TORTURE/WAR CRIMES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

May 05 16:42

Review: Salman Abu Sitta’s, Mapping My Return: A Palestinian Memoir

‘I spent the rest of my life on a long, winding journey of return, a journey that has taken me to dozens of counties over decades of travel, and turned my black hair to silver. But like a boomerang, I knew the end destination, and that the only way to it was the road of return I had decided to take.’ Dr.Salman Abu Sitta.

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May 05 10:17

A Tale Of Two Hospitals: Potentially Fabricated Bombing Incident VS Open Terrorist Targeting Of Facilities In Aleppo

By Brandon Turbeville

Over the past few days, the Western corporate press has kicked into overdrive with reports of hospital bombings, dead civilians, and war crimes all blamed predictably on the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. According to Western governments and their media mouthpieces, Assad’s forces have targeted civilian hospitals in order to . . . well . . . no one knows why Assad’s forces would logically target civilian hospitals. Still, the Western harpies – both media and “human rights NGOs” – continue to hammer the unsubstantiated claims and misinformation at the tops of their lungs that the SAA is dropping bombs on civilian medical facilities...

May 04 18:29

With Trump in, Bush will not 'participate' in White House contest

President George W. Bush is staying out of presidential campaign politics, a spokesman said Wednesday, an announcement that came just after Donald Trump became the Republican Party's presumptive nominee.
"President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign"

(*Another Reason To LIKE The Donald !)

May 04 16:07

Israel settlement construction should keep going: Trump

I gotta bad feeling!

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says Israel should continue construction of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.

Asked in an interview with the British paper Daily Mail whether there should be a pause in settlement construction in the occupied territories, Trump responded: “No, I don't think there should be a pause.”

Trump said the settlement construction must “keep going” and “keep moving forward,” because Palestinians fired “thousands of missiles” at Israel.

May 03 11:34

US And UK Arms Sales Fueling War Crimes In Yemen

Prof. Sheila Carapico says many humanitarian groups have implicated the US and other Western countries in war crimes in Yemen.

May 03 10:24

NATO FSA Mercenaries Bomb the Al Watani Hospital in Qusayr, Homs/Syria

May 03 09:30

Many Killed, Wounded After Opposition Rockets Target Hospital in Syria’s Aleppo City

By Baran Hines

Rockets fired by militants in Syria’s Aleppo hit a Al-Dabit hospital, a medical facility in a government controlled area of the city. Reports of casualties have varied but the attacks may have killed over 20 people and injured dozens more, as first reported by Syrian state television on Tuesday.

“(Dozens) martyred and wounded in rockets fired by terrorists at al-Dabit Hospital,” a news update said on state TV. According to multiple reports, the hospital has been heavily damaged and is currently not functioning. Other attacks by opposition groups hit areas of Aleppo controlled by the government on Tuesday. There is also a school near the hospital which may have been damaged...

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May 02 13:07

Fighting Back for the Right to Support Palestine

Last week, Israel bulldozed twelve Palestinian homes in Area C of the illegally occupied West Bank to make way for new illegal settlement building, while two Palestinian minors were killed by the Israeli Defence Forces.

This makes it a totally unexceptional week for the Palestinians. It has not however been an unexceptional week for Palestinian supporters in the UK, who have suffered the most vicious coordinated media witch hunt in memory. Two things are happening. The Blairites are trying to engineer a coup against Corbyn by sabotaging Labour in forthcoming elections, while the Israeli lobby seek to discredit all supporters of the Palestinians as anti-semites, including people like me who have no connection to the Labour Party.

May 02 11:33

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

The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books («Whose Sarin?» and «The Red Line and the Rat Line») has reported that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria; and Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn’t come from Assad’s stockpiles. Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad. «By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria».

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If, in fact, these charges are true, is this REALLY "the woman" you want to have in the White House as President?!?

The woman for whom money and power mean....EVERYTHING, and she will do or say ANYTHING to hang on to it if elected, no matter how badly it effected the American people?!?

The woman who has proven that she will do ANYTHING to "regime change" governments not to the US government's liking?!?

Please remember, if she is on the Democratic ticket in November, and steals the election, or gets voted in, she is a warmonger of the highest order, and has never seen a US military intervention she did not like.

Oh yes, and bet on this: the return of the military draft, for both young men and women.

I remember, in those days right after the false flag sarin attack in Syria, how intensely Obama and Kerry were arguing that the US military had no choice but to invade Syria, and regime-change the country.

And the man who became Syria's international saviour, Russia's Vladimir Putin, was, fortunately, able to talk some sense into the American government, and the US government blinked.

The wars which the US has started, and are festering and simmering, globally, like a bad, contagious infection, will continue apace under a second Clinton presidency; that's just the cold hard reality.

May 02 09:30

Exhibit One in Any Future American War Crimes Trial

These acts, in other words, are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here’s the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did. Among other things, under the euphemistic term “enhanced interrogation techniques,” they ordered the CIA to use classic torture practices including waterboarding (which, in blunter times, had been known as “the water torture”). They also let the U.S. military loose to torture and abuse prisoners in their custody. They green-lighted the CIA to kidnap terror suspects (who sometimes turned out to be perfectly innocent people) off the streets of cities around the world, as well as from the backlands of the planet, and transported them to the prisons of some of the worst torture regimes or to secret detention centers (“black sites”) the CIA was allowed to set up in compliant countries.

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Apr 30 09:01

What it's like to be a 12-year-old Palestinian girl in Israeli jail

A day after her release, D. is already weary of the receptions and interviews, and of being the heroine of the hour. She replies to questions with the demonstrative reluctance of an adolescent whose parents are driving her nuts with their tiresome nagging. Her expression is one of weariness and revulsion, possibly tinged with sadness. Her face lights up for a second, however, when we ask whether she was happy to be released. No, she wasn’t happy, she tells us. She misses S.P., a boy from Kafr Aqab, a Palestinian suburb of Jerusalem. She saw him very briefly in the posta (slang for prisoners van) on one of her trips to court, and hasn’t stopped thinking about him since. Here are photos of him on Facebook. A small boy of 12, head shaven, handcuffed, in a military court. And here’s another image of him, from before he was arrested: a studio portrait in which he’s wearing a black shirt and red tie.

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The jailing of children, then having them sentenced to prison terms, is "Business as usual" for Israeli police and judges.

But whether this little girl was actually carrying scissors when she was arrested is not the point.

She was allegedly asked if she planned to do harm to Israelis, and she was said to have confessed to her intent.

But I have to wonder if she was actually questioned in Arabic, which she understands, or Hebrew, which she does not understand, thought that such a confession would keep her out of jail.

But the point of incarcerating Palestinian children is to attempt to completely break their spirits, and teach them learned helplessness at the hands of the Israeli occupation; that is the real, and only, point of such incarceration.

Apr 30 08:47

Psychologist Whose Lawyers Say He Didn’t Design CIA Torture Program Wrote A Book Bragging That He Did

James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, two psychologists whose firm made at least $81 million designing torture techniques for the CIA, “did not create or establish the CIA enhanced interrogation program,” their lawyers have argued. It’s a strange claim — especially now that promotional material for Mitchell’s forthcoming book calls him the “creator of the CIA’s controversial Enhanced Interrogation Program” and brags that the book offers “a dramatic firsthand account of the design, implementation, flaws and aftermath of the program.”

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I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning!!

Apr 30 08:16

U.S. Military Investigates And Finds Itself Not Guilty Of War Crimes In Afghan Hospital Bombing

The Pentagon said on Friday that its attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October was not a war crime because the attack was not intentional. The military released a redacted 3,000-page internal investigation into the deadly bombing, which destroyed the only free trauma center of its kind in the country’s northern region and killed 42 patients, staffers and caretakers.

“The label ‘war crimes’ is typically reserved for intentional acts,” Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said on Friday. “The investigation found that the tragic incident resulted from a combination of unintentional human errors and equipment failures, and that none of the personnel knew that they were striking a medical facility.”

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This is how completely morally bankrupt the US military has become, in its defense of the indefensible; and for Votel to state that military personnel didn't know they were repeatedly shelling a hospital, and blame this on botched technology coupled with battle fatigue, is a lousy excuse.

