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TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Mar 16 08:38

War crime investigators will be barred from entering US

Restrictions may also be placed on investigators examining alleged war crimes involving Israel

Mar 15 10:18

US Agents Offer Cash to Engineer to Wreck Tehran Power Grid

The US spying services have sought to sabotage and take down the power grid of the Iranian capital through an Iranian-American engineer, a journalist disclosed on Thursday, adding that the anti-Tehran plot is now being operational in Venezuela.

Middle East commentator and analyst Sharmine Narwani, a former senior associate at Oxford University, sent letters to news outlets revealing that an Iranian-American engineer was offered money by US officials to conduct a sabotage mission targeting the power grid of Tehran.

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Mar 15 09:18

Memo to Israeli soldiers: Irish prosecutor charges British soldier for killing unarmed protesters 47 years ago

oday there was solemn news on the BBC. The prosecutor in Northern Ireland is going to charge a British soldier with murder for two of the 14 killings on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry.

Bloody Sunday was January 1972. Forty-seven years ago.

The families of the victims have never forgotten the fallen. They marched through the streets yesterday. The arc of history is long but sometimes it really does bend toward justice.

Mar 15 08:47

US Threatens Anyone Behind ICC Probe Into Its Staff With Visa Restrictions

The US is determined not to issue visas to individuals who are behind any the International Criminal Court investigation of US personnel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.

The new visa restrictions will not terminate Washington's previous measures, and new economic sanctions may follow if the International Criminal Court (ICC) fails to change its course, Pompeo said during the briefing.

"I'm announcing a policy of US visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of US personnel," Pompeo said. "This includes persons who take or have taken action to request or further such an investigation. These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis."

Mar 15 07:07

Why Would We Want to Spread Liberal Democracy?

(*when it's so much easier to go into another nation , the same way an everyday shoplifter breaches the confidence of a department store entrance , to get whatever he pleases for the sake of his own personal preservation ?)

Mar 15 06:33

US Report Intends to Whitewash Israel's Human Rights Violations

A high-ranking member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said a US decision to drop Israeli-occupied designation from the Golan Heights and Palestinian territories in its latest annual human rights report is meant to whitewash the Israeli occupation and human rights violations against the Palestinian nation.

“After the release of the so-called human rights report by the US State Department, it is now abundantly clear that [US President Donald] Trump’s administration is gearing all branches of the government to whitewash the Israeli occupation and its pervasive violations of human rights”>>>

Mar 14 10:25

ERIK PRINCE STILL WANTS BLACKWATER TO REPLACE U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

When the idea of replacing U.S. troops in Aghanistan with mercenaries was first proposed Defense Secretary James Mattis said, rather generously, that “it was not a wise idea.”

Mar 13 06:05

WHEN I WAS A KID I NEVER GOT AN ALLOWANCE

(*but my friends did , on Saturdays , they'd head to the store and buy some candy , ciggeretts , balsa wood gliders , or yoyo's , tops , comic books , kid stuff .
I didn't get that welfare handout from my parents . I had to report to my battle station for provision maneuvers .
For cigarettes I would need cash , because they were behind the counter , and the attendant had to hand them to us , no ID necessary , so I would resort to propaganda , and say they were for my mom .
I'd have to breach the border of the parents room , go behind enemy lines , execute a preemptive attack on the cash draw , and loot the enemy's treasury for the obligatory $.27cents , as they were priced under the nations horrifying days of socialism .
For all other items, in the red zone of the store's floor , I would resort to the covert operation of shoplifting , up , under the shirt , up the sleeve , in the pocket , of my ill fitted PI (*PARENTAL ISSUED) uniform , moving quickly to confuse , while constantly scanning the perimeter for the enemy , the store dick .
If these facts , as alleged , are true , I actually was a better Role Model , for America's Youth , from A More Principled Nation , I MEAN FAMILY , then the welfare mooching , allowance grabbers , my , lesser then myself , communist , nazi , socialist , childhood , and adolescent friends were .)

Mar 12 09:37

OPCW Report Contradicts Western Gov’t/MSM Claims Of Douma “Chemical Weapons Attack”

By Brandon Turbeville

After the lowest moment of Trump’s presidency to date — the bombing of Syria despite the risk of a third world war — the OPCW released a statement re-affirming that the United States, France, and the UK were wrong about their assertion that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma in April, 2018...

Mar 12 04:55

Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics

The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=h7t07EoHWbo
Note: It is our responsibility to see that every elected official receives a copy of this. Act Now!

Mar 11 16:38

Ex Mossad Head Admits Israel-Al-Qaeda Allegiance

Click title above to jump to the time. Ex head of Mossad reveals to the world on international television Israeli allegiance with Al-Qaeda;

Mar 11 08:35

A Peek into the Horrific Findings of the UN Report on Israel’s Massacre of Gaza Protesters

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council have released a powerful report, on the Gaza ‘Great Return March’ demonstrations, stating that they have grounds to believe Israel committed International War Crimes against demonstrators during “large-scale civilian protests”.

The 22-page document has been condemned by the Israeli government, as there is talk of Israel being brought to the International Court of Justice and tried for war crimes and violations of International Law against demonstrations that “were civilian in nature”.

The commission conducted 325 interviews and meetings with victims, witnesses, government officials and members of civil society, from all sides, and gathered more than 8,000 documents, including affidavits, medical reports, open source reports, social media content, written submissions and expert legal opinions, video and drone footage, and photographs.”

Mar 10 03:17

Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?

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Underestimating the People
We’ve seen this all before: On April 11 of 2002, the Venezuelan opposition—according to the most credible accounts—unleashed snipers on its own supporters and used the ensuing deaths to justify a coup against Hugo Chávez. But the opposition dramatically overplayed its hand and underestimated the Chavista grassroots, who it routinely smeared as the blind followers of a populist strongman.>>>

Mar 09 10:51

US CONGRESSMEN CALL FOR SAUDI TO RELEASE DETAINED DUAL CITIZEN

Senior US Congressmen have called for the Saudi Arabian authorities to release dual citizen Walid Fitaihi, who has been detained and tortured in Saudi prisons.

In a joint statement issued on Thursday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lead Republican Michael McCaul and Chairman Eliot Engel said that Fitaihi must be released. “We are deeply concerned by reports that Dr Walid Fitaihi, a dual US-Saudi citizen in Saudi custody, has been tortured,” the statement read.

They added: “Allegations like this are stunning and the reported lack of due process [in Saudi Arabia] is completely unacceptable. Torture and coercion of all prisoners must end.”

Concluding their statement, the Congressmen said: “We call on Saudi Arabia to immediately release Dr Fitaihi and allow him to travel outside Saudi Arabia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, we all understand that Saudi Arabia is a brutal place, with no true Constitution, and is run by the Butcher of Yemen, who understands, at least in theory, what human rights laws are, but doesn't want them introduced into his country, at least not while his regime is still in power.

But what is it about this guy, which makes him so valuable to Saudi Arabia?!?

