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The Torture Machine Now Targeted On American Citizens

The Torture Machine Now Targeted On American Citizens
Posted: 15 Feb 2012 11:31 PM PST
Hi Tap, I Have some very interesting stuff on More 'SCUM BAGS' but due to your slow Internet Connection, I will send it to you when you get back to UK. But for now here is an Article on Abu Ghraib.

He knew what went on. The only question is will he be held accountable?Here is another Top Piece of 'DEPRAVED HUMANITY' better known as 'RUMSFELD' or Donald to his CLOSE ASSOCIATES if he has any, that of course excludes THE BUSH'S, CLINTONS, OBAMA, MAJOR, BLAIR, & BROWN & THATCHER WHO IS ALO ON THE LIST, who are equally as bad , & some far worse than he is.

Pictures from Abu Ghraib JailFormer Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office. The 7th Circuit made the ruling in the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the US military in Iraq after uncovering a smuggling ring within an Iraqi security company. The company was under contract to the Department of Defense. The company was assisting Iraqi insurgent groups in the “mass acquisition” of American weapons. TAP - The point is the American (one world government) government has always armed its 'enemies'. The Soviet Union. The Vietcong. Hitler. The Taliban. Iraqi Insurgents. There wouldn't be any wars unless they were manufactured and manipulated into being. The 'contractors' supplying the insurgency were contracted to the US government. The problem was once they were found out, they had to be sacrificed to keep the secret closed. The ruling comes as Rumsfeld begins his book tourwith a visit to Boston on Monday, September 26, and as new, uncensored photos of Abu Ghraib spark fresh outrage across Internet. Awareness is growing that Bush-era crimes went far beyond mere waterboarding

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters in 2004 of photos withheld by the Defense Department from Abu Ghraib, “The American public needs to understand, we’re talking about rape and murder here… We’re not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience. We’re talking about rape and murder and some very serious charges.” And journalist Seymour Hersh says: “boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has.”Rumsfeld resigned days before a criminal complaint was filed in Germanyin which the American general who commanded the military police battalion at Abu Ghraib had promised to testify. General Janis Karpinski in an interview with Salon.com was asked: “Do you feel like Rumsfeld is at the heart of all of this and should be held completely accountable for what happened [at Abu Ghraib]?”Karpinski answered: “Yes, absolutely.” In the criminal complaint filed in Germany against Rumsfeld, Karpinskisubmitted 17 pages of testimony and offered to appear before the German prosecutor as a witness. Congressman Kendrick Meek of Florida, who participated in the hearings on Abu Ghraib, said of Rumsfeld: “There was no way Rumsfeld didn’t know what was going on. He’s a guy who wants to know everything.”And Major General Antonio Taguba, who led the official Army investigation into Abu Ghraib, said in his report:“there is no longer any doubt as to whether the [Bush] administration has committed war crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”..............

