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*Articles archived Saturday, September
18, 2004 03:00 GMT
the Torture of Others
--by Susan Sontag "[The photographs] are representative of
the fundamental corruptions of any foreign occupation together with
the Bush adminstration's distinctive policies. The Belgians in the
Congo, the French in Algeria, practiced torture and sexual humiliation
on despised recalcitrant natives. Add to this generic corruption
the mystifying, near-total unpreparedness of the American rulers
of Iraq to deal with the complex realities of the country after
its 'liberation.' And add to that the overarching, distinctive doctrines
of the Bush administration, namely that the United States has embarked
on an endless war and that those detained in this war are, if the
president [sic] so decides, 'unlawful combatants' -- a policy enunciated
by Donald Rumsfeld for Taliban and Qaeda prisoners as early as January
2002 -- and thus, as Rumsfeld said, 'technically' they 'do not have
any rights under the Geneva Convention,' and you have a perfect
recipe for the cruelties and crimes committed against the thousands
incarcerated without charges or access to lawyers in American-run
prisons that have been set up since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."
and slay': are American troops out of control in Iraq?
Fresh allegations of American abuse of prisoners continue to appall
the world. But now 'The Independent on
Sunday' has uncovered proof of US troops deliberately and indiscriminately
shooting civilians. Here we examine new evidence that
suggests the lawlessness in the American military was never confined
to the prison camps and torture rooms but extended to the streets
and homes of Iraq --Amid the welter of ugly pictures from Iraq
last week were images worse than those of the humiliation and torture
of detainees in Abu Ghraib prison. These show chunks of flesh and
hanks of women's hair scattered across a scene of devastation. Among
the few recognisable objects are musical instruments.
Marine's tale: 'We killed 30 civilians in six weeks. I felt we were
During 12 years in the US Marines, including three years putting
new recruits through boot camp, Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey hardly
questioned his role. But what he saw in Iraq changed that. "In
a month and a half my platoon and I killed more than 30 civilians,"
Mr Massey said. He saw bodies being desecrated and robbed, and wounded
civilians being dumped by the roadside without medical treatment.
After he told his commanding officer that he felt "we
were committing genocide", he was called a "wimp".
Officers Get "Terrorism" Cards
New York City police officials have issued terror prevention tips
to patrol cops -- including suspecting people who "express hatred
for America." Cards giving possible
indicators of terrorist activity were issued last week to police
officers. The cards advise them to call counter-terrorism
investigators when they have suspicions over anyone who is, among
other things, carrying driver's licenses from different states
[?!?], videotaping utilities and tunnels or wearing fake uniforms.
New York City police were also told to take
note of "overtly hostile" people who "express hatred for
America and advocate violence against America and/or Americans,"
or who "support terrorists and their goals."
bans rights monitors from Abu Ghraib court-martial
Human rights monitors have complained they will not be allowed
to observe in Baghdad the first court-martial of a US soldier
accused of abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison.
Former Abu Ghraib Intel staffer says Army concealed involvement
in abuse scandal Dozens of soldiers — other than the seven military
police reservists who have been charged — were involved in the abuse
at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and there is an effort
under way in the Army to hide it, a key witness in the
investigation told ABCNEWS. "There's definitely
a cover-up," the witness, Sgt. Samuel Provance, said.
"People are either telling themselves or being told to be quiet."
Provance, 30, was part of the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion
stationed at Abu Ghraib last September. He spoke to ABCNEWS despite
orders from his commanders not to.
-- by Seymour M. Hersh --How a secret Pentagon program came to
Abu Ghraib. "The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal
lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but
in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense [W-ar
criminal] Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation,
which had been focussed on the hunt for Al Qaeda, to the interrogation
of prisoners in Iraq... According to interviews with several past
and present American intelligence officials, the Pentagon's operation,
known inside the intelligence community by several code words, including
Copper Green, encouraged physical coercion
and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in an effort to generate
more intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq.
A senior C.I.A. official, in confirming the details of this account
last week, said that the operation stemmed from Rumsfeld’s long-standing
desire to wrest control of America’s clandestine and paramilitary
operations from the C.I.A.
military coup Donald
Rumsfeld has a new war on his hands - the US officer corps has turned
on the government --by Sidney Blumenthal "Donald Rumsfeld,
the US defence secretary, told George Bush in February about torture
at Abu Ghraib prison. From the limited detail Rumsfeld recalled
of that meeting, it can be deduced that Bush gave no orders,
insisted on no responsibility, did not ask to see the already commissioned
Taguba report. If there are exculpatory facts, Rumsfeld has
failed to mention them... One high-level military strategist told
me that Rumsfeld is 'detested',
and that 'if there's a sentiment in the
army it is: Support Our Troops, Impeach Rumsfeld'. The
Council on Foreign Relations has been showing old movies with renewed
relevance to its members. The Battle
of Algiers, depicting the nature and costs of a struggle
with terrorism, is the latest feature."
US Army Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse --by Maj. Gen. Antonio
M. Taguba "Complete text of Article 15-6 Investigatin of the
100th Military Police Brigade by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba"
Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Hearings
Tuesday, May 11, 2004 and Friday, May 7, 2004
Berg Was US
Prisoner in Iraq: How did Al Qaeda get him?
