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TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Aug 25 09:24

US-TURKEY LAUNCH OPERATION "ISIS SHIELD" TO CLEANSE MODERATE ARABS AND KURDS UNDER THE COVER OF FIGHTING ISIS

Sadly, the Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become the pets and toys of the two-faced gangsters in Washington. If Uncle Sam tells them lay down, they lay down, if he tells them fetch, they fetch.

Aug 25 06:26

United Nations Admits To Accidentally Releasing Cholera In Haiti, Killing 10,000 People

Waking Times Media

The United Nations has admitted responsibility for the 2010 cholera epidemic in Haiti which killed more than ten thousand people.

Aug 24 15:09

CIA Torture Prisoner Makes Case For Gitmo Release In First Public Appearance In 14 Years

A Guantanamo detainee, who the CIA tortured as a suspected top leader of Al-Qaeda but never officially charged, has made his case for release. Abu Zubaydah appeared in public for the first time in 14 years of his detention.

His first-ever hearing was made via video feed from Washington’s Cuba-based prison and on his behalf. Addressing a Periodic Review Board through a uniformed soldier who read his message, Zubaydah said that he “has no desire or intent to harm the United States or any other country.”

Aug 24 12:07

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Envoy to UN Discloses French Ties to Chemical Attacks

Representative of the Syrian Republic to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafery, spoke to Sputnik in an exclusive interview regarding the deadly chemical attacks that took place in Syria back in 2013 and the involvement of France in these attacks.

Aug 24 10:50

A Rare Glimpse of Abu Zubaydah 14 Years After First CIA Torture Session

, made his first appearance Tuesday on video from Guantanamo in a hearing before a Periodic Review Board, 14 years after the last day of a month-long interrogation at a CIA black site in Thailand. It was the first time the “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved by the Bush administration were used on a detainee.

Back then, Abu Zubaydah still had his left eye.

Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian whose real name is Zayn al Abidin Muhammad, was captured in a raid of a Faisalabad, Pakistan, house on March 28, 2002, suffering severe bullet wounds. The interrogation techniques used on him included stress positions, sleep deprivation, insects placed in a confinement box, and waterboarding, among others.

Most notably perhaps, he was waterboarded 83 times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A complete denial of due process, coupled with torture; this is horrific, and you may be wondering: could it happen here?!?

Friends, it already has.

Take a good, hard look at this article, published by theguardian.com:

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

And there are - and have been - a number of other prison facilities around the country, as this article describes:

A brief history of secret prisons in the United States

We, as a freedom loving people, have to - peacefully - work to get these institutions closed down immediately, and stop the practices which happen in these institutions from ever happening again, either in foreign countries, or domestically.

Aug 23 11:37

US War Crimes or ‘Normalized Deviance’

The normalization of deviance from the rules and standards that formally govern U.S. foreign policy has been quite radical. And yet, as in other cases, this has gradually been accepted as a normal state of affairs, first within the corridors of power, then by the corporate media and eventually by much of the public at large.

Once deviance has been culturally normalized, as Vaughan found in the shuttle program at NASA, there is no longer any effective check on actions that deviate radically from formal or established standards – in the case of U.S. foreign policy, that would refer to the rules and customs of international law, the checks and balances of our constitutional political system and the experience and evolving practice of generations of statesmen and diplomats.

Normalizing the Abnormal

Aug 21 22:55

Athens presses German reparations bid

Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis emphasized over the weekend that Athens will push its demands for wartime reparations from Germany, despite the insistence by Berlin that the matter has been resolved, noting that the issue is primarily a moral one for the Greek government.

Aug 21 19:48

Cop Shoots and Kills Unarmed Deaf, Mute Man as He Tries to Communicate Using Sign Language

Charlotte, NC — A community and family is mourning the loss of Daniel Kevin Harris, whose life was taken this week by a State Trooper who apparently fears sign language. Harris, who is deaf and mute, was gunned down in front of his house.

Aug 20 10:21

Declassified justice: Gitmo lawyer explains CIA censorship of clients

President Barack Obama’s recent release of 15 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay marked the largest single transfer yet. However, as the US loosens its clutches on some detainees, the CIA’s grip on keeping them silent remains tight as ever.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even the military kangaroo court has said that most of these people never committed any crimes, so the only thing the CIA needs to keep secret ... is the torture used on them to get them to confess!

Aug 20 09:21

What have they done to Ryan Bundy?

Ryan Bundy is being tortured. Multnomah County jail is notorious for dead and injured inmates!

Ryan Bundy is in Solitary Confinement until after his trial. This means that he will have limited opportunities to prepare for defending his freedom. How did this happen?

The FBI agents are already under investigation for lying during that incident. They claimed that they did not fire their weapons. However, it has been shown that there were two bullet casings that were illegally removed from the scene. All of OSP’s shots have been accounted for, therefore the shots seem to have come from the FBI.

Bundy has maintained that he does not give permission to State or Federal authorities to remove the evidence from his arm. He has said that he is willing to have it removed, however, he has certain conditions under which he will agree, including having an independent forensic analysis done. The Federal authorities refuse these terms.

Aug 20 08:14

Images of Syrian Boy Remind Us of the Forgotten Victims of Permanent War

Waking Times

In the above snapshot taken this week, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh is shown after his home in Aleppo, Syria was targeted by airstrikes and rescue crews then pulled him from the rubble. His family is dead. The video and images of Omran have gone ‘viral’ on the internet in recent days, reminding us who exactly it is who pays the price in endless, inter-generational warfare.

Webmaster addition: There are indications that this photo is a fake, to build a case for direct US invasion of Syria. The Boy is seen scratching his "wound" in the video, and considering that there is a nearby bombed house, it is suspicious that we see 15 first responders just standing there doing nothing.

Aug 19 09:55

US Targeted Killing Rules Conflate Legality and Politics

The Presidential Policy Guidance would sanction targeting a person who poses a "continuing, imminent threat," not just to "U.S. persons," but also to "another country's persons." A 2011 Department of Justice (DOJ) white paper, leaked in 2013, said that a US citizen can be killed even when there is no "clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future." This makes a mockery of the "imminence" requirement. The administration presumably sets an even lower bar for non-citizens.

There must also be "near certainty that an identified HVT [high-value terrorist] or other lawful terrorist target" is present before using lethal force against him. Yet the administration engages in "signature strikes" that don't necessarily target individuals but rather target all males of military age present in an area of suspicious activity. And the Presidential Policy Guidance does not define "high-value terrorist."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This legalistic mishmash has been engineered as "window-dressing" for the hard fact that this process has utterly no true relationship to the Law of this Land, which is very firmly routed in the concept of due process, and is denied all victims of extrajudicial assassinations.

And I have to speculate here; how long will it be before these tortured rationales lead to extrajudicial assassinations right here at home?!?

Unfortunately, were I a betting person, the short answer would be, "Not long!!"

Aug 19 08:03

MSF to evacuate staff from Yemen hospitals after Saudi-led air strikes

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it is evacuating its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen after the deaths of 19 people in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on one of its facilities.

Countless attacks on health facilities in Yemen have endangered patients and staff and displayed a failure by warring parties to control the use of force, the group said.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Deep regret..." on the part of the Saudi Government, MY ASTROLABE!

By bombing these medical facilities, the Saudi government and military got precisely what they wanted; a complete evacuation of the MSF staff, to insure that no Houthi rebels, or civilians who were badly wounded by their strikes, would get care, and would die, horrifically.

But then, Saudi serial genocide against the Yemeni people, enabled by US bombs and "guidance", has been what this war of attrition has been about, hasn't it?!?

To kill enough Houthis, civilians, children, women, and the elderly medically fragile, to insure that enough emotional and physical capitulation would lead
to the reinstatement of the Al Hadi government, which is the sole objective of the American government.

And THAT is to be accomplished, in their minds, by any means necessary.

But I would like to politely suggest to the House of Saud; the Saudi Government; the Saudi Military; and the American Government that this fight to dislodge the Houthis in Yemen has gone on well over a year, and the rebels don't seem to want to surrender any more than they did when they took the country over.

This conflict could well go down in the history books as Saudi Arabia's Vietnam.

Aug 18 09:32

flashback - Obama + Hillary Clinton's 2009 Honduras coup

Honduras' fallen leader told The Miami Herald he is being subjected to mind-altering gas and radiation -- and that `Israeli mercenaries' are planning to assassinate him.

Aug 18 06:31

FINALLY REVEALED: The Guidelines For Drone Assassinations

Aug 17 17:31

As our cultural heritage in Syria hemorrhages, villagers work to restore it

Reports continue nearly daily of yet more damage to our archeological treasures Syria. A few examples include the recent ISIS destruction at Tal Ajaja, one of Syria's most important 2nd century AD Assyrian period. "More than 40 percent of Tal Ajaja was destroyed or has been ravaged by IS recently" has revealed Khaled Ahmo, the Director of Antiquities in Hasakeh

Aug 17 08:08

US-backed forces give hundreds of ISIS fighters safe passage

The district of criminals,giving aid and comfort to terrorists who kill Christians.