So why, really, did the US military shoot up this hospital, and assassinate both patients and medical professionals?!

Well, here's the deal, as reported in November of 2015, surprisingly, by CNN:

Last month's U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders medical compound in Afghanistan appeared precisely focused on the main hospital building, the charity said in its internal review of the strike released Thursday, noting that the building's GPS coordinates had been provided earlier to the military. The Taliban took Kunduz, Afghanistan's fifth-largest city, in late September, resulting in fierce fighting with Afghan forces. Did U.S. know airstrike target was a hospital? Did U.S. know airstrike target was a hospital? 02:05 As the fighting intensified, Doctors Without Borders said it reaffirmed the GPS coordinates of the main hospital and administration office building at its Kunduz center with the U.S. Defense Department, Afghan Interior and Defense ministries and the U.S. Army in Kabul in a September 29 email. "Confirmation of receipt was received from both U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Army representatives, both of whom assured us that the coordinates had been passed on to the appropriate parties. "Oral confirmation was received from the Afghan Ministry of Interior. MSF also shared the GPS coordinates with a U.N. intermediary who confirmed transmission directly to Operation Resolute Support," the charity said in its review. High-ranking Taliban at hospital? In the week leading up to the strike, Doctors Without Borders said, patients had shifted primarily from being with the Afghan government and police to injured Taliban combatants, and on September 30 around 65 of about 130 patients in the hospital were Taliban. These included two patients who appeared to be of higher rank. "This was assumed for multiple reasons: being brought in to the hospital by several combatants, and regular inquiries about their medical condition in order to accelerate treatment for rapid discharge," the charity said. The following day, a U.S. official in Washington asked the organization whether the Kunduz hospital or any other its locations had a large number of Taliban "holed up," the report said. The hospital confirmed the hospital was full of patients who included wounded Taliban. "MSF also expressed that we were very clear with both sides to the conflict about the need to respect medical structures as a condition to our ability to continue working. A U.N. civilian/military liaison advised MSF to remain within the GPS coordinates provided to all parties to the conflict as 'bombing is ongoing in Kunduz,' " the report said. Calm, quiet night Doctors With Borders staff confirmed it was quiet and calm at the Kunduz hospital the night of the airstrike. "No fighting was taking place around the hospital, no planes were heard overhead, no gunshots were reported, nor explosions in the vicinity of the hospital," the review said. The charity said the gates were shut and a coordinator conducting a nightly security round reported that the center "was calm, with no armed combatants present, nor any fighting on the hospital grounds or within the audible vicinity. All MSF guards were on duty and MSF was in complete control of the compound." Doctors Without Borders said Taliban and Afghan government forces had complied with a no weapons policy at the center and "medical staff were making the most of the quiet night to catch up on the backlog of pending surgeries."

So, it appears that the US military, having known and confirmed the GPS coordinates with MSF, made a decision, understanding that all patients, including the Taliban, were completely complying with the "no weapons" policy at the hospital, to assassinate as many Taliban as they could, and hey, if they blew away staff... hell, that was only collateral damage.

The grisly and brutal message was, that even in what should have been the sanctuary of a highly acclaimed charitable medical group, the Taliban could be picked off and murdered by US troops with impunity, and that was precisely what happened.

And General Votel, you should be bloody ashamed of yourself for signing off on this lame excuse for the attack; this is your professional equivalent to Colin Powell's "yellowcake uranium" moment in front of the UN regarding Iraq, which was yet another lie spun for the consumption of US citizens and the world at large to further the US government's agenda.

I would like to politely suggest that if I, as an ordinary American citizen, can research this to its ultimate, and most reasonable, conclusion, so can millions of other Americans.

Votel's narrative about the attack just doesn't hold water, plain and simple.

Apr 30 07:29

Assad's military claims to have seized Israeli arms shipment in S. Syria

Syrian army sources claimed Wednesday that they had ambushed and captured a group of vehicles packed with Israeli weapons in the southern part of the country. The sources did not say specifically that the shipment came from Israel but alleged that the weapons and ammunition were marked with Hebrew writing, indicating their origin. The sources also failed to specify the exact location of the ambush, only saying that the vehicles were travelling in the area of Swaida, the main Druze city in the Jebel Druze area.

Apr 29 15:06

Henry Kissinger Doesn’t Care What You Think

By Derrick Broze

On Tuesday April 26, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger participated in a Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas. Kissinger discussed his role as Security Adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford during the Vietnam War before opening the floor to questions from the audience. The event was promoted as unrestricted questions for Henry Kissinger because this is likely the last time he will publicly discuss his role in the war...

Apr 29 10:07

‘We Know True Hate’: SC Governor Pleads Against Gitmo Detainee Transfers To US

Guantanamo Bay detainees transferred to the US would invite violence, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley testified to a US House subcommittee Thursday, as President Obama’s promise to close the prison continues to lie at Congress’ feet.

Apr 29 07:58

Court Decides CIA Officials Accused Of Torture, Experimentation Case Will Proceed

By Brianna Blaschke

For the first time in U.S. history, the CIA and U.S. government will not exercise immunity for war crimes and other atrocities.

Numerous CIA officials are being charged with war crimes against humanity and human experimentation in a court case lawyers are calling “literally unprecedented.”

The case was filed last October by four former detainees, all of whom claimed to be subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques by the CIA. The prisoners were captured and held in the days following the September 11th terrorist attacks...

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Apr 28 15:11

US Troops Responsible for Murdering 45 in Hospital Bombing Given Counseling as a “Punishment”

By Claire Bernish

After bombing a Doctors Without Borders (Médicins Sans Frontières, MSF) hospital in Afghanistan — and shooting at terrified victims as they fled the chaos, and then attempting to cover up its role in the tragedy — the Pentagon is refusing to press charges against any of the 16 service members found to be responsible.

Following a six-month Pentagon investigation, those 16 service members were found culpable in the attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, last year that left 42 patients, staff members, and civilians dead...

Apr 27 14:22

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit To Proceed Against CIA Contractors Involved In Torture

On Friday, a US federal district judge denied a motion to dismiss a case brought against two psychologists who collaborated with the CIA in the course of its international torture program. The case, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, represents the first time a lawsuit in US courts based on the torture program was allowed to proceed past the initial stages.

Apr 26 15:40

This Day In History, April 26, 1954: Polio Vaccine Trials Begin on Schoolchildren In Virginia

The History channel reports that schoolchildren in Virginia became "medical pioneers," (more like guinea pigs). Ironically this day was also the date in 1607 when English colonists made landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia. This is a good opportunity to listen to this interview with medical Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, who thoroughly explains the REAL history of the polio vaccine and why you should say NO to vaccines.

Apr 26 15:05

U.S. military used 'roof knock' tactic in Iraq to try to warn civilians before bombing

The United States borrowed an Israeli military tactic known as "roof knocking" to try to warn civilians before it dropped a bomb targeting Islamic State fighters in Iraq this month, but a woman was killed in the attack, a U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

The controversial tactic consists of firing a warning missile above or near an intended target, to give residents time to flee before the real strike.

The Israeli military used such "roof knocks" in the 2014 Gaza war, but a United Nations commission found in 2015 that the tactic was not effective, because it often caused confusion and did not give residents enough time to escape.

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Apr 26 08:04

Questioning The Holocaust - Why We Believed (Part 1 of 2)

Why did we believe in gas chambers disguised as shower rooms?

Questioning The Holocaust : Why We Believed (Part 1 of 2) examines the unbelievable "gas shower" claims and how images of concentration camp prisoners directly killed by Allied air attacks are cynically exploited to promote "The Holocaust."

Apr 26 06:01

Psychologists Urged to Examine Complicity In Supporting Abusive Systems of Torture in US Criminal Justice System and Covert Government Programs

*hyperlinks live at source*

We’ve documented US government use of harmful and deadly experiments upon the public (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here for just a few, and that the US tortures people in Orwellian violation of six binding areas of law). Ramola’s testimony of being a “targeted individual” is here.