Berg was a prisoner of the U.S. military in Iraq.
Chester contractor missing in Iraq
(May 08, 2004, Associated Press)
Nick Berg was on his way out of Iraq. He had been released from
the prison where he had been held for 13 days by Iraqi police for
reasons he said he did not know. Nick Berg, 26, owns a business
called Prometheus Methods Tower Service Inc. He first went to Iraq
on Dec. 21. He stayed until Feb. 1, making contact with a company
that indicated there would likely be work for him later. But he
returned on March 14 and there was no work, so he began traveling.
He usually called home once a day and e-mailed several times; Michael
Berg is his business manager, and they needed to stay in touch...
When FBI agents arrived at the Berg's West
Chester home on March 31, they were relieved to know their son was
alive, but in jail. The agents questioned them about
various details that only they and their son would know about.
Jerri Williams, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia FBI office, said
the agency was "asked to interview the parents regarding Mr.
Berg's purpose in Iraq." On April 5,
the Bergs filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia, contending
that their son was being held illegally by the U.S. military in
Iraq. The next day, April 6, Nick Berg was released.
Nick Berg said he would come home through Jordan, Turkey or Kuwait...
The Bergs have hounded the State Department, the FBI and the International
Committee of the Red Cross, seeking information. Michael Berg said
the State Department sent an official to Nick Berg's hotel, where
an employee told the official they had not heard of him. [Question:
In the video where Nick Berg is beheaded, why is he wearing an orange
jumpsuit, as US prisoners wear?
-observation/news item submitted by CLG reader Johnny Asia]
interrogated by FBI for two weeks
(May 7, 2004 5:27 pm US/Eastern) Among those missing in Iraq
is a West Chester, Pa. man who went there on his own in March to
inspect damaged radio towers... 26-year-old Nick Berg didn't sign
a privacy waiver when he went over there. And even though the State
Department is using its one person in Iraq to help track him down,
they can't tell anyone, including Berg's parents what's going on.
Nick last checked in April 9th, saying he was trying to find
a safe way home following two weeks of FBI
interrogation, after an arrest in Mosul. He was released
after his identity and intentions were confirmed.
to Air U.S. Soldier's Video Diary of Iraq Abuse
An American soldier's video diary showing her disdain for Iraqi
detainees who died in her charge is to be broadcast by a U.S. network
on Wednesday in a further escalation of the prisoner abuse scandal
that has shaken the Bush dictatorship and provoked world outrage.
CBS said the home video did not show scenes of abuse but included
comments by the soldier, whose name was not revealed to protect
her identity, that make clear her dislike for the camp and the prisoners
under her control. "...We actually
shot two prisoners today. One got shot in the chest for
swinging a pole against our people on the feed team. One got shot
in the arm. We don't know if the one we shot in the chest is dead
yet.'' In her video, the soldier described the hazards of Camp Bucca.
"This is a sand viper,'' she said. "One
bite will kill you in six hours. We've already had two prisoners
die of it, but who cares? That's two less for me to worry about.''
[war] tab swamps Bush's estimate Spending
projection: $150 billion by 2005 --With troop commitments growing,
the cost of Halliburton ['the war in Iraq'] could top $150
billion through the next fiscal year — as much as three
times what the White House had originally estimated. And, according
to congressional researchers and outside budget experts, the war
and continuing occupation could total $300
billion over the next decade, making this one of the
costliest corporate welfare ['military campaigns'] in modern times.
brass 'picked man who ordered torture'
The torture tactics used to "soften up" Iraqi detainees at Baghdad's
Abu Ghraib jail began under orders from the highest level of the
US defence dictatorship, it was claimed yesterday.
The creation of torture units was the consequence of orders by the
Defence Department – headed by Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
– to prise information
out of prisoners. Unreleased images from Baghdad are reported
to show: AMERICAN soldiers beating an Iraqi to a bloody
pulp. A MALE US soldier having sex [Rape] with a female Iraqi
inmate. SOLDIERS acting inappropriately with a dead body.
A VIDEO allegedly showing Iraqi guards raping young boys.
failure of leadership at the highest levels
(ArmyTimes.com) "Around the halls of the Pentagon, a term of
caustic derision has emerged for the enlisted soldiers at the heart
of the furor over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal: the six morons
who lost the war... But the folks in the
Pentagon are talking about the wrong morons. ...But while
responsibility begins with the six soldiers facing criminal charges,
it extends all the way up the chain of command to the highest reaches
of the military hierarchy and its civilian leadership. The entire
affair is a failure of leadership from start to finish... This
was not just a failure of leadership at the local command level.
This was a failure that ran straight to the top. Accountability
here is essential — even if that means relieving top leaders
from duty in a time of war."
Iraqi detainees 'arrested by mistake'
Occupation military intelligence officers believed 70-90
per cent of Iraqi detainees were "arrested by mistake",
according to a leaked Red Cross report on prisoner abuse, further
details of which were disclosed on Monday.
report lists 37 'disputed' killings by UK forces
Hanan Matrud, an
eight-year-old girl shot dead by British troops in Basra. She is
one of 37 Iraqi civilians killed in disputed circumstances by UK
an independent report into all these deaths presents new problems
for the allies, already reeling from allegations of torture and
Agent Was Prevented From Relaying Warning on 9/11 Hijackers
More than a year before 9/11, CIA officials prevented an FBI agent
working with the CIA from passing vital information to his agency
on two suspected al CIAduh members — men who later would
become Sept. 11 hijackers. The CIA maintains the information had
already been passed to the FBI, and that was why the agent did not
need to warn his bosses. The CIA cites a statement provided to Congress
on Oct. 17, 2002. In it, CIA Director George Tenet refers to e-mails
that agency officials say prove the information was provided to
the FBI. FBI officials, however, told ABCNEWS they had no record
of these e-mails.
