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TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Jul 01 13:27

US, Saudi must be held accountable for war crimes: Peace activist

The international community must hold the United States and Saudi Arabia accountable for their war crimes and violation of human rights, peace activist in Oregon says.

Jul 01 12:49

Millions of children face disease, malnutrition in war-torn Yemen: U.N.

Escalating violence in Yemen has devastated the country's health system and exposed millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases including measles, pneumonia and diarrhea, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.

Since fighting intensified in March, many hospitals and health centers have been unable to function properly and vaccination services have been disrupted, according to UNICEF.

Health centers lack the electricity and fuel needed to distribute vaccines and keep them cold, while the fear of conflict is deterring parents from taking their children to receive vaccinations, the U.N. agency said.

Jul 01 07:45

Israel deports former Tunisian president to France

Following Israel's hijacking of the Gaza-bound ship Marianne in international waters on Monday, Arab-Israeli Basel Ghattas MK has been released from custody and former Tunisian President Moncef Al-Marzouki has been deported to France, reported Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Sixteen foreign nationals were on board the vessel, along with two Israelis, Ghattas and a television reporter. The MK could face a parliamentary hearing to see whether he should face sanctions or not. He revealed that MEP Ana Miranda was also deported along with Al-Marzouki.

According to Ghattas, the Israeli navy intercepted the Marianne at 2am local time and the crew turned the engines off, refusing to cooperate with the Israelis. By 7am, the navy was towing the ship towards Ashdod. "The Israelis confiscated all of the activists' personal belongings, including mobile phones and other equipment," he said. "They did not allow any telephone calls to be made by anyone on board."

Jun 30 18:57

1/2 - Judaism vs Jewish Identity Politics - Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and Gilad Atzmon

Two prominent thinkers, the ultra-orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, and philosopher, jazz artist and ex-Jew Gilad Atzmon, met to discuss hard questions about Judaism, Jewish politics and the meaning of Jewishness. They shared the stage at Theatre 80 in New York City on May 6th, 2015.

Part 2 available here

Jun 30 09:26

Israel arrests Tunisia's former President Moncef Marzouki

Israeli navy forces arrested on Monday the former Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, in attacks on Freedom Flotilla III, which was heading towards the besieged Gaza Strip.

The European campaign to lift the siege on Gaza reported that Marzouki refused to deal with the Israeli investigators, for he was abducted illegally by the Israelis.

Jun 30 09:17

High-Seas Piracy: Israel’s Latest Bandit Act. “Gaza: the World’s Largest Open-air Prison”

Israel wants Gazans trapped indefinitely in the world’s largest open-air prison deprived of essentials for well-being – suffocated under a policy of slow-motion genocide.

Israeli commandos lawlessly seized the Marianne in international waters. Netanyahu saying it was done lawfully is one of a litany of Big Lies he claimed about the incident – a bandit act like so many others Israel commits endlessly.

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Jun 30 06:51

War is the business of killing the "enemy", in order to impose your will on them. Therefore, "humane war" is an oxymoron.

War is the business of killing the "enemy", in order to impose your
will on them.

Therefore, "humane war" is an oxymoron.

Jun 30 04:41

The deep racism of imperial intervention

Racism in western societies is often spoken of as something involving simple discrimination or prejudice. Yet the most profound racism has always been generated and sustained by imperialism, including colonial rule and, in the post-colonial era, imperial intervention.
Tim Anderson
Denying the very existence and integrity of other peoples requires ideologies of systematic exclusion and dehumanisation. That denial is implicit in every coup, proxy war or invasion, under whatever pretext, carried out either for 'regime change' or to divide and weaken those peoples not well embedded in the imperial orbit.

Jun 29 16:15

US government covered up 14,000 photos documenting CIA secret prisons

The US government has concealed the existence of some 14,000 images documenting the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) network of secret "black site" torture and interrogation centers established after September 11, according to unnamed US officials who spoke to the Washington Post.

Jun 29 12:36

The Children of Gaza’s Harrowing Cry for Help

A year after Israel’s attack on Gaza, children there are still trying to recover from the consequences of the brutal assault on the Strip. The Israeli attack, which started on 8 July 2014, resulted in between 2,142 and 2,310 Gazans deaths. According to the Gaza Health Ministry and to the UN and human rights groups, 69-75 percent of the Palestinian casualties were civilians, many of them children.