It looks as though what he has done, is raise the level of health care in Saudi Arabia, for many of the people who would otherwise not have care.

This is what he says in his English bio:

"Affiliation
International Medical Center

About:
My mission in life is to improve the quality of health care in the Middle East through founding the International Medical Center (IMC) @theimcjeddah, and ensuring that it truly represents a major paradigm shift in health care delivery in the region."

Did he open his mouth and say something which infuriated the murderous Crown Prince bin Salman, who then gave the order to have him arrested and tortured?!?

Unfortunately, it appears to me that whatever this guy did, he did an industrial-strength job of pissing off the Prince; and these acts of torture will continue against other prisoners, until either Bin Salman dies, or is deposed by a bunch of very, VERY angry Saudis.

And President Trump, where, please, the hell are you in this case?!? Can you not plead, personally, for this guy?!?

I mean, after all, the Butcher of Yemen is one of your BFFs in the Middle East, right?!? Do you not think he wouldn't listen to you, if you called him?!?

Mar 09 10:30

Refusing to “Snitch,” Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Becomes Two-Time Political Prisoner

Chelsea Manning was thrown in jail on Friday for refusing to comply with a grand jury subpoena related to sealed charges against WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. She is ordered to be held until she complies with the subpoena or the grand jury process concludes, which could be more than a year from now.

The whistleblower has already spent more than seven years behind bars for her activism — in that case, for blowing the whistle on U.S. war crimes in Iraq.

Mar 07 12:24

Trump cancels reporting deaths by US assassination drones

US President Donald Trump has canceled the Obama-era plicy of reporting deaths caused by US assassination drones.

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to roll back Obama-era rules for targeted killings in the United States’ so-called war on terror.

Based on the order, US intelligence officials are no longer required to publicly disclose the numbers of people killed by the drones.

Mar 07 11:30

UN Commission Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

International law professor Kevin Jon Heller discusses the report of the UN Human Rights Council, which says Israel must be held accountable for war crimes committed against unarmed civilians and that Israeli courts do not hold them accountable

Mar 07 11:23

UN: Israel should face justice for crimes against humanity in Gaza

Israeli forces “have intentionally shot children. They have intentionally shot people with disabilities, they have intentionally shot journalists…”

“We found that one person, a double amputee, was shot and killed as he sat in his wheelchair (video below). On two separate days, two people visibly walking on crutches, were shot in the head…”

Mar 07 08:08

Guantanamo sees new construction a decade after prison ordered shut

A worn, yellow Bobcat excavator barrels over the defunct, 1940s-era McCalla Airfield, now the home of a maximum-security courthouse at Guantanamo Bay's Camp Justice.

The machine is bringing in materials needed for the expansion of offices and a new holding cell adjacent to the courthouse. The medically equipped cell will allow prisoners to live at the Camp Justice section of Guantanamo during court proceedings for the first time.

It has been 10 years since former US President Barack Obama issued an executive order to close the prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

However, not only has US President Donald Trump been determined to keep the camp open, his administration is now expanding it.

Mar 06 14:53

Trump cancels reports on civilian deaths in US drone strikes

US President Donald Trump has revoked the executive order requiring public reports on civilian casualties in drone strikes carried out by the CIA, as well as US military.

The new executive order, issued Wednesday, revokes the reporting requirement introduced by President Barack Obama in July 2016. The action required the Director of National Intelligence to release an unclassified summary of US strikes against terrorists “outside areas of active hostilities” and assessments of non-combatant deaths caused by those strikes.

Mar 06 06:05

US U-Turn: Afghans' Suffering Now Has No End

There is no end in sight for the suffering of people in Afghanistan because the Pentagon regime plans to keep its occupying troops in the war-torn country for five more years.

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Mar 06 05:59

Trump: 'I Agree 100%' with Keeping Some American Troops in Syria

US President Donald Trump indicated that he now agrees "100 percent" with keeping some American troops in Syria, according to a letter obtained by NBC News on Tuesday.

The letter, sent to Trump by a bipartisan group of senators and representatives came about two months after Trump abruptly announced the withdrawal of some 2,000 troops from Syria, declaring that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) had been defeated.
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In a paragraph that Trump marked, the group also wrote, "like you, we seek to ensure that all the gains made in Syria are not lost".

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(*wearing out that whip-lash thing he used to do to us so tactically ?
I mean , who's really stunned ?)

Mar 05 10:05

US Drops Banned White Phosphorous On ISIS In East Syria

According to Middle East news source Al Masdar News, the U.S. Coalition dropped internationally banned white phosphorous on the last tiny Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria during intense operations on Saturday evening.

American warplanes specifically dropped the white phosphorous on ISIS positions inside the Baghouz camp, which coalition statements have described as the last holdout to the "most hardened" militants, numbering in the hundreds, in Abu Kamal District of Deir Ezzor governate near the Iraqi border.

Mar 03 09:26

US-Led Coalition Used White Phosphorus in Attacks on Syria's Baghouz - Reports

The US-led coalition has used shells with white phosphorus in its bombing attacks on the southwestern Syrian town of Baghouz, which remains the last stronghold of the Daesh terror group in the country, local media reported on Saturday, citing sources.

This came soon after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that it had resumed operations against Daesh militants in Baghouz, following a break for citizens evacuation. According to SDF claims, only Daesh militants currently remain in the town.

However, the battle for Baghuz is currently going slowly in order to protect hostages held by the Daesh terrorists, according to co-chair of the US mission of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Bassam Ishak.

Mar 03 09:22

US-led coalition bombs eastern Syrian town with white phosphorus munitions

The US-led military coalition, which is purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria, has used white phosphorus munitions in a bombing raid against an area in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, local media say.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported on Saturday that US-led military aircraft conducted a bombing attack with white phosphorus munitions on the farmlands of the town of Baghouz in the volatile province.

The US-led coalition and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is supported by Washington, claim that they are fighting against the Daesh militants in the Arab country and that Baghouz, which is the last pocket of territory controlled by remnants of the terror group, is constantly under their fire and expected to be liberated soon.

The flashpoint town is located in the eastern Euphrates River region.

Mar 02 08:58

Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard- The Worst Beating in Boxing History - W/ Commentary

You will never see a fight like this in the modern era--

Or one like this either! Like walking into an airplane propeller said Archie Moore.

Rocky Marciano Goes Down But KOs Archie Moore This Day Sept 21, 1955 Rare Video Version Complete

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK0YRFu_tE8

Mar 01 16:16

Meet The Kakistocracy - Tjeerd Andringa on The Corbett Report


Kakistocracy is defined as “rule by the worst.” Today on the program Dr. Tjeerd Andringa of the University of Groningen joins us to discuss his theory of how the kakistocracy uses child abuse to perpetuate their control, both over the victims of that abuse and its perpetrators. We also discuss what the vast majority of decent and moral people can do about this problem.

Mar 01 09:52

DECADE OF ATTEMPTS BY CACI TO BLOCK ABU GHRAIB TORTURE LAWSUIT END AS JUDGE SETS TRIAL DATE

A private contractor has tried to prevent a lawsuit challenging their role in the torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib a total of sixteen times.
Now, the lawsuit against CACI Premier Technology, filed 13 years ago, finally has a date for a trial after a federal judge denied another motion to dismiss.