Defends Rumsfeld: 'Get Off His Case'
Vice pResident Dick Cheney moved
to support Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld amid a firestorm over
Iraqi prison abuses, with a statement that people should "get
off his case" and let Rumsfeld do his job. "Don
Rumsfeld is the best secretary of defense the United States has
ever had," Cheney, who has sometimes taken a lead role
in advancing White House positions, said in a statement issued by
his office late on Saturday. "People ought
to get off his case and let him do his job," Cheney said.
[Yes, Rumsfeld will continue to do his job, as Adolf Eichmann
Panel Is Third in Bush's War on 'Terrorism'
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's announcement on Friday that
an independent review board would examine the abuse of Iraqi prisoners
means that three blue-ribbon panels will
be investigating the Bush dictatorship's conduct of what
it describes as the war on 'terrorism,' including the war in Iraq.
is the new gulag Bush
has created a global network of extra-legal and secret US prisons
with thousands of inmates --by Sidney Blumenthal "Bush
has created what is in effect a gulag. It stretches from
prisons in Afghanistan to Iraq, from Guantánamo to secret CIA prisons
around the world. There are perhaps 10,000 people being held in
Iraq, 1,000 in Afghanistan and almost 700 in Guantánamo, but no
one knows the exact numbers. The law as it applies to them is whatever
the executive deems necessary. There has been nothing like this
system since the fall of the Soviet Union. The US military embraced
the Geneva conventions after the second world war, because applying
them to prisoners of war protects American soldiers. But the Bush
administration, in an internal fight, trumped its argument by designating
those at Guantánamo 'enemy combatants'. Rumsfeld extended this system
- 'a legal black hole', according to Human Rights Watch - to Afghanistan
and then Iraq, openly rejecting the conventions." [a must read]
Outrage Over Dictator Bush's Rape Rooms and Torture Chambers:
In Panic Bid to Curb Torture Scandal Dictator Bush went
on Arab TV yesterday in a desperate attempt to quell the growing
scandal over abuse of Iraqi prisoners. But as he condemned it as
"abhorrent" and not a reflection of "the America I know", more disturbing
details were emerging of savagery at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison
in Baghdad. A captive is said to have been battered to death and
then wrapped in ice and Cellophane in an apparent bid to disguise
ignored torture allegations
U.S. officials in Baghdad and Washington ignored human rights monitors'
repeated pleas for official
investigations of American abuse, torture and killings of Iraqi
prisoners over the past year, international and Iraqi human rights
officials said Friday. And human rights groups rejected Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's assertion that such abuses are "an exception,"
saying they are widespread in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in
the U.S. war on 'terror.'
forces taught torture methods
The sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison was
not an invention of maverick guards, but part of a system
of ill-treatment and degradation used by special forces soldiers
that is now being disseminated among ordinary troops and contractors
who do not know what they are doing, according to British
military sources. The techniques devised in the system, called R2I
- resistance to interrogation - match the crude exploitation and
abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad.
calls for Rumsfeld's resignation over abuse Outrage
over Iraq prison photos increase pressure, condemnation of U.S.
actions. --The image of a U.S. soldier holding a leash attached
to a naked Iraqi prisoner brought more condemnation of the United
States on Friday, and some calls for the resignation of Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The picture of the soldier, Spc. Lynndie
England, appeared on several front pages in Britain. "No sadistic
movie could outdo the damage of this image," reporter Robert
Fisk wrote in The Independent newspaper.
war of the words
--by Terry Jones "You can call people who are defending
their own homes from rockets and missiles launched from helicopters
and tanks 'fanatics and terrorists' only for so long. Eventually
even newspaper readers will smell a rat. Similarly it's fiendishly
difficult to get people to accept the label 'rebels' for those Iraqis
killed by American snipers when - as in Falluja - they turn out
to be pregnant women, 13-year-old boys and old men standing by their
front gates. It also sounds a bit lame to call ambulance drivers
'fighters' - when they've been shot through the windscreen in the
act of driving the wounded to hospital - and yet what other word
can you use without making them sound like illegitimate targets?
I hope you're beginning to see the problem.
The key thing, I suppose, is to try to call US mercenaries 'civilians'
or 'civilian contractors', while calling Iraqi civilians 'fighters'
or 'insurgents'." [A must read]
weighs terror's impact on presidential vote A
warning to the American people --by Joseph Kay "According
to [New York Times regular correspondent David] Sanger, ...the
Bush administration is making its own calculations over whether
a terrorist attack can 'change elections' in the US—in Bush’s favor...