Jun 29 11:42

Ex-CIA chief criticism over Iran nuclear talks doing ’disservice’ to Obama

A recent criticism by former CIA head Michael Hayden over nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries is doing “disservice” to the Obama administration as well as Iran, says a political commentator.

Jun 29 09:50

PIRACY AT SEA ~~ LIVE ON VIDEO

Jun 29 08:42

After Palestinians Submit Formal Complaint with ICC, US Backers of Israel Lash Out with Threats

For the mere act of submitting documents to the International Criminal Court detailing Israel's ongoing human rights violations and history of war crimes on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority is now facing a barrage of threats and rebukes from U.S. lawmakers and the White House.

Jun 29 07:15

CIA photos of ‘black sites’ could complicate Guantanamo trials

Military prosecutors this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas “black sites” while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, U.S. officials said.

The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay in the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as attorneys for the defendants demand that all the images be turned over and the government wades through the material to decide what it thinks is relevant to the proceedings.

Defense attorneys said they have not yet been informed about the photographs and said it is unacceptable that they should come to light now, more than three years after the arraignment of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other defendants accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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A memo to those defending these men: a delay is what the CIA, White House, Pentagon, and State Department want!

And the reason I am certain of this is that, for some of these men, waterboarding was not the worst thing done to these men to get them to confess.

As reported in theguardian.com, on 1 August, 2005:

Benyam Mohammed travelled from London to Afghanistan in July 2001, but after September 11 he fled to Pakistan. He was arrested at Karachi airport on April 10 2002, and describes being flown by a US government plane to a prison in Morocco. These are extracts from his diary. They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor's scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they'd electrocute me. Maybe castrate me. They took the scalpel to my right chest. It was only a small cut. Maybe an inch. At first I just screamed ... I was just shocked, I wasn't expecting ... Then they cut my left chest. This time I didn't want to scream because I knew it was coming. One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. "I told you I was going to teach you who's the man," [one] eventually said. They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists. I asked for a doctor. Doctor No 1 carried a briefcase. "You're all right, aren't you? But I'm going to say a prayer for you." Doctor No 2 gave me an Alka-Seltzer for the pain. I told him about my penis. "I need to see it. How did this happen?" I told him. He looked like it was just another patient. "Put this cream on it two times a day. Morning and night." He gave me some kind of antibiotic. I was in Morocco for 18 months. Once they began this, they would do it to me about once a month. One time I asked a guard: "What's the point of this? I've got nothing I can say to them. I've told them everything I possibly could." "As far as I know, it's just to degrade you. So when you leave here, you'll have these scars and you'll never forget. So you'll always fear doing anything but what the US wants."

Folks, in the name of extracting confessions through torture for stuff people did not do, your government signed off on torture, and made it "acceptible" for inquisitors to do this, just as the Catholic church wrote off torture years ago, and made it acceptible for torturers in those times to torture people into confessing to things they didn't do.

This goes all the way up the food chain, and when President Obama made that obscene comment about "looking forward instead of looking backward" comment about the legal ramifications of torture, and that the unholy trinity of Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney would never be looking at prosecution for their crimes against humanity, you had to know that the fix was in.

The torture of Benyam Mohammed for crimes he did not commit is how the world now sees the United States of America; wicked, monstrous, vicious in its pursuit of money and resources for the money junkies, and with absolutely zero morality whatsoever.

Every time a US drone strike is called against some alleged bad guy who apparently cannot possibly be tried in a court of law (perhaps, there is no real evidence, other than the President having said, "he needs to be assassinated!") the collateral damage to the moral reputation of this country becomes highly severe.

This government kills innocent people, women, children, and the elderly medically infirm, with impunity, and wonders how and why people can become radicalized against this violence?!?

The drone strikes, coupled with the US government's support of countries where we maintain a cozy relationship with leadership which consistently brutalizes and suppresses its own people, are a radical recruiter's wet dream.

But I frankly do not believe that this has been lost on those in the bowels of power in DC. In fact, they are continuing the practice of drown strikes to create a permanent state of war in this world, where the true beneficial is the US's military industrial complex.

Jun 29 06:49

China blasts US for ‘brazen’ human rights abuses at home and abroad

In a report that covers everything from police violence to income inequality to government surveillance, China has blasted the United States for its “grim problems of racial discrimination,” use of “cruel tortures indiscriminately,” and “terrible human rights record.”