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), the group which led the call to end the involvement of American psychologists in the CIA Torture program at Guantanamo, and took the American Psychological Association (APA) to task last summer for their “highly permissive” ethics through which the APA had colluded with the Department of Defense “to preserve unethical detention and interrogation practices”, is calling now for psychologists to look closer at Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment (CIDT), torture, and abuse ongoing currently within the US Criminal Justice system and undertaken “with the consent and acquiescence of public officials.”

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Apr 25 11:08

CIA Torture Psychologists Face Court Hearing Over ‘War Crimes’ By Black Site Detainees

Former detainees tortured by the CIA at the agency’s notorious black sites are suing the psychologists hired to help design the controversial enhanced interrogation program, accusing them of enabling “war crimes” and “human experimentation.”

Apr 25 10:43

‘It Feels Like Murder’ – Obama Drone Program Whistleblower

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on drones. Cian Westmoreland, whistleblower and former drone technician for Obama’s top secret drone program talks about the indiscriminate targeting that means that civilians are dying when they are searching for terrorists. Plus how responsible are drones in the radicalisation of civilians?

Apr 25 10:40

Landmark Ruling Will Finally Allow Victims to Hold CIA 'Torturers to Account'

In a landmark victory for torture victims, U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled on Friday that a lawsuit against two psychologist CIA contractors who helped design the agency's brutal interrogation program may move forward.

It is the first such case to proceed since before the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

By rejecting a motion to dismiss the civil case, Quackenbush gives the plaintiffs—Tanzanian Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Libyan Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the family of Afghani Gul Rahman—a chance "to call their torturers to account in court for the first time," said ACLU staff attorney Dror Ladin, who argued in court on Friday.

Ladin called it "a historic win in the fight to hold the people responsible for torture accountable for their despicable and unlawful actions."

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Good!!!

Apr 25 08:41

Drone command center set up on U.S. aircraft carrier

The U.S. Navy reports that it has installed the first command center for unmanned aerial vehicles aboard an aircraft carrier.

The carrier is the USS Carl Vinson, which is currently in San Diego, Calif.

"This marks the start of a phased implementation of the MQ-XX system on an aircraft carrier," said Capt. Beau Duarte, program manager of the Unmanned Carrier Aviation program office Duarte. "The lessons learned and ground-breaking work done here will go on to inform and influence future installations on other aircraft carriers."

Apr 23 19:10

Victims Of Brutal CIA Interrogation Win Landmark Ruling To Sue Black Site Psychologists

A court ruling will allow CIA torture victims to sue two psychologists who designed and operated the agency’s brutal interrogation program.

US District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled Friday that Tanzanian Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Libyan Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the family of deceased Afghani Gul Rahman have the right to hold individuals accountable for the CIA program that led to their abuse.

Apr 23 03:56

First, Let’s Get the Facts on Saudis and Iranian Involvement in 9/11

(*And unfortunately , this long winded , humongous pile of BEX , coming From The NATIONAL REVIEW does just about everything EXCEPT; Get The Facts Straight .)

Apr 22 13:59

CIA 'torture program: victims' lawsuit can move forward, judge says

Judge says discovery may begin in case of three CIA torture victims who were subjected to some of the most brutal interrogation techniques of post-9/11 era

A federal judge in eastern Washington state has ruled for the first time ever that a civil lawsuit brought by victims of the CIA torture program can move forward.

After hearing attorneys for the two contract psychologists who created the torture program post up against American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyers representing three victims of the program’s most brutal techniques, senior federal judge Justin L Quackenbush said he could not dismiss the case.

“I cannot summarily dismiss the complaint plaintiffs have filed,”>>>

Apr 22 13:58

Comments on Hellstorm Video.

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http://www.ancreport.com/documentary/hellstorm-2/

Born in late 1930s in Stuttgart,Germany, emigrating to the USA in 1960, well read, interested in history and yet, so much of this I never knew. Sure, we lived through air raids, after war were looted by the the French occupational forces, family members were raped, and the American occupiers confiscated my family home, including furniture and all else and we heard of the horrors experienced by the people fleeing west before the Russians, but I NEVER had any idea just how bad things were for so many. I also never knew of the hate Eisenhower had for Germans. Never was aware that Hitler's Germany lived up to the GENEVA Convention with 90% POW camp survivors, whereas the Allies (including the USA) had 85% death in camps where Nazis were held (all Germans were dubbed Nazis)after 1945.

Then, the Morgenthau Plan, which was meant to permanently erase the Germsan nation and culture within 2 generations.

Apr 22 12:43

The Pentagon’s Twisted Potlatch

Among the Kwakiutl and several other indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the potlatch was a ritual of hospitality. The host would invite guests to a big feast and then distribute gifts. The distribution was a way of demonstrating the host’s status: the more significant the gifts, the more important the host. Think: swag bags for the pre-celebrity era.

Apr 22 12:22

Did Wall Street Journal ad denying Armenian Genocide cross the line?

The decision by the WSJ to run an advertisement denying the Armenian Genocide was a judgment call, but it certainly seems to be pushing the limits of free speech, political cartoonist Ted Rall told RT.

Just days before Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on April 24, the WSJ courted controversy by publishing an advert by a Turkish group denying genocide occurred. Armenia claims over one and a half million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed by Turks in 1915. Turkey admits Armenians were mistreated but denies any genocide took place.

Apr 22 09:42

Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, Inside the Devastation of America's Drone Wars

on drone murders that Obomber claims is a just defensive war

Apr 21 15:24

Why Is the Progressive Left Helping the Elite Elect Hillary?

Have you noticed that it is not only the presstitute media and the two establishment political parties that are beating up on Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump but also the progressive left? Sometimes the messages overlap so much that the progressive left sounds like the One Percent. But mainly the progressive left is down on Sanders because he is “not pure,” and they don’t like Trump because he hurts people’s feelings and doesn’t apologize.

This is astounding. Here we are faced with the corrupt media and the corrupt party establishments determined to put in the Oval Office a tried and proven agent of the One Percent, and the progressive left is beating up on the only two alternatives!

Apr 21 07:27

Pratap Chatterjee, Inside the Devastation of America's Drone Wars

In our part of the world, it’s not often that potential “collateral damage” speaks, but it happened last week. A Pakistani tribal leader, Malik Jalal, flew to England to plead in a newspaper piece he wrote and in media interviews to be taken off the Obama White House’s “kill list.” (“I am in England this week because I decided that if Westerners wanted to kill me without bothering to come to speak with me first, perhaps I should come to speak to them instead.”) Jalal, who lives in Pakistan’s tribal borderlands, is a local leader and part of a peace committee sanctioned by the Pakistani government that is trying to tamp down the violence in the region. He believes that he’s been targeted for assassination by Washington. (Four drone missiles, he claims, have just missed him or his car.) His family, he says, is traumatized by the drones.

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The choice of England is highly symbolic, as during WW2 thew people in and around London lived in daily fear of the sounds of the German V-1 "Buzz bomb" on its way to deliver random death among the civilians.

Apr 20 17:32

British Soldier Waterboarded, Spanked, Made To Lie In Vomit & Urine, Court Hears

Commando Carlo Nicholson was made to lie in a paddle pool of bodily secretions then waterboarded by a senior marine, who also ordered other recruits to wrestle in olive oil and eat dogfood, a military court has heard.

Apr 20 11:41

Australia’s Manus Island Refugee Detention Camp

The refugee processing system is incarceration by another name, a replica of torment and brutality that many asylum seekers flee. A calculus is at play: braving the lethal seas in the hope of arriving in Australia, only to be rendered to foreign Pacific centres with the charming hotel credentials of Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo. The only difference lies in the fashion sense: an absence of colourful jumpsuits.

The offshore gulag that Australian policy makers insist on running has effectively enacted the greatest grotesquery of an imperial project, a modern anti-refugee manifestation of the White Man’s Burden. It has strong-armed weaker, poorer states into a policing enterprise. It has done so through buccaneering private security firms. It has corrupted local officials in the higher goal of Australian security while brutalising segments of the local population.