This concern suggests the obvious possibility that the administration
could allow or facilitate an attack during
a brief window of opportunity—immediately preceding the election—in
order to stampede the American people behind Bush... If such
an attack could not be used confidently to manipulate the results
of the elections, it could be used as a justification for abrogating
the elections altogether."
gathers doomsday team
Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign is preparing for
a so-called "October surprise," including Osama
bin Laden’s capture and a terrorist attack in the United States,
The Hill has learned.
to keep high force levels in Iraq indefinitely: officials
Faced with a mounting insurgency, the United States has decided
to keep force levels in Iraq at beefed up levels of about 135,000
for the forseeable future, senior defense officials said.
--by Greg Palast "On October 29, 2002, George W. Bush signed
the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Hidden behind its apple-pie-and-motherhood
name lies a nasty civil rights time bomb. First, the purges. In
the months leading up to the November 2000 presidential election,
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, in coordination with
Governor Jeb Bush, ordered local election supervisors to purge 57,700
voters from the registries, supposedly ex-cons not allowed to vote
in Florida. At least 90.2 percent of those on this 'scrub' list,
targeted to lose their civil rights, are innocent. Notably, more
than half--about 54 percent--are black or Hispanic... In the
last presidential election [sic], approximately 1 million black
and other minorities voted, and their ballots were thrown away.
And they will be tossed again in November
2004, efficiently, by computer--because HAVA and other
bogus reform measures, stressing reform through complex computerization,
do not address, and in fact worsen, the racial bias of the uncounted
vote." [A must read]
general warns US doomed in Iraq
Vo Nguyen Giap, the legendary general who masterminded Vietnam's
wars of independence against the French and American armies, warned
the United States that it faces defeat
hail Falluja victory Soldiers
of the old Iraqi army led by one of Saddam Hussein's generals are
patrolling Falluja, a year after George W. Bush declared the
U.S. "mission accomplished" in ousting the Iraqi regime. Cries of
"victory over the Americans"
echoed from minarets on Saturday and resistance fighters celebrated
in the streets under the green banner of Islam and Hussein-era Iraqi
at Abu Ghraib American
soldiers brutalized Iraqis. How far up does the responsibility go?
--by Seymour M. Hersh "A fifty-three-page report, obtained
by The New Yorker, written by Major General Antonio M. Taguba
and not meant for public release, was completed in late February.
Its conclusions about the institutional failures of the Army prison
system were devastating. Specifically, Taguba found that between
October and December of 2003 there were numerous instances of 'sadistic,
blatant, and wanton criminal abuses' at Abu Ghraib. This systematic
and illegal abuse of detainees, Taguba reported, was perpetrated
by soldiers of the 372nd Military Police Company, and also by members
of the American intelligence community."
Secret Fears Lawyer
memos warn that the voting-machine company may have violated state
law --by Howard Blume and Robert Greene "Okay, it’s not
a tale of that vaunted 'vast right-wing conspiracy,' but suddenly
the case against Diebold’s electronic-voting machines is gaining
momentum. Last week, an advisory panel for the California secretary
of state recommended ditching the machines for the November presidential
elections. That event was widely reported, including in the Los
Angeles Times. What wasn’t reported locally is Exhibit A, internal
documents from lawyers for Texas-based Diebold Election Systems,
Inc. In these documents, the attorneys concede that the company
used uncertified voting machines during elections before January
28, 2004. The memos also state that such actions would violate
both California election law and, by extension, Diebold’s $12.7
million contract with Alameda County."
troops in torture scandal Mistreatment
of PoWs deepens controversy in Iraq --The controversy over the
abuse of Iraqi prisoners deepened last night when photographs were
released apparently showing the torture of a PoW by a British soldier.
The Ministry of Defence launched an immediate investigation into
the circumstances surrounding the photographs, in which a prisoner
appears to be battered with rifle butts, threatened with execution
and urinated on by his captors.
Marines Hand Falluja to Former Saddam Hussein General
U.S. Marines handed control in Falluja
to a former general in Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard on Friday
but new violence showed that a month of fighting in the besieged
Sunni Muslim city was not over.
US snipers fire at ambulances --by Lee Gordon in Falluja "I
volunteered to ride in ambulances evacuating the wounded. Surely
they don't shoot ambulances? In fact, US
snipers were targeting ambulances. I learned to pick
out the beams of sniper rifles. I remember the medics' anger when
the hospital's last working ambulance carrying British and American
volunteers returned shot to pieces, how stunned they were when American,
British and Australian volunteers came under fire after declaring
their nationalities to US troops.
military in torture scandal Use
of private contractors in Iraqi jail
interrogations highlighted by inquiry into abuse of prisoners
--Graphic photographs showing the torture and sexual abuse of Iraqi
prisoners in a US-run prison outside Baghdad emerged yesterday from
a military inquiry which has left six soldiers facing a possible
court martial and a general under investigation. The scandal has
also brought to light the growing and largely unregulated role
of private contractors in the interrogation of detainees. According
to lawyers for some of the soldiers, they
claimed to be acting in part under the instruction of mercenary
interrogators hired by the Pentagon.
here's a shocker! (sarcasm *on*) Hussein's
Agents Are Behind Attacks in Iraq, Pentagon Finds A Pentagon
intelligence report has concluded that many bombings against Americans
and their allies in Iraq, and the more sophisticated of the resistance
attacks in Falluja, are organized and often carried out by members
of Saddam Hussein's secret service, who
planned for the insurgency even before the fall of Baghdad.