Several hundred vehicles containing 100 to 200 Islamic State fighters were given safe passage by US-based forces, out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, after surrendering their weapons, according to defense officials.

Aug 17 08:06

ISIS Orders Its Franchises to Kill Christians

WARRI, Nigeria — The so-called Islamic State has different strategies in different parts of the world, but in Africa and in Europe, certainly, its core objective is becoming clear: to kill Christians. Its long-term goal: to provoke a new Crusade, reviving the holy wars of many hundreds of years ago in the belief that this time around Islam will win.

Aug 17 07:43

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

And, as if that weren’t enough, even the definitive analysis of the evidence that was performed by two leading US analysts, the Lloyd-Postal report, concluded that, «The US Government’s Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT». Obama has clearly been lying.

Aug 16 22:08

US-backed forces give hundreds of ISIS fighters safe passage

Meanwhile.....
Several hundred vehicles containing 100 to 200 Islamic State fighters were given safe passage by US-based forces, out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, after surrendering their weapons, according to defense officials.

Aug 16 14:03

US War Crimes Or ‘Normalized Deviance’

Sociologist Diane Vaughan coined the term “normalization of deviance” as she was investigating the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. She used it to describe how the social culture at NASA fostered a disregard for rigorous, physics-based safety standards, effectively creating new, lower de facto standards that came to govern actual NASA operations and led to catastrophic and deadly failures.

Aug 16 12:50

US DEFENSE FIRMS PROFIT BY SAUDI ARABIA’S SLAUGHTER OF YEMEN

It is not secret that Saudi Arabia has been carrying out ghastly war crimes on the people of Yemen using US weapons and support. Despite the US’ endless (and largely hypocritical) complaining about civilian deaths in Syria, the Saudis have deployed unprecedented violence on civilians in Yemen with no audible opposition from the US. One of the US weapons making an appearance in Yemen are widely banned cluster bombs, specifically the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon from Textron Systems of Wilmington, Massachusetts. The bombs are not only lethal upon initial use but often the parts of the bomb do not explode as planned and spontaneously detonate later or by accident when scavengers stumble upon them while looking for scrap metal.

Aug 16 12:42

DALLAS PD ASKS ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR PERMISSION TO WITHHOLD 'EMBARRASSING' DOCUMENTS ABOUT ITS BOMB ROBOT

The unprecedented deployment of a bomb-defusing robot by Dallas police to kill an armed suspect raised several questions. While these robots have sometimes acted as part of a negotiation team in the past, no police department had previously rigged one up with an explosive device to take a suspect out. One question that remains unanswered is whether this use of the Dallas PD's robot violated its own policies. Gawker's Andy Cush filed a public records request for PD policies on using robots to kill and discovered Dallas law enforcement was basically making things up as it went along.

Aug 16 11:30

DOCUMENTS CONFIRM CIA CENSORSHIP OF GUANTÁNAMO TRIALS

IN JANUARY 2013, during the military trial of five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks, a defense lawyer was discussing a motion relating to the CIA’s black-site program, when a mysterious entity cut the audio feed to the gallery. A red light began to glow and spin. Someone had triggered the courtroom’s censorship system.

The system was believed to be under the control of the judge, Col. James Pohl. In this case, it wasn’t.

Later, Pohl said the censorship was the work of an “OCA,” short for “Original Classification Authority.” In the future, he said, no external body would be permitted to unilaterally censor what was happening in his courtroom.

Many have speculated that Pohl’s “OCA” is in fact the CIA. That speculation is now confirmed with the release of three new documents by The Intercept. The documents show the evolution of secret rules governing what is and is not allowed to be discussed before the military court at Guantánamo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why in the name of heaven is the US military torturing when they know that the tortured person will say anything his torturers want him to say to get the torture to stop?!?

Because this wasn't about what the tortured had done or not done; it was about eliciting confessions with which to justify the continued use torture.

I would like to politely remind our military and civilian leadership that when we, as a country, torture, or outsource torture, we demonstrate to the world that Americans are complete, abysmal hypocrites when it comes human rights, democracy, and the moral treatment of prisoners of war.

And I would also like to politely remind our military and civilian leadership that when we, as a country, torture, or outsource torture, this gives carte blanche for foreign countries which really don't like the American government that much, to torture our civilian and military personnel.

Please do take a moment to reflect on that, won't you?!?

Aug 16 09:22

U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs School, Hospital In Yemen

Aug 16 08:51

15 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred To UAE: Pentagon

The Pentagon says that 15 Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates, the largest transfer under the Obama administration.

Aug 16 08:39

After 14 years of torture and illegal detention 'freed' Guantanamo prisoners are left destitute

Over 86% of Guantanamo prisoners were bought by the US from Pakistani and Afghan bounty hunters and militants, who rounded up their victims with little to no evidence they had links to terrorism.

The men are now effectively refugees, they have not been repatriated but sent to a third country that has agreed to resettle them. Due to the security situation and ongoing war, transfers to Yemen are currently banned and have not taken place since 2009. As a result, at least six of the Yemenis had been cleared for release for over 7 years, and in some cases, had been free to leave for over a decade, but had nowhere to go. No Afghans have been repatriated since December 2014.

Aug 15 14:27

UK Complicit In Al Khalifa Crimes In Bahrain: Analyst

The UK government should be “ashamed” of its support for the Bahraini regime and must be held responsible for assisting Bahraini and Saudi Arabian security forces in their crackdown against the years-long uprising in the Arab kingdom, says a British academic and political analyst.

Aug 15 11:21

US & UN Peacekeepers Did Nothing as US Aid Workers were Raped, Beaten, Shot Right Next to Them

Nairobi, Kenya — A shocking report out of the AP on Monday, details a horrific attack that unfolded in Nairobi last month. For four hours, multiple female aid workers were beaten, shot, and savagely raped — all while U.N. peacekeeping troops and the U.S. Embassy sat back and did nothing.

“Either you have sex with me, or we make every man here rape you and then we shoot you in the head,” a soldier said, according to one of the female aid workers. By the end of the hours-long attack, the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, had been raped by 15 South Sudanese soldiers.

The ones who could have stopped it — did nothing.

Aug 15 11:05

Deadly airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

At least seven people were killed and 20 wounded when a Saudi-led and US-backed coalition airstrike blasted a hospital in Yemen’s northern Hajja province on Monday, authorities said.

A witness told Reuters that rescuers could not attend to and evacuate the wounded staffers and patients because jets continued to fly over the Doctors Without Borders hospital and the medics feared there would be more bombings.

Aug 13 11:16

Women burn burqas, men cut beards: Manbij celebrates liberation from ISIS (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

LIBERATION FROM US SPONSORED TERRORISTS!

Manbij women have been ripping off their burqas and burning them, smoking cigarettes, while men cut off their beards, all while rejoicing at their newly obtained freedom after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) drove jihadists from the Syrian city.

Aug 13 10:55

Ryan Bundy Beaten by Jail Guards in Portland Oregon Jail

Published on Aug 9, 2016
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Ammon Bundy would like to share with you what happened to his brother Ryan today at the jail. We still live in a country where men are innocent until proven guilty, don't we? We need your help to stop these abuses, Please listen and share.
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Aug 12 23:10

The twilight of NATO

by Thierry Meyssan
The history of NATO and its current activities enables us to understand how the West has woven its lies and why it is now a prisoner of them. The elements contained in this articles are shocking, but it is impossible to deny the facts. The only other solution is to cling to the lies and persist in hanging on.

Aug 12 23:06

Yes! The System Is Rigged!

If 2016 taught us anything, it is that if the establishment’s hegemony is imperiled, it will come together in ferocious solidarity — for the preservation of their perks, privileges, and power.All the elements of that establishment — corporate, cultural, political, media — are today issuing an ultimatum to Middle America:Trump is unacceptable.

You want Trump out? How do we get you out?
But if Hillary Clinton takes power, and continues America on her present course, which a majority of Americans rejected in the primaries, there is going to a bad moon rising.

And the new protesters in the streets will not be overprivileged children from Ivy League campuses.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,” said John F. Kennedy.

Aug 12 22:53

Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, and I Have Lived in Washington

A good reason to vote for Trump, a very good reason whatever his other intentions, is that he does not want a war with Russia. Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that. Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras.

Such a war would be yet another example of the utter control of America by rich insiders. No normal American has anything at all to gain by such a war. And no normal American has the slightest influence over whether such a war takes place, except by voting for Trump. The military has become entirely the plaything of unaccountable elites.