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As reported in TIME magazine on line in March of 2014:

Canberra says it's a matter of security and deterring people smugglers, but detainees pay a heavy price RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Watch Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones Explain Why People Should Stop Asking About Jon Snow Watch Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones Explain Why People… U.K. Will Be 'Permanently Poorer' If It Leaves E.U., Says Treasury Secretary U.K. Will Be 'Permanently Poorer' If It Leaves E.U., Says… Donald Trump Still Way Ahead in New York Primary Race Donald Trump Still Way Ahead in New York Primary Race You Won't Believe What She Looks Like Now Promoted You Won't Believe What She Looks Like Now Recommended by In 1992, Australia introduced a mandatory detention policy for non-citizens entering the country without a valid visa. It was intended to be a risk-management tool, enabling the health and security status of refugees and illegal immigrants to be checked while preventing such arrivals from simply vanishing into the general population. While that sounds reasonable on paper, the reality is that there are today around 10,000 men, women and children detained indefinitely, without hope of release unless they agree to return to the countries they risked their lives to flee in the first place. Just under half that number are being held in squalid detention centers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the South Pacific island of Nauru that are breeding grounds for rape, rioting, malaria and mental illness, and that bear the look and feel of concentration camps. “If a liberal democracy decides a group of people, depending on where they come from, can have their liberty placed in jeopardy without the ability to defend themselves, then the consequences are very dire – not only for that specific group but for everyone in that country that supposedly lives under the rule of law,” says David Mann, head of the legal team at Melbourne’s Refugee and Immigration Legal Center. “It casts a very dark shadow over Australia’s commitment to human rights and fundamental respect for human dignity.” The government’s view is that Australia’s security must come first. “Security assessments are an important part of ensuring the safety of Australians,” the Attorney-General’s office told TIME. The authorities also say that holding asylum-seekers in places like PNG deters people smuggling. “The Government’s offshore processing policy is designed to prevent people smugglers sending illegal boats to Australia, which over the last five years has resulted in the deaths of over 1,100 people at sea and more than 15,000 people in camps around the world being denied resettlement in Australia, as their places were taken by people who arrived illegally by boat,” a spokesperson for the Ministry for Immigration and Border Protection said. “These policies are proving to be highly effective, with 75 days having passed without a successful people smuggling venture to Australia.” Critics however point to the harsh and often dangerous conditions of the camps. Last month, at a detention center on PNG’s Manus Island, a 23-year-old Iranian national, Reza Barati, was found dead with a blunt force trauma to the head, and 76 others refugees were shot or otherwise wounded, after local security guards responded to a protest by the 1,100 predominantly Middle Eastern asylum seekers kept there. The bloodshed sparked hundreds of candlelight vigils across Australia, including a 4000-strong protest in front of Sydney’s Town Hall. Hunger strikes took place at a number of other detention centers, and widespread condemnations were made by respected figures such former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who oversaw the successful integration of thousands of Vietnamese refugees fleeing war in the late 1970s. Numerous social media campaigns have also surfaced to vent disapproval, including the website sorryasylumseekers.com where Australians post selfies taken while bearing placards reading “Not in my name".

Australia, you are better than this!!

Apr 20 07:24

Trump: Classified Part of 9/11 Report Shows ‘Very Profound’ Saudi Role

What about Israel and the Bush administration Donald!

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The final chapter of the 9/11 report consisting of 28 pages reportedly claims that a Saudi diplomat at a consulate in the US state of California directly aided at least two of the 19 hijackers when they arrived in the United States.

“I think I know what it’s going to say,” Trump told Fox News. “It’s going to be very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack.”

Webmaster addition: This is an example of my concern that too much of Trump's world view comes from what he sees on TV. Trump is not yet the President, and cannot see classified documents.

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Apr 19 10:20

OBAMA WENT FROM CONDEMNING SAUDIS FOR ABUSES TO ARMING THEM TO THE TEETH

In the 2002 speech against the Iraq War that helped propel him to the presidency, then-state Sen. Barack Obama denounced not just the looming invasion of Iraq, but also human rights abuses by our “so-called allies” in Saudi Arabia:
Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.
And he spoke out against the U.S.’s role as weapons supplier to the world:

Let’s fight to make sure … that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the current bent of American geopolitics, money trumps any possibly of intelligent, and enlightened, foreign policy every time, and the country's president is the "house servant" to the military industrial complex.

Nothing demonstrates that more clearly than does the US government's relationship with Saudi Arabia, a country with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun.

"Corporate money uber alles" is the clear winner here.

Apr 19 09:51

USS Destroyer Donald Cook Incident (Baltic Incident)

“(C)ommanders and their signals staff on board the Donald Cook” knew they weren’t threatened. They were being watched and warned.

Deploying an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system aboard the Donald Cook violates the 2010 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, said Helmer.

The ship simulated an attack on Russian subsurface and shore-based systems, installed to defend against potential US Aegis missile attacks.

Russian aircraft were deployed as a self-defense measure - to monitor close up what the Donald Cook and other US warships are up to, along with vessels from other countries like Poland.

Apr 18 15:27

Israeli Soldier Charged With Manslaughter

Israeli soldier who shot assailant on the ground charged with manslaughter

JAFFA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's military filed manslaughter charges on Monday against a soldier who shot a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay wounded on the ground in a killing that a poll said many Israelis felt was justified.

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Apr 17 16:56

US War Crimes in Iraq

US War Crimes in Iraq: Fallujah Residents Starving, Murdered, Besieged by US Backed Government Forces and ISIS

It is hard to imagine that anything worse could befall Fallujah after the war crimes and criminal assaults by the US military in 2004. At the time, one correspondent wrote:“There has been nothing like the attack on Fallujah since the Nazi invasion and occupation of much of the European continent – the shelling and bombing of Warsaw in September 1939, the terror bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940.” (1)

Seventy percent of houses and shops were reported destroyed, with those still standing damaged. Iraqi doctor, Ali Fadhil, described a city:

“ … completely devastated, destruction everywhere. It looked like a city of ghosts. Fallujah used to be a modern city, now there was nothing. We spent the day going through the rubble that had been the centre of the city; I didn’t see a single building that was functioning.”(City of Ghosts, The Guardian, January 11, 2005.)

Nicholas J. Davies, author of “Blood on our Hands – the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq”, has written:

“The Fallujah Compensation Committee reported in March 2005 that the assault destroyed 36,000 homes, 9,000 shops, 65 mosques, 60 schools, both train stations, one of the two bridges, two power stations, three water treatment plants and the city’s entire sanitation and telephone systems.”

Apr 17 10:20

Israeli and Palestinian Children Killed September 29, 2000 - Present

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world's major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.

It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.

Please click on any statistic for the source and more information.
Statistics last updated January 13, 2015

Apr 17 09:54

Evidence Points to the CIA Targeting Assad, Not Daesh in Syria

Washington has jumped at the opportunity to provide massive amounts of weapons to Syria's so-called moderate rebels amid the ongoing ceasefire; it seems that the White House is not bothered by the fact that half of its arms have found their way into the hands of al-Qaeda, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams note.

Apr 17 09:06

Red-handed: UK military trained Saudis as they rained fire on Yemen, says Reprieve

UK military personnel have delivered a series of three-week courses on “international targeting” to the Saudi forces currently engaged in pummeling Yemen, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request shows.

The revelations were made following a request by the human rights NGO Reprieve. The organization is now urging the UK government to stop providing military support.

Apr 16 18:56

AMMON BUNDY REPORTS BEING TORTURED, STARVED IN NEVADA PRISON

A personal friend of Ammon Bundy has relayed a message from Ammon about the treatment he received after being transferred to a Nevada prison. Harrowing account.

Apr 16 09:46

Rwanda Genocide - The Israeli Connection

It would be encouraging to imagine a genocide that is totally free of any Jewish involvement. Sadly, the Rwanda genocide doesn’t fit into this mythical category.