[Yes, and Bush the *Moron* did not! 'Mission Accomplished!?!'
Bush should be tried for treason! He LIED to get congress to approve
of his illegal, immoral occupation of Iraq, which was a ruse to
feed Halliburton Hell. And, the Idiot
Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel thinks he will be re s-elected???
Not without Diebold's vote-fraud and/or the Bush-Rove team considering
a terrorist attack on Los Angeles or Chicago ('liberal' areas, kill
two birds with one stone) to 'postpone' or cancel elections. We
need to *remove* the Bush dictatorship from power. That is the solution.]
Hussein's Agents Are Behind Attacks in Iraq, Pentagon Finds [They
are? Why, let's HIRE them!! See article summary, below!!]
pull back, make way for all-Iraqi force at Fallujah
U.S. marines decided Thursday to end their bloody, 3½-week siege
of Fallujah, saying U.S. forces will pull back [surrender?]
and allow an all-Iraqi force commanded by a
former general under Saddam Hussein to take over security.
Challenges FBI's Request for ISP Records
The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the FBI's use
of expanded powers to compel Internet service providers to turn
over information about their customers or subscribers. A lawsuit
challenging secret FBI national security letters was filed April
6 in U.S. District Court in New York but not made public until
Wednesday because of its extraordinary sensitivity. The FBI
can issue national security letters, or NSLs,
without a judge's approval in terrorism and espionage cases. They
require telephone companies, Internet service providers, banks,
credit bureaus and other businesses to produce highly personal records
about their customers or subscribers. People who receive the letters
are prohibited by law from disclosing to anyone that they did so.
Service confiscates anti-Bush drawings by 15-year-old at Prosser
A few political sketches took a 15-year-old Prosser boy from his
art class to questioning by the Secret Service. On Friday, the boy
was questioned by the Secret Service after his art 'teacher' [Nazi]
turned in sketches by the boy featuring Dictator Bush. In one, Bush's
head was on a stake.In another, he was dressed as the devil, firing
off rockets. The caption on one sketch read, "End the War -- on
terrorism." There were more sketches, including
one of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in flames.
A family friend says the sketchbook has not been returned to
the boy. Prosser police Chief Win Taylor says the boy and his
sketches were seen as "a threat against the president [sic] of the
United States. And we notified the Secret Service because that's
their bailiwick." He sees the situation as a clear-cut case. [Note
to Taylor: the artwork cannot be 'a threat against the president
of the United States,' because Dictator Bush is *not* the President!
Showing Dictator Bush's head on a stake is fine artwork.]
victim was top-secret apartheid killer
A security contractor killed in Iraq last week was once one of South
Africa's most secret covert agents, his identity guarded so
closely that even the Truth and Reconciliation Commission did not
discover the extent of his involvement in apartheid's silent wars.
Gray Branfield, 55, admitted to being part
of a death squad which gunned down Joe Gqabi, the ANC's
chief representative and Umkhonto weSizwe operational head in Zimbabwe
on July 31 1981. Gqabi was shot 19 times when three assassins ambushed
him as he reversed down the driveway of his Harare home.
alleges FBI / State Dept espionage, possible treason
--by Tom Flocco "Former FBI contract linguist Sibel Dinez Edmonds
did not back down regarding reported evidence she uncovered implicating
espionage in the FBI and State Department when we recently asked
whether she thought the explosive information would ever see the
light of day. 'As you know, I cannot say much about that; but why
do you think Attorney General Ashcroft asserted State Secret Privilege
in my case when I decided to go public with what I had found in
the translations?' she said.... The translator alluded to additional
but more volatile allegations in a phone call on Friday night to
Kyle Hence, cofounder of 9-11
Citizens Watch, who said in a widely distributed email that
Edmonds told him 'if what she knows is
revealed, it could lead to charges of treason being leveled against
officials at top levels of the U.S. government.'"
Hacking Inquiry Widens The Justice Department opens a
criminal probe into allegations that Republican
staffers downloaded and read Democratic memos. The Justice
Department is opening a criminal investigation into allegations
that Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee improperly
accessed computerized memos by their Democratic counterparts
between 2001 and 2003, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the committee's
top Democrat, said Monday.
wants to watch you type
--by Declan McCullagh "The FBI is trying to convince the government
to mandate that providers of broadband, Internet telephony, and
instant-messaging services build in backdoors for easy wiretapping.
That would constitute a sweeping expansion of police surveillance
powers. Instead of asking Congress to approve the request, the FBI
(along with the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration)
the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with minimal
wants ID cards in three years
Home Secretary David Blunkett says he plans to introduce identity
cards for the first time in 50 years but will not be able to make
them compulsory for at least another seven years.
will be able to order eye scans under ID card plan
Police will have powers to stop and check people against a national
biometric database under plans for a compulsory identity card scheme
to be unveiled today.
David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, confirmed that police would
be able to compare people against national fingerprint or iris records
even if they did not carry the controversial document.
recommends ban on computer voting system in four counties
(CA) An advisory panel unanimously recommended this morning that
Secretary of State Kevin Shelley ban use of a computerized voting
system in four California counties. The
panel also called on state Attorney General Bill Lockyer to open
a criminal investigation into the conduct of Diebold Election Systems,
the Ohio-based firm that manufactured the touch-screen system.
fired over photo of flag-draped U.S. coffins
A military contractor fired two cargo workers responsible for a
photograph of flag-draped coffins of U.S. soldiers that appeared
on a newspaper's front page.