The trial is scheduled for April 23, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia.

“More than ten years passed for us to reach this point and achieve justice,” plaintiff Salah Al-Ejaili said. “We faced a lot of obstacles along the way that we had to surpass and we stayed patient because we wanted to win our right to equality in the law.”

Al Ejaili, an Iraqi and former reporter for al Jazeera, was detained at Abu Ghraib for about six weeks. When he arrived, he was allegedly forced to strip naked and put a bag on his head as personnel shouted at him to confess.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This judge... has just become my new heroine!

We, as Americans, have to take the values we tell the world we hold dear, and constantly uphold them; violence and torture should never be tolerated, in the questioning of prisoners of war, ever, period, end of discussion, because it doesn't work (except to pry confessions from the tortured), and because it makes the world laugh at our wretched moral hypocrisy, when we do not uphold these values in all circumstances, and at all times, no matter what.

Mar 01 09:13

UN investigators call for arrests over Gaza war crimes

Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by using lethal military force against unarmed protesters in Gaza, a United Nations independent commission of inquiry has found.

“Israeli security forces committed serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” Santiago Canton, the head of the commission, stated on Thursday.

“These violations clearly warrant criminal investigation and prosecution,” he added.

“[Israeli forces] have intentionally shot children, they’ve intentionally shot people with disabilities, they’ve intentionally shot journalists, knowing them to be children, people with disabilities and journalists,” Sara Hossain, one of the other three investigators appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, said.

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Feb 28 12:49

US JUDGE LETS ABU GHRAIB TORTURE CLAIMS TO GO TO TRIAL AFTER 10-YEAR DELAY

After 10 years of delay, a federal judge has ruled that three former inmates who say they were tortured at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison can go forward with their lawsuit against a military contractor.

Arlington-based CACI Premier Technology asked the judge Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit. The company, which supplied the Army with civilian interrogators, argued that the government's refusal to declassify key facts is making it impossible to defend itself.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema acknowledged CACI's frustration but said the lawsuit can move forward even though the government says certain facts like the identities of the interrogators are state secrets that can't be declassified.

The case is now slated to go to trial in April. While other pretrial matters remain unresolved, Brinkema told both sides that "you should expect if you don't settle this case, it'll go to trial."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the US tortures, or outsources torture, it does several things.

First, it makes this country look like a bunch of sniveling hypocrites, in terms of honoring human rights in the breach, rather than the observance of those rights.

Secondly, it demonstrates that with all our alleged "reverence" for the Rules of Law, torture, to get someone to say something as a "confession under duress of torture", is believed to be perfectly acceptible.

Third, it gives the leadership of any country which doesn't particularly like the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, carte blanche to do the same thing to American civilians and military personnel. Please do think about that one for awhile.

Back in World War II, there was a German intelligence officer by the name of Hanns Scharff; The German Intelligence Officer who treated US and Brit POWs with Kindness

This man was so respected that after the war, he was invited by the American military to teach his methods to American Intelligence Officers.

It is a damned shame that the US didn't have someone with Sharff's methods, or temperament, overseeing Abu Ghraib, and bravo to Judge Brinkema's stance on this.

It never bloody should have happened in the first place.

Feb 27 09:21

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) followed. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.

Feb 27 08:56

UK spy agency under pressure to open up over support for CIA torture programme

GCHQ's support of the CIA post-9/11 is becoming clearer, but MEE understands plans for a new inquiry are being resisted

Feb 23 13:38

UN Staffer Warns that 5G is a ‘War on Humanity’

5G is a greater threat to all life on earth than global thermal nuclear war; it permanently alters DNA and destroys the genetic code in human beings and their seed (just as it does for all life), once that seed is passed on to future generations, the mutated genetic code never goes away; this radiation has a similar effect on DNA as nuclear fallout, but from a much greater distance. If they put 20,000 satellites of this into space to radiate every inch of the planet, as they have planned, it will be similar to blanketing the entire planet with depleted uranium.

Feb 22 08:54

Interview: Ron Paul and the Never-Ending Story of Empire

Today we stand on a point in the continuum, a possible inflection point in the direction the world will go. Embrace the tired and ugly Marxist filth that destroyed hundreds of millions of people in the twentieth century (and altered the trajectory of history) or reject it whole cloth and build new institutions learning from those incalculable mistakes and horrors.

Donald Trump has revealed himself to be a two-bit, tiny man with delusions of grandeur, the blackest of hearts and bad ideas. The only thing worse than him at this point is his opposition, those that erected this edifice of corruption, filth and death.

Feb 22 04:57

“I Ain’t Marchin Anymore”

After all the unnecessary wars in U.S. history, after all the tens of millions slaughtered for nothing, after all the torture, the brutal sanctions for political gain, and the destruction of entire countries, where are we today? We are still at war!

Feb 21 10:51

Russia to Press for Putting “White Helmets” on Trial for Crimes in Syria

Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry’s department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an interview on February 20.

“The leading Western countries have failed to place the struggle against terrorism above their own time-serving political interests. In the sphere of international counter-terrorist cooperation various selective approaches thrive. Terrorists are rated as ‘bad’ and ‘not very bad’. Countries are being forced to agree with the concept of ‘resistance to violent extremism’ and its dangerous elements that create situations for ousting ‘disfavored’ governments,” Rogachyov said. “The Western sponsors are keen to present the contractors on their payroll in a favorable light as ‘envoys of peace’ in order to use this as a cover to push ahead with political destabilization scenarios.”

Feb 20 12:21

Israel pharmaceutical firms test medicines on Palestinian prisoners

Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners, Felesteen.ps reported.

The Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that the Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children and carry out these tests in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem.

Speaking in Columbia University in New York City, Shalhoub-Kevorkian said that she collected the data while carrying out a research project for the Hebrew University.

“Palestinian spaces are laboratories,” she said. “The invention of products and services of state-sponsored security corporations are fueled by long-term curfews and Palestinian oppression by the Israeli army.”

Feb 16 09:23

Why Are These Professional War Peddlers Still Around?

Pundits like Max Boot and Bill Kristol got everything after 9/11 wrong but are still considered "experts."? -- One thing that every late-stage ruling class has in common is a high tolerance for mediocrity. Standards decline, the edges fray, but nobody in charge seems to notice. They’re happy in their sinecures and getting richer. In a culture like this, there’s no penalty for being wrong. The talentless prosper, rising inexorably toward positions of greater power, and breaking things along the way. It happened to the Ottomans. Max Boot is living proof that it’s happening in America.

Feb 15 08:59

Elliott Abrams has supported death squads and genocide in Latin America but can't handle being asked about it.

The Trump administration has been hungrily eyeing Venezuela, reviving the U.S.'s old habit of overthrowing Latin American governments in countries with valuable natural resources. To help with this, Trump has named Elliott Abrams, a man with extensive experience in subverting democracy and enabling mass murder in Latin America, as Special Envoy to Venezuela.