Binyam, Genital-SlicingBinyam Mohamed was seized by the Pakistani Forces in April 2002 and turned over to the Americans for a $5,000 bounty. He was held for more than five years without charge or trial in Bagram Air Force Base, Guantánamo Bay, and third country “black” sites.In his diary he describes being flown by a US government plane to a prison in Morocco. He writes:“They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor’s scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they’d electrocute me. Maybe castrate me…One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. ‘I told you I was going to teach you who’s the man,’ [one] eventually said.“They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists. I asked for a doctor.“I was in Morocco for 18 months. Once they began this, they would do it to me about once a month. One time I asked a guard: ‘What’s the point of this? I’ve got nothing I can say to them. I’ve told them everything I possibly could.’Just by the way this is the Law SuiteLaw Suit in Spanish Court directed against George H. W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Anthony Blair and Gordon Brown.BUT NOTHING CAME OF IT Link:-MADRID/CAIRO: Public inquiries on the decision to wage war on Iraq that are silent about the crimes committed, the victims involved, and provide for no sanction, whatever their outcome, are not enough. Illegal acts should entail consequences: the dead and the harmed deserve justice.On 6 October 2009, working with and on behalf of Iraqi plaintiffs, we filed a case before Spanish law against four US presidents and four UK prime ministers for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Iraq. The case presented spanned 19 years, including not only the wholesale destruction of Iraq witnessed from 2003, but also the sanctions period during which 1.5 million excess Iraqi deaths were recorded.We brought the case to Spain because its laws of universal jurisdiction are based on principles enshrined in its constitution. All humanity knows the crimes committed in Iraq by those we accused, but no jurisdiction is bringing them to justice. We presented with Iraqi victims a solid case drawing on evidence contained in over 900 documents and that refer to thousands of individual incidents from which a pattern of accumulated harm and intent can be discerned.When we brought our case, we knew that the Spanish Senate would soon vote on an amendment earlier passed by the lower house of parliament to curtail the application of universal jurisdiction in Spain. ............One more jurisdiction to fallDespite submitting a 110-page long referenced accusation (the Introduction of which is appended to this statement), the Spanish public prosecutor and the judge assigned to our case determined there was no reason to investigate. Their arguments were erroneous and could easily have been refuted if we could have appealed. To do so we needed a professional Spanish lawyer — either in a paid capacity or as a volunteer who wished to help the Iraqi people in its struggle for justice. As we had limited ..........Remembering that the Invasion was Launched on a False Flag, I think they probably have a valid case, for investigating, don't you?We continue to believe that the violent killing of over one million people in Iraq since 2003 alone, the ongoing US occupation — that carries direct legal responsibility — and the displacement of up to a fifth of the Iraqi population from the terror that occupation has entailed and incited suggests strongly that the claims we put forward ought to be further investigated.Call for wider collective effort to prosecuteAt present, failed international justice allows US and UK war criminals to stand above international law. Understanding that this constitutes an attack — or makes possible future attacks — on the human rights of everyone, everywhere, we will continue to advocate the use of all possible avenues, including UN institutions, the International Criminal Court, and popular tribunals, to highlight and bring before law and moral and public opinion US and UK crimes in Iraq. ................
Torture Now Aimed at Americans
, Programs Designed to Obtain False Confessions, Not IntelligenceThe worst of the worst is that Rumsfeld’s logic strikes directly at the foundations of our democracy and the legitimacy of the War on Terror. The torture methods studied and adopted by the Bush administration were not new, but adopted from the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program (SERE) which is taught to elite military units. The program was developed during the Cold War, in response to North Korean, Chinese, and Soviet Bloc torture methods. But the aim of those methods was never to obtain intelligence, but to elicit false confessions. The Bush administration asked the military to “reverse engineer” the methods, i.e. figure out how to break down resistance to false confessions.Appallingly, this could explain that even photos such as those of feces-smeared prisoners at Abu Ghraib might not, as we would hope, be only the individual work of particularly demented guards, but part of systematic degradation authorized at the highest levels.

Exhibit: Abu Ghraib, Female torture fan Harman.This could go far toward explaining why the Bush administration seemed so tone-deaf to intelligence professionals, including legendary CIA Director William Colby, who essentially told them they were doing it all wrong. A startling level of consensus existed within the intelligence community that the way to produce good intelligence was to gain the trust of prisoners and to prove everything they had been told by their recruiters, about the cruelty and degeneracy of America, to be wrong.THE IMAGES SHOWN ARE NOT AS BAD AS SOME THAT ARE CIRCULATING!Read of more US Crimes against Humanity :-Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest- by Ralph Lopez - 2011-09-20Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office.VIDEO: Make No Mistake, NATO is Committing War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in Libya- by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Julien Teil, Mathieu Ozanon - 2011-08-28Expose the lies. This GRTV video was produced in Libya by a team of committed journalists, researchers and cameramen that are witnesses to NATO's war crimes.
Denial, Selective Perception and Military Atrocities
.- by Felicity Arbuthnot - 2010-09-22It was under the watch of his father, George Bush, Snr., that in 1991, thousands of Iraqi conscripts were buried alive in southern Iraq...EXTRACT - An Abu Ghraib Military Intelligence e-mail, dated 17th August 2003, reads of the prisons inmates: "The gloves are coming off . . . Col. Boltz has made it clear that we want these individuals broken."(9)

In fact the 6th March 2003, Defense Department "Working Group Report on Detainee Interrogations in the Global War on Terrorism" requested by Donald Rumsfeld, read: "In order to respect the President's inherent constitutional authority to manage a military campaign, (prohibition of torture) must be construed as inapplicable to interrogations undertaken pursuant to his Commander-in-Chief authority." On 20th March Iraq was illegally invaded and in April: "Rumsfeld issues a final policy approving twenty four special interrogation techniques, some of which need his permission to be used."(10) With yet again, so little regard for international law or the U.S., Constitution, at the top, it is little wonder there is often either scant or none for either, leading to a culture of depravity down the chain of command..Law Suit against 4 US Presidents & 4 UK Prime Ministers for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity & Genocide in Iraq- by Brussells Tribunal - 2010-02-10Statement on Closure of Legal Case for Iraq in SpainCHENEY NEXT ..............REGARDS ......... WASP