Jun 28 13:58

Israelis Want Genocide Redefined

For some folks, annihilating an entire people and other crimes against humanity are just fine—so long as they are the perpetrators and not the perpetrated upon. Our readers, on the other hand, being among those who are not sociopathic mass murderers, may be disturbed by the psychotic hubris of the racist, terrorist, genocidal, rogue nuclear state, Israel. - See more at: http://americanfreepress.net/?p=25185#sthash.MH9cxjgZ.dpuf

Jun 27 10:57

Gitmo Prisoner, Hunger-Striking for Nine Years, Cleared for Release

A U.S. government review board said Friday that Abdul Rahman Shalabi, a prisoner who has been on a nine-year hunger strike at the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been cleared to return to his native Saudi Arabia.

Shalabi, one of the first prisoners brought to Guantánamo in January 2002, was never charged with a crime. The government said he had been a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and had links to al Qaeda's external operations chief, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is facing trial by military commission at Guantánamo.

Jun 27 00:31

Israeli War Crimes? Who, Us?? - To Hell With Them All!

We are moral. We are right. By nature. We can’t help it. Those who accuse us must be anti-Semites. Simple logic.

To hell with them all!

Jun 26 20:20

Dossier Of Israeli War Crimes Presented To ICC

Documents containing details of alleged war crimes has been submitted to the to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as part of an investigation into the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the continued persecution of Palestinians.

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Jun 26 11:09

100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture

This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal commitment to the total eradication of torture, which is categorically prohibited under international law.

Jun 26 10:51

FLASHBACK - Israel, Genocide, and the ‘Logic’ of Zionism

History is full of ironies: World War I, marketed to Americans as a "war to end all wars," paved the way for an even more massive slaughter. The invasion and conquest of Iraq – which was supposed to augur what George W. Bush hailed as a "global democratic revolution" – instead ushered in a new era of chaos, bloodshed, and tyranny in the region. And in the year 2014, the state of Israel, founded in large part as a reaction to the Holocaust, has embarked on a policy of genocide in Gaza.

The Israelis and their international amen corner are increasingly open about this: a recent article in the Times of Israel – since taken down – was quite explicit in averring that Israel’s "right of self-defense" includes the option of wiping out the entire population of Gaza:

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Jun 26 09:11

Obama blatantly protecting Israel from justice for war crimes

The Obama administration is “hamstrung” by the Israel lobby into opposing a Palestinian bid to bring Israel to the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Gaza, says an investigative journalist.

Jun 26 05:32

ISIL: Made in Langley and propped up by Tel Aviv and Riyadh

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or “Daesh” as it is known in Arabic, or ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — preferred by Israel supporters because of the uncomforting similarity between “Israel” and “ISIL” – is part of another Central Intelligence Agency operation to artificially create a new “strategy of tensions” for the Eurasian and African land masses.

Jun 25 14:47

Israel supporters to rally in Geneva against UNHRC Gaza report

Opponents of the report, including the State of Israel, are upset that it appears to equate the IDF with the Hamas terrorist group.

Jun 25 07:07

FRENCH SPIES SECRETLY ORGANIZED AND FUNDED THE LIBYAN REBELS, ACCORDING TO CONFIDENTIAL EMAILS TO HILLARY CLINTON

French spies secretly organized and funded the Libyan rebels who defeated Moammar Gadhafi, according to confidential emails to Hillary Clinton that were made public on June 22. According to one entry from March 22, 2011, “officers” with the General Directorate for External Security — the French intelligence service — “began a series of secret meetings” with Jalil and Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis in Benghazi in late February and gave them “money and guidance” to set up the council, whose formation was announced Feb. 27. The officers, “speaking under orders from [Sarkozy] promised that as soon as the [council] was organized France would recognize [it] as the new government of Libya.”

Jun 24 18:13

Must Read: The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City under Fire

The diaries are a minute by minute collation of Israeli primeval war crimes and crimes against humanity in, what Hearst rightly labels Operation Stone Age – “The casualty rate grows steadily every day. More people are killed by single strikes in groups; in fives, sevens, nines. Individuals aren’t the targets, but residences, family houses. They’re bombed until there’s nothing left.”

Jun 24 14:08

Torture Is Already Illegal – So Why "Ban" It?

The US Senate voted by a high margin to ban the use of torture on June 16. The bill is an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, an annual defense policy measure. It passed 78-21 but the entire bill currently remains in the Senate.