TV Coverage, Kerry Runs a Deficit Bush
Airtime Is Triple His Rival's
--by Howard Kurtz "When President [sic] Bush delivered a routine
stump speech to a group of New Mexico homeowners on March 26, CNN
and Fox News each carried his appearance for 35 minutes, and MSNBC
for 33 minutes. When John Kerry gave what was billed as a major
address on national security at George Washington University on
March 17, he was knocked off the screen by a large explosion in
Baghdad. CNN and Fox each dropped Kerry (who had been reduced to
small box) after three minutes, and MSNBC never picked him up. But
as the Iraq coverage continued, all three networks carried Vice
President [sic] Cheney in California attacking Kerry as weak on
national security -- Fox for 28 minutes, MSNBC for 23 and CNN for
Is A War Of Liberation And We Are The Enemy
--John Pilger "Amnesty International reports that US-led forces
have 'shot Iraqis dead during demonstrations, tortured and ill-treated
prisoners, arrested people arbitrarily and held them indefinitely,
demolished houses in acts of revenge and collective punishment'...
It is said that British officers in Iraq now describe the 'tactics'
of their American comrades as 'appalling'. No, the very nature
of a colonial occupation is appalling, as the families of 13
Iraqis killed by British soldiers, who are taking the British government
to court, will agree. If the British military brass understand an
inkling of their own colonial past, not least the bloody British
retreat from Iraq 83 years ago, they will whisper in the ear of
the little Wellington-cum-Palmerston in 10 Downing Street: 'Get
out now, before we are thrown out.' "
and Justice Officials Had Fierce Debates Over How to Treat Americans
With Suspected Al Qaeda Ties: Either
Lock Up Indefinitely As 'Enemy Combatants'
or Let System Work 'There Have Been Some Very Intense Disagreements,'
Says Official In September 2002, a group of senior Bush dictatorship
officials convened for a secret videoconference to make a
difficult decision: what to do with six Americans suspected of conspiring
with Al Qaeda. The Yemeni-born men from Lackawanna, N.Y., were accused
of training at a camp in Afghanistan, where some had met Osama bin
Laden. For Vice pResident Dick
Cheney and his ally, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the answer
was simple: the accused men should be locked up indefinitely
as "enemy combatants," and thrown into a military brig with no right
to trial or even to see a lawyer, Newsweek reports in the current
issue. That's what authorities had done with two other Americans,
Yaser Hamdi and Jose Padilla... Officials
privately debated whether to name more Americans as enemy combatants
-- including a truck driver from Ohio and a group of men from Portland.
[When will the lead elements of the Bush terror team be labeled
'enemy combatants,' so that they can be locked up, indefinitely?]
Bush secretly ordered Iraq plan Advisers
kept in dark --Dictator
Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less
than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so
worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone
on his national security team, says a new book [Plan of Attack,
a behind-the-scenes account of the 16 months leading to the Iraq
invasion, by Bob Woodward] on his Iraq policy.
MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing for emergencies
--Story and Photos by Dennis Ryan MDW
News Service --Washington, D.C., Nov. 3,
"The fire and smoke from the downed passenger aircraft billows
from the Pentagon courtyard. Defense Protective Services Police
seal the crash sight. Army medics, nurses and doctors scramble to
organize aid. An Arlington Fire Department chief dispatches his
equipment to the affected areas. Don Abbott, of Command Emergency
Response Training, walks over to the Pentagon and extinguishes the
flames. The Pentagon was a model and the 'plane crash' was a
simulated one. The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash
was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response
teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26 in the Office of the Secretaries
of Defense conference room."
planning --Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing
for emergencies --Photolog
echoes French experience in Algeria --by Andrew J. Bacevich
"Iraq may be shaping up to be America's Algeria... In the Algerian
war for independence, which began in 1954 and lasted until 1962,
cities also played a central role... In their efforts to destroy
the National Liberation Front, French authorities found that conventional
tactics did not work. To abide by the traditional law of war was
to concede to the other side an enormous advantage. So, in their
frustration, the French opted to fight a 'dirty war,' employing
systematic torture, extrajudicial killings and their own brand of
terrorism... This process was brilliantly captured in Gillo Pontecorvo's
recently re-released 1967 docudrama, 'The Battle of Algiers.'
Last summer, perhaps to remind itself of the dangers of winning
battles in ways that lose wars, the Pentagon screened Pontecorvo's
film for Defense Department officials. But one wonders whether
the lessons making their way into the field are the right ones."
Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says
Bush was told more than a month before the attacks of Sept. 11,
2001, that supporters of Osama bin Laden planned an attack within
the United States with explosives and wanted to hijack airplanes,
a government official said Friday.
memo shows Bush knew about hijack plot before 9/11
Forced on to the defensive by talk of a cover-up, the White House
yesterday agreed to publish a top secret memorandum which warned
Dictator George W Bush a month before the September 11 attacks that
terrorists might be preparing to hijack aircraft. The Aug 6,
2001 memo is a Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) titled "Bin
Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States".