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Saddam Hussein Still Lives
Posted: 15 Feb 2012 06:05 PM PST

This comment came into the blog, raising a key question. Gregory Pitchford is saying on The Tap Blog that he wants Alex Jones to call him to discuss why he was appallingly victimised after trying to call the Alex Jones Show and reveal information about Abu Ghraib jail having a vast HD porn site, clearly illegal but tolerated by the US Army. Gregory associates his military service in Iraq as a fight for Freedom Of Speech for Iraqis. He says he is now carrying on the same fight on behalf of Americans.Most people would admire Gregory for his determination not to be suppressed and silenced by whichever authorities are working him over so nastily, with forced medication, sound waves that are disturbing his dogs and cutting off of his phone and computer. But what about the poor Iraqis? They've been victims of American and British brutality for twenty years. Their country and way of life have been destroyed and handed over to corporations like Halliburton, Monsanto and other corrupt giant enterprises of evil.

The hardest part for Gregory, who is seeking to make a psychological recovery from the awful things he experienced in Iraq, must surely be to confront that fact the he was part of invading army that carried out acts of great barbarity. He should never have been there in the first place, and the results of his being there are catastrophic for the world.Here is the comment.
To Gregory Pitchford from Anonymous
- I don't know why Alex Jones has to specifically get involved here. I doubt he will be interested in an interview about with a soldier about Planet X, porn and Freedom of Speech. BTW you didn't fight for freedom of speech in Iraq. Saying such things is going to put Alex Jones off. You fought in Iraq to a) prevent Saddam opening a stargate b) grab the oil c) neutralise opposition to the globalist one world state.Gregory describes the suffering of himself and his comrades in Iraq. Anyone would feel deeply sorry for the soldiers and especially the families who lost sons and fathers. But unless an equivalent sympathy is held for the Iraqis, who were also victims, and on a far greater scale than the occupying armies, the search for sympathy to his cause is indeed lessened. All are victims of the One World Government that orchestrated the war into being, funded and supported the 'enemy', and is still carrying out acts of terror in that country to ensure total disintegration of the society that once existed there, with the nation gradually being broken up.I guess for the soldiers like Gregory, the intuitive knowledge that their own suffering in Iraq, and subsequent to it, was to take part in an enterprise of evil, is simply too much to bear. Maybe that is one reason why Gregory is seeking to ascribe guilt to others, like Alex Jones, in a need to find a psychological scapegoat. Gregory is wondering if Alex Jones is a CIA frontman, because he doesn't delve into certain areas of inquiry, and because he hasn't called him to apologise over what's being done to him. There are a lot of questions to answer, and much unravelling of issues to do.Alex Jones must surely basically be in agreement with Gregory, as the comment suggests, that Free Speech in America is now a key battleground for the future of humankind. My friends from the USA tell me they now hate travelling, due to the intrusions of the TSA. Freedom is rapidly eroding there. Gregory Pitchfords and Alex Jones' should join forces and fight on the same side. Can we see a handshake over all this, and a reconciliation. Maybe Gregory, you need to make some concessions too, as well as seeing all the problems as residing in the camp of others.COMMENTS -Good post.Be friends. You're on the same team.Alex Jones cannot defeat the globalists by himself, which is why he needs Gregory Pitchford and the rest of us. You just have to know which side you are on and charge for victory.9:54 PMGregory Pitchford said...Personally for me, the hardest part in Abu Ghraib was having to build a relationship with the Chief and his assistants to keep the peace in the camp and at the same time hear day after day after day after day after day..."Is the HAPPY BUS here Sergeant Pitchford" When will the Happy Bus come?" The Happy bus was the bus that took them home. The Marines would have a saying, "Round them up and let M.I. sort them out" I know there were many innocent civilians who were there only because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. I felt their pain and cried many nights with feelings of guilt. The judical process was so backed up that many of them had been there for years. Familiy members, brothers, fathers, cousins all there separate even from each other in different camps that were only 20 feet from each other. I did my absolute best to make the situation as fair as possible while others just mocked and laughed at them using the abuse of Korans to stir shit up. When a full bird Colonel walks into Guard Mount prior to your shift and tells the entire oncoming crew that everyone one of them was a mistake and that they never should have made it into the prison alive it becomes quite disturbing. I did my best in a fucked up situation of injustice, most of us did but if you want me to say that our cause was completely unjust, I won't. I am Christian first and a Soldier second. A soldier of a Country, that while has done some horrible things, represents something I very much believe in, The Truth for Justice and the American Way. A way of life that is a shining beacon on a hill for all to see. While tyrants like Sadamm had their sons show up at the prison for a drunken target practice of Shia prisoners and surpress the rights of their population like Freedom of Speech, we here in America walking around like our rights are a given and can never be surpressed. I am greatly afraid that the training our soldiers have received in the ever increasing detainee operations will one day be used on another entirely different population. A population that should be listening to Alex Jones and wake up before its too late.11:24 PMTapestry said...Demonising your enemies is how they get you to fight. But was any of it true? Saddam wasn't executed or put on trial. His own wife shouted out,'That's not my husband.' They always use doubles. The 'hanging' wasn't real as many commenters have demonstrated.1:45 AM