Jun 24 10:26

Today I Saw a Weeping Palestinian Man Holding a Plastic Bag of Meat: It Was His Son

I sense I’m breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can’t keep quiet any more.

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won’t sign up to it.

What is going on in America?

Jun 24 10:25

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

The report into Israel’s war on Gaza last summer by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) found that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during Israel’s war on Gaza last summer.

Jun 24 10:22

COLOMBIAN ARMY KILLED HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS TO FAKE SUCCESSFUL BATTLES AND "BOOST BODY COUNT" IN WAR AGAINST REBELS

In a twisted attempt to show battlefield success against FARC rebels, the Colombian military killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians between 2002 and 2008, falsely depicting them as slain combatants, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

Jun 24 09:43

Pentagon chief says ‘not confident’ about Guantanamo closure

US President Barack Obama would probably not able to keep his 2008 campaign promise to shut down the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison by the end of his presidency next year.

Jun 24 09:05

Legalising war crimes: USA has gone too far

The US Department of Defense has released a book of instructions on the rules of war, detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy and says that journalists also can be terrorists.

Jun 24 08:41

US urged to investigate CIA human rights abuses

Leading human rights groups have called on the United States Department of Justice to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program.

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Jun 24 07:08

Obama administration rejects further consideration of UN Gaza report

The Obama administration opposes any Security Council consideration of a United Nations report on last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“We challenge the very mechanism which created it,” John Kirby, the State Department spokesman, said Tuesday, a day after the report’s publication.

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Jun 24 07:00

New evidence from 1967 war reveals Israeli atrocities

In the wake of the June 1967 war, the Israeli author Amos Oz, then a reserve soldier in the Israeli army, together with a friend collated interviews with Israeli soldiers who participated in the war and asked them about the emotions the fighting triggered in them. The interviews were published as a book titled Conversations with Soldiers, more popularly referred at the time by my generation as the ”shooting and crying” book.

The military censor (a function that still exists today, held recently by the present minister of culture, Miri Regev), erased 70 percent of the evidence since he claimed it would have harmed Israel’s international image.

Jun 24 06:59

War crimes suspect Shaul Mofaz evades arrest at UK parliament

The former head of the Israeli military Shaul Mofaz was allowed to speak in the UK parliament on Monday despite calls from Palestinians and their allies for his immediate arrest due to alleged responsibility for war crimes.

Jun 24 06:56

New documents yet more evidence of UK & European role in US drone strikes

The Guardian and the New York Times have today revealed the existence of documents showing the contribution made by UK intelligence agency GCHQ to US drone strikes in Yemen.

Jun 24 06:56

After 13 Years of Hell, Human Held Without Charges Has One Question for US

Moath al-Alwi, who has been a prisoner of the U.S. government and detained at the offshore prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 without ever being charged with a crime or afforded a trial, has a simple yet urgent question for the American people and the U.S. government: Why am I still here?

Jun 23 09:47

Top al Qaeda leader reported killed in Yemen

Top al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi was killed Friday in a suspected U.S. drone strike in Yemen's Hadramout region, according to two Yemeni national security officials.

Tweets from known AQAP operatives also spoke of al-Wuhayshi having been martyred, and of AQAP military commander Qasm al-Rimi (also known as Abu Hureira al-Sanaani) having been appointed as al-Wuhayshi's replacement.

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Reader comment: PBS news hour reported this story yesterday. The final word on this story was that the United States said, that he was a person of interest. Judge, jury, and executioner for a PERSON of interest. This kind of policy will kill many innocent people. Terrorism recruitment will flourish under this policy, but that is actually their goal. Continued wars; acquisition of land and resources, and installing military bases to control the regions. They can not steal during times of peace can they? Jeb Bush will continue the need for wars philosophy. "The terrorists want to take what little freedoms we have left".

Jun 23 09:44

THE UN’s BLURRED VISION

Israel systematically targeted Palestinian residential buildings and infrastructure without any apparent military justification. The horror of what Israel did, detailed in the 183-page report, cannot be adequately summarized here.

In total, 2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 Palestinian civilians, among them 551 children, the report states. More than 11,000 Palestinians, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children, were injured with almost 10 percent suffering permanent disabilities.

Six civilians died in Israel and more than 60 Israeli soldiers died in fighting with the Palestinian resistance.

But a key finding is that the mass destruction and killing inflicted by Israel, often amounting to war crimes, “may have constituted military tactics reflective of a broader policy, approved at least tacitly by decision-makers at the highest levels of the Government of Israel.”