A martial principle of great wisdom says that military stupidity comes in three grades: Ordinarily stupid; really, really, really stupid; and fighting Russia. Think Charles XII at Poltava, Napoleon after Borodino, Adolf and Kursk.

Aug 12 08:08

Mainstream Media Up in Arms About Malia Smoking Pot — Silent on Her Dad Blowing Up Children

By Justin Gardner

When video surfaced of Malia Obama apparently taking a hit from a joint at the Lollapalooza festival, conservative critics and Obama supporters took to the comments sections in a comical display of partisan bickering...

Aug 12 07:12

Files show Kissinger backed Argentina's 1976-83 mass killings

Newly-declassified documents reveal that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger hampered efforts to stop mass killings of dissidents by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship.

Aug 11 05:18

Israel and the World Vision Crime Scam

Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel is going all out to divert anti-Israel opinion on its monumental humanitarian disaster to a fictitious crime allegedly perpetrated by the very victims of said humanitarian disaster- Israel’s wars on Gaza -by concocting an elaborate false crime of embezzlement and terrorism by Mohammed el-Halabi, the dedicated zonal manager for World Vision in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

Aug 10 18:48

Obama Administration Forced To Release Drone Kill List “Playbook”

By Derrick Broze

The Obama Administration has released a redacted version of the “drone playbook” which outlines the federal government’s policy on drone strikes.

Late Friday evening the Obama Administration released a redacted version of the Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), sometimes known as “the Playbook” or disposition matrix, which guides the Obama Administration’s decisions on the U.S. government’s drone assassination program. The PPG was originally released in May 2013, but the full content of the document has remained a secret. The public has only ever seen a “fact sheet” that describes the document...

Aug 10 09:56

U.S. approves $1.15 billion sale of tanks, equipment to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticized the coalition's air strikes because of the deaths of civilians.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

"This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia's security and armed forces modernization," the agency said in a notice to lawmakers posted on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In over the last year and counting, the Saudis have committed unspeakable war crimes in their killings of civilians, like shelling hospitals, private residences, and schools, but the US government just keeps enabling these war criminals by sending them more weapons.

The lengths of madness to which the US government will go to demonstrate, internationally, that no US-imposed thug, as was Al-Hadi, can be run out of town on a rail, "without consequences" has been murderously amazing.

Aug 08 10:54

Palestinian Children as Young as 12 Can Now Be Legally Imprisoned by Israel

By James Holbrooks

Last Wednesday, Israeli lawmakers legalized the imprisonment of Palestinian children as young as — by their own words — twelve years old.

The new law, passed by legislators as the “Youth Bill,” allows authorities to “imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or she is under the age of 14,” the Knesset said in a press release.

But the originator of the bill, Anat Berko, was quoted in that same statement as saying that for those who are “murdered with a knife in the heart it does not matter if the child is 12 or 15.”...

Aug 08 09:00

5 EXPLOSIVE SECRET INTELLIGENCE MEMOS ON LIBYA EVERYONE MUST READ [VIDEO]

Libya is a mess following the western military intervention that started in 2011. We were told it was necessary because there’s an evil dictator who had to be taken out as he was massacring his own people. But is that really why we went to war with Libya? Muammar Gaddafi did have much blood on his hands – from the so-called Toyota War (or Chadian-Libyan conflict) to taking responsibility for Lockerbie. Not to mention his handy role in George W. Bush’s extraordinary rendition program.

Aug 07 18:15

Metallica Don't Tread on Me with lyrics

Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
Once you provoke her, rattling of her tail
Never begins it, never, but once engaged
Never surrenders, showing the fangs of rage
Don't tread on me
So be it
Threaten no more
To secure peace is to prepare for war
So be it
Settle the score
Touch me again for the words that you'll hear evermore
Don't tread on me

Aug 07 10:17

EX-CIA CHIEF AND TORTURE DEFENDER ENDORSES CLINTON—WHY ARE DEMOCRATS CHEERING?

'Whose endorsement would Democrats not treat as a benefit, at this point? How bad of an actor does someone need to be?'

Morell went on to praise Clinton's "more aggressive approach" to the conflict in Syria and to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of being an "unwitting agent of Putin." (Morell doesn't disclose that he currently works for a PR consulting firm run by longtime Clinton ally Phillippe Reines.)

Morell has in the past defended torture, most publicly in a book published as a retort to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's torture program during George W. Bush's presidency.

And while many in the mainstream media have focused uncritically on the op-ed's Putin-phobia, progressives have expressed alarm that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party are not only celebrating an endorsement from a defender of torture, they are actually using such praise from neocons and war hawks to promote Clinton's candidacy:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cold hard reality is that, should Clinton win/steal the election in November, Morell will most probably have a very prominent place in her administration.

He has been lobbying for that for several years now.

Perhaps there should be a new cabinet appointment made, naming Morell as the head of Clinton's "Ministry of Untruth through Torture", spoken of, in hushed tones, in the bowels of power in DC, as "MUTT".

Aug 07 09:52

SECRET CHORNOVOL: Ukrainian battalion commanders "Tornado" raped children

During the arrest of members of the battalion "Tornado" of them were seized mobile phones in which they found footage of rape. In one of the shots of rape can see the baby, said Secret Chornovol Ukrainian deputy from the "People's Front" visiting live shows tv channel "112 Ukraine"

"When they were arrested, battalion commanders" Tornado "of them were seized mobile phones. The phones were found dreadful footage of rape and orgies. The most terrible thing is that the recording and see babies "- she said CHornovol adding that" these are not people than animals. "

She added that the envoy "Self help" Semen Semenchenko knows all this and support them again.

"I understand why he's doing it. Semenchenko cares only about his PR "- she added Chornovol.

Aug 07 09:37

US Government Forced to Release Secret Drone Playbook

By Lauren McCauley

The long-awaited guidelines provide “a timely reminder of the breadth of the powers that will soon be in the hands of another president,” said ACLU deputy legal director.

Three years and thousands of deaths later, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama late Friday finally made public its guidelines for conducting lethal drone strikes.

The release of the Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), also known as “the Playbook,” came in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeking the framework—which Obama said at the time was created in the interest of greater transparency and oversight over the expansive targeted killing program...

Aug 06 17:48

Why the CIA is for Hillary Clinton

As the World Socialist Web Site has previously pointed out, Trump did not crawl out of the Manhattan sewers or a Munich beer hall. He emerged from the well-heeled, corrupt circle of real estate speculators in New York City, where he had the closest ties with the Democratic Party machine. He was molded and promoted for decades by the corporate-controlled media and the political establishment. He and the Clintons are old friends: he invited them to one of his weddings; they asked for his money for their political campaigns and bogus charities.

Aug 06 16:59

A Big Damned Difference (Trump and Hillary)

Here’s a stark difference to consider: Hillary is a murderer. A mass murderer. By proxy, yes – but a murderer, nonetheless. Eager to have people killed. Arguably, more guilty of murder than Julius Streicher – who was hanged for merely inciting murderous hatred. Hillary has ordered people killed. Has literally reveled in the murder-by-sodomy of Quaddafi, which she helped to orchestrate. She is an obvious psychopath. Worse than The Chimp, even. And The Chimp was pretty got-damned awful.

Aug 06 16:36

Behold, a Pale Horse and its Rider’s Name Was Death and Hell Followed Him — Paul Craig Roberts

All of the violence in the Middle East, violence that has consumed countless lives and produced millions of war refugees now overrunning Washington’s NATO vassals in Europe, is 100 percent the fault of Washington, not the fault of ISIL, or Assad, or Russia. Washington and only Washington is to blame.

Aug 06 12:57

Hiroshima: 71 Years Ago Today, The US Govt Carried Out One of the Worst Terrorist Acts in History

By Matt Agorist

In May, Barack Obama became the first US president in history to visit the memorial of the American atomic bombings of Japan in Hiroshima. However, in true American fashion, he offered no apology.

“We have a shared responsibility to look directly in the eye of history. We must ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again,” Obama said in a speech at the memorial on Friday.

The location of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was once the city’s busiest downtown commercial and residential district. However, the devastating atomic blast from the U.S. bomb that killed over 100,000 innocent civilians left the clearing in which the monument now sits.

Aug 06 11:08

Trump endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte

Published on Aug 5, 2016
Reaction on 'Hannity' after the Republican nominee throws his support behind prominent Republicans up for reelection

Trump just demoralized his hardcore support.

Aug 06 06:48

The reason why so many neocons and military brass are supporting Mrs. Clinton

There is a good reason why so many neocons and retired military brass are opting to support Hillary Clinton for president. It is Clinton’s support for continued American military intervention in battle zones abroad and her brinkmanship with Russia that has so many former supporters of George W. Bush opting to rally to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential candidacy.