Apr 16 08:42

Craig Murray: The Telegram Criticising Bush That Got Me Sacked (as a British diplomat)

As this blog is now read daily by tens of thousands of people who had not heard of me before, some idea of where I come from might be in order. After a diplomatic career of rapid promotion (senior civil service age 36, my first Ambassadorship in Uzbekistan age 42) my opposition to Bush/Blair’s immoral and counter-productive foreign policy got me sacked.

This telegram (diplomatic communications are called that; cable in the USA) I am with retrospect very proud to have sent. To have made at the time the observation that the Bush/Blair policy of invasion, oppression and torture would not suppress fundamentalism, but would create it, was prescient. I should say I understood very well I would be sacked. Some things are worth being sacked for.

Apr 15 12:18

Former IRS Agent Admits: “Personal Income Tax is Actually Illegal”

It is tax day again... and worth pointing out once again the many ways in which the federal tax scheme in the United States is illegal.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Apr 15 10:06

FRIDAY’S TOON ~~ ISRAELI ARMS SALES DURING RWANDAN GENOCIDE TO REMAIN SEALED

Supreme Court denies attorney’s petition to reveal defense exports to the African country, citing risk to national security, foreign relations

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Apr 13 10:39

Palestine: Israeli Police Abusing Detained Children

Israeli security forces are abusing Palestinian children detained in the West Bank. The number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces has more than doubled since October 2015.

Interviews with children who have been detained, video footage, and reports from lawyers reveal that Israeli security forces are using unnecessary force in arresting and detaining children, in some cases beating them, and holding them in unsafe and abusive conditions.

Apr 13 09:32

Hang Hillary Clinton for genocide

A popular campaign slogan this election season is "Hillary for Prison."

I find that profoundly offensive. Prison would be too good for her.

Hillary needs to be tried, convicted, and hanged ... for genocide.

Apr 13 09:28

CRIMINAL: DETAILS EMERGE OF WASHINGTON’S ‘FAST & FURIOUS’ ARMS TRAFFICKING IN SYRIA

No doubt about it. In comparison to Washington’s other weapons trafficking exploits, like Operation Fast & Furious, this one is even more reckless, dangerous, totally unethical – and completely illegal. Back in 2011, President Obama green-lighted one of the CIA’s worst ever operations – one which resulted in a five year-long flood of weapons, ammunition – right into the hands of ‘moderate’ terrorist fighters running wild in Syria. In total, hundreds of millions in US taxpayer funds have been spent on arming terrorists in Syria. This is no accident.

Apr 13 07:52

Police beat, strangle, Taser men held unlawfully at Chicago’s ‘Gitmo’

Internal police documents obtained through a public records request showed Chicago officers punched, beat, Tasered and strangled men held illegally at Homan Square, the city’s off-site interrogation center.

Chicago Police Department files confirm that officers used physical force against at least 14 men when they were held in custody at its warehouse site, according to the Guardian on Tuesday, which obtained the documents through a lawsuit under Illinois’ freedom of information law.

Apr 13 07:44

THE WEST'S TERRORIST "CATCH AND RELEASE" PROGRAM

So obvious is this fact, that the Western media itself admits it, but simply dismisses the obvious and deeper implications such facts pose by claiming it is merely systemic incompetence. The Wall Street Journal would admit that the recently arrested "man in the hat" also known as Mohamed Abrini, was also arrested for suspected terrorist activity - allegedly scoping out potential targets in the UK - but also - like his collaborators - inexplicably released. His brother had been to Syria where he fought and died alongside the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS), and Abrini himself too appears to have been in Syria.

Apr 12 10:35

U.S. and Saudis Causing Hundreds of Thousands of Children to Starve to Death In Yemen

The United States is a major backer and supporter of the Saudi-led war against Yemen. The U.S. supplies the weapons, and provides most of the targeting and military tactics. See this, this, this, this, this and this. (And see this for background on the Yemen war.)

The Saudi and American military are committing war crimes left and right …

Apr 12 10:08

"60 Minutes" & The Secret 28 Pages of 9/11

When we consider the "60 Minutes" report about the 28 top-secret pages about 9/11 that aired on CBS last night, we need to consider a few things: the source of the report, and its content.

First, let's consider the content: The CBS News program focused on the 28 pages that seem to show Saudi support for two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers. These pages have been classified for 13 years, so why is it that only now they are an issue for "60 Minutes" - after 13 years?

Apr 12 09:12

Israelis Trained U.S. to Use 'Palestinian Chair' Torture Device

As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally. He also wrote that the Israeli military taught them how to use the Palestinian chair during a joint training exercise.

Apr 12 09:07

SAVE OUR CHILDREN BY SUPPORTING BDS

In the past few months, especially since the beginning of the current wave of Palestinian resistance against Israel’s enduring brutal military occupation, about six months ago, the Israeli army and other security forces adopted a decidedly murderous policy against Palestinians, especially children.

A shoot-to-kill policy was adopted by the Israeli political and military leadership, apparently for the purpose of terrorizing and “deterring” the Palestinian populace. Consequently, dozens of young Palestinians were needlessly murdered on the streets of the West Bank on the pretext that some of the victims may have put the life of Israeli soldiers at risk.

In some incidents, soldiers fired additional bullets at the heads of the already completely “neutralized” Victims.

In the Israeli army lexicon, this is done for the purpose of verifying their death.

Apr 12 09:06

REMEMBERING THE TERROR THAT LED TO JEWISH STATEHOOD

Palestinians on Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinians civilians carried out by Zionist paramilitary groups in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 prior to the establishment of Israel.

Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem.

The number of victims is generally believed to be around 107, though figures given at the time reached up to 254, out of a village that numbered around 600 at the time.

The Deir Yassin massacre was led by the Irgun group, whose head was future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, with support from other paramilitary groups Haganah and Lehi whose primary aim was to push Palestinians out through force.

Apr 12 08:32

Craig Murray: Two Smooth Faces of Evil

Many of you will recognise one of the faces in this photograph, Mark Regev. He is Israel’s new Ambassador to London and of course was the Israeli government spokesman who justified the massacre of more than 600 women and children in Gaza, and the murder of peace activists aboard the Mavi Marmara.

The other face of evil is Simon McDonald, head of the UK Diplomatic Service. You probably now think I am indulging in hyperbole. But no, I am not.

Simon McDonald was the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s Private Secretary at the time of the implementation of the British government’s extraordinary rendition and intelligence from torture programmes. When I became the only member of the UK’s senior civil service to make formal objection to these programmes, it was Simon McDonald who managed Jack Straw’s response in continuing to use torture.

Apr 11 10:36

Nordhausen - Epitome of the Big Lie

Images of Nordhausen are used all over the major media - from Encyclopedia.com, NBC, ABC, and "Holocaust" books written as proof of a deliberate German extermination policy going according to plan. However, almost every prisoner in this imagery was blown up or strafed by British warplanes!

This is a segment from the upcoming feature length documentary video Questioning "The Holocaust : Why We Believed (Part 1 of 2)" - (Warning: very graphic images)

Apr 11 10:17

'I was struck with multiple blows': inside the secret violence of Homan Square

Internal documents from the Chicago police department show that officers used physical force on at least 14 men already in custody at the warehouse known as Homan Square.

Police used punches, knee strikes, elbow strikes, slaps, wrist twists, baton blows and Tasers at Homan Square, according to documents released to the Guardian in the course of its transparency lawsuit about the warehouse. The new information contradicts an official denial about treatment of prisoners at the facility.

The injured men are among at least 7,351 people – more than 6,000 of them black – who, police documents show, have been detained and interrogated at Homan Square without a public notice of their whereabouts or access to an attorney.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a police culture in this country of using torture as a standard method of operation, then lying about it with absolute impunity.

Torture is a war crime, and should be treated as such; the lying about torture should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

This cannot be allowed to continue, without the nature of the American dream being turned into a permanent American nightmare.

Apr 08 16:42

National Security Racketeering Network analysis

This operation extra-judicially targets “Potential Domestic Threats” (innocent Americans) and engages in what is referred to as Outrageous Government Conduct using tactics from the East German Stasi and the U.K.’s GCHQ.