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Military Detainees Tortured to Death

Declassified DoD Documents Suggest Detainees Were Tortured to Death

By Jason Leopold
Last updated:
Fri, 13 Feb 2009 14:13:00 +0000
(The Intelligence Daily) -- Newly declassified Defense Department documents describe a pattern of “abusive” behavior by U.S. military interrogators that appears to have caused the deaths of several suspected terrorists imprisoned at a detention center in Afghanistan in December 2002, just two days after former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques against prisoners in that country. The previously secret pages were part of a wide-ranging report into detainee abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay known as the Church Report, named after Vice Admiral Albert T. Church, the former Naval inspector general, who conducted the investigation at the request of Rumsfeld. That 360-page report, delivered to Congress in March 2004, said there was "no policy that condoned or authorized either abuse or torture," which critics of the Bush administration believed was a cover-up.
But the declassified Pentagon documents, coupled with a report issued last December by the Senate Armed Services Committee, tell a different story and lend credence to claims by civil libertarians and critics of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that refusal to release a fully classified version of the Church Report several years ago amounted to a cover-up.

The two-pages from the Church Report obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union under its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Bush administration and the Pentagon were released Wednesday. The documents state that the interrogation and deaths of detainees held at Bagram Air base in Afghanistan was “clearly abusive, and clearly not in keeping with any approved interrogation policy or guidance.”
According to the declassified Church Report documents, on Dec. 4, 2002, a prisoner died while in U.S. custody in Afghanistan. Six days later, another prisoner died. Two days before the detainees were tortured and died, on Dec. 2, 2002, Rumsfeld authorized “aggressive interrogation techniques,” leading to “interrogation policies and plans approved by senior military and civilian officials [that] conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees in U.S. military custody,” the Senate Armed Services Committee report said.
Both deaths, the documents say, "share some similarities."
"In both cases, for example, [the prisoners] were handcuffed to fixed objects above their heads in order to keep them awake," the documents say. "Additionally, interrogations in both incidents involved the use of physical violence, including kicking, beating, and the use of "compliance blows" which involved striking the [prisoners] legs with the [interrogators] knees. In both cases, blunt force trauma to the legs was implicated in the deaths. In one case, a pulmonary embolism developed as a consequence of the blunt force trauma, and in the other case pre-existing coronary artery disease was complicated by the blunt force trauma."
"In both instances, the [detainee] deaths followed interrogation sessions in which unauthorized techniques were allegedly employed, but in both cases, these sessions were followed by further alleged abusive behavior outside of the interrogation booth," the declassified documents say. “None of these techniques have ever been approved in Afghanistan,” according to two pages of the declassified Church report. “Of these, three (marked with X) are alleged to have been employed during interrogations. These techniques—sleep deprivation, the use of scenarios designed to convince the detainee that death or severely painful consequences are imminent for him and/or his family, and beating are alleged to have been used in the incidents leading to the two deaths at Bagram in December 2002, which are described at greater length later in this report.”
Moreover, the declassified documents names a private contractor, David Passaro, who conducted at least one interrogation that allegedly led to the death of a prisoner. Under the subhead "Migration of Interrogation Techniques," the two-pages from the Church Report discusses an investigation undertaken by military officials to determine whether military interrogators or military police were responsible for the brutal interrogations that apparently caused the deaths of the prisoners, which the documents suggest was the case.
Following an investigation one day after a second detainee died, an Army lieutenant "prohibited several interrogation techniques implicated in the detainees' deaths.."
Specifically, he prohibited the practice of handcuffing as a means of enforcing sleep deprivation, hooding a detainee during questioning, and any form of physical contact used for the purpose of interrogation," according to the two-pages from the Church Report. "It should be noted that handcuffing as a means of enforcing sleep deprivation was never approved in any interrogation policy; and in any event...constituted the only interrogation guidance in Afghanistan at the time. Although some of the measures were later reversed in the March 2004 interrogation guidance, as described previously, they do not indicate initial action was taken."
The report goes on to say that a criminal investigation concluded in October 2004 with the recommendation that criminal charges be filed "against 28 soldiers in connection with the deaths." But the Bush administration officials who authorized and implemented the policies were not held accountable. Indeed, Vice Admiral Church, who conducted the investigation, never bothered to interview then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who, according to published documents was responsible for implementing the brutal interrogations, because he did not believe it to be necessary.
A declassified version of Church's report released in March 2004 said the Department of Defense "did not promulgate interrogation policies . . . that directed, sanctioned or encouraged the torture or abuse of detainees."
In a rare display of criticism of the Bush administration, the Washington Post’ said in a March 13, 2004 editorial that the Church Report was “a blatant example of . . . Whitewashing” aimed at protecting the most senior members of the Bush administration who approved of and implemented torture against suspected terrorists.