Aug 06 06:19

Hillary Clinton made a small fortune by arming ISIS: Wikileaks

In a sensational development, the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has revealed that US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton earned $100k while she was director of a company tasked to arm the rebels in Syria.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Assange claimed that along with the office of the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was also the director of the French company Lafarge, which was handling the US’s secret mission in Syria that aimed to topple the government of President Assad.

Aug 05 16:19

U.S. Continues To Arm And Support Terrorists That Beheaded Young Boy On Camera

By Brandon Turbeville

Putting on display a perfect example of just how little the United States cares about human rights and crimes against humanity, the U.S. State Department is refusing to say whether or not will continue to fund, arm, and support a terrorist group in Syria that beheaded a little boy on camera for the world to see.

Always known for their brutality and inhumanity to innocent men, women, and children, America’s “rebels” sunk to a new low with the beheading of a child (under the age of 12) they had accused of fighting alongside the Liwaa al-Quds (Quds Brigade), a Palestinian militia fighting alongside the Syrian government...

Aug 05 10:01

People Are Stupid, A History of the National Security State (from 1941 to the present)

People Are Stupid, A History of the National Security State.
A discussion of 31 events establishing the "national security state", more often called today the "warfare state", beginning 1941 and ending this decade. Also: how to identify good evidence, how to unravel deep fraud, and a list of 22 helpful experts. Not exhaustive or complete, this video is nevertheless a good starting point for anyone who wants to understand the military-industrial-governmental complex and many of our self-induced "problems" today.

Aug 05 07:21

Hiroshima: the Crime That Keeps on Paying, But Beware the Reckoning

“Change” is an Obama specialty. But he did nothing to change our nuclear arms policy, except to beef it up. No sign of a “moral imagination” imagining the devastation that this policy is leading us toward. No imaginative ideas to bring about nuclear disarmament. Just promises not to let the bad guys get ahold of them. They belong to us.

“And since that fateful day,” Obama continued, “we have made choices that give us hope. The United States and Japan have forged not only an alliance but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war.”

This is sinister. As a matter of fact, it was precisely through war that the U.S. forged this alliance and this friendship – which the United States is now trying to militarize in its “Asian pivot”. It means that we can wipe out two of a country’s cities with nuclear weapons and end up with “not only an alliance but a friendship”. So why stop now? Why not make more such “friends” in the same way, for instance in Iran, which Hillary Clinton has expressed willingness to “obliterate” if the circumstances are right.

Aug 04 16:02

US Veterans Suicide Rate Rose 32% Since 2001: Study

The suicide rate among US military veterans has increased by more than 30 percent since 2001, a larger rise than in the wider population of the United States, according to a new government study.

Aug 03 11:02

Children Detained as National Security Threats

During US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, US forces apprehended and detained thousands of boys suspected of participating in armed activities. In Iraq alone, the US confirmed that between 2003 and 2008, it detained at least 2,400 children. According to the US, these children were captured engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs), operating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively fighting against US or coalition forces.[80]

After the 9/11 attacks, the US military took into custody at least 15 children and brought them to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility where they were detained for periods ranging from a few months to 10 years.[81] Several of the child detainees alleged torture, including threats of rape, sleep deprivation, and shackling in painful positions, before and after being sent to Guantanamo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The torture of anyone is, in my book, an unforgivable sin; but the torture of children is morally reprehensible in ways I cannot even begin to articulate.

But I think it is very important, as we look at the US-generated wars grinding on in so many places on this planet, seemingly without end, to look very clearly at what has - and potentially will - be done with our tax dollars, and in our name.

If torture - and specifically, the torture of children- becomes "normalized" by the US government, what does that say about us as a culture, and a country?!?

The first, very frank thoughts which come to mind are that we have become a sick, violent, throwaway, and sadistic culture, where the alleged ends always justify the means.

And what happens when the soldiers who have been ordered to torture kids go home to their own families and their own children?!?

I cannot believe that the outcome could possibly be good here.

Aug 03 09:09

Why the DC-Wall Street Axis Hates Trump

We have been at war since 2001. And as one looks on the ruins of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and adds up the thousands dead and wounded and trillions sunk and lost, can anyone say our War Party has served us well?

Aug 03 08:18

Flashback: Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn - Former CIA officer John Stockwell

John R. Stockwell is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving in the Agency for thirteen years serving seven tours of duty. After managing U.S. involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies, a book which remains the only detailed, insider's account of a major CIA "covert action."

Aug 03 06:26

Hundreds seek to leave the German army

In the past two years, nearly 500 soldiers have requested to leave Germany's voluntary armed forces for reasons of conscience.

Aug 02 06:51

A Video Game To Torture Iraqi Prisoners That Can’t Be Won

A video game is being developed in the United States, in which the player can torture prisoners in a jail in Iraq by assuming the role of an American soldier.

Jul 31 22:19

The Stolen Nation of Hawaii

Produced by Ken Nichols O'Keefe in early 2001, this is the virtually unknown story of Hawaii and the hidden Genocide being committed by the American government with the use of 'blood quantum' for the purpose of eliminating the Hawaiian national; and the reason America does this? Because according to their own laws, America never lawfully annexed Hawaii*, therefore according to law Hawaii never became a state, and if the Hawaiian land was never lawfully annexed, the only true claimant to the land, is the Hawaiian national.

Jul 30 15:19

Washington let Saudi Arabia commit atrocities in Yemen, then strong-arm the UN into remaining silent

The United Nations has long been bullied by its most powerful members, and U.N. secretaries-general have usually been forced to grit their teeth and take it quietly. But few nations have been more publicly brazen in this practice than Saudi Arabia, and earlier this summer, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed to get in a dig at the Kingdom over its blackmail-style tactics. Ban openly admitted that it was only after Riyadh threatened to cut off funding to the U.N. that he bowed to its demand to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, where it has launched a harsh military intervention, from a list of violators of children’s rights contained in the annex of his annual Children and Armed Conflict report. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban told reporters. “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 29 10:03

Bush and Blair will forever elude the punishment they deserve for Iraq war crimes

In the hierarchy of the world's international crimes, the top three are genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It's hardly in question that the Americans and British committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq. So what penalties are their leaders paying?

Why, the same penalty all Western leaders pay for their villainy. As Henry Kissinger did for his many crimes against humanity, from Chile to Indonesia to Bangladesh. He's now a mentor on world affairs to Hillary Clinton – the non-reckless presidential candidate. Or Ronald Reagan, who backed sadistic terrorist groups across Central America and worked closely with the apartheid regime in South Africa. He's now totally mythologized, the revered hero of the Republican Party.

Jul 29 09:21

CHELSEA MANNING COULD FACE ADDITIONAL PUNISHMENT FOR HER SUICIDE ATTEMPT

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning tried to kill herself on July 5 in her cell at Fort Leavenworth military prison. Now, military officials are considering filing charges in connection to the suicide attempt that could make the terms of her imprisonment much more punitive — possibly including indefinite solitary confinement — while possibily losing any chance of receiving parole.

According to a charge sheet posted by the ACLU, Manning was informed by military officials on Thursday that she is under investigation for “resisting the force cell move team,” “prohibited property,” and “conduct which threatens.” In the weeks following her suicide attempt, she has been active on social media, thanking her followers for their moral support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out to those contemplating additional charges against Manning as a result of her attempting to commit suicide are making themselves look like monsters, both to American citizens and to the world, and making her look ever more the victim to a military system which doesn't brook embarrassment at its use of torture and the creation of massive "collateral damage" well.

As Manning expressed during a statement upon conviction on espionage charges:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life. I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability. In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror. Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission. Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light. As the late Howard Zinn once said, "There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."

There is a Biblical caution and injunction "That which you sew, you shall also reap."

What the US government will ultimately reap, in places like Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; Bahrain; Syria; and Yemen, cannot possibly be good, because the actions of our military are engineered to control foreign resources to which the US government, and the corporations which support our politicians, have absolutely no moral right.

Do not get me wrong here; I respect our military, and have family and friends serving, so to me this is very personal.

But for a successful outcome, the US has to be on the right, and moral, side of history, when it goes to war.

The above-mentioned military engagements, unfortunately, have not been on the right and moral side of history, and as Shakespeare said, "Aye, there's the rub."

Jul 29 04:37

“Don’t Cry For Us Syria … The Truth is We Shall Never Leave You!”

“Don’t cry for us Syria” has recently become a motto/logo of sorts for many physically and psychologically brutalized youth around this ancient land. They are the youngsters who represent a new generation of Syrians, many of whom were born in this century. It is into their patriotic hands that Syria’s Torch has been passed.