Apr 08 14:29

A Torturer's Confession: Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Speaks Out

Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. In a new memoir, Fair writes about feeling haunted by what he did, what he saw and what he heard in Iraq, from the beating of prisoners to witnessing the use of sleep deprivation, stress positions and isolation to break prisoners. The military described such actions as “enhanced interrogations,” but Eric Fair uses another word — torture. He writes, “If God is on anyone’s side in Iraq, it’s not mine.”

Apr 07 07:46

USS Liberty Vets Call For Help As Billboard Company Bows Down To Isreal

“BILLBOARD COMPANY REFUSES TO HONOR NAVY VETS – We placed this billboard in New Bedford, MA, to honor USS Liberty veterans and to help them and their families get the respect and help they deserve.

But Israel partisans complained, one threatening to take his business elsewhere, so the billboard company reneged on their contract and took the billboard down two weeks early.

Now we’re asking others to SHARE THIS IMAGE to honor these men and their 34 shipmates who never returned. The Liberty is the most decorated crew since WWII.

Apr 06 08:46

Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator Regrets 'Horrible Mistakes' of US Torture Policy

A number of Bush-era officials continue to defend the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. But in a new interview, former interrogator Eric Fair confesses that the US military was unequivocally engaged in torture.

Apr 05 13:07

Human Rights Lawyer Francis Boyle On US War Crimes

Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, is one of the world’s foremost experts of international law and human rights issues. In his long career, he has served as legal counsel and adviser to several world leaders, as well as independence movements, and served on the legal team that led to the conviction of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Tony Blair on war crimes charges at the 2012 Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission.

Apr 05 07:59

Veterans Group’s USS Liberty Billboard on I-95 in Connecticut Causes Jewish Outrage

A new billboard about Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty is causing some serious whining amongst jewish groups. The billboard is along traffic-filled I-95 in Connecticut, which is actually named the Jewish War Veterans Memorial Highway. The billboard asks for help for USS Liberty veterans attacked by Israel.

The story is still that Israel did not know the Liberty was a US ship when they were slaughtering the sailors, no matter how much evidence has come out to the contrary. So even though the billboard is stating something that is completely factual, jews are throwing a hissy-fit regarding “anti-Semitism” and “conspiracy theories”.

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Apr 05 07:23

Here's What Happens When a U.S. Senator Calls for Israel to Be Held Accountable for Atrocities

Leahy's letter is notable for placing Israeli violations alongside Egyptian atrocities—including the 2013 Rab'aa Square massacre—a rare move in a U.S. political climate where Israel is often deemed above reproach. The United States hands $3.1 billion in military aid to Israel every year, compared to roughly 1.5 billion to Egypt, which funds the country's brutally repressive military junta according to the guidelines of the Camp David Accords. Together, these two countries accounted for more than 75 percent of global U.S. military assistance in 2014.

Apr 04 15:20

Waterboarding is legal in right hands? Hayden says ‘CIA rules’ whitewash enhanced interrogation

Is waterboarding torture? The CIA ex-chief, in an interview with Al Jazeera, believes it depends on who uses it. Should Syria’s Assad administer it – then it’s torture. If the CIA uses it on terror suspects possessing “lifesaving” data – it’s not.

Apr 04 11:10

Waterboarding Is Legal In Right Hands? Hayden Says ‘CIA Rules’ Whitewash Enhanced Interrogation

Is waterboarding torture? The CIA ex-chief, in an interview with Al Jazeera, believes it depends on who uses it. Should Syria’s Assad administer it – then it’s torture. If the CIA uses it on terror suspects possessing “lifesaving” data – it’s not.

Apr 03 16:53

Guantánamo And The Politics Of Fear

Out of the nearly 800 people who have been imprisoned at Guantánamo over the last fourteen years, only 8 have been convicted of a crime — that’s just 1%. Yet, Republicans, eager to keep the prison open, continue to fuel the false narrative that the men at Guantánamo are the worst of the worst.

Apr 03 14:30

Execution of Palestinian exposes Israel’s military culture

Jonathan Cook says the execution of a wounded Palestinian by an Israeli soldier is “challenging Israeli Jews to maintain the deception... that the institutions of their tribal, ethnic state have any abiding commitment to universal values and human rights”.

Apr 03 09:52

Netanyahu to Kerry: Declare Israel doesn’t commit extrajudicial killings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked John Kerry to publicly state that Israel does not carry out extrajudicial killings, after a group of U.S. lawmakers asked the secretary of state to investigate such claims.

Meanwhile, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the lead lawmaker making the request, rebuked Netanyahu for his initial response to the revelation of the letter, saying the Israeli leader misunderstood the relevant law, which requires defunding military units underwritten by U.S. government funds should they be found in violation of U.S. human rights norms.

The Times of Israel reported that Netanyahu made the call to Kerry Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You do what I tell you to do or I'll blow the whistle on what really happened on 9-11, and it will be worse for you than it will be for us!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Apr 03 08:48

Ghosts of the Past: The Story of Red Army Captives in Poland

While the Polish government is preparing to demolish 500 monuments devoted to the memory of Soviet soldiers who died liberating Poland from the Nazi invaders, another disturbing historic episode comes to mind – the story of tens of thousands of Soviet prisoners of war tormented in Polish captivity back in the 1920s.

Apr 02 09:25

Judge Orders Man Tazed for Speaking Out of Turn

Sadistic sheriff gleefully complies with order.

Apr 01 17:02

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

This despair has hung over our heads for at least the past 10 years, the result of Israel’s harsh collective punishment of the 1.9 million human beings who struggle to survive in Gaza. Half of them are children younger than your Sasha and Malia; many are babies, like mine, held in their parents’ arms.

Apr 01 15:46

United States Of Torture: When It Comes To “Enhanced Interrogation,” Americans Agree With Donald Trump

As far as we know — which often isn’t much when issues of national security are involved — the U.S. government stopped waterboarding suspected terrorists around 10 years ago.

And as the current administration is quick to remind people, one of the first things Barack Obama did after being sworn in as president was issue an executive orderbanning so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.

Mar 31 18:39

The Wounded Phoenix of Palmyra

As DGAM explains to visitors, while ISIS terrorists target treasures and encourage looting and illicit trafficking to fund their operations, claiming that they consider that statues are idols against their ideologies and, consequently, they do not trade with them. But part of the reality is that ISIS could not find many of the artifacts given that DGAM with the help of the local population had already evacuated them.

Mar 31 15:04

Prisoners of War

The Continental Congress ultimately accepted responsibility for the administration of prisoners of war, but gave broad authority on the matter to the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington.

Washington took an active role in the prisoner situation and was a constant advocate for the fair treatment of prisoners.

With few facilities to accommodate large numbers of prisoners, both the Americans and the British participated in prisoner exchange. Though Washington was actively involved in these matters, he appointed commissaries to handle the day-to-day details.

Mar 30 20:11

What motivates US policy toward Israel?  An Analysis  by Lawrence Davidson

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy tells us that “American liberals should know … that they are supporting the first sign of fascism in Israel. I don't call it yet fascism, but [the] first signs [are] very clear. … And America keeps financing it. This should be known and should be recognized by any American, mainly the liberals, who care where their taxpayer money goes, and so much of it.

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Mar 29 08:06

CIA Took Naked Photos Of Detainees Before Sending Them For Torture: Report

The Central Intelligence Agency took naked photographs of its detainees before sending them to be tortured by its partners in other countries, a report says.

Mar 28 15:30

CIA Caught Taking Naked Photos of Detainees BEFORE Torturing Them to Prove They Weren’t Tortured

By Claire Bernish

A new report from the Guardian says the “CIA took naked photographs of people it sent to its foreign partners for torture.”

These detainees had been part of the CIA’s covert practice of “extraordinary renditions” — the “U.S. government’s global kidnap and secret detention” program. Because the CIA operated the program to avoid scrutiny, exactly how many detainees have been “rendered” remains unclear — as is how many of them were photographed naked by the agency.

Insiders with knowledge of the photographs say the purpose of the pictures was to act as a buffer against potential political and legal fallout from torture perpetrated by the U.S. and its allies. CIA officials claim such documentation would provide evidence of humane treatment while prisoners were in the agency’s custody...