"[D]ecisions by Mr. Rumsfeld and the Justice Department to permit coercive interrogation techniques previously considered unacceptable for U.S. personnel influenced practices at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and later spread to Afghanistan and Iraq. Methods such as hooding, enforced nudity, sensory deprivation and the use of dogs to terrorize—all originally approved by the defense secretary—were widely employed, even though they violate the Geneva Conventions,” the Post editorial said. "But no genuinely independent investigator has been empowered to connect these decisions and events and conclude where accountability truly should lie. Congress could put a stop to this bureaucratic cover-up.”
A separate report issued by Army Maj. Gen. George R. Fay several years ago said other prisoner abuses resulted from Rumsfeld’s verbal and written authorization in December 2002 allowing interrogators to use “stress positions, isolation for up to 30 days, removal of clothing and the use of detainees' phobias (such as the use of dogs).”

“From December 2002, interrogators in Afghanistan were removing clothing, isolating people for long periods of time, using stress positions, exploiting fear of dogs and implementing sleep and light deprivation,” the Fay report said.

Alberto Mora, the former general counsel of the Navy, criticized Rumsfeld’s approval of certain interrogation methods outlined in a December 2002 action memorandum.

“The interrogation techniques approved by the Secretary [of Defense] should not have been authorized because some (but not all) of them, whether applied singly or in combination, could produce effects reaching the level of torture, a degree of mistreatment not otherwise proscribed by the memo because it did not articulate any bright-line standard for prohibited detainee treatment, a necessary element in any such document,” Mora wrote in a 14-page letter to the Navy’s inspector general.

Additionally, a Dec. 20, 2005, Army Inspector General Report relating to the capture and interrogation of suspected terrorist Mohammad al-Qahtani included a sworn statement by Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt. It said Secretary Rumsfeld was “personally involved” in the interrogation of al-Qahtani and spoke “weekly” with Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the commander at Guantanamo, about the status of the interrogations between late 2002 and early 2003.

Gitanjali S. Gutierrez, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights who represents al-Qahtani, said in a sworn declaration that his client, imprisoned at Guantanamo, was subjected to months of torture based on verbal and written authorizations from Rumsfeld.

“At Guantánamo, Mr. al-Qahtani was subjected to a regime of aggressive interrogation techniques, known as the ‘First Special Interrogation Plan,’ that were authorized by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,” Gutierrez said.
“Those techniques were implemented under the supervision and guidance of Secretary Rumsfeld and the commander of Guantánamo, Major General Geoffrey Miller. These methods included, but were not limited to, 48 days of severe sleep deprivation and 20-hour interrogations, forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, physical force, prolonged stress positions and prolonged sensory over-stimulation, and threats with military dogs.”

Gutierrez’s claims about the type of interrogation al-Qahtani endured have since been borne out with the release of hundreds of pages of internal Pentagon documents describing interrogation methods at Guantanamo and at least two independent reports about prisoner abuse.