Documents Show Hijacking Warnings
2 U.S. government agencies issued repeated warnings in the summer
of 2001 about potential terrorist plots against the United States
masterminded by Osama bin Laden, including a possible plan to
hijack commercial aircraft, documents show.
Unthinkable Thoughts Theologian
Charges White House Complicity in 9/11 Attack --by Nick Welsh
"According to [author of The New Pearl Harbor, David
Ray] Griffin, a case can be made that the
Bush administration arranged the attack, or allowed it to happen...
NICK WELSH: Is there a smoking gun that shows the Bush administration
knew 9/11 was likely to happen and did nothing about it? DAVID RAY
GRIFFIN: I think there are four. One is the fact that standard
operating procedures for dealing with possibly hijacked airplanes
were not followed on 9/11. Those procedures call for fighter jets
to be sent out immediately upon any sign that a plane may have been
hijacked. These jets typically get to the plane within no later
than 15 minutes anywhere in the United States. And on that day,
there were four airplanes that went for a half-hour or more after
they were hijacked without jets intercepting them... And the
other smoking guns? The second strongest piece of evidence I
would say is the crash at the Pentagon. The physical evidence contradicts
so violently the official account, that the Pentagon was hit by
a Boeing 757 — Flight 77, that is. The physical evidence, photographs,
and eyewitness testimony say that the Pentagon was hit by something
that caused a hole no larger than 18 feet in diameter. The story
the Pentagon put out, and was published by the Washington Post,
was that the hole in the Pentagon was five stories high and 200
feet wide. If you look at the photographs taken by Tom Horan of
the Associated Press — that’s just not the size of the hole. But
if the hole was only 18 feet wide, it had to have been created by
something other than a Boeing. Whatever went into the Pentagon
pierced six reinforced walls. This was the west wing, the part of
the Pentagon being refurbished and reinforced. These walls were
extra strong, and yet whatever it was went through six walls creating
a hole about seven feet in diameter in the sixth wall. This had
to have been something with a very powerful head on it. A Boeing
757 has a very fragile nose, and would not have pierced through
all those walls; it would have been crushed by hitting the Pentagon.
And given that it only penetrated these three rings, the rest of
the aircraft would have been sitting outside on the yard. And yet
the photographs taken just as the fire trucks got there — very shortly
after the crash — show no plane whatsoever. What do they
show? They show no aircraft whatsoever.
And everyone agrees on this. The official story is that
the whole aircraft went inside the Pentagon. The problem with that
— the firefighters in there would have seen the airplane. They would
have seen the engines, they would have seen the aluminum fuselage,
but they reported nothing."
Plan Was Put Into Action on 9/11, Clarke Says
An "Armageddon" program designed to ensure that the federal government
would continue to 'function' [?!?] in the aftermath of a nuclear
war was put into place during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Former counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke told ABC's "Nightline,"
"Every federal agency was ordered, on the morning of 9/11,
to activate an alternative command post, an alternative headquarters
outside of Washington, D.C., and to staff it as soon as possible."
The Washington Post reported in 2002 that as part of the plan, Bush
has dispatched a shadow government
of about 100 senior 'civilian managers' [?!?] to live and work secretly
says workers were warned of attack
Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers
received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September
11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been
cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including
the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting
the attack. Micha Macover, CEO of the company, said the two workers
received the messages and immediately after the terror attack informed
the company's management, which immediately contacted the Israeli
security services, which brought in the FBI.
[And, we haven't heard a *single* word about this incident in
the U.S. mainstream media in two and a half years. Why?]
and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war ·
Decision came nine days after 9/11 · Ex-ambassador reveals
discussion --Dictator George Bush first asked Tony Blair to
support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White
House dinner nine days after
the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001. According to Sir Christopher
Meyer, the former British Ambassador to Washington, who was at the
dinner when Blair became the first foreign leader to visit America
after 11 September, Blair told Bush he should not get distracted
from the war on terror's initial goal - dealing with the Taliban
and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Bush, claims Meyer, replied by saying:
'I agree with you, Tony. We must deal with this first. But when
we have dealt with Afghanistan, we must come back to Iraq.' Regime
change was already US policy.
Investigating Whether Bush Officials Lied About Leak of C.I.A. Agent's
Are Said to Have Expanded Inquiry Into Leak of C.I.A. Officer's
Name --Prosecutors investigating whether someone in the Bush
administration improperly disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. officer
have expanded their inquiry to examine whether White
House officials lied to investigators or mishandled classified
information related to the case, lawyers involved in the case
and government officials say.
Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 Panel
The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said on Thursday
that it was pressing the White House to explain
why the Bush dictatorship had blocked
thousands of pages of classified foreign policy and counterterrorism
documents from former President Bill Clinton's White House files
from being turned over to the panel's investigators.
saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with
the White House wants to silence speaks to The Independent
--A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance
says she has provided information to the panel investigating the
11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's
plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened.