Mar 28 14:34

Israeli group launches database on businesses located in the Jewish settlements

The Israeli peace group Gush Shalom has launched a comprehensive database providing information for consumers on the location, activities and the evasive tactics used by businesses located in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories.

Mar 28 07:32

These people tortured to obtain false information to go to war on a lie in Iraq. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush, Gonzales, Tenet, Hayden and all the other torturers should be in jail.

Cheney turned to torture for the purpose of selling the Iraq war, not preventing another 9/11
The report found that Maj. Paul Burney, a United States Army psychiatrist assigned to interrogations in Guantánamo Bay that summer of 2002, told Army investigators of another White House imperative: “A large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq and we were not being successful.” As higher-ups got more “frustrated” at the inability to prove this connection, the major said, “there was more and more pressure to resort to measures” that might produce that intelligence.

Mar 28 07:16

Human Experimentation Rampant In The United States

In an article in the New Republic in December, 1998, former UNSCOM leader Scott Ritter decried Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons experiments on human subjects. Wrote Ritter,

We had received credible intelligence that 95 political prisoners had been transferred from the Abu Ghraib Prison to a site in western Iraq, where they had been subjected to lethal testing under the supervision of a special unit from the Military Industrial Commission, under Saddam’s personal authority.

The stance of the United States and her allies has always been that such experiments bear the watermark of a brutal dictatorship and are never engaged in by the free world.

Mar 28 06:37

Criticism of IDF ‘outrageous’ – Netanyahu after soldier finishes off wounded Palestinian stabber

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken out against any criticism of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), despite the outrage over footage that emerged of an IDF soldier seemingly executing a prone and wounded Palestinian attacker.

“The soldiers of the IDF, our children, maintain high ethical values while courageously fighting against bloodthirsty murderers under difficult operational conditions. We must all support the IDF Chief-of-Staff, the IDF, and our soldiers, who safeguard our security,” Netanyahu said, as quoted by AP.

Mar 28 06:29

Israelis rally around soldier filmed executing injured Palestinian

A new video shows an Israeli soldier shaking hands with a settler leader just after the soldier was filmed apparently executing an injured Palestinian in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The video has emerged as Israelis, including top leaders, are rallying around the accused killer.

Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif was shot dead along with Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, both of them 21 years old, after allegedly stabbing and moderately wounding a soldier in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron’s Old City on Thursday.

The slaying of al-Sharif, who was lying on the ground incapacitated but moving his head before he was shot, was caught on video.

The new video shows the shooter “shaking hands with far-right activist Baruch Marzel” while al-Sharif’s body is removed from the scene, according to Haaretz.

The US-born Marzel, a former leader of the violent group Kach, is notorious for fomenting attacks on Palestinians.

Mar 27 15:16

Human Experimentation Rampant in the United States

By Janet Phelan

In an article in the New Republic in December, 1998, former UNSCOM leader Scott Ritter decried Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons experiments on human subjects. Wrote Ritter,

"We had received credible intelligence that 95 political prisoners had been transferred from the Abu Ghraib Prison to a site in western Iraq, where they had been subjected to lethal testing under the supervision of a special unit from the Military Industrial Commission, under Saddam’s personal authority."

The stance of the United States and her allies has always been that such experiments bear the watermark of a brutal dictatorship and are never engaged in by the free world.

So when Abu Ghraib again hit the news in 2004, concerning the ongoing torture of prisoners by US forces, the US was swift to act in condemning the reports as constituting isolated incidents and not reflective of US policy. However...

Mar 27 12:04

Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos To Build Power

While the establishment’s demands on Europe to accept millions of Middle Eastern refugees have been couched in “humanitarian” rhetoric, the real agenda is nothing of the sort. Rather than helping out their fellow human beings, globalist forces actually created the refugee crisis and the suffering behind it. And they are using it to advance multiple, related agendas — primarily globalism and statism. That the crisis is being exploited to undermine Western culture, national sovereignty, and even nationhood itself is now beyond dispute. Top globalists are openly bragging about it.

Billionaire globalist and open-borders zealot George Soros, in denouncing European officials trying to control the human tsunami coming across their borders, similarly declared, “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”

Mar 25 22:24

Muslims Are the VICTIMS of “Between 82 and 97% of Terrorism-Related Fatalities”: US Government

The Little-Known Secret to Destroying ISIS Propaganda
ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Westerners is evil.
And as a white American from a Judeo-Christian background, I am repulsed by the fact that ISIS is targeting Christians in Syria and Iraq with brutal murder … including crucifixion. [And these crimes are invariably not reported by the Western media.]

But most victims of ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorism are themselves Muslim.

The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center – the United States government organization responsible for national and international counterterrorism efforts – reported in 2011 (page 14):

In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97% of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.

Mar 25 18:13

Runaway Train: America’s election and its inability to alter the nation’s deadly course

Accompanying America’s long march of destruction through the Middle East – the work both of its own armed forces and of various proxies – has been the rise of a phenomenon called international terrorism

Mar 25 10:01

Wait, What? Ted Cruz Insists US Has ‘Never Engaged in Torture’

US Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who has changed his stance on torture multiple times, on Wednesday falsely claimed that the United States has “never engaged in torture.”

Appearing on Fox & Friends, Cruz was asked whether he would engage in torture, enhanced interrogation, or waterboarding — methods which Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has emphatically championed, despite the practice being illegal and ineffective.

Ted Cruz may be getting a lot of serious media attention as the first candidate to announce 2016 presidential bid, but so is his website's launch. And it's not been a good first impression.
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Ted Cruz: Politics Trumps the Constitution, Calls for Anti-Muslim Gestapo
“America has never engaged in torture and we’re not about to,” Cruz responded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that Senator Cruz submit to every practice done by the US government to torture information out of people, and then make the statement in public that what was done to him was not torture and physical mutilation.

I would particularly like him to undergo what Binyam Mohamed endured at Guantanamo, and then tell the world that this is not torture:

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2009/02/09/35952/mohamed-torture-uk-us/

Senator, the defy has been well and truly hurled here!!

Mar 25 06:54

Israeli soldier filmed executing wounded Palestinian man

Today an Israeli soldier executed a wounded Palestinian man on the ground in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron’s old city in the occupied West Bank.

In a B’Tselem video (above, viewers should be warned of graphic video) capturing the killing, the man can be seen semi-conscious on the ground, when a soldier cocks his rifle and fires, blowing his brains out.

Mar 24 22:24

Saudi Arabia Uncovered: Birthplace of terrorism’: Outrage expressed at Saudi Arabia documentary showing beheadings

A DOCUMENTARY DOCUMENTING the horror of life in the strict Islamic regime of Saudi Arabia has been pulled from ITV’s website.

The programme was broadcast last night and drew a huge reaction online.

Mar 24 12:41

ISRAELI RIGHTS GROUP RELEASES VIDEO OF SOLDIER EXECUTING WOUNDED PALESTINIAN SUSPECT

An Israeli soldier was arrested on Thursday after a rights group published clear video images of him shooting a wounded, immobilized Palestinian suspect in the head following a knife attack in the West Bank city of Hebron earlier in the day. The graphic, distressing video was posted online by B’Tselem, an Israeli group that provides cameras to Palestinians to help them document human rights abuses in the West Bank territory that has been under military rule since Israel first occupied it in 1967.

Mar 24 10:56

US Intel Vets Warn Against Torture

To those living “outside the Beltway” it may seem counterintuitive that those of us whose analysis has been correct on key issues that the U.S. government got criminally wrong – like the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – would be blacklisted from “mainstream” media and ostracized by the Smart People of the Establishment. But, alas, that’s the way it is.

Mar 24 10:22

From Israel, With Kidney !!

21/12/09: Israel Admits harvesting Palestinian organs without consent and this as we said repeatedly before, that we just see the peak of the snow mountains, and facts must emerge consecutively to reveal the zionist brutal crimes committed against the Palestinian natives.

Mar 24 09:54

YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BOOGA BOOGA! ISIS plan to crucify priest on Good Friday

ISIS terror group is rumored to be torturing a kidnapped Jesuit priest, and are plotting to crucify him tomorrow, on Good Friday.