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Jun 23 07:20

“Balance” in UN Gaza report can’t hide massive Israeli war crimes

Despite the “balanced” language that is now the habitual refuge of international officials hoping to avoid false accusations of anti-Israel bias, the evidence shows that the scale and impact of Israeli violence dwarfs anything allegedly done by Palestinians.

Jun 21 10:26

Nazis or Zionists?

Moses Hess coined the term national socialism, commonly shortened to Nazism, which he intended to use for Jewish nationalism - and this as early as 1862.

They Act Like NaZis, Because They WERE The NaZis.

Jun 21 09:47

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

With the publication of my book last year, “Against our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel,” the attacks seemed to escalate.

It appeared that some JVP leaders were attempting to thwart my talks and prevent people from learning the facts that my book and my talks contain.

Jun 20 20:37

DYLANN ROOF LINK TO SANDY HOOK, ELLIOT RODGER, HUNGER GAMES...

Suzanne Collins, who wrote The Hunger Games, is the link that joins up DYLANN ROOF, SANDY HOOK and Elliot Rodger. The Powers-That-Be want us to be frightened of churches, tall buildings, flying, plagues, and sending our kids to school. This is the CIA's Strategy of Tension.

Jun 20 16:48

The Herefordshire hotel used for 'diabolical' experiments on US military students

Behind the façade of a peaceful Georgian country manor hotel, nestling in 18 acres of rolling Herefordshire grassland, lay a dark secret involving a former medical director of the FBI which last week came to light at a medical board hearing in the US state of Virginia.

There, a shocked board heard how Dr John Hagmann, 59, a former army lieutenant colonel and president of Deployment Medicine Consultants of Gig Harbor, Washington, had allegedly carried out “macabre” experiments on US military students taking his courses.

The word "sick" springs to mind.

Jun 20 12:11

Divine Time Import – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

So let’s show some appreciation of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. When they separated religion and government, they had a strong and accurate sense of history. It was a good move, even if not a divinely inspired one.

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Jun 19 06:56

Holodomor: The Ukrainian Holocaust of 1933

The killing of 10 million Christians by the Jewish Bolsheviks under Joseph Stalin 1932-1933 in Ukraine. These events are also known as Holodomor.

Jun 18 20:57

Israeli soldiers cheered while Palestinian bled to death under army jeep

“The soldiers were singing and cheering in the jeep while women were crying and trying to get closer to see the body,” Shurouq Hamayel, Ghuneimat’s cousin, who was at the scene, told The Electronic Intifada.

Jun 18 19:03

CIA authorized experimentation on human beings, document shows

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) internal regulations empower the agency’s director to override US and international laws restricting experimentation on human beings, a classified CIA document published by the Guardian on Monday, “AR 2-2, Law and Policy Governing the Conduct of Intelligence Activities,” shows.

Jun 18 14:28

Ex-Israeli foreign minister avoids Gaza war crimes arrest thanks to UK diplomatic immunity

Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni was granted diplomatic immunity by the British government during a visit to the UK this week to avoid possible arrest over alleged war crimes.

The Zionist Union politician was attending the Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in London, where she spoke on the Israeli political climate and the future of Israel and Palestine.

Livni was able to qualify for legal immunity by arranging meetings with British officials, exploiting a legal loophole that protects Israelis on official visits to the UK.

Jun 17 20:11

When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called ‘Hitler’

Waking Times

Most people haven’t heard of King Leopold II of Belgium.But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo.

Jun 17 18:12

Video: Israelis film themselves shooting unarmed Palestinian

“Got it! Wow, got it. Got video, too!

This is what the voice on this video is heard exclaiming just after a sniper fires a shot toward an unarmed Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad.

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Jun 17 15:04

Pentagon Knew About Doctor’s Gruesome Practices a Decade Ago

The Pentagon knew about a former Army doctor's macabre training techniques 10 years ago – techniques which led to his license recently being suspended – but continued to hire him to train troops in battlefield medicine.

Dr. John Henry Hagmann allegedly gave trainees drugs and liquor and had them perform disturbing procedures on one another. The Virginia Board of Medicine suspended Hagmann’s medical license earlier this year.

In 2005, the commander of US Special Forces became so alarmed by what his aides observed during one of Hagmann's training courses that the commander ordered all such private training halted, according to interviews and military documents reviewed by Reuters.