Jul 28 18:53

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

With terrorist attacks from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia to Baghdad, and of course many other places in the world, the news of the day is all about ISIS. This gets reported in a very isolated way, without much historical context at all. This Wahhabism, extreme, radical Islam, whatever terminology you want to use, the thing that doesn't get said very often is to what extent this was all a tool of US foreign policy and for decades

Jul 28 16:23

Video: Arizona woman killed by officer held medical scissors

They train them to kill for non-compliance with orders. They train them to say the magic words,"I felt my life was endangered". A cops job is to bring in offenders for due process not execute summarily anyone they feel threatened by.Why did they become a cop? 15th most dangerous job in America. In the olden days the police would have slapped the medical scissors out of her hand with their billies and carted her off to jail,bruised but alive! And Native Americans are #1 on the shoot list,not blacks!

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo woman who was fatally shot by an Arizona police officer earlier this year had medical scissors in her hand as she approached the lawman, body camera video shows.

The shooting of the Navajo woman led tribal officials to urge the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the treatment of American Indians in towns that border the Navajo Nation. A Justice Department spokesman did not immediately say Wednesday whether the office planned to do so.

Jul 28 11:52

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Police are 15th.

1 Logging workers 110.9 78
2 Fishers and related fishing workers 80.8 22
3 Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 64 82
4 Roofers 47.4 83
5 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 35.8 27

Jul 28 11:47

Ten things less likely to kill you than the cops

1,208[i] people were killed by the cops in America in 2015. The number was 1,111[ii] in 2014. With 624[iii] killed so far in 2016, we're on track for 1,168 by the end of the year. Based on an average of 1,160 people killed by police per year in America, let's look at your odds of being killed by a cop relative to some other common (and not-so-common) things that might kill you.

Living in America...

You're 1.8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by the heat.
You're 20 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a bee, wasp, or hornet.
You're 24 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by lightning.
You're 41 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a dog.
You're 53 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist attack.............

Jul 28 11:38

Over 55k Americans injured, killed by US police in just 1 yr – study

Who is the enemy of America? Russia? China? NOPE! The district of criminals is America's worst and deadliest enemy. And here is the proof!

More than 55,000 Americans were either killed or injured by US police in just one year, a new study has revealed. Most of the deaths were from fatal firearm wounds or excessive use of taser devices.
The study, titled 'Perils of police action: a cautionary tale from US data sets,' covers the year 2012 and offers greater context to the issue of police brutality, which has only grown bigger in the four years since the research.

Jul 28 11:32

'What Difference Did They Make?'

If the crimes listed below are charged
against the Clinton's, we could free ourselves from
All these lawless-chains they forged, over the last 30 years.
Because the requisite trials will bring down this government,
without the need for a violent revolution.

Jul 28 11:26

ABU GHRAIB TORTURE COMPANY RE-HIRED FOR SYRIA - HOW ISIS WILL BENEFIT

DURING THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ U.S. INTELLIGENCE AND MILITARY SERVICES CONTRACTED CACI INTERNATIONAL INC, A U.S. COMPANY IN VIRGINIA, TO PROVIDE "INTELLIGENCE SERVICES" IN ABU GHRAIB PRISON NEAR BAGHDAD. CACI EMPLOYEES WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN TORTURING IRAQI PRISONERS.

The U.S. army recently contracted CACI for "intelligence analysis services" in Syria. The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors to enter the country. Any such activities infringes on Syria's sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law.

The re-engagement of such a controversial company for services in the area boosts the recruitment appeal of the Islamic State.

A recent U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Press Announcement (Release No: CR-143-16, July 27, 2016) lists under the rubric "Army":

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully obvious to me that such a rehire of a company which tortures (to the tune of 9 million dollars and change of your tax dollars) is paving the way for a more permanent war in the Middle East.

People who torture, and can do it for pay, and with impunity, are among the most psychologically ill people on the planet; and those are precisely the kind of human beings CACI will send to Syria.

This is both insane and counter-intuitive, because humankind has learned, since the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to say what they think the torturer want them to say, in order for the torture to stop.

Apparently, the DOD wants false information in Syria from which they can weave a "narrative" they can then "sell" to Americans as a premise for further military intervention in that country.

When the US tortures or outsources torture, It broadcasts to the world that those values its leaders say they hold dear, humane treatment of prisoners, and peoples' right to peaceful self-determination, are only observed in the breach of those values, and not in their observance.

Additionally, the use of torture gives carte blanche for any country which doesn't much care for the US carte blanche to do just that to American citizens or our military personnel.

Please think about that for awhile.

And as reported at knowlegednuts.com, one of the most effective interrogators of World War II didn't use torture at all; he used trickery and kindness to get the information he wanted.

Hanns Scharff wasn’t your typical Nazi interrogator. Unlike the infamous Klaus Barbie, he didn’t believe in using physical violence. Instead, Scharff got prisoners to spill their secrets through trickery and kindness. The Whole Bushel When the Gestapo arrested French Resistance leader Jean Moulin, they used just about every method in the torturer’s handbook to make him talk. Officer Klaus Barbie and his secret policemen put hot needles under Moulin’s fingernails, tightened his handcuffs until his wrists snapped, and slammed a door on his hands until his fingers broke. Despite the brutal beatings, Moulin never cracked. He kept his mouth shut until he slipped into a coma and died. It was a tragic ending to a heroic life, and a strong indicator that Barbie’s methods, while bloody, weren’t all that effective. Perhaps if Moulin had been sent to Hanns Scharff, the story would have had a happier ending. Scharff was the friendliest interrogator of World War II. Fluent in English, Scharff grilled pilots who were shot down over Germany. Unlike the notorious Barbie, Scharff had a much more positive approach to interrogations. This Luftwaffe officer was a master of mind games. Before he quizzed a prisoner at the Dulag Luft camp, Scharff dug up as much background information on his subjects as possible. Even if he could only find basic info, he fooled prisoners into thinking he already knew all about their objectives. Since he was already aware of their activities, they might as well talk about them, right? Next, Scharff disarmed his prisoners by becoming their best bud. He often took them on trips to the local zoo, and he even let one prisoner take a ride in a German plane. After building a rapport with a POW, Scharff would take him on walks through the Oberursel forest. Together, the Nazi and the Allied pilot would stroll through the pine trees, observing the birds and chatting about America or England. The whole time, Scharff was listening for little slip-ups that would reveal information vital to the German war machine. Prisoners might inadvertently mention something about bomb sights or causally say something about operational plans. They might tell a story about their training or talk about the planes they used to fly. Scharff was such a smooth talker, such a friendly guy, that the prisoners had no idea they were being conned. They were just glad they weren’t being electrocuted. Many of them signed his guestbook before leaving the camp. In fact, after the war, he was invited to many POW reunions because he was such a gentleman. Eventually, Scharff moved to the US where he helped the Air Force come up with survival techniques for downed pilots, and taught intelligence agencies how to peacefully interrogate suspects. The Army was so impressed with Scharff’s methods that they incorporated his methods into their curriculum, and soldiers attending interrogation school learn all about his techniques.

Jul 28 08:12

‘US deliberately destroyed CIA black site used for torture’

And then there's the question of one specific piece of evidence not sent back that pertains to a secret CIA black site where most of the defendants were reportedly tortured. Defense teams have announced that the black site they believed was under protective order as a crime scene has been destroyed without their knowledge.

Jul 28 04:29

ABU GHRAIB TORTURE COMPANY RE-HIRED FOR SYRIA - HOW ISIS WILL BENEFIT

During the occupation of Iraq U.S. intelligence and military services contracted CACI International Inc, a U.S. company in Virginia, to provide "intelligence services" in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. CACI employees were directly involved in torturing Iraqi prisoners. The U.S. army recently contracted CACI for "intelligence analysis services" in Syria. The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors to enter the country. Any such activities infringes on Syria's sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law. The re-engagement of such a controversial company for services in the area boosts the recruitment appeal of the Islamic State.

Jul 27 13:33

The Killings of Tony Blair (George Galloway's new film released)

From Craig Murray, former British ambassador to the Uzbekistan dictatorship:

Tonight I am appearing at a panel discussion following the screening of the long-awaited film by George Galloway, The Killings of Tony Blair. I shall have the dubious pleasure of debating with John McTernan, who has never lacked brass neck but does deserve some credit for appearing to represent the forces of darkness before what I imagine will be a very hostile audience. The other panel members are Michael Mansfield and Lauren Booth.

The film has been predictably lambasted by the mainstream media. But it does include some very essential first hand evidence – myself apart, two other British Ambassadors tell what they themselves witnessed, as do Cabinet members. Noam Chomsky adds some important perceptions. This cannot just be dismissed by cries of “Oh look! George Galloway’s in a hat!! Remember when he was on Big Brother!!” The mainstream media’s response to this film has been unanimously puerile.