A year ago, his appearance in front of the House Foreign Affairs committee might have been an easy affair, but on Wednesday, Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar wanted to know if Congress could expect even more atrocities from him this time around:

Omar: Mr. Abrams, you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding your involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.

Feb 15 08:53

"Nothing Happening at GITMO," Just One of the Biggest Cases in the History of the United States, Analysis & Opinion & What Follows: Capt. Dave Bertrand, Ret.

So….all the rhetoric from Trump, during the campaign about going after the Deep State is happening, while dis-information YouTubers are trying to profit from sensationalism, the truth of the matter is simple….Trump re-authorized and updated the NDAA section on the Amendments-Manual-Courts-Martial.

Feb 15 08:33

Ilhan Omar takes on the establishment

Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar has exposed a long-held open secret about the massive influence of the Israel lobby group AIPAC on US lawmakers.

In recent days, not only has she been scorned, attacked and smeared as an anti-Semite by Republicans and top members of her own Democratic Party, but elected leaders have remained conspicuously silent about AIPAC, thus vindicating her comments.

Meanwhile, the congresswoman continued on Wednesday to demonstrate her true antiwar principles when she questioned Elliott Abrams, the far right-wing Washington official tasked with overseeing the US regime change operation in Venezuela.

During a congressional hearing, Omar asked Abrams to account for his role in war crimes and the backing of death squads and genocides in Central America in the 1980s:

Feb 13 14:33

In Hebron, Israel removes the last restraint on its settlers’ reign of terror

Jonathan Cook shows how Israel, through a combination of settler terrorism, land theft and oppressive occupation policies, and with full US support, is driving the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants of Hebron out of their homes.>>

Feb 13 10:33

Israel prevents Palestinians from documenting Hebron settler crimes

The Israeli army has prevented Palestinian activists from documenting Israeli settlers’ crimes against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

This came after a group of Palestinian activists called Youth Against Settlement earlier this week launched a campaign to document settler violations in Hebron after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expelled the TIPH UN monitoring force that has documented Israeli crimes for 22 years, Quds Press reported yesterday.

In a statement, the activists said that settlers had already attacked them, despite the fact that they had been operating for only three days. The activists have already documented numerous violations against Hebron’s Palestinians, including attacks on Palestinian primary school pupils.

Feb 13 10:09

Hundreds of Saudi police officers trained in Britain 'aiding regime to commit torture'

Hundreds of Saudi police officers were trained in Britain last year, despite claims the skills they acquire could help the regime commit torture, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

The College of Policing, which sets the standards for UK police forces, has increased its work with a desert kingdom that faces global condemnation for alleged state-sponsored brutality.

The Telegraph investigation has found 268 Saudi police officers attended British training sessions between January and October last year. The figure dwarfs the number sent by other countries at the same time and comes as the regime faces accusations it arrested and tortured children, including some who were sentenced to death, according to a human rights charity.

Feb 13 08:34

Hands off ‘our hemisphere’ or Venezuela pays the price: US Senator warns Russia

This is pathetic. Without Venezuela and their gold the district of criminals is finished!

The US staked a claim on half the world, as Senate Armed Services Committee chair Jim Inhofe said Washington might have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia dares set up a military base not just there, but “in our hemisphere.”
“I think that it could happen,” Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) told a group of reporters on Tuesday. “You’ve got a guy down there that is killing everybody. You could have him put together a base that Russia would have on our hemisphere. And if those things happen, it may be to the point where we’ll have to intervene with troops and respond.”

Feb 12 09:59

New legal bombshells explode on two Navy SEAL war crimes cases

Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher not only stabbed to death a teenage wounded Islamic State prisoner of war during a 2017 deployment to Iraq, according to an officer in his chain of command, but the SEAL also called in “false target coordinates to engage a mosque," tried to push his platoon into pointless and potentially catastrophic firefights with insurgents and became so mentally unstable that he should’ve been relieved from duty but wasn’t.

Those allegations are contained in a proffer from the officer sent to military officials on Wednesday seeking immunity from prosecution in the sprawling war crimes case roiling California-based SEAL Team 7.

Proffers are legal documents that outline what potential witnesses will say on the stand in a court-martial trial in exchange for immunity from prosecution for crimes they also might’ve committed.

Feb 12 09:57

Why is Guantánamo seeking a wheelchair-accessible three-cell compound? Contingencies.

The Guantánamo Bay prison is shopping for a new three-cell, handicapped accessible compound — complete with a 115-foot dog run and guard house that can tap into the Pentagon’s secret internet network. Why?

“We must prepare for multiple contingencies, and modular buildings can be adapted and configured to provide us the flexibility needed to adapt to numerous circumstances,” prison spokesman Navy Cmdr. Adam Bashaw said Friday. He declined to answer specifically whether the proposed new compound was meant for the war court; the prison’s most clandestine lock-up for former CIA prisoners, Camp 7; or for a site called Camp Echo where captives meet their lawyers.

Echo has what Pentagon officials describe as “legacy issues,” meaning they have in the past been wired with listening devices and cameras that, defense attorneys say, allows for eavesdropping that violates attorney-client confidentiality.

Feb 11 14:14

President starts a war? Congress yawns. Threatens to end one? Condemnation!

The real question we need to ask is why is Congress so quick to anger when the president finally seeks to end the longest war in U.S. history?

Feb 11 03:01

Afghanistan’s Guantanamo

What happened to prisoners at Bagram, 'Afghanistan’s Guantanamo'?
Some were deported, others feel safer in Afghan jail than home and little is known about a US-accused Egyptian prisoner.

Before there was Guantanamo, there was Bagram, a US detention site near its giant airbase in Afghanistan, which came to be synonymous with torture and prisoner abuse.

But when the US relinquished control of the prison, now called Parwan Detention Facility, to Afghan security forces in December 2014, Washington renounced responsibility for the men once held there.

The handful of prisoners left behind became the Afghans' problem>>>
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I worry that nearly two decades after 9/11, the US military continues to compromise its obligations under the Geneva Conventions to treat detainees humanely for the sake of expediency - and perhaps because they think no one is paying attention to these forgotten men.

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Feb 09 11:57

Pussy John Bolton and His Codpiece Mustache: Examining the Freak Show

American government has become a collection of sordid and dangerous clowns. It was not always thus. Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy. Today’s administration would seem unwholesome in a New York bus station at three in the morning. They are not normal American politicians.

In particular they seem to be pushing for war with Iran, China, Russia, and Venezuela. And–this is important–their behavior is not a matter of liberals catfighting with conservatives. All former presidents carefully avoided war with the Soviet Union, which carefully avoided war with America.

Feb 09 10:42

‘Neither dead nor alive’: Former Gitmo inmate recalls horrors of infamous camp & CIA black sites

Being detained in the Guantánamo Bay camp was like hovering between life and death but the CIA-run ‘black sites’ were even worse, a man who spent 15 years –without charge– in the infamous facility has told RT’s Going Underground.