Jun 17 10:38

'Anti-Israel mandate': UN human rights envoy blocked from entering Gaza

Israeli authorities have admitted they blocked a UN human rights envoy from entering the occupied Gaza area for a second year in a row, just as a UN report on last year’s Gaza war is about to be made public.

"We didn't allow this visit," said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, as cited by AFP. The visit by the UN special rapporteur on human rights, Makarim Wibisono, was due to take place last week.

However, according to Nahshon, the decision doesn’t go against Israel’s commitments to the UN. “Israel cooperates with all the international commissions and all rapporteurs, except when the mandate handed to them is anti-Israeli and Israel has no chance to make itself heard."

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We already heard you, Israel; loud and clear!

Jun 17 10:30

Journalists blast Israeli govt cartoon mocking Gaza news coverage

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has produced a 50-second cartoon mocking foreign reporting on Gaza, urging people to see that “terrorism rules” there. Apart from arguably lacking comedic value, the clip was slammed as being in poor taste by international media.

The animated short shows a blond, presumably American reporter in Gaza talking about how it’s a modern society where “ordinary people” are just trying to live their lives – “no terrorists here.” As the reporter’s praise for the locals continues, Hamas member can be seen in the back launching rockets.

Jun 17 08:36

Monsanto Linked to Israel's Illegal Use of White Phosphorous in Gaza War

Agribusiness giant Monsanto - best known for their genetically modified soybeans and "probably carcinogenic" herbicide - has supplied the US government with white phosphorous used in incendiary weapons for at least 20 years, and some of that made its way to Israel for use in Operation Cast Lead.

Jun 16 14:31

Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly

An increasing number of United States military veterans are counseling United States military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions – the veterans are even helping sponsor prime time television commercials urging drone operators to “refuse to fly.”

In a letter released today by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.”

Jun 16 13:20

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Torture (HBO)

Jun 16 11:05

Senate votes to ban use of torture

The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to ban the U.S. from ever again subjecting prisoners to waterboarding, “rectal feeding” and other brutal interrogation practices widely condemned as torture.

In a 78-21 vote, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle supported a new prohibition on "enhanced interrogation" practices and other novel detention methods.

“We must continue to insist that the methods we employ in this fight for peace and freedom must always, always, be as right and honorable as the goals and ideals we fight for,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee and an author of the amendment.
“Our enemies act without conscience. We must not.”

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Sounds like election year posturing to me; this country has had laws on the books against torture, but yet torture was done to prisoners of war.

But even if it is election year posturing, at least it is a move in the right direction!

Jun 16 10:20

CIA DIRECTOR BRENNAN DENOUNCED BY PROFS AT HIS ALMA MATER OVER TORTURE SCANDAL

A cohort of faculty at Fordham University dedicated to opposing torture have vehemently denounced CIA Director John Brennan for defending enhanced interrogation techniques used in the wake of Sept. 11 and have pledged to continue their criticisms of Brennan in the coming school year.

Brennan, an alumnus of Fordham who in 1977 earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the private Jesuit university in New York, was also given an honorary degree by the college in 2012 when he was commencement speaker there.

At the time, his address received some protest, with one graduate launching a Change.org petition calling for Brennan’s removal as speaker, and roughly 10 to 15 audience members turning their backs to Brennan during his talk, according to the Fordham Ram campus newspaper.

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Go.......FORDHAM!! At last, we have some people in academia beginning to oppose what has been going on for so many years in the Federal government.

I hope these people are an inspiration to others who want to peacefully protest the utter immorality of torture, and work together to remove it completely from whatever intelligence tactics American military are using.

Jun 16 10:11

ROTHSCHILD AND THE GAY CAMBRIDGE APOSTLES

It's not Zionists versus fascists. It's the feudal elite and their mafias versus the rest.

"Lord Victor Rothschild ... made Churchill's decisions, including the bombing of the food trains into the concentration camps, and the continued strafing of the inmates. "Rothschild is on record as saying: "'There will be no room in the new country for shnorrers' (poor Jews).

"He only wanted the rich powerful and influential for the new land (Israel), the rest were to be sacrificed."

Jun 16 10:03

ISRAELI TREASON AGAINST HUMANITY

Don’t tell me Israel is too civilized and wouldn’t indulge in the unthinkable. The truth is that Israel would unhesitatingly embark on the unthinkable should the humanity go into a brief moment of slumber.