The Blair-loving Guardian gave the film two stars and called it “sanctimonious”. If one cannot express moral condemnation of a man who forced through an aggressive war, directly killing hundreds of thousands and destabilising both the Middle East and communities in Europe, and who then went on to make multiple millions of pounds promoting vicious dictatorships, then are we to suspend the very idea of ethics itself?

Jul 27 10:16

New Details Emerge on SBU Secret Detention Center in Ukraine - Int'l Watchdog

An international human rights watchdog on Tuesday unveiled new evidence that Security Service of Ukraine's (SBU) is running a secret detention center in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

On Thursday, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report dubbed "They Do Exist," documenting the existence of secret detention facilities located within the territory of Ukraine. According to the report, civilians from the regions affected by the Ukrainian conflict have been detained in such facilities, including the one located in Kharkiv.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How wonderful; apparently, the US government has assisted Ukraine in establishing its very own Abu Ghraib!!

Don't you just love what your tax dollars are buying in Ukraine?!?

Jul 27 09:36

AUSTRALIA'S "ABU GHRAIB"-LIKE TORTURE OF JAILED CHILDREN CAPTURED IN "CHILLING" TV FOOTAGE

Footage from an ABC investigation revealed juvenile detention center guards in Australia's Northern Territory shackling, hooding, taunting, and teargassing detained children—as well as leaving them in solitary confinement for extended periods of time.

Such abuse of children "may amount to torture by the government responsible for their care."
haunting footage that aired Monday on the investigative program "Four Corners" provoked comparisons to the U.S. military's illegal torture of detainees in Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, scandalizing human rights observers in Australia and worldwide.

Australia's Indigenous Affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, characterized the TV documentary as "some of the most disturbing footage I have ever seen." He added: "And it beggars belief that the people that we put in charge of [caring] for vulnerable children in detention and[...] looking after their welfare were in fact brutalizing those children."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that these kids are not European/British-origin kids; they are indigenous Australian children, so I guess whoever signed off on this torture thought these practices were a perfectly acceptable way to "put them in their place."

Whoever signed off on these practices, and whoever did this to these kids, should be tried and convicted by a jury of their peers for child torture, then have to pay restitution for the physical and emotional challenges these kids will be facing for the rest of their lives.

Jul 26 15:54

25000 Ukrainian children organs harvested in Israel

This article was dated December 3, 2009. Long before the USSA-led Coup in Ukraine. The numbers must be significantly higher now.

Jul 26 08:49

IN PHOTOS ~~ PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER

New Yorkers took to the streets yesterday in front of the Israeli Consulate to demand Freedom for Bilal Kayed and all other (7,000) Palestinians held in illegal administrative detention.

Jul 25 16:31

British Special Forces Poised To Rescue UK Citizens If Turkey Suffers 2nd Coup Attempt

British special forces are ready to rescue UK citizens in Turkey in the event of a second coup attempt. The news comes as Amnesty International reports credible evidence of the rape and abuse of detained coup soldiers as part of the government crackdown.

Jul 25 13:30

Afghanistan: President Obama’s Vietnam

Historians still debate whether President John F. Kennedy would have withdrawn U.S. troops from Vietnam had he lived to win re-election in 1964. Since President Barack Obama recently announced his intention to keep at least 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency, the only debate will be over why he never withdrew but chose instead to bequeath an unwinnable war — the longest in U.S. history — to his successor.

Jul 25 11:23

Guantanamo Bay 'Mistaken Identity' Inmate Denied Release – Report

The review board of Guantanamo Bay refused to release an Afghan prisoner despite an alleged case of mistaken identity, according to a human rights organization. The inmate will reportedly continue to be held because his post-release plan was “insufficient.”

Jul 25 09:35

ROBERT KAGAN AND OTHER NEOCONS ARE BACKING HILLARY CLINTON

As Hillary Clinton puts together what she hopes will be a winning coalition in November, many progressives remain wary — but she has the war-hawks firmly behind her. “I would say all Republican foreign policy professionals are anti-Trump,” leading neoconservative Robert Kagan told a group gathered around him, groupie-style, at a “foreign policy professionals for Hillary” fundraiser I attended last week. “I would say that a majority of people in my circle will vote for Hillary.”

Jul 24 16:26

Western Charity: The Selling, Trading and Weaponization of Syria’s Children

By Diane Mantzaris

More needs to be written about all the US/allied backed al Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) groups on Facebook posing as refugee humanitarian organizations and related charities. Because their pages are shared amongst unsuspecting and caring friends and artist colleagues in Australia, I am writing it up myself.

Western media outlets continue to portray terrorists inside Syria filming each other as factual reporting. This includes the now widely exposed US/UK USAID Cox charity funded White Helmets working hand in hand with Jabhat al Nusra (a faction of al Qaeda) who are billed as rescuers all over our TV sets...

Jul 24 07:14

Guantánamo Review Board refuses to release ‘mistaken identity’ prisoner after 9 years

A little-known Afghan prisoner has been refused clearance to leave Guantánamo Bay, despite an apparent case of mistaken identity by the U.S. government.

Guantánamo’s Periodic Review Board (PRB) ruled this week that Haroon Gul, 33, must continue to be detained indefinitely without charge or trial because his plan for what he would do post-release was insufficient. The Board also seemed unimpressed by Mr. Gul’s insistence that the government’s allegations against him are false.

Jul 23 13:51

How the Australian, British, and US Governments Shamelessly Helped Kill Countless People in Indonesia in 1965

The Hague-based International People’s Tribunal has ruled that the Indonesian regime that replaced Indonesian President Sukarno committed crimes against humanity in 1965. The governments of Australia, Britain, and the United States have also been pronounced guilty as complicit partners in the massacre of 500,000 to 1000,000 people or more in Indonesia. People were murdered in Indonesia due to their principles, political ideology, ethnic backgrounds, and opposition to foreign influence. Albeit the ruling is an important historical acknowledgment, the assistance that the Australian, British, and US governments provided to the coup and played in the massacres is not a secret.

Jul 23 09:29

Naked man runs rings around three policemen through Italian town square while shouting 'praise to Allah'

Give me your tired,your poor and your buck naked crazies yearning to eat pasta!

A naked man shouting out 'praise to Allah' was filmed in a public square running rings around three police officers who struggle to catch him.
The 22-year-old man from Tunisia, who has not been named, was seen running in the nude around the Pratto della Valle Square in the city of Padua in the northern Veneto region of Italy.
He was spotted by a passing police patrol and amused onlookers watched as a game of cat and mouse unfolded.

Jul 23 08:20

How the Australian, British, and US Governments Shamelessly Helped Kill Countless People in Indonesia in 1965

The Hague-based International People’s Tribunal has ruled that the Indonesian regime that replaced Indonesian President Sukarno committed crimes against humanity in 1965. The governments of Australia, Britain, and the United States have also been pronounced guilty as complicit partners in the massacre of 500,000 to 1000,000 people or more in Indonesia. People were murdered in Indonesia due to their principles, political ideology, ethnic backgrounds, and opposition to foreign influence. Albeit the ruling is an important historical acknowledgment, the assistance that the Australian, British, and US governments provided to the coup and played in the massacres is not a secret.

Jul 23 07:58

SAVAK Terrorism & US Multinationals

Wherever the Four Horsemen (Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco, BP Amoco & Royal Dutch/Shell) gallop the CIA is close behind. Iran was no exception. By 1957 the Company, as intelligence insiders know the CIA, created one of its first Frankensteins – the Shah of Iran’s brutal secret police known as SAVAK.

Kermit Roosevelt, the Mossadegh coup-master turned Northrop salesman, admitted in his memoirs that SAVAK was 100% created by the CIA and Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency that acts as appendage of the CIA. For the next 20 years the CIA and SAVAK were joined at the hip when it came to matters of Persian Gulf security.

Jul 22 22:56

CrisisCast

Award winning role play actors and film makers specially trained in disaster and crisis management.

Jul 22 12:15

"Turkey’s secret pact with Islamic State exposed by operative behind wave of ISIS attacks"

New evidence has emerged that the Turkish government under President Erdogan is covertly providing direct military, financial and logistical support to ISIS, even while claiming to fight the terror network. The evidence comes in the form of testimony from an ISIS terrorist captured by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, widely recognised as the most effective force confronting ISIS on the ground.

Jul 22 10:24

SAVAK Terrorism & US Multinationals

Kermit Roosevelt, the Mossadegh coup-master turned Northrop salesman, admitted in his memoirs that SAVAK was 100% created by the CIA and Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency that acts as appendage of the CIA. For the next 20 years the CIA and SAVAK were joined at the hip when it came to matters of Persian Gulf security.

