003 and recommended that the military police should be used in setting the conditions for intelligence exploitation of the prisoners. The pictures from Abu Ghraib were the result of that visit. But that was certainly not the first implementation of torture by U.S. military in Iraq. Indeed the chain of torture use by the military was not Gitmo->Afghanistan and Gitmo->Iraq but Gitmo->Afghanistan->Iraq..
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And So It Goes …
…Conveniently, during her recent visit to Baghdad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while perched in the surreal Green Zone which is floating atop a sea of Iraqi blood, had the gall to claim “that Iraq is going in the right direction” and that the recent violence does “not reflect any diversion from the security progress that has been made” in Iraq. The primary reason for her unannounced visit was to reassure Prime Minister Maliki that if the violence continues to worsen, the Obama administration would back off its so-called withdrawal plan. Let us not forget the context of this visit – in addition to the hellish week Iraq has just experienced, overall violence there has been on the rise for the last two months. Along with leaving up to 50,000 US troops in Iraq indefinitely, the plan to remove many of the other troops by August 2010 is slipping into the background as the justifications for remaining in Iraq are now being placed in the foreground. Iraq is Obama’s occupation now, and circumstances there are ripping away the mask of any promised “change.” ..
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CIA Torture Began In Afghanistan Eight Months before Justice Department Approval
… Last Thursday, however, lawyers for Rafiq Alhami, a Tunisian prisoner in Guantánamo, introduced another disturbing element to the narrative, which confirms without a shadow of a doubt that the CIA was torturing prisoners in Afghanistan from December 2001. In his lawsuit, Alhami stated, as the Associated Press described it, that, from December 2001, he was held in three CIA “dark sites,” where “his presence and his existence were unknown to everyone except his United States detainers,” and where, at various times, he was “stripped naked, threatened with dogs, shackled in painful stress positions for hours, punched, kicked and exposed to extremes of heat and cold.” He also stated that his interrogators “sprayed pepper spray on his hemorroids, causing extreme pain.” It’s likely that all of Alhami’s claims are true…
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Gaza again on brink of disaster, says Scots aid chief
By SHÂN ROSS AND BEN LYNFIELD IN JERUSALEM
TENS of thousands of people struggling to rebuild their lives in the Gaza Strip after Israel’s 22-day military offensive this year will face a second humanitarian disaster within weeks, because aid is not getting through, the Scot heading the British Red Cross international relief effort has warned.
Moira Reddick, the charity’s head of disaster management, said blockages at the Israeli border meant civilians were facing spending the summer with its soaring temperatures sheltering under rotting plastic and tents with little or no sanitation, increasing the threat of disease and risk of infection…
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US promotes Iran in energy market
By M K Bhadrakumar
…In a hugely surprising move, while speaking to reporters after the Sofia conference, Morningstar spoke of Iran as a potential gas supplier for Nabucco. “Obviously, right now, gas from Iran creates some difficulties for the United States as well as for other countries involved,” he admitted. “We [US] reached out to Iran, we want to engage with Iran, but it also takes two to go to the dance and we are hoping that there will be positive responses from Iran,” Morningstar said. He reportedly said Nabucco could well exist without Iranian gas, but the US was really trying to reach out to Tehran. He was hopeful about the prospects since a possible “carrot” would be the development of Iran’s energy sector with Western technology if there is a thaw in US-Iran relations. He implied that Iran stands to hugely benefit as the Obama administration is deeply committed to Europe’s energy security. Interestingly, even as Morningstar spoke in Sofia, the US delegate at the conference in Ashgabat, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Krol, made yet another proposal involving Iran in his speech. He said the US remained open to the prospect of gas from Central Asia being exported to Europe via Iran, which borders Turkmenistan to the south. Krol’s audience included Iranian delegates…
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Was the Gaza school bombed by IAF a ‘legitimate target’?
By Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent
The Israel Defense Forces knows very well why, on January 3, at somewhere between 3:30 and 3:45 A.M., an Israel Air Force pilot bombed and destroyed the American International School, in the northern Gaza Strip. “The American college in the area of Beit Lahiya was being used as a rocket-launching site, as well as a munitions storage dump,” the IDF Spokesman told Haaretz in a written statement. “Therefore, it was a legitimate terrorist target.” Beyond the fact that the “college” is a school for children in grades 1-12, it’s already far too late to try and prove a negative. Suffice to say that Ribhi Salem, a mathematician by training who has been the administrative director of the school since it began operating in 1999, was flabbergasted when he heard the charges of the IDF…
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Collective Punishment: Iraq to Afghanistan
Alive in Baghdad
…In Afghanistan and Pakistan, or “AfPak” as its commonly referred to in the Western press, the US continues its practice of collective punishment against the population. It does so seemingly unaware of the damages suffered during counterinsurgency operations in Iraq. In fact, it appears that the US military may actually be getting worse at it, rather than improving. A study recently released by academics at King’s College and Royal Holloway, University of London reveals that in Iraq, 39 per cent of deaths from US air strikes were children, while 46 per cent were women. Even if its assumed that all of the men killed were legitimate military targets, that still only leaves a bombing success rate of just 15 percent. In Pakistan, the statistics are much worse. Figures released by the Pakistani government show that of 701 people killed in US air strikes, only 14 could be verified as legitimate al-Qa’eda operatives. That’s a staggeringly low success rate of just 2 percent…
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Global conspiracy behind Balochistan unrest: senators
By Mumtaz Alvi
Senators from Balochistan fear that the situation in Pakistan’s largest province might soon reach a point of no return, if no drastic damage-control measures were taken now. “We share common views that the situation in Balochistan is not normal. People, particularly youth in many areas, no more hesitate from openly demanding independence from Pakistan,” said these senators in an informal chat with The News here at the Parliament House the other day. Sitting in the chamber of Deputy Chairman Senate Jan Muhammad Jamali, who also hails from Balochistan, these lawmakers wished the people sitting in Islamabad should have the full understanding of the real problems of the province…
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In his latest visit to Palestine-Israel last week, US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell repeatedly urged the right- wing Israeli government to endorse the two-state solution with the Palestinians, but apparently to no avail. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Mitchell that Israel didn’t wish to “rule over another people”, and that Israel was still interested in reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians. However, the obvious prevarication didn’t impress the former US senator who told his hosts resolutely that the Obama administration was committed to the creation of a Palestinian state on territories occupied by Israel in 1967…
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Terror and Torture
…From readings of international law, Obama himself becomes guilty of torture as anyone who is complicit with aiding and abetting torture becomes guilty of the crime. If he refuses to act, then under international standards, Obama becomes guilty of the crime. Unfortunately the U.S. is one of the most contradictory countries when it comes to upholding laws, always telling others that they need to be transparent, open, democratic, but when it suits its own purposes it relies on ignoring, abrogating, or denying international law…
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The Problem Isn’t Avigdor Lieberman
By Ellen Cantarow
No one doubts that Avigdor Lieberman is a thug. His ultimata (”Those who think that through concessions they will gain respect and peace are wrong,” etc, New York Times Thursday, April 2, 2009) were designed to shock. On this site Neve Gordon’s revelations of Lieberman’s many corruptions, his beating of a 12-year-old child, his exhortation to bomb Gaza as the US bombed Hiroshima, supply further ugly evidence against the man, and fuel the flash-fires burning through the Internet in the wake of his appointment as Israel’s foreign minister. So he should be denounced by all means, but it is certain that the problems attaching to his name are not going away. On the contrary — particularly given President Obama’s repudiation of Lieberman during the President’s speech in Ankara, Turkey, and his avowed loyalty to a ‘two-state solution’ – these problems will appear in a different form, specifically in regard to the nature of the “two states” under the guidance of Obama, Netanyahu & Co…
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Obama Wants Law Change on Hamas
US President Barack Obama’s administration is seeking to change US law to allow aid to any future Palestinian unity government that might include Hamas. “That’s gutsy,” Nathan Brown, a specialist in Palestinian politics at George Washington University, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday, April 27. The administration has asked Congress to make changes to US law to allow federal aid to flow to the Palestinians government, if Hamas is included. The request came as part of an $83.4-billion emergency spending bill to fund the Iraq and Afghanistan wars…
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Arabs remain marginalised in Israel
Umm Al Fahm: When Israel marks its 61st anniversary this week, most of the Arab citizens who make up 20 per cent of the population will not celebrate. To many in the Arab minority, the birth of a state that describes itself as a Jewish homeland is no cause for rejoicing. “Of course I will not celebrate [Independence Day]. Why would I when I feel discriminated against? I don’t feel Israeli,” said Mahmoud Agbaria, 23, a student. Israeli leaders have acknowledged institutionalised discrimination against Israel’s 1.5 million Arab citizens. Arabs say little has been done…
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GI Special 7D20: One More Loathsome Betrayal [ 28 April 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Traitors At Work: Iraqi Refugee Fired For Testifying On Capitol Hill That U.S. Government Ignored Theft Of At Least $9 Billion In Taxpayer Dollars: Some Went To Insurgents Who Killed American Soldiers: “The Iraqi Government Is A Group Of Criminal People Who Were Supported By The Bush Administration. I Came Here To Tell American People The Truth”. How Washington Sabotaged Iraq’s Corruption Cop.
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GI Special 7D19: Lindy’s Great Escape [ 27 April 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Lindy’s Great Escape: “Facing A Potential Death Sentence For Singing ‘We Shall Overcome,’ The 27 ‘Mutineers’ Held A Meeting In The Cell Block Of The Presidio Stockade”. Inside there is a beautiful tribute to Lindy Blake, one of the Presidio 27 mutineers, written by his friend and comrade Randy Rowland (who, along with Keith Mather, told the story of the Presidio 27 in Sir! No Sir!). Lindy died recently at his home in Canada, where he has lived since escaping the Presidio stockade in 1968.
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GI Special 7D18: “Stop Stoploss” [ 26 April 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
Stop Stoploss Before Stoploss Stops You! On May 9th IVAW Ft. Lewis Will Begin Its Stoploss Campaign: Participants Will Meet At Noon On May 9th To Assemble”. They Will Then Proceed To A Rally Outside The Gates Of Fort Lewis: Other Groups From The Anti War-Community Need To Show Service People And Their Families That They Are Not Suffering Alone.
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GI Special 7D17: They Built Hell [ 26 April 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton
They Built Hell, And Call It Liberation: “They Were Whipped With Electrical Cables To Force Them To Confess To Being Militiamen”. “A Young Male Student Confessed To Membership Of A Terrorist Cell Because His Jailers Threatened To Rape Him”. “One Of The Most Common Ploys Is To Arrest Innocent People And Then Charge Hundreds Or Even Thousands Of Dollars For Them To Be Released”.
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