This is why humanity must remain vigilant because the Israeli snake is venomous and treacherous.

Jun 16 05:49

ISRAEL ACCUSED OF 'WAR CRIME' OVER BULLDOZING OF PALESTINIAN OLIVE GROVES

Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land.

Jun 16 03:33

The American far-right’s trojan horse in Westminster; Elites are using the Henry Jackson Society to sell surveillance, war, white supremacism, banks, and misogyny

There is a violent extremist fifth column operating at the heart of power in Britain, and they stand against everything we hold dear in Western democracies: civil liberties, equality, peace, diplomacy and the rule of law. You wouldn’t think so at first glance. In fact, you might be taken in by their innocuous-looking spokespeople, railing against the threat of Muslim extremists, defending the rights of beleaguered Muslim women, championing the principle of free speech?—?regularly courted by national TV and the press as informed experts on global policy issues. But peer beneath the surface, and an entirely different picture emerges: a web of self-serving trans-Atlantic elites who are attempting to warp public discourse on key issues that pose a threat not to the public interest, but to their own vested interests.

Jun 15 15:32

Voting for your own executioner!

At this point in time, the myth of the United States of America as a good and decent country has been pretty much vaporized by the constant betrayal of its own citizens and its neverending attacks on the rest of the world. I mean, with a leadership that supervised the demolition of its two tallest buildings as a pretext for making war on the world, abandoned its own people by deliberately sending most of its jobs overseas, and lastly, is about to round up and dispose of all its dissenters in the name of falsified terror threats, how could anyone with a functioning brain lend any degree of support to this political monster in Washington that is clearly and deliberately eating its own tail?

And to make it perfectly clear — deliberately destroying its own country at the behest of a demonic foreign power!

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Jun 15 14:18

Obituary Tariq Aziz

Tariq Aziz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq has passed away. Twelve years of suffering in Iraqi jails have ended and he can finally rest in peace.

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Jun 15 12:34

Israel’s behaviour will bankrupt it over time

Two recent reports suggest that Israel could face catastrophic consequences if it fails to end the mistreatment of Palestinians under its rule, whether in the occupied territories or in Israel itself.

Jun 15 11:12

Israeli Special Units Brutally Attack Sick Prisoner

Israeli soldiers from the Nahshon special unit Sunday severely assaulted a sick Palestinian prisoner, while he was being transferred to hospital to undergo medical examination.

Prisoner Mohammed Abd Rabo, 29, told a Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) lawyer, who visited him in the Israeli Nafha jail following the assault, that around 20 soldiers from Nahshon unit severally assualted him for asking them to untie his hands and feet during his transfer to Soroka Medical Center, in Israel, for medical examination.

He said that soldiers brutally attacked him and threw him on the floor before sending him back to jail without taking him to hospital.

Abd Rabo, who was sentenced to 16 years in jail, suffers from what he described as unbearable pain due to chronic stomach pain and vomiting. He said that the Israeli prison administration only provides him with over the counter pain killers.

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But reading the UN report on the last Israeli incursion into Gaza is, according to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, a "waste of time"?!?

Apparently, in Netnayahu's mind, torture and serial genocide against Palestinians is "normal", so the world should just get used to it!!

Jun 15 11:01

John Oliver and Helen Mirren destroy Americans’ fairy-tale belief in torture with horrifying children’s tales

On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took up the unpleasant, and unfortunately mostly ignored, topic of torture in America done under the auspices of the CIA.

Noting that the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 6,700-page investigation of torture, with a 500-page version available to the public, Oliver sought to explain that Americans need to read the available version because they have been “dangerously misinformed” about torture.

With a CBS poll showing the 69 percent of Americans believing that waterboarding is torture and 57 percent believing “aggressive” interrogation techniques help stop terrorist attacks, Oliver set out to point out that not only doesn’t torture work — it may make a comeback since it is only restricted by executive order, which can be tossed out by the next president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, the following happens.

1. The world understands that those values of human decency, democracy, and human rights are only words, and not respected values by this country's government.
2. That every US politician who uses these words, and then backs torture, is a hypocrite of the highest order.
3. The use of torture by the US gives carte blanche to any world leader who doesn't much like us to do the same to American citizens or American military.

Please chew on this last one for awhile, particularly if you have friends or family serving in the US military.