Mansoor Adayfi, from Yemen, who was confined in the US’s most notorious detention camp between 2002 and 2016, is still tormented by the traumatic experience he had there. Detained because of alleged ties he had to Al-Qaeda, he was eventually released without charge.

Feb 08 08:46

ALL WAR, ALL THE TIME

All war, all the time.

And it’s fine with ALL the news networks: MSNBC, FOX, CNN, NPR etc.

Here “Morning Joe” goes four against one to try to undermine the credibility of the only presidential candidate unambiguously against the war.

Could it be because she’s the only candidate who is a veteran?

The US news media motto should be: Support the Vets – unless they’re against war

Feb 06 20:39

IS THIS THE MOST BLATANT US COUP EVER?

The Venezuela coup currently being orchestrated by the US is so utterly blatant, even by American standards, that large numbers of people are seeing right through it. This is not a black-and-white issue. Yes, extreme socialism can lead to instability and disaster; yes, Maduro is not the greatest leader; and yes, the people of Venezuela are suffering under massive hyperinflation. However, by far and away the largest factor affecting Venezuela now is not Maduro or socialism by rather US foreign intervention.

Feb 06 12:11

Israel’s military bombed his family to death. Now he’s taking the bastards to court

“So far Ziada has used his own funds and contributions from friends and supporters to pursue the case on behalf of all the victims of Israeli war crimes. But to achieve justice he’ll need wider moral and financial support. The target is 50,000 euros.” >>

Feb 05 13:04

Roger Waters backs war crimes lawsuit against Israel’s Benny Gantz

Rock star Roger Waters is giving financial backing to a war crimes lawsuit in the Netherlands against Benny Gantz, the former army chief who is running to be Israel’s next prime minister.

Last year Palestinian-Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada filed a case against Gantz and former Israeli air force chief Amir Eshel under the Netherlands’ universal jurisdiction law.

Feb 03 09:07

Trump confirms use of US military in Venezuela among ‘options’ on table

The option of sending the US military to Venezuela is on the table, while talking to President Nicolas Maduro is not, President Donald Trump said in an interview on Sunday.
While talking to CBS' Face the Nation, Trump would not expand on the prospects of military involvement in the crisis in the Latin America country besides replying that "it's an option."

Feb 02 09:57

Allan Nairn: Trump’s Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide

Feb 02 09:31

Detainees Describe an American Presence in Their Torture Chambers

Inside Yemen’s prisons can be found torture, rape, disappearances, a snarling dog nicknamed Shakira—and, according to survivors, the American sponsors of a dirty war.

Feb 01 10:31

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S LOVE OF FOREIGN DICTATORSHIPS

Lest anyone be tempted to believe that President Trump and other U.S. interventionists are intervening in Venezuela because of some purported concern for the Venezuelan people, let’s examine just a few examples that will bring a dose of reality to the situation. This latest intervention is nothing more than another interventionist power play, one intended to replace one dictatorial regime with another.

Egypt comes to mind. It is ruled by one of the most brutal and tyrannical military dictatorships in the world. The U.S. government loves it, supports it, and partners with it. There is no concern for the Egyptian citizenry, who have to suffer under this brutal tyranny and oppression.

Saudi Arabia also comes to mind. It too is a brutal and tyrannical dictatorship, also a murderous one. The U.S. government loves it too, supports it, and partners with it. There is no concern for Saudi citizens who have to suffer under this brutal tyranny and oppression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is never the people of a country the US regime changes who matter; it is always about the money and the resources.

Do you think for one moment, that the US is concerned about the people of Venezuela, rather than its proven oil reserves?!?

Of course, not!!

Feb 01 10:04

REPORT: US INTERROGATORS WORKING AT UAE PRISONS

US interrogators are present in UAE prisons in Yemen, the Daily Beast has revealed today, providing shocking evidence that the American military is a witness to the torture of Yemenis.

In a series of interviews, two former detainees have testified to being interrogated by men with American accents, who looked on as they were beaten and electrocuted.

“They would strip me naked, they would beat me very harshly and slowly you start to understand the dynamics in the room. These are the two people, one of them is overseeing the whole interrogation and the other is doing the questioning and ordering the torture,” a Yemeni man identified only as Salvatore said, suggesting that the US was more that an unwilling observer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under Gina Haspel's tutelage and leadership of the USA's CIA, it appears that US-sanctioned torture, and US participation in torture, is still alive and kicking (sometimes, literally), and well, at prisons around the world.

And forgive me, but wasn't this the same woman who pledged to the American Congress, and to the American people, that torture would not be used, under her watch as head of the CIA?!?

UNDER INTERROGATION, TORTURE QUEEN GINA HASPEL PROMISES TO STOP TORTURING
While Trump’s C.I.A. nominee pledged not to re-start the agency’s torture program, no amount of brutal questioning could get her to say the practice was immoral.

Of course, in retrospect, looking at the lady's dubious, and vilely dripping track record, before landing the "top dog" job at the CIA, it didn't take much intelligence to realize that this was simply another pack of lies she told, just to get that job.

Having chosen this woman as the head of the CIA, it is painfully clear that President Trump doesn't care at all about how things are done in this government; just that the US maintains its economic and weapons hegemony over all the other countries on earth, no matter what that might entail, including the use torture.

What he is pathologically unable to see, is that this vision is rapidly being disrupted by countries choosing not to use the dollar at all in their transactions with other countries, such as Iran and China, and working with local currencies only.

It is deeply disconcerting to me, that President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are the Monster of Yemen, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince bin Salman, and Israel's Butcher of Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu.

However, I think I know why this has happened.

Both men have the supreme power over life and death in their respective countries, and can order hits on alleged enemies just as easily as you or I might order breakfast at a restaurant, and neither country actually has a legitimate Constitution which could, potentially, restrain them from putting other people in harm's way; in some ways, President Trump is a little jealous because of that.

And our weaponry?!? China and Russia are way ahead of the US in terms of working war weaponry that is both cost-effective, and elegantly designed, with which the US military cannot not even begin to compete at the moment.

Jan 31 10:00

“It Can’t be Fixed:” Senior ICC Judge Slam John Bolton, Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling

A senior judge at the United Nations’ International Court in The Hague has resigned in protest of “shocking” interference from the Trump administration into a preliminary war-crimes investigation into U.S. troops.

The judge, Christoph Flügge, who hails from Germany, slammed National Security Advisor John Bolton over his response last year to a preliminary investigation into American soldiers accused of torturing people in Afghanistan. That investigation ultimately found “a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity” were committed by U.S. forces, MintPress News reported.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said in September.

He also called for sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and warned the body against pursuing any investigations into “Israel or other U.S. allies.”

Jan 29 05:48

US Sanctions Venezuelan State-Owned Oil Company

The U.S. is moving to get rid of Maduro, blaming him for Venezuela's crisis

The Trump administration announced Monday it is sanctioning Venezuela's state-owned oil company, blocking $7 billion in assets and potentially costing the country $11 billion in oil revenues, according to National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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Jan 28 13:53

Israeli general mounts challenge to Netanyahu by flaunting Gaza carnage.