Three hundred fifty SAVAK agents were shuttled each year to CIA training facilities in McLean, Virginia, where they learned the finer arts of interrogation and torture. Top SAVAK brass were trained through the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Public Safety Program, until it was shut down in 1973 due to its reputation for turning out some of the world’s finest terrorists.

Jul 22 09:55

Karadzic Appeals Against Sentence

Karadzic appeals against 40 years sentence for war crimes

On Friday former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic filed an appeal against the 40 year prison sentence the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague gave him in March, the Volkskrant reports.

Karadzic stood trial for his role in atrocities committed during the Bosnian War, including the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 during which some 8,400 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered. He was also charged with genocide in seven Bosnian municipalities in the first year of the war (1992). From April of that year the Bosinan Serb army performed “ethnic cleansing” which was accompanied by mass detentions and executions of Bosnian Muslims and Croatians .

All in all Karadzic faced 11 charges – >>>

Jul 22 07:59

At least President Trump would ground the drones

After the ham-fisted military antics of the Obama years, the rest of the world could do with a jolt of good old-fashioned Republican isolationism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How times have changed! When I was young, the Democrats were seen as the peacemakers, and the Republicans were the war hawks!

Jul 22 07:16

An airstrike in Syria killed entire families instead of Isis fighters

The airstrikes at dawn on Tuesday pulverised entire families, including young children -- families that were fleeing Islamic State militants but were instead mistaken for being those very fighters. Depending on whom you ask, the number of bodies found in the rubble is 56, 85, 160 or 212. Pictures of the mangled bodies, covered in dust, are a testament to the carnage.

Jul 21 17:25

U.S. “Vetted” And Armed Syria Terrorist Group That Beheaded Boy, Gave Them TOW Missiles

By Brandon Turbeville

While the United States attempts to back away from its association with terrorist group Nour al-Din al-Zinki, the “moderate” terrorist organization whose members recently videotaped themselves beheading a young boy and discussing whether or not to boil his body afterwards, previous reports coming from the mainstream media reveal that Obama, Kerry, Clinton and crew will not be able to cover their tracks so easily this time around. That is, if they even care to...

Jul 20 09:09

US mulls ‘pause’ in support of Syrian rebels following beheading of Palestinian boy

The US says it may reconsider its affiliation and support for the Syrian opposition if reports of anti-Assad rebels beheading a Palestinian boy are confirmed. The State Department has vowed “consequences” if the gruesome videos of the death are true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We will make really bad faces at you! Oh, yes, the pause just ended." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 20 08:28

Top 10 Reasons Why It's Just Fine for U.S. to Blow Up Children

Is it really necessary for me to explain to you why it's acceptable, necessary, and admirable for the United States and its minor allies to be blowing up houses, families, men, women, and children in Syria?

This latest story of blowing up 85 civilians in their homes has some people confused and concerned. Let me help you out.

Jul 20 08:04

US air strike in Syria kills up to 85 civilians 'mistaken for Isil fighters'

A US air strike killed more than 85 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And we feel really embarrassed by that. Honest! Look how red my face is .... ummm..." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 20 07:41

‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij.

Jul 20 07:21

Families of Iraq servicemen and women launch legal campaign in wake of Chilcot report

A Wearside mum whose son was one of the youngest servicemen to die in the Iraq war has joined other families as they launch a Crowdfunded legal battle against former prime minister Tony Blair.

Jul 20 07:16

SYRIA: Beheading of Palestinian Child Prompts US to Disassociate from its Proxy Psychopaths

Horrifying scenes of the beheading of a very young Palestinian boy by the US and UK backed terrorist faction in Syria, Nour-Al-Din Al-Zenki, flooded social media feeds yesterday.

Jul 19 14:34

Turkish Coup Attempt Brought Out The Worst In Western Media

A few days back, Turkey witnessed an unsuccessful military coup. The coup attempted to overthrow the Erdogan government and install military dictatorship.

Amidst all the hysteria and chaos, Turks took to the streets to protect their democratically elected government. As a result, the coup failed, and President Erdogan is still in power.

Jul 19 13:47

CIA REBELS BEHEAD KID AND OTHER RECENT U.S. SUCCESSES IN SYRIA

The U.S. "regime change" operation in Syria recently tallied up some major successes. The Syrian Democratic Force, a U.S. sponsored group of mostly Syrian Kurds, is besieging the Islamic State held eastern city of Manbij. According to the UN's Human Rights commissioner 70,000 civilians in Manbij are cut off from all supplies. We have yet to hear calls for an immediate breaking of the siege or for enforced air drops of supplies to these people. Where are all the R2P fans in the Obama administration and all the well paid Syrian opposition propaganda groups on this? That the U.S. has managed to avoid any questions about this siege is surely a success.

Jul 19 11:06

The Evil Among Us/Serpent Seed/HRC

Jul 16 08:30

THE PROBLEM WITH MIKE PENCE: HE’S A FREE TRADE GLOBALIST

Trump is either a phony or he just set himself up. Ala JFK AND LBJ!

And a war on terror neocon

Although unconfirmed by the Trump campaign, it is being reported that the candidate has chosen Indian Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
If true, this will be problematic for Donald Trump and his criticism of globalist trade and the neocon wars.

Jul 16 06:52

Jewish Murder of the Russian Imperial Family

Before the outbreak of the Great War (1914 ~ 1918) available in selected Warsaw shops patronised by Jews were greeting cards with images unavailable for Gentiles. The postcards carried the image of the tzadik. This is an image of a rabbinical Jew with the Torah in his one hand and a white fowl in the other.

On these particular greeting cards available only by clandestine means was depicted the head of the fowl depicts the Imperial Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Below this image is the inscription in Hebrew: “This is a sacrificial animal so is my cleansing; it will be my replacement and cleansing the victim.”

Jul 15 15:18

Erd-o-GONE!

The Turkish dictator Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdo?an) has just been deposed by a military coup.

You have to know the history of the Turkish military to understand why this is a very good thing …

For many decades, the Turkish military insured that no Islamic fundamentalists could impose their will on Turkey. Whenever anyone tried, they were deposed.

It is only recently that the military stood down, and Erdogan imposed an Islamic fundamentalist rule over Turkey, suspended free speech and journalism, and otherwise crushed democracy.

Jul 15 08:12

US officials afraid of being charged over 9/11 attacks: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer, about the impact of new revelations about the Saudi role in September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Press TV: We have heard certain people privy to its contents say there's nothing in it which implicates the Saudis but we've heard the exact opposite from others high up in the government who have also viewed its pages. Could it be possible that the original document may have been altered to salvage ties with Riyadh?

Jul 15 08:05

Mike Pence, Trump’s likely running mate, has backed every free trade deal in the last 15 years

A horrible choice!

There are multiple reports that Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidate. If he is, how will he explain away his support for the very same free trade deals that Trump has been bashing for more than a year?

Pence, like most economic conservatives, has been a staunch supporter of these deals—in particular, he backs the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration with twelve nations around the Pacific rim.

Pence also defended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and voted for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and continued trade with China during his 14 years in Congress.

Jul 14 17:02

CIA Director Would Resign If New President Resumed Waterboarding

CIA director John Brennan says the next president would have to find “another director” if waterboarding is revived. The statement was presumably a response to Donald Trump, who supports the torture practice.

Jul 14 08:54

“Moderate” US-Backed Islamic Rebels Are Committing Summary Execution, Torture, Kidnapping … and Imposing Sharia Law

In a new report, Amnesty International documents war crimes by US-backed groups.

Jul 13 11:13

“No justice for war crimes victims” 2 years after Gaza war, Amnesty International says

Two years after Israel’s 51-day military assault “brought unprecedented death and destruction to the Gaza Strip,” Amnesty International says no one has been held accountable.

July 8 was the second anniversary of the launch of Israel’s 2014 war in Gaza, code-named Operation Protective Edge.

Israel killed more than 2,250 Palestinians in the war. According to the U.N., two-thirds of the Palestinians killed were civilians — 1,462 people, including more than 550 children.

Jul 12 15:06

The Hijacking of Palestinian History

Settler colonialism, usually technologically and militarily more advanced, is based on the erasure of already existent people, their culture and their memory, and substituting it with new foreign national entity that builds new culture, new history and new memory. To do this, settler colonialists have to get rid of the native people, their physical evidence, their history and their memory.

Jul 12 11:50

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels committing war crimes, torture, abductions; imposing harsh Sharia law: Report

Syrian rebel groups backed by the U.S. and its allies “have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, including abductions, torture and summary killings,” according to Amnesty International.

A report by the leading human rights organization details how extremist rebel groups have taken over large parts of major Syrian cities, in which they have created repressive theocratic regimes where critics are violently silenced and where religious and ethnic minority groups fear for their lives.