Jun 15 10:19

CIA torture appears to have broken spy agency rule on human experimentation

CIA director George Tenet approved abusive interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, designed by CIA contractor psychologists. He further instructed the agency’s health personnel to oversee the brutal interrogations – the beginning of years of controversy, still ongoing, about US torture as a violation of medical ethics.

But the revelation of the guidelines has prompted critics of CIA torture to question how the agency could have ever implemented what it calls “enhanced interrogation techniques” – despite apparently having rules against “research on human subjects” without their informed consent.

Jun 15 09:41

Tel Aviv moves to block release of UN report on Israeli war crimes

Tel Aviv seeks to prevent the release of the findings of a UN investigation into Israeli war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza, with the prime minister of the regime labeling such a move as a “waste of time.”

Addressing Israeli ministers on Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that “whoever wants a baseless automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.”

Jun 15 08:14

CIA torture appears to have broken spy agency rule on human experimentation

Watchdogs shocked at ‘disconnect’ between doctors who oversaw interrogation and guidelines that gave CIA director power over medical ethics

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Jun 14 10:21

When a Government Declares Memories Classified

For years, Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ memories of their time in CIA custody have been considered classified state secrets. Abu Zubaydah's lawyers can’t talk publicly about how he lost his left eye. Lawyers for Mustafa al Hawsawi, who can now only sit on a pillow, can’t tell the press or the public about anal feedings that left him with a rectal prolapse. And until recently, Majid Khan's lawyers couldn’t bring up the time he was hung from a pole for two days, naked and hooded, while interrogators threw ice water on him.

Jun 14 08:53

The Truth About Nelson Mandela – Communist, Terrorist, Murderer (With Zionist Handlers)

Most people are unaware of the Zionists who backed Mandela, or that Mandela was responsible for countless acts of terrorism. Stefan Molyneaux and others expose what the mainstream media and textbooks haven't told you.

Jun 14 08:30

Iraq Body Count: undercounting death with pro-war cash

An official funding document confirms that the Iraq Body Count (IBC), a widely-respected ‘independent’ antiwar group monitoring Iraq War casualties since its inception in 2003, has received core funding from government agencies complicit in the Iraq War, since 2009. A close review of evidence in the public record also reveals that in 2006, the Pentagon used IBC’s data to legitimise US violence under the military occupation of Iraq.

Jun 14 08:06

Will Israel’s “whiff from hell” weapon be used to crush US protests?

US police departments are interested in procuring the foul-smelling skunk water that Israeli forces routinely use on Palestinians, according to The Economist. The Economist, which refers to skunk water as “a whiff from hell,” reports that the weapon “has attracted the interest of law-enforcement agencies in America which, after riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, crave better ways to scatter rioters without killing or injuring them.”

Jun 13 11:40

Jihad and vandalism - Save our stones

As well as killing people, Islamic State is smashing up ancient works of art. Only a little can be done to prevent its acts of barbarism

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Jun 12 08:47

Why We Shouldn't Look the Other Way on Bush's Iraq War Crimes

Donald Rumsfeld is this generation’s Robert McNamara.

Over 12 years after overseeing and helping to design the 2003 invasion of Iraq – the former secretary of defense is now re-writing his own role in the invasion.

Jun 12 07:34

Israel exonerates itself over Gaza beach killings of four children last year

Israeli investigation says missile attack that killed boys aged between nine and 11 was ‘tragic accident’ in findings contradictory to journalists’ reports from scene

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"We thought they were Egyptian horse traders! Honest! And if you don't believe me then you are a filthy Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants to bring back Hitler so he can gas Jewish babies!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 11 17:48

Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project - An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

“the Israeli electorate is still dominated by hyper-nationalist, in some cases proto-fascist, figures. It is no way inclined to make peace. It has given a clear mandate for policies … that will further deepen Israel’s colonial venture.”

Jun 11 13:43

Despite Global Recognition, the Plight of Guantánamo’s Best-Selling Author Worsens

Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s 13th year of captivity in Guantánamo has been remarkable in many ways.

“Guantánamo Diary,” his story of torture and unlawful detention by the United States, was finally published and has become a best-seller, earning rave reviews around the world and a Hollywood movie deal. Readers continue to marvel at a book that’s been called a “masterpiece” and “literary magic,” written by a man whose “unfailing humanity is the constant thread throughout.” Celebrities like Jude Law and Benedict Cumberbatch are reading Mohamedou’s work for a global audience. Almost 50,000 people have signed the ACLU’s petition calling for his freedom.

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