Jonathan Cooks says if Benny Gantz becomes Israel’s next prime minister, he is likely to reinforce in Israelis’ minds the need not for peace but for an ultra-nationalist right that bathes itself in an ethnic supremacist philosophy and dismisses any recognition of Palestinian rights.>>

Jan 28 09:53

Seven SEALs granted immunity in Iraq war crimes prosecutions

New details in the case against a Navy SEAL charged with multiple war crimes emerged Friday during a marathon motion hearing at Naval Base San Diego.

The hearing revealed that seven Navy SEALs have been granted immunity to testify for the prosecution during the upcoming trial of Edward R. Gallagher, a chief special warfare operator alleged to have murdered a wounded teenage ISIS combatant by stabbing him in the neck.

The trial phase is scheduled for Feb. 19. Prosecutors expect to call the seven SEALs and up to 13 additional witnesses of the May 2017 incident in Mosul, Iraq.

Defense attorneys asked the judge, Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh, to suppress some aspects of those witnesses’ expected testimony, particularly the numbers of people Gallagher allegedly bragged about killing.

Jan 26 16:08

'IT'S OUR BACKYARD!': BILL MAHER CHEERS US-LED COUP IN VENEZUELA IN UNHINGED COLONIAL TIRADE

Pro-war liberal pundit Bill Maher endorsed the US-led coup in Venezuela with blatant neocolonial language: “This was the Monroe Doctrine! This is our backyard!”

Jan 26 11:12

The New Congress Can End Wars and Constrain the ‘Deep State.’ Will It?

The U.S. Congress has power over two very important things: money and information.

It can, in theory and practice, end a war by refusing to fund it. It can (and has!) compelled the leading architects of American foreign policy – CIA directors, national security advisors, secretaries of defense – to answer for their uses and abuses of executive power publicly and under oath.

As anyone who has served in it will tell you, Congress has never experienced a “golden age” of dispassionate bipartisanship or attachment to high principle. Yet, its recent failures seem to reflect dangerous signs of decay: the rubber-stamping of a new CIA director implicated in the worst excesses of the agency’s torture program; the inability to even moderately question wars that have comfortably outlasted Vietnam; and almost total indifference to arms deals struck by the White House.

Jan 22 13:57

IDF chief turned PM candidate touts body count & bombing Gaza into ‘stone age’ in campaign ad

Parts of Gaza were returned to the stone ages,” one clip boasts over footage of the bombed-out shells of Palestinian buildings. As chief of general staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Gantz led the offensive that bombarded Gaza for 51 days, killing – as the ad boasts – “1,364 terrorists” and bringing “3.5 years of quiet.”

The second ad in the series shows a running tally of deaths over scenes of Palestinian funerals, and a third shows the targeted assassination of a Hamas leader whose car explodes in a ball of flame.

Haaretz notes that even the official Israeli military figures counts less than half of the Palestinian casualties as militants – meaning Gantz included close to 500 civilian casualties in his “terrorist” tally.

These people were the real Nazis, Hitler and the Germans were just caught in their crossfire.

Download copies for education purposes & report the videos.

Jan 22 08:15

Propaganda of omission: Britain’s role in Rohingya genocide absent from UK reports

In recent years, tens of thousands of ethnic Rohingya have been killed by the Burmese military. The ethnic cleansing made international headlines. But Britain’s role is conspicuously absent from UK mainstream reporting.

The media had, in previous years, reported that the UK trains the Burmese (aka Myanmarese) military, yet the media have not only failed to put two and two together and explore Britain’s role in the recent atrocities, but as the atrocities increased, coverage of British involvement disappeared.

The plight of the Rohingya people is a tragic remnant of colonialism. Prior to colonization and the imposition by Western governments of national boundaries on subjugated peoples, the Rohingya lived in what is now Bangladesh and Burma. When both countries achieved independence (Burma from Britain and Bangladesh from Pakistan), the Rohingya found themselves trapped behind two national borders.

Jan 22 05:33

Make No Mistake: ISIS Needs the U.S. to Survive

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the president wrote. He later expanded on that sentiment in a video message, posted on Twitter. “Our boys, our young men and women, are coming home now,” Trump noted. “We won.”

But a recent attack on U.S. forces in Syria, carried out by a suicide bomber which ISIS claimed was operating on its behalf, has led to an outpouring of criticism of Trump’s precipitous decision. “ISIS has claimed credit for killing American troops in Syria today,” Senator Marco Rubio tweeted in the aftermath of the attack. “If true, it is a tragic reminder that ISIS not been defeated and is transforming into a dangerous insurgency. This is no time to retreat from the fight against ISIS. Will only embolden & strengthen them.”

Jan 19 10:14

US Crimes against Humanity. The People of Nicaragua

I am writing to request that both the 1) member states of the UN General Assembly and 2) member states of the Security Council hold hearings, debate and vote on an effective plan of action against various crimes that have been committed by people working for the government of the US that are of significance to the global community.

These crimes include:

The US government’s current (2018) attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicaragua

US government interventionist policies and practices into the internal affairs of most of the member states of the UN (i.e. the US governments long history of being the #1 global bully on Earth)

The US government’s ascendancy to having become the #1 violator of human rights globally and

The Global Surveillance State program of the US secret police (e.g. NSA, CIA, FBI, DEA, DIA, etc.).

Jan 16 15:15

PBS (*propagandic bull _ _ _ _! } The Dictator's Playbook

Learn how Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist for almost 30 years. To maintain power, he used fear, intimidation and violence like few other dictators in history, but he made the fatal mistake of believing his regime could take on the world.

(*The local PBS affiliate is going to be airing this bag of XXXX tonight . teaser video at source)

Jan 16 10:11

Israel killing of Palestine children in Gaza protests amounts to ‘war crimes’

Israeli forces have killed Palestinian children during protests in the occupied Gaza Strip in “conduct amounting to war crimes”, according to a report submitted to a United Nations inquiry by Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) and the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.

The 57-page report was given to investigators working as part of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), established during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in May 2018.

According to a statement released Tuesday, the DCIP-CUNY report “provides background and context to mass protests in Gaza, highlights Israeli forces’ unlawful killing of Palestinian child protesters, and details serious violations of international law by Israeli forces”.

Jan 15 13:39

UN Warns: 5G could trigger last great Extinction Event

"People’s first reaction to the idea that 5G may be an existential threat to all life on Earth is usually disbelief and/or cognitive dissonance. Once they examine the facts, however, their second reaction is often terror."

"Elon Musk is set to launch the first 4,425 5G satellites in June 2019 and “blanket” the Earth with 5G, in breach of countless international treaties. This could initiate the last great extinction, courtesy of the multi-trillion-US-dollar 5G, the biggest biological experiment and most heinous manifestation of hubris and greed in human history"

"Having spent years editing UN documents dealing with space, I know that outer space is hotly contested geopolitically and any untoward event involving a military satellite risks triggering a catastrophic..." read more @ source.