“‘Torture Was My Punishment’: Abductions, Torture and Summary Killings Under Armed Group Rule in Aleppo and Idleb, Syria” shows how the Syrian people have been caught between a rock and a hard place — with extremist rebels on one side and a brutal regime on the other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, dammit, these jihadists are OUR thugs, and should be allowed to do anything and everything they want to in order to bring regime change to Damascus!" - Official White House Souse.

Jul 12 08:23

NEW IDF CHIEF RABBI SAYS SOLDIERS CAN RAPE ARAB WOMEN DURING WARTIME TO BOOST MORALE

Outgoing chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz, of the Israeili Defense Forces, who is stepping down after six years in the position is being replaced. And, his successor, Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim’s appointment is being met with backlash — as he is outspoken for allowing soldiers to rape women during wartime. Karim, who was announced on Monday as the intended new IDF chief rabbi, has provoked controversy with previous misogynistic statements, such as opposing female conscription and implying that rape was permissible in times of war.

Jul 11 14:42

SD Cops Using Forced Catheterization To Extract Urine From Suspects

South Dakota police officers are strapping people to beds and having catheters forcibly inserted into their urethras in order to extract urine from them, attorneys say.

According to attorneys for a Pierre man charged with felony drug ingestion who is asking a judge to throw out evidence in his case from an involuntary urine sample, the policy is not new. State prosecutors say the practice is legal but many disagree.

Jul 11 14:31

Even With the Dallas Murders — Police Safer Now Than They Have Been in Decades

No matter what politicians and police unions would have you believe, police are safer now than they have been in decades — the number of targeted killings of law enforcement continues to decline each year.

Set aside whatever bias you might harbor on the issue of police violence and violence against police — it’s time to examine the facts.

Statistics prove, even if politicians like former congressman Joe Walsh refuse to face facts, the ‘war on cops’ is pure fiction

But politicians would prefer you not know the truth since that wouldn’t further their preferred narrative of misguided activists upset over police killing civilians — and would prevent effective reform through demilitarization or other means, instead of an escalation in police authoritarianism.

Jul 11 12:22

A cluster bomb made in America shattered lives in Yemen’s capital

The 15-year-old boy had entered his neighborhood mosque to attend morning prayers. The bakery worker was asleep in his attic apartment with his wife and child. And the civil servant was getting ready for work.

At that moment, a warplane from a coalition led by Saudi Arabia dropped an American-made cluster bomb over their densely packed enclave. The device, banned by scores of countries but not the United States or Saudi Arabia, sent explosive spheres the size of baseballs raining down.

Jul 11 12:00

The Chilcot Report Fails To Speak Plain Truth: Bush Lied, So Did Blair

The newly released Chilcot Report on Iraq is British understatement, to a fault. In fact, it is understated so far as to miss the plain truth of the matter. Saying only that extremely questionable intelligence “was not challenged [by the Bush and Blair regimes] and it should have been” is failing to say plainly what the evidence so clearly shows: George W. Bush lied; so did Tony Blair.

Jul 11 10:14

US Transfers Guantanamo Inmate To Italy

The United States says it has transferred a Yemeni inmate from the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Italy, after holding the inmate for over 14 years without trial.

Jul 11 08:37

To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC

To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It is commonplace to insist that the ICC cannot handle the supreme crime of aggression, although it might at some point in the future. The United States is also believed to be immune from prosecution as a non-ICC member.

But this focus on the ICC is a sign of weakness in a global movement for justice that has other tools readily available. When the losers of World War II were prosecuted, there was no ICC. The ICC's existence does not impede anything that was done in Nuremberg or Tokyo, where the crime of making war was prosecuted by the victors of World War II under the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Nor does the existence of the UN Charter throw up any obstacles. The invasion of Iraq (and every other recent Western war) was just as illegal under the UN Charter as under Kellogg-Briand.

Jul 11 08:17

SEND OUR WAR CRIMINALS TO THE HAGUE COURT

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Such government reports and commissions, as was wittily noted in the delightful program ‘Yes, Prime Minister,’ are designed to obscure rather than reveal the truth and bury awkward facts in mountains of paper.

And beneath mountains of lies. The biggest lie on both sides of the Atlantic was that the invasion and destruction of Iraq was the result of ‘faulty intelligence.’ The Bush and Blair camps and the US and British media keep pushing this absurd line.

Jul 10 21:35

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

UK’s investigation into Iraq invasion is ‘example of what we could do with political courage’, says codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War.

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

The UK’s Chilcot inquiry was released on Wednesday, and while it is no secret in the US that the invasion was a failure, nothing so damning as the 2.6m-word British inquiry has been released by an independent US government body.

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster.

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

A good decade after being announced, the Chilcot report has finally been released, and what it shows is that the phrase “Bush’s poodle” is blatantly unfair to poodles: after all, even a poodle is known to have gone off its leash every once in a while – but not Tony.

Jul 10 11:12

When the Ice Cream Turned To Blood: Aleppo, A Story Of Suffering

Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher

From the border with Turkey, there is a curse which has yet to leave Aleppo since the beginning of the proxy war with Syria.

It has long been Erdogan’s dream to annex Aleppo for Turkey. Exactly like his predecessor of the Ottoman occupation stole a part of Syrian land known as Iskenderun.

Today, July 9, 2016 was the worst day for Aleppo...

Jul 10 03:28

Catholic Priest Accuses Tony Blair of Opening the Gates of Hell

How stained is Tony Blair’s soul?

It’s not possible to speak about the state of another man’s soul, but it would appear that he has lied to and deceived the public. He seems to be deceiving himself now. He led the country into a war which was completely unjust. In a sense we are all complicit but in this country he has the highest share of that complicity in mass murder that’s still going on. He opened the gates of hell, metaphorically speaking, with the chaos that’s come out of the invasion of Iraq. What he’s done has caused massive evil and suffering. Morally he’s in very serious trouble.

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Jul 09 11:23

Call for a Washington Demonstration to Stop the Drive to World-War III

This is a call for demonstrations in Washington to stop the drive to World War III.

In its pursuit of planet-wide dominance, the U.S. government has over the past 15 years waged wars which have moved our planet step-by-step to the precipice of a nuclear war which can destroy our planet. It has initiated illegal wars of aggression which continue in various forms to this day in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, while covertly financing and arming Jihadists in Syria and other countries.

Meanwhile, U.S. government-led Nato forces have for some time sought military encirclement of Russia, with U.S. and Nato forces now moving up to its very borders on the false pretext of imaginary ‘Russian aggression, while new military bases and movement of high tech military equipment, new military bases, and engagements in the South China sea threaten to trigger war with China.

Jul 09 10:04

This is how the CIA's first captive after 9/11 described his years of torture

n the evening, while he was held captive at a secret CIA black site in Thailand, the high-value detainee Zayn al-Ibidin Muhammed Husayn said his interrogators would torture him by confining him to a large, six-foot-tall black wooden box in "extremely uncomfortably positions." Other times, they would force him to spend hours in a small "dog box."

The detainee, better known by his surname, Abu Zubaydah, said he was deprived of "adequate air" and food in the boxes while an "extreme noise machine nearby" tormented him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Humankind has known since the times of the inquisition, that torture only gets the person to confess to whatever the torturer wants to hear in order to get the torture to stop.

Also, when Americans do this, or outsource it, it gives countries who do not particularly like the US carte blanche to do it to American military and civilians.

People who love to do this, or devise ways in which it can be done are mentally and morally cruel. No moral government should EVER give permission to torture, because there are a zillion different ways to get information from people without hurting them.

Jul 09 07:43

The US too needs a report

As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush?

Jul 09 07:42

Whitewash Won’t Cover Blair’s Guilt

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Jul 08 01:36

Scott Adams: The FBI, Credibility, and Government

Thanks to Comey, the American voting public will get to decide how much they care about Clinton’s e-mail situation. And that means whoever gets elected president will have enough credibility to govern effectively.

Comey might have saved the country. He sacrificed his reputation and his career to keep the nation’s government credible.

It was the right decision.

Comey is a hero.

Jul 08 00:03

Israeli troops rustle 450 goats from southern Lebanon

Qassem Hashem on Wednesday, the Israeli troops snatched his goats and relocated them to the Israeli-occupied section of the Shebaa Farms.

UN peacekeepers and Lebanese troops are currently trying to retrieve the stolen livestock.

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Jul 07 15:25

Outrage As ICC Claims Blair Won’t Go On Trial For War Crimes

The long awaited Chilcot report on the UK’s role in the Iraq war is due to be released on Wednesday after seven years of preparation.

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Jul 07 13:35

Chilcot, Israel and the Jewish lobby

Gilad Atzmon wonders whether Chilcot’s failure to mention Israel’s role in Tony Blair’s war on Iraq was related to the presence on his team of Martin Gilbert and Lawrence Freedman, both Jewish with Gilbert being an active supporter of Zionism.

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