The Franciscan Sisters of Siessen are asking Christians around the world to pray for Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who they say was kidnapped by ISIS during a massacre at a Christian retirement home in Yemen that claimed 16 lives — including those of four nuns.

Webmaster addition: Boy, someone wants a war between Christians and Muslims. I wonder who THAT could be!

Now, if they really do crucify this guy (as opposed to putting an already dead person on the cross as they do in Saudi Arabia), and if he is in good health, it will take him days, possibly almost a week, to die. That will get Christians scratching their heads as to why Jesus/Joshua supposedly died after just a few hours (and even Pontius Pilate was scratching his head over that one, according to the bible).

Mar 24 08:27

With Obama in Cuba, Pro-Torture Pundits Suddenly Concerned With Human Rights

Some Cold War hold-outs in the media just weren’t having it, though, taking the occasion to feign outrage that Obama could visit a country with such a terrible human rights record. While American human-rights hypocrisy is nothing new, a string of Bush-era, pro-torture, pro-Guantánamo pundits expressing indignation at Cuba’s human rights failings was still remarkable.

Mar 24 07:46

ISIS attacked Brussels? The US created ISIS? Therefore?

As far as the Brussels attacks are concerned, if we assume that ISIS was responsible, the whole scenario is turned upside down after analyzing the basis of ISIS.

The Obama administration (jointly with the Bush administration) should be announcing: “Well, we keep ISIS alive. Unfortunately, things happen. One of those things is Brussels.”

And then you could go on to query the sincerity of the word “unfortunately.”

Mar 24 07:37

Tribunal says Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic ‘responsible for crimes against humanity’ in Yugoslavia

A UN war crimes tribunal says Radovan Karadzic, the Serbs’ leader in Bosnia during the civil war in the 1990s, is ‘responsible for crimes against humanity’ and war crimes. Genocide charges are so far ruled out, but the events of Srebrenica are yet to be addressed.

Mar 23 17:56

Remembering America’s Role in Argentina’s Dirty War

By Derrick Broze

On Wednesday, President Obama visited Argentina and promised to release classified files related to the United States’ role in the military coup which took place 40 years ago today...

Mar 23 16:07

A history of silencing Israeli army whistleblowers – from 1948 until today

Jonathan Cook looks at how the truth of Israel’s past and present war crimes is surfacing, slowly but surely, much to the dismay of Binyamin Netanyahu and company, who are threatening to ban army whistleblowers.

Mar 23 15:04

With Obama In Cuba, Pro-Torture Pundits Suddenly Concerned With Human Rights

US President Barack Obama landed in Havana Sunday to great fanfare, both in Cuba and stateside. His visit marks a significant shift of the United States’ approach towards the socialist state, and the possibility of cooperation after decades of hostility. US media generally struck a hopeful tone, with a surprisingly nuanced mix of positive and critical stories about Cuba.

Mar 23 11:47

The U.S. Government Continues Torture Practices As American Public Remains Silent

By Derrick Broze

As the American public prepares for a new president, it is important to reflect on the actions of the current administration so that we may avoid the mistakes of the past and the truth can be brought to light.

While the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates may differ on some issues, when it comes to continuing the War on Terror’s disastrous policies, not a single R or D will significantly change the path. This includes the use of torture...

Mar 23 10:09

A brutal reality in South Africa

Reporters from the Swedish weekly newspaper Nya Tider (New Times) have traveled to South Africa to investigate whether the "Rainbow Nation" is the success story that Swedish establishment media sometimes say – as far as they are at all interested in the land that has been in the media focal point until 1994. We met with politicians, farmers and victims. Thousands of farmers have been murdered in the Rainbow Nation, and the fear is always present.

Mar 23 07:38

“Families Were Blown Up” — Scenes From a Saudi-Led Bombing in Yemen

Around midday on March 15, fighter jets from a Saudi-led coalition bombed a market in Mastaba, in Yemen’s northern province of Hajjah. The latest count indicates that about 120 people were killed, including more than 20 children, and 80 were wounded in the strikes — perhaps the deadliest attack yet in a war that has killed more than 6,000 civilians. Local residents and health officials say the carnage was so great in Mastaba that most of the bodies could hardly be identified, and several were beyond recognition.

Mar 22 22:32

Donald Trump Full Speech at AIPAC Policy Conference (3-21-16)

TRUMP: Good evening. Thank you very much.
I speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel. (CHEERS, APPLAUSE)
I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state.
(APPLAUSE)
In 2001, weeks after the attacks on New York City and on Washington and, frankly, the attacks on all of us, attacks that perpetrated and they were perpetrated by the Islamic fundamentalists,
Mayor Rudy Giuliani visited Israel to show solidarity with terror victims.
I sent my plane because I backed the mission for Israel 100 percent.
(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)
In spring of 2004 at the height of the violence in the Gaza Strip, I was the grand marshal of the 40th Salute to Israel Parade, the largest-single gathering in support of the Jewish state......

http://time.com/4267058/donald-trump-aipac-speech-transcript/

Mar 22 21:22

The Psychological Foundings Of Suicide Bombers: A Palestinian Approach !!

There is no single innocent zionist in Palestine; they are all in all colonizers living on the Palestinian dead bodies and on their land and enjoying the homes of the natives after killing or ethnically cleansing them !!

Have you ever questioned that the ever first “suicide bomber” was a jew? And that he committed his massacre against the joyfully celebrating Palestinians "civilians" in their sacred temple? Why shouldn’t any nation of the world appreciate and even worship their “suicide bombers” like the jews do to this “butcher”?

Mar 22 17:40

US Lectures Cuba on Human Rights Across From Own Torture Dungeon

By Tony Cartalucci

US President Barrack Obama paid what the Western media hailed as a “historic” visit to Cuba, after decades of isolation imposed upon the island nation by the US and its Western allies.

While many claimed it was a sign of hope for US-Cuban relations, it could equally be equated with similar feigned rapprochements with nations like Syria and Libya, both of which were first offered false peace deals before betrayal and both of which have now been destroyed by years of US-backed proxy war, with Libya’s government being overthrown and its leader along with three generations of his family virtually exterminated by US-NATO military operations.

And as if to prove President Obama’s advocates wrong, the US president used this “historic” visit to publicly humiliate Cuban President Raul Castro regarding alleged human rights abuses the US claims are regularly carried out against “political prisoners.”...

Mar 22 17:29

Castro Demands Obama Drop Blockade, Return ‘Illegally Occupied’ Guantánamo

During the first family’s historic visit to Cuba on Monday, the Cuban president confronted President Barack Obama about the crippling trade embargo and called on him to “return the territory illegally occupied by Guantánamo Base.”

Mar 22 14:23

Obama Visits Cuba, But Will US Ever End Embargo, Give Back Guantánamo?

President Obama has arrived in Cuba for a historic three-day visit, becoming the first sitting US president to visit the island in 88 years. Obama is scheduled to meet Cuban President Raúl Castro this morning at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana. While diplomatic ties have been restored between the two countries, many issues remain unsolved. The 54-year-old US trade embargo on Cuba remains in place. The United States has also refused to give up control of its Navy base and military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. Last year, Raúl Castro said Cuba will not be able to normalize relations with the United States until Washington returns Guantánamo to Cuba. We go to Havana to speak with former Cuban diplomat Carlos Alzugaray Treto and Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, DC.

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Mar 22 06:57

‘Dismantle the disastrous deal’: Trump tells AIPAC Iran deal is 'number one priority'

We have been had! Just another Zionist puppet!This guy will get us into WW3 just like Hillary!

“My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” Trump said, speaking before AIPAC in Washington, DC on Monday evening. “I have been in business a long time…this deal is catastrophic for Israel – for America, for the whole of the Middle East… We have rewarded the world’s leading state sponsor of terror with $ 150 billion and we received absolutely nothing in return.”

Trump criticized the deal for not requiring Iran to dismantle its military nuclear capability and only limiting its nuclear program for a certain number of years. He chastised Iran for contributing to problems in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia by providing weapons and money.

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