Jan 14 11:20

Why Israel’s Airstrikes in Syria Are a Sign of Weakness, Not Strength

I will proceed from what seems to be an established fact (SANA confirmed) that on the night of January 11th Israel hit one depot at Damascus international airport. I.e., material damage. 12 projectiles were fired in total. Syrian air defences worked, and by all accounts they were as effective as they were in the previous Israeli bombing run (80% accuracy approx.).

Even if Israel had hit two warehouses or a local farm in addition, then it changes absolutely nothing. What the Syrian Army lost can be replaced with little risk; Iran has seemingly supplied the Syrian Army very well and continues to do so at will.

Jan 13 10:32

IF AMERICA STOPPED DESTROYING THE WORLD, THE BAD GUYS MIGHT WIN

What is the difference between the behavior of the United States, which remains far and away the single worst offender in foreign election meddling on the planet, and what Russia is accused of having done in 2016? According to a comment made by former CIA Director James Woolsey last year, it’s that the US interferes in foreign democracies “for a very good cause.”

Jan 12 05:04

Pompeo Touts US Goodness and Threatens More of It

Mideast Fact Meets Fiction: Mike Pompeo Touts US Goodness and Threatens More of It
Pompeo’s speech seems to have been a not-so-subtle means of putting the entire Mideast region and world on notice that the U.S. is poised to initiate a new era of military intervention in the Middle East in order to “liberate” nations that continue to resist U.S. influence and regional hegemony.

During a speech given Thursday at Cairo’s American University, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks that some analysts have likened to a mix of evangelism and historical revisionism regarding the U.S.’ historical role in Middle Eastern and Northern African affairs.

Pompeo began his speech by stating:

"It’s the truth, lower-case ‘t’, that I’m here to talk about today. It is a truth that isn’t often spoken in this part of the world, but because I’m a military man by training, I’ll be very blunt and direct today: America is a force for good in the Middle East.”

Prior to his speech, at an earlier press conference, Pompeo made a similarly jarring characterization of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, stating:

America has always been a liberating force, not an occupying power, in the Middle East. We’ve never dreamed of domination....”

As he continued his presentation,>>>

Jan 10 09:40

If Trump Isn’t Planning to Draw Down U.S. Intervention in Somalia, He Should Be

The United States has maintained some degree of military presence inside Somalia for much of the last three decades, but a pattern of escalation that began late in former President Barack Obama's second term has markedly accelerated in the two years since President Donald Trump took office.

Airstrikes are on the rise; hundreds of U.S. boots are on the ground; and Trump's March 2017 decision to designate portions of Somalia as "areas of active hostility" means military operations can proceed with less oversight and greater tolerance for civilian casualties.

Jan 09 11:40

FBI-CIA Collaboration Reveals Blatant Illegitimacy of Guantánamo Trials

Earlier last month, lawyers for Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, a Yemeni citizen who’s been detained in Guantánamo since January 16, 2002, petitioned the Supreme Court to review his case. His legal team argues that the US government lacks the authority to detain al-Alwi under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and that indefinite detention is illegal. Previously, the district and circuit courts denied al-Alwi’s habeas petition, which is why his lawyers are going to the Supreme Court. Al-Alwi’s case is a reminder of Guantánamo’s reality: The military commissions system is a kangaroo court designed to cover-up CIA torture while dozens of men remain indefinitely detained, and it’s likely that new prisoners could be transferred to Guantánamo.

Jan 07 12:16

Yemen and the War Powers Act

There are two things you should never let your children see being made: sausage and policy. The House and Senate War Powers Resolutions were complicated to begin with, so most journalists and politicians were not able to explain half of it.

For the wonkiest of wonks, here is some information about the two separate Resolutions invoking the War Powers Act to end U.S. support for the now widely reported Saudi-led war.

What’s driving the debate and vote for US involvement in this four-year-old war, is the horrific human toll it’s taking. The United Nations called the war in Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history. New estimates show more than 60,000 people have been killed in the Yemen war in past two years, according to the UK-based independent research group Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).

Jan 07 10:30

A NYT Investigation Examining the Killing of Medic Rouzan al-Najjar Concludes: “Possibly a War Crime” by IDF

The Investigation by the NYT into the killing of 21-year-old paramedic Rouzan al-Najjar reveals: “. . . the shooting by (IDF-Sniper) appears to have been reckless at best, and possibly a war crime,.. for which no one has yet been punished.”

Jan 07 09:51

Israeli forces target paramedics at Gaza protest (days after ‘NYT’ publishes ‘war crime’ report on killing of a medic)

Gaza 4 Jan – Press Release — On Friday evening, 04 January 2019, Israeli forces wounded 46 Civilians, including 7 Children, 4 Journalists and 6 Paramedics, in an excessive use of force against the peaceful demonstrators in the eastern Gaza Strip though the demonstrations have scaled down for the tenth week consecutively and despite absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning of the Return and Breaking the Siege March 9 months ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These...are war crimes, and there is no other way to say this, than to call it what it is.

But the problem, for Israel's police and IDF, is saying every time they injure or kill a Palestinian, is that whenever they use "they made us do it" defense, it crumbles under the force of rational observation.

Jan 06 09:12

Human Rights: Time for US to Walk the Talk

The Trump administration's record of human rights violations is poor and the State Department has just announced that it won’t cooperate with United Nations investigators regarding their complaints about such issues in the US.

This is while the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has issued a report on "devastating inequality" in the US and the Trump White House has left unanswered at least 13 official requests from UN special rapporteurs on human rights since last May. The deliberate failure to respond began a month before Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty, issued a scathing report detailing "devastating inequality" in the US, made worse by the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies of President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers.

Jan 03 11:50

Thousands vs 1 killed: Why did MSM notice Yemen bloodbath only after Khashoggi’s murder? -RT Video

Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters - deemed terrorists by Riyadh - has been ongoing for more than three years now.

Yet -

Jan 03 09:17

Israel vows to 'worsen' conditions for Palestinian prisoners

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has announced plans to "worsen" conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including rationing water supplies and reducing the number of family visits.

The planned moves, which are expected to come into force in the coming weeks after being approved by the Israeli cabinet, were sharply criticised by Palestinian leaders and activists who described as them as another escalation of human rights violations by Israel.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Erdan said the plan will also see jails removing cooking rights and limiting prisoners' access to television as well as blocking funds to the Palestinian Authority.

The minister said that family visits had already been halted for prisoners affiliated with the Palestinian movement Hamas.

Jan 02 11:10

CIA-MANAGED FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN ARE REPORTEDLY CONDUCTING 'TORTURE AND KILLINGS WITH NEAR IMPUNITY'

Afghan strike forces overseen by the CIA are operating with little care for preventing civilian casualties, a lengthy New York Times report details Monday, and their brutality has fostered local populations' sympathy for the Taliban.