She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza
Rice, that there was no such information was "an
outrageous lie". Sibel Edmonds said she spent more than
three hours in a closed session with the commission's investigators
providing information that was circulating within the FBI in the
spring and summer of 2001 suggesting that an attack using aircraft
was just months away and the terrorists were in place. The Bush
dictatorship, meanwhile, has sought to silence her and has obtained
a gagging order from a court by citing the rarely used "state
'Civilian Contractors' Killed in Iraq Worked for N.C. Security Firm
The four mercenaries ['civilian contractors'] who were killed and
dragged through the streets of an Iraqi town Wednesday worked for
Security Consulting, a North Carolina subcontractor that is
providing 'security' in Iraq. Privately owned Blackwater USA's
range of services include providing firearms and small-groups training
for Navy SEALs, police department SWAT teams and former
special operations personnel.
--by Paul Krugman "Last week an opinion piece in the Israeli
newspaper Haaretz about the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin said,
'This isn't America; the government did not invent intelligence
material nor exaggerate the description of the threat to justify
their attack.' So even in Israel, George Bush's America has become
a byword for deception and abuse of power. And the administration's
reaction to Richard Clarke's 'Against All Enemies' provides more
evidence of something rotten in the state of our government... Where
will it end?" [A must read]
Ballots May Have Altered Race Outcome Orange
County registrar says incorrect electronic ballots may have altered
a race's outcome, but says results will be certified today.
Although some Orange County voters cast the wrong electronic ballots
in the March 2 primary, potentially altering the outcome of one
race for a Democratic Party post, Registrar Steve Rodermund said
he will certify the results of the election today. In a report circulated
late Monday to the Board of Supervisors, Rodermund acknowledged
for the first time that his office's failures could have affected
a race — and gave ammunition to critics of electronic voting.
'war president [sic]' waged a war of lies
--by Eric Margolis "A cascade of embarrassing revelations and
accusations are demolishing George W. Bush's slickly packaged, made-for-TV
persona as a 'war president [sic]' and the scourge of Islamic terrorists.
...A group of leading American business executives ran a full-page
ad in The New York Times entitled 'Have you noticed what's happened
to chief executives who lie?' with a picture of an executive being
led away in handcuffs. The ad described the Iraq invasion as a 'state-sponsored
deception (that) already dwarfs the damage done by the worst
corporate scandals,' citing 566 American dead and a cost of $125
billion US (not to mention 20,000 Iraqi deaths). The underlying
message was stark: the president [sic] and his 'war cabinet'
ought to face criminal charges for lying to the nation and starting
an unnecessary war for domestic political reasons."
donors double dipping with Nader
'Independent' presidential candidate Ralph Nader [Barf Nadir] is
getting a little help from his friends – and from George W. Bush's
friends. Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have
given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican
dictator, national GOP candidates or the party, according to
computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning
News. Among the new crop of Nader donors: actor and former Nixon
speechwriter Ben Stein, Florida frozen-food magnate Jeno Paulucci
and Pennsylvania oil company executive Terrence Jacobs. All have
strong ties to the GOP.
in the Barracks The
Complete Failure of the 9-11 Commission --by Michael Kane "#1
– On the morning of September 11, 2001, NORAD was running war games
involving hijacked airliners while the National Reconnaissance Offices
(NRO) was running a drill for the scenario of an errant aircraft
crashing into a government building at the exact same time as an
identical scenario was perpetrated. The Air Force was in day two
of annual drills testing all of its systems to respond to various
threats. What role, if any, did Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld,
Under Secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz, and acting Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers play in any war game scenario on the
morning of September 11, 2001? What briefings did they receive about
these war games before, during, and after the morning in question?
#2 – On October 24 through 26 of 2000 a mass emergency drill was
conducted in response to an airliner being crashed into the Pentagon.
What did Defense Secretary [William] Cohen tell Secretary Rumsfeld
about this drill during the transition process from the Clinton
to Bush administration? Now how is it possible these two questions
Warned of Hundreds Dead Just Before 9/11
Former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke sent a letter to
national security adviser Condoleezza Rice one
week before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks urging Bush dictatorship
aides to imagine how they would feel if hundreds of Americans were
killed in a terrorist strike.
to 9/11 families: Your government failed you Clarke:
Bush didn't see terrorism as 'urgent' --Richard Clarke, Dictator
Bush's former counterterrorism chief, told an independent panel
investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001, that the regime
didn't consider terrorism an "urgent" priority until then.
Terrorism Not Urgent for Bush
The government's former top counterterrorism adviser testified Wednesday
that the Clinton administration had "no higher priority" than combating
terrorists while the Bush regime made it "an important issue but
not an urgent issue."
Asked FBI Translator to Change Pre 9-11 Intercepts
--by Tom Flocco "FBI translator, Sibel Edmonds, was offered
a substantial raise and a full time job in order to not go public
that she had been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to retranslate
and adjust the translations of [terrorist] subject intercepts that
had been received before September 11, 2001 by the FBI and CIA.
Edmonds, a ten year U.S. citizen who has passed a polygraph examination,
speaks fluent Farsi and Turkish and had been working part time with
the FBI for six months-- commencing in December, 2001. In a 50 reporter
scrum in front of some 12 news cameras, Edmonds said 'Attorney
General John Ashcroft told me 'he was invoking State Secret Privilege
and National Security' when I told the FBI I wanted to go public
with what I had translated from the pre 9-11 intercepts'.
'I appeared once on CBS 60 Minutes but I have been silenced by
Mr. Ashcroft, the FBI follows me, and I was threatened with jail
in 2002 if I went public,' Edmonds told tomflocco.com."
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