According to the Schlesinger report, orders signed by Bush and Rumsfeld in 2002 and 2003 authorizing brutal interrogations “became policy” at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

The documents released by the ACLU will likely fuel further calls to investigate whether Bush administration officials committed crimes by authorizing torture.
In a news release, the ACLU said it also obtained reports of five separate investigations into deaths that took place in Afghanistan and Iraq – as well as Abu Ghraib abuses, which, although previously reported, marks the first time the military investigations have been released in full.

Those documents, which span thousands of pages, include:

* Investigation of two deaths at Bagram. Both detainees were determined to have been killed by pulmonary embolism caused as a result of standing chained in place, sleep depravation and dozens of beatings by guards and possibly interrogators. (Also reveals the use of torture at Gitmo and American-Afghani prisons in Kabul).
* Investigation into the homicide or involuntary manslaughter of detainee Dilar Dababa by U.S. forces in 2003 in Iraq.
* Investigation launched after allegations that an Iraqi prisoner was subjected to torture and abuse at “The Disco” (located in the Special Operations Force Compound in Mosul Airfield, Mosul, Iraq). The abuse consisted of filling his jumpsuit with ice, then hosing him down and making him stand for long periods of time, sometimes in front of an air conditioner; forcing him to lay down and drink water until he gagged, vomited or choked, having his head banged against a hot steel plate while hooded and interrogated; being forced to do leg lifts with bags of ice placed on his ankles, and being kicked when he could not do more.
* Investigation of allegations of torture and abuse that took place in 2003 at Abu Ghraib.
* Investigation that established probable cause to believe that U.S. forces committed homicide in 2003 when they participated in the binding of detainee Abed Mowhoush in a sleeping bag during an interrogation, causing him to die of asphyxiation.

On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy joined those advocating a “truth and reconciliation commission” that would seek facts, not jail time about the Bush administration torture and surveillance policies.

“We could develop and authorize a person or group of people universally recognized as fair minded, and without axes to grind,” Leahy said during a speech at Georgetown University’s Law Center on Monday. “Their straightforward mission would be to find the truth” about controversies such as torture of detainees and warrantless wiretaps.

“People would be invited to come forward and share their knowledge and experiences, not for purposes of constructing criminal indictments, but to assemble the facts. If needed, such a process could involve subpoena powers, and even the authority to obtain immunity from prosecutions in order to get to the whole truth,” the Vermont Democrat said.

Later Monday, when asked whether he would support Leahy’s plan, President Barack Obama declined comment, saying he was unfamiliar with it. He then reiterated his ambiguous response from the campaign, that no one is above the law but that he favored looking forward, not backward.

“What I have said is that my administration is going to operate in a way that leaves no doubt that we do not torture that we abide by the Geneva Conventions and that we observe our traditions of rule of law and due process as we are vigorously going after terrorists that can do us harm,” Obama said at his first prime-time news conference as President.

"My view is also that nobody is above the law, and if there are clear instances of wrongdoing than people should be prosecuted just like any ordinary citizen. But generally speaking I am more interested in looking forward than I am in looking backwards.”

Leahy is expected to introduce a bill soon that would create his proposed truth commission. Last month, Leahy’s counterpart in the House, Rep. John Conyers, sponsored similar legislation to create a blue-ribbon panel of outside experts to probe the “broad range” of policies pursued by the Bush administration “under claims of unreviewable war powers

UK MPs urge review of Israel arms deals

UK MPs protest to the use of British parts in US F-16 warplanes purchased by Israel, and used against Palestinians in the Gaza war.
A group of British MPs are calling for a review of arms deals with Israel following media reports indicating the certain use of British weapons in the Israeli war against Gaza.

"It is regrettable that arms exports to Israel were almost certainly used in Operation Cast Lead," British daily news website The Guardian quoted a report published by the Commons committee on strategic export controls.

The report further described the issue "in direct contravention to the government's policy "that UK arms exports to Israel should not be used in the occupied territories."

According to the report, Britain's arms deals with Israel in 2008 stood at total value of more than £27.5 million ($41.5 million), and over £4 million ($6 million) worth of government exporting licenses, the paper reported.

The equipment in question reportedly included parts installed in F-16 combat aircraft and Apache helicopters the United States sold to Israel which Tel Aviv later used against Gazans.

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said London was investigating all existing licenses to see whether they needed reconsideration.