The CIA-managed teams work "unconstrained by battlefield rules designed to protect civilians, conducting night raids, torture and killings with near impunity," the Times reports, citing Afghan and American officials. "Those abuses are actively pushing people toward the Taliban, the officials say," and as the U.S. military footprint in the country has declined from its 2011 peak of about 100,000, these "strike forces are increasingly the way that a large number of rural Afghans experience the American presence." Unconfirmed reports suggest some raids may even include American operatives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to read this with absolute disgust, contempt, and a really nasty feeling in one's gut, that were war crimes were a competitive sport, the US would be close to winning "the gold", as the country which has committed so many war crimes that it has lost count..if count was ever kept.

And I have to speculate; is this behaviour on the part of the CIA-backed troops actually intended and engineered to make this 18 year old war run longer, so that the various "Alphabet Soup" agencies, which make millions running the poppy trade, creating very strong, cheap, heroin, for "off-shelf operations", won't lose their source of income?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against it. And no, the photos below haven't been photoshopped:

Images: US military guarding opium poppy fields in Afghanistan

Jan 02 07:48

Video: Another Palestinian death the media ignored

Another Palestinian death the media ignored, this one a 9 year old boy. Please share this 1-minute video so Mohammad’s death won't be forgotten.
To see the Palestinians and Israelis killed since 2000, go to iakn.us/2i9VONR
Note: Palestinians, including numerous children, continue to be killed and maimed weekly, living in the largest open air concentration camp on earth, while a bill currently before Congress will give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next 10 years – the largest such aid package in U.S. history – and American news organizations don't tell Americans about it.

Jan 02 07:15

Former Blackwater guard convicted for 2007 massacre of civilians in Baghdad

A former security guard for the US firm Blackwater has been found guilty of murder for his role in a notorious massacre of unarmed civilians in downtown Baghdad in 2007.

Nicholas Slatten, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder by a federal jury in Washington on Wednesday after five days of deliberations.

Slatten was convicted of killing Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y, 19, an aspiring doctor who was one of more than a dozen civilians killed by Blackwater guards in Baghdad’s Nisour square on 16 September 2007.

While escorting a diplomatic convoy, Blackwater guards opened fire in the bustling square with sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers – allegedly without provocation – leaving at least 14 civilians dead and at least 18 wounded. The Iraqi government says the toll was higher.

Dec 31 08:26

Gitmo “Suicides” Should Be The Final Straw For Firing McChrystal

Stanley McChrystal’s career is characterized by torture, murder, secret prison camps and cover-ups. It should come as no surprise, then, that this week’s exposé by Scott Horton on the Guantanamo “suicides” in 2006 implicates McChrystal and another secret prison camp:

Dec 28 21:07

CHILD SOLDIERS FROM DARFUR FIGHTING AS MERCENARIES FOR SAUDI ARABIA IN YEMEN

The United Nations has called the war in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. An intermittent blockade by the Saudis and their partners in the United Arab Emirates has pushed as many as 12 million people to the brink of starvation, killing some 85,000 children, according to aid groups.

Dec 28 05:51

Trump cutting Afghanistan troop levels in half

Trump has ordered more than 7,000 US troops to leave Afghanistan, cutting troop levels in half

In what appears to be the first major step toward ending America's involvement in a war fought for nearly two decades, the president has decided to cut the US military presence in Afghanistan in half, The Wall Street Journal reported. There are currently roughly 14,000 American service members in the war-torn country.

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(*Here's yet another example of fake news sugar coating for POTUS Trump . I didn't have to dig to deeply to get to the dark side of the matter )>>> Taliban Warns US: Leave Afghanistan or Face Soviet-Style Defeat

Dec 28 03:12

IRAQI PARLIAMENTARIANS ASK FOR IMMEDIATE APPROVAL OF BILL TO EXPEL US FORCES

Several Iraqi legislators condemned US President Donald Trump's snap visit to the country, calling for the approval of a bill to force Washington to withdraw its forces from Iraq.

Salam al-Shamri, a member of Sa'eroun faction at the Iraqi parliament, in a statement on Thursday deplored Trump's surprise visit as violation of Iraq's sovereignty, ignorance of international laws and continued threat against the neighboring states, calling on all political groups to immediately approve the bill to expel the US forces.

Also, Jamal al-Fakhir, another member of Sa'eroun faction, described Trump's visit as disrespect for the victims of the US-sponsored terrorism in Iraq and the region>>>

Dec 27 13:59

Trump Is Helping the Saudis Starve Yemen

In The Imperial Presidency, the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. warned that the habit of “indiscriminate global intervention, far from strengthening American security, seemed rather to weaken it by involving the United States in remote, costly and mysterious wars, fought in ways that shamed the nation before the world and, even when thus fought, demonstrating only the inability of the most powerful nation on earth to subdue bands of guerrillas in black pajamas. When the grandiose policy did not promote national security and could not succeed in its own terms, would it not be better to pursue policies that did not deform and disable the Constitution?”

These many years later, America is complicit in a mysterious war in Yemen that is waged by Saudi Arabia in ways that shame both of our allied nations. These famine-ravaged youngsters are what that war looks like. As Nicholas Kristof aptly put it, “Your tax dollars help starve children.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting just a little sick to my stomach, reading that last paragraph; I did not know (but am not at all surprised) that President Trump had a number of business deals with the Saudis before he came into office.

Mr. President, as long as I am breathing, I am compelled, as a Christian pacifist activist who never commends violence, to call you out on the US military assisting the Saudi Government in war crimes. And I am about to post some images the presstitutes in corporate media don't dare (warning: very graphic), and not a one of them has been photoshopped or altered in any way.

The Saudis are slaughtering innocent children, women, and the medically infirm.

Images:
Yemeni children shot and killed or maimed for life by Saudi air raids

Yemen ports have been successfully blockaded by Saudi and American troops, so no desperately needed food can reach those now dying of malnutrition
Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, because Saudi/US forces have blockaded Yemeni harbors, so food cannot get in.

Cholera (possibly weaponised) rages, unchecked in Yemen, as the water infrastructure has been successfully destroyed by the Saudi military.
Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera (possibly weaponized), as the Saudis have destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen.

Mr. President; I must ask this question: I know US weapons manufacturers are selling American bombs to the Saudis, and making incredible profits from this, but at what moral cost to this nation?!?

I was hoping in 2016 that the next President this country elected, would not sign off on more war crimes, as did your predecessors Bush and Obama, starting with Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Yemen; and Syria, did; it very much pains me to say it, but sir, in your haste to make sure American weapons manufacturers could profit brilliantly from wars in places like Yemen, you have placed an indelible, moral crimson stain over this entire country's future which can never be cleansed.

And as you are caterwauling over your "great success" in having American ambassadors push their host countries into "buying American" when it comes to weaponry, I hope you can sleep without seeing those images of the dead, the dying,and the maimed for life, which I have attached above; because Mr. President, I cannot sleep because of this, nor can many of the good moral people who elected you, understanding very clearly, that these weapons are causing the deaths of so many innocents.

And I have a companion piece I would like to share:

Saudis leave American fingerprints on Yemen carnage.

Dec 25 14:44

Syrian state media report missile attack near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, Syrian state TV said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

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