In April 2009, Miliband said that the UK would review all its weapons exports to Israel, in the wake of the Israeli army's deadly onslaught against the Gaza Strip which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

The three weeks of sea, land and air incursions also damaged a large part of the infrastructure in the impoverished territory, which has been under a paralyzing Israeli blockade since 2007.

The grizzly targeting of Palestinian civilians during the 22-day conflict raised international calls urging the trial of the Israeli perpetrators and the initiators of the war in Tel Aviv.

arms deals with Israel following media reports indicating the certain use of British weapons in the Israeli war against Gaza.

"It is regrettable that arms exports to Israel were almost certainly used in Operation Cast Lead," British daily news website The Guardian quoted a report published by the Commons committee on strategic export controls.

The report further described the issue "in direct contravention to the government's policy "that UK arms exports to Israel should not be used in the occupied territories."

According to the report, Britain's arms deals with Israel in 2008 stood at total value of more than £27.5 million ($41.5 million), and over £4 million ($6 million) worth of government exporting licenses, the paper reported.

The equipment in question reportedly included parts installed in F-16 combat aircraft and Apache helicopters the United States sold to Israel which Tel Aviv later used against Gazans.

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said London was investigating all existing licenses to see whether they needed reconsideration.

In April 2009, Miliband said that the UK would review all its weapons exports to Israel, in the wake of the Israeli army's deadly onslaught against the Gaza Strip which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

The three weeks of sea, land and air incursions also damaged a large part of the infrastructure in the impoverished territory, which has been under a paralyzing Israeli blockade since 2007.

The grizzly targeting of Palestinian civilians during the 22-day conflict raised international calls urging the trial of the Israeli perpetrators and the initiators of the war in Tel Aviv.

Britain is ‘surveillance society’

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Already the most intensely-monitored country in the world, Britain is now home to a new generation of closed-circuit television cameras.
From cameras that are attached to 'spy' drones, to talking CCTV, to small wearable camera that offer real-time views Britain is moving further with surveillance technologies. Reuters technology correspondent Matt Cowan reports. 
Fears that the UK would "sleep-walk into a surveillance society" have become a reality, the government's information commissioner has said.
Richard Thomas, who said he raised concerns two years ago, spoke after research found people's actions were increasingly being monitored.
Researchers highlight "dataveillance", the use of credit card, mobile phone and loyalty card information, and CCTV.
Monitoring of work rates, travel and telecommunications is also rising. 
There are up to 4.5m CCTV cameras in Britain - about one for every 14 people.
But surveillance ranges from US security agencies monitoring telecommunications traffic passing through Britain, to key stroke information used to gauge work rates and GPS information tracking company vehicles, the Report on the Surveillance Society says.
It predicts that by 2016 shoppers could be scanned as they enter stores, schools could bring in cards allowing parents to monitor what their children eat, and jobs may be refused to applicants who are seen as a health risk.
Produced by a group of academics called the Surveillance Studies Network, the report was presented to the 28th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners' Conference in London, hosted by the Information Commissioner's Office.
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The Secret History of the American Empire

Interview with John Perkins author of "The Hidden History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption". 

The inner workings of the illuminati ground troops finally speaking out. In numbers there is strength. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man reveals a game that, according to John Perkins, is "as old as Empire" but has taken on new and terrifying dimensions in an era of globalization. And Perkins should know. For many years he worked for an international consulting firm where his main job was to convince LDCs (less developed countries) around the world to accept multibillion-dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and other United States engineering and construction companies. This book, which many people warned Perkins not to write, is a blistering attack on a little-known phenomenon that has had dire consequences on both the victimized countries and the U.S.

FACT: CIA Embedded in Every State Government

Jesse Ventura Speaks about his personal experiences and knowledge of such facts! 

Former Governor Jesse Ventura exposes he was interrogated by more than 20 CIA agents during his term of office in Minnesota. Despite the CIA's mission statement which states they are not to be operational within the Unites States, Ventura stated that he had embedded CIA agents working in high level positions of the Minnesota state government. Ventura also said that when these agents retired, their replacements were already chosen for him by the CIA.

H5N1 DNA in Flu Vaccine Must Watch

Flu Mist a popular over the counter live flu vaccine has been found to contain two H5N1 DNA markers, these markers seem to have been sewn into the flu mist vaccine to ensure that H5N1 or another strain of Avian Flu goes pandemic.
This is going to cause major problems before long, it is imperative that people are warned about flu mist.